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 Wednesday Evening (3 Comments) (link) Wednesday, 26-September-2007  18:51:40 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Note: This seems dubious. The popular torrent site and tracker Demonoid, has been shut down by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Demonoid.com, one of the most popular BitTorrent trackers has allegedly been taken offline by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). Both the tracker and the website have been unresponsive for nearly 24 hours now. Demonoid Shut Down by the CRIAAs of now it is still unsure what exactly happened, but the popular Dutch news site nu.nl reports that the CRIA is responsible for the downtime.

There is a bug in Excel 2007 resulting in incorrect multiplications in some circumstances, thanks tumb_sc. There is some more discussion happening over on Slashdot and on the forums. tibbar66 writes with news of a serious multiplication bug in Excel 2007, which has been reported to the company. The example that first came to light is =850*77.1 — which gives a result of 100,000 instead of the correct 65,535. It seems that any formula that should evaluate to 65,535 will act strangely. One poster in the forum noted these behaviors: "Suppose the formula is in A1. =A1+1 returns 100,001, which appears to show the formula is in fact 100,000... =A1*2 returns 131,070, as if A1 had 65,535 (which it should have been). =A1*1 keeps it at 100,000. =A1-1 returns 65,534. =A1/1 is still 100,000. =A1/2 returns 32767.5."

As a continuation from the previous story, Jani came up with this interesting situation where this bug may work to your advantage. Wouldn't it be nice to work 850 hours rather than 849 when getting paid \$77.1 per hour and your employer was relying on MS Excel 2007 to work out your salary? that would be an extra \$34,465 for that last hour of work.

HotHardware have compared SLI in Vista and XP. We thought it might be interesting to see what the numbers looked like for the extreme performance junkies in our midst, running dual-graphics SLI setups with high-end DX10 capable GeForce 8800 graphics cards. Is SLI mode on Vista still two steps behind in performance in comparison to XP? In this article we offer a quick-take assessment of NVIDIA's latest ForceWare driver release, running on Windows XP and Windows Vista installations in SLI mode.

Bit-Tech have posted their thoughts about the Crysis multiplayer beta. So, is Crysis the next best thing or a just a very pretty but still dead fish floating in the vast and ever-changing ocean of PC games? The chances are you’ve already made up your mind on the issue, but you still came here and read this far in order to hear my thoughts so you’ll still have to sit down and listen. Or read. Whatever. The problem with Crysis as far as I can see is that it may be perilously close to falling into the same trap as Far Cry – ending up a gorgeous game with some very interesting gameplay elements, but still marred on a few basic issues.

OCModShop have posted about the Halo 3 release in the USA. More than 10,000 retailers have planned events to open their doors at midnight to celebrate the third installment in the billion-dollar Halo franchise. The Best Buy in Bellevue, Washington (just a stone's throw from the Microsoft campus) hosted one of the biggest parties, featuring contests, and appearances by various celebrities fanatical about the Halo franchise, and OCModShop was there.

Security vulnerabilities have been found in Google's Gmail. Yesterday, we reported on an unholy trinity of Google vulnerabilities that put emails, private photos and website security at risk. Today came word of a new weakness that makes it easy for bad guys to silently put a backdoor in Gmail accounts. The technique comes courtesy of Petko D. Petkov, a researcher at GNU Citizen, who writes in a blog post that the backdoor is installed simply by luring a victim to a specially crafted website while logged in to Gmail.

Some motherboards are having EMI issues. Ever wonder what that big FCC logo on your computer means? Most people would tell you the U.S. Federal Communications Commission operates like an all-seeing, all-knowing electronic shield; protecting America from harmful radiation and interference. The reality, of course, is quite different. To better illustrate this, we've traveled the history of one motherboard. This motherboard, while rather unimportant in the scope of all things silicon, became rather important when a few engineers started asking the right question.

And finally, here is a a neat little video of how to make a little stove out of drink cans and some other household ingredients. But be careful, I tried to make one out of improvised materials and made a lovely big singe mark in my desk.