On Twitter, Bret Taylor recalls a meeting at Google which almost resulted in satellite maps being termed "Bird mode." [via Jason Kottke]
There was a geeky holy war on the Maps team. When Lars checked in the code to switch between maps and imagery, he called it “Satellite.” We were quickly informed that a significant % of the images were taken from airplanes — “Aerial Photography.” Our name was factually incorrect. Being the product pragmatist I am, I thought, who cares? “Aerial Photography” doesn’t fit on a button, and every person in our usability study got what “Satellite” meant. Unfortunately, to the Keyhole GIS engineers, we were basically destroying humanity with our lies.
Speaking of which, the term for engineers thinking they're experts in everything1 is apparently "engineer's syndrome."
1. And thereby the bitter knowitall hogwash they choked internet discussion with for decades until their model of the human mind was baked into emergent channels of mass communication and everything collapsed under the weight of the resulting bullshit and gave the world over to fascism and ruin.
Ed Lawson describes the scene of an accident in no uncertain words. “I don’t know where the fuck that came from!
Jambajim writes: In 1992, the El Paso police department fancied themselves rappers in this cautionary tale about gangbangers. The song’s called “Think Twice” (words & music by Greg Brickey) and it’s pretty awesome. I bet a lot of gang members saw this and were like “Woah, I should stop being a gang member!” Even now, […]
A doctor in Britain leveled a complaint against food company Müller over its latest product, yoghurt flavored to taste like gin cocktails and containing a small amount of alcohol. The yoghurts, which were launched last year, contain 0.5% gin. A spokesperson for the yoghurt maker said the product was fat-free, high in protein and contained […]
It seems like AI is everywhere these days, from the voice recognition software in our personal assistants to the ads that pop up seemingly at just the right time. But believe it or not, the field is still in its infancy. That means there’s no better time to get in on the ground floor. The […]
Whether you own or rent your place, insurance on that home is a necessary hassle – but a new tech-driven company called Lemonade is starting to show that while it might indeed be a necessity, it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Here’s the way insurance typically works: You pay premiums and hope an accident […]