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Archive for January 27th, 2021

PC virus completes 20 years

Today, 19 January is the 20th anniversary for the appearance of the first PC virus. Brain, a boot sector virus, was let loose in January 1986 and spread via infected floppy disks. This virus?is thought?to have originated in Pakistan and?at the time there were suspicions that it was created as a way to promote a company called Brain Computer Services, as its name and address would appear inside of the virus. The "original" Brain was considered fairly harmless, as its major effect was a change of the volume label. Only one harmful variant has been reported, which attacked on May 5, 1992. Nowadays Brain is extinct.

cs_militia released on Counter-Strike

A new update to Counter-Strike: Source and the Source Engine have been released just recently which brings the much anticipated HDR capable?map cs_militia to the map list. The specific changes include: New Map Added cs_militia with High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting Counter-Strike: Source Fixed player name crash exploit Fixed rare visibility issue near portals such as doorways and windows Fixed a bug that occasionally resulted in doors becoming stuck closed Fixed animation issue with shotgun reloads interrupting fire animations Fixed bug where footsteps sometimes sounded for crouched players on stairs or slopes (they no longer do) Fixed buy menu locking up if keypad Enter is bound to "buymenu" Detail props sway in the breeze now Underwater observers no longer play drowning damage sounds Hostage changes Hostages can open doors and step up onto ledges/stairs now Hostages and Bots obey NAV_MESH_NO_HOSTAGES Source Engine Added FCVAR_CHEAT to some cvars in the materials system

Microsoft selling PCs in Brazil

In an effort to penetrate the low earning consumers of Brazil, Microsoft has teamed up with local retail magazine Luiza to offer a PC using a ?pre-paid? model, also know as rent-to-own. It works like this – customers buy pre-paid cards to rent the PC, but once the rental fees equal the purchase price, the buyer takes ownership of the system. A rather effective way to get people who can?t actually afford a PC to buy a PC, if you ask me.

AGEIA Continues To Gain PhysX Support

AGEIA, the company famous for launching the world’s first PPU, or the physics processing unit, has announced that it has established partnerships with two more industry leaders in game development – Emergent Game Technologies and Destineer Studios. Emergent are responsible for games such as Sid Meier?s Civilization 4, Sid Meier?s Pirates and Dark Age of Camelot, so it’s a big contract for AGEIA. Destineer has completely replaced there physics engine with AGEIA’s (gotta feel sorry for the guys who coded that!). FOr more information visit AGEIA

Feds after Google data

The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a vast amount of information from its closely guarded databases.The government afirms they need Google data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches. The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law was meant to punish online pornography sites that make their content accessible to minors. In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Justice Department lawyers revealed that Google has refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the records, which include a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period. Google opposes releasing the information on a variety of grounds, saying it would violate the privacy rights of its users and reveal company trade secrets, according to court documents. The case worries privacy advocates, given the vast amount of information Google and other search engines know about their users. “This is exactly the kind of case that privacy advocates have long feared,” said Ray Everett-Church, a South Bay privacy consultant. “The idea that these massive databases are being thrown open to anyone with a court document is the worst-case scenario. If they lose this fight, consumers will think twice about letting Google deep into their lives.”

AMD price hits $37

All the tech companies released their fiscal results for Q4 this week, and?as a result?AMD’s share price has risen by $2.84. AMD managed $1.84bn of trade in Q4, which is way up from $1.26bn in 2004. So good news for AMD, not so good for Intel. Intel expected to see between $10.4bn and $10.6bn coming in through Q4, but it actually only made $10.2bn. This news knocked 11% off there share price. Is a?shift occuring? The one thing i will say is its nice to see AMD finnaly in the green and making a profit, they deserve it.

Nintendo: ‘He with the best games wins’

CNet have a small interview with Reggie Fils-Aime, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Nintendo America. It discusses Nintendo’s plans for 2006, a year that couldmake or break Nintendos home console division. Here’s an excerpt: News.com: How do you think Revolution will sell? Fils-Aime: We will sell more units than the Xbox 360 did here in the US in our launch window. I mean, in December, we sold more GameCubes in the US than Microsoft sold 360s, and Revolution will do better than that.

Deep price cuts on LCD’s looming

The LCD market is expected to face a greater than 10 percent global panel oversupply throughout the year as major Korean and Taiwanese LCD makers expand capacity, according to South Korea market research firm Displaybank. All the major panel makers are increasing there output by roughly 10~15%. Samsung for example, has increased volume in its 7-1 Generation 7 line to 75,000 glass sheets per month from 60,000 sheets. So what does all this translate to? An expectation that LCD monitor prices will most likely fall this year. Yippee!

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