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Comment: Re:never heard of metorites reacting with water (Score 5, Interesting) 250

by AnswerIs42 (#34240024) Attached to: The Story of My As-Yet-Unverified Impact Crater
If they did, he would not be here to post about it.... There are only 6 metals that will react with water, and they are the Alkali metals, and they are quite energetic (as in Jamie Wants Big Boom).

Looking at the pictures, the depressions to the north, the cutouts running north and south.. I would have to agree with the expert he consulted that what they have there are sink holes.

The metals could have even been dumped there, not as in a hoax, years and years ago as the site could have been a "garbage dump". Unless you know the history of the area, may never know for sure.

Comment: How about real performance fixes instead? (Score 1) 128

by AnswerIs42 (#33656174) Attached to: Google Preps Instant Search For Chrome 8
I could care less about searches.. but because chrome uses the least real estate, it is nice on my netbook... but IT IS HORRIBLE with system resources... I have to restart chrome at least three times a day to clean out the memory. And I only average 5-6 tabs being open. That is really sad for a browser.. that is worse than FF.. and if I could get FF to use less real estate as well, I would just use it and ditch chrome.

Comment: It takes a few months... (Score 1) 312

by AnswerIs42 (#32959976) Attached to: Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View
But some changes to work in... for the longest time they had a primary road going up AND down the one way street I live on. They fixed it after reporting it and pointing out their error. NOW... if I can just them to stop showing Orangeville, Ohio as Orangeville, PA... that really messes up directions for people.

Comment: Re:Learning curve (Score 4, Insightful) 460

by AnswerIs42 (#32792802) Attached to: Local Newspapers Use F/OSS For a Day
Nope, not that much of a difference between mac and PC versions of Desktop publishing software. I use both nightly at work... and I work at a newspaper.

Really though, news rooms should not even touch all of that stuff.. they write the articles and the editor places them in the document, final document gets sent to me where I do my voodoo and make 4 color post script files and PDFs and generate plates for the presses.

Comment: NASA World Wind Java Re:Google maps for tracking (Score 1) 84

by AnswerIs42 (#32703718) Attached to: Open Source Geographic Tracking?
Might I suggest looking into the NASA Open Source application, World Wind? You can do anything you can think of.. and people have used it to track several thousand objects in real time and from a database.

You can see some of what can be done on the demos page.

What you want to do is fairly simple, and has been done before.. you can probably find enough code examples in the SDK and on the forum.

Comment: Well, I can attest to the losses (Score 4, Interesting) 183

by AnswerIs42 (#32095248) Attached to: One Year Later, USPS Looks Into Gamefly Complaint
When I use to have a gamefly account, I would loose 3 out of every 5 disks in transit (had something like 30 games not show up over the 5 years I had an account). I would get ripped open envelopes that were taped shut.. I had cut open ones show up. I had one envelope show up so badly mangled they put it inside another envelope. ALL of them had the disks missing.. sometimes I would get the empty game holding envelope.

I looked into the transfer route after the first few are missing.. Gamefly center -> receiving office -> transfer location 1 -> transfer location 2 -> local post office

The post office tried to tell me that is was AFTER the mail was delivered that the thefts happened. I had a PO Box... so that still tells me it is within the system they went missing.

When gamefly went to the current packaging, the missing disk numbers did drop back to 1 in 10 or so. but when they did go missing, I would not even get an envelope in the mail.

Comment: Re:OSSIMplanet, pTolemy3D, Virtual Ocean and more (Score 2, Interesting) 190

by AnswerIs42 (#31606930) Attached to: Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?
Virtual Ocean is WWJava FYI. But they are all good options. WWJava and are probably the most common open source Virtual Globes out there you will find. Though the .net development has slowed down to a crawl.. Java development is quite active, but that has a strong governmental focus, so a lot of the cool stuff that has been done.. can't be shared.

There is a lot of imagery out there that can be viewed and you can do a lot more outside of GE than you can inside of GE. And With and Java, you can also view virtual earth imagery thanks to Microsoft being more open than Google.

Comment: Quieter too... (Score 1) 569

by AnswerIs42 (#31054652) Attached to: Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?
Nothing like a large class and hearing all the people typing.

But I always use pen and paper for notes, you can write down everything easier and you has less to carry with a computer and power cords and hoping you are near an outlet.

Then I copy my notes (or scan diagrams) onto the computer.. easier to find and read and organize. I find using something like Mind Map or Free mind also help to get all the notes in a better flow.

Comment: Re:Verizon has best coverage... but it's verizon. (Score 3, Interesting) 395

by AnswerIs42 (#30801168) Attached to: Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?

Define coverage though... I have AT&T and a friend has Verizon.. I get a lot more coverage in areas than he does, but he gets more 3G coverage.. but since I use my phone for... *gasp* calls.. 3G is a moot point.

It all depends on what you want to do... I still keep AT&T mainly because of the rollover minutes. I have some months where I may only use half my minutes.. then there are months I use well over my minutes.

comparing costs... they are all pretty much the same... over priced.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.