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Sharpen your skills with new hardware from Razer

Continuing to strengthen their presence in the PC hardware scene Razer have announced a new line-up of up-coming peripherals featuring the Starcraft II name.

This includes a new mouse, keyboard and headset each featuring all sorts of cool features and pretty lights. All of these devices feature Razer’s APM-Lighting system that changes colours and vibrancy based on a game’s situation.

This headset isn’t short on features with a detachable boom mic and 8 preset Read more [+]

PC gaming made easy?

It’s time the industry got its act together and made hardware more than a bunch of meaningless numbers… By creating one meaningless number to help us figure out what game will run on our PC.

Why are we not all throwing out our PCs, ditching them in a mix of despair and exaltation as we let go of the need for constant upgrading, the expensive new video cards and processors (now with extra cores!) every time a new title hits the shelves? Is it part of the pleasure of PC gaming when you finally construct the perfect balance of speed, power, temperature and compatibility? The unbridled joy of having Half Life 2 burst forth at 80 unflinching frames per second in a resolution that makes you weep silently at the beauty of the virtual world, only then to find that Supreme Commander becomes a stop animation film?

Let’s face it; no one really likes the process of having to create a gaming rig. Specs constantly change and it’s easy to get burnt. Consider the people who jumped in at the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce 8800, only to find that it will not be backward compatible with the new and improved Direct X 10.1. $800 plus dollars later and they get to boast that they are the proud owners of one of the fastest pieces of hardware to become obsolete in the history of computing. The real problem here is that there is no consistency between hardware and software – the hardware setup that works well with one game will not perform with another. Fortunately, there are steps being taken to rectify the situation.

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Australia software pirate extradited to the US

Australian Hew Griffiths is facing up to ten years in a United States prison for pirating, cracking and distributing American owned software. The US authorities are boasting this as a big triumph as it is one of the first extraditions for intellectual property crime.

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NSW Chief Judge in Equity, Peter Young had this to say on the matter: “International copyright violations are a great problem. However, there is also the consideration that a country must protect its nationals from being removed from their homeland to a foreign country merely because the commercial interests of that foreign country are claimed to have been affected by the person’s behaviour in Australia and the foreign country can exercise influence over Australia.

Personally I have always believed that people should be punished for crimes, even international ones, in their home country. Which would mean that Hew Griffiths would do his time in an Australian prison, making it much easier to ensure his rights and privileges according to Australian law. This of course is never going to happen and we just sent a fellow Aussie to get shower raped by a fat redneck named Bubba.

Source: The Age

Daily dose of Gates

Super software tycoon and Chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates, was recently a guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss and promote the new edition of the Windows operating system, Windows Vista.

Bill Gates on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

Revision 3 v2.0

Revision3

One of the lead companies in the online television scene is Revision3. Revision3 was formed in Los Angeles, California by Jay Adelson, Kevin Rose, Dan Huard, Keith Harrison and Ron Gorodetzky in April, 2005. Kevin and Dan bringing the original source of viewers as the both used to appear on the cable channel TechTV (also G4) in the show The Screensavers.

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There starting show was thebroken a show about the more shady side of technology; later they started their biggest hit Diggnation which was a news and discussion show about all the top stories on Digg; the social bookmarking website developed by Rose. The show is hosted by Kevin Rose and his former co-host of The Screensavers, Alex Albrecht.

They continued to create more shows including the cooking show Ctrl+Alt+Chicken hosted by Alex Albrecht and Heather Stewart. Revision3 also incorporated the geek podcast Geekdrome hosted by Jonathan London and Dan Trachtenberg.

Geekdrome

Well that brings you somewhat up to date with the company so here’s the good news; Revision3 just went 2.0 and with that comes a new site, new forums and of course new shows. The new shows are:

Web drifter:

I have done little else but surf the Internet since the Clinton Administration. But then, one grievous day, I finished it. My life torn asunder, clawing for a reason to keep living, I decided to re-trace my steps, but this time, I wouldn’t do it online–this time, it would be for real. Journey with me now as I visit the physical loci of the most outrageous, surprising, intriguing and important websites I’ve bookmarked during my years of furious Internet surfing, actually going ‘behind the websites’ to get to know, and learn from, the time travellers, shamans, UFO cult leaders and other geniuses who created them. And who, you ask, am I? I am Martin Sargent: Web Drifter.

Mysteries of Science:

Ever wonder just how or why a particular scientific phenomenon is the way it is? Our crackpot scientist does, but not for long, as he provides the answers to life’s great mysteries every week in Mysteries of Science Explained.

NotMTV:

Not Mainstream Typical Videos goes behind and inside the independent music scene. Whether it be a band interview, concert, or sound check. Not Mainstream will introduce you to different scenes and sounds.

PixelPerfect:

Be amazed and learn as master digital artist Bert Monroy takes a stylus and a digital pad and treats it as Monet and Picasso do with oil and canvas. Learn the tips and tricks you need to whip those digital pictures into shape.

Well that’s all the new shows so head over to Revision3 and watch them, because its people like them that are pioneering the next generation of entertainment.

Mod chips soon to be illegal in Australia

New laws starting on 1st of January 2007 will make it illegal to sell or own a modded videogame console. Owners are susceptible to a $6600 fine, and those that distribute, sell or install mod chips or modded consoles can be hit with a $60,500 fine and/or up to five years in jail.

Minter Ellison law firm released the following statement.

AUSFTA requires Australia to prohibit the use of devices and services to circumvent technological protection measures (TPM)”.

“The exposure draft prohibits the use of devices and services to circumvent access control TPMs. It is an offence to circumvent access control TPMs punishable by a fine of up to AU$6,600.”

“The exposure draft also prohibits dealings with devices and services to circumvent all types of TPMs (including access control TPMs). Dealing in circumvention devices and services will be punishable by up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to AU$60,500. The concept of ‘dealings’ has been expanded and will include distribution, offering, provision and communication. There will no longer be a requirement for a dealing to be ‘in the course of trade’.”

There will be exemptions to the law for people doing computer security testing, law enforcement and library use.

Well this plain sucks because as it has been pointed out many times that mod chips have other uses apart for piracy; including by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission who support mod chips due to there ability to get around region coding which is widely seen as a method of constricting the competitive market.

Xbox 360 Laptop.

The net famous and talented modder Ben Heckendorn has released pictures and video of his latest masterpiece, The Xbox 360 Laptop (If his site is still down here is a mirror).

Ben has made many a great mod in his time but this has got to be up near the top, I would (if I had the cash) buy one of these and I can’t understand why this guy isn’t on Microsoft?s payroll yet.

Check out the video: YouTube mp4 (5.2MB)

Go here or here for Hi-Res versions of the below pictures.