December 5th, 2014

WaPo on last year's iPad Mini with Retina, fully up to date on software

The Washington Post has a problem with the online version as viewed on an iPad Mini with Retina display (the OS, Safari, etc. all completely up to date). I am not a subscriber, or I would call them up and cancel my subscription. I was trying to read an article from 2004 (so it is conceivable, altho unlikely, that this is limited to older articles), and noticed that I could not scroll. That is, I could scroll, but when I did, it popped back to the top of the page and repainted with new ads, which was time consuming, but it did this EVERY TIME I SCROLLED. As you can imagine, this made it impossible to read anything below the first screen. It does this regardless of orientation.

This is not the webkit browser accessed through Facebook. This is starting from the regular Safari browser.

I subscribe to the Boston Globe (online only) and NYT (online only). If I were to subscribe to a third newspaper, it would almost certainly be WaPo. But that surely will not happen as long as it has this problem.

ETA: R. points out that if you use "reader view" (url line to the left, a bunch of lines representing text), the problem is gone. Also, if you scroll well below any ad being visible, the problem is gone. The problem appears to be when any part of any ad (or at least a motion ad) is visible on the screen.

About that carry on rumor that NPR started

I blogged about a very irresponsible, shoddy piece of reporting that NPR put out a few days ago:

It really pushed me over the edge on my Hey, I Should Ignore the News From T-Weekend through New Year's addendum to the avoid the news July 4-Labor Day. I figured that TSA was going to have a lot of trouble crushing this rumor, given that NPR (NPR!) put it out and at least as near as I can tell, NPR has not seen fit to retract it.

As you will note in my original post, the original journo used a misleading summary of UK reporting along with anonymous/unnamed sources in the US to start a rumor that TSA might ban carry on bags and/or electronics in the cabin, with no time frame or likelihood attached, nor whether it would be domestic or international or wtf. With no details, no names, and a future "maybe", the only sensible way to interpret the report is to eye roll and say, yeah, sure, somebody did some contingency planning. But the surface reading of the piece is that TSA is about to ban carry on bags and/or electronics in the cabin on all domestic flights in the US. Soonish. Because chatter.

The rumor has enough legs that Jeh Johnson -- head of Homeland -- has felt compelled to squash it, because the TSA head quote wasn't enough.

"Johnson responded: "There's no ban on carry-on luggage at this time.""

Conspiracy minded folk will of course interpret this as further support for the original paranoid ramblings. Gah.

Slightly different wording here:

This thing has developed some real legs, where the failure to outright deny that there is such a ban under consideration right now for application in the next few days is treated as evidence that it's about to happen. I feel like whoever is in charge of messaging over at DHS/TSA is on vacation or something, however, it is possible that I have underestimated their sophistication in managing the Republican threat to their funding. I do that. Frequently.