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2012-11-14 09:31:24 AM  
haha i'm just as bad as a pirate. i don't even own an iDevice
so that means they aren't getting my money

nor are other companies that are hocking gay shiat

mwahahaha
 
2012-11-14 09:33:07 AM  
Well, I think Teller should speak up about this.
 
2012-11-14 09:33:27 AM  
He's speechless
 
2012-11-14 09:34:25 AM  
People pay $50 for a goddamn dictionary app??!? What the fark is wrong with people!?
 
2012-11-14 09:35:50 AM  

Grither: People pay $50 for a goddamn dictionary app??!? What the fark is wrong with people!?


They're richer than you?
 
2012-11-14 09:41:18 AM  

WhippingBoy: They're richer than you?


B...b....but Google! Unless you're just saying they are also just too stupid to google words and need an app for that?
 
2012-11-14 09:43:32 AM  

Grither: WhippingBoy: They're richer than you?

B...b....but Google! Unless you're just saying they are also just too stupid to google words and need an app for that?


It's all about authority. The OED costs much more than any other dictionary, and there are many good reasons why. (Of course, I can't vouch for the authority of this app, I'm just answering your question.)
 
2012-11-14 09:44:32 AM  

Gunderson: Well, I think Teller should speak up about this.


In the last couple of years, Teller's been breaking the no-speaking persona and has been talking a lot in public. Heck, he even spoke on the Magical Mystery Tour miniseries and on Nova Science Now.

He sounds exactly like I imagine him to sound.
 
2012-11-14 09:47:04 AM  
www.scientificamerican.com

What a Magician Teller may look like.
 
2012-11-14 09:48:24 AM  

midigod: Grither: WhippingBoy: They're richer than you?

B...b....but Google! Unless you're just saying they are also just too stupid to google words and need an app for that?

It's all about authority. The OED costs much more than any other dictionary, and there are many good reasons why. (Of course, I can't vouch for the authority of this app, I'm just answering your question.)


Very briefly, I thought about buying the printed OED for $1000 bucks.

But then I thought better of it. I have not enough space to store 20 volumes.
 
2012-11-14 09:49:07 AM  

swaxhog: [www.scientificamerican.com image 320x320]

What a Magician Teller may look like.


Oh, the Miser's Dream. That's a classic.
 
2012-11-14 09:53:50 AM  

RexTalionis: He sounds exactly like I imagine him to sound.


Like an elf?
 
2012-11-14 09:58:53 AM  
Because it tells me to. #zootyzootzoot
 
2012-11-14 09:59:47 AM  
So is that even legal?

I mean, isn't that unauthorized access to someones twitter account?

Seems like this could be very legally actionable.
 
2012-11-14 10:08:10 AM  

RexTalionis: Gunderson: Well, I think Teller should speak up about this.

In the last couple of years, Teller's been breaking the no-speaking persona and has been talking a lot in public. Heck, he even spoke on the Magical Mystery Tour miniseries and on Nova Science Now.

He sounds exactly like I imagine him to sound.


He spoke in their 1989 film, "Penn and Teller Get Killed". As well as on a few of the "magic tricks" videos from the same era.
 
2012-11-14 10:08:38 AM  

fluffy2097: So is that even legal?

I mean, isn't that unauthorized access to someones twitter account?

Seems like this could be very legally actionable.


The users probably agreed to let it access their Twitter account. Why one would do that is completely beyond me, but apps usually have to ask for that permission before the OS will let them do something like this.
 
2012-11-14 10:12:32 AM  
piracy is a huge problem for everybody

I really hate this bullshiat line from software companies.

It's exclusively YOUR problem, it is not in any way MY problem. I give exactly zero farks about it and I will concede to you exactly no leeway in your fight against it. As a paying customer, all I care about is that what I bought works, so if it doesn't work properly in some manner, I don't really care to hear your excuses. The fact is that it's broken and it's your fault, and I will hold it against you, so fark off.
 
2012-11-14 10:14:16 AM  
Oh, and just to throw it out there because somebody will eventually anyway:

How's that walled garden going Applenuts? Sure is nice that malicious code like this is screened, eh?
 
2012-11-14 10:21:42 AM  

untaken_name: RexTalionis: Gunderson: Well, I think Teller should speak up about this.

In the last couple of years, Teller's been breaking the no-speaking persona and has been talking a lot in public. Heck, he even spoke on the Magical Mystery Tour miniseries and on Nova Science Now.

