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Comment Re:A way better solution (Score 1) 233

Literally never seen another stuck signal, and that was a temporary kit pulled from the trailer of a work vehicles. What makes you think this is a big problem?

Having seen several stuck signals in my home town. But then I guess a lot more signals are stuck for bikes than for cars.

Comment Re:Complain daily (Score 1) 233

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) 233

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 Re:Pittsburgh is losing its identity (Score 1) 126

I get it. That's a part of why I typically try to negotiate non-standard start times when I take a position. Starting work at 09:30 makes for a much more relaxed commute both to and from work.

If/When telecommuting become the norm, most of my problems will be behind me because I'll be able to live and work far enough outside of the city that none of their decisions will have any impact upon me.

LK

Comment Re: Use a POTS-simulating phone at riots (Score 1) 221

My implied point was to only take what you absolutely need when you go to someplace where you might be searched, e.g. a demonstration, an airport, etc.

You need a phone call to make outgoing calls.

You may need an incoming number that you can leave with friends.

If you need a camera, take a stand-alone camera with a blank memory card.

If you need a smart phone, buy a burner phone. But most people don't want to spend $50 on a burner smart-phone for each rally they go to.

Comment Re:A way better solution (Score 1) 233

[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) 233

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) 233

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) 233

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) 233

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 Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 231

OK, but with the gaming examples you're talking about (a) a DRM system that was obviously broken and (b) DRM applied to something where you bought a permanent copy. I have much less sympathy for the content provider in those situations, and if they wind up having to refund a lot of people's money because they shipped a broken product then I still won't have much sympathy for them.

The opposite side is when you have DRM protecting a service like PPV or Netflix where you know you're not buying a permanent copy, and most people will just fire up the player and enjoy the show without ever knowing the DRM is even there. In that case, the DRM is transparent to legitimate viewers, but some form of protection is reasonable to prevent casual infringement.

As I've said throughout, there has to be a balance. DRM that breaks stuff is bad, and people who supply broken products should make good on the damage to their customers. But DRM also makes it practical to follow new and useful business models that can benefit everyone involved.

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