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The Magic of Pallets

ShanghaiBill Re:Like many inventions ... (170 comments)

And standardized shipping containers. They make everything else happen.

They didn't make pallets happen. Pallets were widely adopted during WW2. Standardized intermodal shipping containers were first used in the mid-1950s, and were not widely adopted until the 1960s.

8 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

ShanghaiBill Re:Study financed by (238 comments)

Isn't this why there are demerit points, though?

Many states do not subtract points for camera violations. The rationale is that the driver has not been positively identified, and the ticket is issued to the registered owner of the vehicle, who may not be the driver.

12 hours ago
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

ShanghaiBill Re:Study financed by (238 comments)

Why do people insist on nitpicking

Because it is NOT nitpicking. It is a critical issue. If the yellow durations were actually changed, then everything else stated in the Tribune article is meaningless garbage. Changing the durations changes everything. You cannot conclude anything about the effect of cameras, without separating the camera effect from the effect of the signal changes.

12 hours ago
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Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

ShanghaiBill Re:Why dashcams? (84 comments)

There should be no redaction at all.

So when your daughter is raped, and goes to the police, you will have no problem with her full, unredacted, interview going up on Youtube?

13 hours ago
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign For Air Traffic

ShanghaiBill Re:convex lens (98 comments)

Hard to regulate when you can just order whatever you want from the other side of the world.

A solution does not have to be perfect to be useful. A divergent lens wouldn't eliminate 100% of the problem, but it would eliminate 90%. It would also make it easier to prosecute the remaining 10%, since a perp will have a harder time claiming that aiming it at an aircraft was unintentional, if they intentionally ordered a non-divergent laser pointer from another country rather than buying a divergent laser from a local shop.

13 hours ago
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Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

ShanghaiBill Re:Why dashcams? (84 comments)

The problem, of course, is that the whole point of body cams was that we can't trust the police, so any means of redacting content which needs redacting will likely be used to redact anything which casts a bad light on the officers.

It will be redacted for FOIA requests. But the original video will still be available for other purposes. For instance, if someone sues the police for misconduct, they could subpena the original uncut video. If the police charge someone with a crime, then that defendant's attorney will also have access to the original video.

yesterday
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

ShanghaiBill Re:Study financed by (238 comments)

Perhaps you don't understand the term "change the threshold back."

You need to read the entire sentence. They are talking about a legal threshold for issuing a ticket. They are NOT talking the actual duration of the light.

yesterday
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

ShanghaiBill Re:Study financed by (238 comments)

Before, the stoplights met the legal requirements.

Neither the summary nor the article says that.

Then they didn't (after installing the cameras)

Nether the summary nor the article says that.

It's very clear just from the summary.

Perhaps English is not your native language, but you appear to be functionally illiterate. The summary does not say what you think it does, and you continue to misread it after your error has been pointed out repeatedly by multiple people.

yesterday
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

ShanghaiBill Re:Study financed by (238 comments)

They changed the duration of the yellow light to under 3 seconds.

TFA does not say that. I did not read the original paywalled paper, but if it really says that, then that pretty much means the rest of the data is meaningless and the study is garbage. You cannot conclude that "cameras cause accidents" when a far more plausible explanation is "shorter yellow light durations cause accidents".

yesterday
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

ShanghaiBill Re:Study financed by (238 comments)

On the flipside, 80% of the people arguing against them really just want to be able to run red lights with impunity.

Indeed. A big problem with these cameras, is that they issue tickets to middle class white people. But a live cop will just pick on teenagers and blacks, and leave the rest of us alone.

yesterday
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

ShanghaiBill Re:Study financed by (238 comments)

Actually, it's right in the summary:

No. The summary says that they issued tickets in situations where the yellow light duration was below the federal minimum. But it does not say whether those durations were the same for the before-and-after data sets being compared.

yesterday
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Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

ShanghaiBill Re:Study financed by (238 comments)

the institute of No Shiat Sherlock.

It isn't really that obvious. There was an overall 5% increase in injury accidents at the intersections with cameras. But they did not mention the severity of the injuries. T-bone crashes (which were reduced) are likely to result in more severe injuries than rear-end collisions (which were increased). There were other complications: Most of the additional accidents occurred at intersections that were poorly chosen because they previously had few accidents. So it is possible that cameras improved safety at intersections with a history of accidents, and could improve safety overall if they are only installed at those intersections. Another issue is the yellow light duration. Longer yellows leads to fewer accidents, and some cities installing cameras also shorten the yellow light duration to increase revenue. It isn't clear if yellow light duration was decreased in the intersections studied.

The study shows that cameras can increase accidents, but it doesn't show they always increase accidents. If they are used more intelligently, they could be a net benefit.

yesterday
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

ShanghaiBill Re:False Falg? (231 comments)

I'm not sure that's good for North Korea.

Sure it is. NK's goal is not to "get" Sony. It is to maintain the reputation of their leader as a psychopathic kook. This will strengthen their hand in future negotiations over important issues. If you act reasonable, your adversaries will insist on an outcome that is "fair". But if act like an irrational psychopath, your adversaries will settle for any outcome that is even halfway sane. The Kim dynasty has been using this strategy since 1950, and it has worked well for them.

2 days ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

ShanghaiBill Re:False Falg? (231 comments)

The more this unravels the more I smell false flag.

Who had something to gain?

Sony. If they release the movie now, a lot of people will see it that otherwise wouldn't have been interested. I am still sticking to my theory that the hacking was staged, the released emails are fake, and the whole thing is a publicity stunt.

2 days ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

ShanghaiBill Re:Wrong way of thinking. (561 comments)

Again, free markets haven't been tried.

Stop being a pedantic ass. To say that a market is only "free" if the customers and vendors are infinite, and all information is instantly broadcast at superluminal velocity is ridiculous. There are plenty of markets that are close enough to "free" that the benefits and drawbacks of free markets are clear. All across the world, many villages have public markets where any farmer can pull up a wagon and sell his produce. There are no barriers to entry, plenty of customers, plenty of vendors, and prices are transparent. How is that not a free market? There are many, many, other markets that are essentially free.

2 days ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

ShanghaiBill Re:Make it easier to hire people? (561 comments)

As the capital cost of automation declines, humans simple can't win the race to the bottom you are proposing.

The "cost of automation" has been declining for centuries, and humans have been doing better and better. In particular, humans have done the best in countries that have automated the most. So you have a nice theory that is the exact opposite of actual reality. If you really believe that "this time is different", you need to explain why.

2 days ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

ShanghaiBill Re:Revolution (561 comments)

But the rich will not recognize that until the mobs with pitchforks are breaking into their gated communities.

That is what security robots are for. It will be ED-209 vs pitchforks.

2 days ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

ShanghaiBill Re:Old (561 comments)

there's always new jobs.. even if its working in "customer support" or marketing.

The problem is that these jobs pay relatively less, leading to growing income inequality. They also tend to be outsourceable. My company has a lot of graphic design work, that requires artistic skill, and human judgement. A job like that is a long way from being automated. So we pay a woman in Karachi, Pakistan to do it for $3/hour.

2 days ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

ShanghaiBill Re:Old (561 comments)

Robots are machines. Human being replaced by machines in the industry is hardly a new issue.

Until now, humans that were replaced by machines could find other jobs.

Except that America is approaching full employment, and high unemployment in Europe is caused by dumb fiscal and monetary policies rather than robots stealing job. A jobless economy is a fun thing to chat about on Slashdot, but it is still a long, long way from reality. Automation is replacing workers, but at no greater rate than other times during the last few centuries of progress.

2 days ago

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