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Early Friday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 2-February-2007  03:05:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A little catchup news from me, some stories I've been meaning to post for a few days.

Here's a little more on Intel's recent 45nm news, on Legit-Reviews, ZDNet, TGDaily and WashingtonPost. The key to the breakthrough is the use of materials that limit the leakage of electrical current, a problem that had become increasingly vexing as the size of transistors shrunk. Both Intel and IBM said they would use metallic elements instead of silicon dioxide as the new insulator.

Another company releases another SATA Solid-State Disk.. this time it's A-Data's 128GB version. I reckon in a year these things will be very widespread, can't wait.

News.com have a photoshoot inside ILM's datacentre, used for rendering movies and special effects for Lucasfilms.

The BBC is embracing Internet TV with a new on-demand iPlayer service. The BBC is the first traditional TV station in the world to offer all its TV shows on demand and over the internet.

eBay are apparently going to disallow the sale of virtual goods from MMORPGs. However Second Life is exempted. Second Life publisher Linden Lab has tried to make it clear on multiple occasions that its product is not a game, at least not in the same sense of that The World of Warcraft is. Actually I spent about 15 minutes trying to explain the whole Second Life economics/concept to some non-techy people over dinner tonight, it was quite a mind-blowing experiece for them I think. :)

Speaking of MMORPGs, Eroda sent word that Vanguard: Saga of Heroes has a hands-on preview at Gamespot. Sigil's long-awaited massively multiplayer online role-playing game looks as if it will live up to its epic billing, but what's it like to play?

If you thought changing a SocketA CPU cooler was a nerve-wracking task, how about changing the cooling system on a space station. Removing thermal covers over the connections, the astronauts carefully relocated the fluid lines and tested the new attachments for a sure fit before replacing the insulating covers.

Fox has served YouTube with a subpoena demanding to know the identity of people uploading entire episodes of "24" and "The Simpsons". The "24" episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime January 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hourlong episodes of the hit drama over two consecutive nights.

Wired report on the resurrection of Concorde's ghost. Despite this precedent (and half a dozen even less successful attempts to put supersonic passenger jets into service), two US companies now think they can make high-speed flight commercially viable. The trick, it seems, is to focus on the richest of the rich.



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