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Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?

spandex_panda GeoServer and the OpenGeoSuite (52 comments)

The easiest way is to set up GeoServer as part of the OpenGeoSuite. The OpenGeoSuite sets up PostGIS and GeoServer and another application called GeoExplorer, which is a web-app that sorts out authentication and editing of spatial data, as well as simple styling.

That said, you can't just 'make a map.' You need to set up multiple tables, all with an appropriate schema, to hold all your different layers. That stuff takes experience, or will require you to iterate over time in order to get it right.

You could set it up in a Desktop environment first, use QGIS for that. Edit data in PostGIS for best practice, or use SHP files for ease of use.

about 10 months ago

FishPi: Raspberry Pi Powered Autonomous Boat To Cross the Ocean

spandex_panda better name (136 comments)

Should have called it 'PiSeas.'

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Very Best Paper Airplane?

spandex_panda Sky King (183 comments)

I spent a few years of my youth testing planes and came up with two which are the best.

First, you have a dart, a more basic variation of that one you pointed out. It is the one where you make two folds and then fold over. Very simple and quick to make, and very fast and stable. (this design, but I fold right to the point: http://www.amazingpaperairplanes.com/Basic_Dart.html).

Then there was the stunt plane, which I found was recently the world record plane. This guys plane is a better version of the one I made. Mine was the same shape and weighting, but with different folds so the front wasn't held together. Anyhow, the following plane is IMHO the best in the world: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Fold_Your_Own_Sky_King_Paper_Airplane

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

spandex_panda Not an issue (807 comments)

I have switched to Chrome and am happy with seamless updates.

Really, what advantages do you have with using an old, outdated version? Smaller memory footprint, well, are you actually low on memory? RAM is cheap. You already said that version 3.X is slower than modern builds.

The only suggestion I have is live with the new version progression, stop being concerned with it and live with what the developers are doing. Either that or move to gentoo and compile you own!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

spandex_panda GIS Stackexchange (316 comments)

Firstly, you can post questions here: http://gis.stackexchange.com/ and they will be answered. It seems to be a pretty good community, I have been posting on there for a little while.

Secondly, I don't use databases a lot, but I recommend that you do what you suggest. Make a Google Map and make a CSV for folks to download.

about 3 years ago

Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released

spandex_panda Re:What is "TrueCrypt Support"? (307 comments)

I think that they have ensured that only the diff of a truecrypt volume gets uploaded after you change a volume.

I have been thinking about sticking all my photos in Dropbox, but if I do, it will be inside a large trucrypt volume, so that only I can view them. This will be a very large initial upload, but then as I add more photos to the volume, only the new photos will be uploaded (as a few hundred meg difference in the TC volume).

Crappy Dropbox info is here: https://www.dropbox.com/help/28

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Dual-Boot Chrome OS With Ubuntu Linux on CR-48

spandex_panda defaulting to Windows is inevitable (148 comments)

The problem with this is that people will then dual boot Windows (XP, 7) and ChromeOS and will then end up just defaulting to Windows all the time... That is what happens when you give people the option in my experience. Google (or the folks who can hack ChromeOS) should perhaps enable different desktop environments, i.e., log out of ChromeOS and log into gnome. That should be possible right?

more than 4 years ago

Recycling an Android Phone As a Handheld GPS?

spandex_panda Re:Assisted GPS (328 comments)

All GPS receivers (AFAIK) have a map of ephemerides, they all know approximately where the GPS satellites are. What a phone does is work out an approximate location using other sources (cell towers, wifi hotspots) which speeds up the GPS solution.

more than 4 years ago

Recycling an Android Phone As a Handheld GPS?

spandex_panda Re:Cell phone GPS not the same... (328 comments)

I think that this is right. GPS is not just the ability to get a location. There is a whole bunch of other stuff which you can throw at the signals to get a better, more accurate location. On top of the software, the hardware is also quite important. A really good antenna is worth big money, and there are probably is dedicated hardware these days optimised to solve for coordinates which uses less power than the software of a phone. Now, your Dad may not know that he should turn off bluetooth and wifi in order to conserve battery life, and he is not going to want to do fancy stuff with the data in the field, which is another advantage of a smartphone. I reckon that the software in a Garmin is going to be easy to use, the hardware is top notch and that is what I would get.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Government Delays Internet Filter Legislation

spandex_panda Re:The sad thing is... (255 comments)

I think it is completely stupid, since anyone can arbitrarily get around it. That guy, the right to die euthanasia guy, was giving tutorials to old people, showing them how to get around it. If oldies can get around it, and young people can too, it will probably only work for middle aged computer illiterate parents of teenagers.

