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A glitch in Google's search engine profile for China accidentally blocked all searches made from behind the Great Firewall of China. At first it was believed to be a problem with the actual Firewall, but later turned out to be a technical glitch that was causing the firewall to block the requests.
The issue was a "long and discrete" string of text that gets attached to every search request. Apparently some of the text was causing the Chinese Firewall to see every request as violating its policies and so it blocked every one. The offending text? "rfa" These three letters were linked (unintentionally I am sure) to Radio Free Asia and so blocked outright.
Google has fixed the glitch in the random string so that searches are getting through now.
Quick and dirty here - a link has popped up on the official Microsoft Zune website making reference to the Zune HD 64.
While the link is not active yet and just returns a "page not found" error, it looks like an announcement may soon present itself from Microsoft. If indeed true, the new model will double the storage capacity over the former top-dog, the Zune HD 32.
Stay tuned for more news on the potential new model as it comes in!
It seems Steve Jobs is out to kill flash with his dogged determination to not support Flash on the iPhone or the iPad. Adobe keeps reminding everyone that Flash and HTML5 can get along, buy Jobs isn't listening.
It appears that Jobs is getting some big backers for video sans Flash too. CBS is now testing HTML5 video out in the open and Adobe has to be feeling the heat. If the HTML5 video, ideal for the iPad, becomes popular at CBS, you can count on HTML5 video being supported at other places.
Before you know if HTML5 may be the big platform for online video. CBS has offered no official insight into its plans for HTML5 video at this time.
So, Google has lifted the curtain on the searches in China. This is seen by many as a very bold move and one that on the surface proves Google's stated commitment to net neutrality. To do this they have re-routed all Google.cn requests to Google.com.hk. They claim this is a legal way to get around China's censorship laws.
Still, if we look a little below the surface of the move we might see some murky water flowing around. It is important to remember that Google entered the Chinese market with the full knowledge that they would be required to censor search and ad results. They also knew that they would be required to give information to the Chinese government about the people using the search engines, G-Mail and Google Docs accounts.
So, knowing all of this information and bearing in mind the claim that Google made saying that the Chinese Government backed a Cyber Attack on their systems, we could see another motivation for Google's move. Perhaps the Chinese Internet market is not worth the hassle when your search (and ad) results are intentionally limited. After all, Google is an online ad company first and a search engine second these days. It is also important to remember that every business wants to make a profit. There is no company out there that wants to lose money. Simply put, China is a bad investment for Google.
When you put all this into play, it looks more like Google is either trying to get booted out of China to save some money and headache or trying to strong arm a deal that opens up their ad revenue than standing up for anyone's net neutrality rights. Of course there is also that little roumor that Google will be closing up and leaving China around the 18th of April to factor in.
Australia's ATOMIC magazine has just made available issue 3 of Kitlog, a separate online-only version to their printed copy which gives some great advice in choosing your components and building a mean desktop system.
The latest edition of Kitlog includes an exclusive guide to watercooling for your rig and also provides an update to seven of their recommended PC builds as well as adding an eighth build to the list of options.
Chinese hardware site zol.com recently got hold of an ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard in which they put all seven of its PCI-E x16 slots to use by chucking seven GTX 260+ graphics cards onto it.
From there, they go into specifics about how they managed to power the monster setup (using multiple PSUs) and share results from a stack of popular benchmarks and games using different settings; though it should be mentioned they were limited to the combined power of only three of the seven cards due to NVIDIA driver limitations.
Whilst not in English, if you flick through the pages you'll understand from the pics alone whats going on and all the benchmark results are simple to decipher.
The Intel Core i3-530 CPU is known to exist by has not yet been made official by Intel. This is expected to happen in early 2010. Today the processor has tuned up on a Canadian retailers website called A-Power.
The website lists the chip for sale at the equivalent of $150. The specifications are listed as 2.9GHz with dual-cores and a 512KB cache with 4MB of L3 cache. The CPU uses the Westmere architecture and is built on the 32nm process.
We already know the chips are in production, but Intel won't say when the official launch will be. Surprisingly the chip is still listed for sale on the retailer's website. I figured the Intel ninja assassins would have descended on the website already and hacked the product from the pages.
Australia's ATOMIC magazine has recently fired up a separate online-only magazine as an extension to their printed version. They call it Kitlog and it comes out quarterly with guides to choosing and tweaking the best components for a PC.
Issue 2 has just been released which you can get to here. It's a great source of info if you're looking to upgrade your gaming rig, server, HTPC etc. over the xssy hols.
It seems the Pirate Bay will just not die. After a single user put together an archive of all 21.3GB worth of file information (Data Index) we now hear that it is going to put back into action.
A new Site called BT Arena will be putting the massive amount of data back out for your illegal downloading pleasure. This is probably going to piss the motion picture and recording industry off quite a bit.
After all I am sure they were sitting around feeling quite smug after their somewhat shady win (you know the one where the Judge is a member Copyright protection group) over TPB.
Now just as predicted at the time of the verdict killing off The Pirate Bay will not kill piracy or even slow it down. The only way to do that is to change the current overpriced model and make the content more accessible and cheaper.
Well known overclocker Coolaler has gotten a hold of an ATi HD4890 and posted up some pictures on his website.
The HD4890 has been talked to death with rumors of being 40nm then 55nm the 55nm but a new GPU to finally being a super clocked RV770.
Who knows what this will really be but you can be that now that it is in Coolaler's hands it will get overclocked and tested. I wonder what scores Coolaler will get out of it?
Take a look here