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 Monday, 8-October-2007  17:12:39 (GMT +10) - by Rational

We are possibly having a few issues with the OCAU newsbox, check out this thread for details and instructions on how you can help us out. Some people have been reporting issues sending mail to the OCAU news box (news@overclockers.com.au). I have also noticed that the flow of mail coming into the box has severely dwindled lately. So I need to ask you a favour! Could you please send an email to news@overclockers.com.au then report back in this thread when you send it and if it reports an error or bounces back on your end. Hopefully this will help us pinpoint where the problem is.

Australians are falling for Nigerian scams at a rate of $2.5 million lost per month, thanks Mindy for the link. DODGY Nigerian scams are reaping $2.5 million a month from Australians who fall for them, a conference has been told. Queensland's Police Minister Judy Spence told Australia's first national symposium on Nigerian fraud in Brisbane today she was amazed that people continued to be conned by the long-running scam.

The iTunes store has accidentally leaked episode 4 of Stargate Atlantis rather than the pilot episode. The mistake was has not been made public by Apple but caused quite a bit of uproar among hardcore fans of the show. In an attempt to set things straight, Apple offered the actual season premiere and $2 iTunes credit to all the Stargate Atlantis fans who accidentally downloaded episode 4.

Ars Technica have looked at the reasons behind the recent RIAA judgement and how such a outcome may not happen again. Last week, a federal jury took less than four hours to find Jammie Thomas, a 30-year-old single mother from Brainerd, MN, liable for willful copyright infringement. When the tab—24 songs at $9,250 each—had been tallied up, Thomas found herself owing the record labels a whopping $222,000. In the aftermath of the case, it's important to look at why the jury came to the decision it did, and why other cases may not play out the same way. There's a great deal of misinformation out there, but since we were on the scene covering the case, we're in a good position to talk about what did and didn't matter when the verdict came down.

In more local piracy news, the Australian music industry has threatened to begin suing individual pirates unless ISP's begin putting more pressure on them. The anti-piracy arm of the Australian music industry has threatened to start suing individuals for illegal downloading if internet providers do not exert more control over their users.

Neosmart have posted about the latest build of Windows XP SP3. Following our coverage of the Windows XP SP3 beta leak almost a month ago in August, here’s some more info on the official beta, which just had its first authorized distributable released earlier today. Say hello to Windows XP SP3, build 3205! While the newly-released build and the one leaked a month ago (Build 3180) may share the same name, we can exclusively reveal that they are not identical releases. This release, also shipped as windowsxp-kb936929-sp3-x86-enu.exe, is 334.2 megabytes and has been made available to tier-one Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 beta testers.

The latest OS market share numbers have shown growth in Vista, Linux and Mac OS users while a decline in Windows XP users. While the verdict is still out on Windows Vista, Microsoft’s latest operating system, in combination with its predecessor, Windows XP, managed to keep Windows users off limits for both Mac OS X and Linux. It is becoming somewhat of a generalized perception that Vista is not all the Redmond company promised, and far from the $500 million Wow advertised across the world in early 2007.

Several major games will be coming out in November. IT WAS A LONG dry spell without but PC gaming is just about to go bonkers. This winter promises to be the best since 2004, when we saw the release of Far Cry, Doom 3 and Half Life 2. After John Woo's Stranglehold came onto the market (the game looks just awesome in 1920x1200 or 2560x1600 with full details and 8xAA), the key month for PC gaming industry will be November.

And finally, here are some painful pictures of an Xbox 360 which was left on a hot stove. As reader Ty claims, apparently the above Xbox 360 melting occurred when he and his pals, setting up to conduct a furious Halo 3 LAN match, ran out of space enough for an Xbox everywhere in the house except on the kitchen stove. Someone turns the range on and presto change-o: grilled Xbox.

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