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Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-December-2014  13:43:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Flagger spotted a 6TB HDD Showdown over on Backblaze's blog. We started the process in September when we purchased and deployed our first 6 TB hard drives. We purchased Western Digital (WD60EFRX) and Seagate (STBD6000100) hard drives. We deployed two Storage Pods, each with 45 drives from each brand. The Western Digital Storage Pod was designated UL796 and the Seagate Storage Pod was designated UL800. Each Pod was identical in its design and configuration except for the hard drives used.

This seems like quite a big deal - scientists have copied a worm's mind into a robot. Beneath the skin of a simple worm with transparent skin, there are 302 neurons that have been mapped meticulously by researchers in what is known as a connectome. This tiny, one millimeter-long worm has been studied in laboratories around the world, and now it's nervous system has been transplanted into the body of a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot.

Meanwhile Neal Stephenson is trying to bring us an alternate reality. Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking."

PlayerAttack report on Australian Xbox servers in time for Xmas. Xbox Australia's given gamers an early Christmas present with the unveiling of locally hosted Xbox Live servers, promising both low pings and centralised local hosting for Australian gamers on a bunch of Xbox One titles.

PC Perspective take a look at mechanical keyboard switches. One of the difficulties with purchasing a mechanical keyboard is that they are quite expensive and vary greatly in subtle, but important ways. First and foremost, we have the different types of keyswitches. These are the components that are responsible for making each button behave, and thus varying them will lead to variations in how those buttons react and feel.

TechSpot take us back with the most memorable overclocking CPUs. These are but a few of the landmark processors revered for their overclocking prowess. Read on! C300A gets a mention, but notably absent is the C366... where's my pitchfork?

Plextor and Gigabyte Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-December-2014  14:56:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Plextor and Gigabyte have teamed up to offer some prize bundles for Xmas. This isn't an OCAU-specific contest but it's worth a go anyway - details in the thread:

click for the thread!

Wednesday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-December-2014  02:16:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) 6 TB Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.
AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD on MadShrimps.
Kingston SSDnow M2 SATA 120GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Mushkin Reactor SSD Review (1TB) on TheSSDReview.
Samsung 850 Evo SSD on HWHeaven.

MXGP - The Official Motocross Videogame on GamingNexus.
The Crew Review: Life In The Not so Fast Lane on Techgage.

Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 on Guru3D.
Thermaltake Core V1 mini-ITX on eTeknix.
NZXT H440 on OCaholic.
SilverStone Raven RVZ01 on TechPowerUp.
In Win D-Frame Mini Case on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G on Vortez.
Sapphire R9-290X 8gb Vapor-X OC on HWHeaven.

Input Etc:
Gamdias Hermes Ultimate Keyboard on PureOC.
CM Storm Mizar Laser Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Cougar 600M mouse on HWHeaven.
Gamdias Combo Keyboard and Mouse on HWHeaven.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2800MHz DDR4 memory on OCClub.
Fractal Design Kelvin S36 cooler on HWHeaven.
Google Nexus 6 With Android Lollipop By Motorola on HotHardware.
MEGATech Video Reviews: AAXA LED Android Pico Projector on MegaTechNews.
ASRock Z97 Anniversary Motherboard on HWSecrets.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  21:30:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

jjjc_93 reviewed the

pinkfloydeffect is joining
two laptop screens together

mad_mic3 has a
custom aluminium case

Bern built a model
WWII 6x6 Diamond Truck

Ripjaws reviewed the
Shaw GT-GM5 Gaming Case

and windwithme reviewed
Corsair's Obsidian 250 ITX

Monday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  16:01:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

All the best to those caught up in the Sydney seige at the moment. Here's hoping it's resolved as peacefully as possible.

Telstra and NBNco have a new deal regarding the existing copper and fibre assets. Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks while remaining committed to its structural separation under renegotiated definitive agreements with NBN Co that retain the $11 billion value of the 2011 deal. Telstra and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced the re-signing of the landmark deal, which will see NBN Co continue to pay Telstra $5 billion in infrastructure payments, $4 billion in disconnection payments and $2 billion in Commonwealth agreements. More info here and here, and a video from Mr Turnbull here. NBN discussion continues here.

SimCity2000 is now free for a limited time. Origin required, of course. Now you can design any city you can imagine and SimCity 2000™ will bring it, and its resident Sims, to life. It has all the features, flexibility, art, animation, and power you need to create an environment of your dreams. Man, I lost a LOT of time to that back in the early 2000s..

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-December-2014  15:56:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
CyberpowerPC SYBER Gaming Windows Console on HWAsylum.
E-CEROS Revolution 2 Tablet on MadShrimps.
Droid Turbo vs MotoX 2014 on LanOC.
MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro Gaming Notebook on PCPerspective.
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on NeoSeeker.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Hands-On Video Review on HotHardware.

Silicon Power S60 240GB SSD on Tweaktown.
HP Z Turbo 512GB PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Cougar 600M mouse on OCaholic.
AORUS Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
ASUS ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Tesoro Durandal Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Gigabyte H81M-S2PH motherboard on HWSecrets.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Micro-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Deepcool GamerStorm Captain 360 watercooler on Modders-Inc.
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 980 Poseidon video card on Guru3D.

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