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Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 29-June-2006  16:40:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have apparently stopped their Windows Genuine Advantage patch from phoning home all the time. They've also been nice enough to provide instructions on how to remove or disable this utility that many people are grumpy about.

Bit-Tech have a roundup of 7950 GX2 video cards at the top end of the market, while some less insane 7900 GT cards are covered on FlingingSquids. On the ATI side of things, Hexus checked out nine Radeon X1600 mid-range cards.

Dan has more letters: Cleaning up battery goop, seeing IR on the cheap, outboard camera batteries redux, gasoline pills, and the strongest booze that is physically possible.

Sleator spotted that X2 chips with 1MB L2 are to be cancelled by AMD, according to a TechReport, err, report. The Athlon 64 X2 chips that will be retired are models 4800+, 4400+, and 4000+ for Socket AM2 and models 4400+ and 4800+ for Socket 939.

APC report on HP blocking Playboy, Telstra's line rental increase and Microsoft's greatest trick.. convincing the world OpenGL didn't exist.

AMD is fab! Well, their new fab will be, thanks KatatonicKwan. Semiconductor maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which was offered about $1 billion in state incentives, will build a multibillion dollar chip manufacturing plant in upstate New York, creating 2,000 permanent jobs, state and company officials said Friday.

Nick sent word that MS has finally canned WinFS, pretty much as expected. Although the status of WinFS has already changed a number of times, it seems Microsoft has finally given up on once-lofty plans to completely re-architect the way Windows stores files. More info here, thanks Chris.

Daztay gets all old-school, with some cool steam-powered toys.

An interesting one from Tao.. goof around on YouTube for long enough and you might get a real job out of it. "Several things immediately caught my eye watching her videos," Daly said. "She's got a fresh point of view, considerable directing skills and a great sense of music and how to use it."

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