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Dec 21, 2019, 11:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Who's the slow guy blocking the left lane so that people have to go around him on both sides?
You mean moi?

I’ll admit to going a little slow in the passing lane at that particular moment, but I was still 15 over the limit.
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Dec 23, 2019, 03:19 AM
 
I got a Tesla Model 3 with Dashcam and it records stuff that are not even remotely relevant. Luckily there is a website that allows easy perusal of the video. https://sentrycam.appspot.com
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If I’m understanding right, it’s probably saving things which fit a “pre-crash” profile. Like, say, slamming on the brakes.
     
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Dec 24, 2019, 11:23 PM
 
Yeah, you are right. I guess I was referring to Sentry Mode, not Dashcam mode. Sentry mode takes video of stuff happening around the car when parked.

I accidentally activated it too this morning and the horns when blaring and the radio turned on full blast for maybe 15 seconds. Quite a shocker and I was in a parking lot also. I think it was due to me being in the car with BT off and sitting for 15-20 mins doing nothing but looking at my phone. The car screen, which was on during the entire time, went black and the side mirrors folded. A couple of mins later, I opened the door and complete chaos erupted. Luckily, the alarm didn't go on forever and I quickly turned back on BT.
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Jan 24, 2020, 11:21 AM
 
For some reason iMovie hates the video files my dashcam creates. If I convert them from .mov to .mp4 in Handbrake first they're fine. Got flipped off this week by someone running a red light in front of me in a blizzard - asking to be t-boned. This post is worthless without video, which I need to upload...
     
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Jan 24, 2020, 11:30 AM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
For some reason iMovie hates the video files my dashcam creates. If I convert them from .mov to .mp4 in Handbrake first they're fine.
As I understand it, iMovie only supports .mov files using the DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and AIC codecs. Your cam is probably using an incompatible codec.
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Jan 31, 2020, 03:41 PM
 


There's an argument I'm being a jackass, too, but I'd say a lesser one.

A little disturbed by that noise. I don't think I hit anyone. I may have gotten a love tap from the car behind me, but my bumper looks fine.


Edit: delayed reaction commentary - “douchebag!”
     
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Jan 31, 2020, 05:57 PM
 
You crossed a solid white line (while signalling), into a turn lane that was still a bike lane. S/he crossed at the broken lines, but without looking or signalling.

I'd put most of it on the other car.
     
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Jan 31, 2020, 07:37 PM
 
And FWIW, I did look to make sure I wasn’t going to cut-off a cyclist.
     
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Jan 31, 2020, 09:59 PM
 
Your mystery sound. That isn't a collision, and you had clearance everywhere I could see. There was a curb seam that aligned with the sound, along with a white bag (?) which might have had something lumpy in it. I thought it sounded like driving over a grating, but I didn't see one.
     
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Jan 31, 2020, 10:22 PM
 
The probable answer here is the 25 pound bucket of calcium chloride I have in the back. I remember wedging it up against the passenger seat, but that could easily be false and what really happened is I left it 6 inches to slide. Hearing it live, it definitely sounded like something in the back sliding forward, but I started to look for other answers based on the memory of securing the bucket.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
And FWIW, I did look to make sure I wasn’t going to cut-off a cyclist.
As an aside, I do this just in case, but I think it may be somewhat pointless due to the large speed differences between cars and cycles.

For instance, in the above example, I would have seen and passed any cycle I could have cut off as I was approaching stopped traffic.
     
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Feb 1, 2020, 02:49 PM
 
They keep adding bike lanes around here, but I'm not sure I've seen a single cyclist in the last few years. Of course, this is desert country. It's blazing hot, except when it's freezing cold. Spring & fall can be OK, but people don't seem to pick up the habit. I'm about 50% convinced it's bunk - we're giving up good traffic lanes for cyclists who may never appear.

Maybe Chicago is different. Do you actually see cyclists?
     
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Feb 1, 2020, 03:01 PM
 
Absolutely. Even in the dead of winter, which blows my mind. Sane people give it a rest between November and March.

We actually have enough the city owns a profitable bike-share, which I find somewhat obnoxious because casuals bike on the sidewalk.
     
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4x speed.
     
