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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Waffle Iron Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Your statement should apply equally to pedestrians and cyclists. However, pedestrians aren't the ones arguing that they'd be safer walking down the middle of the road than on the sidewalk.

Neither cyclists nor pedestrians travel down the middle of the road.

Because most pedestrians that are hit by an automobile are not on the sidewalk, they're in the road.

As I said, only a small fraction of cyclists are hit while traveling down the road not near an intersection.

At an intersection, by definition, YOU'RE IN THE ROAD, whether you had been on a sidewalk or not. Now read that last sentence again, because you seem to be incapable of understanding that simple geometric fact.

The issue is that motorists rarely look for objects moving faster than 0.5mph coming from a sidewalk. Maybe instead of making cyclists stop and dismount at every goddamned driveway as you want, we should address the original source of the risk and institute a nationwide comprehensive 15 mph speed limit.

I never suggested they didn't get killed by cars all the time. I said they manage to handle intersections just fine. That is, with an acceptable surivaval rate.

Where did you come up with that idea? Pedestrians are routinely killed at intersections, coming from sidewalks. Where do you get the idea that that's acceptable?

I don't hear nearly as much whining from pedestrians rights groups as I do from cyclists rights groups, so I assume that pedestrians have greater success in intersections than cyclists do. Of course, it's possible that cyclists are more whiney. Could go either way.

Maybe they're whiny because they hear unsubstantiated crap like this all the time from ill-informed people like you.

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Waffle Iron Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Somehow pedestrians manage to handle intersections just fine, all while staying on sidewalks and crosswalks. Perhaps if navigating intersections is too challenging on a bicycle, one might dismount and walk the bike cross?

Pedestrians get killed by cars all the time. Please stop talking out of your ass.

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Waffle Iron Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Yet only something like 5% of bike injuries involve being rear-ended by cars on roads.

Almost all other cases would involve intersections of some sort, where being on the sidewalk doesn't help or is counterproductive. You're still vulnerable to the high-speed cars while crossing roads, and you're more likely to collide because they're not looking at where you're coming from.

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Waffle Iron Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

If we could only arrange for every segment of every bike trip to enjoy a 3% downhill grade, a stiff tail wind, 40 degF dewpoint and partly cloudy skies, then almost nobody would even bother to buy a car.

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Waffle Iron Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

You are not kept away from cars on a sidewalk.

Since drivers rarely look for traffic on sidewalks as they go in and out of driveways and side streets, you run a high risk of getting run over at every curb cut. At least when you're on the road, drivers usually see you when they bother to glance up from their cellphones.

about two weeks ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Waffle Iron Re:Interesting line from TFA: (212 comments)

It seems odd that the pigs are too irradiated to eat but seem to thrive and breed just fine.

Most people these days prefer to live a good deal longer than their earliest possible breeding time.

about three weeks ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

Waffle Iron Re:Stupid metric system (140 comments)

In fact 'imperial' system is stupid. It is even retarded.
12 inches to 1 foot, 3 feets to 1 yard, 1760 yards to 1 mile, ...
This is just moronic.
Compare to 1km = 1000m = 100000cm

My theory is that the illiterate medieval peasants who invented those systems had an intuitive knowledge that a duodecimal number system would make a lot more sense than decimal, and they ended up creating various half-assed implementations of it for their measurements. (The mile thing is different; it's a Roman decimal measurement of steps).

Unfortunately we did end up using decimal, and reinforced it with Arabic numerals, which makes those intuitions worse than useless in the modern world.

about 1 month ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Waffle Iron Re:My two cents (338 comments)

All you have to do is to tell people. People are not stupid.

Then how do you explain the fact that after well over a decade of people being "educated" that Triclosan in hand soap is useless and probably dangerous, almost every soap on the market is still laced with it?

I'll explain it: such education simply doesn't work. The average person can not hold enough factoids in their brains to make the correct decisions on all of the things they need to purchase in modern life. Morever, the manufacturers are constantly bombarding those same people with misinformation and half-truths to promote their products. (This soap is Antibacterial!!!)

