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Apple sics lawyers on hot and bothered MacBook Pro users

Apple's new MacBook Pro is one hot machine, both literally and figuratively. One enterprising Something Awful reader took apart his machine to find out why and discovered a mess in the way thermal glue was applied to the heat sink. But instead of acknowledging and offering to fix the problem, Apple's legal department responded with a threatening letter.
Written by Ed Burnette, Contributor on

Apple's new MacBook Pro is one hot machine, both literally and figuratively. One enterprising Something Awful reader took apart his machine to find out why and discovered a mess in the way thermal glue was applied to the heat sink. Apparently, Apple's own service manual shows the sloppy manufacturing process that is causing the heat problem.

So Apple immediately acknowledged and offered to fix the problem, right? Wrong. Apple's legal department responded with a threatening letter because the image from the manual was copyrighted. The letter was marked "Privileged/Confidential, Not for Posting or Redistribution", so of course the webmaster posted a copy on his site. According to the letter, "Apple reserves its right to contact your [SA's] Internet Service Provider in the event you do not comply with these demands". This should lead to some amusing PR damage control in the days to come.

By the way, check out this site showing before and after pictures of the thermal glue mess in the stock Apple MacBook Pro, followed by the cleaned up version that the user did himself to make the notebook run much cooler. Aside from the heat, which one would you rather have in your brand new $2500 machine? Some users are so annoyed by the MacBook Pro quality issues that they're organizing a protest for May 20th. Maybe Apple should hire this guy to run their quality control.

Update: Does your MacBook Pro "moo"? Somebody managed to capture the sound in an MP3 file. Hilarious. 

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