He sounds exactly like I imagine him to sound.

He spoke in their 1989 film, "Penn and Teller Get Killed". As well as on a few of the "magic tricks" videos from the same era.


My family and I got to speak to him and Penn Jillette at the St. Louis airport when we were flying from Vegas in 2001 (a couple of weeks after 9/11, actually). Very nice guys, and my son, who was a big magic fan at the time, was obviously thrilled. They were on their way to DC, probably to speak to the Illuminati Council or whatever about terrorism.
 
2012-11-14 10:24:11 AM  

untaken_name: RexTalionis: Gunderson: Well, I think Teller should speak up about this.

In the last couple of years, Teller's been breaking the no-speaking persona and has been talking a lot in public. Heck, he even spoke on the Magical Mystery Tour miniseries and on Nova Science Now.

He sounds exactly like I imagine him to sound.

He spoke in their 1989 film, "Penn and Teller Get Killed". As well as on a few of the "magic tricks" videos from the same era.


Illusions, tricks are what whores do for money.
 
2012-11-14 10:34:20 AM  
I can imagine Twitter getting a bit peeved at this as well.

It will probably turn into a class action lawsuit where the victims will get a free ice cream from Dairy Queen with purchase of 8 banana splits while the lawyers get $20 million dollars.
 
2012-11-14 10:49:31 AM  

RexTalionis: midigod: Grither: WhippingBoy: They're richer than you?

B...b....but Google! Unless you're just saying they are also just too stupid to google words and need an app for that?

It's all about authority. The OED costs much more than any other dictionary, and there are many good reasons why. (Of course, I can't vouch for the authority of this app, I'm just answering your question.)

Very briefly, I thought about buying the printed OED for $1000 bucks.

But then I thought better of it. I have not enough space to store 20 volumes.


Consider WordWeb, if you need an offline dictionary app. I've been using it on PC for 10 years. I installed it on my android but still usually just use Google.
 
2012-11-14 10:49:39 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: piracy is a huge problem for everybody

I really hate this bullshiat line from software companies.

It's exclusively YOUR problem, it is not in any way MY problem. I give exactly zero farks about it and I will concede to you exactly no leeway in your fight against it. As a paying customer, all I care about is that what I bought works, so if it doesn't work properly in some manner, I don't really care to hear your excuses. The fact is that it's broken and it's your fault, and I will hold it against you, so fark off.


Really? Oppressive DRM and higher prices aren't a problem for you?
 
2012-11-14 10:57:17 AM  
All the Tweets from Teller:
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2012-11-14 11:01:58 AM  

RexTalionis: But then I thought better of it. I have not enough space to store 20 volumes.


Smart man, you really need a style manual more then a dictionary anyways.

"I don't have enough space to store 20 volumes."
 
2012-11-14 11:16:18 AM  
I'm thinking this company may be staring down some really nasty lawsuits for "false light", Libel, aunthorized use of name and likeness, etc etc
 
2012-11-14 11:19:55 AM  

fluffy2097: RexTalionis: But then I thought better of it. I have not enough space to store 20 volumes.

Smart man, you really need a style manual more then a dictionary anyways.

"I don't have enough space to store 20 volumes."


I do not think my statement has any critical or glaring grammatical errors, though.
 
2012-11-14 11:31:07 AM  

RexTalionis: I have not enough space


RexTalionis: I do not think my statement has any critical or glaring grammatical errors, though.


Might want to re-read your statement then. I get what you're saying but reading it is farking ponderous.
 
2012-11-14 11:37:53 AM  

fluffy2097: farking ponderous.


Isn't that the new Ford truck? "If the F350 is too small, try the Ford F-Farkin Ponderous.* "

*Hybrid model not available
 
2012-11-14 11:38:31 AM  

midigod: Grither: WhippingBoy: They're richer than you?

B...b....but Google! Unless you're just saying they are also just too stupid to google words and need an app for that?

It's all about authority. The OED costs much more than any other dictionary, and there are many good reasons why. (Of course, I can't vouch for the authority of this app, I'm just answering your question.)


What, is Webster for pussies or something?
 
2012-11-14 11:40:49 AM  
www.networkworld.com

If you look closely at your keyboard, you can see very fine wires attached to the keys. The bright light to either side makes them completely invisible when you look at them straight on. The "desk drawers" that you pulled out at the start of the tweet to show that they're empty are actually concealing a hollowed-out space at the back of the desk where an assistant is pulling on the wires that make the tweet. He can see the screen from that mirror on the opposite wall, so he knows what strings to pull.

