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 Wednesday, 18-January-2012  23:29:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You've probably noticed a few prominent sites like Wikipedia are blacked out at the moment. Two new laws proposed by US legislators, the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, have been attracting a very negative reaction from the web community over the past couple of months, which is today culminating in a day of protests. Aiming to curtail copyright infringement on the web by giving the US government unprecedented new powers, both SOPA and PIPA have been rejected as overreaching and unhelpful laws that cannot coexist with a free and open internet.

Australia is apparently the Facebook bullying capital of the world. While Australia ranked fifth for cyber-bullying overall, nine out of ten parents said when the harassment occurred it was on these types of sites much higher than the global average of six in 10. The Ipsos Social Research Institute survey of 24 countries ranked Australia worse for bullying than all of the European countries, along with the US, Britain and China.

Microsoft have decided the world needs another filesystem. The Resilient File System, or ReFS, will be introduced with Windows Server 8 before it is migrated to the desktop, just like Microsoft did with NTFS, according to a post on the Building Windows blog by Surendra Verma, a development manager on the Windows Storage and File System team.

CircuitRemix have a SSD roundup. The selection of drives we'll be looking at are Crucial's m4, Kingston's HyperX, OCZ's Vertex 3 and Other World Computing's Mercury Electra 6G. These drives provide a good representation of the more popular configuration sets of current generation controllers and memory configuration.

I was absolute amazed by these resin fish sculptures made by a Japanese artist. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer.

The BBC have an interesting article about online gaming and politics. First came Farmville. Then came FourSquare. But can games played online actually shape an election? Political games have been around as long as politics. But advances in technology and social media could make them a huge factor in the upcoming US presidential election.

TechSpot have an X79 motherboard roundup. So if you're already spending $600+ on a processor alone, you'll want to make sure your motherboard is equally impressive. Today we are checking out five high-end X79 motherboards from Asus, Asrock, ECS, Intel and MSI.

OCClub meanwhile compared Corsair, G.Skill, Mushkin and Patriot quad-channel memory on X79. The last G.Skill memory I looked at did quite well in the overclocking department and thankfully, this kit does not deviate from that path the base speed of 2133 MHz was just the starting point for the kit. Making the jump to 2400 MHz, though, required some tweaking of the primary latencies and voltages.

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