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Comment No, just refuse "directions only" GPS (Score 1) 541

Like ONSTAR was in my Camaro, just verbal directions and arrows. I never used that once. I did have a tablet that I could mount to my dash so that it could display Navigation with a MAP so I could use my common sense to double check, in the off chance that the computer had picked an invalid route (or one through a bad neighborhood). Waze in particular saved me from a few hours-long traffic snarls that without its input I could not have gotten around, due to complete unfamiliarity with side streets in that area. Having a MAP along with advise that I could follow or ignore, along with software that was capable of working to continue to guide me despite me making a different choice, was invaluable.

There is NO WAY I would attempt to navigate in a new city or country without at least SOME positional information to go with a map. The technology is useful. I see no need to behave like a luddite simply because "machines"

The people that stubbornly obey directions without reference to even a map are at fault, not the software.

I also blame "safety experts" who think that having in-car GPS display a map in transit is "distracting and unsafe" and insist on "no screen, directions only" GPS. Useless.

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1310

I ran Wireshark and during the last comment, and the following is what I see (some content replaced by asterisks). Perhaps your browser is encoding things differently? Perhaps you're using a different formatting (I'm posting as "Plain Old Text")?


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HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Server: Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS)
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[...]

The URLEncoded part decodes to the following, which clearly shows the GBP £ Symbol.


postersubj=Re:Take back Slashdot&postercomment=I am using the US International keyboard, which is renamed to "ABC Extended" in the latest version of OS X. Why would the keyboard mapping matter? Doesn't it create the same character code? If plugging in and using a standard UK keyboard doesn't work when entering a GBP £ symbol (which I've tried) then I don't suppose switching keyboard mapping will work - they'll all generate the same character code won't they?&nobonus_present=1&postanon_present=1&posttype=1&op=Submit

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1310

I am using the US International keyboard, which is renamed to "ABC Extended" in the latest version of OS X. Why would the keyboard mapping matter? Doesn't it create the same character code? If plugging in and using a standard UK keyboard doesn't work when entering a GBP £ symbol (which I've tried) then I don't suppose switching keyboard mapping will work - they'll all generate the same character code won't they?

Comment Re:What a shame (Score 2) 662

I had to go to their web site to remind myself who they are. I think I've seen their logo before. It's been a long long time, and I can barely remember them. I guess things I search for with Google never turn up anything interesting or important for me either. Ok, I don't care if they do this: they're not important.

Comment Re:Taking CO2 from the atmosphere?? (Score 1) 155

Really? What's your end to end solution achievable with today's technology at a price that populations and governments will accept, and which doesn't immediately make transportation people and governments already own useless?

As important as both the issues you raise are (and the deforestation one may be the more achievable), the reality of it is that "that's it, no more fossil fuel" without a reasonable alternative will never happen, even if it kills us, because without a reasonable alternative, many of us will likely die anyhow.

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