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Comment: Smartphone king of offline mapping also (Score 1) 134

by SuperKendall (#46764347) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

How well do the maps work when you don't have cell coverage in most cars? Just fine.

Same is true of the phone. Either you can buy any offline mapping program ranging from $10-$20, or just use what offline maps exist in Google/Apple maps (Apple maps once it starts a nav route no longer requires a network to get to where you are going).

Those are all updated automatically, for free, and I can chose the navigation I think works best for where I am.

Comment: Re:Less apple more ISO standard interface please (Score 1) 134

by SuperKendall (#46763579) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

To me, phone GPS is plenty good enough for car use (either Google or Apple). I've been using a car mount to hold my phone for years and have never had issues with it reporting where I was accurately, outside of one odd anomaly somewhere in the middle of Utah where for about thirty miles GPS assured me I was 500 feet off the side of the road.

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 134

by SuperKendall (#46763375) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Will this be similar to how apple "broke the monopoly on ebooks" http://online.wsj.com/news/art...

Possibly, Apple tried to save us from an Amazon monopoly and failed.

Ever heard of getting a third party GPS for like $99 at costco with lifetime maps?

Yes, and they suck compared to a smartphone because they aren't integrated with anything. I have some left over from the Old Days.

Really, you think that is fair? Would it work the other way as in i think apple should be mandated

Get the stick out of your ass man. I was talking about car regulations. Any device can charge by USB now so your griping looks like lunacy.

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 134

by SuperKendall (#46763007) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

How much do I pay for Maps updates with Apple? 0.

How much do you pay for mapping updates in most cars? LOTS AND LOTS (sometimes over $1k!)

Not to mention Apple maps can be fed locations from any application, whereas the car nav can only get input through whatever torturous interface the car make has put in place.

Comment: The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 2) 134

by SuperKendall (#46762271) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

I don't know if CarPlay will gain any traction. Since Apple has no control over quality of implementation, we'll see some really awful interfaces on top of CarPlay...

But one great aspect of CarPlay has already done something I thought would not happen for a while - breaking the car manufactures monopoly on in-car mapping. Car makers have been constantly pushing very over-priced terrible in-car GPS systems for a while, and CarPlay at least brings a reasonable and cheap mapping system into cars without having to replace the whole stereo system and/or shoe-horn in a screen. I could see many people adopting a CarPlay stereo just for that.

One thing I really wish would happen would be to have the car industry be also mandated to provide third-party access to all of the screens that will be mandated in cars soon because of the back-up cameras... that could lead to a real renaissance in what smart-phones can do for you in-car.

Comment: The Distant Future, Considered (Score 3, Interesting) 147

by SuperKendall (#46760557) Attached to: Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

how do we know it isn't some government plot designed to snare activists or criminals? A couple of ways, actually. One of the Snowden leaks show the NSA complaining about Tails in a Power Point Slide

And that, ladies and gentleman, is how you play the Really Long Game.

Comment: Why is that nicer? (Score 2) 77

That link leads to a microscope that looks a cheap piece of crap.

The Foldscope (or whatever it is) looks way easier to store, easier for most people to use, and looks like it would also be substantially brighter. If I were choosing between the two I'd pay 10x the cost of that Alibab scope to get a Foldscope instead.

What is even the magnification on that thing? 0x?

Comment: Bad Idea (Score 1) 313

Actually we would all be better off if we had a source of potable water for showers & drinking, and cheaper grey water we could use for things like watering the lawn. Then fewer resources would be used processing all water to the tolerance of drinkability...

But it would also require double the piping infrastructure, so sadly probably not worth it.

Comment: There is no social issue (Score 1) 330

we have to get over the social issue first.

There is no social issue, there is only a propaganda issue. People have been told over and over that nuclear is the ultimate evil thing. They just need some counterbalancing facts about how it can be safe and that in fact it's safer than coal... then start by replacing coal plants with small really well contained nuclear plants, and expand from there.

Comment: They had it integrated into XCode before (Score 1) 265

by SuperKendall (#46744251) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

and if they kept working on GCC instead and integrated it in their IDE they'd need to open-source Xcode.

GCC was integrated into XCode for years. The reason they didn't need to open-source XCode is that they used it only as a standalone executable. They use Clang the same way, they just base things on intermediate output from the compiler (as they did with GCC).

They also had GDB debugging integrated in XCode, as they do with LLDB - again no issue because they just use the standalone intermediate executable.

If you read about how GCC is built, it sucks technically to integrate into an IDE. Clang was built to do a much better job of that, and it has... again, nothing to do with license.

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