Local students invent tsunami warning software, runs on XP a...

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2003
    they said they will make a Tiger Dashboard Widget as soon as Tiger comes out.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Jun 26, 2004
    I live in a giant bucket!
    I can just see Steve talking about it now with the use of f12. "Boom, with one keystroke I can see that my stocks are good, flights on time, its raining outside, the dollar still sucks, and a tsunami is about to hit Taiwan. Boom, boom, its that easy." :eek:
  4. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Come on!

    These guys wrote a program to display existing tsunami warnings from some other website! The title had me thinking they had some sort of cool simulation thingies or something.

    It's not an invention.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    I think it is more significant becasue of the simplicty of what they have done using services that are already there and making them easily accessible to every one. From what I have heard in the News, to set up a tsunami warning system to monitor the Indonesian/Indian ocean would cost several hundred thousand dollars and would have to be run by Geologists and universitys and the like and these guys have done something simple for the cost of a nights work....
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    I think this is a great idea. Even if their program is taking data from elsewhere, they are making those data more accessible to people.


    Speaking of booms, do we have an official "boom" count for the keynote? I counted but one boom during last year's keynote, but there was a pretty good number of them this year, if I recall correctly. The feed was choppy for me when I watched they keynote so I didn't do a count (yet :)).
  7. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    This really shook people up didn't it? It reminds me of after 9/11, and all of the sudden places that would never even think about something like this happening are terrified it's coming to get them or someone they care about. I think if you live nowhere near an ocean you're safe, but there's always friends, family, and vacations to worry about I guess.

    I just hope this type of thing stays free. I hate it when people try to capitalize on fear and tragedy. :(
  8. macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Great for people who live near an Ocean or are hit by tsunami(s) on a regular bases (Japan).

    One can also use this while vacationing, other than that the warning time is no much. The same can be said for a tornado(s) and hurricane(s).

    Do we have widgets for every natural disaster now?
  9. macrumors demi-god


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles

    These guys didn't create a warning system. They just created a simple way for a tsunami warning to get to your computer after it's been issued.


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