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 Saturday, 14-October-2006  22:13:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Optus D1, the first of their fourth generation satellites, has been successfully launched and placed into geostationary orbit. Optus D1, built by US manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation will be positioned at 160 degrees East and will provide direct TV broadcasts, Internet links, voice and data services for Australia and New Zealand. Its design life is 15 years.

Tech-Report are the latest to check out NVIDIA's Quad SLI technology. But does Quad SLI live up to its practically built-in hype? Can running four GPUs in tandem catapult you into a zone of pure extremeness, where new frames flow like water, object edges are feathery smooth, and textures are so perfectly mapped to surfaces that you're utterly convinced they're real?

A jury has awarded over eleven million USD in damages for internet-based defamation. Scheff says she wanted to make a point to those who unfairly criticize others on the Internet. "I'm sure (Bock) doesn't have $1 million, let alone $11 million, but the message is strong and clear," Scheff says. "People are using the Internet to destroy people they don't like, and you can't do that."

Speaking of blogs, Intel now have one. The blog offers an "inside look" at Intelís IT operations and provides opportunities for you to exchange ideas directly with the IT experts who keep Intelís business running and growing.

Here's a cool DIY laptop cooler - and I quite like the iPod stand, too. Pictures of the finished product. Could paint it... won't.

Here's a bit more about the Vista license terms people are concerned about. Under the new program, a copy of Vista that's judged to be in violation of its license, or is counterfeit, is disabled after a set period, leaving the user access only to the default Web browser, and then only for an hour at a time.

From Justin, info on the world's first true HDR display: "BrightSide claim they can achieve such startling results by simultaneously producing blacks 10x darker as well as whites 10x brighter than conventional displays. In fact, their unique back light technology is so bright that it is water-cooled, sporting not one but two 120x240mm radiators similar to a Black Ice Extreme II."

Transmeta are apparently suing Intel for patent infringement. Transmeta alleges that Intel infringed on one of its patents when it inserted a technology called "enhanced SpeedStep" into its models, said John Horsely, Transmeta's general counsel. Enhanced SpeedStep essentially slows down a chip when not in use to cut power consumption.

In a follow-up to an earlier story, ICANN say they won't delete spamhaus's domain, even if a court orders them to. In a statement, ICANN said that it is not party to the legal action, and cannot comply with any order requiring suspension because the organization does not have the ability or the authority to do so.

Bit-Tech report on the declining state of Counter-Strike, still a hugely popular game after so many years. Valve's answer has been to update CS:S and leave 1.6 alone, try to improve gameplay and the like. We take a look at how successful those changes in recent months have been on the next page.

From Matex: A small Aussie company has made some software called Orbysearch, and what it does, is it acts as a piece of software that brings google, amazon.com, ebay etc together into 1 interface, and searches them all. Handy if you want a book or something and cbf searching amazon and ebay. Looks free as well, can't see any spyware or banners in the program, so good for a goer! Has a few neat other features too.

Mmm, cake!

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