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Submission + - Blinded by the lights. (

niftymitch writes: Recent tests of automobile headlights seem to be conducted and presented without regard to sharing the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, oncoming or following vehicle lights.

Modern lamps are astoundingly bright and quickly eliminate any dark adaption a driver might have.
The problem lamps are not just automobile lamps but also poorly adjusted street and construction lights. LED lamps with their small emitters like arc welders and arc lamps are blinding because the eye focuses the spot thus area intensity specified in the laws is often a flawed measure.

As a photographer will tell you it is almost impossible to image a scene when sensors can see very bright light sources in the field of view. Humans have an almost 180-degree forward-facing horizontal diameter of their visual field so the long focal length images in these presentations misrepresent or fail to address the issue of glare impeded vision.
A simple example is two approaching vehicles. One vehicle has a pedestrian on the side of the road or even sidewalk. Lamps sufficient to dominate other light sources and illuminate the pedestrian would blind both the pedestrian and oncoming vehicles. Pedestrians can trip and fall when blinded by modern bright lamps.
A more common and often overlooked problem is glare from following vehicles via side and rear view mirrors. Simple studies like this one are informative but not complete:
make it clear that there is a problem but present data in ways unfriendly even hostile to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Misuse of high beams and fog lights further increases the issue. Fog lights reflect off damp and wet pavement and blind oncoming or leading traffic when breaking conditions are worse and visibility degraded.
Pedestrians in cities or country roads in bad weather tend to be head down and on a mission to get home and dry. One test discusses adjusting lamps but fails to remind

Multiple solutions.
Higher visibility clothing, i.e. grey camo is foolish for jogging. My favorite is mom running behind a jogging pram with two infants yet invisible to cross and turning traffic because of glare.

Vehicle safety enhancements not unlike automatic braking could sense night and forward contrast. With oncoming or following traffic slow the vehicle (notify driver) so a driver does not overdrive conditions. High beams and fog lights at the wrong time would be met with a totally grouchy announcement and then if not dimmed speed reduced to 5km/hr. below posted speeds.

I fear that modern lamp manufacturers helped set the test criteria to make their products sell better.

Any study that does not share the road is flawed or only a partial study.

N.B. The Mr Grouch version is worse than this:

Submission + - Is the WHO announcement a scam. (

niftymitch writes: Math...
According to the WHO, world wide about 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide are attributable to diets high in processed meat. With a population of seven billion one wonders what the WHO is classifying. Compare with fatalities per driver's licenses of 1 per 6,200 driver's licenses in 2009.
They do say: These numbers contrast with about 1 million cancer deaths per year globally due to tobacco smoking, 600 000 per year due to alcohol consumption, and more than 200 000 per year due to air pollution."

Staying home and enjoying a BLT might prove safer than driving out to a tofurkey restaurant.
I fully expect California to classify bacon as carcinogenic — they are the ones that are happy to tell us all that buying a second lottery ticket doubles your odds of winning. They fail to tell us that if we all buy a second the odds do not really double in ways implied. They also fail to tell a single purchaser that 2x a very very very very very very tiny number is still a very tiny number.
Next gets me started on the omission of health concerns related to the preservation of food.. Yes the are aware: "Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation."
Tell me what the increased fatality rate associated with loss of improved preservation is.
Possibly I am right and possibly I have discovered the roots of the cabal behind this scam.

Submission + - Ebola and the War of the Worlds (

niftymitch writes: Compare and contrast todays news coverage on Ebola and the topic of the upcoming PBS special replay:
War of the Worlds
Aired: 10/29/2013 52:10 Rating: NR
Shortly after 8 p.m. on the Halloween Eve, 1938, a panicked radio announcer broke in with a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic. It turned out to be H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds performed by Orson Welles.

Submission + - Sure blame the computer -- Ebola (

niftymitch writes: "The Dallas hospital treating a patient with Ebola blamed a flaw in its electronic health records as the reason he was first released despite telling a nurse he had come from West Africa".
Now blame the computer....

OK flabbergasted I am. The blame game begins.
Five individuals under voluntary quarantine were threatened by officials
for going out to get food. Now under mandatory quarantine.

Silly rabbits know.
Quarantine for 21 days without food is tantamount to a death sentence.
Especially with screaming healthy small children inside a 1000 sq ft apartment.
If there are any complications starvation is serious.. Yes M. Ganhdi did fast for 21 days...

Removal of soiled linens and the bed but no plan to replace them will have
them sleeping on the floor. Oh wait now the carpet must be ripped out because
the carpet is now bedding.

Removal of common trash. Can common water bottles be recycled with other
trash. Can food scraps be composed in the local landfill.

