writes: After announcing the purchase of Samsung's HDD division in April 2011 (and completing the acquisition in December 2011), Seagate is now "managing" the Samsung warranty process by sending 250GB drives as replacement for 1TB Samsung RMA'd hard drives. The Samsung section on the Seagate support forum has some examples, such as
http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Samsung-Internal-Drives/Warranty-RMA-FAIL/td-p/144969Link to Original Source
writes: Sony has revised its Playstation Network terms of service, forcing users to accept changes that ban subscribers from bringing class action lawsuits if they wish to continue using the PlayStation 3 online gaming network.
However, such a ban is ILLEGAL in the USA because on April 27, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held in AT&T Mobility, LLC. v. Concepcion that federal law preempts a California rule that banned class action waivers in arbitration agreements.
In AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court determined that the Discover Bank rule is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) because it “stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress.” Justice Scalia, wrote the majority opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Kennedy, and Thomas (who filed a concurring opinion).
The Ninth Circuit had found AT&T’s class-action waiver “unconscionable”.Link to Original Source
writes: The Register: Entire London 2012 Olympics' cultural events database held on Excel! We're all doomed! -
A job vacancy currently advertised on the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) website is offering a competitive salary to someone who can maintain and report on data held in Microsoft's spreadsheet software.Link to Original Source
writes: Google awards the first "elite" $3133.7 Chromium Security Reward to Sergey Glazunov who also collects a $1337 reward and several other rewards at the same time, for a total of $7470,7
http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2011/01/chrome-stable-release.htmlLink to Original Source
writes: London, UK — Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard made up his qualifications along with his religion, as shown by secret documents released to the Times — http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6740831.ece
Department of Health files, some closed until 2019, have been released early to The Times by the National Archives after a successful request under the Freedom of Information Act.
TGDaily ( http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/43539/181/ ) summarizes the Times article very well: "Hubbard bought a sham college and then awarded himself a PhD from it, according to files released by the National Archives after a request by the paper under the Freedom of Information Act."
In a signed statement amongst the documents, one of Hubbard's collaborators wrote: "The position is L Ron Hubbard [and others] acquired premises somewhere in Los Angeles which they had registered as a university called Sequoia and immediately awarded each other doctorates."Link to Original Source
writes: APPLE KEYBOARDS are vulnerable to a hack that puts keyloggers and malware directly into the keyboard's firmware. This could be a serious problem, and now that the presentation and code is out there, the bad guys will surely be exploiting it.
The vulnerability was discovered by K. Chen, and he gave a talk on it at Blackhat this year ( http://www.blackhat.com/html/bh-usa-09/bh-usa-09-archives.html#Chen ). The concept is simple, a modern Apple keyboard has about 8K of flash memory, and 256 bytes of working ram. For the intelligent, this is more than enough space to have a field day. It is completely remotely exploitable, and almost impossible to remove, especially if you don't know it is there.
Slides(pdf): http://www.blackhat.com/presentations/bh-usa-09/CHEN/BHUSA09-Chen-RevAppleFirm-SLIDES.pdfLink to Original Source
writes: Adidas pays around $80 million to be a sponsor of the Olympics and Li Ning gets to carry in the torch, practically burning much of that $80 million and advertising his company for free.
Li Ning isn't just China's most famous gymnast. He's also created the most popular Chinese shoe company, Li-Ning. This year, they're outfitting tons of Olympians, like Argentina's basketball squad, Tanzania's track & field athletes and even China's ping pong players. But they're not an official Olympic sponsor, which means a diminished role for the company in terms of domestic and international advertising during the Games.
So you can imagine how executives at Adidas must have felt when Li Ning stole the biggest moment in the entire Opening Ceremonies. A billion people in China saw him running across the rafters at the Bird's Nest and thought not just of the gymnast but also of his shoes.
This entire country was tuned into the Opening Ceremonies, and worldwide, millions more saw Li Ning light the torch and learned that he owns a shoe company. Even the best Clydesdale ad at the Super Bowl doesn't reach 100 million people.
more: http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/2008_summer_olympics_blog/archives/2008/08/the-greatest-free-ad-ever.htmlLink to Original Source
writes: Want to own the real castle that was the source of all the vampire stories? Want to have your very own vampire castle? Here's your chance!
The Transylvanian castle of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, is on sale for £40 million [timesonline.co.uk] (around 77 million dollars).
Bran Castle [telegraph.co.uk], near the historic city of Brasov, in central Romania, is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations because of its association with 15th-century Prince Vlad Tepes III, also known as the Impaler for his favoured method of executing opponents.
The local town council has preemption rights, they have 30 days to review the offer, and then the property will be put on the market.
Extra info: wikipedia article about Bran Castle