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Saturday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 12-April-2008  16:18:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sunshine Coast folks expecting Express Post mail from Canberra or Sydney may be in for bad news, with a cargo plane crashing into the sea earlier this week. Sadly it seems the pilot has probably died in the crash. I don't even really think about what happens to a package after I drop it into the post box, but obviously lots of people are involved in whizzing things around the country and I guess we only notice when something goes wrong. Only customers who sent Express Post items from NSW or the ACT and who were concerned that it was lost should contact the Australia Post customer contact centre on 13 13 18.

Sniper spotted these cool LED building blocks. Unplugged, they just look like abstract shapes in white. Clip them together and connect them up, however, and you have a pretty incredible light show.

DriverHeaven have a mid-range graphics card roundup. The cards in the lineup today are: Zotac 9600 GT Amp! Edition, Gainward Bliss 9600 GT, Asus EN9600GT, XFX 9600 GT XXX, Palit 9600GT Sonic, Gainward 8800 GTS Golden Sample (Goes Like Hell), Zotac 8800 GT 1GB, Asus 3850 OC Gear. Which one is worth your money?

Justin sent in this article about Future Fibre Broadband on ArsTechnica. A new report (PDF) out from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) suggests that your Future Self will need a 50Mbps download link in the next decade, and it surveys the worldwide race to get there that's raging between fiber to the home, VDSL, and DOCSIS 3.0 cable systems.

HotHardware report on some comments from NVIDIA's CEO at their recent Financial Analyst Day. The always outspoken Jen-Sun really went on the offensive and essentially dismissed CPU-GPU fusion and Intel's upcoming discreet graphics product (codenamed Larrabee). He also downplayed the erosion of NVIDIA's market share in the mobile segment and promoted the APX 2500 "system on a chip", CUDA, and other NVIDIA initiatives. Tech Report have their take on it also.

XbitLabs have a 120mm fan roundup. Today we are going to test 11 fan models from such respected manufacturers as GlacialTech, Cooler Master, Noctua, Scythe, SilverStone and Zalman that measure 120 x 25/32/38 mm. They also continue their 22" monitor roundup. We will discuss 12 models from such well-known manufacturers as Acer, ASUS, Hannstar, LG, NEC and Samsung.

YouGamers wonder what happened to 3DMark Vantage, it having been several months since the teaser screenies came out. It's worth noting that the YouGamers site seems to be very closely affiliated with, if not entirely run by, FutureMark, who of course make the 3DMark range.

IGN report on why GTA IV was edited for Australia. The story broke last week, much to the disappointment of fans around the country. The statement confirms that the game was edited before being submitted to the Classifications Board, and explains why it was "necessary".

Meanwhile, AusGamers finally heard back from the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (after nearly 2 years of waiting) as to why WoW did not need to be rated in Australia. In the wake of the most recent Grand Theft Auto rating shenanigans, I was reminded about a question I sent to the Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (aka, the OFLC, aka, the Destroyer of All That Is Fun) back in 2005 - a question that I still hadn't received an answer to.

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