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 Tuesday, 5-January-2010  16:59:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you think you might like an OCAU 10th Anniversary Polo Shirt, please measure and vote in this poll so we know roughly what sizes to order most of.

There's a zillion reviews of Intel's new Clarkdale CPUs out on the net, so instead of linking them all here, I'll refer you to this Intel Hardware Forum thread by DiGiTaL MoNkEY. Enjoy!

The 2009 Darwin Awards have been awarded. For the first time ever, a woman--yes, a member of the safer sex--made it into the year's Top Darwin Awards Contenders! 2009 Antepenultimate Winner is the North Carolina woman who jumped into a swollen creek to rescue her drowning...moped.

Gizmodo report on how non-latin domain names can be used for evil. Pretty much as we worried they might be back when they were announced. Unicode is great because it supports multiple languages simultaneously, bringing international understanding, universal peace and planetary love. And so is ICANNís decision to allow domain names that use non-Latin alphabets. Until both combine to steal your credit card number.

Nik spotted a cyber-monitoring upgrade in New Zealand. The measures are the largest expansion of police and SIS surveillance capabilities for decades, and mean that all mobile calls and texts, email, internet surfing and online shopping, chatting and social networking can be monitored anywhere in New Zealand.

Agner's CPU blog ponders what they're calling the Cripple AMD function in Intel's compiler. However, the Intel CPU dispatcher does not only check which instruction set is supported by the CPU, it also checks the vendor ID string. If the vendor string says "GenuineIntel" then it uses the optimal code path. If the CPU is not from Intel then, in most cases, it will run the slowest possible version of the code, even if the CPU is fully compatible with a better version.

Bono meanwhile is calling for tighter internet controls. In his regular column for the New York Times, which the U2 frontman began a year ago, Bono says downloading is becoming all-encompassing.

If you'd like to try your hand at an oppressive censorship regime, have a go at Ban This Game.

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