Ridiculous – #AAPL, #VZ Fight Against New York’s ‘Right To Repair’ Law | Techdirt

Update 6/1/17: Well score one for the little guy! Supreme Court rules in favor of Impression Products who sold refurbished Lexmark Ink.

This is ridiculous. Again, mega companies trying to push out the small mom and pop fixit shops. I should be able to buy parts and fix my iPad or iPhone or my Android phone just like I open up my computer to swap out a power supply, memory, or hard drive when they fail. I bought a repair kit to fix my wife’s cracked iPhone 5s. Phone was already paid for completely and well past the warranty date. Apple saying I wasn’t allowed to fix it myself for $35? Granted, if the thing is under warranty and I open it up it should void the warranty. But I should be able to get it fixed without having to shell out $100. Plus if I’m technically inclined, which I sometimes am, I should be allowed to do it myself.

Source: Apple, Verizon Join Forces To Lobby Against New York’s ‘Right To Repair’ Law | Techdirt

Simply Security – EU proposes data protection overhaul; criticism ensues

The European Commission this week revealed a proposed overhaul to decades-old data protection rules in an effort to improve online privacy and Internet security across the European Union (EU) and beyond. However, even before the effects of the proposed rules could settle, backlash was felt from companies and governments around the world.

But here’s the real kicker…

The U.S. government was also quick to respond to the commission’s proposal. According to news provider the AFP, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Philip Verveer told reporters that the United States would examine the legislation closely in order to determine whether the proposal would be too costly for American businesses.

Sooo…as usual, the government would rather protect business interests rather than the public’s interest.  It should be mandatory, that any business that retains any consumer’s Personally Identifiable Information, should have that info encrypted.

Read more…EU proposes data protection overhaul; criticism ensues | Simply Security.

Netflix Changing DVD Service Name To “Qwikster”?

Update: Netflix does a rewind! Abandons the Qwikster plan…

Got an email from, Netflix. They’re changing their DVD service name to “Qwikster”? Really? But the same lousy pricing?

Here’s the email:

Dear xxxx,

I messed up. I owe you an explanation.

It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming and the price changes. That was certainly not our intent, and I offer my sincere apology. Let me explain what we are doing.

For the past five years, my greatest fear at Netflix has been that we wouldn’t make the leap from success in DVDs to success in streaming. Most companies that are great at something – like AOL dialup or Borders bookstores – do not become great at new things people want (streaming for us). So we moved quickly into streaming, but I should have personally given you a full explanation of why we are splitting the services and thereby increasing prices. It wouldn’t have changed the price increase, but it would have been the right thing to do.

So here is what we are doing and why.

Many members love our DVD service, as I do, because nearly every movie ever made is published on DVD. DVD is a great option for those who want the huge and comprehensive selection of movies.

I also love our streaming service because it is integrated into my TV, and I can watch anytime I want. The benefits of our streaming service are really quite different from the benefits of DVD by mail. We need to focus on rapid improvement as streaming technology and the market evolves, without maintaining compatibility with our DVD by mail service.

So we realized that streaming and DVD by mail are really becoming two different businesses, with very different cost structures, that need to be marketed differently, and we need to let each grow and operate independently.

It’s hard to write this after over 10 years of mailing DVDs with pride, but we think it is necessary: In a few weeks, we will rename our DVD by mail service to “Qwikster”. We chose the name Qwikster because it refers to quick delivery. We will keep the name “Netflix” for streaming.

Qwikster will be the same website and DVD service that everyone is used to. It is just a new name, and DVD members will go to qwikster.com to access their DVD queues and choose movies. One improvement we will make at launch is to add a video games upgrade option, similar to our upgrade option for Blu-ray, for those who want to rent Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 games. Members have been asking for video games for many years, but now that DVD by mail has its own team, we are finally getting it done. Other improvements will follow. A negative of the renaming and separation is that the Qwikster.com and Netflix.com websites will not be integrated.

There are no pricing changes (we’re done with that!). If you subscribe to both services you will have two entries on your credit card statement, one for Qwikster and one for Netflix. The total will be the same as your current charges. We will let you know in a few weeks when the Qwikster.com website is up and ready.

For me the Netflix red envelope has always been a source of joy. The new envelope is still that lovely red, but now it will have a Qwikster logo. I know that logo will grow on me over time, but still, it is hard. I imagine it will be similar for many of you.

I want to acknowledge and thank you for sticking with us, and to apologize again to those members, both current and former, who felt we treated them thoughtlessly.

Both the Qwikster and Netflix teams will work hard to regain your trust. We know it will not be overnight. Actions speak louder than words. But words help people to understand actions.

Respectfully yours,

-Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO, Netflix

p.s. I have a slightly longer explanation along with a video posted on our blog, where you can also post comments.

HuffPost – Texas Exposes Private Records: State Accidentally Releases 3.5 Million Personal Records

Facebook Christmas Worm Spreads Holiday Infection — InformationWeek

Facebook Christmas Worm Spreads Holiday Infection — InformationWeek.

PandaLabs, the research arm of anti-malware company Panda Security, says that a variant of the Koobface worm, Koobface.GK, is being spread through the posting of malicious links of Facebook wall pages.

Attempting to play the video or to click on the links on the page leads to an infection attempt, which will compromise the victim’s computer if successful.

The links take Facebook users to a fake embedded video player that offers a Christmas greeting, in keeping with the tendency of cybercriminals to try to exploit current or seasonal events.

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Running Windows Apps in Linux

Lifehacker has a great writeup on running Windows apps inside Linux with VirtualBox.

Wired: Optimize A Fresh Ubuntu Installation

A nice article in Wired:HowTo wiki on how to optimize your fresh Ubuntu installation with a few add-ons