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Comment In a nutshell ... (Score 1) 109 109

Michael Geist reports that records show the extension is the result of backroom lobbying with monthly meetings between senior government officials and music industry lobbyists paving the way for copyright term extension without public consultation or debate.

Because that pretty much sums up the way the Harper government operates -- and has, ever since they were elected.

Comment Re:But what about ... (Score 1) 222 222

You know what? I appear to be uninformed or behind the times on both scores.

(1) apparently there's a way to export MyPlaces maps in KML format from old Maps and then import them into new Maps. I haven't tested it yet, but the Google Maps Help Forum group reports that it does exist.

(2) new Google Maps has both a line drawing tool (for custom route display) and a distance tool (for measuring distances over a single distance or a custom route).

I'll make the switch.

Comment But what about ... (Score 1) 222 222

(1) my old personal maps (MyPlaces)? I've generated a few over the years that I still refer back to once in a while. I didn't see any migration path to the new version for those.

(2) the custom tools in the old version? One of the most useful for me personally was the distance measuring tool which gave a straight line distance between 2 points (or a series of points) that you marked on a map. Don't think that's there in the new version either.

Loss of these functionality alone means that being forced onto the new version is going to suck.

Comment Re:OSM for practical navigation (Score 1) 39 39

Google appears so overwhelmingly better at handling all of those complex mapping scenarios to the point where OSM can't be seriously considered for people trying to use it to navigate that city.

Interestingly, for one of my favourite mapping application -- establishing coastal sea-kayaking routes -- Google Maps is worse than useless. Google fuzzes out the offshore regions, leaving large blank areas where I know that islands/archipelagos exist. OSM does not do this, making it a much better tool for the job.

Comment Enhancing users shopping experience (Score 2) 266 266

"When asked whether his company vets the software they pre-install on their machines, [Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius] said, "Yes, we do. Obviously in this case we didn't do enough. The intent of loading this tool was to help enhance our users’ shopping experience. The feedback from users was that it wasn’t useful, and that’s why we turned it off. Our reputation is everything and our products are ultimately how we have our reputation."

Far too little and far, far too late!

If Superfish was merely not "useful", some people would carp about it and most would just ignore it. It is far more dangerous than that because it deliberately behaves in a way that undermines the integrity of the trust system on which internet is based and so jeopardizes the security of the user. To claim that this was done in order to "enhance" the user's experience is cynical beyond belief. I'm certain Hortensius is right when he says that the software was vetted at Lenovo. I'm also quite sure that it performed precisely the way it was intended to. But who on earth thought that was a good idea?

There has to be a price to pay for this major failure of judgement and I can only hope that it is both hefty and that it impacts those at Lenovo who were ultimately responsible for it, Hortensius among them.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long