The Adverse Affects of Getting Banned From Facebook

The Adverse Affects of Getting Banned From Facebook

Facebook as we all know has the sensibilities of a  12 year old Mormon boy when it comes to explicit content in determining what is appropriate for your peers to see. Any mention of female health issues or even any sexual of explicit content is without fail quickly removed and you are given a cyber slap on the wrist. This has been the case for many breast cancer organizations as well as satirical cartoonists. The outcome isn’t usually sever in itself, however once you are flagged you have a massive target on your back and anything you put out there after is going to under the lens on the machine that is Facebook, whose reach is nearly limitless. Consider the fact that this could be the case if you posted content that was adversely commenting on Facebook itself and they took issue with it and removed your content, what could you do ? Although it is a matter of free speech in a sense because they are the largest means of communication within this format, its a private company that has the means to filter what ever, whenever they want, without any justification or even consistency with what is wrong. This is redefining what we consider when we think of an open virtual spacekjlkj

All of this doesn’t seem some bad on the surface, you don’t like Facebook and the way it conducts their business don’t use it. Its a free country and you can go to whatever lengths you want to ensure you are happy and feel you are autonomous. The problem is, is that it is not that easy when it comes to Facebook and the professionally devastating consequences they can have on your professional career. It may sound like a joke but its not; this Orwellian nightmare that is Facebook can effectively ruin your career all on the whim that you did something that was not appropriate for users. As I have stated the standard is low, and you can get the boot for little more than a naked cartoon. People who repeatedly post things that aren’t allowed on Facebook will likely have their accounts permanently disabled, as well as being bared from opening any future accounts. Facebook adheres to an antiquated sense of morality that has been pervasive to the American landscape. However, Americans and Canadians make up less than 15% of all world wide users.

It is estimated that Facebook will have 5 billion users by 2030 and they aim to have partnerships with governments and different companies all over the world. This is an alarming thing when you consider that the internet being the greatest means for free speech is now becoming a fearful and though policed enterprise. The problem is, is that the world is changing and in America we are progressing in fields of civil rights every day. However, if Facebook’s banning policy which suggests that women’s bodies are inappropriate or that trans people are not allowed to change their names it is scary to consider the implications that people may also adopt these biases as being the norm and even support them.

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A Virtual Roller Coaster Ride Worries Investors

A Virtual Roller Coaster Ride Worries Investors

The value of bitcoins has been one of the most turbulent storms of the 21st century- some investors made huge amounts of money simply by buying bitcoins early (in 2009 one man famously bought 5,000 bitcoins for $27) and selling them a few years later. There was a point in 2013 when bitcoins rose in value to the point that they were over $1000 each. Nowadays, they each cost a little over $400. This article will narrate the ride that bitcoin enthusiasts have undergone, in hopes of better understanding what’s to come.

Bitcoins are more legitimate now than they were years ago, but they still have a ways to go. Speculators have no idea how this unprecedented currency will turn out (it’s actually not totally unprecedented, but attempts at creating a virtual currency system like eCash have never been as successful). This is partly why the projected value continues to rise and fall in such an insane progression; people keep changing their minds.

bitcoin value graphIn 2010, one bitcoin cost mere pennies. By mid-2011, a bitcoin’s value had risen to as high as $30. By New Year’s Eve of that year, the bitcoin had dropped again, now only worth $2 each.

Suddenly in 2012, the bitcoin made a strange and remarkable recovery, launching its value all the way up to $260 before crashing yet again, to just below $100. At every twist and turn of this price spike people were making and losing fortunes.

The rise of the bitcoin reminded many people of the all-too-recent economic collapse of 2008. People began to warn that the bitcoin phenomenon was nothing more than a bubble waiting to pop. Others were unimpressed by the fact that bitcoins still necessitated online currency exchanges for users that wanted to purchase products and services that didn’t accept bitcoins. This meant that government agencies and hackers could exploit the transfer process, no matter what bitcoin said about its positive attributes.

These attacks occurred commonly enough and were generally staged against popular exchange sites. A widely used site called Mt. Gox was hacked and made unusable to almost all users, causing a huge insecurity regarding the value of bitcoins and therefore the value of bitcoins dropped tremendously.

Another issue with bitcoin: you have to keep your bitcoins in bitcoin accounts, applications which are just as susceptible to the ups and downs of bitcoin values as bitcoin users. That means if the value of bitcoins drops far enough, the applications themselves go down in flames, taking even more bitcoin owners’ property off the market and reducing the bitcoin economy by that much more.

silk road dudeWhat is bolstering the bitcoin and saving it every time its value plunges? Some would argue that the bitcoin’s highly compatible nature with organized crime has kept it alive and well to this day. Because bitcoins allow users to transfer funds anonymously and are fundamentally anarchist, they make all kinds of international illegal activity possible. From online gambling to the Silk Road, bitcoins allow for people to use their money exactly how they want to, without worry about government regulation. People use bitcoins to hire kidnappers, assassins, classified information and credit card information.

Only time will tell if libertarian beliefs or thriving underground trade will be enough to allow for the bitcoin to remain afloat.

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Xbox One Vs PS4: Choosing the Better Gaming Console

The gaming industry has witnessed much growth in the past decade. Gaming enthusiasts all over the world have time and again appreciated the technologies that have been put in place by gaming technology stalwarts such as Sony and Microsoft. The changing technologies on these gaming consoles are the most attractive feature of these gaming consoles and have attracted a lot of attention from gamers and game reviewers. Here’s a look at both the technologies used by the companies in their latest offerings.

hub1Microsoft recently launched its latest product the Xbox One and the latest entry by Sony is the PlayStation 4. Here’s a look at the technological aspect of both the gaming consoles to help you choose the right one for yourself:

• Central Processing Units

Both PS4 and Xbox One use a virtually identical CPU – an 8 core Jaguar CPU with Radeon 7000-GPU. Both systems use a semi-custom AMD APU, which is a 28nm part put together by TSMC and features the CPU. However, the CPU of the Xbox One is clocked at 1.75 GHz, while the one in PS4 is clocked at 1.6GHz. The eight cores provided in both the gaming consoles allow you a lot of CPU for usage. In addition, it will allow both the consoles to perform excellently at multi-tasking. This will particularly be impactful in case of the Xbox One which has two built in Operating Systems, functioning simultaneously.

• Graphics Processing Units

Due to use of the AMD APU, both the gaming consoles are quite similar in terms of technology. The only difference that you can point out is the larger GPU of the PS4. The Xbox One has a compute unit count of 12, while the PS4 has 18 compute units (CU). This makes the PS4 GPU 50 per cent more powerful than that of the Xbox One. So users of the Sony PlayStation will have more graphic power to tap into.

• RAM subsystem and bandwidth

The Sony PlayStation wins hands down in terms of RAM subsystem and bandwidth. Systems are fitted with an 8 GB of RAM, the PS4 uses 5500MHz GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One uses 2133MHz DDR3 RAM. In simpler words, the RAM used by the Sony PlayStation is similar to that of a modern graphics card, while that of the Xbox One is similar to the main RAM of your PC. This lets Sony PlayStation 4 access a huge bandwidth translating to 176 GB/sec, while the Xbox One will have 68.3 GB/sec.

hub2The Xbox One has a 32MB super-fast embedded SRAM. It also uses an embedded DRAM. In addition, the PS4 gives an output at 1600×900 and the Xbox One gives an output at 1280×720, a difference that is clearly explained due to the difference in the GPU.
Given the differences in specifications, you can now easily judge which among the two consoles would be the best option for you. So go ahead and pick up a PS4 or Xbox One. Happy Gaming!

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