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Programming

+ - gcc says -10==10-> 6

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A bug in gcc causes it to think -10*abs(x) and 10*abs(x) have the same value. Just compile the following small program:

int main( void )
{
    int i=2;
    if( -10*abs (i-1) == 10*abs(i-1) )
        printf ("OMG,-10==10 in linux!\n");
    else
        printf ("nothing special here\n") ;
    return 0 ;
}"

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Businesses

+ - Best Buy Warranty Nightmare with a 61" Samsung

Submitted by
sweetpixiesmile
sweetpixiesmile writes "On an popular Canadian coupon site Red Flag Deals esoxlee details and continues to update a forum thread on his ongoing nightmare with trying to get Best Buy to honour their PSP (Product Service Plan.) After purchasing a 61-inch Samsung DLP from Best Buy, the opening poster continues to suffer through one malfunction and service indignity after another."
Television

+ - Will lamp problems be the death blow for DLP?

Submitted by
Techno-Canuck
Techno-Canuck writes "Now that the DLP TVs have been in customers' hands for the last few years, there are problem histories that are being to unfold.

Toshiba DLP TV User Manuals state "The average useful service life for the lamp is approximately 8,000 hours in LOW POWER or 6,000 hours in HI BRIGHT MODE.".

However there were problems with certain 2005 Toshiba models that saw the lamp life be only 100's of hours or less. Toshiba replaced the lamps in these models at no cost and extended the lamp warranty to 2 years. Whether or not Toshiba has resolved the problem remains to be seen, as only time will give the real indication. There also seems to be lamp issues with some 2004 models as well, but Toshiba does not seem to be stepping forward to resolve the issues in this case. The customer ire is starting to rise as indicated by this review. Will there be similar problems for the 2006 models once enough time has elapsed?

Maybe the real lamp life is an average of 1500 hours as indicated by this.

Most people probably would use the information provided by Toshiba to make a decision about what the lamp maintenance costs would be for DLP ownership. However if the real lamp life time is 1500 hours, then that's a 400% increase in costs over what Toshiba is presenting to customers. The cost of a lamp is $200 or more, and for a family household that averages 6 to 8 hours of TV viewing per day, this translates to a new lamp every 187 to 250 days. Strangely enough the Toshiba warranty on a replacement lamp not covered by the original TV warranty is 180 days.

Maybe the death blow has already been struck. It appears that Future Shop, probably the largest electronics retailer in Canada, no longer carries DLP TVs in its product line."
Novell

+ - Wal-Mart taking advantage of the Microsoft-Novell

Submitted by
AlexGr
AlexGr writes "By: Martin LaMonica, CNET News.com, January 22, 2007 Microsoft and Novell announced that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, became the latest customer to take advantage of the new interoperability collaboration between Microsoft Windows and Novell's SUSE Linux. Wal-Mart is a long-standing Microsoft partner and intends to expand its infrastructure using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. http://news.com.com/Wal-Mart+eyes+Microsoft+for+We b+build-out/2100-1017_3-6152247.html?tag=nefd.top"
Media

+ - Introduction to the MythTV Distributions

Submitted by
peterdaly
peterdaly writes "MythTV is open source media center software that runs on Linux. Although it's powerful, it can be very difficult to install yourself. KnoppMyth and MythDora are Linux distributions that aim to automate the installation of linux and MythTV. Here are screencasts of the KnoppMyth and MythDora install process. There have been claims that the current version of KnoppMyth can be installed on fast hardware in as little as 10 minutes. MythTV is an excellent open source alternative to the DVRs offered by cable companies, Windows Media Center, or Tivo."
The Internet

+ - 16-year-old girl convicted for child porn

Submitted by
Skiing
Skiing writes "From Internet Cases: A state appellate court in Florida has affirmed the decision of a trial court that adjudicated a 16-year-old girl a delinquent based on her violation of the state's anti-child pornography statute. The case complicates the analysis as to what kind of privacy rights minors have, and it also raises a fundamental question as to how laws should be enforced to effectuate their purposes. If anti-child pornography statutes are intended to protect minors from exploitation, doesn't it seem at least a bit anomalous to prosecute the very persons who are being exploited?"
Slashdot.org

+ - Has Digg Raised the Quality of Slashdotters?

Submitted by
jav1231
jav1231 writes "Given the idea that there is a competition between Digg and Slashdot, does it seem that the average response on Slashdot has gotten better? I'm seeing far less flamebait-like responses. Furthermore, even controversial posts that have some point and reason to them are given opportunities that before would have been vehemently (and dare I say childishly) buried and modded down. Has Digg served Slashdot well by funneling off the less mature among us?"

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