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Are you sure about this? Cause Im almost sure the speed cameras will not get triggered unless youre going 36 mph. I have done a ton of driving all around bklyn.. never got a camera ticket less than 36mph

I imagine the cameras are taking pictures all the time, but you'll only be prosecuted if you're 11 miles above the speed limit.

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How about not running red lights?

It's not about running red lights in NYC. NYC uses the cameras as a money maker. For example, NYC in recent years changed the laws so that school zone rules apply 24/7 and lowered speed limits around the city. So if you pass a public school at 7pm on a sunday at 30mph, you're going to get a ticket.

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Tech Talk / Re: Smart homes
« on: January 13, 2021, 04:36:45 PM »
Just looked into it quickly. So you can have a combination lock on the other end but have this unlock the door automatically. And for Shabbos this part would be off, so would just be a regular combination lock.

I would need it to allow someone in. Is there any way to do that without them having the app? Is there any way for them to ring a bell that notifies me on the app and I could hit approve to let them in?

A couple of things:
- You could get the keypad and use that to assign codes - you can simply add a temp code for people who want to use it
- It would seem that you can open the door remotely from the app (google it)
- You'd probably have to buy another bell that would notify you

As for shabbos operation - AYLOR - the app seems to have a history of opening and closing, which likely logs on shabbos unless you remove the battteries in the device. (Unplugging the gateway will likely prevent these from being recorded, but any time the lock is opened, the hardware behind the scenes is logging it).




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Just Shmooze / Re: Is It Ethical?
« on: January 11, 2021, 12:17:23 PM »
Thanks to everyone who responded... I just wanted to highlight a line in my original post:
During the pandemic, a lot of marathons/half-marathons/5ks, etc have gone virtual. In order to qualify as having finished the 'virtual race', you need to upload your activity from your GPS Watch/App etc. You have to have run the distance within a certain date range.

So here is my question - if two marathons have overlapping dates, is it ethical for me to run the marathon once and upload it to two different races for credit? (assuming that this isn't explicitly mentioned in the rules).

I also wanted to point out, that a lot of these races are done via an app like Strava. The way it is determined that you've accomplished the race is that you either record (or upload a recording from your watch). On many occasions, I've uploaded one activity, but Strava counted it towards several challenges. There is also no direct way for me to say which challenge I am completing with this activity - i.e. this is for Marathon A or Marathon B.

So from a rules perspective, it's either a)okay or b)while it's a known issue, the amount of people doing it is small enough that they're not concerned about it.


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Just Shmooze / Re: Is It Ethical?
« on: January 10, 2021, 02:17:40 PM »
During the pandemic, a lot of marathons/half-marathons/5ks, etc have gone virtual. In order to qualify as having finished the 'virtual race', you need to upload your activity from your GPS Watch/App etc. You have to have run the distance within a certain date range.

So here is my question - if two marathons have overlapping dates, is it ethical for me to run the marathon once and upload it to two different races for credit? (assuming that this isn't explicitly mentioned in the rules).


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Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: January 10, 2021, 02:07:37 PM »
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This is very true - as the Rockies and the Astros are about to find out.

But to be fair, how many $25m+ contracts can a Team have already? Even the Yankees and Dodgers can't have that many guys at max deals.

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Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: January 10, 2021, 02:05:52 PM »
Of course, I'm sure many of you know the story, but it's worth repeating. In 1988, a minor league buddy of Tommy's asked for a favor. His son was playing ball at Miami-Dade Community College in Florida, and if no one else drafted him, would Tommy be able to get the Dodgers to Draft him. Tommy Obliged, and drafted him with one of the Dodgers last picks - 1,032nd overall.

A year later, the kid is in the minors, and has a chat with Uncle Tommy. He was a first baseman, and Tommy told him that first basemen were easy to come by, and if he really wanted to advance, he should become a catcher. The kid listened, and was brought up to the Dodgers in 1992.

If you haven't guessed by now, that kid is Hall Of Famer Mike Piazza.

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Just Shmooze / Re: MLB Master Thread
« on: January 07, 2021, 01:10:09 PM »
LGM, Sorry Dan

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Just Shmooze / Re: Is It Ethical?
« on: December 08, 2020, 01:34:52 PM »
Is it ethical to use coupons intended for somebody else, or to manipulate coupons so as to provide a different benefit than intended? Does the value of the coupon matter?

