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 Sunday, 17-June-2012  21:02:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This from Scott: Sunday 9:45pm (Sydney time), SBS will be airing the Oscar Nominated war epic, Downfall. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, this German language film depicts Hitler's last days in Berlin from the perspective of Traudl Junge, his secretary. Most people though will be more familiar with the movie because it was the source of so many parodies on YouTube; one of the more famous being Hitler Gets Banned from XBOX Live!

HWHeaven have a guide to multi-display online gaming. Sometimes in the technology industry there can be a real gap between what a product offers and what consumers need... or that until a consumer experiences something it seems like an unnecessary expense, or not worthwhile. Something which it would seem very much falls into one or both of those categories is multi-display gaming, either AMD Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround.

Phoronix have some benchmarks from their 12-core ARM cluster. Last week I shared my plans to build a low-cost, 12-core, 30-watt ARMv7 cluster running Ubuntu Linux. The ARM cluster that is built around the PandaBoard ES development boards is now online and producing results... Quite surprising results actually for a low-power Cortex-A9 compute cluster. Results include performance-per-Watt comparisons to Intel Atom and Ivy Bridge processors along with AMD's Fusion APU.

Voyager 1 seems poised to depart the solar system, being the first man-made object to do so. The Atlantic reports that the Voyager 1 - which is still managing to communicate with Earth with radio waves that reach us 16 hours later - is beginning to experience a bit of heat. It is detecting more energetic particles around it, implying it it at the very edge of the heliosheath, which is like a bubble around the solar system, protecting us from the cosmic winds of deep space. Discussion here.

The Apple 1 up for auction sold for $374,500. Only about 50 Apple 1s are still believed to be in existence. The auctioned model is one of the very few that still works. Sotheby's said there was a battle between two parties for the item which also included the original manuals. A set of bids was executed by the auctioneer on behalf of an absentee collector, but a telephone bidder proved more persistent and eventually clinched the sale.

Google TV is coming to Australia. Sony is set to release a new Google TV set-top box in Australia which will be the first of its kind to be sold locally. The company has struggled to get traction with its Google TV products in the US, where the app-enabled boxes have proven unpopular. Discussion here.

Anandtech report on an encryption issue with Intel SSDs. AES-128 encryption works perfectly fine as does the drive's standard, un-encrypted operation mode. If you have an Intel SSD 520 and need AES-256 support, Intel has introduced a return program. If you purchased your 520 on or before July 1, 2012 you can contact Intel for a full refund of purchase price. You have to complete the request by October 1, 2012.

The coming onslaught of strange new top-level domains is going to be a disaster, according to some. So now we're expecting people to understand that, say, "cars.bmw" is some kind of thing you can type into a Web browser and get to BMW's website? Good luck with that. All this is going to accomplish is to pour a lot of money into ICANN's hands—new top-level domains cost as much as $185,000 to start up—and confuse the heck out of consumers.



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