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Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-April-2007  17:22:04 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Skootyloops sent in a couple of things including an update to the video card forum rules and a thread discussing those updated rules. He also has a new sticky thread in the memory forum where people can Post Your DDR2 Overclocking Results.

Matt sent in this about possible upcoming free Wifi in many major NSW cities. But within months it might be a reality in Australia, although the reality of "free" connections is most likely to be that someone's paying for it, somehow. The most visible of the would-be free wireless players is the NSW Government, which announced last year that it would blanket central Sydney's central business district and other business with free wi-fi signals. The proposal calls for hot spots to be set up in the Sydney CBD, North Sydney, Gosford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Penrith, Parramatta, and Wollongong.

EMI and Apple have signed a deal to allow the purchase of DRM free songs from EMI. The Register have posted an article about it here and here are some more opinions on the matter. There is a thread discussing this here. Thanks to Stephen for most of these links. CUPERTINO, California—April 2, 2007—Apple® today announced that EMI Music’s entire digital catalog of music will be available for purchase DRM-free (without digital rights management) from the iTunes® Store worldwide in May. DRM-free tracks from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, resulting in audio quality indistinguishable from the original recording, for just $1.29 per song.

NordicHardware have posted a roundup of the results of the Pirate Bay raid. Ombudsmen of Justice (JO) has since then been investigating if there have been any irregularities. There were quite a lot of rumors going around that MPA, IFPI and other lobby organizations, but also the American embassy, was trying to steer ministers and other high officials to pressure the police and prosecutors to act against The Pirate Bay. The report that have been published clearly states that IFPI, MPA and the American embassy had contacted the current Minister of Justice Thomas Bodström and the Secretary of State Dan Eliasson in an attempt to make them force the police into action.

Microsoft is targetting more software pirates who have taken advantage of discounted educational pricing when they weren't entitled to it. The Redmond, Wash., software maker has filed nine lawsuits and sent more than 50 letters threatening such action, it said in a statement. The suits were filed in the U.S., but target groups that operate internationally, posing as academic resellers in Jordan and elsewhere in that region and reselling discounted Microsoft products in the U.S.

Matt sent in some April Fool timewasters for those who want to read some funnies.



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