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  1. Comment on I dare you to try OpenStreetMap! in ~tech

    lionirdeadman
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    Yeah, they would have to been unmapped for that to happen. That's kinda surprising but those places definitely do exist. In some places, addresses will be imported from open data with estimations...

    Yeah, they would have to been unmapped for that to happen. That's kinda surprising but those places definitely do exist. In some places, addresses will be imported from open data with estimations (or manually if someone knows the interval and end addresses of a part of a street) rather than buildings which makes it a little inaccurate in some cases but does the job mostly. Thankfully, if a building is assigned an address, the navigation should take that instead of the estimation. Consider making your neighborhood better by contributing!

    I'm willing to help map buildings from aerial footage if you want. My city is still lacking in those still but we have addresses so my navigation needs are mostly satisfied. Considering potentially making a mapathon at my college which might be fun.

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  2. Comment on I dare you to try OpenStreetMap! in ~tech

    lionirdeadman
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    I'm curious, what did you do with the data?

    I'm curious, what did you do with the data?

    1 vote
  3. Comment on I dare you to try OpenStreetMap! in ~tech

    lionirdeadman
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    "Maps" on F-droid doesn't use the Maps.me servers and lacks certain certain services because some of Maps.me is proprietary.

    "Maps" on F-droid doesn't use the Maps.me servers and lacks certain certain services because some of Maps.me is proprietary.

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  4. Comment on I dare you to try OpenStreetMap! in ~tech

    lionirdeadman
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    Freedom of information I would personally say is imporant. Let's take some examples of uses that I could want to use Google's mapping data for : If I want to use Google Maps for research with...

    Freedom of information I would personally say is imporant.

    Let's take some examples of uses that I could want to use Google's mapping data for :
    If I want to use Google Maps for research with their data? Forget about it.
    I wanna make a competing product? Pay up forever and never have any kind of independence.

    Also, it's been especially popular relatively recently in humanitarian work where Google Maps has absolutely no data so people have to make maps quickly and OSM allows that. See : HOT.

    And well, there's also an argument for privacy, I could never make a service using Google Maps which allows privacy unless I want to proxy all my users which would be a pain really.

    Google Maps is almost a monopoly on navigation and cartography to a certain degree, competition needs to exist in the space.

    On another note, I personally enjoy mapping. I find it relaxing and rewarding.

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  5. I dare you to try OpenStreetMap!

    I dare you to try OpenStreetMap but also (probably most importantly) contribute! But first, some introduction, What even is OpenStreetMap? Okay well, OpenStreetMap is a database, licensed under...

    I dare you to try OpenStreetMap but also (probably most importantly) contribute!

    But first, some introduction,

    What even is OpenStreetMap?

    Okay well, OpenStreetMap is a database, licensed under ODBL, to create maps basically.

    It's kind of like Wikipedia with how the data is crowdsourced from well, anyone. The data can then be used for well, basically anything.

    Research? Sure.
    Wanna make your own map? Sure.
    Wanna just use it for navigation without relying on anyone else? Hell yeah you can.

    Basically anything you want as long as you share people's work under ODBL and well, attribute them of course.

    How do I use it? Well, for navigation, on desktop :
    • Gnome Maps
    • GraphHopper
    • Qwant Maps

    On mobile :

    • OSMand
    • Maps.me
    • Maps (on F-droid)
    • Navmii

    You can also find other choices on the OSM wiki

    Okay so now that you know how to use it for yourself, let's get contributing!

    For this, since it's most likely going to be new users editing, we will use iD, it's available right under the edit button on OpenStreetMap's website!

    Well, I would explain how to use it and all but thankfully, since iD is pretty userfriendly, there's a walkthrough to get you started.

    Please DO NOT copy data from Google Maps or other services, it would violate their licenses. Only add information you personally know from local knowledge or aerial footage which you can use, iD thankfully lets us use most of the available ones which we have the rights to use for OSM.

    If you need any kind of help,
    the wiki is there which has tons of information but which also has links to mailing lists, IRC, Discord and other services. Oh and of course, feel free to comment below too.

    If you're already using OSM or contributing, feel free to talk about your experience below too!

    Happy Mapping!

    27 votes
  6. Comment on What is a subject you could talk for 2+ hours about with a great degree of accuracy and no preparation whatsoever? in ~talk

    lionirdeadman
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    Or maybe the graphics API that Apple made?

    Or maybe the graphics API that Apple made?

