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Comment: Re:Mountain Edition ? (Score 1) 102

by dickeya (#33993400) Attached to: Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

To match the capability of a Jeep Rubicon Wrangler, you will need a low range t-case and lockers front & rear. Otherwise you can't compete. While tires & lift may not be big expenses, regearing & locking is. Gears, rebuild kits and labor will likely run you $400 an axle, plus $600 per axle if you decide to add lockers. And that's likely a non-selectable locker. Plan on $900 per axle if you go with an ARB or Ox. Plus you need to get a better t-case in there to even consider playing on the rocks. The Samurai comes with a 2.2:1 t-case, the Rubicon has a 4:1.

Just the other day I saw a used 2003 Rubicon for $8k. To get a Samurai to that level, you'll need to spend $2400 on gears and lockers for both axles, and $600 on a t-case gear reduction kit. That doesn't even include labor, and rebuilding a t-case isn't that cheap. Once you factor in the "upgrades", I wouldn't consider that Jeep a poor value at all.

Comment: Re:Mountain Edition ? (Score 1) 102

by dickeya (#33990624) Attached to: Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition
Are you retarded? How many vehicles come with solid axles front & rear, coil suspension, and have options for locking diffs and a 4:1 transfer case? Today's stock Jeep will floor anything Jeep has ever made in the past, as well as pretty much any other stock vehicle available. And as for that 2nd gen Samurai... by the time you're done it's not a Samurai anymore.
Software

Opera Launches Facial Gesture Capability 199

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the because-they-can dept.
cstrep writes "Eight years ago, Opera introduced Mouse Gestures as a way to speed up your interaction with the browser, and focus on what's important: Content. In 2005, Voice Navigation was introduced, and more recently we've worked with Nintendo to create a browser that takes full advantage of the 'Wiimote' and later, the touchscreen in the DSi. Today Opera introduces Face Gestures, a revolutionary technology designed to make interacting with Opera easier on computers with cameras. Face Gestures lets you perform frequent browsing operations with natural and easy to make face gestures. By using an internal technology dubbed 'Face Observation Opera Language,' we are able to recognize pre-determined facial expressions and match them to commands on the Opera browser."
Google

Google Sued Over Deceptive Search Results 246

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the we-come-from-a-land-down-under dept.
biggles266 writes "Internet goliath Google claims to rank search results by relevance, but the search engine engages in deceptive conduct by selling off the top positions to commercial partners, a Sydney court has heard. The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) is taking world-first legal action in the Federal Court against Google Inc over allegedly deceptive conduct related to sponsored links on its websites. The ACCC has brought a two-pronged case against Trading Post and Google — including subsidiaries Google Australia and Google Ireland — for potentially misleading consumers. The consumer watchdog alleges Google does not do enough to differentiate "organic" search results — those ranked by relevance — from sponsored links which appear at the top of the results page."
Google

Google Loses Cache-Copyright Lawsuit in Belgium 340

Posted by Zonk
from the no-convenience-for-you dept.
acroyear writes "A court in Belgium has found that Google's website caching policies are a violation of that nation's copyright laws. The finding is that Google's cache offers effectively free access to articles that, while free initially, are archived and charged for via subscriptions. Google claims that they only store short extracts, but the court determined that's still a violation. From the court's ruling: 'It would be up to copyright owners to get in touch with Google by e-mail to complain if the site was posting content that belonged to them. Google would then have 24 hours to withdraw the content or face a daily fine of 1,000 euros ($1,295 U.S.).'"
The Media

+ - Wikipedia Founder Introduces Open Source Wiki Mags

Submitted by KingJawa
KingJawa (65904) writes "Wikipedia blew away Encyclopedia Brittanica, but can the model be used to upset the magazine industry? Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, thinks so. His company, Wikia, today announced three open-source magazine-style sites where users can write about news, opinion and gossip — one magazine wiki each for politics, entertainment, and local interests. Each open-source magazine hands total editorial control to the readers, allowing them to read, write, edit, and dictate the editorial feel for each topic."
Google

+ - Google Loses Belgian Copyright Case

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Christian Engstrom
Christian Engstrom writes "A court on Tuesday ruled in favour of Belgian newspapers claiming that Google News infringes copyright laws. Google said it was disappointed with the ruling and will appeal. "We believe that Google News is entirely legal," the company said in a statement. "We only ever show the headlines and a few snippets of text and small thumbnail images. If people want to read the entire story they have to click through to the newspaper's website.""
Novell

+ - Microsoft and Novell sketch out interop roadmap

Submitted by Rob
Rob (703254) writes "Microsoft and Novell continue to drip-feed details of their interoperability agreement, sketching out virtualization, management and compatibility plans for 2007, while Novell has announced that it can now run Windows unmodified on Linux. While the patent deal has proved controversial and the reseller deal has seen Microsoft distributing Linux support vouchers, the interoperability element has received less attention. Looking to rectify that situation, the two companies have outlined a "roadmap" for joint development, although delivery dates and technical details are still thin on the ground."
GNOME

+ - 50 000 GNOME Linux desktops in Brazil

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "BitWay Computadores, EnabledPeople and IMTECH Brazil companies today announced that they made large PC desktops deployments for Computers for All Brazil federal government program. Ready PC solution provided by Bitway includes preinstalled Linux XP Desktop operating system developed by EnabledPeople and supported by IMTECH. Estimated month deployment is about 10000 desktops with 50000 desktops already delivered.

Full press release"

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