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Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 2) 366

by meerling (#48197613) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected
There have been various studies where they have found that a large percentage of the lights where there are red light cams do not follow the state regulations and have yellow light times that are too short.
You want me to link it for you, tough, go find it yourself, not that you ever will.
The keyword rot and search engines ignoring boolean expressions makes it more of a pain than I care to look up something I've read years ago just because you are a doubting thomas too lazy to do it himself.

Even so, here's an interesting link I found with less than 10 seconds of searching about yellow lights being too short in Chicago, and most of that time was typing in the keywords.


Comment: Re:This should have been a no brainer (Score 1) 111

Just because the founders were ignorant of the technological standards that would exist a couple of centuries later by no means indicates that they were excluding different formats from their rules. Hell, they didn't say cuneiform clay tablets, but you can damn well bet that they would have raised holy hell if someone were using that particular medium of recording information and some dumbass tried to snoop into them because they aren't made from dead trees.

Comment: Re:Yeah yeah (Score 1) 111

Agreed. However, it is unfortunate that the ones that should arrest them are the police, and the police won't arrest the police unless they have no choice.
On top of that, at this current juncture they'll do the whole "but I thought it was legal" argument, and because they are police, it will be hand-waved away.

Comment: Re:Criminals who carry tracking devices... (Score 1) 111

I do hope you all understand that if your phone is actually turned off, if won't be transmitting any kind of GPS data. Heck, it won't even be receiving & processing the GPS signals. If you don't know if your phone is really off, or suspect you're being tricked by simulate the off software, then pull the battery. If you have a sealed phone that doesn't have a removable battery and are still that paranoid, you need a different phone.

Comment: Resume (Score 2) 224

by meerling (#48155705) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?
Your patented IP is essentially part of your resume. If you wish to mention it to showcase your skill, you are welcome to it. That of course in no means makes it available to the potential employer without them paying for or licensing it just like everybody else. No more than someone working as a bartender at a different bar would be expected to share their tips with the new bar.

However, keep an eye on the details of any contract you sign as I've heard that some companies like to slip evil little lines in them that give them rights to anything you make, or work on during the time period you are employed by them. I've heard that some even make claims on things made afterwards. It wouldn't surprise me if some unscrupulous companies also tried to claim prior creations as well.
Obviously, you want to refuse to sign anything with that kind of bogus IP looting involved. Definitely have it removed first, and be suspicious of anyone that would try it in the first place. Since most people don't speak legalese, make sure you have a lawyer go over the papers to make sure there's nothing obfuscated and lurking in there to bite your backside.


Comment: Re:Propaganda (Score 5, Insightful) 106

The NSA is the NSA. They were there before the president, and will be there many more presidents to come. They don't care about the president because he's only there for 4 years, maybe 8 at the most. Really, do you think any president "controls" the NSA? The best they can hope to do is reign in their worst activities on a good day.

Comment: Re:ndt (Score 1) 294

by meerling (#48109719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?
Sorry I can't remember it, but a few years back I used a method that obfuscates the site you are going to so the ISP doesn't "optimize" the speed test.
With the well known test sites, clear speeds vs obfuscated speeds were widely different. (Obfuscated was much lower.)
To try and make sure the obfuscation wasn't causing the issue, I also checked with several, at that time, barely known speed test sites as well. Of course, both clear addresses, and obfuscated addresses again. With the little known sites, both clear and obfuscated results were the same as the major sites obfuscated results.
That made it pretty clear that that the ISP was juicing the speed test sites when they could recognize it as one.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.