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 Friday, 22-June-2007  07:37:07 (GMT +10) - by Rational

A UK firm has paid out 250,000 pounds for running unlicenced software, the largest fine of this kind ever. An unnamed UK firm has agreed to pay a record fine of £250,000 ($498K) for running unlicensed software. The company (which operates in the infrastructure and public services sector) was running unlicensed copies of Adobe, Autodesk, and Microsoft software on hundreds of PCs across several UK locations.

IGN have interviewed Grant Collier on the subject of Call of Duty 4. On his recent trip to Australia to unveil Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, we cornered Infinity Ward's Studio Head Grant Collier and refused to let him go until he answered our questions.

The iPhone will not support flash but will support certain Youtube videos converted to H.264. Just as the Apple TV is now YouTube compatible thanks to the H.264 format that YouTube’s video collection is being re-encoded with, so too is the iPhone able to display YouTube’s H.264 videos thanks to a special player iPhone users will see when visiting YouTube’s site.

Lavasoft have released a new version of AdAware. Ad-Aware SE Personal, the free anti-spyware program from Lavasoft, has been one of the most popular solutions for battling malware on the PC. I have been using it for years to protect my systems and would recommend it to anyone. Lavasoft has just released an updated version, complete with new features, a new look and a new name.

A company in America who is offering fibre to the home is experiencing large subscriber rates. Wall Street analysts who doubted Verizon Communications' aggressive move to build a fiber network directly to people's doorsteps are eating crow as the company subscriber rates for its high-speed Internet and TV service fly through the roof. At the NXTComm trade show here Wednesday, Ivan Seidenberg CEO of Verizon said the telephone company had signed up its 1 millionth Fios Internet customer and now has almost 500,000 Fios TV subscribers.

Benq will be changing it's name to Qisda, thanks Craig. While BenQ just announced it will change its Chinese name from "Jia Da" to "Jias Da" (transliterated from Chinese) last week, the company recently stated the official English name for the new company will be Qisda, which stands for "quality innovation speed driving and achievements.

PCMech have posted an article about protecting your electronics from surges. It is common practice to protect expensive equipment such as TVs and computers from electrical surges with surge protectors. I practiced this very well. All the desktops in my house were connected to surge protectors. All the TVs in the house were likewise connected.

SharkyExtreme have posted their high end PC buyers guide for this month. Today on Sharky Extreme, we've posted the June edition of our High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide, where we take $2500 in search of the top AMD and Intel gaming configurations.

Ars Technica have posted their ten most hated words on the internet. The Internet has much to answer for, but one of its chiefest sins its relentless stupifidication of the English language. And no, I did not just make up the word "stupifidication."1 UK pollsters YouGov have just completed a survey on the web's most-hated words, the abominations that threaten to turn English into a long series of "plzkthxbye" utterances. At the top of the list (and rightly so) is the word "folksonomy."

A couple of people spotted video of a singing Tesla coil which plays music and other sounds. Paul sent in the page with some technical information about the device. This is a solid-state Tesla coil. The primary runs at its resonant frequency in the 41 KHz range, and is modulated from the control unit in order to generate the tones you hear. So just to explain a little further, yes, it is the actual high voltage sparks that are making the noise. Every cycle of the music is a burst of sparks at 41 KHz, triggered by digital circuitry at the end of a "long" piece of fiber optics.

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