If you’re one of those 1,000,000,000 people who have downloaded this app, take a moment to read the following. I’ve posted, word for word, a few of the most aggressive app permission you’ve accepted. Allows the app to change the state of network connectivity Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation. Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation. Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation. Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation. Allows the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge. Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals. Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others. Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call. Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.
I can’t decide if this story is too much scare-mongering or actually just incredibly naive. Check the app permissions for almost any third-party app on your phone and you’ll likely see one or more of each of the permissions outlined in this story. They’re all pretty common and they provide a wide scope for what they could, theoretically, allow. Very few internet-using apps can function without having some of these permissions. It’s not just FB Messenger. If this stuff creeps you out that much, you should basically throw out your smartphone and stop using “free” services online — if they don’t charge a fee, you and your information are probably the commodities for most of them: FB, Twitter, Tumblr, and on and on. Look at the social media internet with your eyes open and either decide that it’s worth it, or disconnect. Not installing one app isn’t going to cut it.
Remember in 1993 when Jurassic Park was like…the end all, be all of special effects?
not gonna lie that still looks intimately real
I’m still somewhat convinced that someone sold their soul to create the special effects in Jurassic Park because that shit is over 20 years old and it still really, really holds up, better than the stuff in a lot of current movies, even.
Fucking witchcraft, man.
I find that Jurassic Park’s CG dinos don’t look that great these days, but man, you can’t beat well-made practical effects. Old CG looks like crap, but a really good, realistically crafted animal or creature is going to hold up over time so much better. Hell, Jaws is even older and the shark stuff in that still looks amazing.
no shade @ anyone but i pray to god that i’m not on tumblr.com in my late 20s/early 30s but instead my career is peaking i’m making bank i got a nice house and i got somebody waiting at home for me god damn it
Remember, kids, when you hit 30, you have to give up all of your hobbies. That peaking career and nice house and romantic partner mean you will have zero time to get online and dick around looking at cat gifs.