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|Sunday Afternoon Reviews
Sunday, 19-May-2013 15:27:52 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus M5A97 R2.0 on Hardware Secrets.
Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E CPU on Hot Hardware.
Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB 2133MHz Memory Kit on Bigbruin.
Mushkin Chronos GO Deluxe 1.8″ SATA 3 SSD on The SSD Review.
Kingston SSDNow E100 Enterprise SSD on TweakTown.
Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive on Benchmark Reviews.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD on OCIA.
WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Storage Drive on Legit Reviews.
Corsair Voyager Air 500GB Wireless Storage Device on TweakTown.
Thermaltake EVO Blue 2.0 850-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 1200-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler on Vortez.
NZXT FZ-200 Airflow Fan Series 200mm fan on Modders-Inc.
CM Storm Skorpion Mouse Bungee and Control-RX Gaming Surface on PureOverclock.
Logitech G700s Rechargable Gaming Mouse on HardwareHeaven.
Mad Catz R.A.T.M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Corsair M95 Gaming Mouse (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.
Asus Xonar DGX and Xonar DSX Audio Cards on Legit Reviews.
Asus ROG Orion Pro Gaming Headset on OCC.
Sunrise Charm3 & Dragon2 Ear buds on techPowerUp.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone on HardwareHeaven.
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I mentioned earlier that the mandatory ISP filter has been dropped, but mpot and others pointed out a sneaky backdoor filtering program which is underway. The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for other government agencies to unilaterally block sites they deem questionable in their own portfolios. More here and here.
Google has a new boss for AU and NZ. Carnegie, who is in her early 40s, has been Proctor & Gamble’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand for the past three years, having worked in Australia, Singapore and the US. Meanwhile Google's CEO has reported on some issues with his vocal cords. In a blog post, Page gave a full explanation as to his condition, which started about 14 years ago and has led to him losing his voice and even skipping last year’s annual meeting.
With the Melbourne tunnel dramas recently, it seems this idea in Sydney could help. Developed and implemented back in 2011, Laservision's Softstop system projects a familiar bright red stop sign, seemingly in mid-air, at the tunnel's entrance if a vehicle too large to enter is detected. In fact, the stop sign does not float in mid-air, but rather is projected onto a water screen that, should a vehicle not heed its command, would cause no damage from being driven through.
IntelInside sent in this article about vital buildings being at risk from hackers. You're in intensive care at a hospital when the lights go out and the heating turns up. Meanwhile, doctors trying to get you to an operating theatre have been trapped in elevators for almost an hour as hackers take control. Experts are warning that this fictitious scenario is all too plausible after two researchers discovered in Australia 653 computer-based building management systems attached to the public internet.
Today's timewaster is GeoGuessr, from BugsBunny.
|Thursday Midday Reviews
Thursday, 16-May-2013 11:55:49 (GMT +10) - by booj
KingFast F3 Plus Series KF2510SCF Enterprise SSD on TweakTown.
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SATA III SSD on PCstats.
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3 Flash Drive on HardwareHeaven.
Crucial M500 480 GB SSD on techPowerUp.
Icy Dock FlexCage MB975SP-B Tray-Less 5 x 3.5" HDD Dock on TweakTown.
Azza Silentium 920 on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master N200 on Ninjalane.
Cooler Master N200 on Hardware Secrets.
Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler on techPowerUp.
Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU coolers on Guru3D.
NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid-Cooling System on Xbit Labs.
Steelseries Siberia V2 Frost Blue Edition on Funky Kit.
Audiofly AF78 Dual Driver Headphones on TweakTown.
Mad Catz M.O.U.S.9 Wireless Mouse on NikKTech.
CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse on PureOverclock.
ASRock Z77 Extreme11 Mainboard on Xbit Labs.
Asus VivoBook X202E-BH91T-CB on TechReviewSource.
Asoka PlugLink PL9760-Q2 500Mbps Dual Ethernet Powerline Adapter on NikKTech.
Enermax MaxRevo 1500W PSU on PureOverclock.
XFX R7790 Black Edition 1GB Graphics Card on Bjorn3D.
Luxa2 P1 7000mAh Portable Battery and Charger on Pro-Clockers.
Wednesday, 15-May-2013 23:53:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg
So, this Commander Chris Hadfield guy, not content with being a test pilot, fighter pilot, space shuttle pilot, the commander of the International Space Station and having a freakin' airport named after him, turns out to be a pretty good musician as well. Seriously, we have to do something. This guy is making the rest of us look like a bunch of jerks.
Meanwhile the mandatory ISP filter for Australia has been confirmed as officially dumped, saving a projected $4.5M. According to Budget 2013 papers, the government will achieve savings of $4.5m over three years by not proceeding with mandatory filtering legislation, a move announced in November.
Also mentioned in the budget are changes to NBN investment, with Turnbull saying it's been gutted and Conroy saying it's fine. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has accused his Opposition counterpart of intentionally spreading “hysterical claims” in comments made this week with respect to budget treatment of National Broadband Network funding, in the latest spat between the two over the high-profile infrastructure project.
Microsoft are re-thinking Windows 8, thanks IntelInside. The tune up won't be released to consumers and businesses until later this year. The changes, part of a software package given the codename "Blue", are a tacit acknowledgement of the shortcomings in Windows 8. Microsoft isn't saying much about what the new Windows 8 will have, nor will it say whether it will charge for the upgrade. What the company will say is that it's responding to customer feedback in developing the update.
Tekin spotted this cool timewaster, a satellite view timelapse tool. Google doing time lapse photos from 1984 -> 2013. Interesting to look a urban sprawl growth over 20 years as well as some really interesting examples of glacier retreat.
Also, a google image search for atari breakout is pretty cool.
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