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How Safe Is Cycling?

wessto As a Cyclist, how long do you wait at a red light? (947 comments)

I have ridden 4000 miles this year, mostly for exercise, mostly during non-rush hours. The routes I ride on have stop lights. I can tell you a bike at a lone intersection does not trigger many lights to change. So, the question is, at that point, should I wait for a car to trigger it, or go push the pedestrian button to cross in the crosswalk? So which am I then, a pedestrian, or an automobile? There is some ambiguity here that I've thought about many times. I have to admit, that when there are no automobiles around or in sight, I go ahead and run that red light, only after coming to a stop, unclipping, and evaluating the situation.

I can also say from experiencing squeeze outs from drivers that it almost starts to seem like they are purposefully trying to run you off the road. I ride on roads with fairly good shoulders and I can say that with high frequency I get someone passing me with the car tires inches from the white line. You have a whole freaking lane people. I stay well on my side of the line, you do the same. Show some common courtesy.

about 10 months ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

wessto Re:Tough Shit. (1259 comments)

Devil's advocate here...How about medical / dental schools where 4-year tuition is ~250k no matter where you go. How exactly does one do this without taking out loans? Yes, I know there are some rich daddies out there who finance their childrens tuition to this level, but seriously...some degrees you can't come by without taking out loans of some amount.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your College Or University Support Linux?

wessto Re:Who cares? (835 comments)

At my dental school they tried to make us take exams using some software called "Secure Exam Browser" which apparently only ran on winxp. At the time I had a linux distro on my laptop and was trying to use winxp in parallels to get it working. There was some check that the program did to see if it was being run on a virtual machine or not and consequently it would not run. It all has to do with the fact that there is no trust that you won't screen grab, etc. Royal PITA if you ask me. Half the time the exam didn't work anyway so it didn't really cause much trouble in the end.

more than 4 years ago
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Mach 6 Test Aircraft Set For Trials

wessto Where's my credit card? (131 comments)

For some reason at first glance I read "Mach 6 Test Aircraft for sale" and I reached for my wallet...

more than 4 years ago
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Hacking Canon Point-and-Shoot Cameras

wessto Re:Only Point and Shoots? (242 comments)

What about the canon 40D? It has live preview. I don't think it uses a second sensor either. When you turn the live mode on, you hear it click like something mechanical is changing. Also, resolution is pretty good on it.

more than 6 years ago

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