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 Saturday, 9-June-2012  20:28:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ray Bradbury, one of my favourite Science Fiction authors, passed away this week, thanks Callan. Bradbury "died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness," HarperCollins said in a written statement. Bradbury's books and 600 short stories predicted a variety of things, including the emergence of ATMs and live broadcasts of fugitive car chases.

I'm a little reluctant to mention this in the same breath, but George Lucas is retiring from film-making - commercial films, anyway. Lucas is quoted as saying "I'm moving away from the company, I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres."

Somewhat predictably, Apple are suing Samsung to block the SGS3 from sale in the USA. According the complaint, which was filed in a California court earlier this week and posted online by patent law blogger Florian Muller, the Galaxy S III clearly infringes on data-tapping and unified search technologies owned by Apple. Apple’s complaint claims “it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record.” Samsung, unsurprisingly, is having none of that.

Google meanwhile are gearing up for offline mobile Maps access, but that might not save it on Apple devices. Google is preparing to introduce offline access to its mapping service on mobile devices in a couple of weeks, ahead of a potential hit to their traffic from iPhones and iPads. A preview of the upcoming features on Wednesday came ahead of an Apple developer conference next week. Apple is reportedly going to drop Google Maps as a built-in feature on their devices and replace it with their own navigation service.

Tech Report looked into Thunderbolt on the PC. Thunderbolt has finally arrived on the PC. Motherboards with Thunderbolt ports are selling online and Ivy Bridge notebooks are primed to feature the high-speed connection. We take a closer look to see if it's worthwhile.

Engadget checked out an Android 4.0 mini-PC the size of a USB drive. It has a 1.5GHz Allwinner processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard flash storage. You can get at these internals via two USB ports (which can also power the device,) and pump the result out to a display via HDMI. If that 4GB of memory isn't enough, you can expand it via a microSD slot. All good and well, but what would you do with such a thing? Plenty is the answer.

Steve Dalby from iiNet has a blog post expressing frustration at AFACT. Copyright legislation needs to change to serve the changing needs of both the rights holders and the expectations of online consumers. Try telling that to an organisation like the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) – you might as well be talking to a brick wall.

XbitLabs compared two LGA1155 boards from ASRock. Both these high-quality mainboards have very well thought-through design, rich functionality and a very convenient BIOS with a complete set of overclocking and fine-tuning parameters. They have a lot in common, but each of them has its own unique peculiarities, too.

ArsTechnica take a closer look at Flame. The analysis reinforces theories that researchers from Kaspersky Lab, CrySyS Lab, and Symantec published almost two weeks ago. Namely, Flame could only have been developed with the backing of a wealthy nation-state. Stevens' and de Weger's conclusion means that, in addition to a team of engineers who developed a global malware platform that escaped detection for at least two years, Flame also required world-class cryptographers who have broken new ground in their field.

Phoronix show how they built a cheap, low-power Ubuntu cluster. It's quite easy these days to build a many-core compute cluster that is low-powered, running Linux, and performant-friendly. Here's a small cluster build that's begun at Phoronix and has twelve 1.2GHz cores while the total system power consumption under load is just about 30 Watts.

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