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Comment Is the Content actually Deleted? (Score 5, Interesting) 82

There's something bothering me about the article and Facebook's announcement --

It talks as if photographs and content are deleted forever, but it's carefully carved out the language in a way such that they never directly say that:
* "The Instagram community has shown us that it can be fun to share things that disappear after a day, so in the main Facebook app we’re also introducing Facebook Stories, ..."
* "Your friends can view photos or videos your story for 24 hours, and stories won’t appear..."
* ...We’ve also added Direct, an option that’s designed for sharing individual photos and videos with specific friends for a limited time."
* "When you send a photo or video via Direct, your friends will be able to view it once and replay it or write a reply. Once the conversation on the photo or video ends, the content is no longer visible in Direct."

"view ... for 24 hours," "...a limited time," "...view it once..," "...no longer visible..."

OK, but nowhere does it ever actually say DELETED.

Given that there is likely going to be sexual and personally sensitive (black-mail?) content here, isn't this a big deal?

Comment Goes to show: There's public and private (Score 1) 634

We have to face the plain and simple truth: There is public and there is private.

Point in case: I recently (again) met a woman who is into Gangbang and porn ( you'd be surprised how many women are). She's smart, independant, witty, well-mannered, can talk for hours about "God and the World" as we say in Germany. She's my age and looks gorgeous. And she fucks like a pornstar (no surprise here) and also loves to have a few guys on her all at once and no problem with indulging in that. This is the type of woman I have the deepest respect and admiration for. I even asked her if she has a friend from her camp, because I'm currently single and would like to have a sweetheart of her format (she's married ... bummer ...).

Yet there is no doubt that people like her (and me) have to be careful about being to outspoken and unphased when talking about our sexlives. Were I am comfortable and have crossed a few inner borders on my perspective on sex, I have to be aware that most people around me haven't and are still squarely in the "average frustrated" camp - men and women alike. I told her that I have the deepest respect and admiration for women "who know how to spread their legs, enjoy herself and f*ck the living daylights out of a good man ... or a few as the case may be" and got a very positive reaction from her. But mentioning this in public we both agreed, would be bound to get the exact opposite reaction. She'd be slutshamed (the most careful woman with condoms ever) and I would be called a misogynist, despite being the exact opposite ... I usually give women a surplus of respect and sometimes more than they deserve.

Bottom line:
I can totally understand if a project lead wants to keep his project clean of these errrm " unconventional" things. We all live in a culture and have to have some groundrules we follow. Keeping an unusual sexlife to yourself or only with people whom it concerns is a huge part of that.

My 2 eurocents.

Comment Big Data is a nice word. (Score 1) 150

Big Data is a nice word. The fact that the concept if it is useful for roughly 5 ginormous global internet companies and beyond pointless for everybody else is probably something that 99.9% of all people making the final decisions on which technologie stack is used have zero clue about. They haven't got the faintes what big data actually means and what problems with it solutions like hadoop actually address.

I'd bet money that 99 of 100 scenarios in which hadoop would even run better with some unspectacular type-a round-robin master-slave loadbalanced mysql setup or something. ... Of course then you couldn't use that nice word "Big Data".

Comment Re:What if (Score 2) 520

All the responses to you so far have bragged about Androids... And make no mistake, I use both Android and iOS and am by *no* stretch of the imagination an Apple fanboy...


I have owned my current iPhone for roughly 3 years. And in that time, I have rebooted it exactly once, for an OS upgrade. I force-shut it down one other time only because I was in the middle of nowhere, basically lost, and wanted to save the last 5% of battery for a 911 call if it became necessary.

Put bluntly, it has never crashed. Ever. Period.

Comment No. But it destroys old cultural hegemonies. (Score 2) 110

What the internet and the modern world definitely do is level the playing field. Big time. Basically everybody can have professional tools at their hand. For free.
You can grap a guitar and spend the next three years flat, 8 hours a day, surfing youtube and learning how to play it and become an expert without ever setting foot into a classic music school.

Same goes for digital fine art. There is an abundance of digital painters out there that are at the level of the grand masters of old and perhaps even beyond. Because they have an abundance of paint and canvas. And many of them are still students and do art in their spare time.

You can go online and find videos of dancers no one has ever heard of and yet they belong to the best in the world because they've spend the last 4 years practicing in their parents garage in their spare time.

You find films that would've cashed an arthouse award on the spot 30 years ago but today barely get a few thousand views - because equipment is basically free and the entire world is making films.

What the internet does is take away the cultural hegemony of the academic field. It's not that the academic field is yelled at it's more like it's simply ignored and completely steamrolled without academic smart-alecs ever knowing what hit them. A university professor of music that merely focuses on classic and maybe two pieces of John Cage today would either have to admit that he doesn't really know that much about the world of music world today or risk being called out as being silly, stupid and ignorant. Old-school media critics know zilch about videogames and are so disconnected from what's actually happening they couldn't even form a useful opinion - allthough they sometimes do try.

An academic definition of science-fiction literarture I found in a school book two years ago is so stupid, you wouldn't even believe it.

Another very good example of this is the demo scene. They've been doing the worlds best multimedia artpieces for decades but are basically completely ignored by the academic world. Yet no one in their right mind would say that what the demoscene does does not constitute fine art in its highest form.

Bottom line:
Art is doing great. Better than ever. The concept of what constitutes 'real' art and who gets to decide about it gets shattered to bits and pieces every day though. And that is a good thing.

Comment Re:The commentary has a major flaw (Score 1) 188

Engineering (used to be) a profession. MBAs destroyed it. Programming has no control over entry, standards, or base education requirements. It is not a profession.

Again with these imaginary definitions! You need a dictionary, friend.

A "profession" is however I make my living. Prostitution (whether it be to a pimp or an MBA) is still a profession, even if you like to pretend that the fact you grovelled to Uncle Sam for permission to work somehow makes you better than the plebes.

I see you think highly of MBAs, though - So we at least agree on one point. ;)

Comment Re:The commentary has a major flaw (Score 1) 188

You're splitting imaginary hairs here. A "consultancy" is just a company that provides consultants.

And I never said anything about "easy". I said that experience matters. If it were easy, we wouldn't have a shortage of competent programmers, since it pays well and everyone and their brother that "knows computers" tries their hand at coding - And then they quickly learn they hate hate hate everything about it.

Comment Why do you believe that? (Score 5, Insightful) 456

"People desperately need a universal solution which is secure, decentralized, fault tolerant, not attached to your phone number, protects your privacy, supports video and audio chats and sending of files, works behind NATs and other firewalls and has the ability to send offline messages."

I don't see the sense in that. There's so much evidence to the contrary.

May as well say people desperately need a universal language. May I interest you in Esperanto?

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