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dramas
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IM SO dead sorry if i spoke

IM SO dead sorry if i spoke out here.. no dis ment ..

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RE: Plus to repel some

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Plus to repel some things : correspondence of fiscally annoying varieties, letters forwarded to me with depressing information-carrying photos and figures with recorded times taken from some bloody freeway location ( AHEM .... to randomly note an all-too-recent case ), junk mail ... the list goes on.

Research into dark energy just took on a whole new urgency :)

Mike Hewson
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RE: RE: Plus to repel

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Plus to repel some things : correspondence of fiscally annoying varieties, letters forwarded to me with depressing information-carrying photos and figures with recorded times taken from some bloody freeway location ( AHEM .... to randomly note an all-too-recent case ), junk mail ... the list goes on.

Research into dark energy just took on a whole new urgency :)


Ah, there's a huge stink DownUnda ( Victoria ) about several speed cameras that, instead of recording the actual speed and booking you if you're over some threshold ( which is about 8km/h over the displayed limit of 100km/h ), they reported each and every car going past ( regardless of actual speed ) as going at the threshold speed! And booked them. I think someone stuffed a switch/case programming construct or such. The contractor forwarded all of the 'infringements' to police, while failing to notice that about 5,500 consecutive cars recorded by the one camera at a single location all broke the limit by precisely the same amount! [ Yeah, guess who was one of them ..... it doubled my total demerit points gained in 32 years of driving from 3 to 6 ] I think this deserves a Guinness Book of Records entry in the 'Group Synchronised Speeding' category.

As the state government is due for an election shortly, they've managed the matter by :

(a) Not recording convictions ( and demerit points ). That way you can't challenge ( cheaply ) via the Magistrates Court!

(b) Keeping the fine monies. This way you have to take them to the ( expensive ) County Court to recover!

(c) Enabling you to get a view of the photo online for free. You previously had to pay to see the evidence, using what is the equivalent of a Freedom Of Information application. In any case a single photo doesn't yield kinetic information, thus is no re-assurance regards device accuracy.

(d) Had a 'quiet word' with the technical contractor. No penalties. No contract cancellation ....

Now, would anyone like to guess who I'm NOT voting for later this month? Roll on election day. The joke is that if Victorians stop driving on freeways ( or using the pokies ) our state will go broke. :-) :-)

Cheers, Mike.

( edit ) Each fine is about $150 AUD a pop .....

I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter ...

... and my other CPU is a Ryzen 5950X :-) Blaise Pascal

DanNeely
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Ugh, that's awful. I'm so

Ugh, that's awful. I'm so glad I live in the USA where b would never happen.

Instead there'd be a class action lawsuit, at the end of which, the lawyers would pocket about $5m of our taxes, and the people who paid the $800k in bogus fines would be mailed instructions on how to claim a coupon good for $10 off their next ticket from that particular camera.

Mike Hewson
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Serves me right. Trusting,

Serves me right. Trusting, law-abiding soul/fool that I am. When I got the infringement notice ( I know the area well ) I figured I just might have picked up a bit of extra speed on the downhill run from the freeway entrance to the overpass where the camera was located. So I thought, it's a fair cop, I wasn't concentrating, and thus I sent the monies off ( you only have two weeks to decide upon a challenge ). Anyway, weeks later I see a piece on the TeeVee News about this dodgy camera. I look at my notice again, more closely now at the time of day ..... I was going the other way. Going home. Up the hill. If I'd told them to stuff it I'd still have my money. Sigh :-(

At least if you get booked by a real person the circumstances retain quite well in your mind ....

Cheers, Mike.

( edit ) I use cruise control, but that won't necessarily save you increasing speed on a slope ( engine braking aside ). It doesn't touch the brakes.

I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter ...

... and my other CPU is a Ryzen 5950X :-) Blaise Pascal

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