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 Wednesday, 3-March-2010  16:41:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Matthew sent in this video report on Channel 10, linking real world violence and video games. Experts claim there's a link between violent video games and youth crime.

NASA have found further evidence pointing to large amounts of water on the moon. The “anomalous” craters (green circles) have high CPR within, but not outside their rims. Their interiors are also in permanent sun shadow. These relations are consistent with the high CPR in this case being caused by water ice, which is only stable in the polar dark cold traps. We estimate over 600 million cubic meters (1 cubic meter = 1 metric ton) of water in these features.

Teddy spotted this flying hovercraft in New Zealand. It becomes airborne once it reaches a speed of 70 kilometres an hour, but in other respects it rides like a normal hovercraft. It took more than a decade for Mr Heeman to build the machine, using some household parts including a barbecue gas bottle.

Guru3D have a video showing 6 cores + LN2 = 5700MHz. Bodar will take you through some low-level game benchmarks to show performance differences in-between 2, 4 and 6 CPU cores. Then use liquid nitrogen on the setup and will take this hexa-core processor towards 5800 MHz with Hyper Threading enabled. He ended at 5724 MHz for table PI scores and for the Futuremark benchmark sessions roughly got pure 5400 MHz love on all six cores.

Gaz spotted a tutorial on making those tilt-shift photos in Photoshop. A Tilt-Shift effect on your image gives it the impression that the subject is actually a scale model. It does this by dramatically simulating a shallow Depth of Field along with an increase in the color saturation.

Tech-Report checked out what's going on with Shuttle lately. Recently, we decided to check in with Shuttle and see what was new with this unlikely survivor of the consolidation trend in the motherboard business. Turns out Shuttle is still very much alive and kicking, and it's working on new ways to promote its barebones systems, along with an unusual modular notebook initiative.

LegionHW looked at SupCom2 Performance. It has been 3 years since the original Supreme Commander game was released, along with our performance analysis of the game. Now with the release of Supreme Commander 2 we are taking a look at how your gaming system might handle this second installment, by testing a huge range of current and past graphics cards.

Microsoft are now legally bound to advertise alternatives to IE, thanks enigma. The ECC's website states that Microsoft agreed to remove barriers to competition and is mandated by the legislation for five years. What must be particularly galling for the Vole is that it has to advertise a web browser 'Choice Screen' where users can choose one of at least 12 browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera, Sleipnir, Green Browser, Maxthon, Avant, Flock, K-meleon, and Slim.

From stmok: There's a recent security issue that concerns Windows 2000, XP, and 2003 users... It can be caused simply by pressing F1 when told to by a malicious website! Microsoft Security Advisory (981169): Vulnerability in VBScript Could Allow Remote Code Execution. There's a "Workarounds" section that tells you how to block/prevent the vulnerability. (Basically, to use access control to prevent any user from using winhlp32.exe). This does NOT affect Windows Vista/7, and Windows Server 2k8/2k8 R2.

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