The emissions requirements for diesels in the US are increasing. Sorry, it's late, but it has something to do with new diesels having to have 'Urea' tanks, so Urea mixes in with the diesel exhaust to reduce sulfur or something else bad coming out of the tail pipe.. These increased emissions requirements for diesels in the US reduce the fuel efficiency advantage of diesel over a gas engine to a point where it is below ~~ (from my memory of the interview with Bob Lutz )10% advantage (Bob Lutz).
Clackamas Community College (CCC) in Oregon City Oregon are trying out Moodle in some online courses, and as learning aids for on-site courses, and may eventually replace Blackboard with Moodle in the future.
My Calculus II class at this Junior College is on Moodle and we use it to ask and answer HW questions between class times.
I too received a letter a while back, I don't remember if they upgraded me from 4 to 8 or 4 to 12Mb/s, but they did also double the upload rate to mid 80KB/s instead of 42KB/s.
Good for me and Utorrent.
XueCast writes: "Today, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has just announced that they currently are preparing to release the world's first half Terabyte 2.5 inch Hard Disk Drive units in February 2008. The new 500GB HDD units will be released as a part of Hitachi's popular portable HDD family, the Travelstar.
Hitachi will release two models of these new Travelstar HDD units, the 5K500 and the E5K500. Travelstar 5K500 HDD units will be released first in February and they will be cheaper but will have less features than their E5K500 counterparts, which will see the store shelves later in the mid 2008."
coondoggie writes: "The longest-running search for radio signals from alien civilizations is receiving 500 times more data from an upgraded telescope and better frequency coverage than project planners anticipated, meaning the SETI@home project is in dire need of more desktop computers to help crunch the data.
New, more sensitive receivers on the world's largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and better frequency coverage are generating 500 times more data for the project than before, project leaders said in a release. SETI@home software has been upgraded to deal with this new data as the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) enters a new era and offers a new opportunity for those who want to help find other civilizations in the universe.
Lucas123 writes: "Hitachi has released its Travelstar 5K500 2.5-inch disk drive that has 500GB capacity and spins at 5,400 rpm with a 3Gbit/sec Serial Advanced Technology Attachment interface. At the same time, Asus announced a 1TB laptop that incorporates two 500GB drives. The Asus M70 will be launched at CES next week. It comes optionally equipped with a digital/analog TV tuner and video recording capability. The Hitachi will be available in February for about $350 for a 400GB version and about $400 for a 500GB version."
Agent__Smith writes: "According to Foxnews.com the RIAA may soon be going after users that are ripping any file from any CD. This applies even if you own the CD and are ripping one copy to your own computer for your own use on an iPod or other MP3 player... There is a case in Arizona right now testing the water for future cases... This could get ugly and very expensive. So much for fair use."
LiquidNitrogen writes: Previously discussed on UbuntuForums, Winutuxu is now making rounds on the internet as a heavily cracked though full working copy of windows XP SP2 with Ubuntu Human Theme built right in the OS. Winutuxu also comes with a number of open source applications pre-installed. Check out some of the screenshots of Winutuxu.
tigerhawkvok writes: "Everyone has some gripe about the the RIAA. Well, here's one that we can all partake in, more than usual: The RIAA has officially started suing people for copying CDs to their hard drive. Yes. You read that right. They want you to fill up your PMPs with just content downloaded from their label websites, Microsoft's marketplace, iTunes, or what have you. No CDs allowed.
No, this is not just the famous side-comment of "when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Copying a song you bought is "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy' " as said by the Sony/BMG chick. This is an actual lawsuit.
This disgusting trend brought to your attention courtesy Engadget."
Metaleks writes: 'Tis the season to be jolly. But all is not well. It would seem that YouTube is censoring those who lack Christmas spirit. One after another, atheists on YouTube are being removed from Top 100 lists, and having their channels stripped of any honours. To prove this wasn't some sort of YouTube glitch, one atheist went as far as creating another account. As soon as he was "discovered" of being an atheist his videos were stripped of any honours and his name taken off of the Top 100 lists. Why is YouTube censoring atheists?