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Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

jratcliffe Re:Not Hacked? (162 comments)

Actually, it's more the distinction between "they broke into the bank vault and went through your safety deposit box" and "they pickpocketed you, and used your key and a fake ID to get into your safety deposit box."

13 hours ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

jratcliffe Re:Comcast says this never happened. (404 comments)

For the copyright alert notices, they're just forwarding on notices from the copyright holder, when the copyright holder says "hey, IP address XYZ is downloading Captain America." Comcast just sends on the notice to whomever has IP XYZ (or had it at the time in question).

yesterday
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

jratcliffe Re:"they will need to pay the publisher" (101 comments)

True, but it's hard to imagine the publishers will just say "hey, go ahead, make them digitally available without paying us anything - we're not in the business of selling books or anything!"

5 days ago
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Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission

jratcliffe Sounds reasonable (101 comments)

If it's to be fair, though, there needs to be a link to the inventory system, disabling digital access to any book where all the copies are checked out. Wouldn't be an issue for reference books, though.

5 days ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

jratcliffe Re: difference between driver and passenger? (363 comments)

Not true at all. If you're buying a prepaid SIM, in some cases, they'll ask, but there's no real check - I know for a fact that a carrier with a large presence in South Florida has several hundred phones registered to "Dan Marino."

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

jratcliffe Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (213 comments)

I'm a cyclist as well, in NYC, and I certainly know this. Don't generalize.

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

jratcliffe Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

No, they didn't. The total number of lanes declined. In essence, they went from having four lanes, with no dedicated turn lane, to three lanes for most of the street, expanding to four (with one being a dedicated turn lane) at every other intersection. So, for the bulk of the street, the number of lanes declined.

Four lanes with no dedicated left turn lane turns into three lanes when someone wants to turn left.

And add to that the chaos of having to do lane changes because people get stuck behind left turners (and the corresponding people who want to turn left but were in the other lanes to avoid left turners in the previous intersection) means traffic just gets all jumbled up.

Put in some proper traffic lights to help clear left turn lanes so people don't jam it when it fills up and spills into a straight through lane...

Basically all that happened was in order to build a bike lane, they had to reconfigure a bunch of intersections and in so doing also happened to improve traffic flow.

On your traffic lights point, please do remember that these left turn lanes aren't like what you're used to, if you're not a New Yorker. These are left turn lanes coming off a one way street. In Manhattan (at least) most major arteries are one way. They're not there to facilitate turning left across oncoming traffic, but rather because turners often get held up by pedestrian traffic.

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

jratcliffe Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (213 comments)

You're 100% correct, and I phrased that very poorly.

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

jratcliffe Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

No, they didn't. The total number of lanes declined. In essence, they went from having four lanes, with no dedicated turn lane, to three lanes for most of the street, expanding to four (with one being a dedicated turn lane) at every other intersection. So, for the bulk of the street, the number of lanes declined.

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

jratcliffe Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (213 comments)

Hey, it's a defense, don't get me wrong, but your categorical statement that there isn't a law requiring you to ride in the bike line was just wrong, and bad advice for other riders. You can get ticketed for riding outside the bike line, and then it's incumbent on you to make the argument that you had reasonable grounds to be outside the lane. In your case, the judge was very friendly - not all are.

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

jratcliffe Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (213 comments)

"there is no law saying a bicyclist must ride in lane in NYC.. it's only recommended but up to rider's discretion."

This isn't actually true. See below. If there's a bike lane, you're required to use it, unless you're making a turn, or are reasonably trying to avoid conditions. Reasonably is the key word here. Reasonably means "what a typical person in that situation would do," the rider doesn't get to define reasonably based on his/her own standards. Clearly, if there's a car parked in the bike lane, it's reasonable to go around it. If you're still not in the bike lane two blocks later, that's going to be hard to claim.

(p) Bicycles. (1) Bicycle riders to use bicycle lanes. Whenever a usable path or lane for bicycles has been provided, bicycle riders shall use such path or lane only except under any of the following situations:
        (i) When preparing for a turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
        (ii) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, motor vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, pushcarts, animals, surface hazards) that make it unsafe to continue within such bicycle path or lane.

http://rules.cityofnewyork.us/...

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

jratcliffe Re:No Fucking Shit (213 comments)

The innovation here is left turn lanes on ONE WAY STREETS. Left turn lanes on two way streets have been around for a long time, but they are rarely used when the street you're turning off of is a one-way street (so you're not crossing oncoming traffic when making a left).

about a week ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

jratcliffe Don't Let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good (170 comments)

Yes, police body cameras are far from a perfect solution. They're a definite improvement, though, both for citizens, and for honest police officers. Certainly, they won't record all interactions, and you might have situations where the camera "malfunctioned." That "malfunction" is going to create questions in and of itself, though. If you're an attorney suing the city over a complaint of police brutality, and the officer claims that, during the time your client claims he was being mistreated, the camera "malfunctioned," that's something the jury is going to take into account, particularly if the camera worked just fine the rest of the time.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

jratcliffe Re:Like most stupid taxes... (165 comments)

"You think I'm the worst? Hardly. Warren Buffet is probably the biggest genius at not paying taxes. I could go into his methods if you like. But he basically pays about 5 percent taxes and breaks no laws."

Yup, he breaks no laws. Unlike you.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

jratcliffe Re:Like most stupid taxes... (165 comments)

Wow, you're almost as good at evading a question as you are at raising your taxes.

How about this, then? California puts a measure on the ballot to set the state sales tax level. It's multiple choice. Your choices are below. Which one do you vote for? Remember, your complaint about taxes was that you don't get to vote on them, so now you're getting to vote on them. Choose.

A 0%
B 1%
C 2%
D 3%
E 4%
F 5%
G 6%
H 7%
I 8%
J 9%
K 10%

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

jratcliffe Re:Like most stupid taxes... (165 comments)

I use methods like this to not pay California's state sales tax which is 10 percent.

On all large purchases, I buy from out of state and try to bounce the purchase through two retailers if the first one is going to charge me the state sales tax. I buy stuff this way all the time and almost never pay the state sales tax.

here someone is going to call me a bad person... whatever. Lower the tax and I won't be motivated to play these games.

So, if the CA sales tax were lower, you'd pay it? What rate would be appropriate? If you're honest, then you'd pay that rate through a voluntary contribution to the state of California every year. If you aren't doing that, then your argument about "I don't mind paying taxes, but only if they're at a rate I think appropriate" just falls apart.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

jratcliffe Re:35% Tax is not a tax (165 comments)

Otherwise, every foreign company can come here, make profit and take it all to their home countries, leaving nothing for us.

Leaving nothing, but, oh, the product or service that an Argentine wanted and paid for.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

jratcliffe Re:And better yet (359 comments)

That said - a simple solution to breaking the monopoly would be a rule that during tests all cell phones are in airplane mode. Problem solved.

Um, how would that help prevent someone from bringing in copious notes, or pictures of textbook pages, stored on their phone?

about two weeks ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

jratcliffe Re:The federal deficit this year is $550 billion (126 comments)

"We just passed another hugely expensive entitlement (health care reform), but with no regard to how the government is going to pay for it without crippling increases in taxes, deficit spending, or inflationary money printing."

This claim is either ignorant, or you're just lying. The ACA _reduces_ the deficit over time - the incremental taxes in the bill more than pay for the incremental costs of it.

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/h...

about three weeks ago

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