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Users baffled as Zune MP3 players freeze up

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(CNN) — Baffled consumers are griping about a mysterious glitch that appeared to cause thousands of Zune music players to simultaneously stop working late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Internet message boards have been flooded with complaints about Zune’s 30GB models freezing, prompting Y2K-like speculation about end-of-year hardware or software problems.

“It seems that every Zune on the planet has just frozen up and will not work,” posted a Mountain Home, Idaho, user on CNN’s iReport.com. “I have 3 and they all in the same night stopped working.”

Another iReporter said he was working the night shift at a Toys R Us store in Puerto Rico when his Zune player and the Zunes of four co-workers all failed about 1:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. iReport.com: They all froze up

“It froze and there was no way to turn it off so you just have to wait until the batteries went dead. You can’t push any buttons or anything,” Carlos Colon told CNN. Colon said he owns a first-generation 30GB model. VideoWatch Colon describe how his Zune suddenly froze up »

Other users report their Zunes reboot but freeze when the startup status bar reaches 100 percent. A post on Zune.net titled “Help-frozen zune!!!!” had attracted more than 19,000 comments by Wednesday afternoon.

Some Zune users have dubbed the crisis “Y2K9” or “Z2K9,” a reference to New Year’s Eve and concerns over potential widespread computer failures on January 1, 2000 — fears that proved unfounded.

Zune users were still trying to discover the cause of the problem Wednesday afternoon.

Microsoft Corp., maker of the Zune, posted this statement Wednesday morning on the Zune Web site: “Customers with 30gb Zune devices may experience issues when booting their Zune hardware. We’re aware of the problem and are working to correct it. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience!”

Contacted Wednesday morning by e-mail, a Zune spokeswoman said, “We are actively working now to isolate the issue and develop a solution to address it. We will keep customers informed on next steps via the support page on http://www.zune.net/en-US/ (zune.net/support).”

Microsoft released its first Zune 30GB music player, a competitor to Apple’s popular iPod, in 2006. No widespread glitches have been reported this week in its second-generation 80GB or 120GB models.

Planned obsolescence? A feature? Hmmmm Glad you can count on another fine quality product from Microflaccid! Hmmm maybe it’s a throw back to Y2K! The end is nigh! Oh noes!

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2008/12/31 at 20:41

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Users baffled as Zune MP3 players freeze up

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(CNN) — Baffled consumers are griping about a mysterious glitch that appeared to cause thousands of Zune music players to simultaneously stop working late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Internet message boards have been flooded with complaints about Zune’s 30GB models freezing, prompting Y2K-like speculation about end-of-year hardware or software problems.

“It seems that every Zune on the planet has just frozen up and will not work,” posted a Mountain Home, Idaho, user on CNN’s iReport.com. “I have 3 and they all in the same night stopped working.”

Another iReporter said he was working the night shift at a Toys R Us store in Puerto Rico when his Zune player and the Zunes of four co-workers all failed about 1:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. iReport.com: They all froze up

“It froze and there was no way to turn it off so you just have to wait until the batteries went dead. You can’t push any buttons or anything,” Carlos Colon told CNN. Colon said he owns a first-generation 30GB model. VideoWatch Colon describe how his Zune suddenly froze up »

Other users report their Zunes reboot but freeze when the startup status bar reaches 100 percent. A post on Zune.net titled “Help-frozen zune!!!!” had attracted more than 19,000 comments by Wednesday afternoon.

Some Zune users have dubbed the crisis “Y2K9” or “Z2K9,” a reference to New Year’s Eve and concerns over potential widespread computer failures on January 1, 2000 — fears that proved unfounded.

Zune users were still trying to discover the cause of the problem Wednesday afternoon.

Microsoft Corp., maker of the Zune, posted this statement Wednesday morning on the Zune Web site: “Customers with 30gb Zune devices may experience issues when booting their Zune hardware. We’re aware of the problem and are working to correct it. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience!”

Contacted Wednesday morning by e-mail, a Zune spokeswoman said, “We are actively working now to isolate the issue and develop a solution to address it. We will keep customers informed on next steps via the support page on http://www.zune.net/en-US/ (zune.net/support).”

Microsoft released its first Zune 30GB music player, a competitor to Apple’s popular iPod, in 2006. No widespread glitches have been reported this week in its second-generation 80GB or 120GB models.

Planned obsolescence? A feature? Hmmmm Glad you can count on another fine quality product from Microflaccid! Hmmm maybe it’s a throw back to Y2K! The end is nigh! Oh noes!

