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Comment Re:Not that much better (Score 1) 393

Four digits gives 11m squares, which is close enough for anyone making deliveries to figure out the exact location within that square. If you want a 5th digit, you now have precision that can tell the difference between trees.

I think the point of the 3 ft squares is for very compact places, like slums in India, where there might be several "houses" in an 11 m square. So, to be comparable, it appears that you'd need that 5th digit. But it isn't really 5 digits. It's 5 digits after the decimal place. In each direction. Plus you need something to indicate direction (for brevity, I'd think +/- would be better than N/S/E/W). So, my address is XX.XXXXX,-XX.XXXXX, according to Google Maps. That makes 14 characters to memorize assuming I don't waste any brain power on the decimals and negative sign. This is approximately double the number of digits most people's brains supposedly prefer.

From what I gather from the comments, the benefits of the current GPS system are:

1) It already has a foothold.
2) It's easy to tell by comparing gps units where two places are compared to each other.
3) It can be more or less precise by adding or removing digits.
4) The digits easily translate to other languages (or, rather, they need no translation)

The benefits of the 3x3 system are:
1) It's really easy to remember the "address" for a very specific place.

The drawbacks I'm hearing for GPS are:
1) It's hard to remember the "address."

I think I'm now convinced that the GPS system is better. For example, in the 3x3 system, you can't say its in the vicinity of rabbit.tree.hook without having to look up what on earth (literally) that means. You need a whole new address for every language. In English, my address might be tree.rock.squirrel, while in spanish my address might be tango.juevo.puerta (because they can't use translations of the same words for the same place--here aren't enough words in the other languages and also words often don't translate cleanly). I was playing around with the map--squares very close to each other have completely different "addresses." And there is no way to address a larger quadrant, which is trivial in GPS by simply removing a digit.

I understand the issue with a GPS user's device having accuracy problems, but I don't see how the 3x3 system solves that. I think the versatility of the GPS system compared to the 3x3 system makes it ultimately superior, despite the comparative difficulty of memorizing "addresses."

Comment Re:Not that much better (Score 0) 393

2 comments in response to this:

1) The 3 words narrow things down to 3x3 foot squares. The GPS coordinates narrow things down to approximately a housing block. I'm not sure how many digits it would take to get GPS down to the specificity of 3x3 foot squares, assuming it is possible. The point the creators are trying to make is that more detail is needed for most places.

2) I'll give you 60 seconds to memorize the GPS coordinates of a housing block versus 60 seconds to memorize 3 English words. Guess what will be easier for 99% of the population.

Comment Re:Worse than clickbait ! (Score 2) 393

I am not a security expert, but my thoughts are that "Anonymous" isn't really hurting anything.

1) An article from The Guardian speculating that Anonymous might be doing more harm than good does not equate to national intelligence agencies complaining that Anonymous is doing more harm than good.

2) If intelligence agencies are watching Twitter accounts for covert intelligence, that is idiotic. Twitter posts are public, easy to find, and unencrypted (I suppose you could hide a secret message in a Twitter post, but anyway...). It seems to me that the Rickrolling is perfect for disrupting ISIS sponsored Twitter recruitment accounts. When it comes to actually planning attacks, I imagine this makes no difference whatsoever--that is more likely done by ISIS on encrypted non-public channels that the intelligence agencies are trying to find and decrypt.

Comment Re: Antitrust... (Score 1) 223

Interesting--I did not realize that. I have several Roku boxes and I do use Prime on them through the official Prime app (side note--I wonder if lack of the app in the UK is due to the movie studios). So, this raises another interesting point, though: could Amazon make the Apple TV and Google thinger (whatever it's called) less attractive to people who have prime and not Netflix by simply pulling its Prime app?

Comment Re:Let's get this out of the way (Score 2) 447

I rated Bennet Hasselton 5 stars in Professional "delivered crack to children in a professional and timely manner"

Exactly. Who decides what a positive review is? Anything ranked 5 stars? So, if I mark 5 stars and say terrible things, it is open for all to see?

Also, how can I look at the bad reviews about myself in order to determine whether I want to risk them becoming public? Sign up? Which automatically makes them visible for all?

And then there is this:

You can’t opt out — once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it’s there unless you violate the site’s terms of service.

So the only people not in the system are the ones who violate the terms of service? Well, plan on your terms of service being flagrantly violated.

And, the founders say that people can report inaccurate information in reviews. I hope they're prepared to employ an army to consider accuracy (and how on earth are they going to actually determine accuracy?)....

Comment "Edge" will not kill IE any more than it is (Score 3, Insightful) 255

I don't see why people think IE can be "killed." Until you convince curmudgeony old people (like governments) whose web-based tools break on anything other than IE to pay green money to update their websites, IE will stick around. And, since some people (mostly governments) will never be willing to pay money to fix something that "isn't broken" (as long as you use it on IE), IE will never, ever be completely dispensable.

Comment Re:Hidden Blackholes (Score 1) 92

I was listening to Star Talk again last night and they happened again to talk about dark matter. Neal said that, whatever dark matter is, the apparent characteristics are that it does not interact with normal matter or with itself except by exhibiting gravitational force. Normal matter, he said, attracts other normal matter via gravity and when that attraction brings the objects together, they stick together. Whereas dark matter exerts the gravitational force but does not "stick" to normal matter or to itself.

It seems to me that a black hole is made of up exceedingly dense normal matter, and does "stick" to normal matter in that the normal matter drawn into the black hole becomes a part of the mass of the black hole. So, I don't think that a lot of super massive black holes would exhibit the characteristics observed of dark matter.

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