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Comment Less than zero is a valid timestamp (Score 0) 138

The thing that bothers me about all of the summaries I've read, is that a timestamp less than zero (which is Jan 1 1970) is still valid - otherwise how would you represent dates before 1970???

I don't know what is going on but a timestamp being merely "less than zero" seems alone to not be a problem, it's how some other part of the system is dealing with this timestamp. Perhaps someone somewhere in the system frameworks shifted from a timestamp (which is really a double internally in iOS) to some kind of large unsigned int?

Comment Two Seconds (Score 1) 542

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) 40

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) 74

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) 564

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:6178 acres? (Score 1) 283

This is in California, where the land is probably 10x as valuable. Also about 10 square miles of space, maybe 5 square miles of solar cells. Another three of four square miles of solar cells 5 miles ESE of this spot.


This is desert. Deserts will be covered on solar cells within 20 years.

Comment Re:How about this (Score 1) 662

Thanks for the correction, I meant to say "a year" but messed up. I think $50+ a year is way too high for most websites, especially Wired that I read infrequently...

Also think about it from the standpoint of magazines - you used to be able to subscribe to a magazine for $12 per year, which had a lot more costs (like printing) going on for a fair amount of content per month. Why should you have to pay substantially more than a magazine for the same amount of content?

I personally also doubt I'd pay $12/year for Wired at this point though, it's not the Wired of old...

Comment How about this (Score 1) 662

However, that 1 dollar a week thing... isn't it exactly what people here and elsewhere asked for?

I don't think many people have asked to pay $50+ a month for a website, or would be willing to pay that much...

What about some combination of payment and sensible ads? Let Wired sell ads that are just images, that link to an advertisers site. Few would object to that, they'd make less but that could be made up by a more reasonable subscription rate (like say $1/month).

Wired could even offer to give advertisers aggregate data for anyone that actually clicked on a ad, so they would not lose as much over traditional advertising... most people would not care, because is the UX abusing aspect of ads (like popover/unders) that really anger people.

Comment What we don't know; everything (Score 3, Insightful) 554

It's a turn of phrase in this case, but we know that man's emissions cause some aspect of the climate change we're seeing.

"Some aspect" where the exact amount is undefined.

Oh, and the total amount of warming we'll see is undefined.

Oh, and the amount of warming that is harmful is undefined.

Oh, and the benefits to the world from a warmer climate are undefined.

Oh, and the mechanism that triggers an ice age is undefined.

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