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Monday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-July-2009  15:31:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The New York Times have an article on a recent ironic event where some of George Orwell's books were mysteriously deleted from people's Kindle ebook readers. However it turns out to be due to illegal publication rather than a big brother conspiracy. When Amazon discovered these unauthorized sales, it did the right thing: it reversed them. The police would do the same thing if they discovered a stolen car in your driveway: just take it away. You never owned it.

Rumours continue about Intel's next-generation SSDs. According to the generally reliable Golum, Intel's so-called Postville SSD family is well on its way to reality, and with them should come much needed price drops. The new series should top out at 320GB, with an 80GB and 160GB version falling underneath.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent back photos of the Apollo landing sites, in a nice tie-in with the continuing celebration of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. There's a discussion thread here about all the various new info and restored media etc.

XbitLabs check out modern video cards in the game "Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood". Our today’s article will talk about the performance of contemporary graphics cards in a sequel to a famous Western shooter - Call of Juarez.

Guru3D have a similar article, using Anno 1404: Dawn of Discovery. The 3D engine is smooth, beautifully detailed. We'll take 15 graphics cards to the test with this title and will show you what you can expect per graphics card and monitor resolution.

InsideHW meanwhile rounded up 23 hard drives. In very near future we can predict transitional period where SSD will be used as system drive while HDD will be used as data storage. Since SSD prices are not showing significant drop tendency, we will be using HDDs for some time in the future. So, we decided to make, maybe for the last time, big hard drive roundup.

Gazzamcgazza sent in an article about the Airbus A330's recent issues. However, Tardivat and Hounsfield agree that the ultimate problem may lie somewhere else entirely - with the 100-odd miles of insulated wire connecting everything from computers to seat-back televisions. Ed Block, an American air investigator, has long been trying to draw attention to the dangers of some wire types.

Today's timewaster is the beta of Hackcess, a "web based network security MMO" which seems to have a pretty strong following on OCAU already, with a thread here.

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