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 Thursday, 11-December-2008  21:52:09 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Intel is on track to shrink chips using 32nm technology. Intel said Wednesday that it has completed the development phase of its next manufacturing process that will shrink chip circuits to 32 nanometers. The milestone means that Intel will be able to push faster, more efficient chips starting in the fourth quarter. In a statement, Intel said it will provide more technical details at the International Electron Devices Meeting next week in San Francisco.

What are the most influential games of all time? In just a few decades, interactive games have progressed from abstract tests of eye-hand co-ordination to sprawling and sophisticated virtual worlds that can be simultaneously explored by millions of worldwide players.

It is 40 years since the mother of all demos. The demo that birthed the modern computer mouse - and so much more - was funded by Bob Taylor, a NASA program manager who would one day take his own place among the titans of modern computing. "It's hard to believe now," he explains, "but at the time, even we [Engelbart's fellow researchers] had trouble understanding what he was doing. Think of everyone else out there."

Microsoft has fixed 28 vulnerabilities in its latest patch Tuesday release. Of the 28 bugs quashed today, Microsoft ranked 23 of them critical, the top rating in its four-step scoring system. Of the five others, three were judged to be "important," the next step down, and two were pegged as "moderate." The patches were issued in eight updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, SharePoint, Windows Media, and the company's most popular development tools, Visual Basic and Visual Studio.

Now, from the ridiculous corner is the police action against the baby swinging video. Queensland Police say it is a crime for anyone to even watch a viral video of a man swinging a baby around a room. Chris Illingworth, 60, a father of four from Maroochydore, was charged after he posted the video, which he stumbled across on YouTube, on an internet site. Illingworth's home was raided after he posted the clip on Liveleak. He was charged with using the internet to access and publish child-abuse material. The charge has proven controversial because the baby - reportedly part of a Russian circus family - is shown laughing and smiling at the end of the clip.

Lets look back to Christmas IT ads of old. Every year on TV there are the classic holiday shows. You have A Charlie Brown Christmas. Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer. Frosty the Snowman. Miracle on 34th Street. Interspersed amongst all of these shows are the traditional holiday commercials. Itís always an opportunity for computer companies to goose sales a little bit as well. Here are some classic computer commercials to enjoy with your traditional TV shows.

Today's timewaster is Gravitex. Fire your way through 25 unique levels in this mind bending physics-based game!

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