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Tuesday Lunchtime (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-January-2007  11:43:53 (GMT +10) - by Rational

There have been some malicious Bittorrent clients spotted in the wild. "Torrent101 and Bitroll are two relatively new BitTorrent clients that can seriously damage your computer. The worst thing about it is that popular sites like Torrentspy, Torrentscan, and even The Pirate Bay display ads for them. Both clients are scam products that claim to bring you ‘high speeds downloads’, but all they do is install malware, and hijack your browser."

Some overclockers in Italy have managed to overclock a Pentium 4 to 8Ghz. They used a 65nm Pentium 4 631 (3Ghz), an Asus P5B with modded voltage regulation, 1Kw PSU and liquid nitrogen. More information can be found here.

Check out this video where a guy "steals" his own bicycle in New York city using several methods including bolt cutters, grinder, hacksaw and hammer. Nobody notices or even cares what he is doing.

Roland has sent in this page about a pretty insane case from Thermaltake. "THE MOST INSANE case at CES came not from some overclocker or modder but from a respected company, Thermaltake. The Sword M is a hand built, limited edition piece that goes beyond anything else at CES. It also falls into the category of "if you have to ask"."

Some stores in Japan are offering price cuts for Playstation 3's following slow sales. "Kotaku is reporting that PS3s are stacking up on shelves. Retailers are taking matters into their own hands and offering temporary price cuts of up to 10,000 yen ($82)."

Techgage has taken a look at Vista Ultimate and if you should buy it. "Ultimate is packed. It includes everything the three other versions do, with the addition of BitLocker. But as I examined things, I came to the conclusion that a fair percentage of people who shell out the extra $160 for the Ultimate Edition may not even use most of the extra features that are available."

World of Warcraft's population has hit 8 million. That means the WOW population is larger than 142 of the worlds 236 countries. "Blizzard Entertainment recently announced that WoW has accumulated more than 8 million members , roughly the population of New York City. As mentioned before, "World of Warcraft" members are required to pay a subscription fee, on a monthly basis, to play the game. For US players, that fee is $15. With 8,000,000 players worldwide, handing over money month after month, it is apparent that Blizzard has struck a gold mine."

HardwareZone has taken a look at Blu-Ray and if your PC is up to it. "In this article, we continue with a performance analysis of the computing overhead of HD playback through both ATI's AVIVO and NVIDIA's PureVideo HD acceleration technologies. Among the three compression formats supported by Blu-ray and HD DVD, MPEG-4 AVC or H.264 is supposed to be the key compression factor in high definition media."



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