sas-dot writes: UK's newspaper Independent headlines the brewing consumer revolt 'Consumer militancy' as individuals join forces on the internet to fight back against the state and big business. Citing from banks to football how the revolts happened, it has to say about banks "A mass revolt has left the high street banks facing thousands of claims from customers seeking to claw back some of the £4.75bn levied annually on charges for overdrafts and bounced cheques. More than one million forms demanding refunds have been downloaded from a number of consumer websites. The banks are settling out of court, often paying £1,000 a time." Is this going to be the future internet activism?
Google is set to start filtering videos and other content on YouTube for copyrighted materials, taking a key step in helping the online video-sharing site comply with one of the biggest complaints it faces — rampant piracy."
IEEE1394 writes: Have you ever wondered how much of a burden on the electrical grid your gaming system was? Well, this article breaks it down. What they found was that the Nintendo Wii was by far the most power conscientous. The Wii only costs around 1.00 a month to run with WiiConnect24 running, and 0.20 cents a month without. The glutenous pigs turn out to be the Xbox 360 and the SONY PS3, not surprisingly.
andy1307 writes: According to this article in the Washington Post, Chinese teenagers deemed addicted to the internet are being treated in military run installation. Led by Tao Ran, a military researcher who built his career by treating heroin addicts, the clinic uses a tough-love approach that includes counseling, military discipline, drugs, hypnosis and mild electric shocks. The state run media blames internet addiction for for a murder over virtual property earned in an online game, for a string of suicides and for the failure of youths in their studies. Located on an army training base, the Internet-addiction clinic is distinct from the other buildings on campus because of the metal grates and padlocks on every door and the bars on every window.From the article "On the first level are 10 locked treatment rooms geared toward treating teen patients suffering from disturbed sleep, lack of motivation, aggression, depression and other problems. Unlike the rest of the building, which is painted in blues and grays and kept cold to keep the teens alert, these rooms are sunny and warm."