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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    Lights in Bangkok have timers counting down in big red blocks over the intersections
    I just assumed those were for the b girls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    Lights in Bangkok have timers counting down in big red blocks over the intersections
    They have them in India too. When the countdown gets to 5 seconds to green, everyone goes, and it is even more chaotic than regular India driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    They have them in India too. When the countdown gets to 5 seconds to green, everyone goes, and it is even more chaotic than regular India driving.
    Who needs signals?
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    Re: Gear Grinding 8: I Got A Lot Of Problems With You People!

    They have them here in PH and it's about the only traffic law/sign anyone pays attention to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    That'd never work in Minnesota.

    Those Minnesota-nice drivers would all stop for each other just like they seem to have a "brake race" to the end of interstate ramps and then both (one on ramp, one on freeway) stop to let the other go.

    I'd be epic gridlock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    They have them in India too. When the countdown gets to 5 seconds to green, everyone goes, and it is even more chaotic than regular India driving.
    Fargo, ND, has the other problem right now:

    Green: go.
    Red: stop.
    Yellow: go like < bleep >! "As long as the front bumper is over the stop bar before red you're good, right?" seems to be that city's new mantra. If I'm in Fargo it's green, look, look, look, wait, then go.
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    Colorado:

    Green: Count two Mississippis before you go - odds are someone's storming through the intersection.
    Yellow: Still got plenty of time, relax.
    Red: 3 or 4 more cars, hurry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    Colorado:

    Green: Count two Mississippis before you go - odds are someone's storming through the intersection.
    Yellow: Still got plenty of time, relax.
    Red: 3 or 4 more cars, hurry!
    In driver's ed, and perhaps even state law here, is that you're supposed to wait for two seconds after the light turns green before proceeding through the intersection. That's not how most people drive, but it's what I was taught back in 1993.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    Lights in Bangkok have timers counting down in big red blocks over the intersections
    Only problem with doing that is the light has to be on a strict timer. With the intersections that have regular crosswalks you can get away with that, but many suburban areas use signal triggers especially during off-peak times, so it'd be impossible to do something like a timer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    In driver's ed, and perhaps even state law here, is that you're supposed to wait for two seconds after the light turns green before proceeding through the intersection. That's not how most people drive, but it's what I was taught back in 1993.
    Buffalo NY used to have three second double reds to account for this situation, although they recently got rid of that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    In driver's ed, and perhaps even state law here, is that you're supposed to wait for two seconds after the light turns green before proceeding through the intersection. That's not how most people drive, but it's what I was taught back in 1993.
    Most modern traffic lights have at least a second or two delay built in when lights switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unofan View Post
    Most modern traffic lights have at least a second or two delay built in when lights switch.
    "Built in" as in specialty controller, or written into the code by the person who programmed the lights.

    I've looked into a few traffic control boxes and seen quite a few standard (Allen-Bradley, et al) PLCs. Those wouldn't have such a delay (except via the ladder logic, i.e. the code).

    And, many traffic lights are installed by the "heavy commercial" or "light industrial" group of a local electrical firm and then are programmed by that electrical shop's in-house "PLC guy*" who is normally the electrician who knows how to use a keyboard and doesn't think about code, state machines and logic, or real-time programming.

    Some larger cities probably have their own in-house PLC programmer (for traffic, for lift station, etc), or contract out to a local controls and automation firm, but again it's how that coder codes the code unless the city has a very specific spec.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch Boy View Post
    Colorado:

    Green: Count two Mississippis before you go - odds are someone's storming through the intersection.
    Yellow: Still got plenty of time, relax.
    Red: 3 or 4 more cars, hurry!
    That is totally Illinois, except if you don't go immediately on green, you hear a symphony of car horns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
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    EMAIL Exchange #3:
    GUY WITH AN ISSUE: No, you're wrong. You support us. We've had support from your team.
    ME: Are you perhaps thinking of the [.NET Dev team] or the [Other app support team]? We only support the applications on the list I sent you.

    EMAIL Exchange #3:
    GUY WITH AN ISSUE: Hi [St. Clown's boss's boss], I know your [sic] familiar with this, your group supports it. [Paraphrasing]: Your cretins in the support team are telling me they don't support my things.



    Then my boss's boss comes back to... Actually, we do support them. They don't get much action, but we do bill for them even though they're not on your list. Great.

    Annual survey, "Do you have the tools to perform your job well?" Fick no!
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    And now GUY WITH AN ISSUE thinks you're a lazy, incompetent, hack.
    just "thinks"??
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    I'm getting married in July, and looking into what my various benefits withholdings would become if I were to add my wife-to-be once the wedding date occurs. You'd think that these figures would just be published on the benefits page for all to see for the full year, but no, that's not the case. I have to call the HR line, which means I'll need to find a private room to make a personal call.
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    Waking up before my coffee is done, on my day off (so no alarm set), grinds my gears. Apparently I used up all my "sleeping late" time in my youth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    I'm getting married in July, and looking into what my various benefits withholdings would become if I were to add my wife-to-be once the wedding date occurs. You'd think that these figures would just be published on the benefits page for all to see for the full year, but no, that's not the case. I have to call the HR line, which means I'll need to find a private room to make a personal call.
    Doesn't really matter, you'll still get screwed. We did what HR recommended the year we got married, and we ended up having to pay in about $5k when tax season came around. I recommend withholding more than they recommend, unless you're ok with having an additional bill in March-April.
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    Re: Gear Grinding 8: I Got A Lot Of Problems With You People!

    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    Doesn't really matter, you'll still get screwed. We did what HR recommended the year we got married, and we ended up having to pay in about $5k when tax season came around. I recommend withholding more than they recommend, unless you're ok with having an additional bill in March-April.
    I was looking at more along the lines of insurance coverage - hers is horrible. As to the tax bill, I'm not looking forward to that at all. It doesn't really scare me, but I'm not expecting anything good.
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