Links for 2016-01-25

  • Netflix Global Search

    handy — search Netflix in all regions, then show where the show/movie is available. Probably going to be less handy from now on now that Netflix is blocking region-spoofing

    (tags: movies video netflix films tv world)

  • Why Eircode is a shambles, by someone who works in the transport industry

    This is full of good points.

    Without having a distinct SORT KEY for a geographically distinct area, a postcode is of no real benefit to any type of transport firm or agency.  To take one example, Eircode have used the same sort key, F92, for Arranmore (Donegal’s largest inhabited island) and the north western Donegal mainland.  Cill Rónáin, Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, has the same sort key H91, as Connemara and Galway City.  Galway city and the Aran Islands may be in a relatively small geographical area, but keen eyes may have noticed that the Aran Islands are separated from the mainland by a small section of the Atlantic Ocean.  Sort codes which ignore clear and obvious boundaries, like seas or oceans, need to be redesigned. In two seconds a [UK] website could tell a Hebridean that his delivery will take 4 days at a cost of fifty quid by using the first three characters of the postcode.  The Eircode-using Irish equivalent website would need to lookup a large database to tell an Arranmore resident the cost and time for delivery – and they’d need the full exact code.  Any mistake made here, and your estimated delivery time, and cost for delivery will be wrong.

    (tags: postcodes eircode loc8code fail couriers delivery geodata geocoding galway aran-islands)

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