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Comment Only works with a connected device (Score 1) 393

It's a cute and clever system. But, it only works when the user has access to a connected device. Sure, it would be possible to publish offline maps containing all three word combinations in an area, but that's hardly as useful or usable as simply publishing maps with the proper coordinates. Additionally, without a map, delivering mail in those favelas is a PITA. Shacks typically straddle the sides of hills and mountains, so even if you know where you have to be, without a map, you'll have a hard time getting there. And, if you have a map, you have coordinates, too. Meaning that the three word shorthand becomes much less relevant. Then, as the three words superimpose a grid, they don't line up with front doors. In favelas and other density populated areas, this will be inconvenient.

Comment Re:Happily married? (Score 1) 286

Your analogy, to me, seems quite sound. Except that telling the healthy foods I sometimes eat a sundae is meaningless. Nevertheless, this individual purposely sought to have an extramarital affair, behind his wife's back. This is now coming back to bite him in the ass. Pretty much in the same way as when, say, a 'friend' of his, spilled the beans to his wife. That might be painful, but not a problem with the friend, but with the adulterous husband.

Comment Free analysis? What about all other employees? (Score 1) 49

It's great if the threshold can be lowered for those who are interested to help on humanitarian projects. Specifically if this involves highly specific skills. On the other hand, if I'm the big data analyst, why should I work for free, while many, many others in the relief sector are paid for their work? A locally sourced driver should be paid for his work. An expat WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) specialist should be paid for his work. A monitoring and evaluation expert should be paid for his work. Shouldn't a big data analyst then not be paid for his work?

Comment Excellent idea (Score 2) 112

Geeks wouldn't care too much about what they wear, but those that actually take the time to 'like' an item of clothing on C&A's Facebook page typically do. And they will typically also care about what others think about the clothing they wear. Then, bringing this online voting system into the real world is clever and functional. Those who care about it now have it at their finger tips. Those that don't care about it, well, don't have to care about it.

Comment Re:big is bad (Score 1) 93

I stopped using LP for advice on where to eat or stay *when options are plenty*. The books are still an excellent source on general information and, if you have limited time, on understanding what to do (and what not to do) in an out-of-the-way location. But, indeed, I typically, too, avoid specific venues recommended by LP.

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