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Comment: Electric Bikes are Illegal in NYC. Kickstopped. (Score 2) 166

by miracle69 (#46385399) Attached to: Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

It's a stupid law, but a law none-the-less.

    19-176.2. Motorized scooters. a. For purposes of this section, the
    term "motorized scooter" shall mean any wheeled device that has
    handlebars that is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, is
    powered by an electric motor or by a gasoline motor that is capable of
    propelling the device without human power and is not capable of being
    registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. For the
    purposes of this section, the term motorized scooter shall not include
    wheelchairs or other mobility aids designed for use by disabled persons.
        b. No person shall operate a motorized scooter in the city of New
        c. Any person who violates subdivision b of this section shall be
    liable for a civil penalty in the amount of five hundred dollars.
    Authorized employees of the police department and department of parks
    and recreation shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of
    this section. Such penalties shall be recovered in a civil action or in
    a proceeding commenced by the service of a notice of violation that
    shall be returnable before the environmental control board. In addition,
    such violation shall be a traffic infraction and shall be punishable in
    accordance with section eighteen hundred of the New York state vehicle
    and traffic law.
        d. Any motorized scooter that has been used or is being used in
    violation of the provisions of this section may be impounded and shall
    not be released until any and all removal charges and storage fees and
    the applicable fines and civil penalties have been paid or a bond has
    been posted in an amount satisfactory to the commissioner of the agency
    that impounded such vehicle.$$ADC19-176.2$$@TXADC019-176.2+&LIST=SEA2+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=35384350+&TARGET=VIEW

Comment: Re: Gun control however... (Score 1) 856

by miracle69 (#43702095) Attached to: California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Read more than one source.

You asked essentially how many violent crimes were presented by gun owners. Kleck did the best study to date on it and published in a peer review journal. The media doesn't bring these statistics into the conversation, which is why you wouldn't have heard about it.

Kleck conducted a national survey in 1994 (the National Self-Defense Survey) and, extrapolating from the 5,000 households surveyed, estimated that in 1993 there were approximately 2.5 million incidents in which victims used guns for self-protection, compared to about 0.5 million gun crimes as estimated by the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Comment: Re: Gun control however... (Score 1) 856

by miracle69 (#43701525) Attached to: California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

The biggest thing that pro gun control people do is misunderstand stats. Democide (death by governmeny) killed over 250 million people in the 20th century - all on populations that were unarmed. Ill take my increased chance of accidental discharge, etc to prevent my government from deciding to cleanse my entire town on a whim.

Comment: Re:Upgrades aren't cheap (Score 1) 228

by miracle69 (#42588445) Attached to: Health Care Providers Failing To Adopt e-Records, Says RAND

Epic is a steaming pile with inconsistent interfaces.

And it's listed as one of the best out there.

I use it daily and it is not intuitive, not user friendly, has a horribad UI, and not user modifiable.

The biggest problem is that Epic doesn't sell simplicity. They sell parts and each site gets to decide what parts to use. It would be like buying a Ford Explorer but only getting a parts bin and asking a local mechanic to put it together.

There are tons of user screens, small buttons, buttons that use similar names, case studies in pop-up fatigue, poor work-flow, poor UI design overall. My inbox has multiple different categories and each category screen has similar buttons that do different things. Sometimes I can route a quicknote, sometimes I can't. It's a cobbled-together piece of UI crap. Think of the first linux GUI you used and add a layer of microsoft cruft on it.

Comment: Re:Ready... set... Troll! (Score 2) 362

by miracle69 (#40882173) Attached to: What If There Was a Microsoft Appreciation Day?

Exactly. The turnout wasn't because the owner said he was for the Biblical View of Marriage.

Everyone knows Chick-Fil-A is a Christian company. They're closed on Sundays. Was it really news that the CEO stated that he supported the Biblical version of marriage? No, it wasn't.

The reason there was such a response was the media putting words in his mouth combined with the threatened tyranny of mayors trying to bully Chick FIl-A.

And good for the ACLU.


Things You Drink Can Be Used To Track You 202

Posted by timothy
from the don't-hate-me-because-I'm-a-beautiful-spy dept.
sciencehabit writes with an intriguing story about the potential of figuring out where people have been by examining their hair: "That's because water molecules differ slightly in their isotope ratios depending on the minerals at their source. Researchers found that water samples from 33 cities across the United State could be reliably traced back to their origin based on their isotope ratios. And because the human body breaks down water's constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen to construct the proteins that make hair cells, those cells can preserve the record of a person's travels. Such information could help prosecutors place a suspect at the scene of a crime, or prove the innocence of the accused." Or frame someone by slipping them water from every country on the terrorist watchlist.

MythTV 0.23 Released 214

Posted by kdawson
from the record-with-daring-and-whimsey dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After six months of our new accelerated development schedule, MythTV 0.23 is now available. MythTV 0.23 brings a new event system, brand new Python bindings, the beta MythNetvision Internet video plugin, new audio code and surround sound upmixer, several new themes (Arclight and Childish), a greatly improved H.264 decoder, and fixes for analog scanning, among many others. Work towards MythTV 0.24 is in full swing, and has be progressing very well for the last several months. If all goes according to plan, MythTV 0.24 will bring a new MythUI OSD, a nearly rewritten audio subsystem capable of handling 24- and 32-bit audio and up to 8 channels of output, Blu-ray disc and disc structure playback, and various other performance, usability, and flexibility improvements."
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State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Posted by samzenpus
from the let's-vote-on-this-instead dept.
Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw