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Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap

Azureflare Re:Maps? (218 comments)


FTFY. Thanks, looks like a great project!

more than 2 years ago

Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap

Azureflare Maps? (218 comments)

I didn't see any mention in the article about Apple switching to OSM in their maps app. If/when they do, I hope they implement a mechanism for submitting updates to OSM, since that is a big strength.

I'm ambivalent about Apple making this change; google maps has done pretty well, but sometimes it gets numeric addresses wrong on long beach ny and other areas.

One burning question: will we be able to get audible turn-by-turn directions if Apple moves to OSM?

more than 2 years ago

Stanford's Free Computer Science Courses

Azureflare Re:Well, how about reading up on it first? (161 comments)

Registration for the current AI course is closed, but I'm sure they'll be running it again. Also you can see the lectures on youtube.

more than 2 years ago

Stanford's Free Computer Science Courses

Azureflare Future of education (161 comments)

With the power of the internet and technology rapidly replacing traditional classrooms and workplaces, this seems to be the most cost effective and efficient way to educate those who are young. When employment is no longer an incentive for going to college, we have to find ways to provide education or our entire country (And the world) will suffer when we have a nation of troglodytes.

more than 2 years ago

OPERA Group Repeats Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results

Azureflare Possible Explanation? (442 comments)

Could it be that the momentum of earth's gravity is affecting the measurements? Perhaps neutrinos are not affected by gravity...

My thinking is that Neutrinos are actually independent particles unaffected by the rules of gravity. That way when it is generated in one location, it is actually detected faster at another location because the Earth is traveling/spinning around the sun at a fixed speed.

One way to test this hypothesis is to set up testing centers west and east of the initial generation point. If the findings are identical (e.g. 60ns) then obviously there's something else going on.

Certainly opens a whole lot of doors though if the findings turn out to be true!

more than 2 years ago

100,000 iPhones Overwhelm Activation Server

Azureflare Re:Wow, 100,000 activations... (166 comments)

Yep, people would have to be idiots to go with ATT. I'm still with them and the only reason I am is that I'm locked into a 2 year contract. As soon as the contract expires, I'm going to Verizon or Sprint. Just as long as it's NOT ATT.

about 3 years ago

NYTimes Unveils Online Subscription Plan

Azureflare Re:Expensive (194 comments)

My view on this is as follows: I pay netflix $10 a month for 1 DVD at a time and free unlimited online play. If I can't get more value then that in an online subscription, I don't get it.

Frankly the amount of content available on the NYTimes is not worth $15 a month for me. I would be willing to spend $5 a month, and that's iffy.

more than 3 years ago

Watch Out Netflix, Amazon Streaming Video to Prime Users

Azureflare Competes more directly with iTMS (218 comments)

It appears that Amazon has a collection of movies/tv shows that are free to stream, and a much larger collection that you must pay $3 to rent or $10 to buy (much like iTMS).

The selection for free instant play seems rather small. In all honesty, this seems to be more a competitor for iTMS than Netflix. I don't pay anything extra to get dvds or stream from Netflix.

more than 3 years ago

Attacked By Anonymous, HBGary Pulls Out of RSA

Azureflare Re:Anatomy of the Hack (415 comments)

Just read the article. Is this guy for real? He sounds like he stepped out of a webcomic about wannabe-hacker IRC lurkers.

It's very frightening that someone could get 3 (potential?) innocents arrested with little to no evidence.

I mean honestly, using badly thought out heuristics to analyze social networking data and guaranteeing "100% Success"? This guy obviously never attended a CS class.

P.S. I am not condoning the actions of Anonymous in any way, this guy just seems like he could use some more schooling. (and he got some schooling in the great college of Real Life!)

more than 3 years ago

The iPad Will Get Playboy In March

Azureflare Re:Jobs knows it when he sees it (223 comments)

I think Apple is less concerned with naked girls now. The main issue back then was that they didn't want the app store overrun with cheap knockoff apps that all had varying degrees of quality of naked girls (From dubious sources). Apple wanted to legitimize the app store as a content delivery model for genuine businesses, not just some guy that knows how to put sexy images into an iphone app.

Now that magazines/newspapers are on board with the app store (the iPad was crucial to that), I think we'll see Apple being a little less of a mommy about content.

At least, that's what I hope. Gotta look on the bright side, eh?

more than 3 years ago

Consumer Reports Gives AT&T Lowest US Carrier Rank

Azureflare Speaking as an iPhone Owner and New Yorker (187 comments)

I can tell you I am completely satisfied with ATT, but ONLY when I'm in Brooklyn. In fact, 3G service has better latency than my cable connection through Cablevision.

