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Pirate has to pay Nintendo $1.5 mill

An Aussie bloke has agreed to pay Nintendo $1.5 million in damages after illegally copying and uploading one of its new games to the internet ahead of its release.

James Burt, 24, of Sinnamon Park in Queensland will pay Nintendo $1.5 million after an out-of-court settlement was struck to compensate the company for the loss of sales revenue. Burt made New Super Mario Bros for the Wii gaming console available for illegal download a week ahead of its official Australian release in November last year.

Burt will have to pay Nintendo's legal bill of $100,000.

Ad-Aware Game Edition Review

“Lavasoft are known throughout the spyware protection industry as a class leader, providing quality software which is reliable and effective. The free version of Ad-Aware is immensely popular with computer users worldwide, but here today we will be looking at what the Game Edition offers over the free or pro editions, and whether it is worth the $24.95 or £15.46 it can be bought for.”

Windows stability fix breaks stability

Software giant Microsoft is pondering what the hell went wrong when a stability upgrade it released last week for Windows 7 made its flagship OS less stable.

According to a thread on Microsoft TechNet, the update (KB977074) causes screen freezes and hangs the boot screen. At shutdown the PC often hangs with a message that a program is still running but if you force the program end it does not work. In the end all you can do is swear and hit the power button.

Some people are complaining that they got a message indicating they needed to validate Windows 7.

Adobe apologizes for Flash crash bug

An Adobe product manager has apologized for allowing a potentially serious bug in Flash Player to remain unfixed for more than 16 months.

The admission, by Emmy Huang, product manager for Flash, came a week after Apple CEO Steve Jobs lambasted Adobe engineers as "lazy" and said when Macs crash, "more often than not it’s because of Flash." Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch struck back, insisting that at Adobe, "we don't ship Flash with any known crash bugs."

The crash bug at issue in Huang's blog post published over the weekend was reported in September 2008, but it has yet to be excised from release

Just Being Honest About Battery Life

Last week I wrote about reports that some Windows 7 users are experiencing anomalies with battery life, or at least how Windows 7 reports remaining battery life. The issue seemed worthy of exploring, but not big enough to cause any significant damage to Microsoft's flagship desktop operating system.

The official statement from Microsoft last week was:

"Microsoft has been made aware that some computers running Windows 7 receive a warning that the battery needs to be replaced when the battery is new or in good health.

Shattered Horizon™ Screenshots

Futuremark® Games Studio today released the first screenshots from the upcoming Moonrise content pack for Shattered Horizon™, their PC exclusive multiplayer first-person shooter. The Moonrise pack, which will be free to all players, includes four new environments effectively doubling the number of levels in the game. http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/

In Shattered Horizon, a catastrophic explosion on the Moon has filled near-Earth space with billions of tons of rocky debris.

Reverse Engineer A Motherboard BIOS

"Since being let go by Novell last year where he worked on the RadeonHD Linux graphics driver and X.Org support within SuSE Linux, Luc Verhaegen has continued work on his VIA Unichrome DDX driver as well as other X.Org code and he has also become involved with the CoreBoot project that aims to create a free software BIOS for most chipsets and motherboards on the market. Luc has worked on support for flashing the BIOS on ATI graphics cards, native VGA text mode support, and other work to help the CoreBoot project.

Microsoft Patch To Leave IE Hole Open

Microsoft on Thursday said that its monthly security patch, to be issued on Tuesday, February 9th, will include 13 security bulletins.

That's the largest number of security bulletins issued in February for the past four years, according to Sheldon Malm, senior director of security strategy at Rapid7.

Next week's patch is scheduled to include five "critical" bulletins. Two of the bulletins affect Microsoft Office, and eleven affect Microsoft Windows.

Malm notes that all of Microsoft's operating systems, including Vista and Windows 7, will get fixes.

ATI CATALYST 10.1 hotfix

Alleviates some of the intermittent grey screen and vertical line corruptions that may randomly appear during normal usage when using an ATI™ Radeon HD 5800 series graphics card.

Applicable Products:
This issue applies to the following configuration(s)...

* Hardware
o ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series
* Software
o ATI Catalyst™ release

* Operating System
o Windows 7® 32bit
o Windows 7® 64bit

o Windows Vista® 32 bit
o Windows Vista® 64 bit
o Windows® XP
o Windows® XP x64

Thumb Drive to Install Windows 7

"Microsoft may be selling Windows 7 exclusively on DVD's, but did you realize that it takes very little effort to create a bootable thumb drive and install from that? We're taking a look at two popular methods of accomplishing this, and as you'll see, it couldn't be easier to install Microsoft's latest OS onto a PC with no DVD-ROM. It's faster, too!"

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