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Comment Re:It's coming. Watch for it.. (Score 1) 137 137

The overriding principle in any encounter between vehicles should be safety; after that efficiency. A cyclist should make way for a motorist to pass , but *only when doing so poses no hazard*. The biggest hazard presented by operation of any kind of vehicle is unpredictability. For a bike this is swerving in and out of a lane a car presents the greatest danger to himself and others on the road.

The correct, safe, and courteous thing to do is look for the earliest opportunity where it is safe to make enough room for the car to pass, move to the side, then signal the driver it is OK to pass. Note this doesn't mean *instantaneously* moving to the side, which might lead to an equally precipitous move *back* into the lane.

Bikes are just one of the many things you need to deal with in the city, and if the ten or fifteen seconds you're waiting to put the accelerator down is making you late for where you're going then you probably should leave a few minutes earlier, because in city driving if it's not one thing it'll be another. In any case if you look at the video the driver was not being significantly delayed by the cyclist, and even if that is so that is no excuse for driving in an unsafe manner, although in his defense he probably doesn't know how to handle the encounter with the cyclist correctly.

The cyclist of course ought to know how to handle an encounter with a car though, and for that reason it's up to the cyclist to manage an encounter with a car to the greatest degree possible. He should have more experience and a lot more situational awareness. I this case the cyclist's mistake was that he was sorta-kinda to one side in the lane, leaving enough room so the driver thought he was supposed to squeeze past him. The cyclist ought to have clearly claimed the entire lane, acknowledging the presence of the car; that way when he moves to the side it's a clear to the driver it's time to pass.

Comment Re:Interesting argument (Score 1) 80 80

Congress decided by giving the FCC the authority. In a nation of over 300 million people no legislative assembly could ever hope to directly deal with every possible permutation of policy decision or interpretation. I doubt there has been a legislaturw since the rise of the nation state that could.

Comment Re:The biggest question of all: (Score 1) 32 32

How on earth can you be that huge and JOG?

Lots of people do, because exercise makes you hungrier. If you jog for an hour, you'll burn ~400 calories, which is the number of calories in a good sized bagel with cream cheese.

Exercise to keep yourself healthy and strong. If you want to lose weight, change what you eat.

Comment Why is it always about jobs (Score 1) 32 32

There is plenty of fun stuff in computer science. Trying to make people like it because it's "a good job" sounds like a way to make people bored with it.

I became a programmer because I like programming. The fact that I can make money doing it is just a happy coincidence.

Comment Re:Avoid companies that are there just to IPO (Score 2) 105 105

once you have the product built, they will let you go before you get a chance to cash in.

That sounds like a joke, but it's not. I've seen it happen. Never work for a company that rips off its customers, because they will just as surely rip you off when the time comes.

Comment Re:Solution: Don't Trust Anyone (within reason) (Score 1) 80 80

And how do we ensure that an update doesn't come along specifically to open up an exploit or a back door?

It doesn't matter if it's intentional or not, the exploits are there. Even OpenBSD hasn't managed to keep remote exploits out of their system (although practically speaking, good luck breaking into an OpenBSD system).

Comment Re:It's coming. Watch for it.. (Score 2) 137 137

The motorist in the video committed a crime -- several actually. But the cyclist committed an indiscretion by chasing down the motorist to give him a piece of his mind. That's not illegal, it's just a very bad idea.

Many years ago I heard an interviewer ask the great race driver Jackie Stewart what it takes to be a great driver. He said that a driver ought to be emotionless. I think this is very true for any kind of driving -- or cycling. Never prolong your reaction to anything that anyone does on the road beyond the split second it takes to deal with it. Let your attention move on to the next thing. Never direct it to a driver because of something he *did*. Keep focused on what's happening now.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe