commented on We Still Get Great Comments (From Great Commenters) Here On Slog
SLOG is one of the few places on the net where I willingly go into the comments. Yeah, I see some eye-roll-worthy trolling and the like, but even when I read long threads on controversial topics I see a lot less than what I get when I just accidentally read a few comments at the end of an article elsewhere.
The time and energy it takes to moderate, even lightly, is not insignificant. I appreciate the effort, and and grateflyu that some discourse is still happening here. I also completely understand why some people turn comments off, and don't blame them at all.
Aug 10, 2016
commented on We Saw the Whole City Almost Burst into Tears When It Started to Rain Last Sunday, and We Saw a Lot of Netflix
I love this publication, I do. But stop complaining about the weather. July 2016 had 22 days that were hotter than the historical average, and only 8 that were lower. July 15th, btw, exactly hit the historical average. July weather was not a joke, it was slightly warmer than usual. This is how our summers work. Deal with it. I'd rather you spent that energy reporting on the republican state senate seats that are showing potential to flip or something else meaningful.
Jun 28, 2016
commented on Gay Man Takes to Reddit to Complain About Pride
To paraphrase a proverbial observation:
"You meet a judgmental prick in the morning, you met a judgmental prick. You meet nothing but judgmental pricks throughout the entire festival, you're the judgmental prick."
Jun 8, 2016
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Cyber-Cheating
I want the email address of the supposedly-cheating boyfriend, because someone needs to (go back in time, since this is from 2014), and tell said boyfriend to DTMFA.
Apr 18, 2016
commented on Veteran Seattle Police Sergeant Arrested on Charges of Child Abuse
" Also, laws against things like jaywalking aren't just there to stop people from jaywalking, they also provide a mechanism by which the police can detain and identify shady people to see if they are wanted or whatever. "
Oh, Mehlman, you have really outdone yourself. If the purpose of a law is to give police an excuse to detain people and conduct a fishing expedition, than it is an immoral law. Which means the arrest isn't justified.
And whether the arrest was justified or not doesn't excuse excessive force. My take on the video is that the officer did needlessly escalate the situation. Sorry, the ONLY legitimate basis for a jaywalking law is to deter pedestrians from walking out into traffic and being harmed; so using a jaywalking ticket to justify harming the pedestrian is the height of poor judgment.
Mehlman's subtext is unintentionally correct: lots of cops view many laws as not rules meant to protect citizens and their right, but rather excuses for cops to harass and harm people they think are undesirable.
Mar 18, 2016
commented on Just What Is Paul Ryan Cooking Up in His Little Baby Head?
Please learn your civics. If no candidate for president receives a majority of electoral votes, Congress chooses, but they are required, by the 12th Amendment to the Constitution to choose between the three candidates who got the most electoral votes. They do not get to choose anyone. Also, each state gets only one vote, no matter who many reps it has, so each delegation has to vote to decide who gets the state's vote. If none of the three get 26 states' votes the first round, they vote again. At no point can they vote for anyone other that the three candidates who got the most electoral votes.
Feb 29, 2016
commented on The American People Deserve to Know the Truth About Donald Trump's Alleged Micropenis
Committed delegate count is actually:
Yes, delegates are delegates, but superdelegates can switch as many times as they want between now and the convention. Whereas delegates allocated through primaries and caucuses must vote per that allocation on the first ballot at the convention. The superdelegates will likely vote for whoever has the most non-super delegates by the time the convention comes around.
Feb 8, 2016
commented on Apple Corporation Breaking Phones That Receive Unauthorized Repairs
Oh, if only there was some explanation... oh wait, there is:
"We protect fingerprint data using a Secure Enclave, which is uniquely paired to the Touch ID sensor," said an Apple spokesperson in response to complaints from users. "When [an] iPhone is serviced by an authorized Apple service provider or Apple retail store for changes that affect the Touch ID sensor, the pairing is re-validated. This check ensures the device and the iOS features related to Touch ID remain secure. Without this unique pairing, a malicious Touch ID sensor could be substituted, thereby gaining access to the secure enclave. When iOS detects that the pairing fails, Touch ID, including Apple Pay, is disabled so the device remains secure."
I tracked down this information, but I didn't have to, because I already knew the answer because I actually read about the new features of my phone when they added it two years ago. It was obvious immediately when I read the first Error 53 story what was going on.
This is not Apple punishing third party vendors or being underhanded. Even iFixIt, a site infamous (and very disliked by Apple Corporate) for putting up detailed instructions on how to fix things yourself without going to Apple says that Apple is right on this one.
I do agree with the suggestions some have made that what the phone should do is simply disable Apple Pay and the TouchID features when this mismatch is detected, rather than disable to whole phone. But otherwise this is a reasonable policy to protect the customer's security.
Apr 28, 2015
commented on Antigay State Rep Outed by Guy He Was Trying to Pick Up on Grindr
He's 52 years old, grew up in a very Red State, has never married, has sex with men, but claims to also love women. If he were bi, he would have married some woman to whom he probably never would have revealed his bisexuality until this sort of thing happened.
He's not bi, he's delusional.