A bill proposed this week by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D., Camden) would impose a fine of up to $50 and possibly 15 days in jail for pedestrians caught using their cellphones without hands-free devices while walking on public sidewalks and along roadways.

If the bill becomes law, “petextrians” – people who text while walking – would face the same penalties as jaywalkers in New Jersey.

“I see it every single day,” Lampitt said Friday. “Maybe they will think twice about it.” Since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 15 percent to 4,735 in 2013, the report said. Nearly two million pedestrian injuries were related to cellphone use, the report said.texting

Another study, from Safe Kids Worldwide, a Washington-based nonprofit, found that 40 percent of teens said they had been hit or nearly hit by a car, bike, or motorcycle while walking.

The survey of more than 1,000 children between ages 13 and 18 found that 47 percent of those who said they were hit or almost hit were listening to music, 20 percent were talking on the phone, and 18 percent were texting, researchers said.

In a world populated with idiots, the banning of risky behavior has its downside.


In an attempt to better develop their Artificial Intelligence tech, Microsoft just conducted a pretty fascinating experiment. They introduced Tay, an AI designed to speak like a teenage girl, to Twitter.

“Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful conversation,” Microsoft said when they loosed Tay to the wild. “The more you chat with Tay the smarter she gets.”
Within 24 hours Tay had transformed from something of a friendly blank slate into a sex-crazed, Nazi-loving Donald Trump supporter. Smarter, maybe, but also much, much scarier. At least Microsoft was right about one thing: Tay certainly had “zero chill.”

Here’s what I find interesting about this talk. About 8:30 in you can see how the neural net visualizes images and it seems to be extremely similar to how humans recognize things. It gives me a sense that all the human brain really does is match inputs and memories. The brain is more of an intuition engine rather than a reasoning machine. Looks like they are putting the pieces together and this is a step towards an artificial brain.

I don’t remember pics like this when Bill Clinton was running for president. Sexy Communist from Slovenia, former model, jewelry and watch designer.

Stay thirsty my friends.


Oh this is too good! Christie skips funeral for slain police officer to campaign for Trump and this is what he gets? Feel the Bern!

Donald Trump hit his newfound sidekick Chris Christie with some friendly fire on Monday while trying to attack Ohio Gov. John Kasich ahead of his home state’s Tuesday primary.

Trump, speaking a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, accused Kasich of having abandoned his gubernatorial duties to campaign in New Hampshire.

“And your governor is absentee,” Trump told the crowd. “He goes to New Hampshire, he’s living in New Hampshire. Living! Where’s Chris, is Chris around? Even more than Chris Christie, he was there, right? Even more.”

Trump then turned to Christie, who was next to him on stage, and said, “I hated to do that, but I had to make my point.”

The timing was less than ideal for New Jersey’s governor. In his home state, he was being criticized Monday for skipping the funeral of Sean Cullen, a state trooper killed last week, in order to campaign with Trump.

This is as good as when Cheney shot a guy in the face and made the guy apologize to him.

Note at 1:58 in Rubio has a grin on his face so big he can’t contain it. I’m surprised they don’t arrest Trump for inciting a riot.

Yet Bernie Sanders wins! Wonder how the polls were so wrong?

Read all about it. Round 2 goes to the computer as well.

A huge milestone has just been reached in the field of artificial intelligence: AlphaGo, a program developed by Google’s DeepMind unit, has defeated legendary Go player Lee Se-dol in the first of five historic matches being held in Seoul, South Korea. Lee resigned after about three and a half hours, with 28 minutes and 28 seconds remaining on his clock. The series is the first time a professional 9-dan Go player has taken on a computer, and Lee is competing for a $1 million prize.

“I was very surprised,” said Lee after the match. “I didn’t expect to lose. [But] I didn’t think AlphaGo would play the game in such a perfect manner.” DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis expressed “huge respect for Lee Se-dol and his amazing skills,” calling the game “hugely exciting” and “very tense.” Team lead David Silver said it was an “amazing game of Go that really pushed AlphaGo to its limits.”

All hail our computer overlords!


I have to admit, I have never seen this before. And I hope I never see it again.

Found by MikeN

It appears Mitt Romney is thinking about jumping into the Republican race. For those who think it’s too late – maybe not.

In order to win the nomination a candidate has to get half the delegates. Delegates are committed to vote for their candidate only on the first round. If no one gets 1/2 then delegates can vote for anyone. The question as to what “anyone” means is still open, and there might be some rule changes going into the convention.

In order to stop Trump Romney is considering jumping in at the convention because it’s not just Trump. All the Republican candidates are a disaster and there’s doubt that any candidate will get to more than half. Romney apparently thinks they could unite around him, but that would mean completely ignoring 100% of the voters.

And Trump would likely launch a third party bid. Trumps pledge not to run as independent is conditional on the party not screwing him. And if he gets more votes than anyone else then not picking him is screwing him.

My only prediction that I’m standing by this year is that the election will be interesting and unusual. Might even rival the 2000 election.

Discuss ….


Why wait, lets get this over with!

  • Hillary Clinton
  • Donald Trump
  • I’m waiting to see Who the Libertarians Run
  • I’m sitting this one out


More polls: Free polls


Last week the Vermont Senate approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational use in that state, authorizing the licensing and regulation of commercial producers and retailers. If the state House of Representatives follows suit, Vermont will be the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislature rather than the voting booth. Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, supports legalization and is expected to sign the bill if it passes the House, where its prospects are uncertain.

Like the legalization initiatives approved by voters in four other states, the Vermont bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 17 to 12, would allow adults 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Unlike most of those initiatives, it would not allow home cultivation. State-licensed growers and merchants could begin operating in 2018. The state would collect a 25 percent excise tax on marijuana, and pot stores would initially be barred from selling edibles. The bill creates a commission to study the possibility of allowing home cultivation and edible sales in the future.

This is a disgusting practice that has to end. If there was ever a boycott that I would support, it would be this one.

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