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 Tuesday, 13-November-2012  17:39:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is being sought for questioning in a murder case in Belize. According to the report, police are searching for the killer of Gregory Viant Faull, an American expat. Gizmodo reported earlier today that McAfee was wanted for the crime, but CBS, quoting Rafael Martinez, spokesman for the Belize National Security Ministry, said it would be incorrect to call McAfee a suspect at this time. Discussion here.

Meanwhile Steven Sinofsky, who had a major role in Windows 8, has left Microsoft. He helped restore Windows from the debacle that was Windows Vista, a widely panned and dramatically late version of the company's flagship product. Windows 7 was his first effort, a solid product that cleaned up much of the mess that Vista left behind. Windows 8 debuted last month. While it's too early to tell how well it's doing, the product has won kudos and raised some concern for its bold user interface design, a striking departure from previous versions.

Intel are aiming to merge Xeon and Itanium. In addition to Xeon and Itanium (already) trading features and sharing a chipset, Intel has also announced that it plans to merge the two server chips even further, going so far as using the same CPU socket and motherboards — with the only appreciable difference being whether the CPU is based on the x86-64 or IA64 ISA (Instruction Set Architecture).

The TOP500 supercomputer list has been released again, and as expected, Cray's new 560,640-processor XK7 Titan has topped the charts. In claiming the top spot, Titan knocked Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sequoia out of No. 1 and into second place. Sequoia, an IBM BlueGene/Q system, was No. 1 in June 2012 with an impressive 16.32 Petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark. With 1,572,864 cores, Sequoia is the first system with one million or more cores.

mpot spotted this cool technique for blending 3d printing with real-world objects, with more info here. It's worth watching the video for the full story. It’s a very, very cool projet that demonstrates how good [Greg] is at making 3D models of real objects and modeling them inside a computer. After the break you can see a walkthrough of his work process, an impressive amount of expertise wrapped up in making the world just a little more strange.

Google have been ordered to pay damages to a Melbourne man because their search engine results portrayed him as being involved with the criminal underworld. But the Victorian Supreme Court heard, when entered into the search engines Yahoo and Google, Mr Trkulja name linked him to Melbourne's criminal underworld, including to pictures of gangland boss Tony Mokbel. A jury found in making the link, the internet giants had wrongly implied Mr Trkulja was "so involved with crime in Melbourne, that his rivals had hired a hit-man to murder him." Discussion here.

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