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  1. Thread: eBay scams

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    I've bought a lot of stuff on Amazon, both from...

    I've bought a lot of stuff on Amazon, both from Amazon and from third parties through Amazon.

    I've had a few problems with things from the third parties, but the moment I tell Amazon about them...
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    That's only partially true. The ones you can...

    That's only partially true.

    The ones you can find at Target and Walmart work fine -- the headpiece is often a bit bigger than the more expensive name brand ones, and the magnets tend to be weaker...
  3. Thread: Stages coupon?

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    Lots an lots of e-commerce sites have a field for...

    Lots an lots of e-commerce sites have a field for "coupon" and yet there are no coupons to put in this field.

    And there's more than a few that have this field, and they regularly use it. For...
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    When you're in a group, your odds of a collision...

    When you're in a group, your odds of a collision with a car go down as the size of the group goes up -- after all, one cyclist can be missed but it's hard to miss a large group -- but the odds of a...
  5. One or two counter examples doesn't prove...

    One or two counter examples doesn't prove anything.

    Travelling by commercial airliner is a safe activity? Tell that to the occupants of MH17 and MH370 ...
    Cycling is a safe activity? Tell that...
  6. Alas, I imagine that said letters will be seen as...

    Alas, I imagine that said letters will be seen as a badge of honor if they really are "rolling coal".

    Ultimately, I can't see even video being particularly useful here, as it'll be hard to show...
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    Cyclist crashes, lands on his feet

    It's a pretty run of the mill left hook situation (except that I guess it's a right hook, having happened near London) but the way it turned out is quite remarkable -- everything went flying, but the...
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    It's not quite so illogicial. Remember, the...

    It's not quite so illogicial.

    Remember, the police are part of the government, and if the way you get them to behave is to pass laws to make them more accountable, then that certainly does have...
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    My statistic was 60:1, and that was to be...

    My statistic was 60:1, and that was to be compared directly to your 10,000:1 figure except that it only covers one specific area where I had concrete data available. (I don't have specific data on...
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    So? I remember when it first appeared, but I...

    So? I remember when it first appeared, but I didn't go back and check the date until you brought it up. And it's not *that* old -- less than two months since the guy updated the thread to say he...
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    OK, my memory failed me ... it's one half of a...

    OK, my memory failed me ... it's one half of a percent of all citations, not one percent.

    But even if Austin's percentage is quadruple the national average, and running with my 30% guess ......
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    To be fair, police dashcam video seems to usually...

    To be fair, police dashcam video seems to usually be off unless they have a reason to turn it on. I believe it's usually turned on manually if needed, or comes on automatically if the sirens are...
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    Somehow I suspect this is not true. Austin's...

    Somehow I suspect this is not true.

    Austin's police department has stated that about 1% of the tickets they give out are to cyclists. (And yes, I imagine that very few of these are for speeding.)...
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    Well, that does work out to be about the right...

    Well, that does work out to be about the right amount. If we assume that an average economy car averages 12,000 miles per year and gets 30 mpg, that's 400 gallons/year. Gasoline taxes in Utah are...
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    I don't know what the law is there, but here...

    I don't know what the law is there, but here intentionally blocking a highway or passageway is a class B misdemeanor and violators don't get tickets -- they get arrested and taken to jail.

    I...
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    If your camera supports WiFi like no1mad said it...

    If your camera supports WiFi like no1mad said it seems to, then that's the best solution. Download the app, put the phone in the right mode and that's it. Very easy and convenient.

    If your...
  17. Over stress? Most "portable USB chargers"...

    Over stress?

    Most "portable USB chargers" charge at 0.5 to 2.0 amps (2 amps for the bigger ones.) Your GPS probably accepts around 0.5 amps (2.0 amps is more for charging your iPad) and it'll...
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    Reading the recall guide...

    Reading the recall guide ... they aren't even replacing the fork.

    All they're doing is putting on a special quick release, which 1) sounds like a really poor fix if the problem is in the fork, and...
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    I'd like to know how your fork can break and you...

    I'd like to know how your fork can break and you *aren't* hurt?

    Unless it breaks while you're putting it in the car ... it's gonna hurt. (It's not going to break when it's not stressed, and it's...
  20. Looks like the Garmin Touring has an 1100 mAh...

    Looks like the Garmin Touring has an 1100 mAh battery, and lasts up to 17 hours on that.

    If we assume 12 hours on a charge, 50% charging efficiency, and that we start with a full charge on...
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    But that's just it ... it's not just a single...

    But that's just it ... it's not just a single uniform cone.

    It's more a series of cones with larger and larger angles and lower and lower intensities. The middle part is the brightest, but the...
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    True, but I think that a very significant number...

    True, but I think that a very significant number of the people on the road fall into the category of having few resources (i.e. being judgement proof) and having the bare minimum amount of insurance...
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    Well, they would ... that's what the insurance is...

    Well, they would ... that's what the insurance is for.

    That said, the minimum for the state mandated auto insurance is $15,000 in Pennsylvania so assuming that these drivers were both insured but...
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    Also, unless the drivers were wealthy or driving...

    Also, unless the drivers were wealthy or driving company cars ... they probably don't have that kind of money to pay the cyclist. If you're going to get seriously injured in a traffic collision,...
  25. Thread: Sad and Glad

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    Um, while that might be true for a few, I don't...

    Um, while that might be true for a few, I don't think it's true for most.

    Most will be upset about what happened, but if they got away with it, they'll put it out of their mind and not really...
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