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Comment Trust (Score 4, Interesting) 94

So what is interesting is that 100 years ago, most business was transacted on trust. Shaking someone's hand and trusting them to be honest. Then we got into a lot of legalese. But now we've gone back - there is *so much* legalese around *everything* that we are back to doing business based on trust again. We buy apps from companies that we generally trust. We do business online based on reputations of companies. So the legalese has peaked and now we don't even pay attention to it anymore. It's interesting how we have gone full circle.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 2) 340

To use the emergency alert system, your phone must be connected to the cellular network. That works great for things like tornado warnings or Amber alerts, etc. But two weeks into a disaster, when all the cell towers have been dead for well over a week, that gets a lot more difficult. And the emergency alert system is for short messages - i.e. "Tornado! Take cover!" or "Look for this license number...". They don't work well for long lists of water distribution locations and updated stock, instructions for leaving the area with bus schedules, etc. It is a lot easier to provide emergency power to one radio station operating independently than to a thousand cellular towers, which are all connected by fiber lines that will be severed when an earthquake hits. So for immediate duck and cover type warnings, the existing cellular system works great. For coordinating large-scale multiple-week disaster efforts, they fall apart quickly. That's why emergency response teams have phones and connected devices, but also have complete stand-alone systems like VHF radios.

Comment Safety (Score 5, Interesting) 340

I do some safety consulting for disasters etc. This would be very helpful for disasters. You could even have an app that just tunes into the local emergency FM frequency. It's way easier to broadcast emergency instructions over FM to three million people in a metro area, than to support three million active streams over a data network, especially in an emergency.

Comment Nobody cares. (Score 5, Interesting) 55

The most interesting thing to me about the whole Snowden thing, is that nobody really cares. The stuff that he leaked are things that most people thought were happening already. In general, the leaks got a kind of "meh" response from the world. What that says about the world is something to talk about, but I find it interesting that there's not really anything that interesting to the public. It's not like they found proof of alien autopsies or something. Just your normal "we're a spy agency run by the United States" type of stuff.

Comment Software should not think for users. (Score 5, Insightful) 341

This is a classic example of when a software system is trying to make decisions, instead of helping them perform tasks, and it's a critical difference. I'm a big Apple fan, especially for mobile devices, but the fact that I still can't access the file system without hokey workarounds makes me really angry, for example.

Comment How much did you pay? (Score 1) 76

Mobile games that are good (timing correct, scoring "hard enough" but not impossible, game immersive and creative, no annoying advertising, etc) cost money. It seems that if you're willing to part with $5 to $10, you get great games on mobile. If you're playing the free games, you're not the customer, you're the product for an advertising company. I think mobile games are great, especially for the price paid. Remember, Super Mario Bros. 3 was like 50 bucks. And that was thirty years ago. With inflation, that's over $100 today.

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