Written by Krypt3ia

2008/12/31 at 20:41

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Fan Fuckin Tastic!

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I had never seen this episode until tonight. All in all one of the BEST Stewie episodes of all!

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2008/12/31 at 19:37

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Fan Fuckin Tastic!

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I had never seen this episode until tonight. All in all one of the BEST Stewie episodes of all!

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2008/12/31 at 19:37

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Fan Fuckin Tastic!

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I had never seen this episode until tonight. All in all one of the BEST Stewie episodes of all!

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2008/12/31 at 19:37

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Is recession behind spike in bank robberies?

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NEW YORK (CNN) — A rash of bank robberies in New York has the city’s police commissioner worried that criminals have turned banks into “virtual cash machines” and some wondering whether tough economic times are fueling the trend.

On Monday alone, robbers targeted five banks in the Big Apple, some striking in broad daylight and near famous landmarks.

Police called the incidents unrelated, but they’re just the latest examples of the growing tally of hold-ups.

Bank robberies in New York have risen 54 percent compared with last year, with criminals committing more than 430 in the past 12 months, according to the New York police department.

“As it stands now, they’ve turned [banks] into virtual cash machines,” New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Bank robberies are also up in many areas across the country, including San Diego, California, and Houston, Texas, federal law enforcement experts told CNN.

It’s enough for some to link the trend to the rash of layoffs, the plummeting stock market and the bust in the real estate values, all of which have left many Americans in dire financial straits.

“It makes me think that the recession is making people go to extreme measures,” a woman who frequents one of the banks robbed Monday told The New York Times. VideoWatch where the robbers struck »

But Kelly said it’s not clear whether the bad economic times are fueling the unusual spike.

“People want to say… it’s because of the economy. I think it’s too early to make that statement,” he said.

CNN security analyst Mike Brooks agreed, adding that although there are typically many bank robberies during the holidays, there are no data to suggest that any recent spike was caused by the economy.

Another expert said it’s possible that the difficulty of finding a job right now may be a factor, but he doubted that law-abiding citizens are turning to crime to make ends meet.

“It’s hard to attribute the bank robberies to people who were let go from Lehman Brothers or other organizations that are in trouble,” said Alfred Blumstein, who has researched criminal justice for 20 years and is a professor of operations research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.

“I would anticipate that people who rob banks have been involved with crime before because that’s not where one is likely to start,” Blumstein said.

A person who might turn to robbing banks is someone in their late teens or early 20s who has already broken the law and has decided to move on to a bigger target, he added.

“Bank robbery is a very high-risk activity, because most banks have various surveillance equipment in place, and it requires a degree of aggressiveness that otherwise law-abiding folks are not likely to take on,” Blumstein said.

Some officials say the modern, customer-friendly design of banks — with easy access to tellers and cash — is too tempting for robbers.

“We don’t like the business plan that makes a bank look like a living room,” Kelly said “We [advise] just some common sense provisions, such as so-called bandit barriers, so that tellers have some option to act when somebody puts a note in front of them.”

In fact, bank robbers have simply handed tellers a note in a vast majority of hold-ups in New York. Kelly put the figure at 80 percent and added that although the rest of the robbers claimed to have a gun, many didn’t actually show it.

Mike Smith, president and CEO of the New York Bankers Association, is meeting with the NYPD to see what more can be done to discourage robbers. He said banks have a significant amount of security, some of which may not be visible to the public.

“Are there enhancements? Obviously. Criminals talk to each other, they know what’s going on, but typically they are apprehended,” Mike Smith said.

I believe there is a direct corollary here. Times are tough, the economy is melting, the banks are closing, the car companies are dying, and the fat cats (mostly) are still fat and laughing on wall street. So, yeah, I can see how people would be less inclined to revere the law when they feel disabused by it, the government, and life.

My question is: “So are our houses next?”

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2008/12/31 at 19:31

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The test came and she passed.

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I don’t care what the cops say… Just giving in only leads to more potential abuse and maybe death. Now this guy really wanted a car, I mean a VW microbus? In any case, this lady’s fast reflexes and instinct may have saved her life. Sure, the guy didn’t shoot her when he had the chance, but that isn’t to say he wouldn’t have in a concealed place and where he felt comfortable.

Now, of course had she had a bobcat .22 in her bag or on her hip then this story might have been much shorter… Just sayin…

Written by Krypt3ia

2008/12/31 at 19:15

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