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Thursday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-November-2009  17:45:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Wessam: Just stumbled upon this - looks like there's approximately a week to get your opinion in. A written submission process is underway by Australian Government Advisory Council on Intellectual Property: Review of Patentable Subject Matter. ACIP are currently seeking public comment to an options paper with a submission deadline in electronic form or hard copy of Friday, 13 November 2009. Cluey OCAUers would be suggested to read up on it here and here for the relevance of this submission process to software patents.

JC spotted this video on AusGamers that shows a bit more clearly the difference between the censored and uncensored versions of L4D2. For those wondering how they did it, I assume they recorded an in-game demo then played it back in both versions and used video software to split the screen. Clever stuff, anyway.

ArsTechnica meanwhile show how you can play as "infected" in the L4D2 demo. The Left 4 Dead 2 demo is a great time, but the lack of versus mode play with the new infected is something of a disappointment. You won't have to wait until the game launches on the 15th, however; a clever chap out there has created a plug-in to allow you to play competitive games with the demo, and to try out the new special infected.

If the Zombie Apocalypse does kick off, I'd hope to have a car like this to get around with. The TRAX STI is an experimental automobile that starts with Block's competition-ready Subaru WRX STI before ditching the tires, adding snow cat tracks, and upgrading to some next-level suspension to create the ultimate backcountry shred car. Maybe with cannons and flame-throwers on the roof instead of a snowboard rack, though.

ArsTechnica also have an article about the possibility of an x86 CPU from nVIDIA. The idea has cropped up again in an analyst note from Doug Freedman of Broadpoint AmTech, in which Freedman claims that NVIDIA has been hiring former Transmeta engineers to work on a secret x86 processor that will appear sooner rather than later.

Phoronix have a Linux Graphics Survey. For the past two years we have hosted an annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we ask well over 20,000 users each time their video card preferences, driver information, and other questions about their view of the Linux graphics stack. This year we are hosting the survey once again to allow the development community to get a better understanding of the video hardware in use, what open-source and closed-source drivers are being used, and other relevant information that will help them and the Linux community.

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