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Comment How do I Optimize Stops? (Score 1) 1

The feature I really like about MapPoint is the ability to optimize stops. I give it a start and end point and then all the points I would like to visit in between and it could give me the most optimal order to visit the places in between.

How do I plan a trip to the 49 state's capitals in the United States, starting and ending at my home? Bing Maps only allows me to enter 23 waypoints between a first and last point. Google Maps also has a similar limitation in waypoints.

Submission + - Microsoft kills off MapPoint and Streets & Trips in favor of Bing Maps 1

DroidJason1 writes: Microsoft has killed off two of its mapping products, MapPoint and Streets & Trips. Both of these services have received their last update and will soon be retired in favor of Microsoft's premier mapping product, Bing Maps. The company has yet to go public with a press release announcing the retirement of these two mapping services, but the Redmond giant has quietly mentioned the fate on both the services' websites. MapPoint was first released back in 1999 and made it easier to view, edit, and integrate maps into software. Streets & Trips was a route planning package. Microsoft is now pushing Bing Maps as the service that can do all this and more.

Submission + - SPAM: Slashcott Feb 10 to Feb 17 2

An anonymous reader writes: Please post this to new articles if it hasn't been posted yet. (Copy-paste the html from here so links don't get mangled!)

On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design. Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.

If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this in a new tab. After seeing that, click here to return to classic Slashdot.

We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott


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Submission + - A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic 19

unitron writes: Dice wants to make money off of what they paid for--the Slashdot name--, or rather they want to make more money off of it than they are making now, and they think the best way to do that is to turn it into SlashingtonPost.

They should take this site and give it a new name. Or get Malda to let them use "Chips & Dips".

Leave everything else intact, archives, user ID database, everything except the name.

Then use the Beta code and start a new site and give it the slashdot.org name, and they can have what they want without the embarrassment of having the current userbase escape from the basement or the attic and offend the sensibilities of the yuppies or hipsters or metrosexuals or whoever it is that they really want for an "audience".

Submission + - Lincoln, Ne sherrif war-driving (journalstar.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "Wireless Internet connections that don't require passwords can be open invitations to criminals, his office said.

So deputies spent the past few weeks finding unsecure connections and sending 40 to 50 letters to let people know about the potential dangers of strangers accessing their network connections."

The Internet

Mail Service Costs Netflix 20x More Than Streaming 473

Jake writes "Netflix currently pays up to $1 per DVD mailed round trip, and the company mails about 2 million DVDs per day. By comparison, the company pays 5 cents to stream the same movie. In other words, the company pays 20 times more in postage per movie than it does in bandwidth. Doing some simple math, Netflix is spending some $700 million per year in physical disk postage. Rising content prices are offset by declining postage fees for the company, as more and more users choose the streaming-only option. Furthermore, subscriber revenues will continue to increase as Netflix increases the size of its streaming library."
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Nobel Winner Says Internet Might Have Stopped Hitler 290

There can be little doubt that the internet has changed everyday life for the better, but Nobel literature prize winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio has upped the ante by saying an earlier introduction of information technology could even have prevented World War II. "Who knows, if the Internet had existed at the time, perhaps Hitler's criminal plot would not have succeeded — ridicule might have prevented it from ever seeing the light of day," he said. I have to agree with him. If England had been able to send a "Stop Hitler Now!" petition to 10 friendly countries, those countries could have each sent it to 10 more friendly countries before the invasion of Poland, and one of history's greatest tragedies might have been averted.
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Popup Study Confirms Most Users Are Idiots 568

danieltdp writes "Testing students at a University, psychologists made many of them click on a dialog box that in effect said: 'You are about to install some malware. Malware is bad. By clicking yes you are failing the Windows Darwin Test.' Nearly half of them said all they cared about was getting rid of these dialogs."
Space

Submission + - Is It Raining Aliens? (popsci.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Way back in 2001, a mysterious red rain appeared over India. Theories of the rain's origin ranged from algae, to red dust swept up from a nearby peninsula, to blood from a flock of bats that were killed by a meteorite. Now, scientists have isolated strange microbes from samples of this substance. These cell-like structures, about 10 microns in size, appear to have no DNA, but they still reproduce plentifully at temperatures exceeding 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Is this truly life from outer space?
Television

Submission + - No More TV Listings For MythTV Users 1

Ryan Brown writes: "Since September 1st, the free XML TV guide service at zap2it labs has shut its doors due to misuse issues as well as internal business issues. Now that Linux users, and most PVR users for that matter, are nearing the end of their last fetched TV guide, what free alternatives exist that can replace this much needed service?"

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