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Wednesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-June-2011  13:24:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mario Marathon 4 seems to be underway, and has raised over $108,000 so far. We are a group of guys in our thirties who love video games and wanted to use this love to give back. Throughout the event we are joined by our friends and family who have all shown great support of the event.

Hacking group Anonymous have released some Australian data including some files from Mosman council. We spoke to Mosman's manager of IT services, Kevin Nonweiler, who was unconcerned. He stressed that no internal information was exposed. All relevant data was public facing. The few accounts that were mentioned all had their passwords changed immediately and that no rate payer information was taken.

Wired report on dodgy chips. In 2010, the U.S. military had a problem. It had bought over 59,000 microchips destined for installation in everything from missile defense systems to gadgets that tell friend from foe. The chips turned out to be counterfeits from China, but it could have been even worse. Instead of crappy Chinese fakes being put into Navy weapons systems, the chips could have been hacked, able to shut off a missile in the event of war or lie around just waiting to malfunction.

A Californian law to restrict video game sales to minors has been struck down as anti free speech. The Supreme Court's majority opinion, written by Justice Antonin Scalia, said there was no tradition in the United States of restricting children's access to depictions of violence. He cited a number of books for children that depict violence. "Grimm's Fairy Tales, for example, are grim indeed. As her just desserts for trying to poison Snow White, the wicked queen is made to dance in red hot slippers 'til she fell dead on the floor,'" Justice Scalia said.

Here's a project to build a mini-PC into a bible.

Futurelooks interviewed Antec's new PSU boss. The new guy at Antec now has the responsibility of a whole new power supply business unit, but with it, all the powers he has always wanted in order to affect changes that make customers happy. He took time to sit with us during a stop in Vancouver, BC Canada, to tell us a bit more about what this shake up at the company means including more about his new role.

VR-Zone checked out Crysis 2 in DX11. Crysis 2's lack of graphical oomph was mainly due to missing DirectX 11 support at launch, which meant that Crysis 2 could not take advantage of the latest technologies such as tessellation. Fortunately, Crytek promised to add DirectX 11 support in a future update, and, three months later, it has made good on its promise. VR-Zone has whipped up some benchmarks, videos and screenshots galore to see Crysis 2 in its full glory!

Bjorn3D played with SLI performance. We grabbed two GTX 470s and ran a slew of tests across an Intel Sandy Bridge system, AMD system with ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme board that features Lucid Hydra for SLI, and the latest 990FX chipset from GIGABYTE that offers native SLI support.

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