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Comment Re:Israel (Score 1) 483

Israeli drivers are nuts, and that's coming from a Montrealer.

This query has to be coming from Israel, probably Tel Aviv.

Except that in Israel the electricity isn't crappy and there are a lot of street lights in all but the most rural communities. Driving laws are enforced... although not as strictly as I would have liked.

And although the people do drive like nuts, very aggressive and have a tendency to road-rage, motor vehicle related fatalities are lower than the US


Submission + - Google Video Terminating Video Sales/Rents (google.com)

arikb writes: "I just received the following email:


As a valued Google user, we're contacting you with some important
information about the videos you've purchased or rented from Google Video.
In an effort to improve all Google services, we will no longer offer the
ability to buy or rent videos for download from Google Video, ending the
DTO/DTR (download-to-own/rent) program. This change will be effective
August 15, 2007.

To fully account for the video purchases you made before July 18, 2007, we
are providing you with a Google Checkout bonus for $2.00. Your bonus
expires in 60 days, and you can use it at the stores listed here:
http://www.google.com/checkout/signupwelcome.html. The minimum purchase
amount must be equal to or greater than your bonus amount, before shipping
and tax.

After August 15, 2007, you will no longer be able to view your purchased
or rented videos.

If you have further questions or requests, please do not hesitate to
contact us. Thank you for your continued support.


The Google Video Team

Is that the end of for-pay video downloads from Google?"

The Courts

Submission + - France bans citizens from reporting violence

An anonymous reader writes: InfoWorld has reported that the French Constitutional Council has approved a law that prohibits anyone other than "professional journalists" from photographing, filming and/or broadcasting acts of violence. Activists are concerned that bloggers and website operators could also be targeted for prosecution if they post violent content... The article describes how the timing is unfortunate since it comes exactly 16 years after the filming of the Rodney King beating by Los Angeles police. Will professional journalists in France be required to seek a license from the government? Just who is a "professional journalist"?

Submission + - Asterisk 1.4.1 Released

An anonymous reader writes: The Asterisk and Zaptel development teams have released Asterisk 1.4.1. This release contains a very large number of bug fixes, including a fix for the recently discovered security vulnerability. Because of the security vulnerability fix present in this version, all users of Asterisk 1.4 are urged to update as soon as they can schedule it.

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