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The wiretapping software didn't have time for beta testing. They only got the green light from Congress a couple days ago, after all.

Posted by elenchos | July 11, 2008 8:28 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | July 11, 2008 8:28 AM


Posted by heywhatsit | July 11, 2008 8:37 AM

Argh! Happened to me, too!

Why don't I check slog before making all important decisions?

Posted by ryan | July 11, 2008 8:51 AM


Posted by Thous shall not speak ill of Glorious Father Jobs | July 11, 2008 8:53 AM

It took awhile--and I still can't reach the iTunes store for the final whatever-it-is that they need to do--but I'm updated to 2.0 and I'm downloaded all my apps.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | July 11, 2008 8:53 AM

I updated to 2.0 yesterday with no problems.

Posted by Chris | July 11, 2008 9:18 AM

I guess this explains why you're not responding to my texts.

Glad I took the plunge on the leaked upgrade yesterday...

Posted by Anthony Hecht | July 11, 2008 9:20 AM

Correction @5


Posted by Non | July 11, 2008 9:30 AM

Hey, and you're going to need that when you're looking for a new job, right?


Posted by Fnarf | July 11, 2008 9:32 AM

Ok, the linked article is about trouble activating new iPhone 3Gs and trouble downloading iTunes 7.7 or iPhone firmware 2.0.  Serious launch SNAFU, to be sure, but I don't see anything about anyone's iPhone being bricked.

Mr. Steinbacher, care to elaborate?

Posted by lostboy | July 11, 2008 9:32 AM

Nerd pedant here; "brick" means to render the device unrecoverable so that you can never use it again. I'm sure there's a software fix or a way to get your phone running again, therefor it isn't "bricked".

Posted by Banna | July 11, 2008 9:41 AM

@11) I downloaded the new software but now my phone keeps telling me I need to connect it to iTunes, which I can't because iTunes seems to be down (it times out before connecting). The only thing I can do is call 911.

Also, thanks for the correction @12. My phone ain't bricked, I just can't use it.

Posted by Bradley Steinbacher | July 11, 2008 9:56 AM

Wait, they fired Amy Kate Horn???? That is not cool (and now I really wish I'd gone to yesterday's Happy).

Posted by Levislade | July 11, 2008 9:59 AM

Glad to hear it. As soon as iTunes is back up and running, you should be able to use it again, according to the various news reports and Apple.

Posted by Banna | July 11, 2008 10:12 AM

He's kidding. Brad and I are both moving on by choice.

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | July 11, 2008 10:12 AM

OK. Well, you will be very much missed, and I'm really sorry I didn't know yesterday would be your last Happy. All the best!

Posted by Levislade | July 11, 2008 10:20 AM

Yeah - had my 3G in-hand at the store around 8:40. The person who was to activate my phone in the store couldn't, so they told me to take it home and activate there. Now I am at home and it won't activate (and of course my old cell phone is done since they transferred the number, to my non-working iPhone).

Posted by AndrewSEA | July 11, 2008 10:27 AM
Posted by Toby | July 11, 2008 10:46 AM

@10 Pssst, My new iPhone told me that while in Iraq Amy Kate and Bradley carried on a torrid affair, resulting in Bradley becoming pregnant. But Amy Kate doesn't believe it is her baby because he was also sleeping with Katie Couric. After speaking out about how hot the temperature in Iraq is, CNN offered Amy Kate a lucrative job. Bradley is taking advantage of Oprah's new manadate that at least one man on her staff be pregnant. He's gotten a job at Harpo and will be covering health, beauty, and fitness trends for pregnant men. Katie Couric is still at CBS. Nobody knows why.

Posted by PopTart | July 11, 2008 10:55 AM

Keep trying. It eventually connects. No brick. Life is good.

Posted by dreamflying | July 11, 2008 10:59 AM

@20: Well, all's well that ends well, then!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 11, 2008 11:00 AM
Posted by Banna | July 11, 2008 11:02 AM

That doesn't work...look at the comments on that article.

Posted by AndrewSEA | July 11, 2008 11:09 AM

Alas, my iPhone is temporarily "bricked" as well. However, this is not an excuse to huff and puff and stamp my little feet. Why can't people just chill a little bit and wait a few hours? The iPhone is an incredibly popular computer and, as with all computers, subject to the occasional service outage.

I trust that Apple is working feverishly to fix the problem. So I spend a whole day without my phone - it's not going to kill me.

Posted by montex | July 11, 2008 11:43 AM

Montex @25 gets credit for using wink-and-nod quotes, but for the sake of reinforcement:

"temporarily bricked" is an oxymoron.  See Banna @12.

Posted by lostboy | July 11, 2008 11:52 AM

Well look I've just been pwnd by the nerd-werd nazi.

Posted by montex | July 11, 2008 12:02 PM

Montex @27 loses whatever credit he had.

Posted by lostboy | July 11, 2008 12:28 PM

I would pay money for an ACTUAL brick that was hollowed out and had an iPhone in it. Working or otherwise. If it wasn't, I could pull it out of my bag and say, "fucking Apple, my iPhone is a brick now".

Posted by Fnarf | July 11, 2008 1:12 PM

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