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Comment Re:Complain daily (Score 1) 223

They don't need me to tell them it's a bad intersection

They do if the city uses citizen reports as a metric to prioritize allocating budget for improvements to its intersections.

Another thing... are you suggesting that my lack of reporting this makes my analysis of the issue less valid?

No. But in my opinion, one analyzes an issue in order to find a solution.

Or are you simply trying to gently redirect the conversation

Yes. The conversation went in one direction, namely clarification of the problem with this particular approach. Once I realized the problem was an underprovisioned LTYOG, that direction concluded, and I redirected it toward what can be done about the problem.

from pointing out that your counterpoint isn't very good to a conversation about my poor citizenship?

I'm trying to be helpful, suggesting measures that have a chance of getting a problem solved.

Comment Re:A way better solution (Score 1) 223

How is a motorist stopped at such an unresponsive signal expected to recover the use of his or her vehicle?

Technically, you don't.

So in other words, all motorists using British roads are subject to having their vehicles seized at any time for any reason through deployment of a red traffic signal. Or what am I missing?

We turned around

That would work in theory except for a one-way street or an intersection with a no U-turn sign.

rang the police

Using what? Are all motorists using British roads required to keep a valid subscription to mobile phone service?

In addition, I tried ringing city services in my own (U.S.) city when facing a red light that would not respond to my bicycle stopped making a chord of the induction loop's sensor, and representatives blew off the report repeatedly. Or is government attitude toward reports of stuck traffic signals a difference between Britain and the U.S.?

Comment Cockpit access (Score 1) 248

First, those only stop someone from commandeering the aircraft in the circumstances that we saw in 2001 and do not necessarily address destroying an aircraft

No, they don't. And you can't, completely. You can shoot one down, and nothing at all prevents that. And the TSA doesn't do anything worth doing at all. But the problem that arose in 2001 was using the aircraft as a ballistic weapon with intelligent guidance. Everything that came about post 9/11 was in response to that. We'd had various aircraft destroyed by bombs, and no one felt we had to go anywhere near the lengths we did after 9/11. So what I was saying was that in response to 9/11, we should have done what I suggested, and that would have adequately addressed the actual issues that 9/11 brought to the table.

One of the concerns about the cockpit door is a rapid depressurization of passenger cabin might force that the door be opened.

Fine. If this is a real problem (unlikely, but possible), start building new aircraft without cockpit doors, and replacing the entire bulkhead in older aircraft. Have an external hatch access the cockpit; another the cabin. The pilots and engineer(s) don't need to be in the cabin, and the passengers and stews don't need to be in the cockpit.

Then toss the (un)PATRIOT(ic) act in the sewer where it belongs.

Comment Re:Hollywood is usually awful (Score 1) 312

Voiceover is definitely called WRT Bolos. But here's the thing: this would actually be a challenging movie to make. As opposed to "just another story." And CGI is now up to the task. Even so, there are quite a few Bolo stories that are man and machine, and some of those stories are more than a little poignant.

No one's made a good mech movie yet (Pacific rim was freaking horrible.) I would love to see one.

But even if there's no studio capable of bringing Bolos to life, there are still many, many stories that haven't even been touched that stay in the usual zone of people vs whatever.

Comment Adult appeal (Score 1) 312

Why do adults see these type of movies? Mystifying. Someone should explain the appeal.

We adults were kids once, and some of us enjoyed reading comics. With a good superhero movie, we get to see some of that come to life. It can be done well, and has been; you can also get a real stinker. Like Superman vs. Batman.

You know, just because I'm 60 doesn't mean I'm dead. Yet.

Also, comics are an art form. Like most art, it doesn't speak to everyone. That's okay. Like most art, it can be done well, or poorly. Also okay. And conversions to movies... same. But when someone does such a conversion poorly, and then claims that the audience is at fault, as here, for sharing their opinion about it... well, that's just humor.

Comment Hollywood is usually awful (Score 2) 312

It's not safe to make garbage and expect to turn a profit.

Exactly this. There are amazing numbers of untapped novels out there that would make wonderful movies.

That the movie industry spends most of its effort ignoring this resource leaves me with absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for any whining I hear from them. Where's Neuromancer? Where's Tau Zero? Where's (any one of) the Bolo stories, or Galactic Odyssey? Pretty much anything Gene Wolfe ever wrote? Axis of Time series? Novik's Temeraire? I could on for days just in the areas of fantasy and SF. There are tons of untapped thrillers and etc. out there too; Lots of as-yet-to-be-mades (not to mention as-yet-to-be-made-wells) from Clancy, Clavell, etc.

And then, when they commit crimes against art like create utter crap like "Soylent Green" out of really good books like "Make Room, Make Room"... then I'm glad they're not digging up good novels as sources. Let 'em make more formula superhero movies like the (utterly terrible) Batman vs. Superman we're talking about here. Keeps me from tearing my hair out.

Honestly, if the movie industry died (which it shows no sign of, this buffoon's whining aside), I'd just read more books.

Comment Re:A way better solution (Score 1) 223

[In Britain,] If you cross the line on red, you've broke the law, whether it was red for 0.1 seconds or 10 years (note: you can't even cross it if an emergency vehicle appears behind and you need to cross it to let them pass... it's AGAINST THE LAW to cross the line once the light is red).

How is a motorist stopped at such an unresponsive signal expected to recover the use of his or her vehicle?

Comment Re:A way better solution (Score 1) 223

Basically, their lights flash green 5 times before they go to yellow, giving you ample time to know that the green period ends.

A pre-yellow warning phase also causes motorists to increase speed inappropriately, which is why the United States has not adopted a pre-yellow vehicular phase.

Comment Re:40.000 deaths (Score 1) 223

Often blatant red light violations come from intersections with no left turn arrow. Frustrated drivers wait an entire light cycle (or four), and then finally just go when the opposite lane clears as the light turns red.

If you're referring to intersections that show the left* lane a green disc instead of a green arrow, the proper maneuver is a "LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN" as described in the driver's manual. First enter the intersection while the signal is green. Then by the time it turns red, you're already legally in the intersection and have the right and duty to clear it once oncoming traffic to your left ceases.

Or are you referring to left turn lanes whose signal doesn't turn green because its buried induction loop is failing to pick up your vehicle?

* Assuming USA and other countries that drive on the right.

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