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Comment Re:Doesn't work always (Score 1) 348

There are traffic engineering standards that describe this in every state and the country itself. However, that doesn't prevent a person with revenue generation intent from tampering when they install or maintain the signal, even remotely I suppose these days. If the same team that operates the things is also in charge of auditing the settings for compliance with see where this is leading

That's no different than letting the police do the testing when you challenge their radar guns' accuracy. Have an independent review system. Then if someone challenges the RLC, you have documentation to back up the claim that the yellow timer is reasonable for that intersection.

Comment Re:Politics as usual (Score 1) 348

And once you've done all that, and you still have people running the red?

My city did all of the above, and now people run the red because they know the other side doesn't get the green right away, so it's "OK".

Then have the camera ticket in that instance. But switching the times lower to gain more tickets is that antithesis of safer.

So why not mandate a standard for yellow light length based on speed, so you eliminate the potential conflict of cities "tweaking" it to maximize fine returns. Instead we get the boneheaded idea that we should just ban the cameras, as if they were the problem...

Comment Re:Slightly misleading. (Score 1) 226

The newer community boxes have several larger boxes on the end for smaller parcels. The key for them is dropped in the smaller mailbox it's destined for. You drop the key in the return slot after you fetch your parcel. Most mail larger than a letter that I receive needs a signature anyway, so I'm always going to the local post office anyway.

Comment Re:Really? Did we ever really want smart watches? (Score 2) 365

Apple didn't invent a lot of things. What they did was find a way to make existing things better in ways that made them mass marketable. Not the fastest, not the most feature rich, not the smallest, but enough of all three to make it appeal to a bigger slice of the market.

Now that Samsung has failed so miserably, Apple knows what worked and what didn't, and can better bring their design to market when it is ready.

IMHO Samsung failed to include the front-facing camera and the ability to play video. This is supposed to be a Dick Tracy watch dammit!

Comment Same as the Canadian national gun registry (Score 4, Informative) 497

Before it was scrapped, the Canadian government had shelled out over a billion dollars to pay for the federal gun registry. It was initially budgeted to cost a few hundred million. Why the bloat? Because they didn't factor in the cost of every single department and major player having a different computer system, and wanting integration with their systems, and they didn't want their individual departments to pay for it, or have to change their own internal systems. So it all got added into the registry's budget instead.

Comment Re:TFA says that they can apply for relief (Score 1) 601

Correction: TFA says they can apply for REIMBURSEMENT. I don't know about you, but I don't want to pay $5000 now and then wait several months to get my money back.

As opposed to TFA, the actual law says:

Where registrar investigates (4) If the registrar is of the opinion that an investigation under subsection (1) would impose an undue financial burden on the land owner, the registrar shall undertake the investigation. 2002, c. 33, s. 96 (4).

Nowhere in the law does it say they have to apply for reimbursement. They can challenge the order to hire the archaeologist by stating they don't have the funds to hire him.

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