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 Tuesday, 11-May-2010  19:39:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have launched six new Athlon II processors today, perhaps the most noteworthy being the Athlon II X4 640. It's a 3GHz 4-core CPU on the cheap, with coverage on HotHardware, LegitReviews, NeoSeeker, BenchMarkReviews, Tech Report and OCClub.

Microsoft are ending support for Win2k and Win XP SP2 on July 13th. If you're using Windows 2000, you'll need to migrate to a more recent version of Windows -- or live with the lack of support from Microsoft. Microsoft has a Windows 2000 End-of-Support Center with advice on migrating to Windows 7 (for desktops) or Windows Server 2003, 2008, or 2008 R2 (for servers). If you're using Windows XP SP2 or earlier, there's a free and easy way to continue to get Microsoft support: Simply upgrade to SP3, which you can do via Internet Explorer's Windows Update utility.

Apple have listed iPad pricing for Australia, with availability from May 28, thanks Kosta. Apple fanbois rejoice: the iPad will be available in shops from May 28 starting at $629 inc GST - about 11 percent more than its US retail price but cheaper than in some of the other eight countries where it will be released that day. Tweaktown meanwhile have a guide to getting more from your iPad using virtual servers.

TheRegister have a scathing review of the australian internet firewall process to date, thanks Simon. As if one embarrassment were not enough, at the end of April, Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) revealed that it had in its possession screenshots of a secret forum hosting discussions between the Department of Communications and various ISPs. Despite assurances from Conroy in December 2009 that legislation would be before the Australian parliament by March of this year, one post on the forum from mid-April acknowledged that the Department had not yet assembled even draft legislation.

Cyeca sent word that the ABC's Four Corners had a story on the filter recently which I missed, but you should be able to watch it online. MARK NEWTON, ISP NETWORK ENGINEER: The idea that the Internet is this scary place that parents don't understand, that everybody needs protection from, isn't a view that's held by most of society. What it actually is is a scary place that politicians don't understand, that politicians need protection from and that's why we're having this debate now.

Phoronix have compared Mac OS X 10.6.3 vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 performance. In the first part of that Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux performance examination, we looked closely at the OpenGL gaming performance across six different systems and a whole slew of tests. More articles are on the way looking at the performance and later in the week we already delivered some initial disk benchmarks. However, now it is time to see how Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 compete with one another.

ArsTechnica report on serious studies of virtual worlds. When you realize that WoW has twice as many worldwide subscribers as Scotland has people, it suddenly makes more sense to spend resources trying to understand a group this large—and the federal government has been doing exactly that.

A major rebadged hardware scam has been tackled by the FBI. The FBI has announced that it has wrapped up an investigation into fake Cisco networking hardware that that resulted in 30 felony convictions and the recovery of US$143m in equipment. The investigation was into Chinese computer networking hardware that was being rebadged as Cisco equipment. To date the FBI and Customs have seized more than 94,000 counterfeit Cisco network components and labels.

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