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Saturday Evening (17 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 28-October-2006  18:18:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Now that AMD have completed their ATI acquisition, there's a lot of talk about their intended fusion of the CPU and GPU. Discussion here.

Bit-Tech are reporting that Microsoft say up to 10 activations will be ok for Vista. Meanwhile Dell is recommending 2GB for Vista while Acer reckon Vista Home Basic is a lemon.

AusGamers have the new Need For Speed: Carbon demo available. Includes a Circuit track and a Drift track, and after you win those you unlock a Canyon Duel. 682MB! Discussion of this game going back several months here.

Uploading a video of yourself singing along or miming pop songs is illegal under current Australian law, apparently. Meanwhile YouTube have removed Comedy Central clips and have been asked to remove another 1000 sports-related clips.

Tassie people who are sick of being left behind the mainland can quit their whining now that serious broadband is being trialled in Hobart. Dubbed the Tasmanian Collaborative Optical Leading Testbed (TasCOLT), the trial is a partnership between government and industry that will see broadband at speeds of up to 100Mbps provided to 1,000 business and residential addresses in Hobart.

NASA have an interesting little article about a smart satellite making decisions in orbit. EO-1 can re-organize its own priorities to study volcanic eruptions, flash-floods, forest fires, disintegrating sea-ice - in short, anything unexpected.

PhysOrg meanwhile look into some of the difficulties of computing in space. Computers have become far more powerful and faster in recent decades, but these advances have been largely confined to Earth. Thatís because all computers sent into space must be "hardened" or protected against cosmic radiation prevalent outside the Earthís atmosphere, a process that slows their performance and increases their size and cost.

Bit-Tech also take a look at the state of DRM. CD burners, Napster, and DeCSS came and went, and now Metallica has a contract to be on Napster's service while DVD Jon is writing protection instead of breaking it. So sit back, and let's take a musical trip through media, content protection, and your rights as the sucker with the dough.

LaptopLifestyle are replacing the keyboard in an ASUS A8J series. I'll be guiding you through the steps and pointing you through the trouble spots that I experienced, so that you won't have to go through them.

Murray sent in this news about laser and microwave weapons in use at airports. Raytheon announced this week that it won a US$4.1 million contract, with an option of US$1.2 million more to test its Vigilant Eagle Airport Protection System. The system aims electromagnetic energy at shoulder-fired missiles to throw them off course. Raytheon describes it as an invisible "dome of protection around airfields."

Dan has a couple more letters. The first is about depth of field, and digital cameras that're strangely unable to deliver very much of it. The second is about a 22-battery UPS.

BurnOutPC are giving away some headsets, while some motherboards are on offer at Gamepyre.

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