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 Friday, 21-March-2008  17:58:38 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

PCSTATS have written a beginners guide to recovering and repairing Vista installations. If you were used to the recovery tools available under Windows XP, you will be annoyed to find that none of the old methods work in Vista, especially the 'repair install' that could generally be relied upon to fix most XP issues. New tactics are required for Vista, so let's help you learn them!

According to Tech ARP, Microsoft are delaying the release of Windows XP's Service Pack 3 RTM. Microsoft has also made some changes to when and how Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be released. There is a thread discussing this here.

BioWare's Matt Atwood spoke to bit-tech.net about "ports, pron and piracy". We talk to Matt Atwood from BioWare about piracy in the industry, having Jack Thompson defend sex scenes in Mass Effect and whether Tim Sweeney is right that PC hardware is slowly killing the PC gaming market. Oh, and he details the Mass Effect PC conversion for us too.

The Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista from TweakGuides has been significantly revised, and now includes all the changes from Vista's SP1. The guide covers every major topic, from the correct installation of Windows and critical drivers and software, through to recommendations for every significant setting and feature, all the major performance and convenience tweaks and customizations, as well as detailed troubleshooting advice.

Ars Technica reports that the now-concluded 700MHz spectrum auction raised a grand total of US$19.592 billion for the US government, with Verizon and AT&T coming out as the big winners. The auction ended this afternoon with a terse announcement by the Commission that there were no "bids, withdrawals, or proactive activity rule waivers" during round 261. "Therefore, Auction 73 has closed under the simultaneous stopping rule."

Celchu noticed an article from The Sydney Morning Herald reporting, somewhat innacurately, that Exetel has started to crack down on copyright infringers. Exetel's modified notice and disconnect system, which executive Steve Waddington said in a blog post had been operating for two years, prevents users who have been fingered as copyright infringers by a "recognised industry source or their legal representatives" from browsing any web pages. More information on Steve Waddington's blog and Whirlpool Broadband Forums.

A University of Virginia student, along with his two Germany-based partners, are claiming to have cracked the encryption code used to protect millions of wireless smartcards. The popular chip that the trio "dissected" is called the MiFare Classic RFID chip and is manufactured by NXP Semiconductors, a Netherlands-based company. Nohl and his colleagues found that it was fairly easy to crack the RFID chip's code.

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