Cost Of The First Panasonic & Samsung 3D HDTVs To Be About $3,000

The prices for the first 3D HDTVs is going to be pricey. Panasonic has confirmed that a 50″ 3D HDTV with a 3D Blu-ray player and one set of glasses will retail for about $2,900. Extra 3D glasses will cost you another $150 per pair according to the company. Samsung says their deal on a 46″ 3D HDTV, with a 3D Blu-ray player and two pairs of glasses will be $3,000 and includes a 3D movie.

There is good news. The HDTVs can switch between 3D and 2D, which doesn’t require glasses to view. LOL

Panasonic recently announced that the company will be partnering with Best Buy once the 3D sets hit the stores. But it makes one wonder just how many of these new 3D sets will sell at such high prices?

I know I will be waiting for prices to drop and also to see just how popular 3D will be for home use.

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Mozilla Firefox 3 Needs A Fix Already

Mozilla may have broken two records. One for the most downloads in a 24 hour period. The second for needing a vulnerability fix only 5 hours after being released. The latter I am sure was not expected. But what the heck. Nobody is perfect and the folks at Mozilla are only human. It is going to be interesting to see how quickly this can be fixed.

TippingPoints / DV Lab reports:

A number of people who monitor our Zero Day Initiative’s Upcoming Advisories page noticed yesterday that we reported a vulnerability to Mozilla (ZDI-CAN-349).  Taking into account the coincidental timing of the Firefox 3.0 release, many are asking us if this is the first reported critical vulnerability in the latest version of the popular open source browser.

What we can confirm is that about five hours after the official release of Firefox 3.0 on June 17th, our Zero Day Initiative program received a critical vulnerability affecting Firefox 3.0 as well as prior versions of Firefox 2.0.x. We verified the vulnerability in our lab, acquired it from the researcher, then promptly reported the vulnerability to the Mozilla security team shortly after. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. Not unlike most browser based vulnerabilities that we see these days, user interaction is required such as clicking on a link in email or visiting a malicious web page.

I am sure the folks at Mozilla might feel that this could put a damper on their world record for downloads. I don’t believe it will. What is unfortunate is that this was not found before the final release.  :-(

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I Downloaded Firefox 3 Just To Be A Part Of History

So today was the big day. The day when Firefox 3 final became available to the masses. The day the Mozilla team was hoping to set a world record for downloads. Which is kind of strange. It has been stated there is no current download record, so I guess their intent was to make this a first. But back on June 3rd I wrote about not joining in. I indicated that I had some serious doubts that the servers could handle the load. [See my article here.]

My purpose was not to criticize Mozilla for attempting to break a record. My purpose was to hopefully prevent an embarrassment if the servers did crash. Yet some of the responses I got in the comments section, some of which I did not approve, told me I was a trader to the cause. Not a real Firefox loyalist, a Microsoft shill and others indicated I should have sex with myself. :-)

So this morning when I read that the servers had crashed I could of taken advantage of the situation and congratulated myself for my wisdom. But instead I waited awhile and than downloaded a copy of Firefox 3 just to be a part of history and maybe, just maybe, help Mozilla set a world record.

Even though I still believe that the whole record thing is nothing more than a childish publicity stunt, I am a loyal Firefox devotee. As I have previously stated, I have been using Firefox since Firefox was in diapers. Before Firefox it was Netscape as my main browser. I have been a loyal user while most of those who criticized my stance were still crawling around their parents home on their hands and knees. :-)

Good luck Mozilla team. I hope you get your record.

Comments welcome.

PS I’m not going to install it just yet. Some of my extensions still don’t work right with version 3 yet.


Firefox 3 Download Day 2008 – Don't Do It!

I have been using Firefox before many of you found it fashionable to jump on board. I have used every version of the now popular browser, having suffered through more bugs and fixes than I care to recall. I am a Firefox loyalist and will be so until the software is pried away from my dying hands. But I find it hard to jump on the Download Day 2008, in which Firefox 3 is trying to set a download record. My questions is why?

Is there some underlying reason that the folks at Mozilla believe that setting a download record is going to bring millions of converts to Firefox 3? How about this. Can Mozilla guarantee that there will be sufficient servers available to handle millions of download requests at once? Is this going to be another one of those frustrating experiences when people can’t connect to the servers and their request is rejected?

IMHO I believe that trying a scheme such as this is going to either frustrate downloaders or suck more bandwidth slowing down the entire system, which could have undesirable consequences.

But what do you think? Is this a good idea or a time and bandwidth waster?

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Firefox 3 Looking At A Possible RC2

It seems that the folks over at Mozilla are thinking about another release candidate or adding another beta version, prior to the final release. Seems that not is well with version 3 and the team has some concerns that need to be addressed. On there site it is stated:

Hi Folks,

The QA team is still doing directed testing and we are collecting
feedback on RC1.  We’ve been triaging the bugs and so far have 10 bugs
that look of the highest priority:

We are going to approve these to land on trunk so we can get regression
and nightly testing on them.  If we need to do an RC2 they’ll be ready
to go – if we ship RC1 we can get them in the 3.0.1.  If you are an
owner of one of this bugs your assistance in landing them would be much

ONLY patches with approval1.9+ can land.  We want to keep this to
*critical* bugs only (e.g. common crashes, severe breakage of major
functionality, etc) – if we have to do an RC2 the test/feedback cycle
will be shorter than a dot release.



Hopefully the folks at Mozilla will be able to get the bugs ironed out and the final release will be the best Firefox yet.

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