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BBC iPlayer to leave beta, ridiculous DRM lives to fight another day (Download Squad)

Dec 14th 2007 5:05AM Hm, basic constitutional freedoms... smoked any Cuban cigars recently, James? Always enjoyable to read the rantings of poor deluded souls who've never actually looked at the world outside their ZIP code, just seen it in passing on Fox News.

On the subject of the iPlayer, I uninstalled mine not an hour ago. It's a huge ungainly mess and I'm shocked to think they've actually released it -- I thought they were going to bury it!

BREAKING! 35 MPG it is! Senate passes energy bill, back to the house (Autoblog Green)

Dec 14th 2007 4:18AM 35mpg... so about the mileage most European cars get when driven really really hard?

Audi's TDI love could spread to the TT sportster (Autoblog Green)

Dec 5th 2007 10:12AM Even the company's convertibles have diesel engines, so I can't see any reason why the TT would remain left out!

Pidgin 2.2 flies the coop (Download Squad)

Sep 17th 2007 6:40AM Used to be a GAIM user but was turned off by the arrogance of the developers in dealing with some of the program's earlier showstopper bugs. There were instances where it simply wouldn't work for anyone, and rather than apologise for the inconvenience it caused or be in any way diplomatic about what had happened, there'd be some crassly blunt entry on the blog instead. Your typical sociopathic UNIX developer stuff. Now I do realise it's free software and that we were all just 'along for the ride' here, but these guys are looking to get bought out and clear their mortgages same as everyone else. So they need to help build the community rather than look down at it. Long story short, I switched to using Mirada which is cleaner, faster and all-round nicer anyway. www.miranda-im.com

UK safety experts worry the Mini Clubman's 'suicide' door is too dangerous (Autoblog Green)

Sep 14th 2007 8:12AM The point of this article is NOT that suicide doors are inherently dangerous, but that the suicide doors in question open into oncoming traffic only. Actually I don't think this is a massive big a deal, it's just sad that something so distinctively British (and indeed British-made) has been designed more for the overseas markets than home, and I'd wager that's really what the newspapers here were wasting space on.

smplr: A start page for search (Download Squad)

Aug 16th 2007 12:35PM Weird. Who wants a web page that switches between search providers when your browser does the same thing, only better?

III? IV? V? Deciphering the European anti-pollution rules (Autoblog Green)

Aug 16th 2007 7:43AM While europe has really taken the lead on CO2 taxation, they lag far behind on basic pollution controls, when compared to the USA.

CO2 taxation here is criticised for being counter-productive. The way it is banded means there's little incentive to downsize, and the fact that penalties are ratcheted in every budget means buyers have a tendency hang on to older, dirtier cars because they can't afford to change. And there are only agreements and draft legislation in place to control CO2 output.

As for 'pollution control', America and Americans remain the world's biggest defilers of clean air by a huge margin; if there are strict rules in the US now, it is only because you were forced to implement them. The best-selling vehicle there for nearly 25 years straight has been a Ford truck configured with a 4.2L V8, 4.6L V8 or 5.4L V8, the largest of which is lucky to see 15mpg. Alternatives like the Tahoe average barely more than 10mpg. Guardians of the planet you are not.

Poll: 160 million "cyberchondriacs" looking up health info online (Download Squad)

Aug 2nd 2007 5:28AM A copy of the DSM? What's a DSM? Downing Street memo? Distinguished Service Medal?

VIDEO: Bob Lutz expounds on diesel in America (Autoblog Green)

Jul 13th 2007 7:37AM Again, he's talking down diesels based on how they fit within a set of arbitrary rules laid out by the world's leading polluter -- and all without a hint of irony.

One of the principal reasons that US legislation has been mean to diesel engines is because diesel cars comprise a tiny minority of traffic there. Had Americans been given access to the right fuel and the rights cars all those decades ago, things would be very different. For starters, 45mpg+ plus means that most people would be taking the rising fuel prices in their stride...

VIDEO: Top Gear takes on British green driving guidelines (Autoblog Green)

Jul 9th 2007 6:43AM This episode is five years old.