So, I was utterly frustrated this morning as I went to attack my first Enlightened controlled portal. As I pulled in to the parking lot of the suspected building location as derived from the intel map, I saw the portal appear on my screen. So, I pulled into a parking spot within range of the portal and subsequently watched my location marker jump in and out of range over and over again. At one point it even jumped be back several miles away from where I currently was. Needless to say, I wasn't able to do much of anything and drove off pretty disappointed. I have noticed that it takes a minute or two when I load the app for it to finally lock on to my position, and it is very jumpy when it does. I have both my Mobile Data and GPS antennas on, but it doesn't seem to help. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
I'm new here, so I thought I would catch up. The two hairless Sphynx cats are ours. The rest belong to friends or hang around our house. Wherever we live, we always seem to attract the neighborhood cats.
This portal is quite a bit off from where the picture was taken (I know, I took the picture). The red dot is where its supposed to be. I figured it was an issue with my GPS at the time I took the picture, but I have submitted other portals successfully. How do I get it updated?
These two lugs are Ice (Light grey head) and Schrodinger (dark grey head). We have owned 4 Sphynx cats over the past few years. Once you have one, its hard to go with any other breed. They are the most loving, friendly cats I have ever been around. Hope to see others joining and posting pictures of their favorite Sphynx cats!
Well, after waiting for what seems like forever and still not getting an #ingressinvite , I don't really see much point in being a member of this community. Perhaps if I every get one I will join back up.
RESHARE: So now #Apple will be suing the phone manufacturers who have had these features on their phones for the past year because they are the only 'Innovators' in the market and they have invented or 'revolutionized' everything that has ever been or ever will be.
Reshared text: These guys are building Solar Roadways to eliminate petroleum vehicles, ageing grids and to save environment, +10 for thinking out of the box
Interesting facts about Solar Roadways: ● Electric vehicles can be charged while they are driving down the Solar Roadway. ● Solar Roadways could be used as a warning system and could help direct traffic away from an earthquake area.
RESHARE: Good article if you have some time for a little light reading.
Reshared text: So there's been a lot going around about the Microsoft Surface recently, and I just wanted to weigh in on some of my thoughts on the upcoming releases of Microsoft's products this October 26th.
Note: this is one huge wall-o-text, and I don't intend to make a tl;dr section. You have been warned.
Surface First off, the price point. I've heard a lot of people concerned about the $499 price point as well as the covers being ~$100. To be honest, I'm not all that surprised at this price. They are still undercutting the iPad, which is their core competitor, but at the same time I feel like they're producing a product that is something different entirely from existing tablets in that it's designed to be a possible laptop replacement, especially the Pro version. When you get into the realm of the Pro, I also wouldn't be surprised if that device ends up zeroing in on the $1000 mark. Why? Because it's more of an ultrabook than a tablet.
The touch covers are expensive because there's no tech that can compete with them right now and they're likely trying to recoup some of the massive R&D costs that went into them. A touch cover that can tell if I'm pressing a key vs if I'm just resting my hands? A type cover with keys that depress less than a millimeter but don't fire off accidentally? Pretty cool stuff. Also, I seem to remember docks and similar keyboard accessories for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Transformer being up there in the price point as well. As such the prices aren't that surprising.
Also, I'd like to point out that the RT comes with Office Home and Student edition, which generally retails at roughly $100, so if you include that into the price point, that's pretty cool too. Obviously there are those that would rather $100 be taken off the hardware and not include Office (since they'd rather use LibreOffice or some other alternative and save their money), but I don't think the RT is targeted at those users specifically.
Personally I'm not as excited about the Surface RT for serious use as I am for the Pro, but that's because I want the Pro to replace my laptop, and for that it needs to run games (the Pro's specs are high enough to run Guild Wars 2 at fair settings) as well as non Win-store applications.
The RT is looking pretty good for the average consumer, though. It comes with Office and interacts with existing Microsoft products, as well as non-Microsoft services like Facebook. (Sadly no G+ but that's likely due to Google having read-only API, which as a developer, I'm still pissed about). I find the new start page will be very intuitive for the touch interface, and I was happy to see in this video that the desktop is still accessible on RT, which leads me to believe that some legacy applications may find themselves ported to ARM for the RT.
