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 Sunday, 25-February-2007  08:49:22 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Johnathan sent in word that the R600 has been delayed again, this time to May which makes it the 3rd time it has been delayed. What this announcement means is that R600 will not be available until May. While the world keeps waiting for the flagship D3D10 hardware to compete against Nvidia's G80, we will all have to sit back and watch Nvidia gobble up market share from AMD.

Fabricator sent in this article about a study that was conducted which found that surgeons that gamed for at least 3 hours per week did their job better. Although the sample size was low (33) you still may want to ask your surgeon if he is a "1337 h4x" and can "pwn all of the n00bs" before going under the knife. Of the 33 participants, the nine surgeons who had gamed for at least three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors, worked 27 percent faster, and scored 42 percent higher on a surgical skills test than the 15 surgeons who hadnít ever played video games. Iím no statistician, but despite the study's small sample size, those seem like some significant numbers.

A few people sent in the news about SETI@home finding something however not Aliens but a stolen laptop which was traced by the IP of the machine. Annoyed - and alarmed that someone could delete the screenplays and novels that his wife, Melinda Kimberly, was writing - Melin monitored the SETI(at)home database to see if the stolen laptop would "talk" to the Berkeley servers. Indeed, the laptop checked in three times within a week, and Melin sent the IP addresses to the Minneapolis Police Department.

Kotaku have posted some new videos of Crytek showing off some of the nice features of the engine and DX10. Two clips, one showing off a leafy hillside mansion, the other a city street and some trams. Just in case you needed further (a?) reason to start looking a little harder at DirectX 10.

Microsoft has been hit with a $1.5 Billion verdict over a MP3 patent dispute with Alcatel-Lucent. In its verdict, the jury assessed damages based on each Windows PC sold since May 2003. The case could have broader implications, should Alcatel-Lucent pursue claims against other companies that use the widespread MP3 technology.

XbitLabs have tested some 400Gb Hard Drives in RAID 0, 5 and 10 to test the RAIDability of these large drives. We will take two "professional" drives from Seagate and Western Digital and four ordinary "desktop" drives for our investigation. The detailed performance analysis and some useful hints on building RAID arrays are in our new detailed article.

Todays timewaster is from Yonas with Oshidaman, although it is in another language it should be pretty easy to get the idea. The aim is to try to push the circle into the goal within the limited number of pushes, but beware there are obstacles!



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