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 Saturday, 27-June-2009  23:47:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Having an issue with the news mailbox at the moment, but should hopefully have it back up to speed soon. Speaking of news, Michael Jackson's recent passing prompted such a flurry of requests that Google thought it was being attacked. "The spike in searches related to Michael Jackson was so big that Google News initially mistook it for an automated attack," Google said.

Battlefield Heroes has opened to the public, for free, at first. To try the casual shooter, simply head over to the Battlefield Heroes website with either Firefox or Internet Explorer, and hit the big, round "play now!" button. After installing the required Firefox add-on or IE ActiveX control, the game installer will open, download the game, and set everything up for you. There's an oldish thread with new info at the end here.

Space nuts will enjoy this half-hour tour of the ISS in HD on YouTube. Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Michael Barratt provides a 20-minute tour of the International Space Station, documenting the full 167 feet of the space station's pressurized modules. Barratts commentary describes to Mission Control in Houston how equipment and supplies are arranged and stored, and provides engineers with a detailed assessment of each module-to-module hatchway.

Here's some interesting-sounding on-screen privacy technology. To tap the broader consumer market, Anderson built a more consumer-friendly version called PrivateEye, which can work with a simple Web cam. The software blurs a user's monitor when he or she turns away. It also detects other faces in the background, and a small video screen pops up to alert the user that someone is looking at their screen.

Microsoft are apparently considering flash drives as an official install medium for Windows 7. Seems sensible enough - as I mentioned earlier it's fairly easy to do already.

XbitLabs compared some new high-end PSUs. DC-DC converters, independent stabilization, synchronous transformers and synchronous rectifiers, over 90% efficiency factor - please meet new high-end power supplies: Antec Signature, Enermax Revolution 85+ and Seasonic M12D.

The Pirate Bay have been denied a retrial. It looks as though The Pirate Bay will have to hope for the best on appeal now that a Swedish court ruled that the judge's membership with two pro-copyright organizations does not constitute bias.

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