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Monday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-March-2008  01:14:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Duncan sent in this petition about internet censorship in Australia. So, if you like signing online petitions and you're opposed to the Rudd Government's plans to try and force internet filtering on us, sign away.

MSI have an interesting new northbridge cooler, using a Stirling engine and therefore needing no electricity, despite having a spinning fan. As hot air expands in the system, it applies pressure to the central piston in the heatsink pushing it up. The piston's movement upwards rotates gears which in turn spin the fan. Thermal energy generated by the chipset is converted into kinetic energy. Discussion here. Scottath noticed more info here and here.

Craig notes that Google is opposed to OOXML. "After further technical analysis of the specification along with all the additional data available on OOXML, Google believes OOXML would be an insufficient and unnecessary standard, designed purely around the needs of Microsoft Office," Google says.

TechReport have their Feb 2008 System Guide posted. You can check out (and even update) an OCAU member maintained one here and here in our Wiki.

Speaking of which, the free browser game Ikariam has attracted a huge following on OCAU in only a few days. Check out the original thread here in our Games forum, and there's more info here in the Wiki.

Bit-Tech have a mainstream graphics comparison. We take six of today's performance mainstream graphics cards and put them through a gauntlet of tests to work out where the best value for money lies. We come out with a number of interesting findings, but will they answer all of our questions, or create more? Read on to find out.

Meanwhile HWZone have a GeForce 9600 GT Showdown posted. The mid-range segment got a boost recently with the release of NVIDIA's GeForce 9600 GT, shaking up the competition and leading to price cuts from ATI. It also means a flood of new cards from the many NVIDIA board partners. To help you navigate these newcomers, here's our GeForce 9600 GT shootout.

Still talking video cards, XbitLabs checked out the 256MB GeForce 8800GT to see how it compares with the 512MB models. Today we are going to check out the youngest member of the family equipped with only 256MB and will try to find out how it affects the gaming performance in contemporary titles.

They follow up with a 160GB external 2.5" HDD's roundup. We would like to introduce to you 9 external storage solutions with 2.5”hard disk drives of 160GB inside. We will talk about products from Fujitsu, Maxtor, Seagate, TEAC, Transcend, Toshiba and ZIV.

IGN say that R-rated video games may not be as close as previously thought in Australia. While the topic will still be discussed at the upcoming Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (to be held on March 28th), the controversial classification update is still being argued against by at least one, very vocal, state attorney-general - Mr. Michael Atkinson, the South Australian Labor minister.



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