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 Friday, 28-September-2007  23:02:01 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Trevor68 sent in word of Strike Force, a total conversion mod based on Star Wars for Battlefield 2142. Some server details can be found here. A direct link to the download can be found here on GamingSA and here on Internode. It is almost 900Mb. First Strike is a Star Wars based mod for Battlefield 2142. Within this mod you'll find yourself as a soldier of the Galactic Empire or as a freedom fighter for the Rebel Alliance. You'll fight at various Star Wars locations and with all sorts of weapons and vehicles. One side will have to strike first, for that team will have the greatest advantage... or will it? The goal of First Strike is to immerse the players of Battlefield 2142 into the amazing universe of Star Wars. First Strike will feature an extremely authentic atmosphere.

Halo 3 has broken the Australian entertainment sales record by selling 50,000 units in the first 24 hours. Also included is some funny pictures of John Howard playing an Xbox and with Master Chief. Microsoft announced today it had sold over 50,000 copies of Halo 3 in the first 24 hours of sales, making it the biggest Australian entertainment launch of all time. The long-awaited third instalment of the hit Xbox 360 video game series earned $6 million for Microsoft in Australia alone, smashing the previous first-day sales record held by the third film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Microsoft has decided to continue selling Windows XP until June 2008. Bowing to what it calls customer feedback, Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it would sell Windows XP to large computer makers and at retail through the end of June 2008, five months later than the deadline it set when Vista shipped to the public earlier this year. The decision will keep Windows XP on new PCs and store shelves until June 30, 2008. The original stop-sale date to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and at retail was Jan. 31, 2008. Smaller computer sellers, dubbed "system builders," will still be able to pre-install Windows XP on machines until Jan. 31, 2009

Rivatuner 2.05 has been released. RivaTuner is a complete powerful tweaking environment, providing you everything you may need to tune NVIDIA GPU based display adapters. The widest driver-level Direct3D / OpenGL and system tuning options, flexible profiling system allowing to make custom settings on per-application basis, both driver-level and low-level hardware access modes, unique diagnostic and realtime hardware monitoring features and exclusive power user oriented tools like built-in registry editor and patch script engine make RivaTuner's feature set absolutely unmatched.

Bit-Tech have posted their mod of the month for September. It's that time again - the month of September is drawing to a close, so we've been digging through the bit-tech community forums like pigs looking for truffles. Or something like that...but, hey, we found some good ones! Yet again we've had a clear showing of talent from the community in the Project Logs - it seems the start of school and uni has just encouraged people to get even busier than before.

Apparently, some fungi is thriving around the former Chernobyl reactor in an area which is highly radioactive. More info can be found here. There has been an exciting new biological discovery inside the tomb of the Chernobyl reactor. Like out of some B-grade sci fi movie, a robot sent into the reactor discovered a thick coat of black slime growing on the walls. Since it is highly radioactive in there, scientists didn’t expect to find anything living, let alone thriving. The robot was instructed to obtain samples of the slime, which it did, and upon examination…the slime was even more amazing than was thought at first glance.

Apple has actually bricked some hacked iPhones after threatening to do so. Apple released its second iPhone software update yesterday -- iPhone 1.1.1 -- to fix bugs and plug some serious security holes, while also adding new features. However, "Users are reporting that [the update] is making previously unlocked iPhones unusable," reports IDG News.

And finally, here is a funny article which lists some of the most needlessly detailed Wikipedia articles. They say "knowledge is power," but "they" seem to forget that most of our knowledge is devoted to subjects that are completely useless and retarded. If you could somehow harness just the brain power that's currently being spent on, say, memorizing fantasy football stats, you could probably cure cancer. Nowhere is humanity's obsession with the inconsequential more obvious than on Wikipedia, where even the most obscure topics get propped up on enormous blocks of text. Here are the most depressing--and somewhat frightening--examples.

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