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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oct 28, 2014
commented on The Associated Press Says the FBI's Fake News "Ploy" Is Unacceptable
In order for the link to work, the fake Seattle Times site had to be available on the World Wide Web long enough for its location to propagate through all of the Domain Name Servers out there. It was therefore published to the entire world, available to the entire world, available via search to the entire world, and presumably would have downloaded the same spyware onto any computer whose user accidentally came upon it during the length of time they were waiting for the DNS propagation to complete and throughout the time they left it up after sending the link.
So, yes, they published it. And literally violated cyber terrorism laws they're supposed to uphold.