I am skipping out on sessions right now, but I will head back in a few. Salt Lake City is still a nice town (I was here in March for the NRCS cultural resource specialists meeting). The conference seems a little smaller than I expected since it is three groups at one conference. I am use to the 4000 or more people wandering around at the Society for American Archaeology and Association of American Geographers conferences.
Also, there are a lot of posters, in fact it seems to be a 1:1 ratio between presenters and posters (I might do the math later if I get bored enough).
After my comments on patents recently I was gleeful to hear the gents at TWiT echo my feelings on the ambiguity and overlap of patents. It was around the 22 minute mark in Episode 29.
I am not entirely sure it was actually corrupt, but the current version is good.
I just finished an article on CNET.com by Elinor Mills that poses the all-important question – why are the route directions and locations often inaccurate. She posed this question to a TeleAtlas (a major data provider) executive, Michael Mitsock, and received this response – “It could be that the map is out of synch with reality.” I think I will have to try that the next time someone notes an error on one of my maps.
But seriously, it’s an interesting perspective from the viewpoint of one of the leading players in the market of providing geographic data for online mapping applications.
Check out the article here
Google local is going mobile! You can now download google maps to your cellphone, if you’ve got the right service. And phone. And location. And are willing to shell the clams for it. A rather hefty premium to step onto the location based service monorail to the future, if you ask me. But it’s still pretty cool 🙂