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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

bondsbw Re:Actually, they're *saving* chicago that much. (365 comments)

Some states have laws against small communities enforcing speed laws on state or interstate highways, so that the town doesn't become a revenue-generating speed trap.

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

bondsbw Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (365 comments)

Let's say that a driver going 60 mph notices the light turn amber 1 ft. from the intersection. According to your statement, they are not supposed to enter the intersection.

This would require a deceleration of approximately 120 g. Not only is this physically impossible for any vehicle (short of hitting a very thick concrete wall), you'll flatten the driver and passengers like pancakes.

yesterday
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

bondsbw Re:#1 and #2 Complaints missing... (138 comments)

Continuum is not available (yet). My tablet running Windows 10 thinks it is a desktop.

But you can change a setting to get the Start screen back instead of the Start menu.

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

bondsbw Re:We're ignoring them... (405 comments)

To be fair, common sense can easily be forgotten during emergencies.

Fight-or-flight instincts don't let us know that seats are useful flotation devices, but flight attendants remind us each time so it will be more fresh on our minds.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

bondsbw Re:symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

Actually, if you think about it, standardizing on those kinds of requirements is kind of dumb, since it limits the combinations of different passwords people can use.

Agreed. Using a good password quality algorithm, and requiring a minimum level of strength, would be a much better tool than restricting input.

about a week ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

bondsbw Re:And? (367 comments)

I worked at a Chick-fil-A about 15 years ago. A man walked up to me and asked for the corporate office number.

Me:

Sure thing, can I ask what this is in regards to?

Him, holding up a table-top display:

I am a member of PETA. I do not like what you are doing to these cows, making them stand up and hold signs while wearing costumes.

I'm pretty sure I started laughing, until I noticed the guy was completely straight-faced.

about a week ago
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Windows Users, Get Ready For a Bigger-Than-Usual Patch Tuesday

bondsbw Re:IE 6? (63 comments)

IE 6 should be illegal.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

bondsbw Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

Those who believe in the right to fling feces will vote Republican.

Dead chimps and chimps being bused in from other zoos will vote Democrat.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

bondsbw Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

And the OS version will probably report something linke 'Version 6.5.xxxx'

This seems odd, but they do it on purpose for driver compatibility.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

bondsbw Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

It seemed more like the following, to me:

Let's create a version of Windows that is aimed aggressively at tablets. None of this Windows 7 Tablet PC edition, rather something that really embraces new hardware and technology. Full pane applications and home screen, with application lifecycle management and an app store, just like other tablet operating systems.

Oh and for added value, let's allow Windows desktop apps to run on it. Users can plug in mice and keyboards and it becomes like a small desktop.

Microsoft had already designed the Start screen, but it turns out telemetry data suggests the Start menu isn't of huge importance. And Fitts's Law suggests the Start screen might actually be better in some ways.

Of course, all that is true, and is great for a tablet-first OS. But then they branded it Windows 8 (not Windows Tablet or something like that) and marketed it as the successor to Windows 7. So, in my mind, it's a marketing screw-up and Windows 9 was always in the backs of their minds as the true successor to 7.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

bondsbw Re:BUILD 2009? (47 comments)

I also attended the first BUILD, in September 2011, and have the Samsung slate right beside me.

Samsung agrees with me.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

bondsbw BUILD 2009? (47 comments)

The first BUILD conference was in 2011.

about three weeks ago
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Building Apps In Swift With Storyboards

bondsbw I WANT (69 comments)

I want to be able to code this to make a game:


int main(int argc, const char* argv[])
{
        CreateGameThatIsSortOfLikeAngryBirdsAndMakeMeMillionsOfDollarsOvernight();
}

Anything else is too hard.

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

bondsbw Re: Fine! (365 comments)

I haven't tried, so really I don't know, but I suspect that at least 75% of the total border length (that is not on an ocean or country border) could be drawn using latitude and longitude lines, with the rest using straight angled lines.

I don't see any great reason to attempt to make land area or population equal. Our political system accounts for inequality in these areas (although it could do better, and I'm certain we could get rid of the electoral college before we could redraw the states).

But the population center argument makes a lot of sense for reasons you specified. However, this philosophy may require adjustments in the future as population centers change over time.

In any case... it seems the only way this will happen is if the US collapses, and from what most post-apocalyptic TV shows indicates, the way to do that is to permanently kill our ability to create and use electricity.

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

bondsbw Re: Fine! (365 comments)

Well, ok, and I'd gladly do anything to get Auburn out of the state. :)

Actually the Florida panhandle, in my opinion, makes so much more sense as part of Alabama. The residents, their political leaning, and the general culture are closer to southern Alabama than to the rest of Florida.

But I don't really understand why the boundaries are curved. Natural features still make more sense in my opinion, but ignoring that, why not focus more on lines of longitude and latitude? Perhaps some straight diagonals.

But I agree that the northeast does make more sense (border shapes excluded) than the current arrangement.

I'd like to see this map, but with 8 or 16 states (hey let's make it a power of 2 while we're at it) and straight borders.

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

bondsbw Re: Fine! (365 comments)

I've seen that map and I hate it. If for no other reason than my state would now be called "Talladego".

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

bondsbw Re: Fine! (365 comments)

The problem really isn't about keeping laws local (although many laws work much better that way). It is about influence. My elected representatives should ideally only represent the people of my district or state, but many times they represent lobbyists and their own interests.

The ideal in my mind is for the central government to make many of the laws just as it does today, while the states as a whole would have a power to overturn any such laws.

In theory the Constitution provides this in the form of a convention of the states, to pass constitutional amendments. But this has never happened. It is logistically very difficult to get so many states together. And every time it has happened, Congress caved just enough to keep the states from doing something truly unfavorable (unfavorable to Congress, that is).

To that regard, fewer states within the federal system may help. Perhaps 5 or 10 as you mentioned, but still part of a larger federal government. Keeping the federal system helps us maintain a very powerful national defense, and provides interstate agreements that I am not very quick to give up.

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

bondsbw Re:Fine! (365 comments)

This sounds awfully like something I've heard of before...

It seems like we have around 50 of them...

I don't know, let's call them crates... as if we were part of a united crates of America, or something

Now it seems some folks don't like these crates being involved in anything. They believe the federal government is better than the crates at passing laws, executing those laws, and then judging people against those laws. No matter that the central government's power is thousands of miles away from many of these crates.

Nevertheless, some wish the crates would just go away. Nobody has time for issues like crates' rights.... meh, that's a tradition that has long since been eradicated.

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

bondsbw Re:Fine! (365 comments)

hahahaha! Gates is anything but. His "charity" is a tax dodgy scam.

It's not about doing "good", it's about increasing his personal wealth.

If he's spending $X on charity, then he gets a deduction of some amount less than $X in taxes. He doesn't end up richer (at least money-wise); he just redirects government funding to suit his charity interests.

about a month ago

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Identical Twins May Not Have Identical Genetics

bondsbw bondsbw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bondsbw (888959) writes "'In a scientific double-take, new research is challenging the long-held belief that identical twins have identical genetics,' according to researchers Jan P. Dumanski and Carl Bruder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Genetics. 'Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers found genetic differences in every set of twins, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.' Studies of identical twins have helped scientists distinguish hereditary and environmental factors when researching human development and behavior. This discovery, using 'some of the most advanced genetic analysis equipment in the world,' may impact future studies of obesity, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and other health issues. 'Scientists have always known there were differences between identical twins. Some of the differences were so slight that only a mother could spot them, while others were profound, such as one twin developing a fatal disease while the other remained healthy. "So far it has been blamed on environmental factors," Bruder said.'"
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