I stated a few weeks back that the d7000 will have a 1023 firmware update. Well as Larry correctly stated, d8000 had the 1023 fw and 1014 for d7000.
This is not true, I had a follow up call with my calibrator who told me that the Samsung PM provided me with wrong information. The 1014 was suppose to address brightness pops. When I stated to my calibrator that this was not the case, he came down to verify. Upon verificaiton, we had a chat with the Samsung PM. There really is no encouraging information that he passed onto us other than he was not sure what was going on and it should have been fixed. I suspect he did not really want to divelage the truth.
So in my calibrator's opinion, he feels that the pops may not completely go away as Samsung put it there on purpose due to the Energy star mandate.
Ironcially through the grapewine, we heard that turning off all eco-settings does not actually turn off the brightness controls but puts it on low. There could be an option in the service menu to do so but the risk is too great.
As others in the forum have indicated, a good calibration should temporarily resolve the pops or keep them minimal.
I apologize for the mis-information.