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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

tonywong Re:Countdown timers are only for pedestrians? (579 comments)

This is because your country probably doesn't have *red light cameras*. The issue here isn't the countdown timer, it is the fact that no one wants to get a red light infraction fine.

Thus the people braking are afraid of 'running the red' whilst the normal flow of traffic is disrupted. It is this attempt to change behaviour that is causing all the accidents. Longer yellow lights cure the anxiety of braking early to avoid the fine, yet municipalities have been evidenced to shorten the duration of yellow lights. Why? Because it generates more revenue for them and the camera operator company.

Just follow the money and see where it goes. People are injured 'in the name of safety' when this is another side effect of the corrupt nanny state.

about a month and a half ago
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The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

tonywong Re:The government only does stupid things (354 comments)

Isn't that the whole point of having a democracy that is free and transparent? Doing illegal acts on a large scale and lying about it *needs* to be reported, especially when the bad actor is your own government. And if the government will not do anything about it internally, then it needs to be taken to the public.

Otherwise governments have no disincentive to act against the individuals that the government is supposed to 'protecting'.

Snowden did not reveal any operatives' names nor did he leak the data to the public wholesale, the data has gone to accredited journalists and the evidence has shown that the NSA has likely violated the law many times and tried to do end runs even against the limited court monitors that it did have.

Don't cut off the hand that pointed out the gangrenous foot. The NSA has a big ethics problem, and it needs to be reformed. Hope and change and all that.

about 8 months ago
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Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

tonywong Re:If you *read* TFA... (1111 comments)

Wrong! Possessing cash means that you are a reckless criminal who is involved in the drug trade! Possessing hot fudge and ice cream means you are a pedophile who is going to appear on Chris Hansen's "To Catch a Predator".

They should have given this compartment building lowlife life without parole, because he is obviously a criminal drug lord pretending to be a nobody. Everyone pretending to be a nobody when charged with a drug offense is obviously a drug lord. His biggest problem though, was not hiring a good lawyer. One who would bring up the Chewbacca defense.

about a year ago
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The Hypocrisy In Silicon Valley's Big Talk On Innovation

tonywong Re:First Post (208 comments)

Why hasn't /. checksummed the ACs IPs on their end so we can ignore specific Anonymous Cowards by IP address without knowing their IP? That's not innovation either but pretty much a simple solution where I don't need to know who is posting other than that I don't want to see their posts.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Administration Supports Journalist Arrested For Recording Cops

tonywong Re:Reporter Arrested for recording cops (238 comments)

You might still be able to file a private prosecution depending on where you are in the US (or the world).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen's_arrest#United_States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_prosecution#United_States

about a year and a half ago
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Sony Rootkit Redux: Canadian Business Groups Lobby For Right To Install Spyware

tonywong Re:Only over my dead body (240 comments)

I'd agree to this if only the corporations allow the people to install spyware on their board's and employee's computers to check on whether there is any malfeasance in their accounting and to watch for deviant pornography.

Just for their own good, of course.

about a year and a half ago
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Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

tonywong Re: Oh, the surprise. (800 comments)

Sorry to add something non-serious into the discussion but the original article's link is:

http://reason.com/blog/2013/02/04/someone-just-leaked-obamas-rules-for-ass

I just don't know what to say when an article has Obama's rules for ass...

Reminds me of this image:
http://c580019.r19.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/obama-checking-out-girl.jpg

about a year and a half ago
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How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

tonywong Re:Since when? (398 comments)

Not an EVE player but I thought the coverage and screen cap was impressive here:
http://themittani.com/news/breaking-massive-super-fight-asakai-lowsec

about a year and a half ago
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Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

tonywong Re:Article is missing? (386 comments)

Original post is still cached on google.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Y48LvBtM0PgJ:answers.ea.com/t5/General-Discussion/EA-is-Suffering-from-the-Issues-of-Always-Online/td-p/418246+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

about a year and a half ago
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Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

tonywong Re:Was it EA..... (386 comments)

Better summary here:

https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=beta

about a year and a half ago
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White House Must Answer Petition To 'Build Death Star'

tonywong Re:Remove the obvious structural weaknesses (384 comments)

iFixit will give the new Death Star a repairability rating lower than the new iMac, then.

about a year and a half ago
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Meg Whitman Says HP Was Defrauded By Autonomy; HP Stock Plunges

tonywong Re:Red herring (237 comments)

+1 to your post.

about 2 years ago
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Empathy Represses Analytic Thought, and Vice Versa

tonywong Re:Paradox. (293 comments)

Better outcomes for whom? Your rationality would allow you to give up on someone you may care about because rationally speaking, it isn't worth the effort to stay with/keep caring for them. The overall expenditure may be rationalized to be lower for society but individual empathy for individuals can modify such behaviour so that you would spend more for people you care about.

about 2 years ago
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Paul Ceglia Arrested and Charged With Fraud Over Facebook Ownership Claims

tonywong Re:Respect the First Amendment! (109 comments)

You can say what you want, but I guess it crosses the line when you try to sue someone over a false claim, and then falsify evidence as well.

