February 24, 2012
Watching a jackass blogtard reveal that at the end of the day, the information, the story has no meaning whatsoever in his world. The only thing that matters is "Was my name pumped up enough".
Read: "The Wall Street Journal Is Fucking Bullshit" by MG Seigler on his parisleMON site.
Was the Wall Street Journal wrong to not credit Siegler? Well, if he was part of their sources for the story, yes. Of course, he doesn't really prove this. He just assumes that "I wrote it earlier" + TOP OF TECHMEME = THEY GOT IT FROM ME.
Follow along sonny, sometimes people have sources that aren't you. Even more shocking, some people don't consider techmeme to be anything but a blogtard circlejerk scoreboard, and more useless than a retinal nipple. I know your Arrington-trained ego can't deal with this, but you're not that special. Billions of people in the world, everyone's replaceable. Especially a hipster with a blog and an overweening sense of entitlement. I can pick any coffee shop in Tallahassee and clone you before I finish my redeye.
The WSJ committed the most unforgivable sin in the blogtard world: they didn't give an entitlement queen his handjob.
However, if anyone from the WSJ is reading, if you want to hire someone to write on tech/apple/networking, and is willing to be a grownup on a regular basis, call me, we'll talk. I can even not cuss. Regularly. If Jessica Vascellaro is silly enough to fall for Siegler's bullshit, no worry. Everyone's replaceable.| Comments ()
February 17, 2012
Stop justifying your lack of ethics
So Matt Gemmell has yet another "Why it's okay to steal" post up on his self-named site: "The Piracy Threshold"
It's yet another load of shit that has the same bullshit thievery justifications that a six-year-old would laugh at.
"You do bad things, so stealing from you is okay"
"You won't make things only slightly more difficult than mouthing the phrase "I WANT IT NOW" so stealing from you is okay"
"You use DRM, so stealing from you is okay"
"You won't charge what *I* think you should charge for your product so stealing from you is okay"
"You won't give me my way in all things, so stealing from you is okay"
It's the same five arguments that Matt, and his other Veruca Salt wannabes spout off with.
Fuck all of them. If you take it without paying for it, and it wasn't yours, regardless of if you COPIED it, or TOOK it, you STOLE it, you're a fucking thief. Spare me the lame justifications for your actions.
Don't like the price?
Don't buy it, don't steal it, don't use it.
Don't like the implementation by which you access it?
Don't buy it, don't steal it, don't use it.
In other words, do the grown-up thing and boycott the motherfuckers. But Matt and all his other little douchey pirate friends, (and as far as I'm concerned, if you're defending this shit, you may as well be stealing it, you have the same lack of ethics, just less motivation) are sure as shit not going to put themselves out. You mean actually do without what we want? Not have what we want RIGHT FUCKING NOW so that we can change things? FUCK THAT! I'll write a blog post, or change my twitter avatar, then go out and steal shit.
Matt and his moronic clique will never actually consider that hey, if we all publicly boycott shit, the people we dislike aren't making money, and hey, we aren't a pack of thieves. Because that dear reader, would inconvenience Matt, and lemme tell you about douchey little millenials like Matt: They won't do shit that inconveniences them. It's why old fuckers actually run the world, because they occasionally get off their asses and do things, even if it inconveniences them.
Keep in mind that when Matt is ranting and raging about OMG PRICE, the majority of his clique bitch about songs that cost a buck-buck thirty, and heaven fucking HELP you if your App costs more than a buck. Or zero. THere is no price, no level of convenience that these turds will ever accept to not steal your shit.
But man, they will spend WEEKS justifying how it's YOUR fault for MAKING them steal YOUR work, because YOU'RE CHARGING TOO MUCH and YOU didn't make it so ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS FORM THE DESIRE IN THEIR HEADS. Cocksuckers, the lot of them.
Never listen to anyone telling you that you made them steal your work, because in the end, they were never going to pay for it anyway.| Comments ()
February 14, 2012
It's my site, Ima do what I want
For those of you who spend a lot of time bagging on valentine's day, yes, yes, we know, manufactured holiday, it's all true. Still, you may wish to fuck off somewhere else.
Since 2004, I've had the astounding luck, privilege, whatever you wish to call it to have an absolutely amazing woman in my life. It's not just fantasy art either mind you. She's also damned near taken over the local community theater in terms of set/stage design, (See that set? Yeah, she designed that) & the like.
She's a hell of a writer, and really, pretty much anything she wants to do, she's doing it well. She's funny, smart, and every morning, I get to wake up next to this wonderful, beautiful woman.
I get my Valentine's present every day.
Love you Melissa.| Comments ()
February 13, 2012
Kicking Ass is all that counts
Go Here, listen to Bruno Mars' performance of "Runaway Baby".
There is nothing original in that song. Hell, his hair is by Little Richard. But that song kills it. Just fucking kills it. It's one of the best James Brown/Little Richard homages/ripoffs i've ever seen, and I wish to Cthulu he'd do a album of nothing but that. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.| Comments ()
February 9, 2012
If you do the right thing only when forced, does it really count?
This time from Dustin Curtis, aka "Dustin Curtis is a superhero" and his "Stealing Your Address Book" post.
(Background: an iOS App dev, Path, got caught uploading people's entire address books to their servers. It was amazingly stupid, and after one abortive attempt at justifying it, Path properly apologized, and hopefully will sin no more. Of course, now it's Apple's fault.)
