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Google Announces It’s Own Wikipedia-Esque Service

Google’s Knol services is, at its core, a free tool that allows anyone to write content on anything and choose to place Google Adsense ads on their Knol pages. Google says that it will split the ad revenue the page generates with the page author.The rub for many with the thought of the Knol service is that it appears to be a conflict of interest for Google. When the company sends massive amounts of traffic to sites like Wikipedia for a given topic that has Knol pages as well, some don’t trust Google to rank pages fairly.Google’s Knol model will also have a strong community to it with people able to leave comments about a Knol page. Google doesn’t plan to verify information on Knol pages for accuracy and says in the Google blog that it expects that not all Knol pages will be of high quality.

To many the thought of being paid for contributing to a community based wiki-like network will be compelling and easily sway them from the non-paying Wikipedia model good or bad. Others will argue, there is nothing wrong with being paid for your work.

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Interesting, considering one would get paid for writing articles, the attention to detail and accuracy will probably be higher than those of Wikipedia. plus the layout and design look far more intuitive and compelling when compared to Wikipedia. can’t wait for this service to go public 🙂

Agrrrrh…Bad Luck – Part II

 

So my drive was received, now all that is left is to contact the shop, who will then take the drive to the distributor . who will then proceed to check the drive and then send a replacement, which’ll go back to the shop and then my relative and then back to me. oh well, I’ve waited this far, 1-2 weeks shouldn’t hurt too much 😦

Agrrrrh…Bad Luck :\

 

A Day has passed since Crysis’s Official Indian release (Dec 3rd. though there are those lucky assholes that got it earlier and decided to flash the god damn thing all over) and what do you know, the day before Crysis got released, my optical drive (Lite-On 20A1S 20x DVD-RW) Decides to give up and stop reading everything I throw at it…hmmm, maybe a cable is loose? nope. what about flashing the firmware to a newer one? nope. let’s try changing SATA ports and see if that works….again, nope. after totally giving up, I decided to try it on my second PC and still the drive refused to read any of my Burned DVDs or anything else for that matter. the other optical drive read them all perfectly fine, call it back luck but I lost my motherboard’s IDE cable and the current one I have doesn’t fit my motherboard (ASUS P5K Deluxe) so here I am, the game I bought a new pc for has been released and I can’t play it :\ now I have to courier the damn thing back and hope that RMA doesn’t take an eternity. meanwhile, my plans of buying Gears of War, Call of Duty 4 and Crysis will enjoy the view via the backseat. sigh!

atleast I have Team Fortress 2 to keep me distracted…..

Apple Introduces iBrick

An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by owners who wanted to choose which mobile network to use.Earlier this week Apple said a planned update would leave the device “permanently inoperable”.

Thousands of iPhone owners hacked their expensive gadget in order to unlock it for use with other mobile carriers and to run a host of unsupported programs.

There are also reports of the update causing issues with unaltered iPhones.

On Monday Apple issued a statement in which it said many of the unauthorised iPhone unlocking programs caused “irreparable damage” to the device’s software.

The company said this would “likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed”.

That warning has now proved correct as many owners are reporting their phones no longer work following installation of the update.

Apple requires iPhone owners to take out a lengthy contract with AT&T in the United States but there are a number of programs on the net that unlock the device for use with other networks.

Some owners are reporting on technology blogs and Apple’s own forums that the update is deleting contacts information, as well as photos and music, on iPhones that have not been modified in any way.

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ooh, didn’t see that one coming! so, what’s up iPeople? Enjoying the new iBrick? 😀

nVidia to Launch G92, C72 and C73 in November!

 

NVIDIA is also going to launch their next generation PCI Express 2.0 SLI chipsets for both Intel and AMD processors together with the next generation enthusiast GPUs known as G92 in November. There are C73 and C72 chipsets for Intel supporting 45nm Yorkfield and Wolfdale processors and MCP72 for AMD supporting AM2+ Phenom processors. The main difference between C73 and C72 is the support of higher FSB and memory type where C73 supports 1600FSB and DDR3-1600 and C72 supports 1333FSB and DDR2-1066/800.

There are 2 variants to each series of SLI chipset; XE and P where XE supports 3 x16 SLI priced at US$150+ and P supports 2 x8 SLI priced at US$100-120. Only MCP72 series can support Hybrid SLI. C72 early samples will be available to customers by end of July where mass production slated for October. MCP72 early samples will be available by August with MP targeted for November. C73 will arrive later where early samples targeted for November and mass production in December. So we can expect MCP72 and C72 to be on target for launch together with G92 in November. 

Source: VR-Zone

Just to give one an idea about G92’s Power, it will be 3x faster than current 8800 Series of Cards! and the total bandwidth will be close to 1TeraFlops! can any one guess how much power it will require? 😛

Crysis’s Release Date?

 

According to Blue’s News, EA’s Updated Press Fact Sheet Revealed Crysis’s Release date for US to be 11th September while the game would hit the UK on 14th September. No official announcement from EA Has been made concerning this though. Read The Full Story@Blue’s News

Fact or just speculation? let’s hope it’s the the former.

BioShock PC Requirements Unveiled

 

– Operating Systems –

Windows XP (with Service Pack 2) or Windows Vista

– Minimum System Requirements –

CPU – Pentium 4 2.4GHz Single Core processor

System RAM – 1GB

Video Card – Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 128MB RAM (NVIDIA 6600 or better/ATI X1300 or better, excluding ATI X1550).

Sound Card – 100% direct X 9.0c compatible sound card

Hard disc space – 8GB free space

– Recommended System Requirements –

CPU – Intel Core 2 Duo processor

System RAM – 2GB

Video card – DX9 – Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT or better) / DX10 – NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or better

Sound Card – Sound Blaster X-Fi series (Optimized for use with Creative Labs EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 or EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 compatible sound cards)

Hard disc space – 8GB free space

Upgrade anyone? 😛