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Comment Re:Highway vs Surface Streets (Score 1) 258

Anyone that has driven in New York or Boston will tell you just how screwed up driving is. Driving on the freeway is much easier than driving city streets by atleast 2 orders of magnitude. I think it's great they're working on it and making great progress, but all of this hype is a bit silly.

Having cars handle freeway driving would definitely improve things and help reduce congestion. If we're talking freeway only autonomous driving, that feels feasible by 2030. The other 10% is going to take much longer than anyone thinks.

Comment Re:What a complete load of bullshit nonsense. (Score 1) 361

Due to poor coverage by Verizon, and Sprint in my area, I chose ATT when I switched around 10 years back. Huge parts of western MA and tons of dead spots in south boston are still an issue for Verizon. I know this first hand, since I had them for over 5 years.

To say "no one chooses phones based on carriers" is just wrong. Some of the points you make are valid, but making blanket statements weakens your argument.

I used to work in the mobile industry in 2000 when smarts phones first appeared. In fact one of the first smart phones was from Neopoint. Many of the GPS features people use every day existed as far back as 1999. I am glad for the competition between android and iOS. There's enough space for everyone to make money. It's not a "zero sum" game, so people should stop pretending it is.

Comment Re:Parenting (Score 1) 262

Until you produce a 3 yr old of any gender that can hack a ROM to do the same thing, the comment is troll bait. Even then, the chances of the most brilliant 3 yr olds hacking a ROM is pretty remote. Parenting is complicated and there's no manual. The best that one can do is love their child and try to instill good habits, respect for others and critical thinking.

Comment File that under "duh, what did you expect?" (Score 1) 242

Anyone that has a vague understanding of breaking into systems knows it's happening all over the world. It's not a question of "is government A attacking other governments?" The real question is "what data has been stolen and who is tightening their security to keep sensitive data safe?" You'd have to be a moron to think it's not happening.

Comment Congrats to Samsung (Score 2) 348

Samsung has worked hard and they deserve a congrats. I do own an iPhone, but unlike some people I don't see Samsung's success a threat. I like competition, so this should make everyone push harder. Though I doubt RIM or Nokia will last much longer. HTC and Google/Motorola will hopefully push harder to beat Samsung. I hope this encourages Apple to push harder too. Though honestly, I doubt HTC, Motorola, Apple, Nokia, and Rim need us to tell them to push harder.

Comment Re:Blame the system (Score 1) 1576

I would think a "geek" would know to wait until all the votes to come in and then look at the math. Did you go to Mitt Romney's school for the rich, where 1+1=5? On this planet, 1+1=2 and there's even a proof for it. Not that anyone other than a hardcore math major should/would read it. Obama was a so-so first term president. hopefully he'll do a better job. No, I didn't vote for him, but now that he is there "we" the people need to keep him accountable.

Comment Smart phones are nice, but! (Score 2) 347

It's a freakin phone people. Pull your collective heads out of your butt. What a bunch of spoiled people. It's not the end of the world. People wonder why America is falling behind Asia and Europe. It's because we (americans) are so wrapped up in pointless stupid crap. I like my smart phone, but that is not in my list of top 100 priorities. Sure it's fun, but it's a phone!

Comment Re:Not the only respectable ones (Score 1) 197

Yes, apple has gone on record they use Yelp POI, but that can't be the only POI data they use. They have to use multiple POI sources. Since you have worked for "one of the biggest" you should know that often the POI data is wrong or off. There's a reason why many companies like Google and Verizon provide a way for users to correct lat/long. For example, Verizon's customers can fix the location of their business. Google's map editing tool lets users fix it. I've used mapquest, mapinfo, yahoo, google, mappoint and a few other minor ones. As a developer I've done quality control by comparing the results of multiple systems to validate the error percent. Sometimes one system is correct and all the others are off. Clearly apple's search implementation is partly to blame, but the problem is far from simple. Given you have experience, your flame towards apple is hyperbole. I've seen errors in every single map software I've used. When I looked at OSS GIS source code to get a better understanding of the internals, it was very clear to me the problem is very complex. It's going to take a lot of time for apple to fix all the issues given how tough the problem is. In terms of POI, I know some yellow/white page systems use stock navteq/teleatlas POI as a base and add to it. For thinks airports, train stations, monuments and other big landmarks they tend to be ok from first hand experience. Smaller thinks like museums, movie theaters and other stuff it's quite bad. For example, a movieplex at a big mall.

Comment Re:Not the only respectable ones (Score 1) 197

I've worked with many GIS frameworks and usually the POI data is part of the GIS database. You can always add to it, but it comes with a base set of POI. The problem isn't as simple as "it's apple's fault." It's actually a combination of missing/bad data and poorly implemented search. Take for example searching for a street number on a specific street. Often times, the actual location is several hundred feet away from what the GIS database has. The only way to fix that is to correct the data. Searching GIS database using GPS lat/long isn't that straight forward. On your smart phone look at how the accuracy fluctuates while you're stationary. Therefore searching based on location isn't that simple. If you're on a one way street, but you want to be on the next street over how is the systems suppose to give you directions? Clearly, once you get into the nitty gritty of GIS search, the problem is far from trivial. It's easy to say a bunch of non-sense when you don't actually understand the domain and the finer detailers.

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