One Infinite Loop

… and I’m not talking about the address of Apple’s main campus. I’m talking about an infinite loop in how Siri processes text messages. I’m going to describe a situation that Apple’s developers amazingly didn’t consider, and their verification team missed. In this situation, it’s better for them if they appear to be incompetent rather than to have made a concious decision to code an infinite loop.

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Koodo says, “We want more money for nothing!”

I’m a prepaid customer who has a $15 base plan that includes unlimited texting, which costs them $0.01. I’m really paying 50¢/day for access to the network regardless of whether I use it or not. I also have to pay for talk and data “boosters” so my average cost per month is about $17. Koodo wants me to pay them $13-$23 more each month for something I won’t use.

Koodo knows my usage patterns. They know I’m a very light user. So why are they trying to up-sell me to a package that offers far more than I’ll ever use for twice the money? Because they don’t care what’s best for the customer, only what’s best for them. Enticing a low-usage prepaid customer into a post-paid plan is pure profit.

Koodo Post-Paid Offer

It’s sweet of them to “… carry over your prepaid balance.2” but you have to read the fine print (why is it that none of the telecartels can make an offer without many lines of fine print? Or should I say, fine print?

2. Only the remaining prepaid balance will be transferred. No credit will be applied for the value of any remaining Booster add-ons or base plan.

Koodo, in all their generosity, will just keep the money for those pricy boosters we had to pay for. Again, more pure profit for a telecartel. Why would they do this? Why not just give us the equivalent dollar value of the remaining boosters as a credit to the account? Duh! That would reduce their profit.

So no Koodo, I will not downgrade to a post-paid plan until you put my interests ahead of yours. Made it so I get more value than I’m getting now on pre-paid. That should be easy given that every telecartel hates their pre-paid customers and show it by giving us such poor value for the money spent. $30 for a measly one gigabyte of data? Are you kidding me, Koodo?

El Capitan 10.11.5 upgrade

… or as I like to call it, El Kabong because it’s so comical. Whenever Apple releases an upgrade, I don’t expect much. They seem to fix almost nothing, but new bugs seem to creep in.

So, what’s the score this time just minutes after rebooting?

As for any upgrade, OS X automatically logs me in to the last account from which I started the upgrade, which is a huge security violation. There is no circumstance I can think of where auto-logging in is the best choice. You basically can’t walk away from an upgrade if you’re in a place where you can’t trust the people around you.

Three volumes failed to mount. Replugging them doesn’t help. I’m always forced to reboot again. And so I did.

Every single time I reboot, OS X doesn’t like something about one of my drives. It won’t say which one, but it always complains about an unreadable drive. I click Ignore, and it mounts anyway. So the dialog is always wrong.

There is one high-impact bug in particular that I’ve been complaining about and that’s the runaway process bug that occurs frequently, hammers my disk by writing and renaming a file hundreds, if not thousands, of times a second, and can run forever until I reboot once, twice, or just give up. I sure as hell hope this update fixes that but I would bet it won’t.

CrashPlan is like a teenager

in that it doesn’t do what you tell it to do.

It’s supposed to be backing up to two sets; the first one in the image is to the cloud and is a subset of the second one. So why does CrashPlan say it’s only going to backup 1 GB instead of the 150 GB it’s been told to backup?

CrashPlan Fuckup

This is after I forced it to rescan when it told me it was only going to backup a 1000 files. When I left it, it was scanning well past that number, yet it didn’t back them up. So, for the umpteenth time this year I have to babysit CrashPlan to figure out why it’s being so petulant.

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“At Honda, we don’t do email”

I wrote a letter to Honda Canada about the recurring problem I have with the serpentine belt on my 2006 Odyssey that needs replacing every year. In trying to fix the problem, my dealer replaced several expensive parts that were probably not involved since a belt replacement is always a temporary fix.

I had to write a letter because Honda Canada refuses to publish an email address. A previous call to their customer service was met with a, and I paraphrase,

“If you don’t want to pay for a diagnosis every year, then we can’t help you. No, there is no knowledge base or experts we can contact to look into this chronic problem.”

It reminds me of this famous quote from the movie, Goodfellas,

Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? Fuck you, pay me.

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SMS is still the only universal messaging

… or should I say, the most universal messaging. It won’t reach someone without a mobile phone.

I’m responding to this tweet that stated:

Re: SS7. Some infra is too old and widespread to secure; you have to pave over it. Cellular voice and SMS are going the way of dodo anyway.

That, in turn, was in response to the 60 Minutes show that demonstrated that hackers only need your phone number to spy on all your text messages and calls.

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