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Friday Afternoon (15 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-June-2011  13:11:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

With a name that will unfortunately be familiar to some OCAU members, it seems a Queensland man has been sentenced to prison for internet fraud, thanks BLint. Police prosecutor Sergeant Mick O'Rourke said Fletcher used forums and websites to post items for sale on the internet. Sgt O'Rourke said the buyers then electronically transferred the money to a bank account but they never received the items they purchased.

Quake turned 15 recently, thanks Spg. If you thought that made you feel old, Sonic the Hedgehog turned 20 a day later. I still think the first time I loaded Quake and had that free-look mouse view, looking around at the flickering torches etc, was one of my most memorable in-game experiences. :)

Back to the present, and Tech Report have their thoughts on Duke Nukem Forever, while Bjorn3D reviewed it. BenchmarkReviews meanwhile tried DNF in 3D. Those of us who played the original Duke Nukem games after weaning ourselves from Doom and Quake have finally had our patience rewarded, but adding a little frosting to the cake is the fact that Duke Nukem Forever was coded to take full advantage of NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology: it's a "3D Ready"-qualified game.

The PCI Express SIG are looking to tackle Thunderbolt by making a cabled version, thanks Sniper. The new cable will be based on PCIe 3.0 which supports up to 8 GTransfers/second. It likely will support a maximum of four parallel lanes for throughput up to 32 Gbits/s and distances no longer than three meters.

Bond spotted this nuclear-defying plastic. But Greenbury also thinks that Starlite's potential has been, so far, its biggest handicap. 'It's difficult to think of another invention that is bigger in its implications. If it had been less important, I think it would have been much easier.' Ward certainly believes in his product, claiming publicly that it could have prevented the space shuttle disasters. Discussion here.

There's an entirely new type of aircraft. Austrian research company IAT21 has presented a new type of aircraft at the Paris Air Show which has the potential to become aviation's first disruptive technology since the jet engine. The D-Dalus (a play on Daedalus from Greek mythology) is neither fixed wing or rotor craft and uses four, mechanically-linked, contra-rotating cylindrical turbines, each running at the same 2200 rpm, for its propulsion.

AMD has apparently rejected SYSMark 2012, and Techgage looked into why. The sole purpose of a benchmark is to provide useful metrics to consumers in order for them to make well-informed purchasing decisions, and where that's concerned, AMD's CMO Nigel Dessau has stated that "AMD does not believe SM2012 achieves this objective."

It seems the recent hack on Distribute.IT has been pretty much fatal, with the Netregistry Group announcing they have completely aquired DIT and all customers, thanks Matt. This arrangement is supported by .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the .au manager, which has been working closely with Distribute IT management and Netregistry to ensure a satisfactory outcome for affected customers. Says Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA: I am very pleased that Netregistry Group, Distribute.IT and auDA have been able to cooperate effectively to arrive at an arrangement that is consistent with auDAs goal of ensuring the ongoing stability and security of .au.

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