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Comment: Re:What I've seen at some intersections... (Score 1) 578

by what2123 (#47367559) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
What they do in my small city (PA) is the following. Ped lights are on a timer. Once they are allowed to walk, the intersection is red for at least 5-10 seconds. Peds get to walk without any cars attempting to move. Then the lights change to green, peds still have a "walk" light and everyone seems to be happy. So even though a driver can see the timer, they don't know exactly when their light will change. I'm pretty sure the interval is not always "10 seconds" since you always see cars creeping thinking the light is about to change and it doesn't.

Comment: Re:If I keep an open mind, I can almost understand (Score 1) 355

by what2123 (#47060127) Attached to: Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses
I find the entire issue more disheartening then that granted the most recent revelations about Pro-Corporate and Government data sharing. They used to have to do stake outs for weeks or even months to really know a person. Where they are at 7:00AM on a Saturday, how often they go to the gym, where they eat out with their secret lover every-other-Tuesday. Now we feed it to them directly all without giving a second though to it. Twitter and Facebook made it an socially acceptable action and even reward you for doing it often. I couldn't be more pessimistic about it even knowing that it has many advantages. Those that control it will always abuse it.

Comment: Re:demand response (Score 2) 167

I don't know if you are being sarcastic or serious. Either way, this is happening now. PP&L in Pennsylvania started this last year. If you are using a SmartMeter & have a Controller, you can elect to have PP&L "Save" you money by turning off your A/C during peak hours during the day. In theory it almost sounds okay, it failed pretty horribly in a couple locations last year with many older folks homes turning into 90+ degree ovens.
Networking

Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue 182

Posted by Soulskill
from the first-among-peers dept.
New submitter thule writes "A story at Gigaom talks about how Level 3 is trying to pull peering into the net neutrality issue. Regulating peering could hamper how the Internet is interconnected, potentially turning it into a bureaucratic mess. Should peering be regulated?" Reader raque points out that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is banging the net neutrality drum, too: "Some major ISPs, like Cablevision, already practice strong net neutrality and for their broadband subscribers, the quality of Netflix and other streaming services is outstanding. But on other big ISPs, due to a lack of sufficient interconnectivity, Netflix performance has been constrained, subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality. ... Once Netflix agrees to pay the ISP interconnection fees, however, sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored. If this kind of leverage is effective against Netflix, which is pretty large, imagine the plight of smaller services today and in the future. Roughly the same arbitrary tax is demanded from the intermediaries such as Cogent and Level 3, who supply millions of websites with connectivity, leading to a poor consumer experience."

Comment: Re:Does *any* industry start a new union anymore? (Score 1) 761

I certainly agree with you and would fully place myself behind such efforts to modernize worker/employee/labor laws however the people that would actually benefit from this would be "group-thought" into believing its bad for them. This is why unions in most environments are thought of as old dinosaurs that have outstayed their time. They will do everything they can to keep themselves here while contributing very little to the overall cause of their missions. I know full well that unions have enabled the common-man to have better wages, safer workplaces and fair compensation but I also know how they have hindered many developments of future growth to the same businesses. Unions are no unlike the rest of the world. Environments, culture, people and places all change and eventually need to be looked at again with an open mind. As long as most people believe that the government or someone else will take care of them they will be glad to be thought-for by others. Since there is no easy way to show long term damage until it is typically catastrophically to late, this trend will likely remain.

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