As soon as I go to Manhattan, ATT provides the most horrible experience I've ever had with a phone.

I'm not totally sure if this is ATTs fault though, for two reasons: 1.) Buildings interfere with cell signal, and 2.) Tons of people there have an iPhone/smartphone.

I find that the latency in Manhattan (especially lower down in Hell's Kitchen, the Village, or near the WTC) can sometimes be atrocious, especially when just coming out of the subway. When you're looking up directions or reviews, you don't want to have to wait a minute for results to come back... That minute can feel like much longer especially if it's freezing cold out.

Does android on verizon or sprint have similar issues, or is it just ATT? Anyone?

more than 3 years ago

Media Loves Apple and Its Army of Fans

Azureflare Re:MS is hurting (356 comments)

In late 90s and early 2000s I managed a university's student computer labs. These weren't some podunk labs with 2 or 3 machines but entire buildings sometimes with 100-200 Windowsmachines and another 30% of them were Macintosh machines. (There were a few linux labs and when I left, we had 2 linux machines per lab)

If you knew the troubles we had getting the students to even use the Macs just for checking email, it could be a lesson in salesmanship. As it was, even when the windows machines were at 100% usage, you would see a long line stretching PAST the Macs while people waited for the windows machines. Hell, I'd see people more likely to use the Linux machines than Macs.

That wasn't because of vendor lockin. That was because no sites worked in any other browser except IE on a Windows computer.

Does anyone else remember the horror of the web back then? Ugh, it was a travesty.

about 4 years ago

Google Instant Announced

Azureflare Bug when Instant is Off and Background Image is on (408 comments)

There's a bug if you turn off instant search and you have a background image; if you start typing it just removes the background image and everything shifts around on the page.

I find myself using the url bar in Chrome for google searches more often anyways. Since it guesses URLs as well as doing google searches, it is more efficient than using the google homepage.

more than 4 years ago

New Photos Show 'Devastating' Ice Loss On Everest

Azureflare Re:Global warming and you. (895 comments)

Who cares about the global warming crowd. We need to focus on what the impacts of a warming climate are going to have on societies and prepare for them before millions (if not billions) of people are displaced or killed by changing climates. If we don't prepare for it, we are going to face incredible challenges, including regional conflicts over scarce resources and probable immigration to countries which are better off environmentally.

Seriously, we need to get out of this polar opposite argument and start looking at the practical issues which we are inevitably going to face. Who cares what caused it, we know we can predict what's probably going to happen so we need to prepare for it! To just stick our heads in the sand and do nothing is foolish and shortsighted. Because that sand might be underwater soon. (I kid, I kid...)

Then again, shortsighted foolishness is the story of the human race... So I don't have much hope.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Reverses Rejection of Ulysses Comic

Azureflare Re:It's easy to feel good about Apple's policies.. (422 comments)

I see your point. However, think about it this way: What would happen if Apple didn't attempt to put some kind of filter on apps in the app store? It would become a chaotic mess (even more so than it already is!).

Personally, I can see why people prefer the dictator approach to content. It's too much effort to filter out all the crap, so why not let the dictator do it?

Now, we all know that the dictator will make decisions that don't make any sense, or maybe might not be in the best interest of all of us... But the benefit we get (e.g. not having to think about what apps to get) far outweight the negatives in our information overloaded society.

BTW I'm not saying that that's what we want; as techies we are used to filtering out the crap. But this is the great unwashed masses we're talking about here.

There IS a market for devices which gives us full control, which is why you see phones like the droid doing so well. The market for devices appealing to the great unwashed masses is a little bit bigger though.r

more than 4 years ago



Google Chrome Displaces Safari as Third in Survey

Azureflare Azureflare writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Azureflare (645778) writes "According to a Net Applications survey, Google Chrome has replaced Apple's Safari as the number three browser. This may be partially explained by the release of the Chrome beta on Mac and Linux, but may also be due to users jumping ship from IE. More analysis on this topic can be found here at ComputerWorld. As anecdotal evidence of Google Chrome usage gaining steam, Bank of America has apparently recently added Google Chrome to their list of officially supported browsers."
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First Tablet Device using PixelQi Confirmed

Azureflare Azureflare writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Azureflare (645778) writes "The first device using a PixelQi screen has been confirmed! It is produced by Nokia, and it appears they took a few design tips from Apple by sticking with a design that has tapered edges. This Nokia Tablet should give Apple a run for their money, especially considering the recently confirmed rumor of an Apple tablet. Caveat: there are some pictures of the device in use, but the pictures are not great quality; one of them appears to be very blurry."
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