TSA bans batteries on planes

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:29 AM |
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Not exactly, but more or less.  This is why big stupid governments are well, stupid.  

Any person who tries this is going to have a lot of time to recover from
singed pride in a maximum security jail. So, the idea is to stop fires, fair
enough.

Source: The Inquirer

Your audio files are driving you away from music

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM |
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It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think...  Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???

Source: Slashdot

Far Cry still worth $5

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:50 PM |
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An interesting discussion in our forums: is buying Far Cry today worth that $5 you found in your jeans pocket?  Stop in our forums to see everyone's thoughts on the issue...

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ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 03:18 PM |
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ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista

-- Latest Xonar D2 Drivers Revive EAX Functionality and Eliminate Microphone echo --

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2007) – To satisfy demand for high-fidelity audio while gaming in Windows Vista®, ASUS®, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today released DirectSound® 3D Game Extensions (DS3D GX) and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technologies in the latest Vista drivers.

(Available at http://support.asus.com/download/ )

32 nm by Committee

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 01:19 PM |
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One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel.  The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined.  Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel.  It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer.  But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&

Announcing TR Tech Share 2007

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Those of you who have been around for a while will recall our Christmas
giveways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch
PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been
good, but this year's prize haul blows 'em all away. We have well over five
grand worth of PC hardware on ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers.
Not only that, but we've teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good
cause at the same time.

What is AMD thinking

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Reviewers had a chance to meet with AMD at the 2007 Analyst Day.  They did discuss more than just the problems they have had with their recent releases and look to the upcoming year and what we can expect to see.  Check out The Tech Reports take on this media event, and find out if they discussed Ruiz's raise.

Mega Patch Thursday?

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Today will be a busy day for anyone running Windows who likes to test out beta updates or make sure they keep their systems totally up to date.  The first update is the one the vast majority of people will want to try, but is also the hardest to get.  If you are a Microsoft TechNet Plus subscriber (as in you've given Microsoft money for a subscription) then you can get your hands on Windows XP Service Pack 3.  Unfortunately, if you only have a regular TechNet subs

Source: Microsoft

The new latin craze

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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One MMO that has received a lot of attention, and had many waiting impatiently, is Tabula Rasa.  While DriverHeaven doesn't think it lived up to the high bar that it set for it's self as a totally fresh start, the Sci-Fi aspects and incorporation of Logos (a type of magic) can be quite enthralling.  They also found that the group combat is a more friendly affair, and helping out some poor sap who's bitten off more than they can chew will offer you an experience reward.

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A warning of YouTube content to come

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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Over at Dan's Data, your mother's advice about ears and noses is being ignored, as Dan tests out the ETime Home Endoscope, aka the Digital Pen Camera.  While exploring your earwax for signs of civilization, proving the existence of that last hair on your head or spelunking through your sinuses for the piece of Lego you lost long ago are fine activities to perform on your own, there is something you must remember. 

Source: Dan's Data