Archive for April, 2013

Goodnight, Twitter – Apple’s Support Model

Goodnight, Twitter. The slightly-longer-than-a-tweet end of the day thought from me, @FoaRyan. Tonight’s topic: Apple’s Support Model. And it’s a little longer than the standard “Goodnight” message.

Apple’s support model is successful: they intimidate you to the point you don’t ask for support. No, seriously – have you ever been to an Apple store? It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, the place is packed to fire code. There’s a bouncer at the front who gets to decide if you’re worthy to talk to a ‘genius,’ who likely has less education than you do yourself, and most of the time the problem is your fault or not their concern. (In my case my 10-month warranty was 3 days expired, otherwise they’d be happy to fix their manufacturer’s defect – who has a 10-month warranty, anyway?!)

Think you’ll bypass the line and check out the support forums instead? Think again! It’s even more likely to be something you’re doing wrong, and not their amazing impeccable product. When I do actually find my issue addressed, it’s usually 20 pages of a high-ranking forum member attacking the validity of the asker’s question, as opposed to addressing the possibility that something could be wrong with Apple.

I used to be a huge, big-time Apple fan. But times are changing, I suppose, and all good things must someday come to an end. Just like this day, which is now over. I hope Apple regains some of what it has lost, even before we all lost Steve Jobs. The world needs a successful alternative to Microsoft, if for no other reason than healthy competition.


CISPA Possibly Stalled in Senate

cispa cybersecurity billCISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has recently passed the US House of Representatives (H.R. 624), may be stalled in the Senate, at least for the time being.

CISPA is a third major bill in recent politics dealing with cybersecurity and online privacy matters. CISPA is preceded by SOPA and PIPA, which both failed to pass into law in recent years. The primary root of controversy over this bill is in the immunity it grants to corporations for sharing private information with the US Government, even in violation of privacy policies or agreements.

 The White House has announced (PDF) it will veto the bill if presented to President in Obama in its current form, stating:

However, the Administration still seeks additional improvements and if the bill, as currently crafted, were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.
The Administration… remains concerned that the bill does not require private entities to take reasonable steps to remove irrelevant personal information when sending cybersecurity data to the government or other private sector entities. Citizens have a right to know that corporations will be held accountable – and not granted immunity – for failing to safeguard personal information adequately.

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First After-Convention Thoughts

ryan hill instagram picture“Follow the rules! Follow the rules!” was not a chant heard at the Oklahoma State Republican Convention this year. There was no parking lot rebellion (except for this one at Shorty Smalls), there were no fistfights. And furthermore, there was no Governor Fallin referring to Ron Paul supporters as “Obama lovers.”

In fact, I didn’t have much of anything controversial to film or write about all day. We finished 30 minutes ahead of schedule, and even shared some laughs when some voice votes were completely unanimous with over 1,000 people in the room.Needless to say, the AP and local news channels did not show up to see what was going on. Other than someone filming for Matt Pinnell, I was the only one in the whole room I saw with a video camera; and I saw one reporter from The Oklahoman.

So the overall feeling I took from the convention was one of cooperation. But don’t mistake that for unity.

We may not exactly all like each other at this time, but we have learned that we can peacefully coexist. After all, it’s a little frightening for some long-time Republicans to see a new breed of people come in such droves. It would be like 4 out of every 10 of your neighbors all moving in four years. You might start wondering whether you’re living on a fault line!

Republican Convention Delegates in the Lobby

Notice these delegates are not hitting, grabbing, or yelling at each other.

We didn’t all get everything we wanted, but I think everyone who attended should at least realize we have a lot of common ground. Ron Paul people disagreed with and even debated each other, along with “regulars” on both sides of issues. I took notes. I sat in front of our new vice-chairwoman, openly expressed my political views at times, and shook her hand at the end of the day. I spoke with Richard Engle and Dave Weston both, and even smiled.

My next few thoughts – to come this week – will likely not be as nice and bubbly as this one. I’m ready to work together as a fellow Republican because we have some serious issues as a party. Although our state has increased its number of Republican voters and elected officials, maybe you haven’t noticed but we’re losing pretty big on the national scene. Of the last 20 years, 14 of them have been under Democratic Presidents. Though I was born in the Reagan years, I’m only old enough to have intelligent opinions about the last three Presidents, so that means in my lifetime the “norm” is Democrat control. My generation sees things a bit differently, and a good number of us proved last Saturday that we want to do something about it.

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Oklahoma Republicans Elect New Chair, Vice-chair

Oklahoma GOP Chair Dave Weston

Dave Weston, new Oklahoma Republican Chairman

OKLAHOMA CITY. Yesterday, on Saturday, April 20, 2013, the Oklahoma Republican party held its annual convention. Over 1,200 delegates assembled at the Magnuson Hotel in Oklahoma City, with business coming to order at 9 AM. This year the main order of business was to hold an election for the party chair and vice-chair, who are Dave Weston of Cleveland County, and Sara Jo Odom, of Oklahoma County.

