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Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-May-2015  14:32:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Current Agg Flu Status: ACTIVE :(

Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-May-2015  14:31:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Federal Government hopes to pass site-blocking legislation next month. Attorney-General George Brandis is hoping the government can push through parliament before the end of June proposed legislation that will force ISPs to block sites linked to online piracy. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March introduced the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 into parliament. The bill would allow representatives of copyright holders to apply for court orders that would force Internet service providers to block access to a website linked to piracy.

In a bizarre twist, it seems even teaching encryption or learning about it could be illegal in Australia soon, thanks mpot. You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act — which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year — there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws.

I hadn't heard this rumour, but Sniper let us know that Anandtech have dispelled the idea that SSDs will lose data if left unpowered. In the past week, quite a few media outlets have posted articles claiming that SSDs will lose data in a matter of days if left unpowered. While there is some (read: very, very little) truth to that, it has created a lot of chatter and confusion in forums and even I have received a few questions about the validity of the claims, so rather than responding to individual emails/tweets from people who want to know more, I thought I would explain the matter in depth to everyone at once.

TechARP report on the Intelligent Generations showcase from Intel. At the event, Intel officially launched the Intel Compute Stick, as well as exhibited various Intel Atom X3 reference designs. They also gave us a rare opportunity to talk to their Rockstars.

LegitReviews meanwhile have info on AMD's A10-7870K APU. AMD today announced that the A10-7870K Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) will be the companies flagship FM2+ processor, which helps explain why AMD lowered the pricing on their APUs earlier this month. This processor was codenamed Godavari for some reason, but it's basically just a Kaveri refresh as the microarchitecture is still the same as it was on Kaveri and it's still being by GlobalFoundaries on the 28nm manufacturing process.

YouTube are celebrating their 10th birthday with a lot of "looking back" type videos. Has it really only been 10 years?

Today's timewaster is Agar.io, thanks RnR - discussion here.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-May-2015  16:20:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-May-2015  13:51:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS H81M-A Motherboard on HWSecrets.
ASRock X99 Extreme 11 on HotHardware.
X99 Charts: 13 Boards - ASRock X99E-ITX/AC on OCAholic.

Video Cards:
GTX 980 SLI Testing on LanOC.
Sapphire R9 285 ITX OC on PCPerspective.

Patriot Ignite 480GB SSD on NeoSeeker.
Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD RAID on TheSSDReview.
Corsair Force LS 120 GiB SSD on HWSecrets.
Crucial MX200 SSD on Vortez.
Patriot Ignite 480GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Netgear Powerline 1200 on HWHeaven.
Amped Wireless TAP-R2 Touch Screen Wireless Router on LegitReviews.

Noctua NH-L9x65 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on BigBruin.
ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
BeQuiet Dark Rock TF Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Noctua NH-D9L D-Type CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Be Quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU cooler on Guru3D.
be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU cooler on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog headphones on HWHeaven.
Calyx PaT Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifer on PCPerspective.
Grado Prestige Series SR80e Headphone on TechnologyX.
HiFiMAN EF100 Headphone Amplifier & DAC on TechSpot.

Input Etc:
Ozone Strike Battle keyboard on OCAholic.
Cougar 500K Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake POSEIDON Z FORGED Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.

Prebuilt & Portable:
iBuyPower Noctis Intel Z97 prebuilt PC on eTeknix.
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 2nd Gen Convertible tablet on MadShrimps.

Neurio Home Intelligence Review: Adding smarts to ordinary appliances on TechSpot.
Team Group Vulcan DDR4-3000 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Deepcool Tristellar case on TechPowerUp.
Aerocool Aero-1000 PSU on OCAholic.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-May-2015  18:19:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some interesting things from people in the forums:

AMD2400 reviewed two
automatic fan controllers

Mrfocal's Iron Man PC
is nearing completion

Ratzz checked out
the Fractal Node 804

jji7skyline has a
G5 Hackintosh Build

Imfaceroll has finished
his MSI Gaming Cabinet

paulbaird87 has a tidy
4K mATX gaming beast

Tuesday Morning (10 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-May-2015  01:20:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time for some news catchup. Firstly, OCLunatics report on a 5GHz Broadwell overclock using only an air-cooler. Is it me, or has 5GHz been pretty much the wall for years now? China is the first to get unreleased hardware first, and the Broadwell desktop CPUs are no exception. Not only but the first overclocking results are quite impressive. Broadwell can do 5GHz on air, and this on an ordinary 12cm tower cooler, imagine with water or LN2. This are the first results of 14nm CPUs with not 100% compatible motherboards, imagine after some time with better BIOS and support.

iiNet will apparently be providing pro bono legal advice to customers caught up in the Dallas Buyers Club case. The ISP says it will inform customers if their details are passed on to Dallas Buyers Club and Voltage and this will occur at the same time that those details are handed over. As for what happens next, iiNet is getting on the front foot to assist its customers. "If you do receive a letter you may want to get legal advice," the blog post read. "iiNet is working with a law firm that has offered to provide pro-bono services for any of our customers. More details will be provided when agreement is reached on that front."

Here's an interesting idea, something like crowdsourcing 3D Printing. If you have a printer you can list it on there, or if you need something printed you can find someone nearby. If you're into 3D printing, check out our Hobby Engineering forum.

Tony_L sent word that Candy Crush Saga will come free with Windows 10. Why not Minecraft, now that Microsoft own it? King's match-three puzzle game Candy Crush Saga will join the likes of Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts as a pre-installed title on future Windows 10 operating systems, according to an announcement today on Xbox Wire.

Meanwhile mpot spotted Windows 10 on a 12-inch MacBook. Here's the real kicker: it's fast. It's smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It's unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn't completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth. It's remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before.

Metadata scope creep seems to have already occurred, with the new "Border Force" now having access. The Coalition previously insisted that the bill would "strictly limit and indeed reduce" the number of enforcement agencies with the ability to access retained metadata. However, this week the Government quietly expanded access with the introduction of a completely new bill. The change has been slammed by critics as an example of the Government's power to slowly change the strength and scope of its enforced Data Retention scheme, quietly beefing up the powers of Government agencies to surveil Australian citizens.

HotHardware looked at GTA V PC Performance. Today, we're aiming to give you quick taste of what GTA V can play and look like with an over-the-top system config at super-tight 4K resolution. What does it take to run GTA V at 4K? We'll give you a view of that, as well as how it scales over multiple NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPUs, in the pages ahead, along with some screen shots for just a bit of eye candy as well.

A site called Project Gus takes a look inside a cheap Chinese smartphone, thanks irvo44. This Huami H3 smartphone cost me $34US (210RMB) in January. It’s sold with a 5 inch screen, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G cell connectivity, Android 4.4 and an 8 core processor. I picked it up in the electronics capital of the world – Shenzhen, China. My hotel was a few doors down from the Mingtong Digital Communications Market, aka “the dodgy cell phone market”.

Monday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-May-2015  01:18:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Corsair Hydro Series H80i GT CPU watercooler on Vortez.
be quiet! Pure Rock CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel Compute Stick - A Computer In The Palm Of Your Hands on TechARP.
MSI Cubi mini-PC on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
EMTEC Stay Earbuds Wireless on TechnologyX.
ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Analog headphones on Vortez.

Input Etc:
Turtle Beach Impact 500 TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.

Corsair CS850M PSU on Guru3D.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Benchmarked, Performance Review on TechSpot.
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum video card on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vector 180 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
GIGABYTE Champion Series X99-Gaming 5P Motherboard on PCPerspective.

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