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Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 529

Local knowledge gives me a context, I can recognise idiotic suggestions. 3 weeks ago I took a "local knowledge" route and saved 2/3 of the estimated travel time. No, there were no restricted-usage roads involved, Google Maps was simply being very very stupid.
Having said that, normally I don't even bother looking at a mapping app if I know how to get there anyway.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 529

I looked at Google Maps recently - wanting to know how to get to someone's house, and then on to where we were going.
The first part worked well.
When I saw the suggested route for the second part I looked up the city's website to see if the obvious way was closed. It was not. It took us around 5 minutes to get from her place to our destination which was 10 minutes quicker that what Google thought we would need.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 529

I was telling someone how to get to another city. Follow this motorway to the junction with the (motorway designator) and then turn South towards your destination which should be signposted. I went that way a couple of days later and their destination was *not* signposted, other random cities were.

Yes I know how to get there, but "knowing the way" does not mean I can second-guess what information is going to be on various signposts.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 529

I wonder if the sun was even vaguely visible, an "experienced hill walker" should be able to work out from the position of the sun which way is north and which is south. My old mobile phone was good at telling me which way I was facing, the newer one (same manufacturer) is good about telling me that it does not have a clue about directions.

Comment Re:So, now is it finally legal to... (Score 1) 529

I have seen just such a sign while out on a walk. It was reinforced by a horizontal metal pipe at about 10' (3m) high making sure that nothing really large could even attempt it.
Some friends of mine were involved in another case: They were in a bus being driven to a Ski resort in Switzerland. The bus driver turned onto another motorway at Bern. At around this point some passengers came forward to inform him that he could not get to where they were going that way. "I know what I am doing". An hour later even he realised that he had screwed up - there were signs up clearly stating the maximum size of vehicles which could be taken on the "Autoverladung", the train which took cars through a tunnel. His Sat-Nav system was set up for cars and was totally inappropriate for a large bus. That cost them 3 hours total (including another mandatory break for the bus driver) and meant they missed another connection later.

Comment Re:Users vs developers (Score 1) 89

This matches up to a /. story from earlier this week - the Firefox developers cut a perfectly good feature which some people based their browsing habits around because they could. Apparently it caused the occasional abort.
The FF developers have too much time and neither enough clue nor oversight, Australis was another product of that mindset. What does one do under these circumstances? I know someone who has now started his own private fork over this, Firefox ESR is another short-term solution.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 661

The reason most people use ad blockers is to keep their browsers actually running in a good manner. With HTML5/Javascript framework advertising clients, the issue of the browser eating more and more clock cycles until the operating sytem locks up has just gotten worse. It's more noticeable on lower powered machines like cell phones and tablets, but I even see it on Core I5 machines, especially if there isn't enough memory.

This idea that you can push all the processing to the client and not pre-render anything for your advert is rediculous.

Comment Re:Visual vs wall of code (Score 1) 158

The drag-n-drop languages teach loops and if-then-else trees pretty easily- case statements are a bit harder, but I know of one drag-n-drop language that has them as a feature.

What they don't teach is how do debug 5 levels of CSS on a website. These kids are going to hate coding when they get down to the actual work.

Comment Re:No options for you (Score 1) 423

No, its the "FUCK YOU! we know how to use our browser better than you" philosophy.

Hey, they maintain the browser, I'd assume they know how to use it better than I do.
That is not really the point - I have a way that works and they have just killed it. I do not want to spend a couple of days looking for alternatives when this problem was caused by maintainers breaking something because they felt like it. The maintainers are maintaining for their own enjoyment and the lusers are out of luck.
If the solution is something which also works under another browser, I'll look at adopting the other browser.

Comment Re:Whatever happened to the do not call list? (Score 1) 253

I am in Europe and was getting up to 10-15 calls a week from Italian numbers 2-6 years ago. The numbers seemed to change pretty much with every call although I seem to remember it was only the last 4-6 digits which would vary. I would have cheerfully blacklisted the entire country but could not find a way to do this.
As it was I would turn the telephone off when I was away for more than a day, really "off" - "The number you are dialing is currently unavailable".

In the end (after years of this) they put me on their own blacklist.

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