This means that the only people made happy by it's ability to block terrible shit on the interned will be those ignorant folk with kids most vulnerable!

I intend on filtering my home internet when my kids are a bit older, although I haven't looked into it, either that or ensuring the kids only access to the interned is in the family areas of the house.

more than 4 years ago

Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock

spandex_panda Re:Do an Ars (660 comments)

Me too. I have two of the sites I frequent a lot unblocked (ars included). Reddit responded to its uses disgust at one of the adds on its site which goes fullscreen by assuring that it was an accident, they mentioned how it happened and put something in place so that it would not happen again. I use addblock a lot, and I am shocked when I use a computer without it. The web is very different with those big, flashy adds.

more than 4 years ago

Digitizing and Geocoding Old Maps?

spandex_panda QGIS or ArcGIS for georeferencing (235 comments)

Hi there, I am a spatial guy so thought my 0.02 may be worth something. I am not too sure about digitising them, maybe a print shop or as suggested in other posts you could talk to your local university geography department or a government mapping agency

Once they are digital though you need to georeference them. As mentioned in the title of my post, it is easiest to use GIS to do this and you can use QGIS with relative ease. Install it using osgeo4w on windows or the ubuntu ppa for qgis. Alternatively if you have a license then use ArcGIS. If you have a map of the underlying roads for the maps you are digitising then what you do is find points on the roads and match them to points on the scanned images, this provides data for a transformation and will shift the map onto your coordinates.

more than 4 years ago

Valve Confirms Mac Versions of Steam, Valve Games

spandex_panda Re:The first thing to come to my mind... (541 comments)

You rarely need to worry about broken dependencies: they happen, but...

I don't want to hear no buts. I tried installing a nice piece of GIS software (QGIS) which is super easy to install on Ubuntu (apt) and windows (osgeo4w, which uses a cygwin style interface) but on OSX it is a paiin in the arse to get the full program with GRASS (kind of a dependency).

I wish OSX had bloody apt working, not port where you need to wait days for anything to bloody compile, but true package management. I use VLC, Thunderbird, FIrefox, GIMP and all the other FOSS software but it is all independently maneged. OSX is great and stable (compared to Ubuntu) and beautiful but the package management should be fixed.

more than 4 years ago

MythTV 0.22 Released

spandex_panda Re:mythtv website (329 comments)

mythtv website got /.ed it would seem.


more than 5 years ago

Australian ISPs Asked To Cut Off Malware-Infected PCs

spandex_panda Re:Don't be a policeman (286 comments)

My ISP already does this. I was called to my sister-in-law's house as the ISP sent her an email saying her internet was restricted. She was only allowed to visit a couple of web sites of virus scanners while she was quarantined. She sent an email to them stating that she has up to data anti-virus and that a scan turned up no viruses. But I was asked to come and have a look and did a few scans (including that online Trend Micro virus scanner) and found a couple of items. Now I don't deal with Windows enough to know whether these viruses were really that bad but I thought it was a positive that the ISP let her know that something was happening, even if it was a false positive it did make her more aware.

more than 5 years ago

Stoned Wallabies Make Crop Circles

spandex_panda Re:Who hops around on opium? (104 comments)

Obviously, the government official was high too.

Dude. I am from Tasmania (no there are no spinning devils, its out of season) and you are absolutely right. The whole Goverment is high.

more than 5 years ago

Sothink Violated the FlashGot GPL and Stole Code

spandex_panda anonymous cowardon (312 comments)

Dead Slashdot. Please put the space back in between "anonymous coward" and "on" it is not posted by "anonymous cowardon at 12:00" damn fools!

more than 5 years ago



Slashdot. How do you do software license auditing?

spandex_panda spandex_panda writes  |  more than 3 years ago

spandex_panda (1168381) writes "My company wants to do software license auditing as we have recently acquired a couple of small companies. We are a medium (small) business of 60+ people, across 7 sites. How do you do software license auditing?

What is the industry standard way of doing it, are there any great free/cheap products which will do it. Can/should an in-house team do it or should we outsource."

New media centre distro eAR OS

spandex_panda spandex_panda writes  |  more than 6 years ago

spandex_panda (1168381) writes "I read just now about a new media centre version of Ubuntu, actually it is an independent distro but seems to be including a new media center app which is GPL licensed. A developer has posted something here talking about a few things regarding it.

I think this is one of those things Ubuntu really needs, although I haven't tried it it looks great from the screen shots and the developer sounds very professional and organised. I personally don't like myth-tv as it is not quite 'shiny' enough! Something like eAROS could be the beginning of some more Linux migration as people move from windows based media centers to linux based ones."


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