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The Story of My As-Yet-Unverified Impact Crater

AnswerIs42 Re:never heard of metorites reacting with water (250 comments)

If they did, he would not be here to post about it.... There are only 6 metals that will react with water, and they are the Alkali metals, and they are quite energetic (as in Jamie Wants Big Boom).

Looking at the pictures, the depressions to the north, the cutouts running north and south.. I would have to agree with the expert he consulted that what they have there are sink holes.

The metals could have even been dumped there, not as in a hoax, years and years ago as the site could have been a "garbage dump". Unless you know the history of the area, may never know for sure.

more than 3 years ago

Google Preps Instant Search For Chrome 8

AnswerIs42 How about real performance fixes instead? (128 comments)

I could care less about searches.. but because chrome uses the least real estate, it is nice on my netbook... but IT IS HORRIBLE with system resources... I have to restart chrome at least three times a day to clean out the memory. And I only average 5-6 tabs being open. That is really sad for a browser.. that is worse than FF.. and if I could get FF to use less real estate as well, I would just use it and ditch chrome.

about 4 years ago

Catching Satnav Errors On Google Street View

AnswerIs42 It takes a few months... (312 comments)

But some changes to work in... for the longest time they had a primary road going up AND down the one way street I live on. They fixed it after reporting it and pointing out their error. NOW... if I can just them to stop showing Orangeville, Ohio as Orangeville, PA... that really messes up directions for people.

more than 4 years ago

Local Newspapers Use F/OSS For a Day

AnswerIs42 Re:Learning curve (460 comments)

Nope, not that much of a difference between mac and PC versions of Desktop publishing software. I use both nightly at work... and I work at a newspaper.

Really though, news rooms should not even touch all of that stuff.. they write the articles and the editor places them in the document, final document gets sent to me where I do my voodoo and make 4 color post script files and PDFs and generate plates for the presses.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Geographic Tracking?

AnswerIs42 NASA World Wind Java Re:Google maps for tracking (84 comments)

Might I suggest looking into the NASA Open Source application, World Wind? You can do anything you can think of.. and people have used it to track several thousand objects in real time and from a database.

You can see some of what can be done on the demos page.

What you want to do is fairly simple, and has been done before.. you can probably find enough code examples in the SDK and on the forum.

more than 4 years ago

Google Wave Out of Beta

AnswerIs42 Re:Dupe? (255 comments)

Well, it did not work the first time to get people to use Wave... so maybe submitting the "story" (or is it advertising now?) again will get people to use it... doubt it.

more than 4 years ago

Local TV Could Go the Way of Newspapers

AnswerIs42 Newspapers went somewhere? (180 comments)

Hmm... guess no one told the paper I work at they were going somewhere.. going strong, and no sign of going anywhere but continuing on.

How / why do people buy into these crackpot stories?

more than 4 years ago

One Year Later, USPS Looks Into Gamefly Complaint

AnswerIs42 Well, I can attest to the losses (183 comments)

When I use to have a gamefly account, I would loose 3 out of every 5 disks in transit (had something like 30 games not show up over the 5 years I had an account). I would get ripped open envelopes that were taped shut.. I had cut open ones show up. I had one envelope show up so badly mangled they put it inside another envelope. ALL of them had the disks missing.. sometimes I would get the empty game holding envelope.

I looked into the transfer route after the first few are missing.. Gamefly center -> receiving office -> transfer location 1 -> transfer location 2 -> local post office

The post office tried to tell me that is was AFTER the mail was delivered that the thefts happened. I had a PO Box... so that still tells me it is within the system they went missing.

When gamefly went to the current packaging, the missing disk numbers did drop back to 1 in 10 or so. but when they did go missing, I would not even get an envelope in the mail.

more than 4 years ago

Google Wants To Be Your Electricity Meter

AnswerIs42 Re:ads (206 comments)

Google is not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. There will be money to be made by them with this. Think of all the usage information they can gather up on people, they will know when you are home and when you are the most active. Information they can resell to advertisers and others.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?

AnswerIs42 Re:Licensing? Severs? (190 comments)

There are TB's of public domain imagery out there. A lot of the hosting is donated space and bandwith, Sun/Oracle is hosting 90% of the imagery you can see in World Wind. Through an agreement with Microsoft you can view Bing maps in and WWJava.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?

AnswerIs42 Re:OSSIMplanet, pTolemy3D, Virtual Ocean and more (190 comments)

Virtual Ocean is WWJava FYI. But they are all good options. WWJava and are probably the most common open source Virtual Globes out there you will find. Though the .net development has slowed down to a crawl.. Java development is quite active, but that has a strong governmental focus, so a lot of the cool stuff that has been done.. can't be shared.

There is a lot of imagery out there that can be viewed and you can do a lot more outside of GE than you can inside of GE. And With and Java, you can also view virtual earth imagery thanks to Microsoft being more open than Google.

more than 4 years ago

Spam Hits Google Buzz Already

AnswerIs42 Re:I knew there was a reason not to use Gmail (135 comments)

Thank You! I looked at Buzz... it looks like twitter... I never use twitter. For what I do, facebook works fine and buzz is not needed.

more than 4 years ago

Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

AnswerIs42 Quieter too... (569 comments)

Nothing like a large class and hearing all the people typing.

