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Comment Re:Complain daily (Score 1) 225

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) 225

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.?

Submission + - Supermassive black hole rocketing out of distant galaxy at 5 million mph

The Bad Astronomer writes: Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole barreling out of its home galaxy at 5 million mph. The 3 billion solar mass behemoth formed from the merger of two slightly smaller black holes after two galaxies collided and themselves merged. The resulting blast of gravitational waves is thought to have been asymmetric, causing a rocket effect which launched the resulting black hole away. It's currently 40,000 light years from the galaxy's core.

Comment Re:A way better solution (Score 1) 225

[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) 225

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) 225

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.

Comment Fullscreen to be restricted to secure cont (Score 1) 231

I think that has something to do with browser publishers deprecating the Fullscreen API on cleartext HTTP sites to make it harder for a man in the middle to impersonate your device's operating system. (Search keyword "secure contexts".). Do the pages an where embedded YouTube video falls to go full screen use HTTPS or cleartext HTTP?

Comment Re: Youtube lost me to forced ads. (Score 1) 231

please keep in mind that a lot of us watch youtube on our "smart-tv" devices, Nintendos, Xbox's Youtube app etc.

Or use a HOSTS file ad blocker.

Editing the hosts file requires root access. Root access is difficult to come by other than on personal computers. You'd need to run your own DNS to cover devices where only the manufacturer, not the owner, has root.

Comment Until 3rd world countries join the 2nd world (Score 1) 168

Until 3rd world food-producing countries become hostile to the US, such as if they join the 2nd world by becoming more closely allied with Russia and China than with North America and Western Europe. Domestic production must be prepared to cover for sudden interruptions in the flow of imports.

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