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Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 208

by meerling (#48644841) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety
Except there seems to be a very high and highly suspicious correlation of improperly timed yellow light durations at intersections with red light cameras. So yes, you can imply that the red light camera is at fault because the yellow wouldn't have been shortened to generate more revenue if it wasn't there.

Comment: Re:Old news. (Score 1) 208

by meerling (#48644823) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety
I have, but there's not much you can do when your brakes suddenly go out and you have the horrible feeling you are suddenly in a cheap ass hollywood action flick. Got stopped safely. Mechanic said it was a bubble or something in the brake lines.
I can work on computers, missiles, and a lot of other high tech or crazy things, but I don't work on cars because I know little beyond theories on their mechanics.

Comment: Re:Study financed by (Score 1) 208

by meerling (#48644781) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety
I've been in both types several times as a passenger, and the T-bone collisions tended to be more painful over the next couple of weeks. The type of seatbelts they have in cars don't do crap for being thrown sideways. Now the 5 points in dune buggies and the like it doesn't matter which way you get bounced so long as your helmet doesn't fly off.

Comment: Re:Study financed by (Score 2) 208

by meerling (#48644761) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety
This isn't exactly news, as various cities have been caught illegally reducing the yellow light durations below the federally mandated minimums for the purpose of fund generatiou by entrapment through red light cams.
There have also been several other studies that show that the red light cams actually increase accident rates.

Comment: Re:Short sighted (Score 3, Informative) 229

by meerling (#48596357) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware
From the history books I've seen, many written by non-americans, it was pretty clearly stated that if the USA hadn't finally gotten into the war in Europe, Germany would have pretty much steamrolled what was left of western Europe, then turned full forces including it's Luftwaffe on Russia (actually USSR) and overwhelmed them outside of winter. Instead they got beaten back and their forces continually depleted by the Allied forces on the Western Front, leaving the Eastern front vulnerable and less capable, loosing even their initial advances when the lack of supplies and brutal winter devastated their forces.
Things "might" have gone smoother with the American forces in Europe, but they were also engaged in the Pacific conflict at the same time, and needed the shifting of forces from the ending of the European conflict to bring a conclusion to the Pacific conflict. Of course there are the nukes, but those only ended it quicker and with far less bloodshed than would have happened otherwise, even with the most optimistic forecasts. It just goes to show that fighting a war on multiple fronts is never a good idea.

Comment: Re:the mysterious "us" (Score 1) 178

by meerling (#48569695) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings
The renters. Do you really think the owners aren't going to pass the costs to the renters?
Also, I have to wonder how many of those buildings will cost almost or more to do these retrofits than they are worth.
You have to wonder if it's going to be cheaper to tear it down and build something new.

Comment: Re:Hike insurance premiums (Score 1) 85

by meerling (#48545457) Attached to: North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack
That history isn't so recent, and Sony hasn't bothered to implement any security that can't be broken by a rhesus monkey with SADD (simian attention deficit disorder ) before, so why expect them to change now?
(Disclaimer - Sony has a rather well deserved lousy reputation in this area for their past actions here, so I'm not likely to give them the benefit of the doubt for much of anything.)

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