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Local planning: Los Angeles edition

I live near a growing street with many popular small businesses, mostly restaurants, offering a rich and unique array of cultural food experiences. Lots of foot traffic in the neighborhood (for LA), street parking sucks at night, but isn't impossible. Business strip is around 7 blocks long, flanked on the west by around 5 blocks of mixed residential before the next major cross-street.

Parking on the business-laden street is all but impossible, it's almost all parking meters with very few lots. Some valet is available, but it's prohibitively expensive. As such, residential street parking is crowded on busy nights. Not New York crowded, but busy.

A group of residents in a roughly 5x3 block of mostly private homes and condos decide they don't like people parking in their neighborhood. Get city to approve nighttime parking ban for non-residents, essentially stripping businesses of 1/3 of free street parking in the area during peak business hours.

Our neighborhood has no bike lanes, let alone bike rentals, and is serviced by one bus line. Sure, you can walk from further parking, but most people generally don't like to have to drive somewhere 15-45 minutes then take another 15-20 minutes walking to their final destination.

We have a train station being built around a 20 minute walk from the business center right now that will go online in May with its own adjacent bicycle path, but the bike path doesn't link up to our neighborhood (... at all), and the walk is across a fairly dilapidated section of commercial zone on a loud six-lane street that is far from reassuringly friendly at night.

So, instead of fixing the problem (easing access for alternate transport, making public transport or walking more appealing), local homeowners' solution is... ban street parking, making it the problem of everyone not in the new ban zone, all so they don't have to park their third car half a block from their front door, heaven forbid.

LA is such a clusterfuck on transportation / public development.
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+David Ruddock Let me put it like this: My city, pop under 200k, has 340 miles bike lanes: http://subsites.odense.dk/subsites6/internationalcommunity/topmenu/living/transportation/biking -- and somewhere around a fourth of all transport in the city center is done via bikes.
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Just arrived in the AP tip box! Strike one: $10,000 flex funding goal for a hardware project.

Strike two: Stock images of a NEXUS ONE.... RUNNING IOS <head explodes.>

Oh hey, that watch looks suspiciously generic, I wonder. Oh wait, it's definitely not their fucking watch:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Smart-Watch-Clock-Sync-Notifier-With-Sim-Card-Bluetooth-Connectivity-Apple-iphone-Android-Phone-Smartwatch-Watch/32507619095.html

You're outta here, assholes. Reported for IP infringement and general douchenozzlery. God I hate crowdfunding.
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I also love how they don't explain how this thing will be able to work 24/7 without being charged, nor do they explain how this will work without a smartphone, which many elderly do NOT have and don't carry with them.

Sadly, +Indiegogo probably won't do anything about this. Remember the blatantly non-existent ShiftWear? They didn't do a damn thing about that. Either way, IGG gets paid, and that's all they care about. 
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The New Serf Times, Tuesday, February 2nd

Overgrown Dirt Gerbil Doesn't See Shadow, Peasants Prepare For Early Spring; Man Says Unmarried Woman "Almost Definitely A Witch."
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We use gerbil here in Ukraine to predict currency exchange rate.

http://m.kp.ua/kiev/kharkov/528174-surok-tymka-predskazal-vesnu-y-kurs-dollara
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If you're seeing any stories out there today about Xiaomi "entering the US market" with some no-name prepaid carrier, please kindly ignore them.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/43p0km/us_mobile_is_the_first_legit_xiaomi_meizu_carrier/czk37uj

Xiaomi has no affiliation with this company, who are using gray market imported phones with no US LTE bands. I'm not sure how such a reputable publication as PC Mag got duped so easily here, but it's kind of bad.

If Xiaomi was officially going to sell devices in America, you'd know, because Xiaomi would be the one announcing it. This is some scumbag trolling for PR.
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As soon I got baited and clicked an article, I realized this very thing.
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Sky things.
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+Kaleb Peters 😂😂

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Priceless.

And almost certain to produce absolute gold when local news stations pick it up as a real story (no satire / fiction labels of any kind).
Super Bowl 50—or Super Bowl L, for more orthodox fans—is less than two weeks away. The gridiron finale takes place in our beloved Bay Area this year at…
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The switch to Arabic numerals, despite security concerns, is jarring.
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Total War fans FYI - deal on Attila: Total War

If you're a fan of the Total War series but have hated Sega's DLC-laced stewardship of the brand as publisher, Steam has the newest title in the series, Attila: Total War, on mega-sale today for the Lunar New Year Sale. All in (in the US), it's about $33 for the core game and all currently-available DLC, which is by far the cheapest it has ever been (previous low would have been over $60 for all the content).

Attila supposedly addresses a lot of problems with Rome: Total War II (which admittedly I still like regardless - patches fixed the worst bugs). Given that Attila itself is basically a glorified expansion back for R:TW2, $33 seems perfectly reasonable for what is quite a lot of content and, hopefully, a more engaging campaign management system and better combat AI.
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Does R:TW2 have the cultural ancient Rome feel like Ryse or is it more gameplay oriented
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I've confirmed with Jolla that they have a licensing partnership (or will) with Turing for Sailfish OS on the Turing Phone. Two things.

One, Jolla is in the midst of major financial problems and general existential issues. The company had to cancel most orders of its last consumer product, a tablet, and the future of Jolla and Sailfish as a whole seems uncertain at best. Straight from the company's blog:

"However, Jolla is still very tight financially and is currently negotiating with its creditors for extended payment terms so that all the available financial resources could be efficiently used to secure the needed OS development."

