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TCSOTD 2006-11-07

Japanese researchers build 512 core maths co-processor

comp.risks 24.46

Goldsmith agrees to stay out of cash-for-honours investigation
BBC’s take on it here

Clairvoyant lead Americans to Saddam claims Geller

Sun inspired ‘careless driving’ law will lead to injustice

How to steal an election by hacking the vote

Bullet-proof text books may help save lives in school shooting

Sam and Max: Culture Shock review

Australian Institute of Criminology calles piracy losses ‘self-serving hyperbole’

Winning hearts and minds

Published on 2006/11/07 at 08:48 by Toby, tags , , , , , ,

Living with the Nüvi

The Garmin Nüvi 660

I’ve had the nüvi for a few weeks now and it has become an indispensable part of my driving. The voice synthesis is a lot better than I expected it to be – I’ve only heard it get one road name wrong – and very much a useful addition to city driving. The traffic broadcasting has turned out to be extremely useful with the joyous London traffic, although it does cause me to ask “If I’m not in traffic does it exist?”. Although this may sound like philosophical wank there is a serious point – short of driving into bad traffic areas I have no way of checking that the GPS isn’t just making up where the problems are for the sheer fun of it.

It has taken me on many interesting routes to different places that I would never have been to otherwise and the rapid recalculation speed is a real boon. Coming back from Woking recently it took me on a great route through the countryside before dumping me on the motorway for a short while. It was quicker that the route that I would have taken, more enjoyable and the views were a lot more picturesque than the view from the motorway.

The mp3 playback is good quality (although it does not play Ogg Vorbis which is a major downside for me as my entire music collection is encoded using that codec). The other slight downside is that I live in a fairly built up area with tunnels, high buildings and thin roads. This means that it sometimes has problems locking on to the satellite signal until I am out of the area; I just have to remember to stand around outside to let it get a strong enough signal before I get to the car.

In short, a great tool which appeals to the map geek in me and brings back some of the joy to driving which living in Central London has sucked away. Granted, a lot of that is due to the traffic avoidance: if you live in a big city don’t get a GPS without it!

Published on 2006/11/03 at 08:29 by Toby, tags , , ,

Living with the Nüvi

The Garmin Nüvi 660

I’ve had the nüvi for a few weeks now and it has become an indispensable part of my driving. The voice synthesis is a lot better than I expected it to be – I’ve only heard it get one road name wrong – and very much a useful addition to city driving. The traffic broadcasting has turned out to be extremely useful with the joyous London traffic, although it does cause me to ask “If I’m not in traffic does it exist?”. Although this may sound like philosophical wank there is a serious point – short of driving into bad traffic areas I have no way of checking that the GPS isn’t just making up where the problems are for the sheer fun of it.

It has taken me on many interesting routes to different places that I would never have been to otherwise and the rapid recalculation speed is a real boon. Coming back from Woking recently it took me on a great route through the countryside before dumping me on the motorway for a short while. It was quicker that the route that I would have taken, more enjoyable and the views were a lot more picturesque than the view from the motorway.

The mp3 playback is good quality (although it does not play Ogg Vorbis which is a major downside for me as my entire music collection is encoded using that codec). The other slight downside is that I live in a fairly built up area with tunnels, high buildings and thin roads. This means that it sometimes has problems locking on to the satellite signal until I am out of the area; I just have to remember to stand around outside to let it get a strong enough signal before I get to the car.

In short, a great tool which appeals to the map geek in me and brings back some of the joy to driving which living in Central London has sucked away. Granted, a lot of that is due to the traffic avoidance: if you live in a big city don’t get a GPS without it!

Published on 2006/11/03 at 08:29 by Toby, tags , , ,

TCSOTD 2006-10-27

Extra anus kills four-legged chicken
original article here

Nintendo profits up 72%, Sony’s down 94%

People who read more fiction have higher levels of empathy

Release the Music
more information

Chris Pattern: Politicians have no grasp of technology
… “Lord Patten of Barnes was especially critical of the government’s ID card scheme, which is heavily reliant on technology”

Rude awakening for dawn drivers

Fried Coca-cola debuts in Texas

Published on 2006/10/27 at 12:47 by Toby, tags , , ,

TCSOTD 2006-10-19

RISC OS launches 32 bit RISC OS 6
32 bit RISC OS announced
RISC OS Six

Riverbend’s first post for a long time: The Lancet Study
… “We literally do not know a single Iraqi family that has not seen the violent death of a first or second-degree relative these last three years.”

Judo class / hostage confusion

Experts create invisibility cloak

The Limits of Liberty: We’re All Suspects Now
… the ever sensible Henry Porter writes

Architecture and Security
… “Studies show [concrete barriers] … can pose a security risk by becoming flying shrapnel if exploded.” There are concrete barriers outside Parliament…

Complete works of Charles Darwin online

Published on 2006/10/19 at 10:57 by Toby, tags , , , ,

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