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Comment: Re:Altough I agree (Score 1) 61 61

Yes, it appears they use the aerial imagery to build out and texture map 3d models of buildings, but only in select areas, and not in that many areas, honestly. Around me, none of the area is supported. They simply take the satellite view and use it as a texture map for a 3-d modelled elevation map (so you can see the major elevation changes very roughly modelled, but that's about it). Even in a big city like Chicago, they seem to have a it supported for 10-15 miles from the shore of Lake Michigan, but after that it reverts back to a crappy perspective view of the satellite imagery.

Bing, on the other hand, appears to have the aerial photography in a LOT more places. At least in the cities I've dealt with, they seem to have pretty much everywhere. But bing isn't better everywhere. Just as an example, I picked some far off little farm in the middle of nebraska, a ways from any major city. Bing's aerial view there is pretty crappy. Google satellite imagery is MUCH higher resolution.

So it's really a tradeoff, depending on what you are looking for. For that reason at least, I like having 2 options. Near me, bing often has the better imagery, and I'll miss it for that.

Comment: Re:Altough I agree (Score 1) 61 61

Although I prefer google maps, bing maps had a few things I liked about it. My favorite feature is Birds Eye view, which uses aerial photos rather than satellite photos. Sometimes that can get you better info from that, since they usually have 4 different perspectives you can rotate through, and they are much closer and more detailed.

Comment: Re:Obligatory reply to a vanillaJS post (Score 1) 125 125

Anyone who is considering learning jQuery should also check out Vanilla JS.

Vanilla JS is a fast, lightweight, cross-platform framework for building incredible, powerful JavaScript applications.

I love it every time "Vanilla JS" is brought up in a jquery post. Please see my previous post on the topic, which demonstrates why that website is both dishonest in its comparison, as well as a perfect example of why you should use a proven library instead of reinventing the wheel (and all the bugs that come with said reinvention)

http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

Comment: Re:three setings (Score 1) 207 207

really if your router can truely penetrate walls then maybe “pregnant women” is actaully a useful setting... my router works the old fashioned way and bounces the signal off walls to get to the other rooms. very little penetration going on

one of three possible things is true.
1) your joke just whoooshed over my head
2) the walls in your house are extremely dense
3) you are extremely dense.

Comment: Re:How about fixing the send first? (Score 1) 95 95

I don't know about any increase since January, but I have (for many years) experienced multiple emails sent from gmail that have failed to make it to their recipient. The commonality I've noticed is that they all involve yahoo mail recipients. They are not getting bounced back to me, not showing up in their spam, or anything else. One user was technically savvy, and couldn't find anything on his end to cause it. Another user I actually looked at her account and I could see no sort of filters that could explain it. And it's not just spurious emails here and there. One user I emailed 3 or 4 times over the course of a few days, and he never got any of them.

Comment: Re: Just take it in (Score 1) 479 479

For me: $5/month vs $85 to purchase up front.
Break even period: 17 months
Actually use time: over 5 years and counting

Also, at some point my cable company increased the monthly rental fee from $5 to $7. I'm at least $250 in the positive from that purchase.

Comment: Re:When there is a will ... (Score 1) 212 212

I think that all horses that are in the three races should be required to race in all three races. If you pull out and do not race in one of the races you should not be allowed to enter any of the others that follow. Similarly, you should not be allowed to enter a new horse in the middle or last race.

Why? These are 3 completely independent races. It's not like this is a tournament and someone is saying "I'm going to skip the quarter finals and just go straight to the semi finals". The races are completely separate. The people who know they have little chance of winning all 3 chose the smart thing to do and focus their effort on training for 1 or 2 of the races. Those who think they have the ability to go all the way risk going for it all. Bigger risk, bigger potential reward. That's all there is to it.

Comment: Re:We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 2) 356 356

How is it 'growing'? Tesla's factory runs under capacity and has been doing so since 2012.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

"In December 2012, Tesla employed almost 3,000 full-time employees.[3][26] By January 2014, this number had grown to 6,000 employees."
"Number of employees - 10,000 (Nov 2014)"

3000 to 6000 to 10000. Nope, that certainly doesn't sound like growth. But just in case any of those words were too big for you, here's a graphic:
http://www.statista.com/statis...

" In August 2014 the company announced it, in conjunction with Panasonic, would establish a "gigafactory" battery manufacturing plant in the Southwest or Western United States by 2020. The US$5 billion plant would employ 6,500 people, and reduce Tesla's battery costs by 30 percent."

So in additional to however many other employees they add over the next 5 years, they will then add another 60+% of today's employee count, and in doing so be able to greatly decrease the cost for the most expensive part of their car...the one part that is MOST responsible for pushing Tesla cars out of the price range of the average person. But I'm sure that won't result in any growth, either.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 422 422

France has a lower poverty rate than it's unemployment rate, while the US poverty rate is 3.5 times higher than it's unemployment rate.

So you can be unemployed in france without living in poverty, while in the US you can work 2 jobs and STILL be in poverty. I do wonder how the 2 definitions of poverty compare, though.

Comment: Re:After my Transformer Infinity, never again (Score 1) 48 48

Yes. I agree completely. Fuck Asus. I bought the Transformer Prime from them, with the shitty ass wifi and GPS reception. The only thing they would do for it was give us some crappy ass GPS dongle to attach to the damn thing. Thankfully Amazon stepped up and honored people's requests for a refund due to it being essentially defective and the manufacturer refusing to help.

So I bought the Transformer Inifinity (two actually...one for me, one for my wife). The thing was pretty nice at first, but with every single software update, performance got worse and worse. My wife's is at the point where I've tried uninstalling and stopping as much stuff as I can, but I routinely see 10+ second delays between me clicking on something and it actually responding. For mine, I wiped it completely. It's much better than my wife's, but still it can have a couple second lag on click or drag events. It's an unusable piece of crap.

I'll never trust that damn company again. Fuck em!

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 108 108

What the hell? You keep replying to me in a manner as if you are countering my point, when you are saying the exact same thing I am saying. Are you NOT comprehending what I am posting? Diac asked why they didn't save some of it's fuel to have it leave mercury. My post was saying, even if they could do that, there's nothing to be gained by having it leave mercury...it's better to have it spend it's time and fuel remaining at mercury as long as it can, gathering as much data as it can.

Before you reply to me again, please read the entire chain of posts, back to Diac's original post.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 108 108

Yes, I know this was the bitter end. That was kind of my point. The person I replied to asked why they didn't just have it break orbit and "blast it away from mercury". I was saying, even if they could have done so (which I'm not sure they ever could have), how would that have been better than what they actually did (ie: leave it there to the bitter end)

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