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  7. Comment on I need ideas for philosphical questions relating to technology. (More details below) in ~humanities

    lionirdeadman
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    I think that's hard to develop properly without going into law and psychology.. I'm not sure.

    I think that's hard to develop properly without going into law and psychology.. I'm not sure.

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  8. Comment on I need ideas for philosphical questions relating to technology. (More details below) in ~humanities

    lionirdeadman
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    Basically, the paper needs to be structured as such : Introduction Popular theories on the question Refutation of them (potentially) Philosopher theories on the question Refutation of them...

    Basically, the paper needs to be structured as such :

    • Introduction
    • Popular theories on the question
    • Refutation of them (potentially)
    • Philosopher theories on the question
    • Refutation of them (potentially)
    • Own theory on the question
    • Conclusion

    I don't think analysis of those topics would be suitable but I'm not sure. Maybe something along the lines of, atleast with one of the aspects of Papers Please which can be expanded way beyond.

    "Are you responsible for what you do under an authoritarian power?", what I mean is, if being forced to do something out of fear of death or the death of others, should you still try to oppose it? If you don't, are you somehow approving of it by compliance? etc.

    Thanks for the ideas, I could use some of those, I think.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on I need ideas for philosphical questions relating to technology. (More details below) in ~humanities

    lionirdeadman
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    I think that's a little harder to expand although I do see potentially a link to humans being formed, the importance of education and the dangers of indoctrination which could be pretty...

    I think that's a little harder to expand although I do see potentially a link to humans being formed, the importance of education and the dangers of indoctrination which could be pretty interesting.

    Thanks!

    1 vote
  10. Comment on I need ideas for philosphical questions relating to technology. (More details below) in ~humanities

    lionirdeadman
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    I think those questions are pretty good. I would say those questions are especially interesting and important in the age of information. The way you've phrased them make me think I could...

    I think those questions are pretty good. I would say those questions are especially interesting and important in the age of information.

    The way you've phrased them make me think I could definitely make something out of it which is suitable for the class, if you have more, feel free to throw more.

    I'll try to remember to send you what comes out of this if I pick one of your questions ;)

    4 votes
  11. Comment on I need ideas for philosphical questions relating to technology. (More details below) in ~humanities

    lionirdeadman
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    This is a general philosophy class, not a philosophy of technology class and this is pre-university. I don't think what you've linked is quite the level of expertise that would be suitable for...

    This is a general philosophy class, not a philosophy of technology class and this is pre-university. I don't think what you've linked is quite the level of expertise that would be suitable for that class.

    Perhaps you think I could get ideas from this?..

    1 vote
  12. I need ideas for philosphical questions relating to technology. (More details below)

    So I have a philosophy and rationality class in cegep. Currently, the topics are pretty general since that's well, what the class is about but well, those don't interest me as much as the debates...

    So I have a philosophy and rationality class in cegep. Currently, the topics are pretty general since that's well, what the class is about but well, those don't interest me as much as the debates around Open Access, Copyright, Open Data, Free Software, Piracy, etc. relating to technology

    but well, in some of those cases, it would be hard for my teacher to be able to grade if what I'm saying is true so well, I'm creating this in the hopes that some of you have ideas for questions which might interest me but still be easy to enough for my philosophy teacher to well, be able to evaluate my work.

    Of course I've already asked my teacher if I could do a question which isn't necessarily related to the class beforehand but he's a little scared of what I might come up with, hah.

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  13. Comment on Epic Games supports Blender Foundation with $1.2 million Epic MegaGrant in ~tech

    lionirdeadman
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    Well, it's subjective on what you think is most important and obviously, I didn't list every instance for each, I just took what I had on the top of my head. They can price however they want but...

    Mildly tangential, but is it just me or are Epic's "bad" items like an order of magnitude worse than Apple's?

    Well, it's subjective on what you think is most important and obviously, I didn't list every instance for each, I just took what I had on the top of my head.

    For price, Apple can price their shit as expensively as they want. I don't see how that harms the consumer or anyone else. Just don't buy it if it's out of your range. And I actually don't think their products are that overpriced. For the laptops, compared to other laptops with the same form factor (i.e XPS, Zenbooks) they are a good 100-200 more. Not trivial, but not incredible either. iPhones and the other flagships are basically the same price at this point.

    They can price however they want but putting out products with eye-gauging prices is not good for the consumer since well then you can't use their product, that's obviously not something good from my point of view and they can only really put those outrageous prices because they have a monopoly on their Operating system which some may like (I personally hate it). If you compare a same spec and don't factor "flagships" then usually they are outrageous, some of their products are more decently priced but for example :

    MacBook Air is priced 1099$ for a 1.6GHz Dual-core i5 8th gen, it's way too expensive.

