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Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

mrv20 Re:Not Rude in My Book! (882 comments)

Part of the problem is the US light change sequence that gives you no indication at all of when the light will change to green.

I much prefer the UK sequence that goes: Green, Amber, Red, Red + Amber, Green. The additional red+amber still counts as a red in that you are not permitted to start moving, but it gives you an extra second or so to notice that the light is about to go green so you can be ready when it does. It won't prevent completely distracted drivers from missing a light change but it definitely seems to reduce the number of times a traffic queue will just sit there on green.

Other countries go further and have countdown timers for the drivers so you know exactly how long you have before the light changes from red to green which is even more helpful, albeit dispiriting when the countdown starts at several hundred seconds

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Rude Drivers Reduce Traffic Jams

mrv20 Re:40%? (882 comments)

Well said. I would add the caveat that "actually passing someone" means doing so in a reasonably short time. If you are unwilling or unable to do more than inch past the car in front at a glacial pace you should suck it up and wait for a break in traffic in the passing lane before attempting to do so. This goes treble for lorries/semis on long uphill sections with only 2 lanes each way!

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Favorite text editor?

mrv20 Re:Textpad! (1131 comments)

I second that. I'm a big fan of its selectable width hex mode for viewing/modifying binary files, and it has a lot of other useful tools.

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Teacher Sells Ads On Tests

mrv20 Re:American Greed: Pay your damn taxes!! (532 comments)

I can certainly appreciate the argument for basing it on the number of kids in a given year (with possible adjustments if someone leaves/arrives part-way through the year), but I'm still not sure I understand why it makes sense to dock funding when a child skips a day. Is this intended to be an anti-truancy measure?

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Teacher Sells Ads On Tests

mrv20 Re:American Greed: Pay your damn taxes!! (532 comments)

One thing that is not accounted for in this information is that it assumes perfect attendance. For every day that a student is not on campus in class, the school loses money. A parent who pulls their kid from school to make a long weekend or to make Thanksgiving a week long vacation instead of the 4-5 day weekend that most schools take is taking money out of the hands of the school.

The school's funding depends on the number of kids attending on a given day? Wha?

That seems like a pretty daft system to me. Surely a school has to plan (and hence pay for) its resource allocations based on the number of kids who could be in a class. It's not like if little Johnny has the sniffles they can temporarily give his seat to another kid for a couple of days - what would his replacement do for the rest of the year?

What justification is given for doing it this way?

more than 5 years ago

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