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Comment The underlying map data is key (Score 2) 179

Regardless of any really cool/geeky features, the underlying map data can make or break the app. Google doesn't have a problem because, well, they're using the google maps data, which is pretty decent.

On the other hand, Apple has a challenge: what maps data source do they use? Since Apple seems to be trying to avoid Google, I'm assuming that the google maps data is out. I really hope that Apple goes with a major commercial maps data source, and not openstreetmap. If Apple uses openstreetmap, I think Apple's map app is doomed, as I don't think any amount of lipstick is going to make openstreetmap look good.

(OK, don't get me wrong -- I like openstreetmap, and I like the idea of it. However, it's missing 10+-year-old roads in my area. For the people who just started frothing at the mouth and want to scream at me to say that I can edit the maps, you're missing the point. The point is not that I can go in and fix the map data. The point is that, statistically speaking, if some of the map data is inaccurate in my area, it's likely inaccurate in many other places, and this raises severe reliability/trustability issues with me. Like it or not, the google maps data is a lot more accurate than openstreetmap, and thus is a lot more trustable.)

Comment Re:Not wave (Score 1) 314

Wave, as it was released , was basically a threaded and interactive/real-time forum (it was also a marvelous technological solution looking for a problem -- but that's another rant). If any of the current forum software (e.g., phpBB) implemented threading and collapsible subtrees, you'd get the major functionality of wave. (In fact, slashdot comes somewhat close, except that you can't edit/delete your posts.)

In iOS, the "beluga" app was wonderful for group messaging, as it was great at allowing people to come and go. However, they were sold to facebook, and is now supposedly FB messenger. :-( I haven't found any replacement as good as beluga.

Comment Re:Have You Accounted for User Preference? (Score 1) 204

The easiest is to just go with some hosting solution, as maintaining your own server is going to be a lot of work (upgrades, backups, security issues, etc., etc.).

For hosted solutions, I'd look into either google apps or microsoft's office365. Office365 (maybe $72/user/year) might not be quite as cheap as google's offering ($50/user/year), but it seems to be a surprisingly viable alternative to google apps. The only possible issue that I've found with office365 is that password aging is turned on. Not only do they appear to not emphasize that password aging is turned on, but:

1. They don't give you any warning that the password is about to expire, unless you use the web interface (Outlook, Thunderbird, iOS, and android users appear to be screwed). I think some support doc actually recommends that you manually add a reminder to your calendar.

2. Once the password times out, you are, of course, locked out.

3. You cannot change the timeout interval.

4. While you can turn off password aging, doing so requires the use of a windows box and arcane windows powershell command-line commands. Yes, that's not a typo: powershell commands. Yup, there doesn't appear to be a web interface for this.

Comment Re:Small SSDs are cheaper (Score 1) 100

I've moved user directories after installation using these basic instructions, without having to resort to installation foo. I've actually done this 3-4 times over the past year, due to stupidity on my part trashing my system drive (and not having any backups, which I now do have). I've never seen any junction issues, but that's probably because I have c:\users\spoo pointing to d:\users\spoo (c:\users still exists and is valid).

Comment Re:Diesel (Score 1) 998

Yes. For some reason, in the SF Bay Area, the price of diesel is quite high. Price-per-mile-wise, I'm guessing that the cost of diesel is close to the cost of gas. If I had to put on a fruitcake conspiracy tinfoil hat, I'd think that the gas companies are doing this to make people continue to buy gasoline.

Comment Re:Leaky roof? (Score 1) 85

How do you know that about your roof already? I mean they are legitimate concerns, yes, but a lot of times I have seen solar installers who were professional about their job actually find and fix shoddy workmanship by the homebuilder so ymmv.

Yup, no argument there. It's just a concern, and one possibly where I'm the only one that cares about it. :)

Comment Leaky roof? (Score 1) 85

Perhaps it's just me, but I'd be too worried about having a leaky roof some years down the line. Poking lots of mounting holes in a roof can't be good for it. Even if the installer uses some "leak-proof sealing system", how do you know that all holes are properly sealed, even assuming that, um, "low-cost labor" isn't being used to do the installation? (Possibly worse still, some solar power systems are rented -- what happens to the roof when the system is uninstalled??)

Many years ago, I installed a satellite dish on a roof, and sealed the mounting plate and all of the bolts using UV-resistant caulking. Years later, when I replaced it, I was amazed at how corroded the bolts were (they were supposed to be galvanized, but apparently weren't). Somehow, and I don't know how, water was getting to the bolts, and down the holes in the roof (the caulking appeared to be in great shape).


Submission + - Malicious Chrome Extensions Hijack Facebook Accounts (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Cybercriminals are uploading malicious Google Chrome extensions which hijack Facebook accounts to the official Chrome Web Store. The rogue extensions are advertised on Facebook by scammers and claim to do things such as “Change the color of your profile” or “Discover who visited your profile” or “Learn how to remove the virus from your Facebook profile.”

Once you install one of the rogue Chrome extensions, it gives attackers complete control over your Facebook account. The scammers then use your account to spam your friends with a tempting message suggesting they also download the malware. Furthermore, the malware also automatically Likes certain Facebook Pages as part of a pay-per-Like scheme.

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