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Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

C. Alan Netrek is still good (460 comments)

Netrek is pretty fun, and you can just drop in a server when you have 10 or 15 minutes to kill. It is the ORIGINAL on-line game, and still lots of fun.

One of my recent favorites is just plain old desktop defender. Its flash based.

more than 4 years ago

Cities Tampering With Traffic Lights To Generate Revenue

C. Alan There is a Traffic Engineering Term for this.... (736 comments)

It is called a "dilemma zone". As it has been pointed out before, it is possible for the yellow light to be too short for you to safely stop before you reach the intersection. This is not a good Traffic Engineering Practice, and endangers the public.

I forget the exact equation, but timing a yellow light goes something like this: 0.5 seconds + the time it takes the design vehicle to cover the distance it takes to stop. If the yellow light is shorter than this, then it would be nearly physically impossible for you to stop before you reached the intersection.

If you get one of these tickets, I think getting it dismissed would be a simple matter of getting the light timing for the signal (the jurisdiction controlling the light should have this on file), and then have a registered traffic engineer do the yellow light length calculations, and hopefully the judge would have enough brains to throw the ticket out, and put the city on notice that the practice is dangerous.

more than 6 years ago



C. Alan C. Alan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

C. Alan writes "Electronista is running an interesting piece piece on how Universal refused to its content to Microsoft's online store without getting royalties for each Zune sold. Universal CEO Doug Morris has apparently swallowed Microsoft's DRM scheme hook, line and sinker. He is now quoted to have said of devices other than the forthcoming Zune, "These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it,". As an Ipod owner, I hope he likes the taste of his foot, because it is very much in his mouth now."

C. Alan C. Alan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

C. Alan writes "KBasic has announced the release of Objective Basic 1.0 on their website at Thus bringing Object based Basic programming to OSX at a very reasonable price. For casual programmers and new Imac owners like me, is one more piece of software that will keep from booting my Imac into Windows XP."


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