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Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 2) 396

by mspohr (#48199553) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

NHTSA has recommendations for lots of traffic factors... why not yellow lights?
Just Googled it and it turns out that there is a manual:

Fact: Yellow light time is set to optimize safety and traffic flow. Federal
guidelines recommend yellow lights last from 3 to 6 seconds. Local authorities
set the duration based on many factors including: traffic volume, speed, roadway
grade and intersection design.
Source: “Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2009 Edition.” FHWA. Nov. 30, 2010

Found this interesting information:
ANSWER: Analysis of data in the most comprehensive study to date (Safety Evaluation of Red-Light Cameras, FHWA HRT-05-048, April 2005) from seven jurisdictions (Baltimore; Charlotte; El Cajon, CA; Howard County, MD; Montgomery County, MD; San Diego; San Francisco) at 132 intersections using red-light cameras found:

A 25 percent decrease in total right-angle crashes;
A 16 percent decrease in injury right-angle crashes;
A 15 percent increase in total rear-end crashes; and
A 24 percent increase in injury rear-end crashes.

Net result is about a wash with a slight advantage to the cameras.

Comment: Re:Why do you own a gun? (Score 1) 329

by mspohr (#48199509) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Unfortunately the track record of citizens stopping crime with guns is poor. The gun is much more likely to end up harming someone innocent.
I don't even think police should have guns. They end up shooting innocent people or killing criminals for property crimes and I don't think capital punishment is appropriate for property crimes.

Comment: Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (Score 1) 329

by mspohr (#48196589) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

I don't think that many (most, all) gun owners want to kill kids at school.
However, guns end up killing lots of people... by accident or intention. They are inherently dangerous. They are, after all designed to kill and they are very effective.
So, the question becomes... Why do you own a gun?

Comment: Abortion and lead (Score 1) 407

by mspohr (#48170835) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

From Wikipedia:

"A 2007 study by Jessica Reyes at Amherst College stated: "By the year 2020, when the effects of the Clean Air Act and Roe v. Wade would be complete, violent crime could be as much as 70% lower than it would be if lead had remained in gasoline, and as much as 35-45% lower than it would be if abortion had never been legalized. At the same time, history suggests that other unknown factors would have increased crime by perhaps 3-5% per year."[9]"

Comment: Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (Score 5, Informative) 381

by mspohr (#48160629) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

The Texas case just exposes (again) the fallacy that the US has the best healthcare in the world.
This hospital made too many amateur mistakes to count:
- Sent the guy home with antibiotics when he presented with a fever after travel to Ebola infected area.
- Did not institute full isolation protocol until three days after he was admitted (thus exposing nurses and other patients to the disease).
- Did not follow CDC protocol even after confirmed Ebola.

Comment: Rich guy says don't tax capital... (Score 1) 838

by mspohr (#48160551) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Wow! This is really news!
Here we have a rich guy who while he agrees that income inequality might be bad, proposes that we don't tax (his) capital but instead tax consumption which is the absolute most regressive tax possible. This can only make income inequality worse.
What a clown!

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 566

by mspohr (#48153319) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

There is no fusion energy. They have a design that they think might work (after a lot of engineering time to sort out a bunch of issues like metal science, heat transfer, radioactive waste, turbines, etc.) There is no prototype. They say they can do it in 10 years with a very aggressive schedule.
I'd take all of this with a truckload of salt.
Fusion power has always been 25 years in the future.

Recursion is the root of computation since it trades description for time.