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 Wednesday, 28-July-2010  16:14:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wikileaks has revealed 91,000 classified secret documents about the war in Afghanistan, in what seems to be the biggest leak in the history of military intelligence. But taken together, the logs provide a revealing and important picture of how the war is being conducted: the continuing escalation of the conflict; the weakness of much coalition intelligence; and the gap between the polished account of the war offered for public consumption and the messy reality experienced by commanders on the ground. Discussion here.

Telstra have copped an $18M ACCC fine for blocking competitors from using their exchanges. Telstra admitted to contravening the law by refusing access to other telecommunications providers in seven key metropolitan exchanges in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane for the connection of their broadband equipment. Telstra maintained to the companies seeking access that the main distribution frames in these exchanges were "capped", where in fact, there was capacity or it could have been made available. More here.

Apple has a new magic trackpad, as well as some new 6-core Mac Pros. Desktop users, your time has come. The new Magic Trackpad is the first Multi-Touch trackpad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer. It uses the same Multi-Touch technology you love on the MacBook Pro. And it supports a full set of gestures, giving you a whole new way to control and interact with what’s on your screen. Presumably it'll be made to work with a PC soon enough.

Tech Report checked out some 1TB 7200rpm HDDs. Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate, and WD all have two-platter terabytes spinning at 7,200 RPM. We've rounded up all four to find the sweet spot for mechanical storage. Meanwhile EnterpriseStorageForum say that SSDs won't replace platters for a while. I don't think it's going to happen any time soon, and the reasons have to do with lithography limits and disk drive density.

BenchmarkReviews have a cooler roundup. Enthusiast overclockers demand only the best performance from their computer hardware, which is why the aftermarket heatsink industry is thriving with fierce competition. Benchmark Re! views tests the latest Intel LGA1366 heatsinks in this Best CPU Cooler Performance Q2-2010 article.

Intel have made a breakthrough with silicon photonics. Using an integrated transmitter chip, an integrated receiver, and beams of light going through a fiber-optic cable, the prototype can transfer data at a whopping 50Gbps. More exciting still, Intel expects to be able to manufacture the components cheaply enough to make them a staple of both consumer and server I/O by the middle of the decade. More info here.

enigma noticed that The Guild have a new music video, as well as their earlier one. Bollywood Felicia Day works, oddly enough.

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