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Friday, October 26, 2007

As the latest California fires begin to wind down in some areas, there’s time for those were in the thick of it to catch their breath. One person who did, Jim Fassett, sent his thoughts on how to better share information in the future. He focuses on a single, reliable map and wants to assign news outlets specific geographies to cover.

- North County Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 08:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The CNET Asia blog notes that Tondabayashi-City in Japan is using change detection to find tax cheats who do not report and pay for new structures on their property. The app is from Informatix (subsidiary of UK-based Informatix, the MicroGDS people and successful reseller of Cadcorp’s SIS GIS). The interesting part - the blogger answered the question on everyone’s mind.

Of course, CNET readers would ask immediately: “Why didn’t they use Google Map or other public domain computer maps for this purpose? Would be far cheaper!” Unfortunately, city taxmen can’t control the timing and frequency of map update even though they wanted to go Google. Tondabayashi-City needed to update images with exactly a one-year interval. Yes, they had to utilize aerial photographs instead of satellite pictures.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 07:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“Rolta India, through its 51% joint venture Rolta Thales, is planning enter the high-technology sensor manufacturing space, a senior company official has said.” There’s no further information on the nature of the sensors, just that it’s ” a large market worth a couple of thousand crore rupees.”

- DNA India

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The local National Public Radio affiliate here in Boston ran two stories today noting how physical differences between Boston and Denver impact players and baseballs. In particular, the elevation and humidity. In the first, physiology of sports expert (and the guy many people think wrote the book on running) Jack Daniels explains why the elevation will help the Sox. In the second, a local reporter examines the Rockies’ “humidor.” Audio for both available later today.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 07:03 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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