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Thursday Evening (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-May-2006  19:11:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Murray found a disturbing article about an anti-virus firm throwing in the towel after a prolonged battle with a Russian spammer named PharmaMaster. In a statement Tuesday, Israel-based Blue Security said it can no longer "take the responsibility for an ever-escalating cyber war through our continued operations".

Nick sent in a slashdot story about why the recent DART spacecraft failed in its mission and crashed into the satellite it was supposed to rendezvous with. Investigators blamed the collision on faulty navigational data that caused the DART spacecraft to believe that it was backing away from its target when it was actually bearing down on it.

TheTechZone ponder how things will look, looking back from 2057. Like many industries, the music industry had to die before it could be re-born. Lets face it, any organization that sees its own customers as potential criminals is definitely on the way out.

Murray also spotted this hybrid drive from Samsung, which uses traditional hard drive technology and solid-state flash memory. This cuts down on the amount of disk activity -- typically the new drive spins only a few seconds every 10 or 20 minutes -- which means battery life is extended by between 8 per cent and 10 per cent, according to Samsung's measurements. Just a big buffer, I guess?

ArsTechnica interviewed Jeff Green from Computer Gaming World Magazine, about the difficulties of making a print magazine that can compete with the internet.

Chris spotted a Wired article on the alleged illegal US Government spying recently unveiled by an AT&T whistleblower. In 2003 AT&T built "secret rooms" hidden deep in the bowels of its central offices in various cities, housing computer gear for a government spy operation which taps into the company's popular WorldNet service and the entire internet.

Tech-Hounds continue their Looking Past the Present article, seeing what the GeForce 7900 series offers in terms of longevity. Even in old games, where the GeForce 7900GTX is faster in frame rates, it progressively lost more frame rate than the Radeon X1900XTX with higher resolution and AA / AF.

AuphanOnline cover iPod resurrection, while PSP repair is covered on TrustedReviews.

Bit-Tech have an interesting car wheel PC mod posted. So I was standing in my local tyre store and I got chatting to the guy I know who works there. He asked me what was keeping me busy these days and I explained to him the whole concept of case modding.

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