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Technology News Archive - October 27, 2005

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved a measure ordering the switch to higher-quality digital broadcasts be finished by the end of 2008, setting up a clash with the Senate. The Republican-backed measure offers up to $990 million to subsidize converter boxes that would switch digital broadcasts back into analog so existing television sets would continue to work.

By Paul Monies, The Daily Oklahoman Oct. 27--Three members of a Lucent Technologies Inc. retiree organization have filed a lawsuit against the telecom-gear maker, claiming the company failed to properly fund health care benefits for retired management employees.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'