July 2nd, 2010

children of dune - leto 1

oh, so this why breaks are bad

Now that I am not exclusively locked in a panic cycle about surgery....

So I missed apparently a new discussion on ableism at VVC. I saw the original discussions about the wording of the original policy and the public apology immediately after and the start of revisions, but was there something specifically in the last couple of days that happened that is leading to more discussion after that? As I'll be really honest; I stopped reading my flist days ago when I realized that yeah, this entire surgery thing was becoming real.

Due to the fact I don't have disabilities that need accommodating--ADHD doesn't count, and the occasional outbreak of claustrophobia during occasional vid shows is thankfully rare and usually just requires walking it off outside--I'm just mostly engaged in reading catch-up to see what's happening.

On that note: *hugs* to [personal profile] amireal, [personal profile] milly, and [personal profile] fan_eunice. I'm not sure what else to say; I'm so sorry for what you are going through right now, and I wish I could do something to help. I'm online tonight. I'm pretty sure the joy of my textual presence is not what anyone sane would call consolation, but if you need to talk, or you know, rant! I am here for you.

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children of dune - leto 1

if you can parse this better, i dare you to try

So iPhone 4 reception has been a problem for some iPhone users, and it was speculated the culprit seemed to be the design of the phone, specifically the antenna, which was potentially compressed/blocked/sent to another dimension/killed self when users held the phone a certain way. This 'way' is unclear, but might involve using one's hand wrapped around it while holding it to one's ear. IDK, I use mine (Android phone) for sudoku, texting, gmail, and emailing pictures to people, so I can see why this would be bewildering, because apparently, people were holding the iPhone like a phone.


Finally, after complaints came in, Apple created a script for tech support that needs to be read to be believed, and finally there came Apple's Open Letter, which addressed the pressing problem of--wait, let me read this again, just a sec--right. The pressing problem of too many bars. Oh, and the antenna is fine; users are still holding it wrong.

Now would I joke about this?

Apple `stunned' to find iPhones show too many bars
Apple Inc. said Friday that it was "stunned" to find that its iPhones have for years been using a "totally wrong" formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting.

Apple said that's the reason behind widespread complaints from users that the latest model, iPhone 4, can show a sudden plunge in signal strength when they hold it in a way that covers a small black strip on one edge of the phone. Users online have jokingly called this the "death grip" for the phone.

Wall Street Journal parses the open letter from Apple to iPhone 4 users here.

....so I'm trying to find a unique way to comment on this one since everyone else is doing it and hey, this letter kind of begs for it, but when the Wall Street Journal shows a sense of humor, well, who can compete with that?

I'm just saying, here's what I'm getting from the letter:

1.) we are awesome.
2.) you're holding it wrong.
3.) you're holding other phones wrong too.
4.) so it's not the antenna design.
5.) your signal has always been shitty because our program to calculate signal strength has been doing it wrong.
6.) your perception of reality is doing it wrong. you weren't 'losing' a signal. it was never there at all. if it wasn't there, how could you lose it?
7.) our software will fix this and now you'll know for sure just how bad your reception is
8.) so it's really not the antenna design.
9.) this is our best wireless coverage ever!

Or one sentence: users are holding it wrong while hallucinating.

...okay. So. That was--something, wasn't it?

ETA: Class Action Lawsuit regarding iPhone antenna design. Huh.

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this is where i win forever and ever and ever

Stupid ways to entertain yourself at work.

1.) Open firefox.
2.) Open Gmail in one tab.
3.) Open a website about something in the next tab. (try 'kilts')
4.) Go to the Gmail page, click on Refresh in the browser, not on the page itself.
5.) See advertisement for 'kilts'.

Where 'kilts' == your weird item of choice.

Note: sometimes this does not work literally, but rather in one degree of separation; sometimes, I find puppy and it says liposuction.* I've been sitting here trying to find a more useless way to waste time, but I think this may qualify as the epitome. Right here. I just don't think there's anything that can quite beat Gmail Ad Roulette.

Yes, I judge myself. I am right now proving gmail has advertisements for bricks.

I think this is where I say bring it. What is your most useless time-wasting activity that can match websurfing for items to see if Gmail will generate an advertisement about them?

* I am trying not to spreadsheet my results. I have to draw some lines somewhere, and this will be one of them.

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