Comparing this to freedom of speech is a bit facetious.

about 2 years ago
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How To Add 5.5 Petabytes and Get Banned From Costco

tonywong Re:Costco doesn't make money on product (273 comments)

Got this from MSNBC:

Costco works to keep prices low by buying in huge quantity and never marking up any product more than 15 percent, less than the typical 25 percent at a supermarket or 50 percent at a department store. Costco makes up for those low margins by charging a $55 annual membership fee of its 64 million members. With more than 90 percent of its members renewing each year, the fee is evidently not a significant deterrent.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Certification Program

tonywong Re:No Surprise There (405 comments)

This will be interesting to see what Apple's official response is. You can bet every other hardware vendor is watching this move, as well as the EPEAT people. If the public doesn't change their buying in response to Apple's move, then all the other vendors may decide that EPEAT certification isn't necessary for them to sell products. And EPEAT may have to change (relax/sell out/update) their rules in order to get Apple to return to the program if they feel that Apple will be the company that makes them irrelevant.

more than 2 years ago
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HTC Defeats Apple In Slide-To-Unlock Patent Dispute

tonywong Re:Shysters (149 comments)

Well patents could be useful if the patent filers hadn't figured out how to game the system. They've basically used verbiage and obfuscation to paper up the claims and make it harder for the examiners to figure out what's going on. Part of this is to broaden the scope of the patent so there are fewer ways to work around them, but it also broadens the applicability to industries and products the filers never thought about.

However this means that the patent officers are always overworked and underpaid, and the broad scope of knowledge they must possess is ever expanding. I guess you'd have to ask a patent officer how they could revise and reform the system but it is truly becoming a system of little worth to the public at this point.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

tonywong Re:poor (1027 comments)

I'm a Canadian so I'm not sure how true this is, but I think Europeans tend to look at disdain at Microsoft as a corporation. The were convicted as abusing their monopoly in the EU and in the US, but election of GWB gave them a free pass in the US penalty phase.

Having Nokia effectively surrender their crown jewels to Microsoft by a former Microsoft exec doesn't exactly do any favours to image of Nokia as a strong and vibrant company. Perception is more than half the battle to marketing, and marketing is a huge component to smart phones (very few people actually NEED one).

That's just from outside the fishbowl looking in. Also telegraphing your moves before you have a plan in place is such a dumb idea. To paraphrase Steve Jobs, Nokia should have milked all their 'legacy' technologies dry while working on the 'next great thing (whether it was with Microsoft or not).' Instead they drove a heart through their products publicly and called it a day.

more than 2 years ago
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Analyzing the New MacBook Pro

tonywong Re:Christ... (914 comments)

It may not be rocket science, but Apple is quite aggressive in using commercial miniaturization and materials that the computer and consumer electronic space isn't used to pushing. That is innovation in itself, especially when you consider the volume of production they can achieve with it.

Otherwise many other companies would be doing what they're doing right now, but it looks like Apple is consistently the one at the forefront of consumer electronic hardware right now.

more than 2 years ago

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Steve Jackson Games' promises Car Wars after Ogre if funding goal is met

tonywong tonywong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tonywong (96839) writes "Steve Jackson Games is republishing a 13lb. edition of his first title Ogre via Kickstarter. He is already at $660,000 of his $20,000 funding goal with 60 odd hours left.

The interesting part is that if he crosses the $700,000 funding goal he will also commit to a Car Wars sequel via Kickstarter as well.

Yes, this is a plug. I'm backing Ogre to get Car Wars going."

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UK school forbids parents from taking pics of kids

tonywong tonywong writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tonywong writes "Mrs Ethelston's Church of England Primary School, in Uplyme, Devon, prohibited parents photographing their own children during a school event, claiming it was due to changes in child protection and images legislation.

This may be harsh but not as bizarre as another UK school attempting to cover up photos of all the students with smiley faces last year.

Perhaps the UK has more bogeymen per square kilometer (kilometre if you're a non USian) than the rest of the world or is the UK on the leading edge of things-to-come for the rest of the world?"

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