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October 25, 2011

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Holy shit! There's an "app gap"! I haven't been this worried since the "missile gap" of 1957. Well, I wasn't really alive in 1957 but it scares me just thinking about it. Kind of like it scares me to think that underprivileged urban youths might not have enough apps for their ipods. What can we do? Oh, what can we do?!!! I know, we can start another entitlement program for children who don't have enough apps for their ipods. I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy inside just thinking about it. But who can we count on to sponsor it now that Ted Kennedy is worm dirt?

Who finances these idiotic and puerile studies, and what for?

There's an app for that.

To mind the gap, we must mine the gap.

This post reminded me of this bit from James Taranto's "Best of the Web" in the Wall Street Journal:

Questions Nobody Is Asking

"How Many Mobile Apps Are Produced by African-Americans?"--headline, Atlanta Post, Sept. 6

I am sure Common Sense Media will attempt to determine how many apps downloaded by low-income families were downloaded to stolen iPhones / iPads for the purpose of coordinating flash mob attacks...

First, the information is coming from a San Fran nonprofit. Not a trustworthy source.

Second, it is being served up by a newspaper I only buy for the crossword puzzle. Not a trustworthy source.

Third:

Quote: "Several demographic groups have high levels of smartphone adoption, including the financially well-off and well-educated, non-whites, and those under the age of 45.

Some 87% of smartphone owners access the internet or email on their handheld, including two-thirds (68%) who do so on a typical day. When asked what device they normally use to access the internet, 25% of smartphone owners say that they mostly go online using their phone, rather than with a computer. While many of these individuals have other sources of online access at home, roughly one third of these “cell mostly” internet users lack a high-speed home broadband connection."

From: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Smartphones.aspx

I suspect the gap is that negroes don't know what the word "app" means, just like they don't know what the word "crosswalk" means. I will attribute this to lack of time to learning the meaning of the term used to describe an application like Twitter or BBM because they are too busy using Twitter and BBM.

I doubt there's much of a gap there WRT apps in general. Blacks are power users of Twitter on smart phones; I wouldn't be surprised if they are big on downloading mobile apps too (particularly games, which are the most popular apps across the board). As for educational apps for kids, probably not so much.

The Gapp is disheartening indeed.

Class gap or IQ gap is not easily resolved by any short term method. Evolution is only way which takes over thousands years to produce any change.

Apps are racist. That must be the explanation.

A couple of weeks ago at the Apple Store (the waiting list was very long) I saw a little girl on an Iphone and thought nothing of it. So daddy bought her an Iphone, it doesn't mean they are rich, and again, even if they are what is it to them? Who doesn't know what an app is in the 21st century?

I found another gap, 1% of the programmers consume all the energy drinks.
The software design process that involves this is best described as "a gallon of monster & constantly pissing".

By the way, how's life as a java weenie?

[HS: I haven't worked as a computer programmer since 2008, and my new position, which has higher compensation than any computer programming job I ever had, isn't even in IT.]

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