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This price increase is cause by the cost of content going up several hundred percent.
Tell the content creators to lower their prices and cable companies could too.

As it is, Content creators charge what they want for their creation. As is their right.... Cable companies charge what it takes to make money over the top of that.

Unlike consumer electronics, somethings get more expensive over time, not less.


The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

Submission + - Time to Repeal the PATRIOT ACT? (associatedcontent.com) 1

A non-mouse Coward writes: Ashton Lundeby, a 10th grade home schooler with no criminal record, was arrested in his North Carolina home by the FBI replete with tactical gear, suspected of bomb threats made from a Skype account on his IP address. During the raid, no bomb-making paraphernalia was found. Arrested under the PATRIOT ACT, Lundeby was not allowed access to an attorney during initial interrogation and has been imprisoned for over 60 days without an official indictment. Lundeby has what appears to be a valid alibi and his mother believes his Skype account was hijacked by a hacker who has harassed the family for months. Many are calling this a prime example to repeal the PATRIOT ACT.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Duke Nukem Developer Shuts Down (tomshardware.com)

PLSQL Guy writes: "Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms is shutting down, according to Shacknews, who cites 'a reliable source close to the company' who said the developer, along with the recently resurrected Apogee name, is finished and employees from both have already been let go. It looks like all of the Duke Nukem Forever jokes are turning into reality- it looks like DNF might turn out to be the ultimate vaporware after all."
Operating Systems

Virtualization Is Not All Roses 214

An anonymous reader writes "Vendors and magazines are all over virtualization like a rash, like it is the Saviour for IT-kind. Not always, writes analyst Andi Mann in Computerworld." I've found that when it works, it's really cool, but it does add a layer of complexity that wasn't there before. Then again, having a disk image be a 'machine' is amazingly useful sometimes.

Submission + - RIAA going after Colleges

Pojut writes: "The Washington Post has an article on the RIAA increasing the number of letters out to colleges and college students around the country demanding that action be taken against the student's that have contributed nearly 1.3 billion downloads a year. In addition, they are asking (once again) that schools block access to services which allow such downloads. In many cases cases, there are threats of litigation.

From the article:

"At schools that don't institute or enforce such policies, some students might be getting mail from the trade group. Last week, the RIAA sent 400 letters to students at 13 colleges warning them that they will either have to pay up for illegally downloading music or face a lawsuit."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic le/2007/03/08/AR2007030801895.html"

Submission + - EU agrees renewable energy target

cuby writes: "The EU has agreed to cut 20% of CO2 emissions until 2020, based on the emissions of the year 1990. If an agreement with other countries (US,China...) is reached, they can rise the cut to 30%. Moreover, they agreed that, in the same year, 20% of all energy must have its origin in renewable sources (nuclear doesn't count). Some countries like France and Poland will have to do heavy work, but other ones like Portugal have established stricter targets. In this country until 2010, 40% of the energy will come from renewable sources. Pretty daily statistics with current production here (in Portuguese)."

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