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Comment Re: good news (Score 1) 48

I've long considered starting my own company manufacturing and selling routers, and simply using OpenWRT for the default firmware. Ideally employ a programmer to maintain a branch for my hardware, but of course contributing everything to the open source project and keeping nothing proprietary. The problem is that there isn't really a market for it - the vast majority of people simply don't care.

Comment please don't give up (Score 1) 573

I've been waiting for a plex app for my Panasonic TV for ages. Please don't let Panasonic's stupidity get in the way of you bringing it to market. Also, I'm terribly disappointed in the Slashdot hive today. Talking about the shit that is the beta and ignoring the matter of the post is incredibly rude. Good luck and good speed.

Comment Non-issue (Score 5, Insightful) 260

I suspect that this is less about blocking YouTube downloaders, and more about blocking those extensions that appear after not un-checking the box on programs downloaded and installed from the internet. I.e. it's more for the protection of grandma who wants to download a pretty solitaire app than it is for stopping little Johnny downloading his music videos of Miley. If you're smart enough to follow a few simple instructions and install a local extension, you're smart enough to follow a few simple instructions and install the Dev channel of Chrome first.

Adobe Releases Its Own HTML5 Video Player 139

An anonymous reader writes "Webmonkey has an interesting tidbit about Adobe's release of its own HTML5 video player: 'Adobe has released an embeddable video player that plays HTML5 native video in browsers that support it, and falls back to Flash in browsers that don't. It's cross-browser and cross-platform, so it works on iPhones, iPads and other devices that don't support Flash. Using Adobe's new player, these devices can show videos in web pages without the Flash plug-in.'"

Asterisk 1.8 Released With Support For Google Voice 83

Thinkcloud writes with a note that long-standing open-source VoiP software Asterisk has just been updated, and it's packed with more than 200 enhancements, security updates, and new features — including calendar integration and support for Google Voice and Google Talk. Asterisk's fully-featured PBX includes call waiting, hold and transfer, caller ID, and other useful tools so it's a great option for small businesses that need to watch costs."

Mazda Claims 70 mpg For New Engine, No Hybrid Needed 576

thecarchik writes "There's no word on when the new version of the Mazda2 will finally reach the US but when it does we can reveal that it will return a fuel economy of 70 mpg — without the aid of any electric motors. This is because the car will feature Mazda's next-generation of drivetrain, body and chassis technologies, dubbed SKYACTIV. The new Mazda 2 will come powered by a SKYACTIV-G engine, Mazda's next-generation direct injection gasoline mill that achieves significantly improved fuel efficiency thanks to a high compression ratio of 14.0:1 (the world's highest for a production gasoline engine)." I wonder if a real-life-real-drivers 70 mpg car is what will actually arrive, or if such promises will dissolve like Chevy's promises about the Volt did.

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