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Comment: Re:van Helsing, not Van Helsing (Score 2) 336

by slagheap (#40495591) Attached to: Who's Your Favorite Vampire Hunter?

And I have no idea of how many times I've seen a web form that will reject last names with a space in it, or if accepting it, puts the first parts of the last name as a middle name.

Here's a link I've had bookmarked for a few years about all the wrong assumptions programmers make about peoples names. (I.e., what not to do if you are building an application where users enter their names.)

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

Comment: Re:Sounds like you need a tech solution (Score 1) 379

by slagheap (#37870478) Attached to: FAA Goes To the Web To Fight Laser-Pointing
How about a computer vision approach? Outfit a few airplanes with a camera system that can pinpoint where the laser is coming from... With a good camera in the system, you might even be able to capture a nice photo of the doofus holding the laser. Then the airline/FAA can notify the police with an address and photo of the culprit.

Comment: Crunchy Frog (Score 1) 190

by slagheap (#37496880) Attached to: Discovery Brings Us One Step Closer To "Milking" Pigeons
Mr. Hilton: ...and garnished with lark's vomit.
Inspector: LARK'S VOMIT?!
Mr. Hilton: Correct.
Inspector: It doesn't say anything here about Lark's vomit!
Mr. Hilton: Uh, it does at the bottom of the label, after monosodium glutamate.
Inspector: I hardly think that's good enough! I think it would be more appropriate if the box wore a big red label "WARNING: LARK'S VOMIT"!

Comment: Re:User maps... (Score 1) 312

by slagheap (#32968248) Attached to: Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

Disclaimer: I work for Google in Geo.

Can you escalate this:
Starting a couple weeks ago, Google maps won't route on a chunk of a major highway in the Chicago suburbs:

I-290 between the Elgin/O'Hare Expressway and I-90 is unroutable.

I reported the problem on the map and got the "You're right, we'll fix it soon" email. But it's still broken.

Comment: Re:2000 Calories of Triscuits (Score 1) 496

by slagheap (#31630546) Attached to: In the last 24 hours, I've consumed ...

I do miss the availability of "real sugar" soda everywhere, however.

Pepsi seems to have been experimenting with this for the US market lately. They have Pepsi Throwback and Mountain Dew Throwback. It seems they have them available for just a couple months at a time and then they disappear. (This has happened twice over the last year or so).

When it's available, I stock up on Pepsi Throwback.

Comment: A minor point... (Score 5, Informative) 345

by slagheap (#31441750) Attached to: Multitasking In For iPhone 4.0?

The iPhone OS has always had real pre-emptive multitasking. The phone, email, iPod, calendar, and other applications run all the time and can do things simultaneously.

Multitasking just hasn't ever been made available to 3rd party developers.

It has never been a technical limitation in the OS. Rather, Apple kept control over it for battery life and security reasons.

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