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Thursday Morning (15 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-April-2011  02:06:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The SETI project has had to temporarily shut down due to financial difficulties. The array has been put into hibernation mode, with a skeleton crew to keep it from deteriorating, while SETI looks for new sources of cash. With that and the second-last Shuttle mission ever launching on Friday, it's a kinda depressing week to be a space nut.

But cheer up, because Australia's internet is the world's 4th most free, apparently. US-based research and civil liberties advocacy group Freedom House studied connectivity barriers, content restrictions and user rights in 37 countries between January 2009 and December 2010.

The BBC have an interesting video about gaming experiences when colourblind. The BBC technology journalist is colour blind and unable to detect the difference between red and green. The colours are used to identify players in some of the world's most popular games. He has discovered that some developers are introducing options to help people with his condition, while other games leave him confused.

XbitLabs checked out the performance of a few graphics cards in Crysis 2. Today we are going to take a look at one of the most highly anticipated ??? titles of 2011 - Crysis 2 First-Person Shooter video game. The predecessor is still the benchmark to beat even for the latest AMD Radeon HD 6990 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 dreadnoughts and the second part is expected to raise the performance bar even higher.

There's a report doing the rounds of an innocent man busted for kiddy porn after leaving his wireless unlocked. Plenty of others would agree. The Sarasota man, for example, who got a similar visit from the FBI last year after someone on a boat docked in a marina outside his building used a potato chip can as an antenna to boost his wireless signal and download an astounding 10 million images of child porn, or the North Syracuse man who in December 2009 opened his door to police who'd been following an electronic trail of illegal videos and images. The man's neighbor pleaded guilty April 12. So, password-protect your router. Or, don't, and blame everything you do on some guy who was parked in a van outside your house.

If you've got $100M spare, you could buy MySpace. Seems expensive? Not when you consider News Corp paid $580M for it in 2005. Parties reportedly interested in acquiring MySpace include private equity firm THL Partners, Redscout Ventures and Criterion Capital, owner of social network Bebo. Chinese Internet holding company Tencent is also reportedly interested as is Myspace co-founder Chris De Wolfe. What’s not yet clear is what any of these companies plan to do with MySpace if a sale goes through.

BrightSideofNews have some info on AMD's upcoming "Bulldozer" cores. Now a Chinese website published excerpts from datasheets explaining the technical specifications of various Bulldozer samples. These are not the usual engineering samples we are talking about here (those are ticking at 1.8 and 2.6GHz), but samples of actual products that are going to be launched on June 7, 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Tech-Report checked out Dell's R810 server, which moves on a bit from the R610 currently powering OCAU. They also look at the Intel Nehalem-EX 8-core CPUs it uses. Crammed into the EX are fully eight CPU cores and 24MB of L3 cache—enough elements that the processor's architects decided the simpler internal communications arrangement in quad-core Nehalems wouldn't suffice. Instead, they gave the EX an internal ring bus, a high-speed, bidirectional communication corridor with stops for each key component of the chip.

Meanwhile VR-Zone explore the SSD caching feature of Intel's upcoming Z68 Express chipset. Of course, those who can't wait for the official launch can already purchase the Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 board from the retail market, first available in Taiwan and then the rest of the world in the coming weeks. Other brands like ASUS and ASRock are set to hit the retail next. Those enthusiasts hoping they can overclock their Sandy Bridge better on Z68 than the P67 will probably be disappointed but there is one important feature of Z68 that matters, and that is the SSD caching.

HardOCP visited Globalfoundries Fab 8 which is under construction. What you will see in our film is an hour long tour of the Fab 8 module 1facility condensed into about 8 minutes. You will get to see is a lot of the building's infrastructure that will be walled up soon. Just seeing a glimpse of what is going into the engineering and building of such a behemoth is something to behold first hand.

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