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You knew there would be a surprise twist.
Something eating something. I'm so proud that we've grounded him in the building blocks of comedy.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2014 on A future in Mad Libs at
(And hi, Mr. K!)
Agreed, and he admits his much in the longer piece. It's definitely semantic, but it's also interesting seeing how the customs and looks and platforms shift and trying to figure out why. I feel like there's a correction going on, in moving away from the manicured, centralized, humble-brag likes of Facebook and back into platforms that are (or seem) more ephemeral and small and personal. Which I like!
The scenario we're talking about is protecting your phone from a person with physical access to it, not some NSA-type hacking situation. I think even a *passcode* is pretty adequate for that situation, now that it's trivial to disable your phone remotely relatively quickly. The fingerprint scanner is bacially just a passcode for lazy people (myself included) who don't want to type in a code multiple times a day. This feature can greatly increase the number of people using "good-enough" security (I'm among the 50% of iPhone users who don't even use a passcode). That's not just "marketing flash" or a "misstep," that's an actual good thing—and if it (and remote bricking) becomes more prevalent, it could literally prevent crime and save lives. I'd even argue that this sort of good-enough security is more useful for an average user than "heavy-duty" security anyway, which will always be falling behind in an arms race. Of course you're right that cracking will get simpler and cheaper, but I have a hard time envisioning how fingerprint-faking will get to the point where you can crack it in a few minutes. But that's probably a failure of my imagination. Wait a minute, are you trolling me?
It makes so much sense. I don't know about Android, but iOS is still clunky when it comes to file management (or I guess "streamlined," in that it basically doesn't let you do it without workarounds like Dropbox or certain apps). When I got my last computer, I was tempted to get an iPad instead, since computing- and capabilities-wise it's probably plenty for me—but I wasn't ready to give up My Little Electronic Fort (a version of which has been my daily companion for almost 20 years), where I have more choices for files and folders and how those intersect with services etc. (like Steam). The key will be to slowly pry users' fingers off of these sorts of desktop expectations (which I think is already happening with all the cloud stuff, from Gmail to Box etc.), and then pretty soon there won't be much to differentiate your "mobile device" (tablet, phone, whatever) from your "computer." That's what Windows 8 was trying to do, it'll be interesting to see if it starts to take at all. I bet this movement will come from Android first. Unless Apple starts to make its PCs dumber faster, which also might happen.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2013 on iPhone as PC at
And Rob is totally Vine Arya.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2013 on 13TH AGE!!!!! at
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