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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

hduff Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

You don't increase time on the yellow.... you let the yellow turn red on the same timer, but you leave both directions red for 2 seconds just to ensure the intersection is clear before showing a green light. That's how you make it safer.

But this doesn't stop rolling-rights-on-red which are the bread and butter of these revenue machines.

And I have yet to see any data that r-r-o-r are dangerous.

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

hduff Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

Ideally, if you are inside the solid lines when the light turns yellow you should be able to proceed through the intersection at the speed limit before the light goes red..

This has not been true for some many years, but is often thought to be the rule, like "You will die from the powder residue from a broken flourescent light bulb".

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

hduff Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 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.

Clearly the only solution is to take the bus.

Now I see their clever plan . . .

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

hduff Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

Also, can we stop pretending these are about anything other than revenue generation?

This. Just the mere fact that they actually budgeted against the ticket revenue tells you everything you need to know.

And that they have access to the revenue data but have no idea if the roads are safer.

about a week ago
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Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

hduff anonabox Kickstarter SUSPENDED (72 comments)

I was just notified by email that the anonabox Kickstarter project has been suspended by Kickstarter for violating their TOS.

All funding has stopped and backers will not be charged for their pledges, according to the message.

A sad result, but you have to credit Kickstarter for their actions.

about two weeks ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

hduff The Actual Issue (323 comments)

The parents were notified of the defamation and took no action to close the FB account, which remained available for another 11 months. The parents were held directly liable for failing to act once notified, not for what was posted on the fake FB account.

It's all in the PDF of the decision linked in the summary above, if you're not too lazy to read it.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

hduff Re:Bitch-ass whiners got their feelings hurt (387 comments)

Being a fuckhead like Jobs or Torvalds is ONE way of enforcing order. But it's not the only way. It's probbably the most obvious and easy though. But no, I don't agree that Jobs and Torvalds have to be shitheads for Apple and Linux to succeed.

I think that Jobs and Torvalds confuse deference for respect. Both are components of successful leadership styles.

They also might know the difference, but just not care.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

hduff I can't code, . . . (387 comments)

I can't code, but I can submit bug reports containing useful and valid information that is useful in fixing bugs. But in doing so, I've occasionally encountered a few asshats. I just move on to other projects that appreciate the feedback. Let those people wallow in their own inflated sense of self-importance.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

hduff It's Not Unexplored (580 comments)

Lie detectors themselves have been proven time and time again to be utterly unreliable in actually detecting lies.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

hduff Behaviour (203 comments)

Apple behaves more like Microsoft every day.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

hduff An unsolvable problem. (334 comments)

Your parents, their character as you describe it and their unique, unchangeable circumstances present an unsolvable problem given your goals.

You must let them go and allow them to deal with their own problems on their own time and spending (or wasting) their own money.

You cannot save, much less help, your parents because their circumstances and behaviors offers you no alternative.

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

hduff "Keyboard Not Found" (169 comments)

"Keyboard Not Found"
"Please press F1 or all your work will be lost."

about 2 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

hduff To Be Fair (463 comments)

The deputy did put a knife in Olin's hand, so it was self-defense.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

hduff Re:Please, don't tell them ... (421 comments)

... but I strangled my neighbor's unicorn, last night.

Or you could have sodomized that unicorn. That would have been OK as well.

But mention the word "gun" and everybody goes batshiat insane!

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

hduff Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

Some people are too stupid to breathe. Or breed.

The stupid people appear to breed quite well. It's the neckbeards with the Cheetos-stained fingers that are unsucessful at breeding.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

hduff Can't Fix Stupid (131 comments)

They will think that satires are some kind of automobile wheel.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

hduff Name it "Patient Zero" (426 comments)

First to be infected . . .

about 2 months ago
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Knocking Down the Great Firewall of China

hduff Sourec Soce (167 comments)

Where's the source code for the FOSS project? The license is GPLV3.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

hduff The Copernican School Plan (421 comments)

Research suggests that a long summer vacation adversely impacts learning. The Copernican School Plan provides a reasonable balance of school and free time. Only institutional inertia and ignorance precludes it wider adoption.

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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anonabox Kickstarter SUPENDED

hduff hduff writes  |  about two weeks ago

hduff (570443) writes "I was just notified by email that the anonabox Kickstarter project has been suspended by Kickstarter for violating their TOS.

All funding has stopped and backers will not be charged for their pledges, according to the message.

A sad result, but you have to credit Kickstarter for their actions."

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Mageia4 is Released

hduff hduff writes  |  about 9 months ago

hduff (570443) writes "Mageia has quickly established a reputation of working well both for the novice user and the power user. Installation is typically easy and hardware support is among the best of any distro. The user and administrative tools are comprehensive and easy to use. Mageia is known for excellent default fully-featured configurations of the KDE4, GNOME2, LXDE and other desktop environments as well as a broad range of available applications.Both 32-bit and 64-bit installation DVDs as well as a Live CD are available."
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User Backlash at Slashdot Beta Site

hduff hduff writes  |  about 9 months ago

hduff (570443) writes "Look at almost any current Slashdot story and see loyal, long-time members rail against the new site design, willing to burn precious karma points to post off-topic rants against the new design and it being forced on users by the Dice Overlords. Discussion has begun to create an alternate site."
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Mageia 3-beta Vs. Fedora 18; A Different Kind of Review

hduff hduff writes  |  about 2 years ago

hduff writes "I recently compared the installation of Mageia3-beta with Fedora 18. When installed and fully configured to taste, you have essentially the same level of usability and ease of administration with a similar choice of desktop environments and current versions of applications running on a recent kernel using SysV-style init and RPM packaging. The meaningful differences are more easily illustrated with some history, so this will not be the typical, dull, meaningless version-to-version comparison with a plethora of useless screenshots and inevitable inane jargon overload."
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Dirty Stacey Needs Registry Cleaner

hduff hduff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hduff writes "If you're pimping a Windows registry cleaner, it's probably not a good idea to send a poorly written request to a Linux blogger to review it and offer a free license for the mention. Complete with gratitude from Stacey."
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My Entries

hduff hduff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

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