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1  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Garmin road mapping Queensferry Crossing on: November 20, 2017, 06:43:50 PM
It used to be that everyone was buying from the same two sources, including Google, and they were all equally bad. If people plugged in our address, it would deliver them to a massive retaining wall about a mile from our house.

At a certain point, Google had enough data (5-6 years ago??) that they decided to depend on their data. For a while it was *abysmal* Absolutely awful in our area. They were depending on things like where people tagged photos and a lot of people were tagging longitude and lattitude round to two decimal places, which for a lot of landmarks put them essentially at our house and 10-20 miles from their actual destination. When I would work in the yard, I would field questions all day long.

Finally, Google got their sh## together with mapping and is way better and way more up to date than Garmin sources. It tok another few *years* for Garmin to remap the addresses in our area so that they were actually within a reasonable margin of error.
2  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: AT&T Customer Support is on the job on: November 20, 2017, 06:39:12 PM
I find it intreguing that bp232y  seems to have an autogen name.  His/her time at the company is so short and irrelevant, that someone cannot even be bothered to name them.

I was wondering about that. I also think there are other possibilities
 - so many that they need individual codes to avoid namespace collisions
 - protect privacy of employees who might be hunted down and assaulted if their privacy weren't protected.
3  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router on: November 20, 2017, 06:25:44 PM
I have resetplug installed on the power for the cable modem and also the router.

Ditto (though different model of Nighthawk). I used to have to futz with the routers after every power outage. We recently had the phone lines go down for a couple of days and I did have to reset the router and realized it's the first time I've gone into the storage area to look at it since I added the reset plug
4  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: cheapest unsubsidised electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology on: November 18, 2017, 01:52:15 AM
If they can scale that beyond domestic needs, there may be an export market to the north.
5  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: They won't be teasing/shoving Atlas any more on: November 18, 2017, 01:48:40 AM
Rednecks will be safe in their homes. The porch will collapse when that thing jumps on it.

That's just the alpha 7 version. Beta versions will come with jetpacks to handle such things.

For all you people wishing battery technology would improve, just remember that crappy batteries are the only thing keeping this thing from escaping from the lab and running your down
6  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: AT&T Customer Support is on the job on: November 18, 2017, 01:45:20 AM
bunch of these in the feeds today

AT&T Nationwide Outage Confirmed: Here's What You Can Try To Get Service Back

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/215765/20171115/at-t-nationwide-outage-confirmed-heres-what-you-can-try-to-get-service-back.htm

This made it even harder. But in our case, this was our landline and our internet and they fixed it by replacing some equipment at one of the microwave relay stations.
7  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: AT&T Customer Support is on the job on: November 16, 2017, 11:28:30 PM
To be fair, he only said he was going to check with his team lead. He didn't say he was going to tell me the answer.
8  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / AT&T Customer Support is on the job on: November 16, 2017, 11:27:39 PM
We're now on the second day without phone or internet service at our house and several other houses in the area.

Dealing with AT&T is to understand Kafka. But never fear, AT&T's crack customer support team is on the job
9  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Et tu, Scoble? on: November 16, 2017, 06:27:07 PM
I suspect soon there will be some celebrity/politician who will get out ahead of the game and admit a past indiscretion before being called out.

I think most of them look at their past behavior and see normal, healthy, legal activity and are shocked, truly SHOCKED but the allegations against them.

I've been thinking that my life as a somewhat shy nerd (despite, perhaps, my online persona) with no power has been a great protection for me against wrongdoing, regardless of my morality or lack thereof.
10  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: A Device to Increase Human Memory Has Been Implanted, and It Works on: November 16, 2017, 06:24:07 PM
I saw an analysis of this device somewhere else, but I can't remember where.
11  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Editing your own DNA with CRISPR on: November 16, 2017, 04:20:54 PM
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Is it time to regulate CRISPR?

As it gets easy enough, this will be like regulating beer. Meaning, people know how fermentation works and can do it at home. So some people will always have beer
12  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: IOS: Plane Finder 3D on: November 16, 2017, 04:10:38 PM
This is going to make for some amazing flight simulators...
13  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: US: Percentage of total income spent on rent by city on: November 15, 2017, 02:48:09 AM
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The least expensive city is Toledo, Ohio ($550)

Sometimes you get what you pay for.

How much time have you spent there?

A friend is moving from Davis to Ohio because his pay will stay the same, but his standard of living will take a big jump
14  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Et tu, Scoble? on: November 15, 2017, 02:44:54 AM
Regarding the "threshold of shame" idea, this article from today is essential reading.

Interview with the women who wrote the 1989 expose on James Toback sexual predation that went nowhere until now
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There was no mechanism at the time for really dealing with male harassment. It was very common. It was not something that would have jumped out as utterly inappropriate. Because it was so ubiquitous. It was just something that women dealt with all time. You know, it didn't raise eyebrows.
https://www.vox.com/conversations/2017/11/14/16634660/james-toback-sexual-harassment-weinstein-effect

And the linked post mentioned in the interview to James Gunn's Facebook post where he said he had been warning people about Toback for years

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A few people on here, Twitter, and other sites are saying, "James, why didn't you say anything if you knew this was happening?"

A) Like I said above, I did say something, many times, to many people, all over the world.

B) More importantly, I have publicly written Facebook posts about Toback and what he was doing, as well as mentioning him on my web site and on MySpace. I don't know why suddenly people are just assuming I didn't just because I don't mention it here.

So despite numerous people publicly outing Toback going back almost 30 years, he remained completely untouched by the allegations until right now because "it didn't raise eyebrows."

That's basically the definition of a threshold of shame phenomenon
15  Why We Are Here / Marketing / Re: Alibaba smashes its Single’s Day record on: November 14, 2017, 04:33:59 PM
In case it wasn't clear Raz, I was making a joke at my expense. When I said "why would you say a thing like that?" I meant "why would you push one of my most pushable buttons by citing a stat and not giving a source?"

It's like tossing bacon in front of a dog and saying "Stay!" It's just cruel. LOL
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