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Comment Re:You do not fix things. (Score 5, Informative) 259

I have a large rear projection Panasonic T.V. A model circa 10 years old - No longer sold, and not worth repairing. It did however require some alignment beyond standard convergence, so I contacted Panasonic to ask how to enter maintenance mode - Their reply: Such information is o propriety only being provided to authorised dealers/service people.

Frustrated, 5 minutes on Google gave me everything I needed to know which I then emailed to Panasonic, letting them know that I had the information anyway and that their assistance to one of their customers was beyond appalling. reply: none

Submission + - Phone Unlocking Ban (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Here are student opinions on the new phone unlocking ban:

http://youtu.be/X1QA6HBmr0Q ...just in case you may be interested in a nice video or quotes for an article about the new ban. I can give you the name of the students and the raw footage as well.

Piracy

Submission + - RIANZ: Downloading P2P Software Proof of Wrongdoing (freezenet.ca)

Dangerous_Minds writes: Yesterday, a tribunal enforcing the three strikes law in New Zealand fined its first file-sharer. Today, Freezenet is providing a followup by pointing to a radio interview where the director of RIANZ said that the mere act of downloading a file-sharing program is proof of wrongdoing and that no one downloads copyrighted material without knowing that it's illegal.
Linux

Submission + - Will Ubuntu's 'rolling release' mean more bugs? (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: According to Canonical’s Kernel Team Manager, Leann Ogasawara, it is possible that Ubuntu will get rid of the current "new release every six months" model and move to a rolling release. This sort of system allows the developers to get feedback from the community much earlier in the process, which can save a great deal of time "re-thinking the wheel" in the long-run. "Release early. Release often,” as the saying goes (a saying the Ubuntu Unity team is living by lately).

But there are definitely some dangers to having a system that delivers the latest and greatest versions of every package on an ongoing basis. Because these packages are being released to the public at a more rapid rate, that means less time for testing.

Even with larger, less frequent releases, major bugs can creep in at the last second before a launch. If you’ve been around the Linux world for a few years, you’ve seen this first-hand. Just do a quick Google search for "ubuntu update breaks X11," and you’ll see what I mean. This isn’t, in any way, a knock against the Ubuntu team (who do an absolutely stellar job). It’s just the reality of the software world. Bugs happen.

But the more often you release, the more chances there are for bugs to be released.

Your Rights Online

Submission + - 150 copyright notices for Mega (stuff.co.nz)

Master Moose writes: Kim Dotcom's Mega file sharing site has been stung with 150 copyright warnings, according to an international report.

Dotcom launched the new fire-sharing website on January 20 in a blaze of fireworks and publicity.

Less than two weeks later and Computerworld.com is reporting the company removed content after receiving 150 copyright infringement notices.

Submission + - Peepshow over for body scanners (stuff.co.nz)

Master Moose writes: The "peepshow" scanners that have caused an uproar at airports are finally getting the heave-ho.

It took more than two years of passenger complaints, but the US Transportation Security Administration says it is pulling the plug on the Rapiscan backscatter scanner. The move was made because the manufacturer did not meet a deadline to come up with new software that would create less revealing images. In all, 174 machines at 30 airports will be shut down and moved out.

Rapiscan could not create new software for its backscatter machines and threw in the towel this month. The TSA cancelled its contract with the company.

Comment No Help (Score 5, Funny) 735

This is not going to help explaining the differences to the Girlfriend when she says "Star Wars, Star Trek same thing..."

"The Star Wars franchise had a series of movies starting a bit over 30 years ago. They are about to make some new ones. The guy who did Lost is going to direct them. . Where as Star Trek had a series of movies starting circa 30 years ago. They are now making new ones. The guy who did Lost directs them...""

Mars

Submission + - Mars Rover is 10 years old (msn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars the night of Jan. 24, 2004 PST (just after midnight EST on Jan. 25), three weeks after its twin, Spirit, touched down. Spirit stopped operating in 2010, but Opportunity is still going strong, helping scientists better understand the Red Planet's wetter, warmer past.
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set (telegraph.co.uk)

Ch_Omega writes: According to this article over at The Telegraph, Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community in Austria over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques.(...) The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting series of science fiction films. “The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed,” said the statement posted on the organisation’s website.
“It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.”

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