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Thursday Afternoon (14 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-October-2006  14:28:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The latest rumour doing the rounds is that Intel may be buying NVIDIA. Still waiting to hear anything official though.

Microsoft will apparently cripple pirated Vista installs, thanks Nick. According to a White Paper issued by the company yesterday, Microsoft will severely limit what the operating system does when the product hasn't been properly activated, using a product key, after 30 days.

From Brad: While France is powering ahead with electric car production like this great looking and very fast Venturi Fetish, Australia has difficulty in getting even one electric car on the road.

Speaking of which, Ben sent in this enviro-supercar from VW, the EcoRacer. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting its EcoRacera mid-engine diesel sports car with fuel consumption as low as 3.4 liters/100km (69 mpg US) and a maximum speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).

LoopGoose meanwhile spotted another engine, based on Hydration of Magnesium. Magnesium is reacted with water to generate hydrogen gas and magnesium oxide. The new engine utilizes the hydrogen gas. The magnesium oxide as a by-product of the hydration reaction is resolved into magnesium by using solar light pumped laser.

Hexus have a 3-way shootout of Radeon X1650 Pro video cards. GeCube, HIS and Sapphire fired boards our way, and it's those we present in this piece.

From ntwc, word that Speedfan 4.30 is out. SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips.

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