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Comment: As a Cyclist, how long do you wait at a red light? (Score 1) 947

by wessto (#45227781) Attached to: How Safe Is Cycling?

I have ridden 4000 miles this year, mostly for exercise, mostly during non-rush hours. The routes I ride on have stop lights. I can tell you a bike at a lone intersection does not trigger many lights to change. So, the question is, at that point, should I wait for a car to trigger it, or go push the pedestrian button to cross in the crosswalk? So which am I then, a pedestrian, or an automobile? There is some ambiguity here that I've thought about many times. I have to admit, that when there are no automobiles around or in sight, I go ahead and run that red light, only after coming to a stop, unclipping, and evaluating the situation.

I can also say from experiencing squeeze outs from drivers that it almost starts to seem like they are purposefully trying to run you off the road. I ride on roads with fairly good shoulders and I can say that with high frequency I get someone passing me with the car tires inches from the white line. You have a whole freaking lane people. I stay well on my side of the line, you do the same. Show some common courtesy.

Comment: Re:Tough Shit. (Score 1) 1259

by wessto (#29790227) Attached to: Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

Devil's advocate here...How about medical / dental schools where 4-year tuition is ~250k no matter where you go. How exactly does one do this without taking out loans? Yes, I know there are some rich daddies out there who finance their childrens tuition to this level, but seriously...some degrees you can't come by without taking out loans of some amount.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 835

by wessto (#29360125) Attached to: Does Your College Or University Support Linux?

At my dental school they tried to make us take exams using some software called "Secure Exam Browser" which apparently only ran on winxp. At the time I had a linux distro on my laptop and was trying to use winxp in parallels to get it working. There was some check that the program did to see if it was being run on a virtual machine or not and consequently it would not run. It all has to do with the fact that there is no trust that you won't screen grab, etc. Royal PITA if you ask me. Half the time the exam didn't work anyway so it didn't really cause much trouble in the end.

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