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Comment Two Seconds (Score 1) 407

Just take two seconds after you get routing directions up to zoom out and verify it's going about where you want to go.

I've driven in Iceland before and it's impossible to not go to Reykjavik if you pay even the least attention to signs, or just look at the map where you can see where Reykjavik is in relation to where you are driving.

I really like using Waze to guide me, not even by giving directions (which I often ignore) but just to see what roads are around me while driving so I can quickly adjust pathing to something that makes more sense.

One gripe I have with all modern nav systems is that I really wish I had a lot more control over the routes - like "avoid highway if possible" or "Your traffic predictions are always wrong, do not believe their lies". At least Apple Maps gives you three different routes to choose from, that's a nice start but I'd like to be able to guide it further.

Comment Re:The U.S. is much more civilized (Score 1) 39

I find it interesting to see how Europeans get so testy whenever any other country is mentioned. Seems like you are projecting quite a bit there!

This post should make you happy since it only talks about Europeans, even only the failings, unlike the ability of Americans to consider a bigger picture.

Oops! Ha Ha, just did that to goad you further obviously. If you don't want buttons pressed you may not want to wear them on your sleeve.

Comment Picture is misleading, so is affected system desc (Score 2, Interesting) 70

For the few of you that actually bothered to click on the article link, the picture shows some kind of really short cord with a plug at the end...

I don't know what the hell that is but it cannot be the cord the article is about, because the cord MS is sending is just the cord that goes between the power brick and Surface Pro, so it doesn't have a plug.

Also worth noting that the article summary might lad you to believe this was about the current Surface Pro, but it's not - Surface Pro 3 and older. Even then it does not apply to a Surface Pro 3 you'd buy new from Microsoft now, they ship with fixed cables already. It doesn't affect the Surface Pro 4 at all.

Comment Re:Not Progress (Score 1) 562

That's a great example... I hate to say that nothing should ever change, but I guess it has to change in a way that is different enough you cannot be confused like that.

It was probably cheaper to not have to include the ability to lock at the bottom/top of the switching positions.... but like you said it seems like it would really confuse people, or make it more likely to forget the signal was on.

Comment Re:No (Score 5, Interesting) 169

And even if the current crop of voters *did* learn their lesson (which they did not), the next generation has not learned it, and will make the same mistakes all over again.

I don't think the next generation will side with law enforcement. What did the police ever do for them besides hassle them, give them traffic tickets, and threaten to raid their parties? We have the lowest crime in decades and safest highways ever. Law enforcement is generally not needed and increasingly feared by regular people.

The people who like law enforcement are 55+ and remember trying to raise a family during the crime wave times of 1970-1990.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 0) 551

Tenured academic jobs are usually easier and often pay considerably more than private sector jobs.

And it's not a "fraud". It's a field that reached a conclusion with a very high degree of uncertainty. The conclusion is true. There's a real phenomenon. It either means a lot or a little.

Then billions were taxed and spent by power-hungry people based on the possibility that it means "a lot". If it means a lot, then that opens the door for power-hungry elites to micromanage the lives of everyone else, just like they've always wanted to do.

Scientists are incentivized to hype one side versus the other. The high degree of uncertainty allows for a defense of any particular claim. If you want to study something, you can make a defendable claim, raise the alarm, and often get funded to study it.

No wacky insidious conspiracy needed. (But people "conspire" all the time. They discuss a how to present ideas. It's an ordinary thing to do.)

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