[FoRK] What3words -- convert lat,long into 3 English words
wkearney99 at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 8 18:33:31 PDT 2014
Heh, where's bum.fuck.eqypt?
From: Gregory Alan Bolcer
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:58 PM
To: Friends of Rohit Khare
Subject: Re: [FoRK] What3words -- convert lat,long into 3 English words
On Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
> Interesting choices. I thought perhaps they were using lat/long to index
> into a dictionary, maybe with a hash, but it seems they have semi-manually
> tuned the mapping of 3 words to every 3m by 3m square on the Earth's
> surface, perhaps minus ocean space. Nicer IDs, but you need the
> proprietary database online for use. They have "extra info", but so far I
> don't see any kind of semantic tagging, which is sad.
> I noticed GeoHash and related not long ago. This is a new twist. I was
> involved with helping the startup of a friend of a friend of mine long ago
> called NetWord. The premise was very close to the private OneWord for
> What3words. A while back, I sent a letter to the USPS head suggesting a
> moveable 9+ digit unique zip code. This would allow people to have a
> short address that would be looked up in a database and sent to the
> currently registered location. Perfect for students, consultants, or
> others who move frequently. And private from the sender potentially. No
> surprise: no response. Then I thought about a service that would open and
> scan your mail for you. A few difficulties, but would be useful. But I
> thought better of it. Another company did it later, using veterans to
> the mail as a security selling point.
> Related links:
> Use of variable precision bounding box addresses in 2D or 3D, but closely
> held and proprietary:
> Similar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_grid_reference_system
> Just for fun:
> On 7/8/14, 10:14 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
>> cage.gust.regular -- the ICS building at UCI. 5 feet later:
>> trillions.socket.added. Seems legit.
>> On 7/8/2014 9:38 AM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
>>> Cannot decide whether this is brilliant or stupid:
>>> From the FAQ:
>>> What is what3words and what does it do?
>>> what3words is a service which pinpoints any location on the globe (to
>>> the nearest 2 metres) with a unique 3 word combination. This is far
>>> more accurate than you can achieve with a postal address (if indeed
>>> the location you are trying to pinpoint even has a postal address),
>>> and definitely easier than remembering a set of GPS co-ordinates.
>>> We also offer a service called OneWord which allows you to create a
>>> customised, shorter, and even easier reference for any location of
>>> your choice, accurate to the nearest metre.
>>> Ken Meltsner at blues.skinny.nurses
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