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Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

Nexus7 Re:Pretty obvious (115 comments)

You talking 2.9-3 s, most probably just a calibration error. And it's no coincidence that RLC intersections have NTOR signs, if they were the most dangerous ones to begin with.

about a month ago
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Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

Nexus7 Re:Pretty obvious (115 comments)

Thing is, red light cameras catch people who are entering an intersection on red, which is illegal, dangerous, and inconsiderate (me-first-fuck-you'ers). You can argue about whether the amber/yellow should be 3 seconds or 4, and whether it was reduced in order to increase the revenue; but the minimum (federally mandated, I believe) is 3 s, and 3 s is plenty of time to stop or to go through based on conditions. RLC tickets in Chicago have a human review them, so they're not sent if conditions make it impossible to not go through (again you can argue over this).

But in the majority of situations (I'd guesstimate 99%), and RLC catches a person doing something illegal. There is no question of balancing rights and improvement in traffic conditions.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

Nexus7 Re:Why? (238 comments)

'Cos is about the "do no evil, baby" thingie, not about the service?

about 4 months ago
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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

Nexus7 Re:Hurray for Japan (274 comments)

By your own premise, once you "snap your fingers and make all the guns go away in America," then the people suffering from "problems of undertreatment of the mentally ill, mistreatment of the poor, and the prevailing attitude that I'm not responsible for my own actions" will not be able to shoot anyone. Thus the murder rate would go down (since you imply it is because of these problems, and not the availability of guns, that people shoot people).

about 4 months ago
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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Nexus7 Re:Again? (557 comments)

Most people in that region identify with Russia. They were looking at an EU austerity regime vs free money from Russia.

Yeah, I find the original results easier to believe.

about 4 months ago
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Canonical (Nearly) Halts Development of Ubuntu For Android

Nexus7 Re:What's the difference? (55 comments)

At the link you posted:
"With all-native core apps and no Java overhead , Ubuntu runs well on entry-level smartphones..."

Are there known speed benefits, or is this speculation?

about 4 months ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

Nexus7 Re:Yep. (353 comments)

There is another legal problem that this technical solution doesn't address. User A racks up 100 miles owed. Then says FU, and deletes their account. They create another account and continue to rack up miles. Who will take action against A? The exchange will send them a stern email?

Or, rapists/criminals determine that this is a good way to get their targets to lower their guard, and cities are faced with another crime vector. Who pays to enforce?

about 6 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

Nexus7 Re:trolololol overrated. (202 comments)

I wouldn't consider myself a KDE fanboy, having used it only for oh, like 3 years but I moved to it after some of that Unity/Gnome2/Gnome3/I-forget-the-details mess. Suddenly I found I could tweak things to my preference (nothing fanboyish, just being able to turn on editable paths, different views, etc. in the file explorer; a searchable "Start" button). I did find the default appearance ugly, but customized it (KFaenza icon-set, Smaragd window theme engine-thingy that lets me use a really nice Emerald window theme called HUD). I also use Windows everyday, and much prefer KDE. Yeah, some things don't work well - Wally breaks frequently because KDE makes it hard to change the wallapaper from the cmd line, Samba mounts ask for passwords repeatedly... but those are things that either aren't possible in Windows (or Unity, I suppose, I never looked back at that one), or well, they work in Windows (but other things drive my preference towards KDE).

about 6 months ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

Nexus7 Re:S C U M B A G S (150 comments)

Oh wait, it isn't 2011. 3 years, then.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Reportedly In Talks With Comcast For Separate Apple Streaming Path

Nexus7 Re:S C U M B A G S (150 comments)

Or, it could mean that municipalities, Google, and others who view internet access as an utility, have 7 years to get their act together.

about 6 months ago
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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard

Nexus7 Re: Prior Art? (63 comments)

In other words, you can use your phone "hands-free" which driving, but not really hands-free.

about 6 months ago
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Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes

