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Comment: Re:The 4th of December? (Score 1) 328

by operagost (#47406967) Attached to: On 4th of July:
The Continental Congress ratified the text of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th (that's 4 July for the European xenophobes). There ate other important milestones in the American Revolution, but that was chosen as the formal DECLARATION of independence. Ratification by vote, not signing of a paper (which was completed by August 2nd, still not "long after the war started") determined the event. And if you're going to decide when we became de facto independent, and declaration of such and taking up arms isn't enough, then I'd say it was once Franklin persuaded the French to recognize the USA as a nation.

Comment: Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (Score 1) 128

by operagost (#47375873) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact
Besides your scenario being foolish-- there is a significant customer base like you who the airlines would like to serve-- it's not government's place to keep you from being annoyed. Banning phone calls in-flight because it annoys people is worse than the chewing gum ban in Singapore. At least that was done because of the vandalism to the infrastructure.

Comment: Re:The problem with traffic engineers... (Score 1) 576

by operagost (#47368433) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

People seldom hit construction workers in PA because they're never actually working...

Seriously, we do have a lot of jobs where the work is done at night so in theory it doesn't impede rush hour. In practice, however, it still screws up everything because the work area is still posted at a lower speed even though no workers are in it. Often there isn't even a hazard like a closed shoulder to be concerned of. This kind of frustration is what makes people tend to ignore the lower limits, so when there really are workers, they might assume the boy is still just crying wolf.

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