    OSX is a great OS for software dev. If you're comfortable with it.

    I've personally never tried MacOs development and most likely never will because spending a lot of money for a computer I'd only use for that is something I want to never support. Their development suite really needs to be on other operating systems, especially their iOS tools, it's completely outrageous to me that I'd need to pay for a computer to even build the program and then pay a license because there's no other way to distribute applications for iOS.

    Sorry for the slight rant.

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  14. Comment on Epic Games supports Blender Foundation with $1.2 million Epic MegaGrant in ~tech

    lionirdeadman
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    Epic using Blender instead of Maya 3D is going to save them money is probably why they did it. My takeaway is that companies are rarely black and white and more so shades of grey. Examples : Apple...

    Epic using Blender instead of Maya 3D is going to save them money is probably why they did it.

    My takeaway is that companies are rarely black and white and more so shades of grey.

    Examples :

    Apple :

    • Good : Work on webkit, Safari's tracking protections, their general stance on privacy
    • Bad : Terrible repair policies, (generally) overpriced products, very restrictive operating systems

    Epic Games :

    • Good : Sponsoring of Blender, Sponsoring of Lutris.net, EasyAntiCheat on Linux (Work to make it work in Proton)
    • Bad : Exclusivity tactics, bad privacy policies, poor store program
    8 votes
  15. Comment on Microsoft 365, Google cloud and Apple cloud deemed illegal in Schools of Hesse in ~tech

    lionirdeadman
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    My point was that this is not about national security but simply student's privacy, they don't really compare from my point of view. .DOC and .PPT are proprietary, they definitely shouldn't work...

    It was a government official that issued the decree, and schools, which educate the next generation of citizens, are definitely within the government's purview and sphere of interest. Do you disagree?

    My point was that this is not about national security but simply student's privacy, they don't really compare from my point of view.

    That is why you don't save as ODF, you save as .DOC or .PPT or whatever. Which in my experience works excellently almost all the time. I'm not saying there will be literally zero instances of problematic conversions, I'm saying the issues are extremely minor, rare, and inconsequential. My basis for saying that is my personal experience. Do you have some better, more official-sounding sources that say otherwise? Some grand, large-scale, scientifically verifiable and quantifiable study of open source-MS Office interoperability? The article you linked certainly doesn't.

    .DOC and .PPT are proprietary, they definitely shouldn't work excellently almost all the time and even Microsoft doesn't always provide backwards compatibility with them. (Microsoft office 2003 not compatible with 2011, that kind of thing)

    I can't seem to find any large-scale study on this but how about this from the Open Document Foundation :

    In fact, although the proposal associates MS Office document formats with the “industry standard” concept, it should be clear that all MS Office documents are proprietary and obfuscated, and therefore inappropriate for interoperability, even when they have been recognized by international standard bodies such as ISO. A standard document format, to be considered as such, must be implemented in the real world and not only described on paper.

    stated here

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  16. Comment on Microsoft 365, Google cloud and Apple cloud deemed illegal in Schools of Hesse in ~tech

    lionirdeadman
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    This is not about governmental use, this is about school use. As much as I love open source, Munich (and another region which I can't remember) has not exactly had good success doing this because...

    Seems like their concerns are completely valid and understandable. What government wants to have a significant portion of their documents available to a foreign government with no knowledge or court of appeal if the service provider decides it's in their best interest to forward it along? It's like the flipside of the US' recent attitude towards Huawei.

    This is not about governmental use, this is about school use.

    This is not a tech problem or a political problem, it's a people problem. OpenOffice has had support for Office-compatible file formats forever, and in my experience, the result is either 100% indistinguishable from an Office-native document, or 95% of the way there with the remaining 5% being unimportant formatting differences that do not change the meaning of the document or impede in any way its task to communicate whatever the author wanted to communicate. Literally all it takes to interoperate with MS Office using open source software is to select a different file format in the save dialog. If you can't train your bureaucrats to make such a simple change, you have bigger problems.

    As much as I love open source, Munich (and another region which I can't remember) has not exactly had good success doing this because other parts of Germany were using Microsoft products.

    Microsoft is also heavily known for not respecting their own format and breaking the Open Doc format by the use of proprietary code in them. You may not have had problems but that doesn't mean there is no problems.

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  17. Comment on Microsoft 365, Google cloud and Apple cloud deemed illegal in Schools of Hesse in ~tech