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Comment: Maps? (Score 3, Insightful) 218

by Azureflare (#39287993) Attached to: Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap

I didn't see any mention in the article about Apple switching to OSM in their maps app. If/when they do, I hope they implement a mechanism for submitting updates to OSM, since that is a big strength.

I'm ambivalent about Apple making this change; google maps has done pretty well, but sometimes it gets numeric addresses wrong on long beach ny and other areas.

One burning question: will we be able to get audible turn-by-turn directions if Apple moves to OSM?

Comment: Future of education (Score 5, Insightful) 161

by Azureflare (#38153932) Attached to: Stanford's Free Computer Science Courses

With the power of the internet and technology rapidly replacing traditional classrooms and workplaces, this seems to be the most cost effective and efficient way to educate those who are young. When employment is no longer an incentive for going to college, we have to find ways to provide education or our entire country (And the world) will suffer when we have a nation of troglodytes.

Comment: Possible Explanation? (Score 1) 442

by Azureflare (#38103210) Attached to: OPERA Group Repeats Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results

Could it be that the momentum of earth's gravity is affecting the measurements? Perhaps neutrinos are not affected by gravity...

My thinking is that Neutrinos are actually independent particles unaffected by the rules of gravity. That way when it is generated in one location, it is actually detected faster at another location because the Earth is traveling/spinning around the sun at a fixed speed.

One way to test this hypothesis is to set up testing centers west and east of the initial generation point. If the findings are identical (e.g. 60ns) then obviously there's something else going on.

Certainly opens a whole lot of doors though if the findings turn out to be true!

Comment: Re:Expensive (Score 1) 194

by Azureflare (#35522914) Attached to: NYTimes Unveils Online Subscription Plan

My view on this is as follows: I pay netflix $10 a month for 1 DVD at a time and free unlimited online play. If I can't get more value then that in an online subscription, I don't get it.

Frankly the amount of content available on the NYTimes is not worth $15 a month for me. I would be willing to spend $5 a month, and that's iffy.

Comment: Competes more directly with iTMS (Score 2) 218

by Azureflare (#35285346) Attached to: Watch Out Netflix, Amazon Streaming Video to Prime Users

It appears that Amazon has a collection of movies/tv shows that are free to stream, and a much larger collection that you must pay $3 to rent or $10 to buy (much like iTMS).

The selection for free instant play seems rather small. In all honesty, this seems to be more a competitor for iTMS than Netflix. I don't pay anything extra to get dvds or stream from Netflix.

Comment: Re:Anatomy of the Hack (Score 5, Interesting) 415

by Azureflare (#35221648) Attached to: Attacked By Anonymous, HBGary Pulls Out of RSA

Just read the article. Is this guy for real? He sounds like he stepped out of a webcomic about wannabe-hacker IRC lurkers.

It's very frightening that someone could get 3 (potential?) innocents arrested with little to no evidence.

I mean honestly, using badly thought out heuristics to analyze social networking data and guaranteeing "100% Success"? This guy obviously never attended a CS class.

P.S. I am not condoning the actions of Anonymous in any way, this guy just seems like he could use some more schooling. (and he got some schooling in the great college of Real Life!)

Comment: Re:Jobs knows it when he sees it (Score 1) 223

by Azureflare (#34931814) Attached to: The iPad Will Get <em>Playboy</em> In March

I think Apple is less concerned with naked girls now. The main issue back then was that they didn't want the app store overrun with cheap knockoff apps that all had varying degrees of quality of naked girls (From dubious sources). Apple wanted to legitimize the app store as a content delivery model for genuine businesses, not just some guy that knows how to put sexy images into an iphone app.

Now that magazines/newspapers are on board with the app store (the iPad was crucial to that), I think we'll see Apple being a little less of a mommy about content.

At least, that's what I hope. Gotta look on the bright side, eh?

Comment: Speaking as an iPhone Owner and New Yorker (Score 2) 187

by Azureflare (#34468184) Attached to: Consumer Reports Gives AT&amp;T Lowest US Carrier Rank

I can tell you I am completely satisfied with ATT, but ONLY when I'm in Brooklyn. In fact, 3G service has better latency than my cable connection through Cablevision.

As soon as I go to Manhattan, ATT provides the most horrible experience I've ever had with a phone.

I'm not totally sure if this is ATTs fault though, for two reasons: 1.) Buildings interfere with cell signal, and 2.) Tons of people there have an iPhone/smartphone.

I find that the latency in Manhattan (especially lower down in Hell's Kitchen, the Village, or near the WTC) can sometimes be atrocious, especially when just coming out of the subway. When you're looking up directions or reviews, you don't want to have to wait a minute for results to come back... That minute can feel like much longer especially if it's freezing cold out.

Does android on verizon or sprint have similar issues, or is it just ATT? Anyone?

Comment: Re:MS is hurting (Score 1) 356

by Azureflare (#33723828) Attached to: Media Loves Apple and Its Army of Fans

In late 90s and early 2000s I managed a university's student computer labs. These weren't some podunk labs with 2 or 3 machines but entire buildings sometimes with 100-200 Windowsmachines and another 30% of them were Macintosh machines. (There were a few linux labs and when I left, we had 2 linux machines per lab)

If you knew the troubles we had getting the students to even use the Macs just for checking email, it could be a lesson in salesmanship. As it was, even when the windows machines were at 100% usage, you would see a long line stretching PAST the Macs while people waited for the windows machines. Hell, I'd see people more likely to use the Linux machines than Macs.

That wasn't because of vendor lockin. That was because no sites worked in any other browser except IE on a Windows computer.

Does anyone else remember the horror of the web back then? Ugh, it was a travesty.

Comment: Bug when Instant is Off and Background Image is on (Score 1) 408

by Azureflare (#33513796) Attached to: Google Instant Announced

There's a bug if you turn off instant search and you have a background image; if you start typing it just removes the background image and everything shifts around on the page.

I find myself using the url bar in Chrome for google searches more often anyways. Since it guesses URLs as well as doing google searches, it is more efficient than using the google homepage.

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