Examples:
Store ABC sends a 10% off coupon to its credit card mailing list and the terms of the coupon state that its only intended for use by the recipients, yet the coupon works for everyone. Can it be used by non-credit card holders?
Store ABC has an 80% off coupon for employees only. Can non-employees use it?
Store ABC send out a Save10 coupon open to everyone, but you figure out that Save25 also works with greater savings. Is that permitted?
Store ABC send a one time use coupon for a discount, and you discover a way to manipulate the code so that it works multiple times. Is that allowed?

For the purposes of these questions, assume that the store wants the coupons to be used only as intended. Dont say that the store is just happy to be making a sale, for that its part of a marketing plan.

If your answers differ depending on the situation, please explain why.

I think there are two issues here:

Issue 1: a)if you know that that he code isn't meant for you or b) you manipulated the code to exact a different discount - probably not ethical

Issue 2: you use a plug in that runs through codes - like Honey - or you get it from a third party - this, IMHO, is less unethical - because you have no real way of knowing if it was publicly intended or not.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Jokes Master Thread
« on: December 08, 2020, 12:14:53 PM »
Two strangers are chatting on an airplane, at one point one of them pulls out a picture of his girlfriend -

M1: 'beautiful, isn't she?'

M2: "If you think she's beautiful, you should definitely see my wife"

M1: "Is she just as beautiful as my girl?"

M2L: "No, she's an optometrist".

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Just Shmooze / Re: Riddles!
« on: December 02, 2020, 09:34:38 PM »
Someone wants to buy an item that costs $100. They have three stacking discounts of 20%,5% and 10% - for a total of 35% off.  They add the items to their cart, they apply the discounts, but instead of the expected price of $65 their total comes out to be $68.40 before any taxes or shipping charges. They called the support line and are told the calculation is accurate - what happened?

A friend of theirs had two stacking discounts - of 25% and 10%, and got a different price - also not $65, but not $68.40 - what was their price?

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General Discussion / Re: All Halocha Shailos and Tiffeh Questions
« on: November 27, 2020, 09:37:46 AM »
I had some questions about Sous Vide cooking (I will definitely ask my LOR, but figured I'd solicit some opinions):

Quick background on Sous Vide cooking:
Essentially, you put a piece of meat or fish in a sealed bag. The bag gets lowered into a pot/basin of water. You then stick a sous vide cooker into the water and it regulates the temperature of the water to cook the item in the bag. The items typically cook for several hours at this low temperature.

- Usually the temp is well bellow boiling (say 130 degrees F)
- The water never comes into contact with the food

So now my questions:
- Seeing that the sous vide cooker never comes into contact with the food, and the food is sealed in a plastic bag, is it safe to assume that the fish cooked with this is pareve? Even if the pot I am normally cooking it in used for Fleishigs?

- How does this impact cooking for shabbos using it - i.e. given the cooler temperatures, could I put some salmon in right before shabbos and then take it out right before lunch?


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Just Shmooze / Re: NHL Master Thread
« on: November 27, 2020, 09:26:43 AM »

Devastating as an Isles fan. Such a good guy, veteran player on the back end, he helped mentor the young D-Men (of which the Isles have quite a few), had a bomb of a slapper, and was just seen as a tough but not at all dirty player.

Sad to see him have to go out like this, because of such a freak skate injury.

Very sad day indeed :( Hopefully he can stick around with the team in some capacity.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Interesting Articles...
« on: November 27, 2020, 09:25:20 AM »
Not one but two interesting articles from the Israeli sports world...

- Sheik Khalifa wants to buy 49% of Beitar Yerushalayim: https://www.ynet.co.il/sport/israelisoccer/article/HyXwfd09D
- UAE to send Judo team to a training camp in Israel - https://www.ynet.co.il/sport/article/HkPHu4R9D

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Just Shmooze / Re: Happy Birthday Dan!
« on: November 23, 2020, 12:48:24 PM »
HBD @Dan - since your hebrew birthday was a couple of days ago, I guess I missed my invite to the farbrengen :)

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