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R. J. Zimmerman
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What's wrong with Facebook's new emotive 'like' buttons? 

The same thing that's wrong with the 'like' button in the first place. These shortcuts to communication wind up being poor substitutes for real, even brief, contact between humans. 

Pretending you're having an emotive experience with your circle of friends while quite literally barely lifting a single finger ought really to be seen as more an insult than attention.

Why didn't my selfie get more likes? Seems sad that it got any; that people in your circle couldn't spend 10 extra seconds to actually type "yummy breakfast you got there..."

I wonder if this tiny rant will get many +1s

two apple observations from WWDC:
1. I can't see why Swift was made open source, but I think it's great to program is Swift and now be able to use this on embedded Linux (maybe--we'll need a compiler...)
2. Apple Music seems pretty un-apple like. They've solved no problem. It's a confusing mess. I don't think people want a global radio station. I can't see how they're doing anything better than competitors (except maybe family pricing) and putting artists social media contributions behind a subscription fee is obviously a non-starter. 

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Novus Light highlighted the brand new 3D sensor from Chiaro. (that's me, waving!)

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron recently said “In our country [the United Kingdom], do we want to allow a means of communication between people which, even in extremis with a signed warrant from the Home Secretary, that we cannot read? My answer to that question is no we must not.”

There is a fundamental difference between the UK and the US. In the UK cameras are everywhere and people like them because it makes them safer. Guns are banned, and David Cameron is continuing that theme in this quote about things like Apple’s FaceTime and iMessage systems which are encrypted.

A UK citizen recently said: if I have nothing to hide, this system is better.

The U.S. response typically goes something like ‘you have nothing to hide from today’s (benevolent) government. What if you had something to hide from a future government who has begun abusing that power and with whom you disagree.

If privacy and freedom increase risks and danger, is it worth it? Is it a good thing to live in a benevolent police state if it’s safer, crime is reduced, and the majority of people’s freedoms aren’t limited?

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In case any one cares, I think apple's finally releasing an Aperture replacement. I think the video they just showed was an example.... we'll see in a moment if you watch their release video.

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Got up in the middle of the night only to have clouds slowly blot out the lunar eclipse. 

Here's what I got:

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Finally someone explains why Apple and others didn't (and likely won't) use sapphire on phone screens any time soon. 

It had been annoying me that everyone in the media assume that scratch resistance (which sapphire definitely has) would also mean shatter resistance (which, in most formulations, it definitely does not have).

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Watching cycling may be the lowest commitment from a fan possible.

Here the lead group passes in front of the Boulder, Colorado's Flatirons. The peleton passed by, about as quickly, moments later. And that's it. You've seen it, go back to what you were doing before.

By the way, Jens Voigt is in that group, enjoying a tremendous performance for his last professional race. Congrats Tejay!
#jensvoigt   #procyclingchallenge   #tejayvangarderen   #bouldercolorado  
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see that "external camera ring"

My prediction: it's ferro magnetic enabling the mounting of external lenses for the iPhone camera. Apple could offer some of their own, or promote this as a feature for mobile phone photographers. Not a terrible idea.....
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