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 Wednesday, 17-October-2007  07:42:10 (GMT +10) - by Rational

It is National Ride to Work Day today, thanks Henry. On 17 October, regular and first-time riders from all states and territories will join the inaugural National Ride to Work Day. Government and corporate organisations from around Australia have made the commitment to join this huge event.

Les has sent me information about a public lecture occurring tomorrow on climate change and its effects on Australia, particularly interesting for those interested in science etc. There is a thread discussing this including lots of details of the event. Come and hear about climate change straight from the experts. This lecture gives the public the opportunity to learn about climate change from scientists who were closely involved with the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change Report. The science of climate change will be explained, along with the most recent findings and projections for Australia's future in a world influenced by global warming. The lectures will be followed by question time and discussion.

It seems that Crytek are not too happy about certain beta testers who are breaching NDA by posting screenshots of the game Crysis which is currently in beta, thanks to NGOHQ who send us that image.

Dan has posted some more letters. In this edition: Flashlights small and large, fitting stuff in a little Lian Li, building speakers, a bassless car stereo, cleaning up bug poo, radioactive batteries, and a Magic Water Stick.

TFOT have checked out the history and future of electronic paper in detail. Thirty-five years in the making, electronic paper is now closer than ever to changing the way we read, write, and study — a revolution so profound that some see it as second only to the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Made of flexible material, requiring ultra-low power consumption, cheap to manufacture, and—most important—easy and convenient to read, e-papers of the future are just around the corner, with the promise to hold libraries on a chip and replace most printed newspapers before the end of the next decade.

Phoronix have checked out Ubuntu's power consumption. They have also compared the power consumption of Linux and Windows. For this article we've decided to not only deliver power benchmarks from Ubuntu 7.10 and Ubuntu 7.04 to compare the tickless kernel effect, but we have went back and retested all of the Ubuntu releases going back to Ubuntu 5.04, or also known as Hoary Hedgehog.

With the discussion of the bloat of Nero 8 in the previous news post, John has kindly sent in a free alternative called InfraRecorder. John describes it as "what Nero used to be". Welcome to the home of InfraRecorder on the internet! InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration. InfraRecorder is released under GPL version 2.

Bit-Tech have covered the pros and cons of a 64 bit environment. Whether you came into this article with some of your own thoughts on the matter or with little knowledge on the subject at all, I hope that you've learned some new things about 64-bit computing. Though it is still relatively "young" (despite its age) in the commercial sector, it's been the chosen evolution for the industry for some time. Modern processors, chipsets and now finally operating systems have started to make the move, and as the technology filters down into the "average home," the software will follow.

Futurelooks have posted some impressions of the Seattle World Cyber Games 2007 Grand Final. The World Cyber Games 2007 Grand Final in Seattle was both depressing and eye opening all at the same time. It reminds us that at some point in our adolescence, we’ve all tried to convince ourselves (and our parents) that playing video games was a viable career choice.

And finally, with the upcoming federal election it is quite interesting to note this internet based minor party which claim to use an internet based poll to help make crucial decisions in parliament, thanks Thulgor for the link. For those who want a bit more balance for their politics, there is a gigantic thread in CE.

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