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Wednesday Afternoon #2 (19 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 6-April-2005  16:23:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Katilyst sent word of a new Australian crack-down on piracy, specifically computer and video games. Strangely, the article seems to focus on buying pirated games, not simply copying them from friends, which is surely a lot more widespread. MrMagoo meanwhile pointed out this article about Australians downloading TV episodes, largely, it claims, because it takes too long for them to show up on our TV's. Malik believes that by delaying the broadcast of these programmes, Australian TV programmers have increased the domestic demand for the shows.

Soon you might talk to your TV or wave at your mobile phone. Or, perhaps you already do.

CaseModGod cover making custom decals, while NordicHardware have a PSU modding guide posted. I compared a large pile of PSUs in their pre-modded state, in a recent article.

WinXPCentral have some 64-bit Windows first looks, while 3DVelocity have hardware and software compatability lists for it.

TCMag compared a few Forceware versions, being NVIDIA video card drivers.

Well, this was bound to happen eventually. A Malaysian businessman has lost a finger to car thieves impatient to get around his Mercedes' fingerprint security system. Thanks Duncan.

Scalamanca sent in a pile of update links: 13 firmware updates for optical drives, 72 BIOS updates for motherboards and 400 BIOSes for Radeon video cards. None of those sites are in english, but I assume the files will still work..

Fancy a $100 laptop? The $100 laptop will be a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop, which initially is achieved either by rear projecting the image on a flat screen or by using the so-called electronic ink.

Timbot sent word of metallic glass, 3 times stronger than steel and 10 times "springier". He also notes hackers doing it for a living, not just for kicks anymore. "These people are professionals," concluded Gruper, "trying to do very malicious things."

Ambush noticed this magnetic heat exchanger on TheReg. The report said a hollow magnet in the piping will act like a pump to move the magnetic fluid, drawing the nano oil into the heat exchanger and drawing heat from a CPU.

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