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Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 240

The grace period is already fine. A red light means do not enter the intersection. (If you are already in the intersection, then yes, you should get out as quickly as reasonably possible.) A red light camera should only be triggered when a vehicle crosses the stop line after the light has turned red - that is the definition of "running a red light."

The amber light is a signal that the light will soon be changing to red. When the light goes amber you are supposed to stop if reasonably possible. If it is not reasonably possible to stop before the intersection then you should have no problem passing the stop line before the light goes red. The amber light should last sufficiently long to allow that.

The main failure point with this system is too many people treating the amber light as a signal to speed up to avoid the red light - and many people doing so when it's far too late. The main problem with the red light cameras is when they are used as an income source rather than a safety device. Some places have found they can increase the income from the cameras by shortening the length of the amber light. Doing so also likely increases the risk of accidents caused by people making emergency stops because the light just went amber and they don't want to get a ticket. So the desire for increased income can change a "safety device" to something that increases the risk of accidents.

Comment Re:Yeah, but WHEN? (Score 3, Insightful) 203

I think maybe you're on the wrong website, you don't seem to be interested in new discoveries. You might be happier with a site which concentrates on something like "new products coming out this year."

Many of us enjoy reading about new discoveries, knowing that not every promising new discovery will lead instantly to a mass marketed product. (If it ever does.) Every time there's a story about research on improving solar panels or battery efficiency there's always people complaining that they never see these things coming to market, ignoring the steady improvements that we see in both over time. For every story about improving ranges of electric vehicles there's someone who says it's useless because it doesn't meet their use case.

If you really are an old guy think about all the progress you've seen in your lifetime. It didn't happen all at once, but we've sure come a long way. My first computer had 48 kb of ram, 5 1/4" floppies as the only storage, and I used a Model 33 Teletype as a printer. It was a home built Southwest 6800, for those old enough to know what that was.

Submission + - Prosthetic Arm Control Improved Using Spinal Nerve Signals

CanadianRealist writes: Current prosthetic arms are usually controlled by detecting signals from the user twitching muscles in the shoulder or arm. This allows only a limited number of possible movements, such as grasp and release. Researchers have developed a new technique that interprets signals from motor neurons in the spinal cord, allowing for a greater range of control of an arm. Signals from nerves associated with hand and arm movements were mapped to the corresponding movements. Test subjects were able to move a virtual prosthetic arm with greater freedom than has been achieved with muscle-controlled prosthetics. (A virtual prosthetic arm was used rather than a real one as this work is still in the early stages.)

Comment Re:wow, way to limit female opportunities (Score 1) 233

They are only setting limits for the event they are running. The reason is to avoid having women being required to dress in a certain manner in order to get paid. They are running the event, they can set the rules for the event.

If I showed up and set up a stand to sell popcorn and they said no, does that mean that they're denying people the right to earn a living?

If a man showed up wearing only a Tarzan loincloth and was told that was not appropriate would it be fair to say that now they're denying men the right to dress as they like?

Comment Re:TIL (Score 1) 309

Ok, so let's continue with that logic. If someone first jabs them with a pin then they will have no problem with someone stabbing them with a knife because they've been "inoculated" against stabbing.

Maybe they should use their "logic" to understand that one has been proven to be effective, the other has not.

Comment Re:Hyland's teething tablets (Score 1) 309

It's misleading to say that Hyland's won't recall their product - they quit selling in the US months ago

Do you have any idea what the word recall actually means? That they have stopped selling the product says absolutely nothing about whether or not they have issued a recall.

The only thing misleading is your statement. I suspect you are either clueless or deliberately confusing the issue. Either way I would not trust any thing else that you say.

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 2) 1560

the first two-term President who was at war fior every day of his two terms

I know right! I just couldn't believe how he invaded both Iraq and Afghanistan on his first day in office! And all the excuses about WMDs that Obama made up for invading Iraq. That was a really impressive first day in office for Obama.

By the way, so far Trump has been at war for every day he's been in office too. So yeah, risks of wars sounds like a valid worry about Trump.

Comment Free fruit for kids (Score 1) 125

A local grocery store started putting out some specially marked bins of free fruit for kids to snack on while their parents are shopping. They had bananas and oranges. They were not large, but they were good quality, it's not like the store was giving away fruit that no one would buy. I have no idea how much they've given away.

Comment Re:Seems Impressive to me (Score 2) 179

But that's not a reasonable comparison to make. How many more years have those other companies had to set up those assembly lines? Maybe try comparing Tesla's production rate with another 13 year old car company. (Or compare Tesla's numbers to what those other companies did in their 13th year.) And don't forget that Tesla is making a new type (electric) of car. And before you say electric cars aren't new, how do those other companies' production numbers for electric cars compare to Tesla's numbers?

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