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Wednesday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-October-2009  15:32:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In a bit of a bizarre announcement, it seems Shane Warne may host Top Gear soon. Presumably the Australian one, although that article says Clarkson will be involved, so it's a little confusing. Anyway, I thought the second series of TG AU was a lot better than the first, so it's interesting to see they're (possibly) changing the formula once again. Anyway, discussion here. Update: Fortunately it seems too bizarre to be true, thanks Sharkx.

XbitLabs have taken a look at six-core computing. It no secret to anyone anymore that in about 6 months AMD and Intel will roll out their six-core processors for desktop platforms. However, we decided not to wait until then and put together a system with a six-core processor today. It is built around a six-core AMD Opteron 2435 from Istanbul family.

VicRoads have decided it will soon no longer be illegal to use a smartphone as a GPS in a car, with certain provisions. The use of mobile-phone GPS systems is becoming more widespread, and the ban was seen as a threat to the growing market in smartphone applications and services. The changes will now allow drivers to use their mobile as a GPS device as long as it sits in a cradle or is remotely operated.

The proposed Australian internet filter may apply to online games, report iTWire. The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy was investigating how the online games – the content of which is overseen by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – would be affected by an internet filtering system, and whether the boxed games classification system (overseen by the Office of Film and Literature Classification) would apply.

iGadgetLife consider the best movie computer villains. With the advent of computers, came a fear that they would somehow develop human capabilities and turn on us. Hollywood capitalized on this idea… and thankfully we have these great ‘Computers Gone Bad’ movie computer villains. I remember Yul Brynner in Westworld scaring the willies out of me as a kid.

Carl sent in this scary video of a flooding datacentre in Istanbul. On Sept. 9, torrential rains in Istanbul,Turkey flooded much of the city’s Ikitelli section. Among the buildings flooded by the rising waters was a Vodafone data center (see news mentions at Total Telecom and a Turkish news site). The event was captured on the data center’s security cameras, and the video has been posted online.

Phoronix have an interview with an nVIDIA developer about their Linux support. While Linux is our focus, Andy's team and his answers for the most part apply equally to NVIDIA drivers on Solaris and FreeBSD platforms too. There are many questions that range from the status of new features in their proprietary graphics driver to why it is unlikely there will be any official open-source support from NVIDIA to download percentages of their Linux driver.

AirQ sent word of a new mouse from Apple. Big deal you say, but interestingly the upper surface is a multi-touch interface with gesture support. Click anywhere, scroll in any direction, and swipe through images on its smooth, seamless top shell. IntelInside sent in a last-minute update suggesting this mouse and some other Apple announcements are trying to steal the thunder from the Windows 7 launch tomorrow.

Today's timewaster is this cutesy bunny umbrella car game.

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