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Saturday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 16-August-2008  16:18:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sniper noticed that the Australian Do-Not-Call Register could be expanded to include faxes and indeed ALL phone numbers. It this is unacceptable, it suggests a more modest expansion to enable phone numbers used by emergency service organisations and phone and fax numbers used by small businesses to be listed. I'll certainly be happy if it turns out to be true!

HotHardware have a 4-way Gigabyte P45 mobo roundup. On the low-end, we have Gigabyte’s EP45-DS3L for DDR2 based systems along with the EP45T-DS3R for DDR3 based systems. On the high-end, we have the much more exciting EP45-DQ6 platform for DDR2 based systems, and for the high-end DDR3 landscape, we have the crème de le crème of Gigabyte’s P45 lineup, the EP45T-Extreme.

They also report on GPU-based ray tracing from NVIDIA. During SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles NVIDIA is demonstrating a fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer. The demo is based purely on NVIDIA GPU technology, and according to NVIDIA the ray tracer shows linear scaling rendering of a complex, two-million polygon, anti-aliased automotive styling application.

Paul sent word of a coordinated cyber attack between Russia and Georgia. The attacks have already managed to compromise several government web sites, with continuing DDoS attacks against numerous other Georgian government sites, prompting the government to switch to hosting locations to the U.S, with Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs undertaking a desperate step in order to disseminate real-time information by moving to a Blogspot account.

Shadowman sent in this robot you can control. Pretty groovy, gotta wait forever to have a shot, and it only works during daylight hours as its solar powered.

TrustedReviews compared Intel's Atom and VIA's Nano mini platforms. However, technology being the way it is, the two products have converged and in particular are set to cross swords in the highly lucrative netbook market. So, we set out to find out which one is truly the best.

There are now patches for VMWare to fix the bogus product expiry issue we mentioned earlier, thanks Silicon Angel. Info here and here. An issue has been uncovered with ESX 3.5 Update 2 (build 103908) and ESXi 3.5 Update 2 (build 103909) that caused the product license to expire on August 12, 2008. New patches and updates are now available.

Frostytech checked out some of the first socket LGA1366 heatsinks, for Intel's Nehalem CPUs. In the mean time, answers to questions like: 1). Will current Intel socket 775 heatsinks fit on Intel socket 1366 motherboards? 3). Do Nehalem socket 1366 heatsinks use the plastic push pin clips, or something new? 2). If I use a socket 775-to-1366 adaptor bracket to make my existing Intel heatsink fit onto a Socket 1366 motherboard, is that okay?

TechWareLabs rounded up six DDR3 kits. We've seen the best that next generation DDR3 has to offer, but how does each kit compare side by side? Which DDR3 kits were good for overclocking? And possibly the most important question, which DDR3 kit meets your needs?

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