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Friday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-March-2008  01:29:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We had a minor outage earlier, so if you notice any strangeness when using or trying to log into the forums, drop me an email and I'll take a look.

Here's an interesting one, self-extinguishing cigarettes may be mandatory by 2009. Shaun noticed this page which explains how they work. There is no doubt that fire-safe cigarettes will save hundreds of lives each year. Deaths caused by cigarette fires declined dramatically in New York State in the first few months that fire-safe cigarettes were mandated there in 2004.

HardOCP have an NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT Roundup. The GeForce 9600 GT has its work cut out for it. Not only does it have to establish itself as a good product in its own right, but it has to compete with its older and more capable siblings with falling prices.

A strange metal ball which seems likely to be space junk has turned up on a remote Queensland property. While a spokesman for Aerospace Corp. told NEWS.com.au it was still working to identify the object, aerospace industry sources who contacted Mr Stirton believe it to be part of a rocket launched at Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 1998.

Seagate's CEO is apparently not too concerned about the "flash vs hdd battle". But in case flash prices continue to plummet and the flash drives really do catch on, Watkins has something else up his sleeve. He’s convinced, he confides, that SSD makers like Samsung and Intel (INTC) are violating Seagate’s patents.

From Scott, some info about a PCI-E 1x video card, here, here and here. With the implementation of ASUS’ exclusive Splendid technology into a video add-on card, users will be able to enjoy full 1080P entertainment on their monitors. Able to provide an authentic ASUS LCDTV video solution to any PC, this card helps fill in the gap between viewing content on the PC and traditional Consumer Electronic devices.

TechWareLabs wonder if BTX is doomed. Err, yes. Well, it's had years to catch on and never has. Frankly, I don't know anyone who even really sees the point of it. BTX failed at being "something great that no one has ever seen before" at the same time it wasn't backwards compatible with the current design, ATX. Other reasons why BTX failed to catch on was because not all users were interested in cooling performance, which was BTX's most significant advantage.

In a trip through memory lane, MadShrimps are building a fast AGP-based system. While the rest of the mainstream world moves on to PCI-Express and DDR3, we take a step back to the previous generation hardware. Our aim is to build a scalable AGP benchmark platform with sole purpose: breaking overclocking records.

Another blast from the past is RAMBUS, who have won a legal battle recently. A San Jose jury today ruled in favor of Rambus in its legal battle with Micron Technology, Hynix Semiconductor and Nanya Technology in a patent infringement case involving DRAM memory.

Rather cryptically from bigiain: Dear Sirs! OVERCLOCKING NEGLECTED LAPTOPS. I am the Information and Data analyst of the Treasury-Payment Investigation Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria. In the process of cross checking files inherited from previous head of this department I found a particular machine file with series of complicated abnormal entries of a beneficiary who had made efforts towards getting the OLPC laptops but to no avail. I then decided to investigate the genesis of the difficulties/hitches to the release of the said laptops I found out this. In short, overclocking OLPCs. :)

Today's timewaster is the BBC's Brainbox Challenge website. Click "Play The Games" to get started, there's quite a few there.



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