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 Thursday, 20-September-2007  07:39:14 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Bit-Tech have reviewed World in Conflict, Internode Games have been running a whole bunch of gameplay articles in their "Week in Conflict". I love World in Conflict, love it to bits, but something about it makes me hold back from giving it the golden seal of praise which is 10/10. To use Timís words, ďif we marked out of 20, Iíd give it 19/20Ē Ė a statement which belies the fact that although World in Conflict comes close to RTS perfection, it still falls short by the smallest of slithers. Itís an awesome game and you should definitely go out and buy it.

PCMech have taken a look at things that slow down your computer. Computing habits often have an effect on how well your computer runs. If youíre aware of what can hurt your computerís performance, you can save yourself some aggravation by cutting down the time you have to wait for software to load or for Windows to boot. Here are ten ways to get your computer to run slower than molasses on a cold day in September.

DansData has posted some more letters. In this edition: Wireless USB, toaster earthing, communications speakers, Mac memory holes, a funny-looking subwoofer, audiophile balderdash, bug repellers that don't, and vaporising crowbars.

Craig spotted this article which lists some open source methods of seam carving which allows you to resize images focusing on the more important areas and removing unimportant areas. For those of you who didn't catch our previous post about seam carving, it's a smart image resizing algorithm, invented by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan. Where you would normally have to choose between cropping or squeezing/stretching an image to change its aspect ratio, the seam carving method will attempt to find horizontal or vertical paths within the image that can be removed without altering "important" parts of the image, such as people or other objects that would look funny if squished.

LegitReviews have checked out a refrigerated cooling unit for hot laptops. The Dell M1710 always got warm while gaming, but now that Intel has released the Core 2 Extreme Mobile Processor X7800 Processor and has embraced overclocking on notebooks, things have gotten a bit too hot when overclocked. With processors 'throttling' while overclocked, something needed to be done, so Intel and Embarco teamed up to come up with a cooling solution that would prevent throttling and allow for even higher clock frequencies.

Super fast USB 3.0 is on the way with multi gigabit speeds. The "SuperSpeed" USB Promotions Group was announced Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum. The promotions group will get together with contributors over the next year to finalize a USB 3.0 spec that will, they hope, take care of our wired peripheral and syncing needs for another five years or more. USB 3.0 is built upon, and is backwards-compatible with, the USB 2.0 "High Speed" spec.

BonafideReviews have taken a humorous look at gaming stereotypes. A half-serious,half-humorous look into four gamer stereotypes. Here's a snip: "Because Hardcore gamers have such a wealth of info on gaming and how games operate, they are keener on figuring out game imbalance. Though this might make new gamers angry when presented with evidence that their favorite character is either "unfair" on one extreme or "low tier" on the other.

And finally, Lil spotted these cute little aquatic animals.



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