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Submission + - Court Fines French Blogger $3,400 For Her Negative Review Of Local Restaurant ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Here's yet another business that, when confronted with a negative review, thought to itself, "Why not deter EVEN MORE potential patrons from ever considering setting foot in our establishment?" There are many ways to react to criticism, and Il Giardino, an Italian restaurant located in France, opted for "catastrophic."

        A food blogger in France has been fined 1500 euros ($2,040 USD) for writing a negative review of a restaurant. According to Arret Sur Images (translated), Caroline Doudet wrote an unflattering review of Il Giardino, an Italian restaurant in Cap-Ferret, France in August of 2013 on her blog Les Chroniques Culturelles. She was brought to court six months later by the restaurant.

Doudet's review is actually a blog post, one that would require readers to do a little digging to get past the normal review sites. As far as I can tell from the translation, Doudet portrayed the lousy service she encountered in a far more humorous fashion than most negative reviews, all the while clearly pointing out the deficiencies she encountered.

So, rather than address the issues, or simply disregard the single voice complaining about the three waitpersons apparently needed to acquire a single round of beverages (not to mention quality issues with the food [and service] past that point), Il Giardino decided to make its mégot mal a full-blown legal affair.


Submission + - Prisoner tells all via FB Page. (

retech writes: An inmate doing 30 yrs shows the world via facebook just what it's like to do hard time. Of course this is with a bong, a stash of weed and all manner of party items that prisoners are not supposed to have.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Motherboard manufacturer refuses to support Linux 2

Noodlenose writes: "In a post on Ubuntuforums, a user describes how his new Foxconn motherboard caused his Linux install to freeze and fire off weird Kernel errors. After disassembling the bios it turns out that a faulty DSDT table is responsible for the errors. Even though the user makes Foxconn aware of the problem, they refuse to correct it, as 'it doesn't support Linux', and is only 'Microsoft certified'."
User Journal

Submission + - Why Is There Almost No HIV/AIDS In Japan? (

hurr1 writes: "Total cases in twenty years amount to only 7,500 or 375 a year. By comparison, Cambodia, whose population is less than a tenth of Japan's, had 170,000 people living with HIV or AIDS, according to United Nations estimates. See the Ten Myths Of HIV/AIDS video movie explore this problem in human society."

Submission + - Converting from XP to Ubuntu ( 1

madgreek writes: "Here is a short story about my switch to Ubuntu from XP at work. I have been Microsoft free for 3 months now at a Microsoft heavy shop. Few people know I am using Open Office and Linux. I create countless documents that people open using Word, Excel, PPT and nobody can tell that they were created using Open Office. pen-source-and-microsoft-free-17339"
Linux Business

Submission + - Desktop Linux: does anyone care? (

ramboando writes: There's been a lot of fanfare about Linux replacing Windows on desktops but we've yet to see all but a few vendors offer Linux as a pre-installed option. Dell offers Ubuntu, but only in the US, and Acer notebooks are being pre-installed with Ubuntu it on Singapore. Initially they decided not to sell it in the UK, but have now flip-floped on their decision and said it will be made available.

ZDNet Australia talked to several manufacturers, and industry experts to find out how long we'll have to wait.

User Journal

Journal Journal: The Slashdot Firehose

Well, I guess it's my turn to weigh in on the "new" Slashdot firehose.

I like it.

There's not that much to say, really. It provides what I consider a nice, clean interface to lots of potentially interesting stories and data from a wide variety of sources. However, there's also garbage to wade through (real men browse at Black).

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!