Submission + - A Polygraph is not private, OH MY.... ( 1

niftymitch writes:

"TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – WIAT 42 News has obtained a copy of Justin “Ross” Harris’ personnel file from the time that he was employed as a dispatcher with the Tuscaloosa Police Department. The documents detail Harris’ employment history, some drug use, and the results of a polygraph test that was conducted before his hire. Harris was hired as a tele communicator basic with the police department in June of 2006. He was promoted in his second year with the department, and then in May 2009, he resigned."

This is a tangle of astounding reach. A polygraph is a process to coerce "honesty" from individuals... But there is no US constitutional protection and no privacy as this release demonstrates.

Submission + - SF-fire-chief-bans-helmet-cameras BUT WHY? (

niftymitch writes: San Francisco's fire chief has explicitly banned firefighters from using helmet-mounted video cameras, after images from a battalion chief's Asiana Airlines crash recording became public and led to questions about first responders' actions leading up to a fire rig running over a survivor.

Submission + - Like this cannot be hacked... (

niftymitch writes: Like this can never be hacked.... One can hope.

"A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely.

"The technology, but not an actual gun, was demonstrated Tuesday at a wireless technology conference in Las Vegas and was shown to The Associated Press in advance. It comes at a time when lawmakers around the U.S. are considering contentious smart gun laws that would require new guns to include high-tech devices that limit who can fire them."

Submission + - Should health departments relax in emergencies?... radiation did it... (

niftymitch writes: State health officials said several vendors have set up in Moore to help provide food to residents and workers in the area, but some are failing to follow basic health guidelines. Cleveland County Health Department officials say there have been reports of numerous vendors in the area giving away or selling food for people living and working in the area.

The director of the state health department's consumer health service, K.C. Ely, says that while they appreciate that people want to help, they are finding "multiple food safety hazards."

Ely said a check of several vendors found no means for washing hands, water, screening, overhead protection or other basic food safety requirements.

Submission + - Man Jailed in UK 4 fake detectors. (

niftymitch writes: "A British judge on Thursday sentenced a businessman who sold fake bomb detectors to 10 years in jail, saying the millionaire had shown a cavalier disregard for potentially fatal consequences.

"James McCormick made an estimated 50 million pounds ($77.8 million) from the sales of his non-working detectors — which were based on a novelty golf ball finder — to countries including Iraq, Belgium, Niger and Saudi Arabia."

Now will the purveyors of the of those body scanners to the TSA be next?

Submission + - CNN anchor Deb Feyerick opened with a rather odd question (

niftymitch writes: The fifth branch of the US gvment needs an education!

On Friday, an asteroid will come within 17,000 miles of the Earth—“a very close shave” by space standards, as my colleague Phil Plait puts it on Bad Astronomy. Recently, Bill Nye the Science Guy went on CNN to discuss the phenomenon—and anchor Deb Feyerick opened with a rather odd question: “Is this an effect of perhaps global warming?”

BTW: The fourth branch is special interest groups.

Submission + - Moo, Tracking School Children With RFID (

niftymitch writes: Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates Radio Frequency Identification Device chips to monitor livestock, a Texas school district just begun implanting the devices on student identification cards to monitor pupils’ movements on campus, and to track them as they come and go from school.

Tagging school children with RFID chips is uncommon, but not new.

The risk is in the abuse. Merchants and many many more locations can deploy readers and track these passive ID tags. The result is that it is not only the school that can track the students.

Submission + - The clairvoyant patent.. OMG #7,958,388

niftymitch writes: And I quote from US patent 7,958,388
United States Patent 7,958,388
Bullen , et al. June 7, 2011
"The above description of the preferred embodiments has been given by way of example. From the disclosure given, those skilled in the art shall understand the invention and its advantages, but will also find apparent various changes and modifications that can be made to the methods and structures disclosed. We seek therefore to cover all such changes and modifications as fall within the spirit and scope of the invention, as defined by the appended claims and equivalents thereof. Thus, it is intended that the specification and examples be considered as exemplary only, with a true scope and spirit of the invention being indicated by the following claims."

Which I take to claim that anything a workman like programmer discovers as missing is included even if they have not thought of it yet.


Submission + - It is illegal to talk. (

niftymitch writes: Apparently it is illegal to talk about the superbowl. .....descriptions are a violation of copyright. Listen closely right before the commercials and you will find yourself being told that not only are unauthorized reproductions a no-no, but so are...

Submission + - Zappos - zapped (

niftymitch writes: Zappos tells us.

"First, the bad news:

"We are writing to let you know that there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on, including one or more of the following: your name, e-mail address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, the last four digits of your credit card number (the standard information you find on receipts), and/or your cryptographically scrambled password (but not your actual password)."

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