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Comment Re:1976 Copyright Act (Score 3, Insightful) 118

It's long been held that "ex post facto" only considers what the law is at the time the government claims you broke it. That's how the government tends to ban things, by outlawing "possession" rather than sale or creation. If you bought something legally that the government then bans, if you are possessing it then you're breaking the possession law right now, and ex post facto does not apply.

Therefore if you make a copy right now of some item whose copyright term was extended, you're breaking the current law right now.

Comment Payments exceeding certain thresholds (Score 1) 179

If you exceed this threshold, you must be a drug dealer or terrorist and will be charged with money laundering then investigated.

If you fail to exceed this threshold, you must be a drug dealer or terrorist and will be charged with money laundering then investigated.

See also: "structuring"

Comment Re:As long as you keep population constant? (Score 2) 281

Obviously if 1.7 million people all try to get electricity from this solar plant, all the light will be sucked out of the sun and the sun will become a black hole killing all life on earth.

Orrrrrrrrr! The other .6 million people will get power from gas or coal or nuclear or whatever, Instead of using coal to produce 700MW of power and 1064000 tons of carbon, the end result will be using coal to produce 200MW of power and 304000 tons of carbon, a reduction of 760000.

Comment Re:As long as you keep population constant? (Score 3, Insightful) 281

What does it matter if population changes?

The only things that would invalidate the numbers are if the same number of people started using more or less electricity, or competing electricity production methods started producing less carbon.

If these things did not change and Morocco's population doubled this year, the plant would still provide 1.1 million people power and cut carbon emissions by 760,000 tons/yr compared to whatever production method was being compared here.

Comment Re:More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 600

I think you'll need to try again after you get some more sleep, that link doesn't even mention a left turn lane, it seems like it's talking about a road called Suicide Lane because there were 88 accidents there in 11 months, but no evidence that there was a "suicide lane" there that caused 88 accidents.

Searching for "suicide lane" accident studies gets me articles like this one where apparently the "correct" thing to do is to never allow anyone to ever turn left again because some old woman turned left without checking for oncoming traffic. Likewise "Police and engineers often deride such lanes as 'suicide lanes,' not so much because cars might collide head-on, but because they allow people to cross traffic anywhere." I guess walling off left turns forever resolves my question of whether having the turning lane is safer than having people stop in the "fast" left lane to turn left, though if you're going to go to the expense of installing a wall on a 7 lane road, you might as well give up and upgrade it to a ramp-access freeway with service/frontage roads and underpasses to get to the other side.

The more professional terms "bidirectional left turn lane" or "two way left turn lane/TWLTL" gets a few actual studies. This study says that it's hard to determine if raised medians actually stop wrecks compared to TWLTL or if they move them to the cross streets where people are trying to go around the median to get to the other side. It suggests that raised medians are appropriate for residential sections (like your picture) rather than commercial sections, and feedback from people and companies on proposed median treatments seems to mirror that, with business developers preferring two way left turn lanes to raised medians, and residential developers and residents preferring wide, landscaped medians to both TWLTL and small concrete medians. This study from the '70s likewise suggests that TWLTL are recommended for commercial development. I did find this study where someone complained TWLTLs are scary, which amused me since apparently "scary" is a reason to erase all the lines from the road, but also a reason to not allow people to turn left.

If I had to go around a raised median every day I left my house, I too would demand it to be a very wide landscaped median, so I could actually U-turn around it without having to execute a 3 point turn (this study recommends to plan for a 48 foot turning radius for passenger cars, like turning from an 11' lane around a 22' median with two 11' lanes on the other side ). I'm afraid the street you've got in your photo is just irredeemably fucked. Add frequent speed humps and set the speed limit to 15 MPH with active enforcement by a local sheriff hired with neighborhood association dues to convince through traffic to find some other way around.

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 513

in the hope that it will in turn discourage similar behaviour towards real women

Cortana's programming might help solve the GIFT issue where otherwise normal people act like assholes when they are unable to see the people they are acting out at, but since humans behave differently when presented with a computer and with a live human, it will probably do very little for actual human interaction.

Comment Re:The 0.01% (Score 1) 217

You will need to convince them your future earnings would be negatively impacted if you fail

That requires convincing?

I doubt you are in a position to negotiate such a contract

No problem! Let me propose a slate of my best friends to be the board members who vote on the contract. Do you agree? Yes/Abstain (I voted Yes)

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