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Submission + - Google bans YouTube download in Android app

Andrew Smith writes: "Web browser Dolphin HD hit Google's Android app market last week with much fanfair. Personally I found its browsing experience quite poor, but it does have one very useful feature: Easy and reliable downloading of YouTube videos to the phone's SD card. Today an update hit the market, with a single change noted: "Removed YouTube Download (Required by Google, violates the YouTube Terms of Service)" Naturally people are going to wonder if Google is heading in the Apple direction of tightly controlling what functionality can be included in apps. Or has the ban on YouTube downloading been imposed simply because Google owns YouTube? There are other YouTube downloaders available for Android, but in my experience they don't work at all well."

Submission + - The Holy Grail Of Infinitely Variable Transmission (

ElectricSteve writes: Ready for a bit of a mental mechanical challenge? Try your hand at understanding how the D-Drive works. Steve Durnin's ingenious new gearbox design is infinitely variable — that is, with your motor running at a constant speed, the D-Drive transmission can smoothly transition from top gear all the way through neutral and into reverse. It doesn't need a clutch, it doesn't use any friction drive components, and the power is always transmitted through strong, reliable gear teeth. In fact, it's a potential revolution in transmission technology — it could be pretty much the holy grail of gearboxes... if only it wasn't so diabolically hard to explain.

Comment Re:What Would This Change? (Score 3, Insightful) 372

Agreed. But you have technically-ignorant people from both sides of the argument thinking it will do something. It would be nice if both sides were informed that:

1. It could never be mandatory, and if it was made so it would be unenforceable
2. If it wasn't mandatory, few if any sites would actually register to avoid being TLD-blocked.

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