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What is the flaw with his argument?


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#1 TheChad08

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:36 PM

Ok, there is a story about a California physics prof who is able to get out of a traffic ticket by submitting an essay to the judge.

He wasn't fined as the judge couldn't argue with his defense, however there is a fatal flaw in his plan that even he himself does not recognize.

What is his flaw?

Here is a news article about it:
http://www.thestar.c...-academic-paper

Here's his submitted essay:
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1204.0162v1.pdf
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:38 PM

Spoiler for With a quick look at things, I think

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 10:07 PM

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Not a legal requirement.

Another tidbit:
He actually posted a second article addressing the two most common questions.
The first is the amount of the fine (it is actually about $284 not $400).
The second is the acceleration rate of the Yaris he was driving.
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Posted 07 August 2012 - 10:41 PM

Not a legal requirement.

Another tidbit:
He actually posted a second article addressing the two most common questions.
The first is the amount of the fine (it is actually about $284 not $400).
The second is the acceleration rate of the Yaris he was driving.

It is a legal requirement in my state. I guess California is different.

No. I just checked the California Motor Vehicle Code 21802 about this.
It is a legal requirement even there.
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#5 TheChad08

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:38 PM

It is a legal requirement in my state. I guess California is different.

No. I just checked the California Motor Vehicle Code 21802 about this.
It is a legal requirement even there.

Really? I thought the only legal requirement was that you come to a complete stop. He can scan the area before coming to his complete stop though.
Either way, I found a major flaw with his argument. I'll post it in a couple days if no one figures it out.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 06:08 PM

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:23 PM

Spoiler for one interesting thing

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:32 PM

Spoiler for one interesting thing


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:56 AM

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Edit:
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:43 AM

Much simpler answer
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