Nexus7 Re:Actually informative summary (56 comments)

The article also makes an important point, which the OP misses in their summary, which is that the coprolites had a wider range of antibiotic-resistance genes, implying that present day human gut bacteria aren't as capable of fighting invasive bacteria.

about 6 months ago
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Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes

Nexus7 Actually informative summary (56 comments)

Moreover, the summary of the first part (about gut bacteria) is just an exercise in poor writing. Let me summarize from the linked article, without similarly confusing bacteria, viruses, and microbes. Coprolites from Belgium had different gut bacteria species waging antibiotic warfare on each other. Each made antibiotics to kill other invasive bacterial species, and viruses (of the kind called bacteriophages) moved genetic material between bacteria (of the same kind) thus helping that bacterial species better fight the invasive bacteria.

Then there is some unrelated article, with possibly an equally poor summary, but my attention span was already exhausted.

about 6 months ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Nexus7 Re:community better off.. helping mt gox? (465 comments)

How exactly are they then going to "take the funds back from the thief/thieves against their will"? The Japanese government doesn't care.

about 7 months ago
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A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check

Nexus7 Re:wow (189 comments)

I think they meant to say "less space than that is required to store Wikipedia".

about 7 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

Nexus7 Re:Statute of limitations (467 comments)

It is a feature of stories based on a dystopian future, and bykn some accounts (Shock Doctrine, I think?) of the present-day US, that the "common folk', you know, the ones with only 1 vote, are subject to increasing harsh punishments to stifle any hint of dissent, let alone revolution. Arresting for not returning DVDs is just a macabre progression from arresting for pot possession.

I'm sure in South Carolina, this will be only an human-interest story, not a cause of alarm or anything more.

Corporations get off with no punishment for far worse than illegally foreclosing homes! However your example is apt, since mortgages can be viewed as renting money (not technically however).

We had a rich man's son get off with no jail time for driving into 4 pedestrians, the judge said he suffered from "affluenza"! Other shocking examples are plenty in the US.

about 7 months ago
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Argonne Lab Grows Chia Pet Style Hairy Electronic Fibers

Nexus7 Re:Epic fail... Americans... (22 comments)

Do they mean water and dust, or just water or dust at one time, but not both simultaneously?

about 7 months ago
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Argonne Lab Grows Chia Pet Style Hairy Electronic Fibers

Nexus7 Re:Stupid Title (22 comments)

Agreed.

I mean, what does this mean, "... Micro-size hairs can also make a surface that repels water, called superhydrophobic, or dust,' the researchers said in a statement."

Does it mean they can repel water and dust, or they can repel water, dust, and something called "called superhydrophobic"? And if the clause "called superhydrophobic" is explaining water repulsion, then why isn't it just hydrophobic, but instead a super version?

about 7 months ago
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Australia's National Broadband Network Downgraded

Nexus7 Bad news, if ATT is anything to go by... (122 comments)

ATT did a similar thing in the US. They started out promising FTTP, and I believe, received govt. $$$ (from the Uniform Subscriber Fee). Over the years, they down-graded it to FTTN, and now are merely converting their copper lines to IP-based (still called U-Verse). The bad news is that their FTTN (and of course all-copper) has much less bandwidth than the cable company's coax networks. Don't you guys have coax cable over there?

about 9 months ago
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US Treasury Completes Bailout of General Motors

Nexus7 Re:Obama (425 comments)

You're confounding the auto industry bailout with the financial industry bailout, probably intentionally. Since the argument here is whether the estimated savings from bailing out the auto industry were worth the price, the amount of the financial industry bailout isn't relevant.

You seem to be implying that the amount spent in the financial industry bailout was completely wasted, but don't provide any supporting argument. And I also read somewhere that most of the financial industry bailout was not spent in the conventional sense, but was guarantees, but since you're just making some offhand argument, I won't bother digging that up.

about 9 months ago

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