Notice that the tweet only uses 19 different letters, plus the hash tag. That's so that one string can go to each of the assistant's fingers and does, in order for him to be able to type the tweet fast enough that you don't notice. He also needs a string to go to the shift key, for a total of 21 strings, which is why the assistant has to be male.
 
2012-11-14 11:48:14 AM  
Bullshiat!
 
2012-11-14 11:51:32 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: piracy is a huge problem for everybody

I really hate this bullshiat line from software companies.

It's exclusively YOUR problem, it is not in any way MY problem. I give exactly zero farks about it and I will concede to you exactly no leeway in your fight against it. As a paying customer, all I care about is that what I bought works, so if it doesn't work properly in some manner, I don't really care to hear your excuses. The fact is that it's broken and it's your fault, and I will hold it against you, so fark off.


Next time you lose your car keys, blame GM, not people that would steal your car if it didn't require keys.
 
2012-11-14 12:08:13 PM  

AcneVulgaris: Vegan Meat Popsicle: piracy is a huge problem for everybody

I really hate this bullshiat line from software companies.

It's exclusively YOUR problem, it is not in any way MY problem. I give exactly zero farks about it and I will concede to you exactly no leeway in your fight against it. As a paying customer, all I care about is that what I bought works, so if it doesn't work properly in some manner, I don't really care to hear your excuses. The fact is that it's broken and it's your fault, and I will hold it against you, so fark off.

Next time you lose your car keys, blame GM, not people that would steal your car if it didn't require keys.


I wonder what cars would look like if anyone could steal anyone elses car.
 
2012-11-14 12:14:56 PM  
Stavr0

Because it tells me to. #zootyzootzoot


Came for this.
 
2012-11-14 12:40:29 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: I wonder what cars would look like if anyone could steal anyone elses car.


well. Mine would have some kind of device to prevent theft.

It would consist of a cylinder within a housing, with metal pins that prevent the cylinder from moving. You would insert a specially shaped piece of metal, to raise the pins, freeing the cylinder and allowing it to turn. Once you turn the cylinder in it's housing, you would be free to drive the car, but only the person with the special piece of metal could turn it.

/I'd call it a lock.
 
2012-11-14 01:08:05 PM  
www.osw.com

He must be a magician to be tweeting confessions from beyond the grave.
 
2012-11-14 01:13:13 PM  

AcneVulgaris: Next time you lose your car keys, blame GM, not people that would steal your car if it didn't require keys.


If someone steals my car I lose my car. If someone makes a copy of Windows 7, my copy continues working just fine. Are you generally bad at analogies, or did you just slip up horribly on this one?

SuperChuck: Really? Oppressive DRM and higher prices aren't a problem for you?


That's not piracy, that's broken software. Which is the point.
 
2012-11-14 01:18:43 PM  
... the victim, Teller, was unavailable for comment.
 
2012-11-14 01:19:42 PM  

AcneVulgaris: Vegan Meat Popsicle: piracy is a huge problem for everybody

I really hate this bullshiat line from software companies.

It's exclusively YOUR problem, it is not in any way MY problem. I give exactly zero farks about it and I will concede to you exactly no leeway in your fight against it. As a paying customer, all I care about is that what I bought works, so if it doesn't work properly in some manner, I don't really care to hear your excuses. The fact is that it's broken and it's your fault, and I will hold it against you, so fark off.

Next time you lose your car keys, blame GM, not people that would steal your car if it didn't require keys.


Locks on car doors protect my car. If they were not provided by the manufacturer, I would seek out another scheme to protect my car. Locks on digital content protect their content. If it was not forced upon me, I would never even think about it.

Dealing with shiatty DRM schemes has been a tremendous pain in the ass since I grew up and started paying for all my content years ago. Paying customers are getting hosed while pirates get to enjoy content free of that nonsense.
 
2012-11-14 01:25:00 PM  

midigod: Grither: WhippingBoy: They're richer than you?

B...b....but Google! Unless you're just saying they are also just too stupid to google words and need an app for that?

It's all about authority. The OED costs much more than any other dictionary, and there are many good reasons why. (Of course, I can't vouch for the authority of this app, I'm just answering your question.)


