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Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

seven of five Re:Movie Review (229 comments)

Not driving like a maniac and hurting people and damaging property is one thing. But because traffic tickets are a source of revenue, the city has no incentive to make traffic laws sane or simple, especially in large urban areas. In Chicago, the latest craze is speeding cameras near schools and parks because "think of the children" and any park or school is fair game. Likewise, many intersections are no right turn on red between 730am and 730pm. So if you see it's safe to turn and don't see the sign, tough sh*t buddy, you just got nailed. In many streets, it's ok to park on one side of a residential street but not the other if you don't have a permit sticker. In from out of town and take a spot on the wrong side? Tough luck. The sheer number and complexity of the rules trips up the most careful of drivers. Here's the rub... if you care about defensive driving etc and get nailed anyway, it leads to resignation and resentment; it is easy to conclude that it takes superhuman levels of awareness to avoid getting a ticket so why bother? Not conducive to traffic safety. So it's not about traffic safety, it's about cashing in on the traffic safety system, and everyone knows it.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

seven of five Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

Cripes!! They could at least have thrown a tarp over it....

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

seven of five Bootstrap Fallacy? (69 comments)

Dr Chun, Can you comment on the potential of machine learning? Is it theoretically possible for a "naive" AI system to undergo great qualitiative changes simply through learning? Or is this notion a fallacy? Although it is an attractive concept, no one in AI has pulled it off despite several decades of research.

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

seven of five Tales of Asgard... (590 comments)

In related news, Odin will become a transgender drag queen with a flair for theatrics. Loki, however, will remain low-key.

about two weeks ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

seven of five Re:Lovelace? (285 comments)

Just give me the blow by blow account.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

seven of five Re:Blank is to Blank... (681 comments)

It's DOS all the way down...

about a month ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

seven of five Coming soon: self-driving cabs (273 comments)

Self driving cabs will eventually displace both traditional taxi drivers and Uber. The drivers can make as much fuss as they want, but they've only got another 20 years tops before they all become irrelevant.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

seven of five Loyalty to the co. (710 comments)

You can't be loyal to the company and not put in boatloads of overtime. Doesn't matter if you're gettting anything accomplished; the company is the be-all end-all and deserves the blood sacrifice.

about a month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

seven of five Eternal laws of human behavior (195 comments)

1. It is fun to spy on others. It is not fun to be spied upon.
2. You exert power and authority by spying on others, and by forcing them to accept surveillance.
3. People, if they know someone's spying on them, will find ways to thwart or subvert surveillance. Spying then becomes an arms race between those who want to observe and those who resist being observed.

about a month ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

seven of five Re:NO it does not. (686 comments)

0.1% of lightspeed is only about 20 times faster than Voyager 1 is currently moving

Current speed of Voyager 1 is about 62,000 kph, or 0.0017 percent of the speed of light. 20x that is 0.035 percent of the speed of light.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

seven of five Driving? (875 comments)

Can anyone even drive the thing, or does it take specialized training?

about a month and a half ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

seven of five Re:bamboo car (198 comments)

Ash still used in the Morgan.

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Unveils Hack-Resistant Drone

seven of five Land the drones (107 comments)

The current season of 24 could be cut short if the US gov't simply landed the drones....

about 2 months ago
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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

seven of five For smartphone? Don't think so... (298 comments)

If the technology depends on ultracooled atoms, how's a smartphone supposed to keep them cool?

about 2 months ago
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Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

seven of five Re:The stuff of sci-fi. (97 comments)

No way. With Earth's heavy, thick atmosphere, boiling-hot average temperature and lack of life-giving ultraviolet rays, life there would be impossible.

about 2 months ago

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FAA Computer Glitch Causes Widespread Delays

seven of five seven of five writes  |  more than 4 years ago

seven of five (578993) writes "From the AP, A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays.A problem with the FAA system that collects airlines' flight plans caused widespread flight cancellations and delays nationwide Thursday. It was the second time in 15 months that a glitch in the flight plan system caused delays."

Anyone out there caught up in this?"

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