another -gate

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 9 01:02:55 UTC 2010

At 5:17 PM -0400 8/8/10, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 8/8/2010 03:28 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
>>There was unquestionable cover-up, complete with the usual stages.
>>First, Apple denied the problem altogether. Then they agreed to
>>replace some phones for people who complained, but still denied the
>>problem. Then they offered the "bumper", but claimed it was a
>>good-will gesture, not a recognition of the problem. Now they are
>>admitting the design flaw, but still blame the user for the specific
>>positions of the hand that cause problems and claim that the "bumper"
>>solves the problem (it does not). Finally, the VP in charge of the
>>design team has resigned--will more heads roll?
>Are we reminded of Toyota-gate and uncontrolled acceleration?
That was certainly a nice, well-behaved -gate, what with their
attempts at denial, misreporting, and all.  Not the ring of
"Pearly-gate" or "Underwater-gate", but a good -gate nonetheless.

LH (noting that Jorl must have been covering up that /r/ all these years)

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