From: "Matt Timmermans"
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Subject: Re: How to perform clock recovery from 1152 kB/s as easy as possible ?
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Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 21:45:47 -0400
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"Reagan Thomas" wrote in message
news:3D7A8836.B59AC583@NoSpammingMer-> Swindon. Swindon will be one to
avoid if it continues to grow without
> the benefit of a plan, IMO. What's the F'ing idea of putting a traffic
> light at a roundabout anyway? A nice enough town (disregarding the
> 'Magic Roundabout', no stoplights there, just 3 circles in a row), but
> while industrial development has done much for improving commerce,
> getting around (with or esp. w/o a car of your own) is a serious bitch.
Lights at roundabouts! I've seen those! In fact, in the version I saw, you
needed to go through *2* sets of lights to make a tight (i.e. left in
England) turn, and more to make a wider turn or to go straight! The lights
were timed, of course, to work just like an intersection, but they needed so
many lights so that you could always see the appropriate ones from wherever
you were in the roundabout. Whoever designed such a ridiculous thing had a
serious problem with anti-intersection bigotry.
Oh! oh! and those intersections with dots?!?! If you put a little concrete
discus (about a foot in diameter) in the middle of an intersection, it
becomes a roundabout, so it's OK that there are no stop signs. Another case
of anti-intersection bigotry. Being from Canada, I treat those just like
intersections without stop signs, which are much preferable to roundabouts.
I can just see the urban planner's mind blowing... "he's just sort of
dodging the roundabouts... but you *can't* dodge a roundabout... They're
round... You have to go *around* them... Do you suppose that the roundabout
only exists by concensus?!?! That it's a roundabout only because we believe
it to be a roundabout?!?! Even so... we put the discus there so the
ignorant Canadians will *know* it's a roundabout. Do you suppose he just
refuses to believe?!?!?" and so on...
Now, those multilane roundabouts *without* lights... If you're going a
long way around, you're supposed to go to the inner lanes. If you're going
only a short way around, you're supposed to take the outer lanes. This
minimizes that amount of traffic crossing that goes on.
The problem is that there's still a lot of traffic crossing, and it's
completely uncontrolled! Somehow people in roundabouts manage to navigate
them without getting into accidents. I've done it myself many times, and
I'm convinced that people have some latent psychic abilities having to do
with circular traffic crossings.
I'm sure that the germ of genius in the original roundabout idea was to take
advantage of these latent abilities. Unfortunately, anti-intersection
bigots refuse to discard the concept when it no longer applies.
P.S. If you want to do some *real* psychic driving, head on up to Scotland
and all those "passing places"...