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Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-September-2014  21:10:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anand Lal Shimpi, of AnandTech fame, is retiring from tech publishing at the grand old age of 32. But after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it’s time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech publishing world. The strangest part for me is I still think of Anand as a kid, and now he's a bald beardy dude! :) His site has always been of the highest quality in the industry and I hope he does well in whatever he next focuses on.

w0ng sent in this NYT article about the big-money world of E-Sports. Except on this sunny day in July, every attack and counterattack by a five-person team set off an eruption of cheers — from the more than 11,000 spectators crammed into this city’s basketball arena. The contestants were gunning for a big piece of the $11 million in total prize money, the most ever at a games tournament.

IntelInside spotted another "40 job applications a month" app. Even before the government considers dropping its plans, out-of-work Australians worried about the prospect of having to apply for 40 jobs a month to keep their unemployment benefits can breathe a little easier as software developers race to build apps to automate the process.

AFR have an article about iiNet. iiNet is the little Perth internet company that could. Born from the garage of founder Michael Malone’s parents in 1993, it has fought off global titans like Telstra and SingTel-Optus to earn its reputation as a leading national provider of broadband services. But its senior leadership team dream bigger and internally the informal goal of the company’s top brass is to make iiNet Australia’s second-largest telecommunications provider over the next five years.

The copyright reform debate continues, with the Communications Alliance putting forward a proposal in response to the Government's discussion paper. Australia’s telecommunications industry body has signalled its willingness to negotiate on a three strikes approach to copyright infringement despite being ‘unconvinced’ it will work, while outlining an alternative model and calling on rights holders to play their part to reduce piracy.

iRacing V8 Supercars (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  23:29:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It seems there's an iRacing series associated with the real-world V8 Supercars. Mojododo let us know that OCAU featured in a recent round, with Michael Fabian winning the Oulton Park race in an OCAU-livery car. Congratulations!

click for the report!

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  19:16:25 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP Storage Enclosure on TweakTown
Western Digital My Cloud EX2 on Techware Labs
OWC ThunderBay IV RAID 5 Edition External Storage Drive on TweakTown
ICY DOCK Black Vortex 3.5" Drive Cage on TweakTown
Corsair Voyager Air 2 1TB Wireless Hard Drive on eTeknix
QNAP TurboNAS TS-470 Pro NAS Server on NikKTech

Roccat Kone XTD Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse on APH Networks
CM Storm Mizar, TteSports Saphira and Balista MK-1 Gaming Mice on eTeknix

Corsair Obsidian 450D Chassis on Techgage
Silverstone Raven RV05-BW Chassis on eTeknix
Corsair Graphite Series 380T case on Techreport
Corsair Graphite 380T on Techpowerup
Corsair Graphite Graphite 380T on Guru3D
Corsair Graphite 380T on Vortez
Corsair Graphite 380T Mini-ITX Chassis on eTeknix

MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC in CrossFire on TweakTown
Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate on PureOverclock
Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC Edition Video Card on Futurelooks
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB OC in CrossFire Video Card on TweakTweak

Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset on NikKTech
be quiet! Power Zone 1000W Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Dune HD Connect Universal Media Player on NikKTech
Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 Water Cooler on OC Inside
DDR4 Roundup featuring Corsair, Crucial and G.Skill on Hardware Heaven

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  13:58:07 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Intel has launched three new high-end Haswell-E processors for the brand new Intel X99 chipset based platform that was also launched today along with the new LGA 2011-v3 socket. This means that you’ll have to get a new motherboard with an LGA 2011 v3 socket, but your old LGA 2011 CPU cooler will still work as the CPU cooler mounting holes remain the same. This new platform also ushers in support for DDR4 memory! So, in addition to the new processor, chipset and socket, there is a major advancement with regards to the DRAM!

Read more at Legit Reviews and more Haswell-E and X99 Motherboard Reviews below.

Haswell-E CPUs:
Intel Octacore i7-5960X Haswell-E on Madshrimps
Intel i7-5960X Haswell-E on LanOC
Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E Processor on ThinkComputers
Intel Core i7-5960X processor on Techreport
Intel Core i7 5960X EE (Haswell-E) CPU and X99 Chipset on TweakTown
The Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core Processor on PC Perspective
The Intel Core i7-5960X on Hardware Heaven
Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition on Techgage
Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition on OCC
Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Review DDR4 Performance on Ocaholic
Core i7 5960X Haswell-E on Bjorn3D
Core i7 5960X - 5930K and 5820K processor on Guru3D
Intel Core i7-5960X CPU on Hot Hardware
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition on Vortez
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Processor on Benchmark Reviews
Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core Haswell-E Processor on Legit Reviews
Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Processor on eTeknix

X99 Motherboards:
MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011-3) on Tech Powerup
Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard on Techreport
ASUS X99-Deluxe LGA2011-v3 Motherboard on Legit Reviews
ASUS X99 Deluxe on Ocaholic
ASRock X99 WS on Ocaholic
ASRock X99X Killer Fatal1ty (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Asus X99 Deluxe on Bjorn3D
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC Motherboard on Guru3D
ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard on Guru3D
ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme on Guru3D
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Motherboard on Guru3D
MSI X99S Gaming 9 on Bjorn3D
Asus X99 Deluxe on LanOC

Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-August-2014  13:43:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, this week has been a complete writeoff. I haven't been this sick in a loooong time. The first picture pretty much sums me up at the moment. Anyway, thanks to RP this week!

