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Comment Where's the "Primary" ? (Score 1) 346

So if this sets the primary email to a Facebook address, and notifications are sent to the primary email address, and incoming email becomes Facebook messages, whose arrival triggers notifications, I'm sensing a bit of an obvious problem here. But looking over a friend's shoulder at their account, the Facebook address is not set to primary and in fact there appears to be no option to even make it primary.

Comment Re:kinda cheating (Score 1) 389

Far more static structures than you think are not static. Bridges always need to be designed for impact and vibration; long bridges for wind and sway. Tall buildings need to take wind into account and also be able to sway. Depending on geographic location, both might need to be designed for earthquake movements. Structural dynamics is an important field, not only in the more obvious forensic cases (Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Boston's Hancock Tower) but everywhere, as regular movement leads to fatigue leads to failure.

Comment Re:kinda cheating (Score 4, Informative) 389

Civil engineers are also held legally responsible and liable if there's a problem, and it should never, ever, fail or fall down outside of extraordinary circumstances. Unlike software which warrants left and right that there is no warranty and if you're lucky you'll get a patch with a bug fix.

Or compare the licensing requirements:
Civil Engineering: get a degree, pass the Fundamentals of Engineering, optionally get another degree, work professionally for a number of years, apply to take the PE exam, take the 8-hour PE exam, if you're lucky enough to pass (most don't), you now have your Professional Engineering license in that state (only) and can sign/stamp documents and plans.

Software Engineering: n/a

Comment Re:10,000 feet? (Score 1) 683

I don't know why the low service ceiling, but commercial aircraft are pressured to an equivalent of approximately 8,000 feet so it's not a problem. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they were related: that the machines were only actually tested and certified on board pressurized aircraft, not by hiking them up a mountain.

Comment Re:PCs turning into a closed platform... (Score 1) 809

Note that BBEdit has a Mac App Store FAQ page where they explain:

In BBEdit and TextWrangler, authenticated saves (the ability to save changes to files that you do not own) and the command-line tools are not available in the Mac App Store versions, in order to comply with Apple’s submission guidelines.

And then provide methods to circumvent these restrictions.

Comment Re:Find My iPhone is great, but not a panacea (Score 1) 277

The kid's dad is chief of police. The kid already has a different perspective on what the police do than the rest of us. If anything I think the lesson here became "the police do work for Daddy's family" and maybe friends. Now, if you'd made it 2 cops instead of 10, and a class of students, you could have had a teaching lesson about theft and recovery. That'd actually be novel, and appropriate.

Comment Find My iPhone is great, but not a panacea (Score 5, Interesting) 277

Just this past weekend my wife lost her iPhone after stopping at a highway rest area. I knew from Find My iPhone that it was at the rest area, but there was no phone on the grass at the GPS point. Then the point moved to the far side of the parking lot. It wasn't there, either. It moved several more times, all of which led to the conclusion that it had to be inside - that despite claiming a location and even drawing an accuracy circle on the map, it was not where it claimed to be. I searched inside several buildings, had the attendants check the ladies' room (all the while using Find My iPhone to make the phone beep).

Finally, after over an hour, an attendant and I went out to the dumpsters in back, stuck our heads in, and heard it ringing. That guided us to the right bag, and lo and behold, there it was.

So yes, Find My iPhone was terrific in that without it, I would never have been able to recover my wife's iPhone. However, given what I went through in an otherwise relatively empty area, I can't imagine what one would do if the signal was coming from near a large apartment complex, a school, a parking garage, even a dense neighborhood of single-family homes could show the GPS point in the wrong location if the phone's inside. Sometimes it's just better to take advantage of the remote wipe feature and start all over.

I cannot, of course, defend in any way the use of police resources in this particular case. I'm sure we'd all want to help our kid out similarly, but I imagine the smart among us would have done it informally and off the clock.

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