Two, given those circumstances, it seems plausible Jolla would pursue any potential licensing partnerships with minimal due diligence in order to assure investors and creditors that interest in Sailfish OS is still very real. Jolla is likely far less interested in the viability of Turing's product than it is in the fact that Turing can get Sailfish OS back into headlines, regardless of whether or not the end product delivers.

Our investigation is ongoing. I have come into some new information recently which continues to paint the company's founder, Steve Chao, in a less than positive light, but I am still uncomfortable publishing what we have at this time. Additionally, I have come into possession of a Facebook post shared with what I assume are prospective corporate customers, in which Turing's CEO claims the company has bought a manufacturing facility ("ex-Microsoft ex-Nokia") in Finland to produce its devices.

It also claims the Turing Phone will be the first "Future Networks" phone based on guidelines laid out by the ITU SG-13 Future Networks group, which sounds like a huge load of horseshit (broadly, FN is about switching from circuit-switched to fully packet-based networking). The ITU's own website claims the first Future Networks implementations will not see "early realization' until 2020.

I look forward to seeing how this plays out.
It's that time again: broken promises from a hardware startup of questionable competence! The Turing phone was announced in 2015, but its launch was delaye... by David Ruddock in Android OS, News
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+Tim Reeb+Roderick Gadellaa​​
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Whichever side you're on, this is hilarious.
HUMBOLDT, IA—After making sure to douse every home, farm, and business located in the municipality with gasoline, retreating Clinton campaign staffers reportedly set the central Iowa town of Humboldt ablaze Friday to stem the advance of Bernie Sanders volunteers.
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Boobie traps also
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Dashcam police!

I'm trying to snag a review unit of one of these guys to see if their "cloud" functionality is at all worth it. I'm starting to really get into the idea of investing in a dash cam, and I want something that doesn't require professional installation or drilling holes anywhere. 

I also want something that I can manage from my phone reasonably well, because having a screen on what is essentially a dumb video capture system is pointless. That's why I'm looking at BlackBox (that and they use Sony Exmor sensors).

I'd like any other suggestions anyone has, too. I know dashcams are huge outside the US (their use is definitely growing here, though), but I've yet to find a dominant supplier or even a company that really seems to add a lot of value on the software / back-end of the product.

I have a feeling this space is going to rapidly get smarter in the next few years, too. Even as cars get their own cameras, it seems unlikely vehicle OEMs will have any interest in letting consumers access or capture data from those cameras (sadly), so I think the dash cam has a long and interesting life yet to live in our world.
Product Description Product Summary The Blackvue DR650GW-1CH uses a Sony EXMOR CMOS Sensor to deliver Full HD Video and is paired with useful GPS and Wireless (Wifi) Connectivity. It is the top-of-the-line single channel dashcam that's fully featured and supports up to 128 gb micro SD cards which are perfectly matched to Blackvue's industry leading parking mode by motion detection. With the latest version of the DR650GW firmware you can even t...
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I don't have any experience with a "connected" dashcam. That just wasn't high on my list of priorities in selecting a camera - though such features would definitely be nice to have.

I ran an Itronics ITB-100HD for a few years, but recently switched to an even less featureful Mobius Action Cam. It lacks a lot of traditional dashcam features (GPS, accelerometer, etc), but makes up for that in its size and discreteness. It's the size of a small garage door remote, and I was able to mount it in such a way that it is all but invisible from the outside. Discreteness was key for me, as I frequent areas where cameras are rather frowned upon.

So, again, probably not much help for David. I can, however, strongly recommend https://dashcamtalk.com/ for some great info, comparisons, and discussions on the subject.
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I switched back to the Nexus 6P today (Mate 8 beta firmware is just too buggy) and I've had Bluetooth completely wig out in my car three times. First time, I was out of my car a full 10 minutes and suddenly Play Music resumed the last song (... in my pocket... in line at a store) and Android Wear disconnected. Bluetooth showed as turned off. Weird. Next one, I went to reconnect to the car and it just wouldn't for like 2-3 tries. Then, a little after that, I went to make a voice call over Bluetooth in the car and the phone hard crashed and rebooted a few seconds after the dialer UI popped up on the phone.

This seems not good.
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Since everyone is complaining, I figured I'd state that I have a Nexus 6P and use Bluetooth in my car and with Android Wear (Moto 360 v1) and have never had any Bluetooth issues whatsoever. 
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Turing phone update

Alright, I teased this, so I only owe it to you guys to give a status update. I conducted a pretty extensive investigation on the Turing phone (with some welcome help from +Justin Case) last week. The results of that investigation, at this point, are not what I'd deem sufficient for publication of a standalone article at this time. But we have quite a bit of history and background information now that, maybe one day, could be worth publishing.

I'm not going to get into specifics, because some of what we uncovered would be unfairly damaging to TRI if not asterisked appropriately and analyzed objectively, and social media isn't the place to do that. People simply are too prone to jumping to conclusions. I will say what we found is all publicly available and you're free to dig yourself, of course. 

I also had a 45-minute, on-record phone conversation with TRI founder / former QSAlpha founder Steve Chao last week, and we talked about a lot of things - trust me. Things which did make for a tense conversation at times.

The short of it is this: if Turing doesn't meet their Q1 ship date, we'll evaluate moving forward with an investigation piece again. At this time, I'm inclined to give them the time they say they need to make good on their promise. I know QSAlpha made a lot of promises, too, but it was indeed a different company and TRI may well get past the roadblocks QSA encountered.

I think the phone will be a monumental flop even if it does ever launch, and I think many of the promises being made about future development are totally unrealistic. But on the "actually shipping a piece of hardware" front, I am at least inclined to wait and see if TRI is competent enough to manage that much and, if they aren't, then taking a bullshit-thermometer to statements I was given last week.

In other words, this is on the back burner until April.
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