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+ - Fox to replace Futurama voice actors possibly->

Submitted by VinylRecords
VinylRecords (1292374) writes "By way of IGN — Is Futurama being recast? Several outlets, including EW.com, are reporting that apparently 20th Century Fox, who produce the series, are currently auditioning actors to take over all of the major roles on the series, replacing Billy West ("Fry", "Hubert J. Farnsworth", "Zoidberg"), Katey Sagal ("Leela"), John DiMaggio ("Bender"), Maurice LaMarche ("Kif Kroker"), and Tress MacNeille ("Mom").

IGN TV contacted 20th Century Fox and were told, "We love the Futurama voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands. While replacing these talented actors will be difficult, the show must go on. We are confident that we will find terrific new performers to give voice to Matt [Groening] and David [X. Cohen]'s brilliantly subversive characters."


http://tv.ign.com/articles/100/1004973p1.html

I guess the executives at Fox really didn't appreciate the Torgo's Executive Powder jokes. This all makes Morbo very angry!"

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The Internet

+ - Should President Obama control the internet?

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VinylRecords
VinylRecords writes "Should President Obama have the power to shut down domestic Internet traffic during a state of emergency?

Senators John Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) think so. On Wednesday they introduced a bill to establish the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor--an arm of the executive branch that would have vast power to monitor and control Internet traffic to protect against threats to critical cyber infrastructure. That broad power is rattling some civil libertarians.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/04/should-obama-control-internet"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft drops payback demand on ex-workers->

Submitted by VinylRecords
VinylRecords (1292374) writes "Last Sunday an anonymous reader posted an article discussing how Microsoft was asking for a refund from their recently laid-off workers. The reason they desired a refund was that the laid-off employees were accidentally allotted too much money in their severance packages and MS wanted the extra money returned. http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/22/2328241

Well now MS has recanted saying that the situation has resulted in unfortunate amounts of bad press and public relations. "This was a mistake on our part," said a Microsoft spokesman in an e-mailed statement. "We should have handled this situation in a more thoughtful manner." This is a vague statement as to what should have been handled better. Should the business have worked harder to retain the employees? Should the accounting error have never occurred? Or was the fact that it went public the only mistake the spokesperson is referring to?

Microsoft is "reaching out to those impacted to relay that we will not seek any payment from those individuals," according to the statement.

Here's the full scoop from Reuters via Yahoo! News.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090224/bs_nm/us_microsoft"

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Data Storage

+ - How to recover data from a dead hard drive?

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VinylRecords
VinylRecords writes "I have many external hard drives, all of them are NTFS/FAT32 external USB drives. Recently one of these drives died, a 500GB drive that had loads of data that I desperately need to recover.

  I have no expertise in data recovery and I am going to need a professional service. I live in New York.

What do people do when a hard drive fails? Also, what hard drives should I be using to store data externally? I need well over 1000GB if not 3TB worth of space. Would I need to buy solid state drives? Or just better external drives? Which ones should I buy?

What are the cheapest drive recovery solutions? Expensive ones? Cheapest drives? Best and costliest drives?

Thanks."
The Internet

+ - Usenet Access from Timer Warner being eliminated-> 3

Submitted by VinylRecords
VinylRecords (1292374) writes ""An internal tipster drops me a line to note that Time Warner Cable/Roadrunner will be eliminating newsgroup access. The newsgroup ax is expected to fall before the end of the month, and my source says that an official announcement should go up on the Roadrunner website sometime around the sixteenth. Roadrunner has actually held on for some time, given many broadband ISPs stopped offering newsgroup access several years ago."

The first year I attended College I new being with Usenet would destroy my mind, so I got a year's worth of Giganews. Giganews was so amazing I decided to keep the Usenet subscription even though I eventually purchased a home with Time Warner as my ISP. How many people at Slashdot still use Usenet? Do you have a dedicated Usenet provider? Or do you access Usenet through your ISP's service?

To me this seems like a big step backwards for internet technology. Already alarming enough is that Time Warner, and MANY other ISPs have been accused of bandwidth throttling, and many ISPs are testing out a monthly bandwidth cap for subscribers with penalties if the user goes over his or her monthly GB limit. This isn't the end of the internet, but it's certainly troubling."

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