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Submission + - Harry Potter 5 Standard DVD Defective by Design

An anonymous reader writes: Many people I know — and unsurprisingly, many people online — have already written that the quality of the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix standard DVD is of such poor quality that a VHS tape is a superior version. Even older DVDs from earlier movies in the series stand up with higher quality than this release. Is this a ploy by Warner Bros. to push the HD versions of the film?
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Journal Journal: BioShock does not contain a Rootkit

According to TFP:

I'm only posting this because there is a story going around tech blogs saying that BioShock contains a rootkit as part of the DRM process (SecureROM). THIS IS NOT TRUE Such a story could easily end up in more mainstream sites such as DIGG and alarm people unnecessarily. I know it has been mentioned in one or two threads already, but I think it bears reiterating in an obvious manner. BioShock does not contain a rootkit. It shows up in Microsoft's Root


Submission + - New York taxi drivers to strike over GPS

Stony Stevenson writes: New York City taxi drivers are split on whether they should strike in opposition to a new GPS requirement. One taxi group plans to strike from 5 a.m., Sept. 5, through 5 a.m., Sept. 7, in opposition to New York City's requirement that all cabs be equipped with GPS technology beginning Oct. 1. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which claims more than 8,400 members, announced the strike dates this week, saying GPS infringes on drivers' privacy.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission passed a rule stating that all New York City cabs must have touch-screen display panels, credit card readers, and GPS beginning this year. Many taxis already are equipped with the technologies, which allow passengers to get news, route data, and other information. The TLC claims that the technology will not be used to invade drivers' privacy but will provide real-time maps and help passengers recover lost property.

Submission + - Radiation-Munching Mushrooms (

Philotic writes: Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a unique property of certain fungi that allows them to utilize ionizing radiation similar to how plants harvest energy from the sun. In tests, fungi that contain melanin grow significantly faster than normal when exposed to radiation as high as 500% that of background levels. From the article:

Scientists have long assumed that fungi exist mainly to decompose matter into chemicals that other organisms can then use. But researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found evidence that fungi possess a previously undiscovered talent with profound implications: the ability to use radioactivity as an energy source for making food and spurring their growth.
The article implies possible use of the fungi as a nuclear waste clean-up agent, as well as a food source for astronauts on long space flights.

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