Oxford has a website where you can use the dictionary for free. These people have smartphones with data plans, or they wouldn't be using the app to begin with, so they could always just use the site.

thurstonxhowell: fluffy2097: So is that even legal?

I mean, isn't that unauthorized access to someones twitter account?

Seems like this could be very legally actionable.

The users probably agreed to let it access their Twitter account. Why one would do that is completely beyond me, but apps usually have to ask for that permission before the OS will let them do something like this.


The permission is likely for specific purposes, none of which (I assume) include impersonating the person to make false confessions.

However, I agree with the fella above, the likelihood of anyone except lawyers seeing any money out of this is unlikely.
 
2012-11-14 01:30:33 PM  
We have seen a 1:100 ratio of legal to pirated copies of our software. Ouch.
 
2012-11-14 02:13:42 PM  
I can't be the only one who read the headline and briefly wondered WTF a magician teller was, can I?
 
2012-11-14 03:04:28 PM  

WelldeadLink: We have seen a 1:100 ratio of legal to pirated copies of our software. Ouch.


Protip: Maybe it's because it costs $50 FARKING DOLLARS. I'm curious to see the ratio for $0.99 apps/games.
 
2012-11-14 03:32:41 PM  
"Installous lets you browse a list of available pirated versions of the app, which also means you can use it to go back to an older version of an app you legally own. This is otherwise impossible in iOS, unlike on Android."

Wait, I can install previous versions of apps on my Android phone? Shiat, I have to learn to do that. I've stopped updating most apps because newer versions always introduce a bug. (I'm looking at you Fruit Ninja, My Paper Plane and Paper Toss...)
 
2012-11-14 04:01:12 PM  

KierzanDax: "Installous lets you browse a list of available pirated versions of the app, which also means you can use it to go back to an older version of an app you legally own. This is otherwise impossible in iOS, unlike on Android."

Wait, I can install previous versions of apps on my Android phone? Shiat, I have to learn to do that. I've stopped updating most apps because newer versions always introduce a bug. (I'm looking at you Fruit Ninja, My Paper Plane and Paper Toss...)


On every android phone I have owned there is a setting in /system usually under installed apps that says either uninstall updates or revert update, most only allow you to roll back to the previous version but one phone (a cheap boost throwaway) allowed me to revert to any previous version as long as I had not purged the memory since it was installed
 
2012-11-14 07:16:46 PM  

SuperChuck: Vegan Meat Popsicle: piracy is a huge problem for everybody

I really hate this bullshiat line from software companies.

It's exclusively YOUR problem, it is not in any way MY problem. I give exactly zero farks about it and I will concede to you exactly no leeway in your fight against it. As a paying customer, all I care about is that what I bought works, so if it doesn't work properly in some manner, I don't really care to hear your excuses. The fact is that it's broken and it's your fault, and I will hold it against you, so fark off.

Really? Oppressive DRM and higher prices aren't a problem for you?


I think the line "The fact is that it's broken and it's your fault, and I will hold it against you, so fark off." neatly covers that. Oppressive DRM and such is by default a broken product and thus their fault and we should hold it against them.

Sometimes if you kick them hard enough in the wallet they do get the right idea, like Ubisoft, but you need to continue the beating until they're fully compliant.
 
2012-11-14 09:10:58 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: untaken_name: RexTalionis: Gunderson: Well, I think Teller should speak up about this.

In the last couple of years, Teller's been breaking the no-speaking persona and has been talking a lot in public. Heck, he even spoke on the Magical Mystery Tour miniseries and on Nova Science Now.

He sounds exactly like I imagine him to sound.

He spoke in their 1989 film, "Penn and Teller Get Killed". As well as on a few of the "magic tricks" videos from the same era.

Illusions, tricks are what whores do for money.


Maybe they shouldn't have called the video "Cruel TRICKS to play on dear friends", then. But I guess you know better than they do. ;)
 
2012-11-14 09:12:39 PM  

fluffy2097: more then a


It's "more than". Perhaps you should invest in some sort of grammatical reference book.
 
2012-11-14 09:41:01 PM  
/snarky reply: don't have a Twitter account.
//second snarky reply: don't install an app that requests access to your social networking account(s)

I am a tightwad, anyway. I won't install an app that I have to pay for. Especially since Amazon's App Store has a daily free app, sometimes even listing more expensive apps for free. Sucks if you need something specific right away, but until we have data cells implanted in our minds I cannot think of a NEED app at this time.

/waiting for the argument
 
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