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 Friday, 1-October-2004  12:42:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The SpaceShipOne team is one step closer to winning the X Prize, with a successful, but bumpy, ride to the edge of space. Another successful launch within 2 weeks will snare them the $10M USD prize, recovering about half of what Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has invested in the project. More info on what this all means here.

SpodesAbode compared ten mid-tower cases from seven manufacturers.

America's Patriot Act has taken a beating, with a judge striking down part of it that covers internet service providers handing over subscriber info.

RedHat are purchasing Netscape Security Solutions packages from AOL. Specifically, Red Hat is acquiring Netscape Directory Server and Netscape Certificate Management System. Red Hat plans to open-source both server programs within the next six to 12 months.

Xbit looked at Hitachi microdrives of 2GB and 4GB capacity.

OCInside's interactive A64 product ID guide now covers the Sempr0n range of CPUs.

Sempr0n suppr0t is also a feature of the new version 1.24 of CPU-Z, thanks Nikita. Apparently there's also a new memory SPD page which could be interesting.

Here's a bizarre twist on the "take your vitamins" mentality. People who take vitamin and antioxidant supplements in the hope they're reducing their risk of gastrointestinal cancer are more likely to die of the disease than those who don't take the supplements, a new study finds.

IBM has reclaimed the world's fastest supercomputer crown, with its Blue Gene/L sustaining 36.01 teraflops, compared to the Earth Simulator's top mark of 35.86 teraflops.

TheTechZone cover war-driving - what it is and how to prevent it happening to your wireless network.

Microsoft's patents on the FAT file system have been rejected. The patents came under scrutiny after critics claimed that the licensing policy was the beginning of Microsoft's efforts to shut down Linux.

From Thhhza: This is really big news for people that own iRiver iFP-700 and iFP-800 series. UMS firmware (makes the player act as a mass storage device) has finally been released for it even though it is an Alpha version. We have been waiting for around 6 months for this. I started a thread about it in the Audio Visual forum.

Loser sent in this slideshow about the effect of peer-to-peer traffic on the net. It's pretty much marketing a particular web caching product, but it shows here that peer-to-peer traffic dwarfs even web traffic throughout the entire day. I can't decide if that's surprising or not. :)

Bern says there are new ATI Linux drivers, version: 3.14.1.

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