Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Self-described Jedi alleges discrimination

Chris Jarvis of Southend, England, says wearing his hood up is his religious right. The subscriber to the Jedi Faith - from the Star Wars fictional universe - was asked to remove his hood in a Southend Jobcentre recently, reports the U.K.'s Daily Mail.  But instead of using the Force to convince staff they didn't really want him to comply with the dress code, Jarvis alleged he was being discriminated against.  "I am a Star Wars follower. It means following the way of the Jedi," Jarvis told the Daily Mail. "The main reason is I want to wear my hood up and I have got a religion which allows me to do that. Someone with their own religious views is allowed to wear what their religion says - the Sikhs are able to carry a great big dagger. My religion allows me to wear my hood." The father of three wrote Jobcentre Plus to complain of the incident. They sent him back an apology letter...
"We as an organization have a duty of care to both customers and staff, therefore for security reasons we ask customers to remove their hoods. I have spoken to member staff and it was not their intention to offend your beliefs," the letter says. Despite the apology, Jarvis intends to sue, the Daily Mail reports.
In a 2001 census, about 30,000 people in the U.K. listed Jedi as their religion, making it the fourth most popular belief system in the country.  In the 2001 Canadian census, 20,000 people identified as followers of the Jedi faith.   Other English-speaking countries saw similar numbers. A widespread Internet campaign helped spark the Jedi census phenomenon.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Up yours ROGERS for ruining my HTC device with your bullshit update!

Rogers Wireless went and did it. They forced all HTC Dream/Magic users to go through a mandatory update for the E911 bug. Note: Users had reported this issue to Rogers in September 2009, but despite the severity of the issue a fix did not come around until January of 2010.

If you have been keeping up, or if you own either of those two devices (I own the HTC Magic) you will know what I am talking about. Once a fix was finally available it was forced onto the users by cutting off their 3G internet connection (WTF? Rogers Wireless, you bitch! What about breach of contract? What the hell does GPS or 911 calls have to do with 3G internet? And if the 3G connection is a part of the bug, why was it not disabled immediately after finding the bug?).

Consider the following.

Android is an Open Source OS. This issue was resolved by developers in version 1.6. As of writing this, Android's latest release is v 2.0. Rogers, on the other hand, still runs version 1.5 on their devices.

You'd think the most reasonable way to proceed would be for Rogers to issue an OTA upgrade to all it's users and update them to 1.6, not only to fix the bug, but to reap the benefits of the updated build.

Again, considering Android is open source many, if not most, users had already upgraded to 'customized' versions of the OS running builds 1.6+.

Rogers decided to force everyone, regardless if you had an updated version of Android running on your device or not, to update. If you chose not to update, Rogers cut off your Data until you did so citing they "had the power to do so".

Rogers, thank you for ruining everyone's HTC device with a late upgrade. Considering again the GPS issue was resolved as of v1.6 roughly 6 months earlier, you forced (or else lose your 3G data) everyone running newer builds to reflash back to a build with a perfected SPL taking ROOT away from all of us (basically locking the phone and taking away all its open sourcedness glory). What the hell is the point of an open source OS on our phones if we can't do anything with them!?! I hate you, but not as bad as I hate Bell.

nyways, if you hate this move as much as I do, join the Facebook Group Up yours Rogers for ruining my HTC device with your bullshit update!

I can't even cancel my plan in retaliation without Rogers
bending me over.