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Submission + - Apple Offers No Solution for iPhone 4S Wifi Breakdowns

crywalt writes: It seems that thousands of iPhone 4S owners around the world have encountered a problem where their phone can no longer connect to any wifi. They find their wifi options grayed out in the phone's settings. This has been going on since at least last September as owners upgraded to iOS 7; the current hypotheses are that iOS 7 either overheats the Broadcom wifi chip or uncovers some hitherto unknown bug in the chip. Apple's response to the many comments in their support community and elsewhere is to list some possible software fixes which don't help many people and basically amount to "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" Most owners report this is occurring with phones slightly older than the one year warranty — a perfect storm considering the age of the 4S and the iOS 7 update which is breaking them. Most users report both Apple and their carriers are essentially telling them to buy a new phone. Taking matters into their own hands some DIY owners are going to extremes to fix their phones, including heating them with hair dryers and then sticking them in the freezer. There's a Change.org petition with a paltry number of signatures on it; one wonders how long it will take before Apple addresses this problem.

Comment Re:Parody (Score 1) 402

My understanding of this -- and I am not a lawyer, nor do I even play one on television -- is that for the parody defense to work you have to be parodying the product in question. Unless the book was in some way poking fun *at Jack Daniels*, I don't think you can assert that defense.

If memory serves, the guys at Penny Arcade discovered this the hard way when they did a tarted up Strawberry Shortcake to make fun of Todd McFarlane's Twisted Fairy Tales series. And American Greetings hit them with a C&D that was not quite so polite as this one, explaining that *did not* have the legal right to use an American Greetings property to make fun of Todd McFarlane under parody fair use.

Comment meringuoid's law (Score 1) 314

"Whenever a controversial law is proposed, and its supporters, when confronted with an egregious abuse it would permit, use a phrase along the lines of 'Perhaps in theory, but the law would never be applied in that way' - they're lying. They intend to use the law that way as early and as often as possible." http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=169254&cid=14107454

Comment Re:A million? (Score 1) 510

Consider that the rest of the world has 22x the US's population. Consider that a large part of that does not have the good roads and vehicle safety laws of the US, or ready access to emergency rooms in the event of an accident. Even if their vehicular death rate was the same, that means 42k*22=924k, for 966k total. I'd say 1m is not a bad estimate.

Comment Re:Ummm Personal responsibility? (Score 2, Insightful) 520

If they have a 0.001% failure rate they will still err every decade or so.
Good point. And let me add, consider the fact that hospitals can have hundreds of nurses. If the average nurse makes an error only once a decade, then 100 nurses will average 10 errors each year. Error prevention systems are a good thing.

Comment Re:Debug key (Score 1) 806

I did it a few times when I had my window manager configured to use ctrl+alt+(#) to switch between desktop windows. Type something on desktop 3, ctrl+alt+4 to check something on desktop 4, ctrl+alt+3 back, hit backspace with my right hand to correct my typing before fully releasing ctrl+alt with my left... boom, down goes X.

Granted, I would do something like that maybe twice a year, with 7 hour a day use, but I have done it.

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