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Feb 5, 2020, 11:32 PM
 
Tell me you phoned that in.
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Unfortunately, no. That wasn’t really practical.
     
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Feb 6, 2020, 03:47 PM
 
I’ve been behind that guy, and did exactly what you did; wait for an opening and then race past him (probably also hoping he doesn’t wander back into your lane as you pass.)
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Feb 6, 2020, 06:21 PM
 
The big reason I decided to stick it out in the passing lane is it gave me that giant shoulder to work with if it all went south.
     
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Feb 6, 2020, 08:13 PM
 
Where was that? On the Ryan?
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Feb 6, 2020, 11:19 PM
 
No, sir!

The express lanes on the Ryan are pretty huge, so I could see why it looks that way.

It’s the Jane Addams Tollway, which is I-90 northwest, between O’Hare and Rockford. They rebuilt it a few years ago, and it’s fantastic. Not the least reason being those huge shoulders.

On the way back, at about 10 at night, it was a 100 mph party the whole way.
     
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15 mph exit I hit at 50. Closest I've been to a wipeout in awhile.
     
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Feb 8, 2020, 10:54 PM
 
subego, your commentary is not impressing. I haven't learned a single new word so far. My dashcam caught something very similar a few years back, and I had things to say. I've been more careful on that turn ever since.

btw, your cam is a 1080p / 170º angle, right? Apparently plates are easy to read with 1080p -- if the viewing angle is only 120-140 degrees. For a 170º field of view, we need 2.5K or better to get the needed pixel density. My first dashcam was a 2.5K / 170º model and plates seemed clear. When that one died, I replaced it with a cheaper 1080p / 170º. Plates have been disappointing since, though I didn't notice right away.

I may need to shop dashcams.
     
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Feb 9, 2020, 12:10 AM
 
I’m still trying to figure out why I did this. I’ve taken this exit a bunch of times before.

This model is supposedly 135°.
     
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Feb 9, 2020, 12:53 AM
 
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I’m still trying to figure out why I did this. I’ve taken this exit a bunch of times before.
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Feb 9, 2020, 01:01 PM
 
I kinda want to say it’s more likely my brain refuses to accept this mendacious a design exists.

As a side note, I took a sister exit to this in one of those super-tall Transits. Finally understood why exit speed limits are as low as they are.

Edit: at least that exit had some foliage, so even to one paying less attention than they should, it was obvious enough a hard right was coming.
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Feb 10, 2020, 11:21 AM
 
maybe you were distracted by those taillights on the left that look like headlights of someone driving in reverse?
     
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Unfortunately, no. That wasn’t really practical.
You’d feel differently if you read about a tragic family of four accident the next morning.

Phone it in. It’s simple and easy. At least you tried.
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You’d feel differently if you read about a tragic family of four accident the next morning.
I am aware of that, but thanks for the guilt trip anyway.
     
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Feb 12, 2020, 12:19 PM
 
Can we get back to talking about cigarette butts?
     
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Feb 18, 2020, 10:08 PM
 
Put together a list of my greatest hits. Enjoy my impeccable taste in music.

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Am I the only one getting compression stutter?
     
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Feb 19, 2020, 03:18 PM
 
No, that's either the camera or the SD card. I'm sure the hot/cold cycles and a million rewrites haven't been good to the cold, and I don't think it was a name-brand card to start with. This definitely didn't happen when I first got the camera. Maybe I'll have to shell out for a nicer card.
     
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Feb 19, 2020, 05:48 PM
 
I picked up a SanDisk card which is theoretically built to deal with constant writes, but I get the impression a dashcam will kill any card sooner or later.
     
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The date/time stamps confused me. Snow in June?

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Feb 20, 2020, 10:12 AM
 
The 2013 stamps were wrong, I finally got around to setting the date/time sometime late last year. Anything 2019/2020 is accurate.
     
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Feb 21, 2020, 09:57 PM
 
jerky drivers, but then a nice family of deer... I was hoping someone in the other lanes also let them cross!
     
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Ah, there it is.
     
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Was a link edited out, or is this a Markov bot?
     
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No links. Yet. It’s a bot lifting text from other sites that are more-or-less on-topic.
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