Without a ban, tax tweaks, or large mandatory warning box on the package that says "This vacuum an ineficient power hog. Do not buy.", then absolutely nothing will happen. (I'll also point out that the difference between increasing the tax on one thing and rebating it on something else is purely academic. They're both effectively raising the share of overall tax burden on one set of goods and reducing it on the complementery set.)

about 1 month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Waffle Iron Re:"Anything more than a runtime and a language" (371 comments)

Just look at the havoc that ensues if your filesync software accidentally removes the whitespace from the beginning of the lines.

In that case, you're not running file sync software. You're running a file transformation program.

The same thing would happen to Java files if you had a file transformation program that removed curly braces.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

Waffle Iron Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (120 comments)

I bet you're that guy at the front of the line who misremebers the price of what you bought and makes them send the bagger sauntering to the back of the store for a price check, and then doesn't even start to open his 19th century checkbook until the final tally is rung up, and then fills the whole check out glacially topped off by a pointlessly legible signature, then finally hands the check over so that the cashier can slowly scribble the entire contents of your drivers license over it.

And you wonder why I'm so thankful for self checkouts, even though I'm not even nearly a "millenial".

about 2 months ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Waffle Iron Lab conversation (166 comments)

Unlicensed doc: "The police called about a murderous drug-fueled rampage. Who did you say that test subject #37 was?"

Assistant: "Abby someone."

Doc: "Abby who?"

Assistant: "Abby... Normal."

about 2 months ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Waffle Iron Re:How did they launch from the moon? (211 comments)

I've never understood how they were able to launch from the moon back towards Earth. Launching from the Earth requires massive infrastructure and huge rockets. Yes, the moon's gravity well is shallower, but still significant.

It's because the fundamental equation that relates a rocket's performance and the mass fuel it requires to orbital velocities is exponential. This makes it work out so that any chemical rocket leaving earth has to have the vast majority of its weight as fuel, where as a rocket leaving the moon only about half of its weight as fuel.

What's more, the entire lunar module and its fuel supply is dead weight as far as the earth launch is concerned, which makes the earth rocket and its fuel multiple all the bigger. Then there's the issue of bringing along enough fuel to slow down the craft into lunar orbit, and escaping lunar orbit back to earth. The lunar lander didn't need to handle any of that, either.

about 2 months ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

Waffle Iron Re:No (180 comments)

You might want to look in the mirror.

Scripting languages usually feature dynamic, strong typing. (The runtime always knows exactly what type its dealing with.)

Most compiled languages have static, strong typing. C is somewhat of an exception, being relatively weakly typed. (It's easy to make all sorts of bizarre type casts, sometimes implicitely.)

A few languages are very weakly typed, such as Forth.

about 2 months ago
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Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

Waffle Iron Re:But (132 comments)

Will it run on HURD?

That will have to wait.

The HURD developers have just noticed that their code would be more elegant if it were implemented using the new features of a modern programming language, so they're now starting a ground up rewrite of the HURD kernel in Perl 6.

about 3 months ago
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US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees

Waffle Iron Re:For a First Step (143 comments)

For example: no applying dangerous chemicals to your yard, just for aesthetic purposes.

That's probably a non-starter.

I've noticed that the yards in my area that look the most like putting greens tend to be the most likely to have political signs on them around election time.

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Waffle Iron Re:Externalities (262 comments)

Since you've already made up your mind to be 100% wrong about your analysis of global warming, its threats, and its monumental external costs, there's no point in discussing it with you.

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

Waffle Iron Re:Externalities (262 comments)

Most of the environmental issues from Coal have effectively been eliminated, except for the perceived C02 emission standard,

So, other than spewing the single largest existing threat to the welfare of human civilization, coal is just fine.

Meanwhile, by your arguments, the problem of setting up a recycling center for solar panels appears to be an intractible dilemma.

about 3 months ago
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Unisys Phasing Out Decades-Old Mainframe Processor For x86

Waffle Iron Re:what's the point anymore (113 comments)

the Dorado machines have some very unusual characteristics such as 9-bit bytes

Now I'm picturing Nigel in front of a rack of Unisys machines:

"These go to nine bits."

about 3 months ago
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Star Within a Star: Thorne-Zytkow Object Discovered

Waffle Iron Nothing New (89 comments)

This "Star within a star" thing has been a phenomenon commonly known in Hollywood since the days Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

about 4 months ago

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