In it, he says, essentially, it is up to Apple to make sure developers who have an ethics problem can't do this:
I fully believe this issue is a failure of Apple and a breach of trust by Apple, not by app developers. The expectation of Address Book privacy is obvious; in fact, one person on Hacker News, in response to learning about Path's use of the data, said, "Apple would never do this to their users." Because Apple has your trust and yet gives this private information freely to developers, Apple does do this to their users. All of them.
Of course, amongst his circle, this kind of behavior is common:
It's not really a secret, per se, but there's a quiet understanding among many iOS app developers that it is acceptable to send a user's entire address book, without their permission, to remote servers and then store it for future reference. It's common practice, and many companies likely have your address book stored in their database. Obviously, there are lots of awesome things apps can do with this data to vastly improve user experience. But it is also a breach of trust and an invasion of privacy.
I did a quick survey of 15 developers of popular iOS apps, and 13 of them told me they have a contacts database with millons of records. One company's database has Mark Zuckerberg's cell phone number, Larry Ellison's home phone number and Bill Gates' cell phone number. This data is not meant to be public, and people have an expectation of privacy with respect to their contacts.
So let me get this straight: There are a lot of developers with no fucking concept of ethics or right and wrong, who do this, and who won't stop doing it unless they are caught, or Apple stops letting them, so therefore, it's Apple's fault.
Dustin cannot evidently comprehend a world wherein people know they can do shady shit, but choose not to, even if there is no risk whatsoever. Evidently in his stupid world, the idea of voluntarily not fucking around with people's data just isn't an option. No, really, look at this:
First, why does Apple allow iOS apps to access a user's entire address book, at any time, without permission? Even Android requires that apps ask for explicit permission to access local contacts. On iOS, every other seemingly private local data source, like location and the camera roll, have strong protections; apps can't even see photos in the Camera Roll unless the user explicitly selects them from the image picker. There is a huge section of the Settings app dedicated to giving people fine control over which apps have access to location information. That Apple provides no protections on the Address Book is, at best, perplexing.
It's perplexing to me because evidently, if we go by Dustin's line of "logic", a lot of iOS devs are unethical jackasses who cannot be trusted as far as you can throw them. That's not Apple's fault, that's the dev's fault. Grow the fuck up, just because you can do something, that doesn't mean you should do it. I can think of a dozen ways that I could release an application that would not only suck the all the contact data out of Address Book and anything similar, but also delete all the filename extensions it could. (Boy, now that would fuck up your month.)
But I don't do this. Not because I might get caught, but because I have this fucking "conscience" thing that says "that shit is wrong, DON'T FUCKING DO IT." It's not a fear of punishment, it's not doing shady shit because well, you don't do that. Throughout my career, being a sysadmin, I have had root access to servers with some serious financial and personal data. I mean "Buy yourself a new fucking life" level financial data. I never even came close to abusing, using, or even looking at it. Not because I fear jail time or what have you, but because to do so would be wrong.
If I'm walking down the street and I see someone's front door left open, I'll look in as I pass by to see if it looks like an emergency or someone needs help, but I'm not going to walk in the house and start messing around with other people's shit. It's not that I'd get arrested, it's that it would be wrong. My life is a really simple thing that way, and i don't have to worry about "getting caught". If you don't do shady shit, you can't get caught.
It is not Apple's job to design iOS to prevent a bunch of shady dipshits from being shady, it's the fault of the shady dipshits who should stop being shady The fact you have the moral code of a pit viper is not Apple's fault. If you cannot do good without someone forcing you to, you are a shady motherfucker, and that is your fault.
My "don't be a shady motherfucker" philsophy also answers Dustin's second question:
Second, why do app developers, who know of the potential public backlash if this behavior were publicized (that's why they keep it quiet), continue to upload user address books to their servers? I think this question is easier to answer. Any app is an investment, and, like any investment, there are three outcomes -- success, failure, and mediocrity. The only one that matters on a market like the App Store is success, so fledgling app developers do everything they can to increase their chances. Because Apple provides extremely easy access to address book data, the pro -- that is, using the data to improve user experience, increase virality and growth, etc. -- outweighs the con. To stay on equal footing, larger apps, like Yelp, Facebook, and Foursquare, have to follow along. From a design perspective, it is a concession of user growth at the expense of user trust.
The reason why is because they buy into your theory that morality and ethics are only something you practice when forced to. If someone gives you a way to be shady and make a buck, fuck that ethical shit!
Sadly, I think Apple's going to have to lock down access to contacts, because of the amoral tits that Dustin hangs out with and knows. It's a shame because I know a lot of iOS devs, and I consider all of them to be pretty upright folks. I'd be honestly shocked if they subscribed to this "Only do the right thing when forced."
Fortunately, since the devs I know are guys like Brent Simmons, who gets it right in "Super-quiet non-understanding" on his "inessential" blog:
I know a ton of developers, and I’ve never, ever heard this. I wouldn’t do it. I’d be shocked if any of my friends would do it. If I had to quit a job over this, I would.
That's the kind of person and philosophy I want writing my Apps. Not those shady motherfuckers Dustin hangs out with.| Comments ()
February 6, 2012
My entire reply to Violet Blue claiming that the reaction to her booth babe article was based on sexism and fanboyism
"Bullshit"| Comments ()