Also, did anyone else notice that the Pro version runs standard x86_64 Windows 8? And has a 3rd-gen Core i5 in it which thusly supports VT-x and EPT technology? And by that point should be able to run Hyper-V (or any other virtualization for that matter)? I'll enjoy playing with that on my Surface Pro for certain (though for those situations hopefully the RAM will be upgradable to 8G).
Edit: I forgot to mention that I'm still a bit skeptical about the surface because they've been so secretive of it, but provided that they deliver on the promises they're making about the technology, I think it will be a fantastic product and one that I've been waiting a long time for (tablet that can replace my laptop).
Windows 8 Overall I've enjoyed my months with Windows 8 RTM, and honestly don't understand where all of the hate comes from. The start page is surprisingly handy if you take a few minutes to actually customize it for what you use your computer for. It becomes the equivalent of a computer dashboard. I can just hit the windows key on my computer and then see status updates on Facebook (G+, Y U NO GOOD API), see any emails I've had, see my stock tickers I'm watching, etc. Hit the windows key again and I'm back to my desktop where I'm working on various programs or playing games.
From a stability perspective I have seen Windows 8 blue screen exactly once. It was due to a conflict of Windows Update installing and update to my video driver but requiring a restart and me saying NO and then trying to install the nVidia drivers on top of it. It was apparently bad news bears but the system restarted and I was able to install the driver just fine. Other than that time the system has run smoothly and I haven't had any noticeable problems.
I haven't really liked the full-screen new UI apps, but then again they've been geared towards mobile and touch screen use, and all I have at the moment is a desktop, so I just removed them from my start page. Problem solved. I haven't looked if there's a way to uninstall them from windows features or something because I haven't cared enough.
One thing that would be nice would be to shut off the auto-creation of tiles on the start page when I install applications, but I haven't cared enough to look if such an option exists because it hasn't been a problem.
My biggest complaint about Windows 8 is the disconnect between some of the touch/keyboard interface which require you to remember some key commands. An example is semantic zooming, which can be done by pinch/stretching on a touch device. On a standard device it can be accomplished via Ctrl+Mouse Wheel Scroll or Ctrl+[Plus/Minus] (which the Plus/Minus one makes some more sense). Once again this isn't a huge problem, but can lead to some frustration before you learn the key commands for your desktop.
Overall my experience with Windows 8 has been favorable. I still use Linux as my core machine since it runs a lot of Linux-only services and I'm more productive on it simply due to my familiarity with Bash over PowerShell, but when I do use Windows 8 for gaming, VS2012 development, etc, I enjoy it.
Windows App Store I have heard a lot of negative comments about the Windows App store (then again, I hang out on Google+ and am in the Android community so I'm pretty much used to any comments about Microsoft being negative). I want to weigh in on some of those.
There's the proposed problem of there not being any applications in the store. Honestly that's something that only time will tell on. Many people ask why you would go to a Windows Phone or Windows Tablet when you can stay on an Android tablet and have hundred of thousands of applications at your fingertips. Firstly, I would wager that about 90% of the applications on the Android Market are complete and utter shit. They're either poorly made or just auto-generated wallpaper applications that remind me of Bonsai Buddy (remember that? oh the horror). Secondly, by that logic not a one of you should have ever tried Android in the first place. Before Android there were BlackBerry and iPhone, and both had substantially larger application stores than Android. The store grows over time if the devices that use them sell well.
This brings me to my point. The application stores grow when the devices that use them sell well and thus present an opportunity for developers. The Windows App Store will now be a part of every Windows 8 installation and device out there. That means PCs, phones, tablets, you name it, and whether you like it or not Windows is still the largest share of the PC market. I see developers making applications for the PC, and while they're at it, why not grow their consumers to meet phones, tablets, etc. All of that can be done provided they use APIs that are cross-device, which in many cases shouldn't be too difficult.
And why would PC application developers do this? Why would they bother to write for the App store instead of just use their own installers? Because the App store solves a problem that developers such as myself have HATED about Windows for YEARS. The fact that Windows didn't have the equivalent of a package manager! Every individual application had to check for its own updates and manage that logic itself. It was a pain in the ass and I am happy to see that it's not needed anymore. As a user I would love to see Photoshop and Java and Flash updaters disappear from my system tray and have everything just go through a centralized location where I can decide when updates come through, and as a developer I am happy to not have to deal with that logic myself.
