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Tuesday Morning (15 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 5-October-2010  03:25:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I doubt this affects anyone outside the USA, but a few people have sent it in, so anyhoo, there's a settlement from NVIDIA over faulty GPUs. According to a class-action lawsuit, Nvidia was charged with selling defective and faulty graphics processing units (GPUs) and certain communication devices that adversely affected performance for certain laptops -- Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch, 15-inch; Dell and HP laptops primarly sold between 2007 and 2008. People with affected units can get free repairs. More info here and the official page for the settlement is here.

If you do have a laptop, it's suggested that having it heating up your lap is a bad idea (and not just for your sperm count). Another case involved a Virginia law student who sought treatment for the mottled discoloration on her leg. Dr. Kimberley Salkey, who treated the young woman, was stumped until she learned the student spent about six hours a day working with her computer propped on her lap. The temperature underneath registered 125 degrees.

Check out this amazing lego aircraft carrier, nearly 7M long. When complete, this model will depict the USS Intrepid as she appeared in February 1945, immediately after her second major refit.

Dasuperham sent in a story about IE dropping below 50% of market share, but also notes that's not the case in corporate Australia. And it gets worse — often those desktops aren’t even running the latest version of Internet Explorer. In June this year, one of Australia’s largest departments, Defence, confirmed it would upgrade its 90,000 desktop PCs from version 6 to version 7 of Internet Explorer — almost four years after the software was first released. Most of OCAU's readers use Firefox, unsurprisingly.

TBreak think that when TVs become smart enough, it will kill the HTPC. The TV uses an application called Plex that I have used for a few months when I had the Mac Mini connected to my TV. Plex started off as a branch of XBMC focusing on the Mac platform but over the years, has become its own product. Meanwhile AirQ spotted Foxtel's internet TV head-start. The pay-TV operator will remotely switch on web access to 850,000 internet-ready iQ and iQ2 set-top boxes already in households, which could make it the biggest internet protocol television (IPTV) player.

Games.on.net took a quick look at the Next Level GTxtreme, which seems to be a step up from the Virtual Racing Chassis I reviewed a little while ago. They also have a video interview with the creator of Minecraft, the current gaming craze.

Meanwhile there's a video of live gameplay in Duke Nukem Forever from the Firstlook gaming convention in Amsterdam. Nothing happens for the first 2 and a half minutes or so, btw. Grargh, when is the freaking demo coming out for me to actually play?!



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