Shivetya 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
Shivetya 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
Shivetya 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
Shivetya 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
Shivetya writes "British scientists may have come up with a vaccine that can prevent every type of Influenza A by concentrating on a protien known as M2. This protein has hardly changed within the last 100 years and has been found in the current bird flu and the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish flu. The story, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/hea lth/healthmain.html?in_article_id=425227&in_page_i d=1774 , also reports a Swiss group doing similar research. Combine this story and recent ones on Slashdot concerning diabetes, http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/1 6/218236 , perhaps this decade will see to the end of some of the worlds most vexing health problems?"
Shivetya 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"