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Comment Re:or... (Score 1) 363 363

Google Maps routing is pretty poor quality for the number of years we are from dashboard GPS and desktop routing software. Streets and Trips 2002 did a better job at handling multiple destinations by a huge margin.

Google Maps puts inappropriate weight towards making a route more complicated with short freeway hops (hop on for the next immediate exit). It also looks like they are taking some kind of payola from toll authorities, as it frequently tries to give toll routes when a non-toll route has an ETA within 1-2 minutes.

Lastly, their lack of intelligence on street construction (major multi-month/year affairs) is pathetic when the exact advantage of an online based mapping service should be current, dynamic updates. The only area they are leveraging there is current traffic knowledge, yet they fail to notice when a major street abruptly hits 0 traffic, indicating a closure.

The driving preferences should be vastly more granular and more than on/off check boxes for weighted route offerings. It would be nice if they would bring back future predicted ETAs to the web product and add it to the smartphone apps.

Keep in mind they still call it "Beta" software.

I like Google, I am fine exchanging a controllable portion of anonymized habits for free services, but just keep in mind that they are having trouble serving two masters.

Comment Re:So will stacking us vertically (Score 1) 394 394

That is a terrible broken design. It fails to accommodate a nice portion of America males. Not because we're fat necessarily, but because it doesn't have space for person over 6'1". Fixed pods are still an issue for the overweight though who if extreme enough can purchase a second seat due the intelligently modular design of armrests. Lastly, while so much additional structure for pods would increase structural rigidity and safety of airframes, the additional weight would cost more in gas than the increased passenger density. The exception would be carbon fiber, but the design is likely too complex to make out of carbon fiber affordably.

The random switches between metric and imperial measurements sounds like a designer / designer's marketing idea. Everyone involved in that design should burn in hell for even releasing publicly an idea with so very many obvious flaws. They are math / physics retarded mechanical engineers, of which there is a shocking population allowed to live.

Comment Re:So will stacking us vertically (Score 1) 394 394

The next logical step is to remove overhead bins, mostly by using Spirit's model for baggage fees, and then have the passengers stand against partitions. The partitions will have the necessary safety restraints for take off and landing.

Following that, we can remove the partitions and just sell standing space based on a weighted priority boarding system, and let as many board as possible, while being able to hold onto horizontal and vertical railing systems like a subway.

Comment Re:Hearding cats (Score 2) 125 125

It's incredibly taxing to see the number of senior programmers/engineers/researchers/etc. get moved into management who completely lack the appropriate skill set. Definitely agree though that food service and retail management experiences generally give people the correct skill set. For a variety of reasons, those industries better train and prepare management as well as filter the crap. White collar offices tend to lack effective management training and let's not even get into the whole university MBA factories where management vocabulary trumps actual management ability.

Submission + - When Will Your Hard Drive Fail?->

jfruh writes: Tech writer Andy Patrizio suffered his most catastrophic hard drive failure in 25 years of computing recently, which prompted him to delve into the questions of which hard drives fail and when. One intriguing theory behind some failure rates involve a crisis in the industry that arose from the massive 2011 floods in Thailand, home to the global hard drive industry.
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Submission + - Why the US Navy warfare systems command is paying millions to stick with Win XP->

angry tapir writes: The U.S. Navy is paying Microsoft millions of dollars to keep up to 100,000 computers afloat because it has yet to transition away from Windows XP. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which runs the Navy's communications and information networks, signed a US$9.1 million contract earlier this month for continued access to security patches for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003.
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Comment Re:Encourage autodidactism (Score 1) 255 255

I was thinking more or less this. The reality is that some people are just one trick drones. Many of the office dweller jobs have become ridiculously narrow and monotonous in scope, just to prevent anyone from being able to fail short of blatant negligence or malice. It's beyond the point of specialization to the point that college degree requirements need to be scrapped and replaced with a "you have no experience, so for the first 90 days you work at reduced salary and subject to abrupt termination for poor performance" pseudo apprenticeship system.

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067 1067

This is actually a problem caused exclusively by the logical incorrectness of 0th based numbering to which so many programmers incorrectly subscribe.

The rule anything divided by itself is one does not apply because the concept of zero is that it is NOT in fact anything. It is the definition of nothing, of lacking substance.

Each time I run into equipment or object enumeration which starts with the first object numbered as "0" I shake my head at the fact that some engineer or programmer has missed the point of natural numbers: to delineate quantities of discreet objects. There is no such thing as "port 0" on a switch or "disk 0" in a SAN array, but I see this logic all the time because it makes writing loops and such tidier in software. The first port is "port 1", that is it is 1 whole, discreet object of the kind "port".

This is an area of abstract thinking which is disconnected from the physical world and thus not understanding the intrinsic relationships of physics and mathematics. Zero is a special number used for defining nothing, not something.

Comment Re:maybe robots can fly the drones (Score 2) 298 298

I've talked to a couple of guys trained to fly military drones. There isn't a big stress issue going on. The real challenge is that with their training there are very high paying private sector and DoD consultancy jobs.

Not being boots on the ground and such is leaving these guys with less sense of camaraderie than other soldiers. They don't feel compelled to re-up to fight alongside their brethren the way grunts and conventional pilots do.

The stress discussion is just a smokescreen for the fact that they can't keep people in the jobs at the moment.

Comment Re:Interesting person (Score 2) 284 284

Except that alchemy works if you bump over from chemistry to nuclear physics. It's trivial to turn lead into gold, but energetically unfavorable (what you are saying with scalability) and lots of nasty radiation.

It's clearly not an OS designed for millions of users. It's meant for tinkerers who want to run one application at a time because they know they are more productive that way. George R. R. Martin uses an old DOS box with Wordstar for exactly this reason.

Multitasking may let a person do more stuff, but for the majority of people, it results in less total stuff getting done.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?