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+ - Screening User Reviews

Submitted by (1124543) writes "For Ask SLashdot: I recently purchased a NAS from a well known online computer component shop. I have purchased serveral items from the website and have never had much trouble before. That was untill i relaised what i had bought was a terrible NAS. All the reviews on the site from users all seemed very good. After a little research it became clear that the product in question was indeed terrible. After finding the product pretty much unless for its intended purpose I proceeded to write a review for it on the website to inform other would be buyers. After about a week i noticed that the review never made it up there. So i worte another one just in case. After several attempts to leave a bad review for the product i realised that the website was screening reviews and only posting the ones that made the products look good. All the reviews on the website are all positive, I have yet found one being less than 3 out of 5 stars. My question is "Is this legal?". Ethically speaking this is wrong. Totaly misleading customer. Is there some where i can report this kind of activity? Is it Common place?"

+ - Patch Re-enables PhysX When ATI Card is Present

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As you may or may not know, Windows 7 allows two display drivers to be used at once — like in Windows XP. Therefore, it is possible to use an Nvidia card for PhysX and ATI card for graphics rendering. Sadly, since the release of 186 graphics drivers, Nvidia has decided to block this feature anytime a Non-Nvidia GPU is present in the system. In addition, for some incomprehensible reasons, the latest version of PhysX System Software also prevents PPU cards from working if a Non-Nvidia GPU is present. As expected, this move by Nvidia generated a lot of criticism from both consumers and even Nvidia's competitors. Luckily, a forum member by the name of GenL has released an experimental beta patch which intercepts disable-PhysX-if-Radeon-is-present-code. So far, according to user comments the patch delivers successful results."

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