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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

JThundley Re:App permissions (333 comments)

On android it's very possible to deny specific permissions. It's just buried deep in the settings.

about a month ago

Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

JThundley Re:That's our money. (271 comments)

America's money is not Canada's money. America doesn't pay for the Canadian government's legal defense.

Fuck Beta.

about 2 months ago

20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

JThundley Re:You'd be wrong. (543 comments)

Thanks for proving me wrong, I might try this out!

about 3 months ago

20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

JThundley Re:Here's a question... why? (543 comments)

Newsflash: Not everyone likes the same things you do. I don't care for eating and I can't cook. Sure there's a lot of food that tastes good, but I could live without. To me, eating is like peeing: it's something I have to do to stay alive. If I was offered the choice to never have to eat or piss again, I'd take it. I'd love to drink the same thing every day and get the perfect mix of what my body needs. I also get much more pleasure from other activities, which I would have more time for. I just hope that Soylent really is as perfect as it's creator says it is.

about 3 months ago

FTC Drops the Hammer On Maker of Location-Sharing Flashlight App

JThundley Re:This app never seemed necessary (187 comments)

Cyanogenmod has this feature, it's called Privacy Guard. It states: "When Privacy Guard is enabled, the app will not be able to access personal data such as contacts, messages or call logs."

about 4 months ago

Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

JThundley Re:Awww (400 comments)

There have been security vulnerabilities in Winamp. I think it's mostly based on funky decoders and streaming stuff. This doesn't really affect me since I trust the source of my ripped music and don't stream stuff.

about 5 months ago

Solid Concepts Manufactures First 3D-Printed Metal Pistol

JThundley Re:This is why we can't have nice things... (333 comments)

My buddy works for the company. If you watched their promo video, you would see that they make dental parts and medical implants as well as aerospace and machine parts.

P.S. The news outlets got it wrong. The company is headquartered in Santa Clarita, California. Texas is their only office with a Federal Firearms License.

about 5 months ago

Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop

JThundley Re:Stallman ain't gonna be happy (304 comments)

You don't know what Stallman is about, do you? He doesn't care about "getting work done" or even open source, his objective is freedom and always has been. His goal wasn't to build popular software, it was always to make software that respects the user's freedom. If big companies want to build on his ideas, that's great. The second they stop respecting the user's freedom is the second they are no longer helping the community.

about 6 months ago

Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem

JThundley Re:Real life the game (288 comments)

My favorite torture experience in a game will always be Quake 4. SPOILER ALERT: In the game you're captured by the enemy aliens and strapped into an assembly line where machines saw off your arms and legs while still conscious to replace them with robotic limbs. You fall in and out of consciousness as they pump you full of adrenaline to keep you alive. They slice open your chest and bolt armor onto your body and jam a syringe into your brain to implant some kind of device that allows you to understand their language. All this happens while you watch the poor bastard in front of you go through the same thing and scream bloody murder.

I remember this vividly as some of the most emotion a game has ever evoked out of me. Great game, I've beaten it twice :)

about 6 months ago

New App Aims To Track Your Dreams

JThundley Re:Maybe we shouldn't be remembering dreams (112 comments)

Man didn't evolve being jolted out of sleep by alarm clocks. More likely they were awoken gradually by light or animals waking up. Maybe ancient man remembered more dreams than modern man.

about 7 months ago

Ministry of Sound Suing Spotify Over User Playlists

JThundley Re: Don't they have something better to do? (201 comments)

You're not the only one. I was just getting into music and metal when Napster came around, and I decided I would avoid listening to Metallica and not download their stuff since they didn't want me to.

You should see the look on people's faces when we have conversations like this? "You like Slayer?" Yeah! "You like Pantera?" Yeah! "You like Megadeth?" Fuck yeah! "You like Metallica?" Eh, not really. That's when their jaws hit the floor.

about 7 months ago

Welcome To the 'Sharing Economy'

JThundley Re:Commercial activities on domestic levels (153 comments)

You're right, we should close down every prison and free everyone. After all, murderers aren't to blame for killing people. Just go on with your life.

about 9 months ago

13 Years After DeCSS Case, Congressional IT Endorses VLC

JThundley Realplayer?! (106 comments)

That's nice that they recommended VLC, but I can't take this recommendation seriously when they also recommend RealPlayer.

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Says Goodbye To WebTV/MSN TV

JThundley Re:Smartphones/tablets made WebTV obsolete (92 comments)

Also don't forget that Flash took over the web and WebTV didn't have a mouse or the hardware to render flash as you mentioned. But nevermind the hardware, there was never a plugin!

about 9 months ago

Can Ride-Sharing Startup Lyft Survive the SoCal Heat?

JThundley Re:Wait, what? (133 comments)

A bad meal from a restaraunt will give you food poisoning for a day. A driver that shouldn't be on the road can kill you.

about 9 months ago

Can Ride-Sharing Startup Lyft Survive the SoCal Heat?

JThundley Re:Wait, what? (133 comments)

I work for a limousine service, here's just a couple of things I can think of off the top of my head. Insurance, which was mentioned earlier. If you get in an accident, is this guy's private not-for-hire insurance going to cover you? We drug test, I can't imagine an individual drug testing himself. We monitor employee's hours making sure that they get enough sleep and we see them in person when they pick up cars. We're able to judge their appearance to make sure they look fit and healthy enough to drive and are also dressed professionally. We wash our cars every day. We have an office that keeps track of things and can send another car to pick up a passenger should something unexpected happen. If you use Lyft and schedule a pickup and then your single and only driver needs to make stops or gets stuck in traffic, what do you do next? We check their DMV record and straight up fire people if they get into 2 accidents in too short of a time span. We do regular maintenance on the vehicles constantly to make sure they're in top operating condition. In this industry, you get what you pay for. We're a business and we're good at what we do and have streamlined processes for making our business run efficiently. If you go with some Joe off the street, he's going to be learning all of this from day 1.

about 9 months ago

Android Update Lets Malware Bypass Digital Signature Check

JThundley If google were competent... (85 comments)

If Google were competent they would have shipped Android with a modified HOSTS FILE. Hosts files can protect you from APK modification and cubic time bastards.

about 9 months ago

Industrious Dad Finds the Genetic Culprit To His Daughters Mysterious Disease

JThundley Re:Origin (204 comments)

Don't forget the Beastie Boy that did the same thing. He was a vegan and tried alternative medicine before seeing a real doctor.

about 10 months ago


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