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Comment: Re:Nice, but seems we could have better. (Score 1) 30

by safetyinnumbers (#48387671) Attached to: Researchers Develop $60 Sonar Watch To Aid the Visually Impaired
Yes, I first heard of similar devices decades ago. Back in the 70s, I think, there were handheld units and I remember seeing a sonar system built into spectacle frames (I don't know if it was a practical design, not sure how it was powered).

I think that the story here is that it's cheap and built into a watch, although I'd have thought that a handheld device would still be better for aiming as well as battery life.

Comment: Re:Um (Score 1) 74

by safetyinnumbers (#48274713) Attached to: Charity Promotes Covert Surveillance App For Suicide Prevention

It depends on how the app works.

Does it work like an old-style program that performs some computation and does something, or is it a 'cloud'-based app, i.e. it sends all the raw data off to some server somewhere?

Given that it is said to send an email instead of just display a notification, I suspect the latter, in which case you're sending those potentially 'followers only' tweets off to a third party.

Comment: Re: Idiotic premise (Score 1) 269

by safetyinnumbers (#48216099) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

I could totally see it being coupled with email accounts

Yes, if either via a separate program or as part of an existing service, everyone had a personal mailing list, the 'social network' aspects would be separated from the transportation method. You would 'follow' someone by sending them a subscribe message (or your app would do it when you clicked a button).

A reader could display a digest of all such mails from the people you follow (maybe sorted by tags added to headers).

Someone without any specialized program could still subscribe and get your mails. Conversely a webmail service like GMail could dress it up to look G+, where someone replying to one of your messages would appear as 'posting on your page'.

The initial draw of a social network is the ease of broadcasting your (possibly inane) thoughts to everyone who wants to hear from you. You don't do that to everyone in your contact list because they've not signed up to know what you had for breakfast. A way of collecting a willing audience is all that's needed.

Comment: Re:and speed was never the point of dropbox (Score 1) 124

And all the others were uploading an online copy too, so this isn't a like-for-like comparison (I think that DropBox, at least, supports direct local network copying but would probably be making the online backup at the same time).

Comment: Re:More changes I don't want ... (Score 3, Informative) 173

by safetyinnumbers (#48205777) Attached to: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

It wasn't threading, it was displaying a thread as one scrollable page that was the innovation. I'd not seen a newsreader or mail client that did that before. Combined with collapsing of quoted text (which was an old idea, I think it was in Eudora or Xnews or something, at least), it's an easier way to read through a thread, removing one level of navigation (paging through messages merged with scrolling down a single message).

Comment: Re:Just one detail they've overlooked (Score 1) 355

Garmin GPS units have been showing ads for years. It used to be a small message on the search screen or something, but I read that the newer ones display on the screen when they sense that you're stopped (e.g. at lights). So when upgrading I switched to another brand, despite being a fan or Garmin.

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