The unlikely peacemaker in the high-def DVD format war appears to be Ricoh. The company says it's developed a component that will let manufacturers create hybrid players and drives that can read and write both HD-DVD and Blu-ray discs. Two words: Hot diggity. Now I can actually consider buying high-def DVDs (well, OK, once a player comes out), instead of just waiting in vain for some sort of awesome high-def movie download service. Hmm. Nah, I'm still waiting for that.