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Comment: GeoServer and the OpenGeoSuite (Score 1) 52

by spandex_panda (#46495013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?

The easiest way is to set up GeoServer as part of the OpenGeoSuite. The OpenGeoSuite sets up PostGIS and GeoServer and another application called GeoExplorer, which is a web-app that sorts out authentication and editing of spatial data, as well as simple styling.

That said, you can't just 'make a map.' You need to set up multiple tables, all with an appropriate schema, to hold all your different layers. That stuff takes experience, or will require you to iterate over time in order to get it right.

You could set it up in a Desktop environment first, use QGIS for that. Edit data in PostGIS for best practice, or use SHP files for ease of use.

Comment: Sky King (Score 1) 183

by spandex_panda (#39640527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Very Best Paper Airplane?

I spent a few years of my youth testing planes and came up with two which are the best.

First, you have a dart, a more basic variation of that one you pointed out. It is the one where you make two folds and then fold over. Very simple and quick to make, and very fast and stable. (this design, but I fold right to the point:

Then there was the stunt plane, which I found was recently the world record plane. This guys plane is a better version of the one I made. Mine was the same shape and weighting, but with different folds so the front wasn't held together. Anyhow, the following plane is IMHO the best in the world:

Comment: World Record Plane (Score 2) 54

by spandex_panda (#39462673) Attached to: Giant Paper Airplane Takes (Brief) Flight Over Arizona
This is my new go-to plane. It has an excellent glide and isn't too hard to make. It also looks really good and has a clever nose design.
It is a variation of the stunt plane I decided was my favourite when I was doing my plane testing in my youth!

Comment: Not an issue (Score 4, Insightful) 807

by spandex_panda (#39235979) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

I have switched to Chrome and am happy with seamless updates.

Really, what advantages do you have with using an old, outdated version? Smaller memory footprint, well, are you actually low on memory? RAM is cheap. You already said that version 3.X is slower than modern builds.

The only suggestion I have is live with the new version progression, stop being concerned with it and live with what the developers are doing. Either that or move to gentoo and compile you own!

Comment: GIS Stackexchange (Score 2) 316

by spandex_panda (#38720818) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

Firstly, you can post questions here: and they will be answered. It seems to be a pretty good community, I have been posting on there for a little while.

Secondly, I don't use databases a lot, but I recommend that you do what you suggest. Make a Google Map and make a CSV for folks to download.


Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop 591

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the water-under-the-bridge dept.
itwbennett writes "The old Linux arguments that pit one tool against another — Evolution vs. Thunderbird, LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice, and GNOME3 vs. Unity vs. KDE vs. everything else — may cost Linux its shot at the desktop, opines blogger Brian Proffitt. 'We can compare LibreOffice to to Office till the cows come home,' says Proffitt. 'But what happens when Google Docs gets truly robust enough for business and high-end document production? Or Prezi gets enough mindshare to start an upwards trajectory of user numbers?' It should be the case that increasing reliance on cloud software will make it easier for businesses to choose Linux, but for that to happen, Linux communities need to stop fighting the old fights, says Proffitt."

+ - Slashdot. How do you do software license auditing?

Submitted by spandex_panda
spandex_panda (1168381) writes "My company wants to do software license auditing as we have recently acquired a couple of small companies. We are a medium (small) business of 60+ people, across 7 sites. How do you do software license auditing?

What is the industry standard way of doing it, are there any great free/cheap products which will do it. Can/should an in-house team do it or should we outsource."

Comment: Re:What is "TrueCrypt Support"? (Score 1) 307

by spandex_panda (#34610044) Attached to: Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released
I think that they have ensured that only the diff of a truecrypt volume gets uploaded after you change a volume.

I have been thinking about sticking all my photos in Dropbox, but if I do, it will be inside a large trucrypt volume, so that only I can view them. This will be a very large initial upload, but then as I add more photos to the volume, only the new photos will be uploaded (as a few hundred meg difference in the TC volume).

Crappy Dropbox info is here:

Comment: defaulting to Windows is inevitable (Score 1) 148

by spandex_panda (#34582408) Attached to: Hackers Dual-Boot Chrome OS With Ubuntu Linux on CR-48
The problem with this is that people will then dual boot Windows (XP, 7) and ChromeOS and will then end up just defaulting to Windows all the time... That is what happens when you give people the option in my experience. Google (or the folks who can hack ChromeOS) should perhaps enable different desktop environments, i.e., log out of ChromeOS and log into gnome. That should be possible right?

+ - The best Starcraft 2 Guide ever...->

Submitted by tonyshokz3
tonyshokz3 (1944496) writes "Its an in-depth mastery guide that will help you gain mastery over the game and its different aspects and as the result you will be having an advantage point over your opponent, Isn’t this a smart thing to do? Yes it is isn’t it? Shokz Starcraft 2 Strategy Guide tells you on how to strategize on"
Link to Original Source

Wolfenstein Gets Ray Traced 184

Posted by Soulskill
from the ach-mein-framen dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After showcasing Quake Wars: Ray Traced a few years ago, Intel is now showing their latest graphics research project using Wolfenstein game content. The new and cool special effects are actually displayed on a laptop using a cloud-based gaming approach with servers that have an Intel Knights Ferry card (many-core) inside. Their blog post has a video and screenshots."

Comment: Re:Cell phone GPS not the same... (Score 1) 328

by spandex_panda (#33247262) Attached to: Recycling an Android Phone As a Handheld GPS?
I think that this is right. GPS is not just the ability to get a location. There is a whole bunch of other stuff which you can throw at the signals to get a better, more accurate location. On top of the software, the hardware is also quite important. A really good antenna is worth big money, and there are probably is dedicated hardware these days optimised to solve for coordinates which uses less power than the software of a phone. Now, your Dad may not know that he should turn off bluetooth and wifi in order to conserve battery life, and he is not going to want to do fancy stuff with the data in the field, which is another advantage of a smartphone. I reckon that the software in a Garmin is going to be easy to use, the hardware is top notch and that is what I would get.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun