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therufus (677843) writes "It's a sad day for the concept art world. Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who created concept designs for the first Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica television show, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and other science fiction classics, has passed away at age 82. He set our minds on fire and made so many of us fall in love with science fiction. He'll be missed." Link to Original Source top
therufus (677843) writes "Bitcoin is an open-source virtual currency generated by a computer algorithm that is completely beyond the reach of financial intermediaries, central banks and national tax collectors. Bitcoins could be used to purchase anything, at any time, from anyone in the world, in a transaction process that it is almost completely frictionless. Yes, that's right, the hacktivists now have a virtual currency that's untraceable, unhackable, and completely Anonymous." Link to Original Source top
therufus (677843) writes "A few days after the release of Assassin's Creed II, naughty piracy sites were announcing they had cracked Ubisoft's Online Services Platform. Turns out, that wasn't entirely true. While it was possible to load into the game, players were unable to advance past a certain memory block. But now, it seems like they'll need to draft a new response. Less than 24 hours ago, a crack began circulating that removes the DRM entirely. PC Powerplay Australia has been covering the development." Link to Original Source top
therufus (677843) writes "Not too sure when this started but it can't be very long ago, Demonoid.com is down again. A few months ago it was reported that Demonoid was shut down by the CIRA. It seems this may have happened again. Now when going to the Demonoid site you are greeted with "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."
Could this spell the end for Demonoid? And if so, what will happen to other torrent sites that must bow to the pressure placed upon them?" top
therufus writes "A MELBOURNE PhD student has developed technology to make broadband internet up to 200 times faster without having to install expensive fibre optic cables. Harnessing the potential power of telephone lines and DSL broadband, the technology will deliver internet speeds up to 250 megabits per second, compared with current typical Australian broadband speeds of between one and 20 megabits per second." top
therufus (677843) writes "Earlier this month, a story surfaced that the owner of the Australian internet and communications forum Whirlpool was being sued for comments posted on the site, allegedly defaming software company 2Clix. It seems however, that 2Clix have changed their minds and have now dropped the case. "Simon Wright and the Whirlpool legal team can confirm that they received informal notice from an employee of 2Clix that there may be an intention on the part of 2Clix to withdraw their Statement of Claim against Simon."" top
therufus (677843) writes "According to a press release on tourettesguy.com, Danny passed away a few days ago from complications due to a car accident. Tourettes guy was an unexpected popular internet personality, frequenting youtube and other video sites. A DVD will soon be released with footage of his antics. It will be a free download, but if you purchase it, the money will go to Danny's family." top
therufus (677843) writes "An Australian company has developed a way to grow a fruit tree with multiple varieties of fruit on the same bush.
A fruit salad tree, developed by the West Family in New England, New South Wales, Australia, bears up to eight different fruits of the same family on the one plant. All fruits retain their own individuality, with staggered ripening times." top
therufus writes "Irish company Steorn claims to have developed a new technology which produces clean, free and constant energy. "This means never having to recharge your phone, never having to refuel your car. A world with an infinite supply of clean energy for all. Our technology has been independently validated by engineers and scientists — always off the record, always proven to work."
They are currently looking for skeptical scientists to prove their technology wrong." top
therufus writes "Asus and Gigabyte have formed what they call a strategic alliance. In a press release on the Asus website they have detailed plans to form a joint venture with Gigabyte enabling them both to use the same research and development pool and allow Asus to take over strategic positions in Gigabyte's board of directors."