Also, any notion that the App store is in some way Microsoft's evil way of limiting development of 3rd-party applications, is from what I've read completely unfounded and bullocks. The App store does not prevent applications from being a part of Windows any more than Ubuntu's software center prevents applications from being a part of Ubuntu. Want to install something that's not in the software center? Then go ahead and do it manually via its own installer. You just won't get the benefits of the software center. Also, similarly to Android, applications can be side-loaded onto devices that use Windows RT and are limited to App store installations.
It is for these reasons that I think that the App store will grow. And since Microsoft is pushing towards generating a service-oriented structure I think it could lead to some awesome things. I want to see games bought on the XBOX store who have PC variants downloadable to my Surface Pro for on-the-go gaming, and the like.
Windows Phone 8 I'm personally an Android guy, but I do like what Windows Phone 8 is bringing to the table. It's something different from a UI perspective, and the specs seem solid.
The App store will likely grow for the same reason that I mentioned earlier, but my concerns with WP8 is with user adoption. The carriers are really the gatekeepers here, and if the Verizons and the AT&Ts of the world don't push the product, the consumers won't buy it.
I personally am most excited about the Nokia Lumia 920 device, with its amazing screen and camera, but it's apparently an AT&T exclusive, which in my opinion was a terrible idea from a selling standpoint. Likely they had to go with exclusivity on a network in order to get the subsidies to make the purchase price of the phone low enough that it could compete. While this is understandable, as a Verizon user with a recently signed contract, it makes me all sad inside. The other Windows Phones have been nice but not nearly as impressive to me for what I use my phone for. Right now I'm probably looking at checking out the 8X.
I'm honestly not sure where WP8 will go. WP7 was disappointing, but hopefully with the rest of the Windows ecosystem backing the App store, it will improve.
I for one want to see WP8 do well, as it would bring a new player to the market. Apple is practically at a point where they couldn't innovate themselves out of a paper bag, and Android devices have begun to stagnate in my opinion. I want to see useful features that are used. From a hardware perspective, NFC is a great idea but it needs to be more useful. The most amazing things I've seen in the last few months were Nokia's Optical Image Stabilization and the new touch screen that works through gloves and with keys and such. From a software perspective, Apple just added a new row of icons, woo. Also both Android and Apple have the "desktop screen with icons" model (although Android did add widgets, that was a nice touch, even though I never use them because most of them look terrible), and I like that WP8 at least does something visually different with live tiles. It may not be massively different, but I want another piece on the board to shake up the game a little.
Conclusion Congratulations if you actually made it this far. Especially since at some points I rambled about anything and everything under the sun, and at this point am basically going to stop because I need to get back to work. There are many more things that could be talked about for this fall from Server 2012 to System Center, but I just don't have the time to discuss them.
I am personally extremely excited about the end of this year for tech. Like them or not, Microsoft is one of the largest names in tech, and this fall are doing (as they say) the largest single release of hardware and software they've done in over a decade. I for one am excited to see what the future brings for this software and these devices.
Reshared text: Cool Morning Mug Designer Damion O'Sullivan really understands those of us who need time to wake up in the mornings. When cold, his morning mug displays a sleeping face white on black. As you pour in the hot coffee (or tea), the mug awakens to greet you. What a way to start the day !
When will all the iSheep realize that this verdict, if Samsung doesn't win on appeals, is bad for everyone. With Apple holding industry hostage on the most basic features of smartphone design, they can rest on their laurels and pump out the same crap over and over and call it 'Innovation.' (And all the iSheep will eat it up every time) Any time another company brings something to market that is, dare I say, BETTER IN EVERY WAY, Apple can just sue them into oblivion. If Ford took the approach that Apple has, there would be only one auto manufacturing company. I hate apple not because of their products, which are probably pretty good, but because of their corporate 'We invented everything' mentality.
Here's hoping Samsung can come back and win on appeal!
On a side note, notice how Samsung is winning everywhere else in the world but here? Seems kind of fishy to me. Apple has plenty of money to burn...
Reshared text: 6% of drivers intentionally swerve to kill animals at the side of the road
Mark Rober did an experiment with rubber animals to find out just how many drivers would go for the kill if they had the chance. Out of 1000 drivers, 60 intentionally swerved off the road to run over what they thought was an animal. Most, admittedly were aiming for snakes and tarantulas, but a few even tried to kill turtles.
