Nick D'Aloisio is both a pretty cool guy and entirely frustrating.
On one hand, I entirely support independent developers. With app stores on mobile phones and game download services like Steam, Average Joes being able to make and share creative endeavours is a glimpse into a marginally less corporate future.
On another, he's a 17-year-old kid who's more financially successful than me. What a little punk.
The actual app itself, Summly, is honestly pretty useful. With Google's news feed aggregator dying a death, my main method of pumping raw information directly into my veins will be cut off in a few months, leaving me with a hole in my life that Summly would fill – if I had an iPhone.
That someone so young made it big isn't surprising. Newspapers were stunned to see a teenager making so much money, but we forget that we're all old, and already outstripped by the next generation. I say this as a 22-year-old.
Schools are teaching programming a lot more these days, and the software for making your own programs is more accessible than it’s ever been. That's especially true for games production – there have been some pretty good books written about it.
Hell, I'm sure I could make my own hyper-successful app – it's not like I lack ideas. I'm sure there's a hole in the market for misanthropic technology users like me.
Are you having problems with people in your life? Family? Co-Workers? Frenemies? Don't you just sometimes wish that you could make annoying people disappear?
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Remove U works with all social software, from Facebook to World of Warcraft to the dregs of society who still use Bebo. When installed, it will linger unobtrusively in the background of your computer systems waiting for activation.
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Photographs with the target tagged will be automatically photoshopped to remove them from the picture - and top of the range facial recognition software will insure you won't accidentally see them in photos elsewhere, either. There's a chance it might accidentally remove faces of unrelated people, but if they're as hideous as That Guy You Don't Like, it won't be a big deal.
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Notes and Disclaimers:
Cancellations to the Remove U service can only be processed by calling our premium-rate customer service number in Siberia, and paying the cancellation fee. The ability to restore Removed targets is available at £30 per restoration. Passive-Aggressive Camouflage may cause blindness in 5% of users. We are not responsible for any lasting social, physical or mental injury Remove U may cause. You probably deserve it, anyway.