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Monday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-November-2010  14:02:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft's Kinect is well and truly in the wild now, with more coverage on DigitalTrends, GamingNexus and Techgage. Kinect of course is the "jump around the room" gaming control system, and when you point an IR camera at it, or rather at a room Kinect is observing, it's interesting to see how it tracks players. Unsurprisingly it has claimed a TV already, and it nearly went to Apple first. There's also a US $2000 bounty for open-source Kinect drivers.

Optus have been prevented from advertising its broadband the way it has been doing recently. As a result, Justice Nye Perram yesterday placed an injunction on Optus, preventing the telco from engaging in similar advertising campaigns for a period of three years. He also ordered Optus to pay all of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC's) court costs.

Logitech have a solar keyboard. With an ultra-slim 1/3-inch profile and a full slate of laptop-style chiclet keys, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 isn't your average rack of buttons to begin with, but the ambient light solar panels installed on the top of either side should mean you'll never need to plug it in to recharge.

Nvidia have a GTX 580 DX11 Tech Demo called "Endless City". So while you enjoy a leisurely glide through the city, the NVIDIA® GeForce® powering your flight will be churning through over 600 million polygons per second. Better yet, there will still be enough power to keep the lights running . . . hundreds of thousands of them, all lighting the scene dynamically.

XbitLabs ponder whether you're better off upgrading to an SSD, or 8GB of RAM. Imagine a computer with a fast processor, perhaps even a flagship CPU model, and a top-performance graphics subsystem that easily copes with any load. Suppose the owner of such a dream PC has got some money to spend and wants to keep on upgrading his configuration. What should he pay attention to in the first place?

The New York Times went inside Microsoft's Piracy War Room. The police reached the house undetected, barreled in and found rooms crammed with about 50 machines used to copy CDs and make counterfeit versions of software like Microsoft Office and Xbox video games. They arrested three men on the spot, who were later released while the authorities investigate the case. “The entire operation was very complicated and risky,” says a person close to the investigation, who demanded anonymity out of fear for his life.

We're a little late hearing about this, but Google have an AI Challenge underway, with submissions closing on the 27th November. The objective is to create a computer program that plays the game of Planet Wars as intelligently as possible. It is recommended that you use one of the starter packages as a starting point.

Here's a strange one: a bank's website offering different loans to different browsers. I tried to use their little payment calculator but the flash based widget wouldn't work properly in the Firefox Beta so I loaded up Safari to try and funny enough the rate offered was 2.7%. I checked in Chrome and Opera to see if it was maybe just something wrong with the Firefox beta and Chrome's rate was 2.3% while Opera's was 3.1%. Discussion on slashdot.

It seems the military are relying on Google Maps a little too much. A Nicaraguan military commander recently invaded Costa Rican territory and ordered troops to take down a Costa Rican flag and replace it with Nicaragua’s. Was this the work of a brash commander, going rogue on his superiors? A new policy of Nicaraguan imperialism? Neither. The incident was caused by an error in Google Maps.

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