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Submission + - Super-green minivans are possible today

Roland Piquepaille writes: "According to the Mercury News, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has designed a super-green minivan. The Vanguard is a vehicle concept that could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent and exceed California's 2016 global warming standards. This minivan, which only exists as a computer simulation, would use existing technologies and could run on a gasoline-ethanol blend. Such a vehicle would only "cost $300 more than one of today's minivans, but it would save an owner $1,300 over the lifetime of the vehicle." Of course, as UCS is not a car maker, it's hard to know if such a concept will really be used by the automotive industry. Here is a link to more references and pictures about this concept vehicle which may reach the U.S. roads one day."
Media

Submission + - Marvel Comics Hottest Girls

scarletwitch writes: "Marvel Database has compiled a selection of the most popular and attractive comic book heroines and villains. The selected girls include, but are not limited to the playable female characters featured in Marvel Ultimate Alliance and X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse: Elektra, Phoenix (Jean Grey), Scarlet Witch, Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Mystique (Raven Darkholme), Psylocke (Elisabeth Braddock) and Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew). The others are included in the current comics roster or have had an impact on the marvel universe."
Google

Tax Accounting Evil at Google? 261

theodp writes "In its annual report, Google said it's done no tax-accounting evil, but the search giant acknowledged that both the IRS and SEC are taking a look at the way in which it accounts for income tax. Google is one of a number of U.S. companies that have come under fire for allegedly practicing 'profit laundering', i.e., moving book profits offshore to evade millions and even billions in taxes to the country where it really operates. In past SEC filings, Google has credited its Irish subsidiary for reducing its effective tax rate."
The Almighty Buck

Why DRM Cannot Open Up New Business Models 131

An anonymous reader writes "Techdirt has a cool post up that doesn't just explain why DRM is bad, but gives a really interesting economic explanation for why DRM cannot create successful new business models. Since the RIAA and MPAA keep insisting that DRM will create new business models, it's useful to see an argument for why that's basically impossible." As the article says, anyone can create a "new" business model. Creating a successful "new" business model is what is so elusive here.
Microsoft

Microsoft OneCare Last in Antivirus Tests 144

Juha-Matti Laurio writes "PC World has a story reporting that Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare came in dead last out of a group of 17 antivirus programs tested against hundreds of thousands of pieces of malware. The report of an Austrian antivirus researcher was released at the AV Comparatives Web site this week. Several free AV products were included in the test as well." While the top dog was able to find 99.5% of the malicious code, OneCare clocked in at 82.4%. Of course, there's no metric for the severity of the malware in the 17% gap.
Space

Total Lunar Eclipse This Weekend 133

SeaDour writes "This Saturday night, March 3rd, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from nearly all inhabited parts of the world. A great shadow will stretch across the surface of the moon, eventually casting it in an eerie red glow as sunlight filters through our atmosphere onto the lunar surface. Viewers in Europe and Africa will have the best vantage point, able to watch the entire eclipse in action, while observers in most of the western hemisphere can see it eclipsed as it rises just after sunset."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Best Buy for whom?

Registered Coward v2 writes: Best Buy has been caught using an intranet to limit price matching of their own web site. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-watchdog0302, 0,5198012.column?coll=hc-utility-local Apparently, according to a company spokesman, their employees find it difficult to distinguish between accessing an internal site and their own external ones. Of course, they have no problem distinguishing between a higher and lower price nor charging the higher one.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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