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Early Friday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-April-2008  03:10:02 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

A few people noticed that eBay Australia will be limiting the available payment options to either PayPal or COD when purchasing items. All items listed on eBay Australia must offer PayPal as a payment method by May 21, while payment methods such as direct deposit and money orders will be banned from June 17. More information here, and discussion in the forums here.

Hardware Secrets recently updated their nVidia chips comparison table which lists the basic technical specifications of each nVidia graphics chip available on the market. If you don't follow almost daily the video card market it is really complicated to understand the differences between the several different nVidia graphics chips available on the market today. To facilitate knowing and understanding the difference among these chips, we have compiled the following table.

This beginners guide from PCSTATS will assist you in making old software compatible with Vista. One of the most common gripes about Windows Vista even now, almost a year and a half after its release, is that it doesn't play nicely with a LOT of older software.

DiGiTaL_MoNkEY sent in the following news: DRAM module makers are getting ready to increase prices. DX9 versus DX10 performance in Crysis. A look at the new HP 2133 Mini-Note PC. Tom's Hardware questions whether fast RAM is really worth the increased cost. AMD announce eight OEM platforms available now which feature Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. Thanks!

AMD have formally announced the availability of their B3 Barcelona processors (which resolves the TLB bug present in the B2 stepping). HP was mentioned as the first company to be offering B3 Barcelonas in its ProLiant G5 systems. AMD said that a total of eight OEM platforms using the processors are now available, but did not provide further information which systems these are. Thanks Genesis.

Here's a weird one. Apparently Universal are claiming that throwing a record label's promotional CD into the bin as well as trying to sell or give it away is an "unauthorised distribution." Universal argues strenuously that it never transferred ownership when it sent them out and that the discs are merely "licensed" to those who receive them. Each disc includes text that makes clear that "this CD is the property of the record company and is licensed to the intended recipient for personal use only."

From foxmulder881: One of the hot topics this year at RSA Conference '08 was the age old debate of Linux Security versus Microsoft Security. To many a people's surprise, it was declared a tie and representatives from both parties stating "We clearly learn from each other." Voice your oppinion in this thread.

An ongoing research project at the University of Washington has created a live map which tracks down "Internet black holes." The monitoring system, called Hubble, uses approximately 100 PlanetLab sites around the world to ping various IP prefixes in search of black holes. It uses a hybrid monitoring approach which conducts passive analysis on Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) feeds and launches targeted active probes when it detects potential problem areas.

This morning's timewaster is from Lee. "Random Defense is a slick new Tower Defense game featuring 10 different maps and loads of levels on your turrets."



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