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Wednesday, May 9, 2001

RAMBUS Found Guilty of Fraud

A federal court jury found RAMBUS guilty of fraud for failing to disclose its patents to the JEDEC standards body. The implications of this ruling could be staggering.
Infineon attorneys told Federal Judge Robert Payne Wednesday that they will file a motion, based on the jury's verdict of fraud, to have the Rambus patents declared unenforceable against the German chip maker.

If the judge made such a ruling, it could be cited as a precedent in the two other pending Rambus synchronous patent cases involving Micron Technology and Hynix Semiconductor (formerly Hyundai Electronics).
Naturally, RAMBUS will appeal. However, rounds one and two clearly go to Infineon, et al. Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: YES! They shoot! They SCORE!!! WhooooooHoooo!

Blue Shift Interview

GameSpy Daily conducted an interview with Gearbox's Randy Pitchford about their upcoming addition to the Half-Life francise entitled Blue Shift. The interview gives you an idea of the plot and what you hope to accomplish in the role of Barney the security guard. Thanks Stomped.

The CA Electricity Crisis

I know that this isn't the standard Haus fare, but I found it to be interesting. The Sacramento Bee has an article on how California got burned by electricity deregulation. Maybe deregulation wasn't actually the problem but the way they went about it. All the more reason for me to say that the government of California should fix the mess they created, not suck power from the rest of the U.S. Thanks Stomped.

Stock Up on CD-Rs!

According to this PC World report, prices of recordable CDs (CD-R) could jump as much as 350% this summer. Of course, even with the price increase the cost is still expected to be only 30-35 cents. That's still pretty cheap for 650-700M of storage, methinks. On a side note, I have to say that my CD-R/RW burner is one of the coolest toys I've ever purchased. I now even have bona fide off-site backups! Thanks Slashdot.

ASUS Cheats Back

Riva Station is reporting that for some heretofore unknown reason ASUS has decided to sneak its cheating features back into its NVIDIA-based cards, including transparent walls and wireframe modes. It may be time to complain to NVIDIA to put some pressure on the morons at ASUS. Thanks Blue.

Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Ports vs. Wine

Gamespy interviewed representatives from Transgaming, Loki, Hyperion, and Tribsoft to answer the musical question is it better to port games to Linux or use WINE emulation? Naturally, Transgaming argues that WINE is viable while the others express concern. Emulation is all fine and good as long as we recognize that a) Microsoft will find a way to break it, and b) realize that native apps can make better use of Linux' many strengths. Thanks Slashdot.

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