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 Friday, 20-April-2012  12:37:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lots of people sent word that AFACT's appeal against iiNet in the High Court has been dismissed. The High Court's five judges unanimously dismissed the appeal. In a summary the court observed that iiNet "had no direct technical power" to prevent its customers from illegally downloading pirated content using BitTorrent. But copyright law experts say the case is not the end of the story as more ISPs could be targeted in future and pressure will remain on internet providers to do something about piracy on their networks.

Cask sent in this video of a Gigabyte Z77 motherboard being made. A short video showing how a motherboard is made. In this case it's the latest generation of Z77 motherboards from Gigabyte.

Microsoft have revealed the Windows 8 flavours that will be available. When Microsoft's newest operating system goes on sale, consumers will be able to pick up two versions from the shelf — Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro — while corporations will additionally have access to a specially tailored Windows 8 Pro Enterprise edition.

They've also reported record high earnings. MICROSOFT on Thursday reported that its net income hit $5.11 billion on record-high revenue in the recently ended quarter. "We're driving toward exciting launches across the entire company, while delivering strong financial results,'' said chief executive Steve Ballmer.

On the other hand, AMD have reported a loss of $590 million. MD (NYSE: AMD) today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2012 of $1.59 billion, net loss of $590 million, or $0.80 per share, and operating loss of $580 million. ... "AMD delivered solid results in the first quarter as we remain focused on improving our execution, delivering innovative products, and building a company around a strategy to deliver strong cash flow and earnings growth," said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO.

CSIRO have an upgrade for their cluster on the way. The 2,144 CPU core, 174,720 GPU core thumper will, according to the science agency’s head of Computation and Simulation Sciences Dr John Taylor, deliver up to 120 Teraflops of processing power, making it not only the fastest cluster in Australia, but could see the machine join the world’s top-100 list of high performance computers.

Meanwhile a virtual supercomputer has been built using Amazon's cloud service. It ran for three hours on the night of March 30, at a cost of $4,828.85 per hour. Getting up to 51,132 cores required spinning up 6,742 Amazon EC2 instances running CentOS Linux. This virtual supercomputer spanned the globe, tapping data centers in four continents and every available Amazon region, from Tokyo, Singapore, and Sao Paolo, to Ireland, Virginia, Oregon, and California.

Sciby noticed this cool HUD goggle with GPS for snowboarders etc. The world's first GPS-equipped goggle changed the way riders see themselves on the mountain. Transcend GPS Goggles continue to bring cutting-edge information to your day on the mountain, with an upgraded Recon™ system that blends technology with performance optics and comfort features. We were wondering in IRC if it could automatically send your GPS coordinates to the ambulance service if it experiences more than 5G. :)

Brains spotted this expandable PCIe SSD from OWC. The OWC Mercury Accelsior makes use of two gumstick-style SSDs, similar to OWC's Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSD aimed at Apple MacBook Air users. While appearing similar, we were told they are not plug and play, either through an electrical pin or firmware difference. The big feature, outside of performance though is the fact this is the first bootable high-performance PCIe SSD solution for Apple computers. Hopefully bootable on PC also.

Two timewasters today: incredibox, a musical sandbox from Sciby, and Stunt Pilot 2 from biatch.

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