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New PS3 Firmware Causing HDD Upgrade Problems? 82

Channard writes "While there have been occasional reports of previous PS3 firmware upgrades causing system crashes and so forth, Sony's new firmware upgrade for the system, 3.41, is apparently stopping PS3 owners from upgrading their hard disks. This problem has been encountered by many users on Sony's forums and occurs when you try to put a new hard disk into a PS3 that already has the firmware upgrade installed. The general course of action for upgrading a PS3's drive is that you download the latest PS3 firmware onto a memory stick and, after swapping the hard drive in the PS3, plug the stick in, allowing the PS3 to properly prepare the disk for use. But as of upgrade 3.41, the PS3 fails to recognize the firmware on the stick, complaining that it can't proceed until you insert the correct firmware. Repeating the process and re-downloading the firmware does not fix the problem, as I can confirm, having encountered the problem myself. Users can put the old hard disk back in, provided they've not reformatted it for some other purpose, so all is not lost. Sony have apparently told gaming website CVG that 'The information available to our Consumer Services Department does not suggest that this is a problem PlayStation owners are likely to experience when upgrading the HDD with 3.41 update.' This seems to fly in the face of the currently available information — although whether or not this statement was issued by Kevin Butler is unclear. Either way, PS3 owners encountering this problem will likely have to wait a few days for a fix and use their old HDDs for now."

Comment Re:Both, of course (Score 1) 468

You are describing a co-op, not a government. Governments are distinguished by the fact that they employ force against non-aggressors, people who didn't choose to join. Give up that claim to "legitimate" aggression and I promise we will have no further objection to any kind of mutual defense or common-interest work you may choose to pursue with other like-minded, voluntary participants.

P.S. Those third-world countries you mention have governments, typically ones which are corrupt, highly authoritarian, and often based on unworkable and unjust principles; that's generally the main source of their poverty. (That includes places like Somalia; their government is highly decentralized, distributed among their tribal elders, but it definitely exists. The unstable proto-governments set up by Western nations from time to time also contribute to the problem.) Little or no government can work out just fine, but intrusive and disruptive governments are killers.

Comment Re:Cute application, but why? (Score 1) 131

It's actually not a new program - the Navy's had marine mammal units for many years now. Long before "terrorism" was ever a buzzword. Of particular interest is the Mark-6 unit (MK-6 MMS) which is an antipersonnel unit. It makes a lot of sense if you think about it - a suicide diver with the right explosives could probably take out a small naval vessel. A ship's sonar probably can't distinguish a diver from any other underwater mammal. And even if it could, bullets are ineffective in the water. It's a significant vulnerability if you think about it.

Comment Re:To be fixed in a future Firefox version (Score 2, Insightful) 130

It used to be an important/useful feature of the web/html -- until "website designers" decided that they didn't like the look and started making certain that all links looked the same, and other things that also made it stop working.

I have a question - why the ****** does a website need to have/see/retreive the list of URLs I've been at in order to do this - coloring links is a browser side feature! The only thing a website needs to do is suggest which colors to use for said links.

This was grossly unintentional right? Someone didn't choose to implement this specific behaviour, right?

Canada

Dead Pigs Used To Investigate Ocean's "Dead Zones" 106

timothy writes "As places to study what happens to corpses, the Atlantic Ocean is both much larger and much more specialized than the famous 'body farm' in Knoxville, TN. But for all kinds of good reasons, sending human bodies into Davy Jones' locker just to see where they float and how they bloat is unpopular. Pigs don't pay taxes, and more importantly, they don't vote. So Canadian scientists have taken to using them as human-body proxies, to study what happens when creatures of similar size and hairlessness (aka, us) end up 86ed and in the drink."

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