Reshared text: Since we all know the internet is powered by cats, it was inevitable that someone (GirlieMac, aka +Tomomi Imura) would create a series of common HTTP error messages featuring our feline friends.
Which one is your favorite? Personally, I'm a fan of 599.
I am looking to buy a gallon of apple cider. My wife couldn't find any at the Hayden Walmart. Does anyone know of where they are selling any? A locally made brand would be ideal, but I'll take anything I can find.
RESHARE: I am an #Android user who is guilty of this. It's easy to get caught up in it all, especially with all the recent news of patent and trademark lawsuits that #Apple keeps slinging. They just make it so easy to hate them. It all boils down to personal preference. Use what works best for you.
I am big enough to admit when I get a little carried away, and this is one of those cases. Thanks for spelling it out the way you did, +Scott Kelby.
Reshared text: This doesn't affect you.
Today, Sony introduced a new full-frame DSLR, it's the SLT-A99V. It's 24-megapixels and costs almost as much as the Nikon D800 I use, which is 36 megapixels. So, do you think I should go to Sony user online forums, and on Facebook and here on G+ and tell people why the Sony I've never held in my hand, or even taken a photo with, sucks? Should I go on and on about how much better my Nikon camera is, and why I would never use a Sony and how stupid people are that don't buy what I use? Of course not, that's for losers and trolls.
*Well, that's what exactly I've been seeing all day about Apple's iPhone 5* Android users lining up to say how disappointed they are in the new iPhone, and how they're sticking with Android, and how there are so many better choices and on and on. Well good news: Apple's iPhone 5 announcement doesn't affect you any more than Sony's A99V affects me. I'm not switching to Sony, you're not switching to Apple, and that's perfectly fine.
Android Users Why do you feel you have to jump in and attack a product you don't use, and won't buy? Android-based phones are a perfectly fine choice --- you don't have to defend your choice whenever someone mentions the iPhone 5 or any iPhone for that matter. It simply doesn't affect you. You have a phone you already like, so good news --- you're going to save a bunch of money by staying with what you've already got. You should be happy --- not angry and bitter. This should be a day of great jubilation --- your choice of smartphone has been vindicated --- Apple is all wrong again, and you're smarter than everyone else. Rejoice and stop and the hating.
One last thing I saw this headline today on G+ "iPhone5: Did it live up to all its hype?" Did Apple hype this before today's launch and I missed it? Did they give out the specs last week? Did they post photos of the iPhone 5 on their site? Did they make promises of what would be in the iPhone 5 before today? Did they even mention the phrase "iPhone 5?" before today? Nope. They didn't pre-announce a thing. The hype didn't come from Apple --- complain to your local rumor site.
Reshared text: Dad Mods Kid's Electric Car Into Speed Demon
A kid named Evan may be the luckiest boy in the world. His Dad modded his old pokey Lightning McQueen Powerwheel, getting rid of the plastic wheels and installing metal rims and rubber off-road tires, as well as "dual sealed gel batteries with an output of 24 volts, a 500 watt .66 horsepower electric motor, disk brake, throttle modulated variable speed control with reverse and sparco battery cut off switch," according to the YouTube blurb.
You know...instead of being furious about this, I can only sit, smile, and shake my head. This video is a great example of how slimy politicians can be. This is just a show of weak character. The biggest issue is that Mitt four years ago wasn't so bad. But alas, now he'll just do pretty much whatever the GoP wants him to. Is this really the ideological change you want for America?
RESHARE: Yup, just as I posted earlier... After the verdict on their last case, sales for the GSIII went through the roof. Guess Apple had a problem with that. Apple is an innovator? Yeah right. They have fallen behind and they realize it. Now all they can do is try to sue everyone who has continued to develop new and exciting products (not repackaging the same thing over and over and call it an upgrade). If Apple gets their way, the only products available on the market in the US will be iCrap. I say the US because it appears the rest of the worlds court's/jury's are smart enough to see past their bull.
RESHARE: Crazy. Imagine looking at the earth through a telescope from #Mars someday. I can't wait to see the manned mission to Mars, the colonization of another planet, and interplanetary travel for civilians! Probably won't see them all in my lifetime, but hopefully a couple! Great job +NASA! Go #science ! Go #curiositymarsrover !