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Comment Re:Looks ok to me (Score 1) 229

There is no proof that any of the tickets were issued when the driver did NOT commit an infraction (if that is not correct, please point it out because I missed it). The problem seems to be that this particular traffic law was being heavily and rigidly enforced without prior warning. A bigger focus on the enforcement of a long-existing law does not need to be announced by anyone, even if it is a dick move. Do you believe the law in question to be immoral or unjust? What is the alternative? - Should the existing law be repealed/amended such that a "rolling right turn" become legal? That will surely lead to more traffic accidents. - Should the existing law not be enforced? If so, then what is the legitimate* purpose of having that law on the books in the first place? - Should a police officer be stationed on every corner to write tickets the old-fashioned way? This is a colossal waste of resources**. On a semi-related note, should it be illegal for security cameras to be used by police, and instead require an officer to physically witness an alleged crime in person? I'm not suggesting that the government parties involved aren't rigging the system in their favor by manipulating the timing of traffic signals, but this particular infraction seems pretty cut and dry. *An illegitimate purpose would be to allow for selective enforcement by police that are on so-called "fishing expeditions" looking to harass particular groups of people, search vehicles, etc. **Obviously it's a waste of resources on the courtroom side if the tickets were, in fact, issued to drivers who did not commit an infraction. I'm making the assumption that the equipment is correctly calibrated, as there is no evidence to prove otherwise. Again, it seems the ticket-reporting module was intended to only report red-light infractions all the way through the intersection and/or include a higher tolerance - still doesn't take away from the fact that, petty as it is, the drivers did actually commit an offense.

Comment Re:I'll take a shot... (Score 1) 350

When you are dieting and feel hungry, don't eat. Instead, drink water until you fill your stomach. The feeling of fullness removes (most of the) desire to eat.

This is a bad idea to do regularly, and is a classic behavior of someone with an eating disorder. Eat healthy food (e.g. vegetables) instead of a burger and fries when you feel hungry.

Comment Re:GUI designers (Score 1) 311

I use UltraMon for this. Some of the features have been adopted by Windows 7 natively that were implemented first in UltraMon via scripts, but specific capabilities like dividing a large desktop into smaller "sub-desktops" with shortcut keys to flip applications between these arbitrary borders and move/maximize them are very helpful, particularly in multi-monitor environments.

Comment Re:Hell with the desert. (Score 1) 452

Doesn't LA have an hourly death toll? Iunno, I live up north in the woods. Last murder here was 1982. >.>

You mean the last *documented* murder, perhaps? In L.A. if something goes down I have a solid chance of getting away into a crowd or finding help, or someone at least finding my body. I can hear the banjos from here, boy!

Comment Re:Hell with the desert. (Score 1) 452

Ignoring the eye-roll-inducing joke attempt and the implied racism, South Central L.A. has convenience/grocery stores all over (food/water/supplies) and hundreds of police and other public safety personnel wandering about, not to mention loads of regular people within talking or shouting distance who are happy to give directions to wayward tourists. There are much worse places to be lost.

Comment Re:It's like searching for Arizona in Google Maps. (Score 1) 452

To spell it out even more clearly: when most people say "New York", they really mean New York City - specifically the neighborhood/borough of Manhattan - which is located in the state of New York in the country of the United States. This is like wanting directions to NYC/Manhattan* but only searching for "New York" and both you and your navigation app aren't smart enough to make the more common suggestion, and you end up driving to a point just outside of Adirondack Park upstate (i.e., near the center of the state of New York).

* Coincidentally, Google Maps will navigate you to the reservoir in the middle of central park if you search for "Manhattan", and to the Executive Office of New York City at 280 Broadway if you search for "New York," "New York City," or "NYC."

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 608

There are few people more annoying than those who try to justify recreational drug use with claimed self-medication benefits. Just admit you like getting stoned. I don't kid myself that getting drunk is some serious health exercise, I just enjoy it.

In *many* cases marijuana will cause its user to become stoned, but there are a lot of people like my wife where it doesn't have that effect or it is greatly reduced. Its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects should definitely not be discounted, especially with the lack of serious side effects compared to more traditional medications intended to treat those conditions. I'm not saying people under the influence of MJ should be allowed to drive any more than those under the influence of alcohol or any other drug, but you shouldn't be so quick to judge other peoples' situations. She and I would love nothing more than to never have to buy more of it just for her to lead a normal life.

Comment Logo, Typing and HTML (Score 1) 632

In 4th or 5th grade (~1992) we as a class learned Logo (the turtle!). As a high school freshman I was in a typing class to learn the classical/proper techniques of typing. As a high school senior (1999) we had a "Computer Science" elective which was essentially a class for learning HTML and simple JavaScript, with some very broad strokes about networks, client/server, and how a web page shows up on your computer. That was one of the best classes I took and the reason I'm doing development today. We also had a couple of one-time sessions about how to use the computers to do research and find journals or books in the library. Nothing else was taught before college as I recall, including (surprisingly in retrospect) how to use word processing and spreadsheets.

Comment Re:Size matters (Score 1) 432

Oh, and keep a set of working clothes at the office just in case you have to do some work on a day you need to dress up.

This. My day could consist of meeting with a fortune 100 CEO to talk about proposals and payment terms in the morning and installing a projector in a soffit that afternoon. I keep a suit, business casual outfit and construction site clothes at work just in case I get any surprises in the morning or spill gravy on my crotch at lunch. Don't forget deodorant and a toothbrush either.

Comment Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 263

I don't know why I keep coming here, holy shit. MOVIE REVIEWS? And not for something like Primer which everyone may not know about, but for a superhero movie that the whole goddamn world is going to see. I have an idea, let's take it further off-topic all talk about how people got shot at a theater that was playing this movie and the merits of gun control! I guess next I'll go and comment on some YouTube videos

Comment Re:Too late (Score 1) 244

Re: Disovery - every time that I flip past it in the guide, there is some car-related show on. Exotic cars going fast, classic cars being modified or sold at auction, etc ad nauseam. I give less of a fuck about cars than about ESPN. Most of the semi-interesting Discovery fare is available on Netflix anyway, or will be shortly.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 244

Agreed. During a promotional period I was subscribed to Starz via my cable provider, with much of the content also available on Netflix Instant before that contract ran out. Starz HD was such a compressed, blocky banded mess that at first I thought something was wrong with my cable signal. Starz via Netflix looked great.

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