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Comment Re:Crowd source the egress (Score 1) 146

NAD27, NAD83, WGS-84, NAVD88, UTM, or state plane? Or any of a thousand other datums in use all over the world?

There are attempts to make easier, and less ambiguous, ways to quote locations such as:

My browser's location thinks I'm at "simply.pitch.punchy" (entirely wrongly as it happens, but that's just the location services on my laptop). Each 3m grid square gets a unique three-word pronounceable name.

It is quite a neat system, though it does suffer from using a proprietary algorithm and word list to create/lookup the names. It is aiming at exactly this market of being able to identify places to the granularity of the right entrance for a delivery/pick-up rather than just the right address.

Comment Re:Give it up. (Score 1) 200

It's even possible to do this without the staged copy: encfs takes a --reverse option, which instead of producing an unencrypted view of an encrypted filestructure as a fuse filesystem, produces a fuse mount which shows an encrypted view of a plaintext source tree. This mountpoint can then be copied using any normal backup/sync tools. It's a rather neat feature.

Comment Re: Probably not faster than auto complete (Score 2) 214

Maybe I'm too old, but programmers editors have been supporting completion using ctags and its ilk since Microsoft were dabling in DOS. Intellisense didn't appear until the late 90s. Sure MS's focus on tools for developers helped to cement their OS monopoly at that time, but there was plenty of completion support, and a lot of research in context sensitive completion long before.

Comment Re:My theory (Score 4, Insightful) 1010

The tablet space is an attractive market for now, but that fad will pass in 2 years when the general public realizes that touch UIs suck.

I'm not sure where you get the idea that touch UIs in general suck. They do suck on desktop/laptop machines where you're reaching up from the keyboard to touch the screen. They also suck for applications which involve significant typing, so are not good for programming, or writing that company report, or your next novel, or where you make significant use of other input devices with precision control, such as in photo editing, 3D modelling etc.

But that still leaves a LOT of the stuff that people spend a lot of time doing. They're really good for browsing and reading (or watching video, or pretty much any content consumption). They're fine for applications which require only small amounts of input, so all that tweeting, updating facebook, Skype etc. I now find that I'm spending more of my screen time at home in front of a tablet or large screen phone than I am at laptop or desktop computer. Partly, that's because I don't currently have time/energy for any out of work programming projects. The only things I really do sat at a computer is email where a keyboard is more efficient, banking/sorting finances (which with the right software would be fine on a touch screen tablet I just currently have it set up on desktop) and photo editing.

It's not just home use either. Every single work colleague I know who spends time involved in management committee meetings either has or wants a tablet. It's not just to look cool; flicking through minutes and meeting documents on a tablet is easier and more efficient than using a laptop, and it does save on the volume of printed paper.

The win8 interface is horrible and confusing on a computer. The 70 yr old woman who's in the process of buying my house came round a few days ago apologizing for not responding to emails; her computer had broken and she'd been all round town looking for a shop which would sell her a new laptop with win7. Failing to find one she was waiting to get her old machine fixed instead. Seeing behaviour like that, I am not at all surprised that new PC sales are hurting. Win8 is becoming as toxic a brand for MS as Vista.

Comment Re:Hygene problems? You mean production problems (Score 2) 214

If poor hygiene causes disease then farmers care about. Disease means higher veterinary bills, and poorer quality animals worth less at the end. Obviously, if fixing the hygiene problem costs more than the gain in efficiency is worth then the high intensity farmers will let the cattle stand around in shit.

It seems to me that if you want the cows to shit themselves, all you'd need to do is show them a video of what awaits them at the end of their life.

Comment Re:Yeah yeah, this is old news.. (Score 1) 618

Well for one reason, the hard drive manufacturers have the ISO standards on their side.

There are well defined (though, unfortunately, rather ugly) prefixes for 2^10, 2^20, 2^30, 2^40: kibi, mebi, gibi, tebi. If people want to use base 2 quantities, then use the right unit and there isn't any confusion. Apple does the right thing in reporting sizes in base-10 units; GNOME also does the right thing and uses base-10 units, so I don't think you can say that Linux is in the same situation as windows here.

If lower level, or more admin-focused tools want to use base-2 notation then that's fine, just mark things Ki, Mi, Gi rather than kb, Mb, Gb. Many linux command line tools (such as ls -lh) are out of step here, but it's hard to change the output format for fears of backwards compatibility and people who parse the output in scripts.

Comment Re:Harvesting knowledge in case of society collaps (Score 1) 69

I'm not sure you're making a valid comparison. If I choose any particular piece of Egyptian recorded information then there's a good chance that it is destroyed. The fact that some material survived several millennia is both impressive and interesting, but very much material survives from the 60s even if some has been lost.

I mean how many records of the ancient Egyptian space race survive to this day? I rest my case.

Comment Re:Most stupid idea ever (Score 1) 345

Yep, I'm sure that's right AC. Practically everyone rate themselves as above average drivers; personally, I'm more comfortable with the insurance companies statistics than your anonymous assertions.

Perhaps in the future you'll need to adjust your personal driving style while getting form A to B on the public roads, and save your enjoyment of more aggressive driving styles for leisure time on private race tracks.

Comment Re:break the law. (Score 1) 345

There is no eventually about it. In the UK we already have a database of all vehicle license plates which is linked to data on which cars have insurance cover provided by the insurance industry. A few years ago it was made a legal requirement to make a declaration to the vehicle licensing authority if your car is "off the road", i.e. not being used on a public highway and therefore not requiring insurance.

There is already a list of the registered car owners without insurance (and also without having paid the road tax) who have not declared their car legally off the road. The database is already linked to license plate recognition systems so if a car which is declared off the road drives past it will be flagged and they can be prosecuted.

This state of affairs is largely supported by the population as there has been a significant increase in uninsured drivers who are involved in accidents (as insurance costs rose and recession bit people stopped renewing their cover). The cost of this ends up being born by the innocent drivers insurer, pushing up premiums for everyone else.

Comment Re:Forced Upgrades? (Score 1) 665

In the world of browser makers, six months is a long time ago. If your browser hasn't received a security update since March then it's not a supported browser. As the wikipedia page you link to documents, 3.6 is not currently a Mozilla supported browser, Firefox 14 and 10esr are. 3.6 was retired when Mozilla decided upon their enterprise support releases earlier in the year; these are supported for about 9 months rather than 6 weeks.

Comment Re:Chrome? (Score 4, Insightful) 282

As a Firefox user, I see literally dozens of google Ads suggesting I install Chrome, or upgrade to a faster browsing experience, or other similar messages, every day. Google put popups to that effect on their search homepage. I'll hazard a guess that this bears some responsibility for market share decline. Some is no doubt due to perceptions that FF is slow/a memory hog in comparison to Chrome.

Neither of these factors will be affected by changing UI to copy your competitor. Firefox needs to carve out their own niche, and the seemingly deliberate activities to remove all discernible difference, and hence possible competitive advantage they have over their more highly resourced competitor, seems stupidly short sited.

Comment Re:Good, two birds with one stone... (Score 1) 411

I should add that I'm not suggesting Mozilla shouldn't automatically update their users by default. Getting updates is the only way to keep secure and those who don't know how to find the option setting to turn this off are definitely in need of security by default. I just think with this system comes responsibility and Mozilla don't care enough about supporting the features & experiences their current users have got used to.

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