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 Thursday, 12-November-2009  23:52:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thousands of gamers have been banned from Xbox Live for having modified consoles. "All consumers should know that piracy is illegal and that modifying their Xbox 360 console to play pirated discs violates the Xbox Live terms of use, will void their warranty and result in a ban from Xbox Live," Microsoft has said in a statement. Discussion here.

It also seems Microsoft have patented sudo, or something that looks a lot like it. Obviously, if they could figure that out, they'd never have issued this patent in the first place. The fact that they did, without realizing the implications, or the obviousness, or the prior art, tells us that the USPTO simply lacks the foundational technical information, or the awareness of technical history, to make wise patent decisions about software and patents.

Google have announced a new programming language called Go, thanks Chook. No major systems language has emerged in over a decade, but over that time the computing landscape has changed tremendously. ... We believe it's worth trying again with a new language, a concurrent, garbage-collected language with fast compilation. Discussion here.

AusGamers have an article about building a high-definition HTPC for $500. Nvidia have changed all that with the introduction of VDPAU and their low-cost ION platform. VDPAU which stands for Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix allows Linux applications to offload video decoding to an Nvidia GPU. The ION platform is a small-form-factor motherboard/chipset combination that provides an Atom CPU, DDR2 memory, and a GeForce 9400M-class GPU.
One of the first released systems containing the ION platform is the Asrock Ion330.

Tech Report, HotHardware and PC Perspective all checked out the new Lucid Hydra GPU load-balancer. Now, a little more than a year after that first IDF showing, Lucid says its Hydra 200 chip is ready to ship in consumer systems. To underscore that point, the firm recently invited us to its San Jose, California offices to experience a Hyrda-based solution first-hand. We came away with our impressions of the Hydra solution in action, along with some of the first performance numbers to be released to the public.

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