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 Sunday, 16-September-2007  21:19:42 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Phoronix have looked at some opinions of AMD's GPU specifications for open source developers. AMD started delivering on their word of providing GPU specifications to the open-source community without a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and now with the 2007 X Developer Summit having come to a close, we asked several key members of the X.Org community on how they judge AMD's recent move. They were also asked if they believe NVIDIA will follow suit in helping the open-source community.

A PC superstore refused to fix a broken hinge on a laptop after Linux was installed on it, since then they have changed their decision after public pressure, thanks Fester. For all you car aficionados out there, how's this for an operating system analogy from PC World? Installing Linux onto a laptop sold by the computer retail behemoth is like putting a Ford engine into a BMW, apparently.Earlier this week a mysterious PC World customer, known only by the name of Tikka, posted a story to Slashdot about the store's refusal to repair a hardware fault on a five-month-old Acer laptop. The store's IT support "Tech Guys" told Tikka that, because Linux had been installed, the machine's warranty had been voided.

Agg sent in a couple of aircraft related things. Here is an amazing video of the worlds largest RC aircraft which requires two people to control. And the unmanned flight record has been broken by a solar powered craft. A new, ultralight aircraft made from carbon fiber has beaten the standing world record for longest unmanned flight, according to its manufacturer. It has a 60-foot (18-meter) wingspan, weighs 66 pounds (30 kilograms) and is launched by hand.

IGN have posted a wrapup of GC Asia 2007. With GC Leipzig gaining importance each year, the organisers are aiming to do for Asia what Leipzig has done for Europe - to give the region its own game convention where publishers from around the region can meet and do business, while the public can come in and get their hands on the latest games.

GPGPU is set to improve antivirus performance as well as give you the ability to fold on the GPU and play games. A LOT HAS BEEN said and written about GPGPU and all the great things that this concept will bring, from faster Folding@Home to earth-moving simulations and other complex problems. This is mostly due to the fact that regular CPU has its doors closed when it comes to the fearsome operation divide, yet alone programs that including SIN/COS instructions

PCWorld have reviewed the iPod touch. I'm an iPhone fan who can't get an AT&T signal at home, so I was hoping the iPod Touch would be the perfect compromise. Based on its specs (Wi-Fi, mobile Safari, the Multi-touch interface, and twice the iPhone's storage capacity at 16GB), it sure looks like it would be. But I've been testing a $399 16GB iPod Touch for a couple of days now, and based on a number of hardware and software issues I've encountered, it looks like Apple still has some work to do.

Australian politicians are continuing to embrace the internet. This includes things like Youtube channels and the interesting Google maps overlays. John Howard says the internet is "not some sort of gimmick" and has invited voters to have a conversation with him on YouTube. Peter Garrett believes the web will play a "really really critical role" in the upcoming election, which Joe Hockey has dubbed the "e-election campaign". The Prime Minister, opposition environment spokesman and Workplace Relations Minister broadcasted the comments over YouTube this morning in glowing endorsements of Google's new federal election website.

The first Optimus Maximus keyboard has arrived in Moscow, I wonder how mass production of these devices is going?

Drayzen sent in this interesting site about the Subhuman Project which aims to build a human powered underwater vehicle.



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