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Comment: Don't assume that Facebook is forever (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by joeflies (#46671785) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

As myspace proved out, the social market is incredibly fickle. Facebook's billboard model is only part of the market, and there are already signs that communication is shifting towards real time. That market isn't so clear, with plenty of fragmentation across LINE, the weibos in asia and facebook's relatively poor sticker offering trying to catch up. WeChat may have been pricey, but a necessary addition to admit they missed the boat on this angle.

Comment: This data is about Twitter not platforms (Score 1) 161

by joeflies (#46665905) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

The only conclusions that I can draw has to do with the people who use Twitter. While twitter's user base may be sufficiently representative of the overall mobile user space, I don't see how it can correlate to wealth of platform adoption until other factors are also ruled out.

Comment: I think it's reasonable, if it was accurate (Score 2) 276

by joeflies (#46425919) Attached to: Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

The simple fact is that BitCoin is drawing a lot of mainstream media interest. Given that nobody really knows who's behind it, (and for those really suspicious of a conspiracy, what all this crowd sourced crypto is analyzing), it's certain to draw questions. Like the ST:TNG episode "Clues", we have a series of minor mysteries on our hands.

But nevertheless, it isn't clear to me that Newsweek outed the right guy. As odd as Nakamoto appeared in the article, I'm left with feeling that the reporter is the one that's acting weird.

Comment: Strangely enough, it's still probably safer (Score 1) 138

by joeflies (#44835083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?

Based on what I understand of the FIPS process (which is little, admittedly), the whole exercise to put your crypto under the microscope results in eliminating a number of coding mistakes and implementation problems. So even if the algorithms themeselves are potentially weakened (we don't know ), a FIPS approved product that's had 3rd party scrutiny is probably still better off than one that wasn't, due to cleaning up implementation issues with the keys, random numbers and algorithms.

Comment: Can't they just accept it for what it is? (Score 1) 146

the way that mr. fernandez comes across in the interview, it sounds like there is a single definitive history that only he knows about and resistant to share. it's not like movies are used as definitive pieces of history, it's essentially folklore at best.

Comment: the biggest issue I see (Score 1) 380

by joeflies (#44497305) Attached to: First California AMBER Alert Shows AT&T's Emergency Alerts Are a Mess

is that this experience annoyed so many people, a lot of people will turn the feature off. Then when a real alert that affects a large population comes out, such as a Shelter in Place alert, a lot of people won't get the message.

The emergency system should only be used for disasters, not for amber alerts. I personally received the exact same alert 5 times.

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