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Thursday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-May-2007  22:04:06 (GMT +10) - by Rational

A couple of people spotted the Federal do not call register where you can add your name and phone numbers to a list to attempt to stop telemarketers from calling you. Silicon Angel said that the site has been experiencing some downtime due to the immense public interest. A thread discussing this can be found here. You can list your Australian fixed line and mobile numbers on the Do Not Call Register, provided the numbers are used primarily for private or domestic purposes. Under the Do Not Call Register Act 2006, telemarketers can check their calling lists against the Do Not Call Register. If a telemarketer calls a number on the Do Not Call Register, they may be in breach of the Act, and may face penalties.

Australian teachers are not too happy about a teacher rating website where teachers and schools are named and comments with ratings can be left. The website in question can be found here. A thread discussing this can be found here. Thanks Craig for the link. Teachers are trying to sue and shut down a website that names and shames them and gives them a mark out of five. The website names individual schools and teachers, scoring their performance, and in many cases defaming them. One Sydney principal, who is given a score of 1.7 out of five for "overall quality", is described as rude, condescending, pompous and arrogant.

He also spotted this article about a homeless man who disrupted the Internet2 network. A fire started by a homeless man knocked out service between Boston and New York on the experimental Internet2 network Tuesday night. Chris Robb, an engineer at Indiana University's Global Network Operations Center who works on Internet2, says Level 3 Communications cables used by the network went up in flames. The cables were on the Longfellow Bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge across the Charles River.

Bit-Tech have taken a look at Joost, an internet TV service currently in beta. With Internet TV and on-demand content both making big waves in the television world, one provider is trying to make a solution that bridges the divides between TV, the Internet and the viewer. But is Joost as good as it could be? We have a look at how things are developing in this exciting new service.

They also posted something about TeraFLOP Computing using Intels experimental processor. Currently Intel has three terascale chips but, when we saw them, only two were working. The chip requires watercooling in order to minimise current leakage, despite being built on Intelís very capable 65nm process. The engineers were able to overclock the 80 cores to 6.26GHz delivering two TeraFLOPs of data, at a cost of 191.79W heat output. In comparison, a single TeraFLOP can be achieved at a very reasonable 2.92GHz and an equally respectable 68W thermal design power (TDP).

Microsoft have dropped some hints of IE8 at the Mix'07 conference in Las Vegas. Thanks Nick for the link. The fact that there will be an IE 8 at all is a testament to the fact that the web browser market has become competitive again. When IE 6 finally vanquished Netscape, the team that created Microsoft's browser was largely thrown to the winds, and development slowed to a crawl.

BigBruin have posted an article about extending your Laptop's battery life. Despite the ongoing evolution of battery technology, there are limits to their usage, and that leads to a discussion of ways to preserve and improve battery functionality. We can start by discussing what a battery is, how it works, and the different types of batteries in use today. Even though battery performance declines over time, it is possible to prolong per-charge and overall battery life by taking simple steps.

Google has launched their iGoogle tools used for personalizing your own Google page. Thanks Matt for the link. The iGoogle brand only will be visible to web surfers who have chosen to adorn Google's famously plain home page with an assortment of bells and whistles drawn from an assortment of more than 25,000 modules commonly known as "gadgets."

PCStats have posted 104 tech tips for Windows XP. This guide brings you 104 ways to make using Windows XP faster, safer and more enjoyable. Combined with our first two tips articles,101 Tech Tips and 99 Performance Tweaks.

Todays timewaster is from Joanna with this logic game. Good for the types of people who like to solve problems by thinking laterally.

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