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 Thursday, 21-June-2007  17:45:59 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Bit-Tech have posted some thoughts on the Microsoft Immersion lawsuit. With a costly judgement all but guaranteed, Sony had no choice but to step behind the settlement doors with Immersion... and walk out more than $90m lighter. Talk about being bent over... that's a sixth of the entire company's profits in 2006, and almost a quarter of what the Games division made in 2005.

The guys behind the Pirate Bay have released an uncensored image hosting service. BayImg, an uncensored image hosting service, is the latest side-project from The Pirate Bay folks. The main difference compared to other image hosting services is that they pretty much allow everything on there, freedom of speech above all.

Nvidia has announced the Tesla supercomputing graphics processors, thanks Cdr Zero. The core of each Tesla device is a GeForce 8-series GPU as well as the general component layout of the high-end Quadro FX 5600 workstation graphics card with 1.5 GB of memory (in Tesla, it has 1.35 GB). The only noteworthy difference between the FX 5600 and a Tesla card is the fact that the supercomputing-targeted devices lack the graphics outputs on the backpanel, which we were told, allows Nvidia to increase the clock speed on Tesla.

Specifications of a hard drive encryption implementation are near completion. Devices based on the new specification can interact with a trusted element in a host system authorized by the platform owner. To access the data, the device must be able to interact with the server or PC where the storage controller chip is housed. Storage vendors hope the new guideline will help businesses prevent confidential information from being compromised or lost and even better, prevent journalists from reporting on it.

CNet have posted some interesting army tech inventions. Sometimes, small things can make a big difference. This photo shows one of the inventions, the Humvee Crew Extraction D-ring, created by an engineering team at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. "There was an issue of soldiers getting trapped inside Humvees that had been damaged for whatever reason...enemy fire or being flipped.

Censors in Britain have banned a sadistic video game and an expert says that it will probably be not allowed for sale here either. A computer game that has been banned in Britain because it features "sustained and cumulative casual sadism" would probably not be allowed for sale in Australia, according to an expert. Manhunt 2 puts the player in the position of a scientist who has been subjected to a series of experiments and features extended scenes of extreme violence.

A Darpa Scramjet has hit a ludicrous speed at Woomera, Australia. Thanks Cdr Zero. Woomera (AUSTRALIA) A scramjet fired Friday in southern Australia briefly hit speeds of ten times the speed of sound. The engine was boosted 330 miles into the air and hit 6800 miles per hour on the way down, fast enough to go from Los Angeles to New York in about 25 minutes.

Sony has promised 380 PS3 games by March 08. At Sony's 90th general shareholders meeting in Tokyo today, Kaz Hirai has made a mighty big promise. With PS3 hardware sales a little saggy, he has sworn a blood oath that there will be 380 PlayStation 3 games available by next March. More games, more sales, the thinking goes.

Valve is set to release a major update to Steam, thanks BFM. Personal Steam pages and profiles, create and join groups, schedule games with friends, review who they've played with, see how well everyone played, chat with groups, chat via voice, and more. These new community services and features can be used with all Steam games, which include new releases and classic titles from leading publishers and independent developers.



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