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Comment: Re:The race is on (Score 1) 162

by pjtp (#45961133) Attached to: Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

If you want an offline map in the Android maps app, you select an area to download and it does just that. Any area. There are size limits though.

Yes, you can still do this with the "OK Maps" rubbish (WTF were they thinking?); however, it is much less functional than the old version where you just go into the menu and click "Make available off-line". This would then show you a convenient box so you know when you have hit the size limits (it goes red when the area is too large). You could then see a list of all the maps you had saved off-line, how much data they were using, when they were cached and you could also rename them.

Measuring distance in a straight line isn't all that important.

I disagree with you there. I often want to know the distance between two points. Also the old maps (with the measure lab) let you plot multiple lines and it did a sum for you. You could then get approximate distances between any points on the map (not just for driving). It would also give you a nice graph showing ascent changes.

Another thing that Google removed was the terrain maps.

Google's war on advanced users continues.

Comment: Re:One more (Score 1) 319

by pjtp (#45506239) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

It's a rough question though as I have to say I'm OK with Google poking through Picasa in order to catch a real child molester.

Right, that's a fair statement and I respect your stance; however, I ask you, how many liberties would you give up to protect the children?

You say you would let Google go through your photos... What about your email? What about your documents, your phone calls, your home. How about the government bring you in for questioning once and a while, just to make sure you are a good citizen... Where does it stop? Where do you draw the line and say "no more".

Our rights are being slowly eroded away, all while politicians are waving the terrorist or paedophilia flags in front of us.

Comment: Re:Forever alone (Score 2) 204

by pjtp (#39992061) Attached to: Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks

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$1 Bob - Basic model, posts occasional but doesn't chat or play games
$2 Frank - Posts regularly will play games but isn't available for chat
$5 Jane - Posts constantly, plays games and is available for chat
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Comment: Re:You know (Score 2) 481

by pjtp (#39422567) Attached to: Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

Why the fuck do they keep hiring these people?

Because they make money. That is all the film studios care about. They don't give a shit about the source material, they just want to use the brand name to make money.

While you and I rage about Hollywood making endless piles of shit, there are a whole pile of people out there who just don't give a fuck and will spend money on this utter shite. Hell, they will spend a premium just to watch it in 3D!

I wish there were a way to educate those people, but they're proven time and time again that they can't be educated.

Hackers are just a migratory lifeform with a tropism for computers.