Friday Midday (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-August-2014  11:51:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're a Chrome user and the forums are looking a bit weird today, it might be to do with a recent update to that browser. There's more info and a workaround in this thread.

Valve are being sued by the ACCC, apparently for not offering refunds. Valve is being sued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over allegedly making "false or misleading representations" when it comes to consumer guarantees. Turns out that even though Valve does not have a physical presence Down Under, the studio's still bound by local consumer law.

Owen spotted ASIC accidentally blocking 250,000 websites instead of two, due to not understanding shared hosting. "This demonstrates that at the time, the people that ASIC was tasking to block websites did not understand even the basics of how websites work. That's both hilarious and frightening."

Meanwhile with the mandatory data retention debate still in full swing, the AFP are sheepishly admitting they published highly sensitive information by mistake. Guardian Australia can reveal that the AFP provided documents to the Senate, which were then made publicly available online on parliamentary sites and other sources for several years, and which accidentally disclosed information about the subjects and focus of criminal investigations and telecommunications interception activities.

But it's not all bad news, with new legislation to streamline classificiation of content having passed through Federal Parliament. Legislation for a faster, more reliable and cost effective classification of content such as mobile and online games was passed through Federal Parliament today. The reforms deliver on the Coalition Government's commitment to have a modern National Classification Scheme to better handle ever-changing content in a dynamic media environment.

Nintendo have spoken out about changing their focus away from casual gamers, and back to more passionate gamers. "Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]."

Microsoft's recent patch for a flawed patch was apparently flawed, and even Windows Update can't save us now. The security bulletin says that "Microsoft strongly recommends that customers who have not uninstalled the 2982791 update [i.e., the old version, released on Patch Tuesday] do so prior to applying the 2993651 update [the new version]." This recommendation applies to users whether they are having problems with the old update or not. Note that Windows Update and Automatic Updates do not remove the old version.

NASA are making progress on their Space Launch System. The first flight test of the SLS in 2017 will be configured for a 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capacity and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit to test the performance of the integrated system. As the SLS evolves, it will be the most powerful rocket ever built and provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons (143 tons) to enable missions even farther into our solar system.

There's only a couple of days left to snag one of the Fractal Design NODE 804 review samples in the forums. FD are giving away 10 to OCAU readers on the proviso they write a review of the case within 3 weeks. So if you want to give it a go, get your entry in by Sunday.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-August-2014  13:09:37 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SSD on OCC
Synology DS415play Four Bay NAS on TweakTown
Samsung 845DC PRO Enterprise SSD on TweakTown
Verbatim Store 'n' Save 1TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive on ModSynergy.com

Gigabyte-Z97X-UD3H on Ocaholic
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Motherboard on Techgage
Asus ROG Maximus VII Formula (Intel Z97) Motherboard on TweakTown
Gigabye GA-Z97X Gaming GT LGA1150 ATX Motherboard on Futurelooks

Corsair HX750i Power Supply on ThinkComputers
Corsair RM Series 1000W on Tech Powerup

Tt eSPORTS THERON Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews
Aorus Thunder M7 Mouse on Hardware Heaven

The Walking Dead Zen Pinball (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Risen 2: Dark Waters 2-Years Later on OCC

AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3 Capture Device on Hardware Secrets
Motorola Moto E Smartphone on Techspot
HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB Overclocked Video Card on TweakTown
Aerocool DS200 Mid-Tower on Vortez
bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim Heatsink on Hardware Asylum
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro Gaming Laptop on Techspot

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  21:58:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few reviews and projects from people in the forums:

mrbean_phillip is making
his own force-feedback wheel

STUdog has a nicely finished
CM Cosmos 2 build

Willybomb made a
bass preamp pedal

windwithme reviewed the
MSI GS702PE Stealth notebook

and spent time overclocking
i5 4690K & Biostar Z97WE

GOD has built a PC
in an unusual case

Wednesday Night (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  21:15:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mostly getting back up to speed again now..

A cost-benefit analysis of the NBN has been released, and it claims the current Government's plan is better than the previous one's. An independent panel commissioned by the Government found the Coalition's multi-technology plan to roll out high-speed internet had greater net benefits than Labor's model of fibre to the premises. The review modelled four scenarios and found the Government's model would deliver about $18 billion in net benefits compared to almost $2 billion under Labor. More here.

There's now a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows. 64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security. Our measurements have shown that the native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of our graphics and media benchmarks. For example, the VP9 codec that’s used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance. Stability measurements from people opted into our Canary, Dev and Beta 64-bit channels confirm that 64-bit rendering engines are almost twice as stable as 32-bit engines when handling typical web content. Which would make it about 1000x more stable than the Firefox install on this PC lately.

Seagate have shipped the first 8TB drives. An important step forward in storage, the 8TB hard disk drive provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.

Tweaktown have a circuit and overclocking guide to Gigabyte's Z97X-UD5H board. A new feature TweakTown is Motherboard Circuit and Overclocking articles. Check out Steven Bassiri's guide covering the GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H motherboard.

If you've ever wondered if pushing the pedestrian crossing button actually does anything, News.com.au have the answer. And more importantly, will smashing the button repeatedly hurry it up even more, or are you just earning yourself death stares from fellow walkers? Whether you’re a waiter or a button-pusher, here are the answers you’ve been waiting for. Spoiler: it depends.

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