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Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 1) 393

I really don't understand this urge to prosecute him. Why isn't this treated like an airplane accident, where only in extreme cases the pilots are prosecuted? Yes, the man may have made a mistake. Missed a sign, fumbled the controls, miscalculated something, whatever. For me the obvious response is then to find out why that happened. Was he blinded by the sun, were the controls illogical, was he not trained enough, etcetera?

Isn't that much more productive than immediately assuming that he should be thrown is jail, for whatever good that would do?

Comment: Re:Was accuracy really the problem? (Score 1) 70

by mean pun (#49720579) Attached to: Apple Acquires GPS Start-Up

I was never an Apple Maps user, but I was always of the persuasion that the map data and the routing logic was the problem, not whether the GPS had a six-foot margin of error instead of a six inch margin of error. Without good routing logic and accurate street maps, all the accuracy in the world won't help with navigation.

Although more accuracy always helps, I think the point is not the increased accuracy, but the increased coverage. The first vendor to have reliable indoor positioning will get bags and bags of money. Just think of the navigation in large shopping malls and airports. The Iridium localisation may help in that. If not, a team that is able to mix Iridium into the positioning is also able to mix Apple beacons into the positioning.

Comment: Re:The SystemD marketing rolls on... (Score 3, Interesting) 300

by mean pun (#49611685) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

I've never seen so much evangelizing about a particular subsystem change in Linux before, which makes me think that unlike other past changes, this one needs it rather than having it's own benefits do the selling...

The incessant whining about systemd in the last few years here on /. has been deafening. So if a major distribution then switches to systemd, and the world is not coming to an end, that's news for (this particular bunch of) nerds, no?

I realise that for some people here it is not welcome news, but news it is.

Comment: Re:What a fucking moron. (Score 1) 703

by mean pun (#49579227) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

All the CO2 readings are taken on top of Mt Mauna Loa in Hawaii. An Active Volcano!

If weather != Climate change then the CO2 readings from a single source != the whole climate CO2 reading.

I've seen quite a number of desperate last-ditch refutations of the obvious on /., but this one takes the biscuit.

Comment: Re:Kindness of strangers? (Score 2) 101

by mean pun (#49567913) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

This is why there are governments.

First do a study if this is really a good idea, including a scalability test. Then if so, Explain the citizens why this is such a good idea, and why this is worth the small investment. Then make it mandatory in the building code. Use some carrots and sticks to let people add sensors to existing buildings.

All boring existing government machinery, but that's how civilised countries got things line warning sirens, vaccination programs, street lights, fire departments, etc. etc.

Comment: Let's mention the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (Score 1) 39

It is worth mentioning the efforts of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team: They don't pretend to solve the whole crisis, but they do try to make navigation in the area a little easier by providing accurate and recent mapping information. At least in earlier crises, the effort was appreciated by the people on the ground:

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759