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Invention Makes Citibikes Electric

miracle69 Electric Bikes are Illegal in NYC. Kickstopped. (166 comments)

It's a stupid law, but a law none-the-less.

    19-176.2. Motorized scooters. a. For purposes of this section, the
    term "motorized scooter" shall mean any wheeled device that has
    handlebars that is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, is
    powered by an electric motor or by a gasoline motor that is capable of
    propelling the device without human power and is not capable of being
    registered with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. For the
    purposes of this section, the term motorized scooter shall not include
    wheelchairs or other mobility aids designed for use by disabled persons.
        b. No person shall operate a motorized scooter in the city of New
        c. Any person who violates subdivision b of this section shall be
    liable for a civil penalty in the amount of five hundred dollars.
    Authorized employees of the police department and department of parks
    and recreation shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of
    this section. Such penalties shall be recovered in a civil action or in
    a proceeding commenced by the service of a notice of violation that
    shall be returnable before the environmental control board. In addition,
    such violation shall be a traffic infraction and shall be punishable in
    accordance with section eighteen hundred of the New York state vehicle
    and traffic law.
        d. Any motorized scooter that has been used or is being used in
    violation of the provisions of this section may be impounded and shall
    not be released until any and all removal charges and storage fees and
    the applicable fines and civil penalties have been paid or a bond has
    been posted in an amount satisfactory to the commissioner of the agency
    that impounded such vehicle.


about 9 months ago

California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

miracle69 Re: Gun control however... (856 comments)

Read more than one source.

You asked essentially how many violent crimes were presented by gun owners. Kleck did the best study to date on it and published in a peer review journal. The media doesn't bring these statistics into the conversation, which is why you wouldn't have heard about it.

Kleck conducted a national survey in 1994 (the National Self-Defense Survey) and, extrapolating from the 5,000 households surveyed, estimated that in 1993 there were approximately 2.5 million incidents in which victims used guns for self-protection, compared to about 0.5 million gun crimes as estimated by the National Crime Victimization Survey.


about a year and a half ago

California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

miracle69 Re: Gun control however... (856 comments)

Google National Self Defense Survey. 2.5 million preventions a year

about a year and a half ago

California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

miracle69 Re: Gun control however... (856 comments)

The biggest thing that pro gun control people do is misunderstand stats. Democide (death by governmeny) killed over 250 million people in the 20th century - all on populations that were unarmed. Ill take my increased chance of accidental discharge, etc to prevent my government from deciding to cleanse my entire town on a whim.

about a year and a half ago

Intraterrestrials: Mars Life May Hide Deep Below

miracle69 Earth First! (79 comments)

We'll strip mine the other planets later.

about a year and a half ago

Health Care Providers Failing To Adopt e-Records, Says RAND

miracle69 Re:Upgrades aren't cheap (228 comments)

Epic is a steaming pile with inconsistent interfaces.

And it's listed as one of the best out there.

I use it daily and it is not intuitive, not user friendly, has a horribad UI, and not user modifiable.

The biggest problem is that Epic doesn't sell simplicity. They sell parts and each site gets to decide what parts to use. It would be like buying a Ford Explorer but only getting a parts bin and asking a local mechanic to put it together.

There are tons of user screens, small buttons, buttons that use similar names, case studies in pop-up fatigue, poor work-flow, poor UI design overall. My inbox has multiple different categories and each category screen has similar buttons that do different things. Sometimes I can route a quicknote, sometimes I can't. It's a cobbled-together piece of UI crap. Think of the first linux GUI you used and add a layer of microsoft cruft on it.

about 2 years ago

What If There Was a Microsoft Appreciation Day?

miracle69 Re:Ready... set... Troll! (362 comments)

Exactly. The turnout wasn't because the owner said he was for the Biblical View of Marriage.

Everyone knows Chick-Fil-A is a Christian company. They're closed on Sundays. Was it really news that the CEO stated that he supported the Biblical version of marriage? No, it wasn't.

The reason there was such a response was the media putting words in his mouth combined with the threatened tyranny of mayors trying to bully Chick FIl-A.

And good for the ACLU.

more than 2 years ago

Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

miracle69 Re:"Presumption of innocence"? (567 comments)

It appears that government is stronger than the individual in this case.

more than 4 years ago

Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Below the Gulf's Surface

miracle69 Re:so? (483 comments)

And it isn't even Ixtoc I * 0.01 at this point.

more than 4 years ago

Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Below the Gulf's Surface

miracle69 Re:Help me understand oil dispersants (483 comments)

That would put it on par with Ixtoc I, which went on for 9 months and didn't kill the gulf.

more than 4 years ago

Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Below the Gulf's Surface

miracle69 Re:Nuke the F-ING thing. (483 comments)

It isn't as bad as the Ixtoc I spill that went on for 9 months and didn't kill the gulf. That was 30,000 barrels per day for 9 months.

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Recommends Android For Fans of Porn

miracle69 Steve Jobs is obviously (909 comments)

a right winged pigeon from outer space.

more than 4 years ago

"Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"

miracle69 Technological solution is likely better. (419 comments)

Wouldn't an easier to implement solution be to kill calls where the cell towers determine that the phone is doing xx mph?

Still would be annoying - because passengers can use cell phones - but it would be much more effective at stopping cell phone use while driving.

more than 4 years ago

Time To Take the Internet Seriously

miracle69 Seriously, (175 comments)

Where are we going to take it?

And did Al Gore give us a curfew?

more than 4 years ago

Malicious Spam Jumps To 3B Messages Per Day

miracle69 Re:Where's your beloved filter now? (211 comments)

It's not an economic problem because there is little profit in spam from a legitimate business. If there were, they wouldn't require the use of botnets to steal other peoples resources. The spammer can only profit because their overhead is being spread to unsuspecting users on a global scale.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Tax Dodge At Issue In Washington State

miracle69 Re:Tax and Jurisdiction (681 comments)

How's Michigan's economy and social programs doing with such taxes?

In the crapper? Thought so.

more than 5 years ago

How To Prove Someone Is Female?

miracle69 Re:Genetic (1091 comments)

Gender is a phenotype, not a genotype.

If the genes don't get activated, then the phenotype is not seen.

more than 5 years ago

US Life Expectancy May Have Peaked

miracle69 Re:Wait, really? (1053 comments)

People who make 16.5k in the US before taxes do not pay federal taxes, and in fact get a welfare check from the government in the form of the "Unearned Income Tax Credit".

In Mobile, Alabama, there are 15 insurance plans for a 35 year old that cost under $125/month, far short of $2200 a year.

more than 5 years ago

No Social Media In These College Stadiums

miracle69 Re:Silence (265 comments)

And the obligatory link

more than 5 years ago


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