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 Friday, 30-May-2014  14:01:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD and NVIDIA are in a spat about optimisation again. Forbes have an article to get you up to speed. Last weekend AMD issued some bold statements to Forbes about Nvidia’s GameWorks developer program, and how it may have impacted performance of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs on AMD hardware. These claims stretched beyond just Watch Dogs and extended into the greater PC gaming ecosystem, with AMD’s Robert Hallock passionately explaining that GameWorks represents “a clear and present threat to gamers by deliberately crippling performance on AMD products.” Now Nvidia is firing back, intent on setting the record straight.

Apparently a PR stunt for the game Watch_Dogs sparked a bomb scare in Sydney. The safe was part of a promotion for Watch_Dogs, and was accompanied by a "suspicious" letter telling a journalist to "check your voicemail". The problem is, the reporter did not have any messages to check, so the safe remained locked. After staff entered a code that had been taped to the box, the safe started to beep, prompting fears that it could be an explosive device.

Canberra residents are getting free WiFi from iiNet, with more info here. The ACT Government has awarded iiNet a five-year contract to offer free wi-fi to Canberra residents and visitors, with over 700 wireless access points to be rolled out across 12 business districts by June next year.

The New York Times report on teleporting data reliably. In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet.

A heap of people sent this in so I'm passing it along, although it seems like a bit pie in the sky (or pie on the road) to me. It'd be great if it got up and running, though - solar freakin' roadways.

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