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Comment: Re:Pretty common support forums policies (Score 3, Interesting) 326

by aslagle (#45272835) Attached to: Apple Blocks Lawrence Lessig's Comment On iOS 7 Wi-Fi Glitch

Obviously, this is anecdotal, but when my wife upgraded, she had the greyed-out WiFi setting.

I restored her phone from scratch, and it didn't fix it.

We then took her phone to the Apple store, and the tech (I refuse to call them geniuses) said the hardware had failed. Thankfully, she was 8 days (?!!) away from warranty expiration, so she got a shiny new 4S.

I understand that iOS7 did a firmware upgrade, and that can stress the hardware - but no errors appeared during the upgrade process. You'd think an incomplete flash would at least kick out something.

Comment: Re:It's like this. (Score 1) 878

by aslagle (#40592569) Attached to: Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
Oh, certainly. However, a collective noun still has a singular and a plural. You shouldn't write that a pride of lions was anything but singular, unless you were talking about multiple prides of lions. In the same vein, a company name is always singular. You wouldn't make the possessive of Google Googles'. As for notional agreement, that doesn't apply in this case, as the sentence was referring to the singular corporation, not the multiple people forming them.

Comment: Re:correlation != causation (Score 4, Informative) 311

by aslagle (#39559431) Attached to: Confidentiality Expires For 1940 Census Records

Wow....just....I don't even know how to respond to the sheer number of fallacies in that paragraph.

Instead, I'll focus on the biggest whopper:

Russia became paranoid and autocratic as a defensive measure,

WTF?!? Are you seriously saying that Russia *wasn't* paranoid and autocratic until *after* WWII? Stalin was General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1922 on, and used that position to consolidate power. His centralized planning of the economy resulted in the famine that caused mass uprisings, which led Stalin to command the "Great Purge" in 1937-38.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 2) 275

by aslagle (#39508837) Attached to: House Kills Effort To Stop Workplace Requests For Facebook Passwords

Okay, let me see if I can explain this. The amendment was to a bill that is supposed to ensure that the FCC has transparency in its rule making process, and that proposed rules are clearly identified and open for review before being implemented.

This amendment didn't say, "No one can request your password as a condition of employment." It said that the entire language of the bill that was trying to force the FCC to be transparent, was out the window as long as the FCC was making a rule about 'privacy'.

The amendment gutted the whole purpose of the bill currently under consideration for a whole class of regulation, and that's why it was bad.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 275

by aslagle (#39508755) Attached to: House Kills Effort To Stop Workplace Requests For Facebook Passwords

Debate on the floor of the house is about the bill under consideration, not a place to introduce new legislation at the drop of a hat. You can't just say, "I'd do it this way," because that would be meaningless in the context of debate about an amendment currently being discussed.

You bring up your version of the bill/amendment in committee, at a later time, following the procedural rules of the house/senate.

And yes, he did explain why it was a bad amendment, he just didn't explain it to someone who has no clue what the entire language of the amendment was.

Comment: Re:Whoops! Solely AP Not MPR (Score 4, Informative) 736

by aslagle (#39449969) Attached to: Domestic Drilling Doesn't Decrease Gasoline Prices
You're artificially conflating oil (a natural resource) with gasoline (a refined product). Yes, you obtain gasoline from oil, but the reason we export it is that we have refining capacity to do so, and export it to countries that don't. Also, don't make the mistake that gasoline is all we get from oil. Pretty much every bit of a barrel of oil is processed at the refinery, from gasoline, diesel, lubricants/grease (possibly even more critical to our economy than fuels) - and when everything else is made, what's left is made into asphalt.

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