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1  Why We Are Here / Marketing / Re: IKEA’s Augmented Reality iOS11 App Now Available For Download on: September 20, 2017, 04:40:53 PM
That is pretty amazing.  I could imagine AR for real estate but never thought about this use.

I've mentioned a few times how eye-opening Scoble's 2016 talk at Pubcon was. I almost skipped because I thought it would be fluff. It blew me away.

Scoble demoed prototypes of both uses (real estate and shopping) and many more. It didn't blow me away because it was coming, but because it was "here" - Scoble kept saying "these are not prototypes. These are live screen captures.

At the time that he said 2017 was your last chance to be a first mover in AR/VR as a small shop, because the big money was coming in fast and the standards would rise fast. Seems to be on schedule. His prediction was that we would see a few apps for 2017, but he predicted that 2018 would be the year that an AR/VR "toy" would be the must-have Christmas item.

Once phones have 3D sensors, that's a game changer. At the time, he noted that the next iPhone would have a 3D dual camera (though it looks like that will only be on the X for now) and at that point, things start to get really crazy with AR/VR. He claimed that 3D sensors in the near future (before 2020) will be accurate enough to take the pulse of someone standing near you.... like in a job interview.
2  Why We Are Here / Traffic / Visual Guide to the Google SERPs on: September 19, 2017, 06:51:05 PM
I can no longer keep track of all the possible bits and pieces of a Google results page. This helps
3  Why We Are Here / Monetization / Re: Apple blocking ads that follow users around web is 'sabotage', says industry on: September 19, 2017, 04:02:13 PM
First we heard the internet was destroyed *by* advertising, now it is being destroyed by *blocking* cookies (not, mind you, blocking advertising, but by blocking the tracking that lets people figure ROI in a way they never could before the internet).

And how's this for irony or synchrony, depending on how you look at it (see screenshot)
4  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: "Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon" on: September 19, 2017, 03:53:56 PM
I wonder how many use cases there are for 2 of those ingredients as well.
5  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: How 'Concept Creep' Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm on: September 19, 2017, 03:36:40 AM
Sad. I often think about how deprived today's children are, even though in my circles, most of them bathe in financial stability and a shower of "things" and constant parental attention (which I think we mostly tried to circumvent, rather than encourage).

Yes, as the author points out, some aspects of our recent were bad - lead paint and no seatbelts - or even reprehensible like Jim Crow and the treatment of women in the workplace.

When I started my first job, I was shocked at the rampant and open anti-semitism (even though we had a Jewish co-worker). On those issues, we have made progress.... but meanwhile, this whole idea of trigger word announcements in college is disturbing. My therapist gave me a certificate stating that I find it so disturbing, that I'm allowed to exempt myself from all discussions of the topic, even if part of my course or covered in an article linked by rcjordan.

I thought college was a place where people encountered new perspectives and facts and ideas that made them uncomfortable.

I could see this coming in the 1990s when so many my university students were declared "special needs" because they had serious medical conditions like "test anxiety." I get it, some people have higher test anxiety than others, but then, part of your college grade is meant to tell employers how well you function under pressure and deadline.

What good is a straight-A journalism major who got extra time on every exam because some psych diagnosed him with serious test anxiety?
6  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Florida Governor issues a half-baked mandate for nursing home generators on: September 19, 2017, 03:25:15 AM
Meanwhile, Florida Power and Light successfully lobbied to pass laws that make it illegal for someone to install solar panels and use them to power their home. Instead, the panels must feed into the grid and if the grid goes down, the panels must be shut off, meaning that people in Florida with solar panels who have lost power from the grid, actually can't use their panels either
7  Why We Are Here / Economics & Investing / Re: “the bubble in government promises” on: September 19, 2017, 03:14:54 AM
I don't blame the politicians. Any politician of any party who promises to cut Social Security, add means testing, increase the age at which you get full benefits, etc is TOAST.

Until the people vote intelligently, we can't expect politicians to act intelligently
8  Why We Are Here / Economics & Investing / Re: “They’re going to want a gazillion dollars in benefits,” on: September 17, 2017, 08:12:23 PM
All right... "I heard Zinke was trying to get the new HQ established in Bear's Ears"
9  Why We Are Here / Economics & Investing / Re: “They’re going to want a gazillion dollars in benefits,” on: September 17, 2017, 05:00:48 PM
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10  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Sorry, Rumbas, but golf is going belly-up on: September 14, 2017, 08:17:57 PM

Lots of counter articles in the golf press
11  Why We Are Here / Web Development / Re: Build a fast, secured and free static site in less than 3 hours on: September 13, 2017, 03:08:47 AM
Nice... I've been too lazy to check out static site generators, but in general: (static generator) + git + (any hosting) is going to be fast and secure.

Free if you already have server space. Fast if you don't load it down with all manner of JS crap as per't-that-difficult/

Tired of updating Drupal and Wordpress sites... If you have a tech-savvy team, you could even have multiple authors for your static site (as long as everyone is willing to learn a bit about git)
12  Why We Are Here / Marketing / Re: Coming to a blog near you: Many more posts about how great Dash buttons are on: September 12, 2017, 12:44:39 AM
Fire 7 to $35 for Prime

Loss leader to get people to sign up for Prime?
13  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Hurricane Irma on: September 10, 2017, 02:24:28 AM
All the best everyone!

Brace yourselves
14  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Fire Again!!! on: September 10, 2017, 01:57:15 AM
Ha ha! Though not a vegan, I *am* sadly acquiring a vegan build. I found some body measurements I took in 2000 to be the "before" state because was so out of shape at the time, and my thighs are 1.5" smaller than my "out of shape" measurements in 2000. The mustache ain't gonna happen though.
15  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Fire Again!!! on: September 09, 2017, 08:52:56 PM
you have too much time on your hands Tom

First off, I don't believe there is such a thing. As my variation of the WC Fields quote goes: I've spent half my life wandering around lost in the wilderness, and the other half I wasted.

They didn't take long. The only part that took any time was making the inset photo that "melted" Half Dome.

But basically, the genesis of those is that Theresa wanted to test the microphone on her SLR and her iPhone and told me to start speaking, so I did, and I was feeling a bit ranty regarding the way certain things get covered.

The plus side of bad media coverage: the best time to come to Yosemite is typically any time the media is telling you it's dangerous. Spent the day tooling around the Valley, with ample parking everywhere. Very pleasant day. As opposed to when the media reported (falsely) that the waterfalls were the biggest they had been in 30 years.

  I was pretty far from the mark.

Yes, I've been told I'm much taller in writing.

I used to play that game with our rental guests. Now that we're up to several hundred over the years, I have yet to come close once. I try now not to build a picture, but it's hard not to.
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