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 Saturday, 21-July-2001  12:21:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's easy to get swept up in the competitive spirit of the distributed computing projects OCAU readers participate in, but remember to make sure you have permission to run it on the PC's you're using. Dave McOwen is currently facing hefty fines and maybe even prison in what seems to be a massive overreaction by the state Govt of Georgia in the US. On a more positive note, our Folding@Home team is racing ahead and is now in the top 9 teams for rate of production and the top 25 overall!

Poly sent word of yet another IIS security problem. This is why we use apache under debian linux. This particular one is nasty though, as it permits DDoS attacks, which could affect us regardless of what platform we're using. So if you run an IIS machine, get yourself sorted! Fortunately, this one seems to be targeting the white house, thanks Iroquois - but TheRegister reckon it's no big deal.

Tech-Report say that whinging about XP's licensing won't do any good, while Iroquois found the system requirements for it - 300MHz with 64MB RAM and 2.5GB HDD space.. hmm, 64mb sounds a bit painful.

There are some privacy concerns regarding the potential takeover of C&W Optus by SingTel, thanks VooDoo.

This from Mort, who noticed a security feature on Compaq EN desktops: There's a small solenoid with a pin through it mounted on the inside of the case. In the BIOS there is a setting to lock the case. When you set the lock to enable, you hear the pin "click" on the next reboot and you can't get the lid off. Go back into the BIOS and set the lock to disable and another reboot sounds another "click" and you can get the lid off again. Pretty cool idea. I'd like to see an option like this on Asus and Abit (and other) motherboards, would be most helpful for big LAN parties I would imagine... Yup. You really don't want to forget your BIOS password, though. :)

There's an interview with Matrox on SystemLogic and an interview with Iwill on Accelenation.

Al points out this article on nForce, NVIDIA's new motherboard chipset with integrated GF2 graphics.. reads like a big press-release more than a review to me.

I just got another 2 messages generated by the SirCam email worm/virus. Update your virus software!

Bit-Tech have some blowhole templates to download.. not exactly sure what those are or how you're supposed to use them. Anyway, remember a normal CD is a perfect template for a 120mm fan. :)

There's a new Netscape Navigator out, thanks Iroquois.

Klif sent in this funny video about the secret workings of Microsoft!

Guru3D have compared a bunch of detonator versions.. they also have a detonator destroyer which sounds nastier than it really is.

On the list of "things I don't want to do to my PC", running the CPU at 99C has got to be well up there with "breeding rabbits inside my fulltower".

Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3 socket cooler on AMDZone.
Thermaltake Dragon Orb 3 socket cooler also on GideonTech.
NAPA DAV310 CD/VCD/MP3 player on OCNZ.
Wicked 3D Glasses on HWExtreme.
Seagate Cheetah X15-36LP, apparently fastest drive to date on StorageReview, thanks Andys.
Silver Mountain socket cooler on AMDWorld.
Shuttle AK11 kt133a-based SocketA mobo on HotHardware.
Epox EP-8K7A socketA ddr mobo on xbit.
Samsung Baby-Yepp MP3 player on PCStats.

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