But I always use pen and paper for notes, you can write down everything easier and you has less to carry with a computer and power cords and hoping you are near an outlet.

Then I copy my notes (or scan diagrams) onto the computer.. easier to find and read and organize. I find using something like Mind Map or Free mind also help to get all the notes in a better flow.

more than 4 years ago

Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?

AnswerIs42 Re:Verizon has best coverage... but it's verizon. (395 comments)

Define coverage though... I have AT&T and a friend has Verizon.. I get a lot more coverage in areas than he does, but he gets more 3G coverage.. but since I use my phone for... *gasp* calls.. 3G is a moot point.

It all depends on what you want to do... I still keep AT&T mainly because of the rollover minutes. I have some months where I may only use half my minutes.. then there are months I use well over my minutes.

comparing costs... they are all pretty much the same... over priced.

more than 4 years ago

Google Chrome Displaces Safari As Third In Survey

AnswerIs42 And yet... (235 comments)

I still have to start up Opera or FireFox because I have too many sites I visit that just do not work in chrome.

But yet, for a netbook, Chrome is the best choice because it uses the smallest amount of real estate for non-browser window information.

more than 4 years ago

Speculating On the Far Future of Cellphones

AnswerIs42 Re:Spectrum? Limitless, except for the State... (220 comments)

On my 3G phone (I'm on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, shared via my lovely Cradlepoint router on-the-go even), I can watch TV on-demand. I can listen to music, on-demand. I can read my websites, send my emails, talk via Google voice/Gizmo5 VoIP, send SMS via Google Voice, etc. But there's a limited run of bandwidth.

So... how much money are you spending then with all those carriers and all those services?

I don't have a TV at home, so the TV spectrum is useless. I don't listen to radio in the car, so radio spectrum is useless.

So by your logic... since you are not a first responder (Fire, EMS, etc..), those frequencies are also useless.. ok, just don't bitch when your house is on fire and no one can communicate and coordinate.

more than 5 years ago

US Cell Phone Plans Among World's Most Expensive

AnswerIs42 I have it under 50$ (827 comments)

I have my bill down to 35$ a month though AT&T... but I have found out something quite nasty.. My number is a Michigan one, since I was living there at the time. I have since moved to Pennsylvania but left the number the same since people know the number I have. Since I pay my bills online I never looked that closely at the bill. This last month I did.. and found out I am paying TWO sales taxes, Michigan and Pennsylvania. And when I called about it, it is because the number is a Michigan number.. because it is they can charge a sales tax on it.. as well as tax me because I reside in Pennsylvania. Their solution.. change my number (not a very good solution). I don't see why one should be taxed for where a number resides.

more than 5 years ago

The Newspaper Isn't Dead Yet

AnswerIs42 10 -v- 20,000... (108 comments)

I can't see there being such a high density of Kindle's out there where they can replace 20,000/60,000/100,000+ readers. And you get into some areas, you may probably be hard pressed to find ANY kindles. You also have to look at it more than just one way.. many people *shock* do NOT have internet access (especially older people), maybe I don't care as much about global and national news, I see that on the TV.. but I DO want to know what happened locally, (We have two firefighters that were arrested for Arson.. I have only found 1 paragraph on Google News about it.. so there is a huge fail for the internet being a news source), coupons.. I clip out and save hundreds of dollars .. I can't find those same coupons online, advertisement inserts.. I like to know what is on sale at the local grocery store BEFORE I get to the grocery store.

I am sorry, but the mindset of the /. reader only really works for a very small number of people. Death of newspapers? Only when everyone just plain stops reading, period.

more than 5 years ago

Newspaper Execs Hold Secret Meeting To Discuss Paywalls

AnswerIs42 Um... So? (390 comments)

I guess the readers do not realize just how many newspapers that have an online edition, charge for accessing said edition. It does not make financial sense to have a print news paper that you have to buy, and an online edition of the same thing for free. You would quickly loose subscribers thus losing money, leading to the newspaper going out of business ... because you want your news for free.

I happen to work at a small(ish) rural newspaper that has an online edition. You can get the edition free if you pay by the year or have a 3 month auto-pay account. Otherwise you have to pay to either also get the online edition, or just get the online edition. It has been fine that way for seven years.

more than 5 years ago



AnswerIs42 AnswerIs42 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AnswerIs42 (622520) writes "NASA World Wind Java which debut at JavaOne this week and was demoed in a lab yesterday is now officially released as a Early Access release 0.2.0 SDK, this is NOT a full blown application but an API that can be used in other applications. There are demos in the SDK zip file and there is a link for a WWJava demo that is launched from the web page. For more information you can check the World Wind Central wiki page for WWJava, and the forums. A video of the live presentation opening day of JavaOne can be found here and these two blogs have multiple posts on the WWJava release."


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