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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

OhPlz Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (369 comments)

Legally, yes. I not only stopped for the red, I stopped at the stop line which is much further back than where most motorists stop. The annoying part is that if I drove as badly as everyone else, nothing would have happened.

Now whenever I stop, I end up questioning whether I'm doing the right thing.

yesterday
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

OhPlz Re:Federal govt + cloud computing (118 comments)

Unless things have changed dramatically*, there are rules that make it harder to use commercial cloud computing, as not all can guarantee that the services will only be hosted in the U.S.

Private cloud, or in this case.. federal government cloud. When this administration took over, one of their initiatives was to reduce the vast number of government data centers that existed across the country. Granted some were really just data closets, but many were actual data centers. Part of this effort could have been to use virtualization to allow for services to spread over more boxes or to contract. The federal government has more than enough various online services to account for the idle load problem. The problem is, it's the federal government. I'm sure that cross-agency bureaucracy would stand in the way of change, as would labor unions if this crosses their path.

Imagine what the NSA can do or the scale of the data center that was built in Utah, but then sites like healthcare.gov (yes, please troll mod me again) and safecar.gov fail due to overload. The fed's priorities are warped. If it invades your personal life, the project gets whatever it needs and then some. If it might save your life, it goes to the cheapest bidder and we end up with infrastructure that fails. This issue needs a leader in a time when there is no leadership.

yesterday
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

OhPlz Re:This is good (369 comments)

Exactly. That's what makes automated enforcement such a nightmare. If people had to honor the speed limits as posted, it would be hilariously awful. All it takes is for one genius to travel at the speed limit and it can foul all lanes. People change lanes left or right to get around them and it eventually trickles back for miles to the point where traffic is at a dead stop.

The more I drive, the more I hope that self driving cars become a reality soon. But considering the many challenges of driving, I doubt it.

yesterday
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

OhPlz Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (369 comments)

If it still reduces accidents as well as red light running, does it matter if 'more' people run the yellow?

I don't see how it could reduce accidents unless the yellow was too short to allow all vehicle types time to stop. The problem I see is that people will hit the gas to "make" the light and if they time it wrong, they end up with cross traffic. Too many people don't look before proceeding when they get green. If the longer yellow allows time for more vehicles, it's also going to allow time for a straggler to get going even faster to fly through from further away. If the stats don't pan out, that's interesting.

I don't think fatalities is the big issue here. Drunk driving is its own problem that won't be solved with traffic signals. No one wants to deal with collision damage from lower speed accidents.

I understand the issue with red light cameras and rear-end accidents. I'm not in favor of automated enforcement of any type.

I had a collision recently and it was because I stopped at a red on a right turn-out. The genius behind me was going to run it thinking she could beat the cross traffic, assuming I had already run the light. The odd thing there is that to be safe, meaning to not cause a collision, I should have run the light. I think the way we design intersections needs a rethink.

yesterday
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

OhPlz Healthcare.gov (118 comments)

Did the same company design this site that did the federal healthcare.gov? You'd think that after that disaster they'd be looking at ways to handle spikes of traffic.

yesterday
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

OhPlz Re:This is good (369 comments)

I don't know how it works in Chicago land, but speeds are supposed to reflect the average speed of traffic on the road. The problem I have with automated enforcement is that it doesn't take into account that speed limits are well below where they should be on most streets. There's a highway near me that was designed for traffic to do 70mph but the road can't be signed for it because the state police won't sign off. So it sits at 55mph and everyone does 70mph anyway, and a few get ticketed each day. Same thing with surface streets.

yesterday
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

OhPlz Re:how pretty (202 comments)

Office menus? Careful, they'll take that as an endorsement of ribbons. We replaced everything with ribbons! See? No more menus!

2 days ago
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Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

OhPlz Re:Nothing on the underlying technology? (67 comments)

He made a small donation to a popular cause. He's not demonic.

The truth hurts sometimes, deal with it.

5 days ago
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Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

OhPlz Re:Nothing on the underlying technology? (67 comments)

It's interesting given that Mozilla fired their CEO that invented JavaScript. Is there a social justice warrior game in this bundle?

about a week ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

OhPlz Re:So I take it (246 comments)

One of a long list of things that California gets wrong.

about a week ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

OhPlz Re:So I take it (246 comments)

How do you know that other parties have fewer needs? I don't like seeing carve-outs that are specific to one group over another. Insurance was meant to be a risk pool. Instead, it has turned into a discount card, or even a free pass. Hospitals are expensive, and having a child is super expensive, I get that. But is that reason enough to pull from a risk pool that also goes to pay for things like cancer, multiple sclerosis, life threatening injury, and so on? People generally don't know that they're going to get cancer, and that's why we all pay into insurance. You may never collect, but you can't know. Pregnancy is predictable. You choose to take on that challenge.

You may have someone suffering from a serious disease, and they're hit with high copayments, coinsurance until hitting a high out of pocket maximum for the year, and expensive medications. Meanwhile, you have companies forking over thousands for women to freeze eggs. Doesn't that bother you? We're focusing in on people living their every day lives and ignoring the needs of people who are seriously ill or injured. People with serious health problems have to suffer through their conditions, plus work, plus paying for everything, meanwhile Sandra Fluke complains about paying for her own birth control while she gets a free ride to an Ivy League school. It's insane.

about a week ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

OhPlz Re:So I take it (246 comments)

Pregnancy is not a disability.

about a week ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

OhPlz Re:More feminist bullshit (717 comments)

Sounds like the gun control debate. It isn't the words on the screen that's the problem, it's the mentally ill person that's the problem, and our society's unwillingness to address the issue of mental illness.

about two weeks ago
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It's an Internet-Connected Wheelchair (Video)

OhPlz Tracking? (22 comments)

"What if a connected wheelchair spent all of its time far from the home of the person to whom it was assigned?"

What if we lived in a country where people had a right to privacy?

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

OhPlz Re: Yes yes yes (405 comments)

I think many of us would prefer to separate it while still being employed.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

OhPlz Re:Maybe if they didn't abuse (354 comments)

If only we had elected that guy that campaigned on hope and change.

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

OhPlz Re:Fine! (365 comments)

Your solution is to modify the law to allow corps to bring as much low cost labor as they want? Now you've suppressed wages to the point of significantly lowering the standard of living for everyone. That causes drops in tax revenue which hurts schools, fire, police, etc.. The whole point of quotas is to ensure that we don't bring in more people than our communities can handle.

about a month ago

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NH Man Arrested for Videotaping Police.. Again

OhPlz OhPlz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

OhPlz (168413) writes "Back in 2006, a resident of New Hampshire's second largest city was arrested while at the police station attempting to file a complaint against officers. His crime? He had video tape evidence of the officers' wrongdoings. According to the police, that's wiretapping.

After world wide attention, the police dropped the charges. His complaint was found to be valid, but the evidence never saw the light of day.

Well, guess what? Round two. There are differing reports, but again the police arrested Mr. Gannon and again, they seized his video camera. This time it's "falsifying evidence" because he tried to hand off the camera, most likely to protect its contents.

Once again, if the police are free to videotape us, why aren't we free to videotape them? If there's the potential of police wrongdoing, how is it that the law permits the police to seize the evidence?"

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