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 Saturday, 20-December-2008  00:39:27 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

We live in a world where legal action against copyright infringements are about as common as the common cold and soon we might see a legal team from Activision Blizzard heading to a Chinese restaurant in Beijing with the aim of explaining the finer points of "copyright" laws. The restaurant’s décor is filled with characters and images from World of Warcraft, including a recreation of the Dark Portal for the main entrance. The main dining hall is named the “Hall of Snow Storms” and serves up dishes named after creatures found in the game’s virtual world.

Sun Microsystems have released VirtualBox 2.1. Sun's desktop VM turns any PC into a virtualisation platform that can run several different operating systems simultaneously on one hardware system. That can avoid the need to buy and support multiple hardware systems and speed development and testing work versus running multiple operating systems with a multi-boot environment.

It would seem that the release of Mac OS X 10.5.6 earlier in the week has apparently caused havoc for its users with reports that the update has completely killed their machines. "Since I (and many other users) installed the update our machines have completely died," Pedro Paiva, who owns a 17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo, wrote in an e-mail. When Paiva turns on his MacBook, it makes a spinning sound, the LED light turns on, but then nothing happens, he said.

I don't think many will argue with the fact that 2008 has seen an explosion of SSD technology. It seems like almost every week some manufacturer is announcing the release of yet another SSD drive and this week is no exception with Toshiba claiming to have developed what it claims is the world’s first 512GB 2.5in SSD. Toshiba’s drive has a 3Gb/s SATA interface and a maximum sequential read speed of 240Mb/s. Its maximum sequential write speed is 200Mb/s, Toshiba claimed. It’s worth noting that the drive’s read speed blitzes the reading swiftness of Samsung’s 256GB SSD by 20Mb/s, although both drives still share the same sequential write speed.

German newspaper, Frankfurter Rundschau, apparently received a package from an unknown sender containing information on tens of thousands of German credit card holders, including sheets of microfilm with names, addresses, card numbers, and payment information. Information in the box reportedly belongs to Landesbank Berlin, and dates to last August. Police speculate that the box went missing during transport between backoffice provider Atos Worldline and Landesbank.

It seems that there are more than 28 game based movies in production. Yesterday saw the announcement that Gore Verbinski was not only making a film based on BioShock, but also a film based on the online non-game Second Life. The announcement must have sparked interest in some it seem as Examiner.com today released a list of all the known game-based films currently in production.

OCZ Technology today has launched new Blade series of DDR3 memory modules. These Blade series modules are rated for 2000MHz speeds with tightened latencies of just 7-8-7-20 and stay within the 1.65v Core i7 safe zone. The exclusive Blade heatspreader is an enhanced design to better dissipate heat whilst keeping to a sleek, low profile.

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