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Submission + - Geek Squad Wouldn't Honor Netbook's Warranty (consumerist.com)

supersloshy writes: The Consumerist reports an incident where an anonymous reader's netbook's protection plan was apparently voided when he installed Linux on it. "The manager of the Geek Squad informed me that installing Ubuntu Linux on my machine voided my warranty, and that I could only have it serviced if the original Windows installation was restored.", says the anonymous reader. However, his problem was because his "touchpad and power adapter had been broken", which is clearly a hardware issue. He re-installed Windows so he could have them repair his netbook, but they insisted that Linux caused the problem and kicked him out of the store.

Comment Re:Bad Commercial Breaks... (Score 0) 829

Agreed. I think the BSG miniseries was similarly commercial laden. BUT you know the SyFy execs knew that they were going to get a majority of the Stargate fan base all in one place at one time and had to capitalize on it. I'm sure they will loose many of them after this. I am NOT one of them and I will be interested to see where the story goes. Besides I needed something to watch on Friday nights besides Real Time.

Comment Re:OK, dumb question after reading the article (Score 1) 747

Unfortunately Stallman just devolved to his "Us vs Them" mentality that fails to serve him and his movement. He should have been trying to start a debate on plug-in standards or how web application authors and hosts can build community and extensibility through open standards and free software ideals. But that didn't happen. I would also argue that proprietary software doesn't destroy innovation, and free software doesn't create it. It's about the products in question and the industries they serve. OH and It isn't GNU/Linux, it's just Linux.
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Submission + - EU: MS Must Offer Competitors' Browsers: Now What? (computerworlduk.com)

Glyn Moody writes: "So the European Commission is going to require Microsoft to offer competitors' browsers with Windows. But having the option to install Firefox, say, is useless unless people know what it is. The implication is that we need some kind of campaign to ensure that people understand the choices they will have. How can open source best exploit this latest EU decision?"

Comment I welcome it (Score 1) 75

Safari on iPhone, much like it's desktop counterpart needs work. The only thing that ever encouraged Apple to innovate is competition. It's uphill battle against Windows has brought many welcome changes to OS X, as well as may new apps to meet customer need (like Safari). I see a browser war on iPhone producing a better Safari for both platforms.

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