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AshtangiMan writes "I just got my DTV coupons in the mail, and have been researching what is available for the rabbit ear crowd now that many TV broadcasters are broadcasting digital and even HD signals. It turns out that there are "off the air" (OTA) terrestrial ATSC appliances, some include a DVD burner and there are a couple with HDD as well. Perhaps the market will improve as this becomes more mainstream, but there still are not very good alternatives for OTA DVR, and the few that I found do not record in HD, but in 480p. Likewise, the coverter boxes that are eligeable for the coupons only feed 480i signals out. I wonder why, but I also am thinking that with an ATSC tuner in there it should not be too much of a strech to extend the device to output other formats. Does anyone here know more about this technology, and why there aren't more TIVO like appliances that (without a subscription) will provide a DVR for OTA HD?" top
AshtangiMan (684031) writes "Who would have imagined, something that seemed so promising at the small scale could break down at the larger scale? OK, so perhaps a lot of us did, but the NY Times (sorry, subscription required) today writes of biofuel production being a contributer to greenhouse gasses due to the most likely case of land use redesignation. That is, previous calculations did not account for the effects of clearing existing grasslands, rain forests, etc. to increase farmland available for biofuel production. From the article, "The clearance of grassland releases 93 times the amount of greenhouse gas that would be saved by the fuel made annually on that land [. ..]". That's a big CO2 downpayment on an already controversial technology. So much for the carbon neutrality of biodiesel." Link to Original Source