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I was thinking that law enforcement would love this new technology. Especially since, Apps will probably "hamfistedly" force you to activate Wi-Fi Aware or give it access if you want to use the App - which we'll probably have limited control over what information is shared across the Wi-Fi Aware network.

I think that the best application for this would be meshnetworks like Fire Chat, or even as a replacement for the cell network in the case it goes down where a Wi-Fi Aware phone could be connected at the edge and pass data through the whole network.

rapczar  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Apple is now the iPhone company.

Yea, this is a huge amount of risk. Especially when the WSJ op-ed is calling to drop the Mac line up. Which is a pretty terrible idea as they are already converging and will likely continue to converge over the next few years: If a group of stock holders force the issue and Mac is either spun off or deprecated there's HUGE risk to Apple.

I was thinking about this in regard to the US. We'd probably want to compare it at the state level. So i'd be more appropriate to compare a state like Virginia to Denmark than the entire US. Especially since it has coast line that could generate a great deal of that energy.

rapczar  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Is the Oculus Rift sexist? - Quartz

I liked the overall idea, i do feel that calling it sexist is over the top. it's the fact that the people developing the Oculus rift are men, developing the technology in a way that's usable for them. So I guess you could say that there are some inherent biological biases in that. That's not sexism, or at least not intentional sexism. It's unintentionally exclusionary, so that's a problem.

The obvious solution would be to develop something for women that has been developed for the color blind- different coloration/settings to enable playability for a broader audience. This of course can only happen if the company effectively listens to their customers or include females on the UAT for any of these products. Essentially it's going to require two different graphical displays depending on sex, men will never be able to program that correctly, because they can't test it effectively, which you could argue is also sexist, using her language, it's a limitation.

Now that Oculus Rift has a ton more money, they need to hire women to enable women to play games. They'll need to develop a way to create a filter similar to what they have done for men, but for women. It's going to create a lot more work for all developers, but it's the right thing to do.

rapczar  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What do you think about Dogecoin?

I think that it's going to have interesting implications for technology development. In a similar manner to Bitcoin, if it keeps increasing in value, more people will start mining and start using it. This will eventually require new ways of mining it as GPUs won't be cable of mining any more. I think that there will be more and more companies developing custom boards to validate the cryptocurrency. As these are all different types of encryption these may be used against other encryption algorithms and may force other security areas to research new ways to encrypt and compress information to make it secure.

Aside from the on going technology implications of these types of currencies, I think that the community is a healthy one. Right now it's almost the opposite of the Bitcoin, where Bitcoin was used a great deal for drugs, there's been a lot of positive press with them helping at least 2 Olympic groups get to the Olympics. That's pretty cool. Personally, I haven't invested in any cryptocurrency, but I think they are interesting and will likely continue to have a presence online. I think that they will continually evolve and change to remain secure. I'd be surprised if Bitcoin was popular long enough to hit the maximum circulation (thankfully this is on the internet and will be something to mock me with in a few years when this is totally wrong).

Dogecoin is just one of the cryptocurrencies that we'll see over the next few years that take off and then come back to earth.

rapczar  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: I Got a Tablet. What Do I Do With It.

I have wordpress on my tablet and I use it as a laptop replacement for some of my blogging activities.

It's also great to use Trello for project management on a tablet, it's really easy to use.

Other than that i use it for games and stuff.

I think if you plan to use it as a laptop replacement, which a 7in isn't really geared for that, you'll have different apps than if you want to use it for entertainment. Typing on a 10" (with blue tooth keyboard) is much more practical. So, think about what you want to use it for and then it will help you decide what apps to download.

Pretty light on specs in this article, any idea how it compares to other phones on the market in this regard?

If it's not as good as other phones people will have to make a trade off between privacy and capability. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

Edit: I checked the website: and there's no specs or pricing there either.

rapczar  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Problem With Facebook

He offers some pretty compelling arguments. I think this points to the biggest problem with facebook, no one wants to pay because why pay for content that used to be free?

rapczar  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Why do you use Hubski?

I just joined the site because I'm tired of the continual decline of good content on Reddit. I'm looking for more interesting articles as well higher quality discussions.

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