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Sunday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 25-November-2012  16:30:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's being suggested that Intel's upcoming Haswell processor may be the last user-upgradeable one. Starting from Broadwell, which is expected to arrive in 2014, Intel will adopt a BGA form factor, similar to Atom processors. The advantage is a smaller footprint, but the downside is that the chips have to be soldered to the motherboard, meaning that the processor will no longer be installable by the end-user, and that upgrading will no longer be possible without buying a new motherboard. Discussion here.

Kim Dotcom's legal case continues, with new evidence seeming to benefit them. Evidence has emerged showing the Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant on Mr Dotcom's file-sharing company Megaupload in 2010 which he claims forced it to preserve pirated movies found in an unrelated piracy investigation. The 39 files were identified during an investigation into the NinjaVideo website, which had used Megaupload's cloud storage to store pirated movies.

Emupp spotted this page about opening microchips with acid. Microchips - are indeed can be considered a black box - as long as it's working you normally don't look inside. But what if you want to? Today we'll show how to "open" chips and what's inside.

Windows 8 seems to be struggling to take off. Net Applications data shows Windows 8 use at just 1%, compared to rapid takeoff which saw Windows 7 over 3.6% within weeks in 2009.

Intel's "Next Unit of Computing" or NUC gets a going-over on VR-Zone and Tweaktown. Whether or not you believe in the Post-PC era malarkey, there is no denying that the emphasis on personal computing has shifted on to smartphones and tablets rather than the latest Bulldozers and Geforces. After all, it's not the size that matters, but what you do with it. NUC discussion in this thread.

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