top How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets
Here is my problem with contesting parking tickets. I once had a rental in Chicago (as I did not own a car at the time) that I had for a weekend. About a month later I got a parking ticket in the mail forwarded on from the car rental agency for parking in a no-parking zone. However, I never parked there, nor was in that part of the city. I am guessing the meter maid wrote down the wrong date or time on the citation as I was never there.
However, I was presented with two choices: 1) Pay 75 dollar fine 2) Take a day of vacation time to go to the city and contest it on a Thursday.
At the time, I made an after-tax rate of around 150 dollars per day. Even if I could do it in a half day, I am paying 75 dollars to possibly recoup 75 dollars. If I lost the argument, I paid 75 dollars to pay another 75 dollars. This is a real kobiyashi maru type situation for me, in which I just paid the ticket. It wasn't fair, it wasn't right, but it's the choice that makes the most sense.
I've also got a parking ticket that I didn't feel was just for being parked in front of a fire hydrant. That time it was me driving, however, I had pulled over to the side of the road to use my phone as I was getting an important call. While I was on the phone, (with four way blinkers on) a police officer came up and asked me to move, which I did. Before asking me to move, they took a picture of my car and sent in the ticket. This was completely legal (I was 'parked' in front of the hydrant), but completely unjust to me. Again, it wasn't worth my time to try to contest it. It was legal but unjust (in my mind)
Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS
In fact one of the main characters is named John Snow...
You know nothing about Jon Snow!
top The Chip That Changed the World: AMD's 64-bit FX-51, Ten Years Later
The Athlon X2 4450e was released in April of 2008, so we are only looking at 5 years difference not 10 years. I think the more interesting comparison would be to what the Athlon FX-51 and the new Apple A7 chip look like, given they are the first 64 bit chips of their class.
top What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?
In France, eating pigeon is quite normal from what I saw when I visited. I had pigeon prepared three or four times in the two weeks I was in Paris, and it was delicious every time. If I recall, pigeon was brought to the US from Europe (as it is not indigenous here) as a gourmet food.
As to why we don't eat it now, my guess would be shifting demographics, but I do not know for sure.
top Nathan Myhrvold Live Q&A
I would suggest looking into this book (really a textbook): "How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science" by Paula Figoni. It is designed for the baker, not the chemist, but it does explain how different ingredients react and uses 'experiments' where the student prepares food in a variety of ways with different ingrediants to see and taste the difference. I purchased it as a gift for my wife who is a bit of a geek herself and loves baking. She found it very good and informative and helpful to understand how to create one's own recipes.
top Jedi May Be Allowed To Perform Marriage Ceremonies In Scotland
One Elizabeth Lemon at your service, my good sir:
top I most look forward to flying with ...
I think it might be somewhat alleviated by priority boarding/priority security lanes. I used to fly a few times a week for work, so I had status on a few major airlines. It would usually take me 10-15 minutes from arriving at the airport to being through security. Usually there was no extra scanner, just a metal detector. That combined with the other passengers knowing what to do made it a very efficent, somewhat painless process. I am guessing any politician would be going through this kind of lane.
top US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery
Now if only Amazon would start letting us choose USPS over UPS for package delivery. As an apartment dweller, this would make my life much easier.
Absolutely this, I am tired of trucking my way down to the local UPS distribution center to try to get my packages. Really reduces the usefulness of Amazon. USPS on the other hand delivers my package to the rear of my apartment building. UPS gives up and puts a note on the door.
about a year and a half ago
top Are There Any Real Inventors Left?
Think you are looking for Elisha Gray there. Sasha Grey is a very different animal
about a year and a half ago
top Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?
I don't think the complaint is that the Windows 8 interface is hard to learn, it seems pretty simplistic. The argument that the user experience of Windows has been more-or-less consistent since Windows 95. Unlearning 15+ years of an interface is difficult for anyone, but giving a three year old something that is new for him at a time in his life when learning isn't an exception it's the absolute norm is not a valid test for the hypothesis concerning the general public adoption of Windows 8.
top Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced
It's coming to the US first.... Nov 18:
top ArenaNet Suspends Digital Sales of Guild Wars 2
If, for instance a electronic trading firm decided to offer shares at far below market price and I decided to buy, they only need to put in a call to their local stock exchange to cancel it. How is this any different? ArenaNet accidentally offered something for sale for too little money, and the players, being rational consumers bought at a low price and sold at a higher price. This is capitalism.
top Reports Say Apple Is Shrinking Its Docking Connector With iPhone 5
You realize that the dock connector is more than just a USB cable with a weird connector at the end, right? The new 19 pin connector would presumably do the functions of the current 30 pin dock connector, which allows full digital video and audio out, analog audio and video, and control data simultaneously over one connection. I don't believe that this is part of the USB standard.
top Drug Turns Immune System Against All Tumor Types
"Some researchers have suggested that drinks containing higher alcohol concentrations are more deleterious per gram of alcohol than drinks with lower alcohol concentrations. The evidence for this hypothesis, however, is weak and inconclusive (Doll et al. 1999)."
top Is Overclocking Over?
I agree with this. As a gamer myself, I am tired of how long it takes to build the game from source in Visual Studio. When will they optimize?!
top Vatican Bans IOS Confession App
Sacramentally speaking, there is no way to confess via iphone, just as it was clarified in the 1800s about telephone and telegram. Sins can be forgiven by confession, or if in neccisity you are perfectly contrite (i.e. contrite because the sin offended God, not because you are sorry because of the consequences) then your sin is forgiven you by God, and you are still required to go to confession if your spaceship doesn't burn up.
In the end grace and the sacraments are a mystery (the Easterns/Orthodox call them Sacred Mysteries which I think is an apt title) and God's grace is limitless so we would not believe that God would withold saving a person from Hell because his spaceship was burning up/died in house fire/etc if the person had intentions to go to confession and/or was perfectly contrite, etc.
(When the minister sees fit to grant absolution, then he pronounces the words of the form (supra) over the penitent. It is commonly taught that the penitent must be physically present; consequently, absolution by telegraph has been declared invalid, and when questioned in regard to absolution by the telephone the Sacred Congregation (1 July, 1884) answered Nihil respondendum.)
top Peter Jackson Hospitalized w/ Stomach Ulcer
This is going even more off-topic, but RE: Wicked, my fiancee is a huge fan (Seen it maybe 20 times?, I've seen it about 4 of those). I don't know if it's so much the difference between productions, but between actresses. I've seen it in Chicago three times and once in NYC and the actual performances varies based on the actress playing Glinda (it varies between the main and the understudy in Chicago, etc), not so much about where it was performed. After each showing my fiancee briefs me on how well each of the actresses did and her thoughts.
Just thought you might appreciate the viewpoint of a theatre nerd, instead of the normal technie nerds
top A Klingon Christmas Carol
After it closed:
top Asteroids Flyby — 2010 RF12 & 2010 RX30
We're going to have to call in the Puppeteers if we want to move something as massive as Bruce Willis.
top Skills Needed For a Future In IT
I've been working in IT for some time now, and I think that that any specialized hard-skils are pointless. Most of my success has been able to adapt to new technologies, languages, ideas, etc. IT is constantly changing (which is what attracted me to it). What you need is a solid background in IT concepts (how to program in A language, how to understand the TCP/IP stack, what a protocol is, etc), a solid understanding of interpersonal communication, and a willingness to change and adapt.
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