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Shivetya (243324) writes "A judge has decided that the American Disabilities Act requires services like Netflix to provide Closed Captioning support for any video it streams on its website. The easiest means to comply would be to remove all videos which do not have a closed captioning component, the other route would require Netflix to pay to have this done to any video it wants to provide. The implications to other provides is immense as well." Link to Original Source top
Star Wars The Old Republic gaing the wrong kind of
Shivetya (243324) writes "Only out for weeks one element of Bioware's hit Star Wars The Old Republic is bringing the wrong kind of attention to the genre. The mistreatment of women and worse, the seemingly large number of players who love to openly boast about abusing their virtual women." Link to Original Source top
Tesla motors announces prices for their upcomng Mo
Shivetya (243324) writes "They aren't cheap and the prices are listed assuming the $7500 tax credit. A 160 mile range S will set you back $49,900, the 230 mile is at $59,000, and the 300 mile range S will cost $69,000. Battery sizes are 40,60, and 85kwh respectively. For your money these cars also include a very large seventeen inch touchscreen. Is this the electric car you've been waiting for or another rich person's toy?" Link to Original Source top
Shivetya writes "A gas station in Michigan has come up with an innovated way to allow drivers to pump gas first and pay afterward while at the same time attempting to prevent drive offs. Now drivers can scan their license to pump the gas before paying. The license information is never seen by the store unless the event is flagged as a drive off. Good idea or bad?" Link to Original Source top
Obama admistration wants power to indefinitely det
Shivetya (243324) writes "Apparently there is a struggle over a defense appropriations bill, one section contains language allowing for the indefinite detention of people associated with terrorist. While one Democratic Senator moved to strike the language from the bill that was defeated, according to Senator Carl Levin it was the Administration which had the language excluding American citizens removed from the bill." Link to Original Source top
" rel="nofollow">Shivetya writes "Researches at MIT have improved on flow batteries to where the size needed to deliver the equivalent power of current batteries can be done in half the size. You could even go as far as pumping in new charged liquid and pump out the old for reuse." Link to Original Source top
Shivetya writes "Ever wanted to know whats going on in your car beyond what the automaker lets you see through the dashboard indicators and idiot lights? Well there is a new option, DashDAQ, which hooks into your cars diagnostic connectors and reveals information about your cars performance in real-time. It is Linux drive with some sites claiming it is open-source, though I can't find that actual quote on the product page, and allows for attaching of Linux based GPS units as well. Looks really sharp and it recently took home nine awards at SEMA. Get a jump on the story at Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com/2007/11/06/sema-2007-revisiting-the-dashdaq/ and see the product page at http://www.dashdaq.com/index.html" top
Shivetya (243324) writes "The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced a new system for determining the fuel economy of many cars and trucks. Hardest hit will be hybrids as all electric driving is not considered. At the same time many medium duty vehicles will get rated, but not have to be published until 2011 This move to more realistic ratings will severly reduce the high numbers some cars have posted. The story was originally from the LA times but can be found here http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1212-05.ht m"
The recent iPad announcement has cemented that belief in my head. I suppose increase from 99 cents to $1.29 music should have been a clue or the really non competitive costs for renting movies across iTunes. However it is the recent book deals that finally ended the debate. When major publishers are rejoicing you know it means we are getting screwed. The iPad is wholly an item to support content providers. We have gone from being the customer of Steve Jobs and Apple to simply being a feature to sell the content providers. Content providers are Apple's new customer.
So the idea that e-books would bring us lower costs is out the door because Apple wants its cut and will use the content providers as the bogeyman all the while raking in larger amounts of the cut as each new deal is signed.