Tokyo Olympics Apple Maps: Death by Point of Interest by Joel Breckinridge Bassett:

Apple tells Engadget Japan reporter Masaichi Honda that Apple Maps Japan will be ready for the Tokyo Olympics in the summer of 2020. Apple Maps will have robust indoor maps for tall buildings and underground station malls in Tokyo, and Real-time transit for better transit route searching and transit updates. That is exactly one year from now, far into the iOS 13 life cycle. Honda san also reports that Apple is not ready to show Japanese reporters a demo yet, not an encouraging sign.
In addition to the Apple Maps image collection vans combing Japan right now, WWDC19 unveiled the Indoor Maps Program for registered developers and building owners to map indoor areas and encode the data using (Apple’s ?) Indoor Mapping Data Format (IMDF). Once the data is encoded in IMDF, surveyed and validated, developers and building owners can use the data in their apps and designate indoor areas to share on Apple Maps.
That’s great for building owners to indoor map their own building. What about shared public places like Shinjuku Station which is spread out and shared by 8 different owners? There is also the localization problem. It’s one thing to indoor map for Japanese users, but who’s going to localize all those Point of Interest (POI) icons and information sheets in English, Chinese, Spanish, etc. That costs serious time and money.
Let’s take a comparison look at indoor maps of the primary entrance gate for inbound visitors coming to the Tokyo Olympics next year: Tokyo Station, and compare Yahoo Japan Maps, Apple Maps and Google Maps.
Yahoo Japan Maps
Yahoo Japan Maps only offers Japanese language but it has best cartography and attention to small details that matter, like yellow station exit signage colors that match what you find on the ground. Apple and Google don’t.
Yahoo Japan Maps Tokyo Station indoor mappingGet Link to VideoSharePlay Video Yahoo Japan Maps Tokyo Station Indoor mapping
Apple Maps Japan
Apple Maps does not offer indoor station mapping in Japan. It does offer multilingual support but judging from the English Point of Interest information, it’s not robust. As usual Apple Maps Japan overwhelms users with Point of Interest icons. It’s map death by Point of Interest. There’s a lot of fixing Apple needs to do if they want to present a good map product in time for the Olympics.
Apple Maps Tokyo Station (no indoor mapping)Get Link to VideoSharePlay Video Apple Maps Japan Tokyo Station (as yet no indoor station mapping)
Google Maps Japan
Google Maps offers indoor mapping for Tokyo Station in multiple languages. For all the detail Google offers here, it’s much less helpful than Yahoo Japan Maps. For high density areas like Tokyo, good cartography and smart editing makes all the difference between a good map and lousy one.
Google Maps Tokyo Station indoor mappingGet Link to VideoSharePlay Video Google Maps Japan Tokyo Station

A solid breakdown by Joel yet again. He harps on the same topics around this. I hope someday someone from Apple Japan will listen.

There is an Western fellow in the pub. He moved seats (without asking), moved furniture (blocking the narrow walkway), and has his shoe-clad feet propped up on another seat – all so he can monopolize the one power outlet in the place.

Oh, and he left trash where he was sitting before.

I thought he was an American. I felt some misplaced responsibility for correcting him. How to do so? I was formulating a narrative where neither the pub nor the dude would get embarrassed.

And then the dude opened his mouth. He’s European. And thus, I am not his keeper.

Some of them were already doomed by the relentless and ruthless tide of events; and to the others their time, too, would come.

  • Louis L’amour, Showdown At Yellow Butte

Great Emacs config:

This simple test assesses if men are being good gender allies by Alexandra Ossola:

It’s 2019, and there’s no more denying it: hiring women is a good business decision. But keeping and retaining women is not only a matter of adding more family-friendly policies or flexible work hours. Leadership (often male) also needs to foster a workplace culture that shows women they are valued and will grow at the company.
Men may find themselves wanting to do better (well, not _all _men–a 2016 survey by compensation-focused website found just one in five men said gender disparity was a problem in their workplace). They are to be commended for that. But sometimes, they just don’t know how. From calling a female colleague “dear” to explaining something to a woman that she clearly already knows, even the best-intentioned of men can sometimes do things that slight the women around them.
Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist and cofounder of, a free site that helps women ask for raises at work, has a simple recommendation for men who want to know whether they’re on track: They should ask themselves if a woman in their lives is able to tell them when something they’re doing is bullshit.
I love this.
And yes, I am fortunate that I have a number of women in my life happy to call me out on my bullshit.

My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.

  • Oliver Sacks

H/t: Gratitude

2 HackerOne members received each over $1M via Bug programs

I struggle to understand why this is news. It was inevitable based on ($ * time).

Bug bounty platform HackerOne announced that two of its members have each earned more than $1 million by participating bug bounty programs.

Life on swissmiss (swissmiss)) • 3d ago

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”
— James M. Barrie

10 European Trends in Men’s Fashion Now

1, 5 & 7 I like. The others are definitely trends.

Five reasons why the US should stay on daylight saving time permanently

I agree except for #3. There’s scant hard evidence that DST decreased energy usage in the 70’s. Today’s electronics, light bulbs, &c. are way more efficient