May 17th, 2011

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Daily Confession: Introvert Anti-Social Tendencies

There are times when I'm not just introverted, but also anti-social. I don't want to be around people, and I don't really want to talk to people either. I just want to be left alone for a while. It happens most when I'm tired and a little worn down. At these times it's also easy for me to get annoyed at what or how other people do things.
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High-Profile Thievery

Another high-profile application has done an upgrade and, along with new features or an updated UI, started requesting insane permissions. When it first comes out a lot of the comments complain about it, but as time goes on (weeks, months) less and less people are writing comments about it, and most just complain about the UI change.

Mint has done upgrade to their financial application which now requests the ability to directly call phone numbers.

The previous offender was (and still is) The Weather Channel's application. It wants permissions to read and write SMS messages, send SMS messages, and to directly make phone calls.

There is no justification for either of these applications to have these permissions. It still surprises me the number of people who seem to be accepting these permissions. As it stands I won't be updating these applications, and if they ever disable the old version I'll just uninstall them.
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Warning Sign Translation Overkill

On MARTA buses the driver's seat is elevated a foot or two off the ground. On the side of the platform is a long red sign that says "WATCH YOUR STEP" and below that text it also says "Tenga cuidado con el escalon" which Google Translate puts as "Beware the stair". Ya know, I think I like the Spanish version better. :-P

The real irony is that only drivers need to worry about the stair, and I doubt any of them won't know English.