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Comment: Re:Not Rude in My Book! (Score 1) 882

by mrv20 (#28877129) Attached to: Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams
Part of the problem is the US light change sequence that gives you no indication at all of when the light will change to green.

I much prefer the UK sequence that goes: Green, Amber, Red, Red + Amber, Green. The additional red+amber still counts as a red in that you are not permitted to start moving, but it gives you an extra second or so to notice that the light is about to go green so you can be ready when it does. It won't prevent completely distracted drivers from missing a light change but it definitely seems to reduce the number of times a traffic queue will just sit there on green.

Other countries go further and have countdown timers for the drivers so you know exactly how long you have before the light changes from red to green which is even more helpful, albeit dispiriting when the countdown starts at several hundred seconds

Comment: Re:40%? (Score 1) 882

by mrv20 (#28876627) Attached to: Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams
Well said. I would add the caveat that "actually passing someone" means doing so in a reasonably short time. If you are unwilling or unable to do more than inch past the car in front at a glacial pace you should suck it up and wait for a break in traffic in the passing lane before attempting to do so. This goes treble for lorries/semis on long uphill sections with only 2 lanes each way!
Music

+ - Universal Offers Classical, Jazz Catalog DRM-Free-> 3

Submitted by Mode_Locrian
Mode_Locrian (1130249) writes "Gramophone Magazine reports that Universal Classics and Jazz will be making its entire catalogue available for sale in DRM-free form. While Universal stresses that this will be a trial run, it certainly looks like a step in the right direction. Now, if only they'd offer downloads in formats other than mp3..."
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The Media

+ - Journalists Can't Hide News Anymore 2

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Robert Niles at the Online Journalism Review comments on the story about the 13-year-old girl who took her own life after making friends with a boy she'd met on MySpace who turned on her. The boy didn't exist. 'He' was the creation of the mother of one of the girl's former friends. But the newspaper didn't name the woman, citing concerns for *her* teen daughter. Bloggers went nuts, and soon uncovered the woman's name, her address, phone number and business registration records and plastered them all over the Web. "The lessons for journalists? First, we can't restrict access to information anymore. The crowd will work together to find whatever we withhold," wrote Niles. "Second, I wonder if that the decision to withhold the other mother's name didn't help enflame the audience, by frustrating it and provoking it to do the work of discovering her identity." Here are links to the original story on the girl's suicide, to one of the bloggers who uncovered the woman's identity, and to another look at the journalistic issues involved in naming names."
Anime

+ - Comcast targets unlicensed anime torrents-> 3

Submitted by
SailorSpork
SailorSpork writes "According to the linked thread on the forums of AnimeSuki, a popular anime bittorent index site, Comcast has begun sending DCMA letters to customers downloading unlicensed (meaning that no english language company has the rights to) fan-subtitled anime shows via bittorrent. The letters are claiming that the copyright holder or an authorized agent are making the infringement claims, though usually these requests are also sent to the site itself rather that individual downloaders.

My question is have they really been in contact with Japanese anime companies, or is this another scare tactic by Comcast to try and reduce the bandwidth use of their heavier customers now that their previous tactics have come under legal fire?"

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Cellphones

Shake a Secure Bluetooth Connection 107

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the trembling-with-anticipation dept.
heilbron writes "The Austrian researcher Rene Mayrhofer of the British Lancaster university and his colleague Hans Gellersen developed a technology to simplify a secured wireless connection of mobile devices. With the so-called shake-to-connect technology an authenticated Bluetooth connection between two mobile phones is established by rhythmic shaking. Integrated oscillation sensors, contained in some mobile phone models, form the basis. The two researchers sketched out a prototype, which is intended for Nokia mobile phones. An example is documented in this YouTube video clip. If two mobile phones are shaken together, the software in both devices registers the same shaking frequency and authenticates the radio link. The principle is summed up in a four page PDF document."
Movies

+ - Star Trek Home Theater->

Submitted by
Critical Facilities
Critical Facilities writes "I stumbled across this story which should make any "Star Trek: The Next Generation" fan drool uncontrollably with envy. From TFA:

Someone thought it would be a good idea to model their home theater after the Enterprise NCC-1701D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The result is super geeky, but actually rather cool. Named the best theme theater installation at CEDIA 2007, this Palm Beach County, FL home features motion-activated air-lock doors with series sound effects, and a "Red Alert" button on the Crestron TPMC-10 controller to turn all of the LEDs bright red and flashing.
I'm just interested as to whether or not the bartender has to dress like Guinan and if Starfleet Uniforms are required for access."

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