In addition to the leadership election, the regular order of business included adoption of a party platform and changes to state party rules. Five rule changes were considered, including three drafted last year but not addressed at the controversial state convention.

Formerly the youngest state chair of the GOP, Matt Pinnell has instead accepted a position with the RNC, which he will begin this year as he transitions to the national post. The position, being called the state party director, is a new one created by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, designed to help coordinate the efforts of the fifty state chairs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oklahoma State Republican Convention – Live Updates

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013, OKLAHOMA CITY: Thousands of GOP activists gather today at the 2013 Oklahoma State Republican Convention. The party will elect a new Chair and Vice-chair, as well as adopting platform and rule changes submitted by committee and the delegation.

This page will update throughout the day with developments from the convention, including election results. Also check my Twitter profile @FoaRyan for more updates and details.

5:20: The convention has adjourned.

5:00: The rules amendments have all been voted on. Some passed and some did not; the results will be in the after-the-convention report to be posted later. The adoption of the platform, and any additional amendments to it, are up for discussion, debate, and vote now.

2:55: With the votes on chair and vice-chair complete, the convention moves on to rule change resolutions. There are five proposed rule changes, the first three of which were passed by county conventions last year but not discussed due to the state convention being shut down before all business was finished.

2:30: Votes for vice-chair are in, with 37% for Engle, 20% for Crosswhite-Hader, and 43% for Odom. No candidate has 50% of the vote, so there will be a runoff. Denise Crosswhite-Hader is eliminated, and after voting on the remaining candidates Engle and Odom, Sara Jo Odom is the winner with 60% of the vote.

1:30: Three candidates will give their nomination speeches for the vice-chair position, Richard Engle, Denise Crosswhite-Hader, and Sara Jo Odom.

1:15: After breaking for lunch, the convention chair gave Matt Pinnell and Pam Pollard time to speak to the delegation, giving their departing remarks as chair and vice-chair of the state party. Pam challenged delegates to get to know their local and national representatives on a personal level. Pinnnell has accepted a position offered to him by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, called the RNC State Party Director, and will work with state party chairmen to coordinate and strengthen efforts.

12:30: Votes have been counted, and Dave Weston wins the chairmanship, 730 to 475. Votes are weighted to account for situations such as not all delegates from a county being present, and that makes the calculated vote total 1115.5 to  726.8, Weston, or 60.54% to 39.46%.

12:00: The candidates for Oklahoma Republican Party Chair have given their speeches, and voting is now being explained. Next update will include the results.

Dave Weston and Amanda Teegarden

Dave Weston (left), and Amanda Teegarden (right), candidates for Oklahoma State Republican Chair

11:35: Rules Report. A number of rule changes were submitted in the Rules Report, including one which was not voted on at the 2012 convention due to it being shut down before the business was finished. This report passed very clearly with a voice vote. Gus Blackwell was nominated by Chairman Matt Pinnell to be the convention chair and was elected with a strong voice majority as well.

11:20: After the break, motion for an amendment to the preliminary credentials report was made, which engendered 3 minutes of debate on both sides. Those against the amendment argued that people should have been at the convention earlier. Those arguing for the amendment gave examples of county chairs, nursing mothers, and other extenuating circumstances, lobbying that these were legitimate reasons and that an exception should be made. The motion failed by a somewhat close voice vote, but the total number of authorized delegates was increased to 1,227 due to corrections from the preliminary report.

10:45: The credentials report is ready and being read. The preliminary total number of delegates (before any amendments) is 1,222 out of 2,000 that were authorized. The number is lower because not all showed up, some were late, and there may be some other disputes to the total number. There is a 5-minute break before any voting on the credentials report will take place.

9:45: It looks like the first dispute of the day will be over credentials. Some who arrived after 9 o’clock will have to petition to be accepted.


Matt Pinell and Pam Pollard

Matt Pinnell (left) and Pam Pollard, the outgoing Oklahoma Republican Chair and Vice-chair

Matt Pinnell called the convention to order shortly after 9 AM and introduced US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to speak to the convention. Inhofe addressed many issues, and announced that an amendment he introduced passed the Senate, which will prevent a UN Arms Treaty from passing. The treaty would place restrictions on Second Amendment rights in the United States.

The candidates for chair are Dave Weston and Amanda Teegarden; and for vice chair, Richard Engle, Denise Crosswhite-Hader, and Sara Jo Odom.

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Goodnight Twitter – Trial By Jury

Goodnight, Twitter. The slightly-longer-than-a-tweet end of the day thought from me, @FoaRyan.

Unless the rock you’re living under is also a sound-proof vacuum with an electromagnetic dampening field preventing radio signals from entering, you already know the second suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing is now in police custody, or wherever he’s going next.

This was a victory, obviously for Boston and the whole United States, but also for our Constitution. Let’s show the world that tiral by jury is something we value. Liberty means that you have the right to be given a fair trial, no matter how bad the crime you have committed is. And in this case, it also means we are a lot more likely to get answers. Much credit goes to the Boston Police Department.

Tonight, as Boston sleeps a little more comfortably, so does America.

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