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Tuesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-July-2014  15:01:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Illegal downloading is in the headlines once again, with a leaked discussion paper from the Federal Government. A UMR Research study cited in the draft paper found that an estimated 21 per cent of all Australians over the age of 18 had engaged in online piracy. Furthermore, when Game of Thrones’ fourth season premiered in April, more people in Australia illegally downloaded the program than anywhere else in the world. Australia accounted for 11.6 per cent of the piracy, and Melbourne was the worst-offending city on the globe, according to TorrentFreak.

Meanwhile in Sydney, a cartoon character has been arrested. But after police spoke to the man the found that all the “weapons” were plastic fakes and he was dressed as “Spiderman” as part of a charity fundraising campaign called Superhero Week. He was wearing the costume to work to help raise money for Bear Cottage at Manly, a hospice for children. Deadpool, not Spiderman..

ArsTechnica report on a magic fighter pilot helmet. In addition to providing the navigational and targeting information typically shown in a combat aircraft’s heads-up display, the HMDS also includes aspects of virtual reality, allowing a pilot to look through the plane. Using a collection of six high-definition video and infrared cameras on the fighter’s exterior called the Distributed Aperture System (DAS), the display extends vision a full 360 degrees around the aircraft from within the cockpit.

Sniper spotted this video of a couple of Aussies setting up to play Doom on an ATM. Playing Doom on an NCR Personas ATM using the OEM PC and display, plus an i-Pac controller for mapping the side buttons, and eventually, the PIN pad. Seems to be more info here on Hackaday.

Amazon are jumping onto the 3D printing bandwagon with a new 3D printing section (affiliate link). 3D Printers make a variety of objects using a laser that move along an X, Y and Z axis to build an object in three dimensions. 3D printing is considered the future of print and manufacturing, and is set to dramatically change the way we buy and produce products in the future. Browse our selection of 3D printed jewelry, home decor, tech accessories, toys & games, and more. No matter the occasion or budget, there is something for everyone in our gallery of 3D printed products. It'll be interesting to see where they go with this. Discussion here.

From Marc: Thought you might like to know that the Australian gaming/streaming group ‘We Play’ will be hosting a live webcast on the 9th of August in support of the Childs Play charity. It is a day-long event where we play games, get drunk, cook lunch and laugh at each other whilst raising money for a worthwhile charity. There's a Facebook Event here, a Youtube Stream here and a Childs Play Event/Donation Page here.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-July-2014  03:25:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-3960X vs Core i7-3930K 3-way SLI Gaming-Performance on OCAholic.
Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE on OCClub.

Cooling:
Noctua industrialPPC Series fans on Vortez.
Enermax Liqtech 240 CPU Cooler video review on HWHeaven.
Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Kingston SSDNow V310 960GB SSD Upgrade Kit on NikKTech.
OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
ADATA SP610 SSD Review (512GB) on TheSSDReview.
Crucial M550 2.5" SATA SSD Full Capacity Roundup on PCPerspective.

Input Etc:
GAMDIAS HERMES Ultimate Black Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Logitech Illuminated Living Room Keyboard K830 on Techgage.
Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog Flight Stick on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Mobile Workstation Laptop on Tweaktown.
x86 on Android: A quick look at Asus' Memo Pad ME176C tablet on TechReport.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 on LegitReviews.

Cases:
Streacom NC1-GK NUC Chassis on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide Series Spec-01 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Cooltek W1 Windowed on OCAholic.
Silverstone Raven RV05 on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
HIS R7 260X and R7 250X video cards on PureOC.
XFX XTS 520W on PSU HWareHeaven.
OlliOlli PC Game on Tweaktown.
GamesterGear Cruiser P3210 Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.



Misc Pics (42 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-July-2014  04:18:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and TonyR this week!









Friday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-July-2014  03:12:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

iiNet have a blog post outlining their opposition to Mandatory Data Retention. At the end of this month, iiNet will front a Senate Committee reviewing telecommunications laws concerning interception and access to communications data or metadata, which could include introducing mandatory surveillance and data retention on the communications activities of the entire Australian population. Our statement to the Committee is summarised, in part below. Coverage here and here.

TomsHardware have a list of PSU Brands vs Manufacturers. Do you think that all power supplies are manufactured by the brand on the label? Think again. We show what makes a good PSU and reveal who builds them. You can actually find lots of quality (instead of just scrap metal) behind some of the budget labels.

EA are giving away The Sims 2 on Origin, along with all 18 expansions. Ultimate Collection includes the base Sims 2 game along with "every single The Sims 2 expansion pack and stuff pack." The list of content that entails, as a result, is comically long: There have been eight expansion packs (which add new functionality and major features) and ten stuff packs (which, as you might guess, contain various stuff--primarily clothing and furniture) released since The Sims 2's launch in 2004. Discussion here.

Techspot wonder if virtual desktops & GPU acceleration are the future of computing. While we've long moved away from the early days of the mainframe and thin clients, there are some areas of computing where we're seeing a push back to similar architectures. We'll take a look at some of the more common advantages and disadvantages of virtual desktops, offer our general impressions on using them, and make some educated guesses as to whether virtual desktops truly are the future of computing or if they will likely remain a niche technology.

Telstra will be turning off 2G in 2016, with more info here. Telstra will close down its 2G network before the end of 2016, and is expected to reuse the spectrum for 4G technology once the network's existing customers are migrated onto 3G and 4G. In a blog post titled "It's time to say goodbye old friend", Telstra's group managing director of networks Mike Wright said the 2G GSM network had been in place for more than 20 years and had been surpassed by newer technologies.

Microsoft have a new video explaining Quantum Computing. An introduction to the mind-bending world of quantum computing.



Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-July-2014  02:31:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Z97-PRO Motherboard on HWSecrets.
MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC (LGA 1150) on eTeknix.
ASUS Z97I-PLUS mini-ITX on Techgage.
ASUS Maximus VII Formula on OCAholic.
Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition & OC Guide on TechSpot.
Core i7-4790K "Devil's Canyon" overclocking revisited on TechReport.
MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Assassin's Creed Edition on PCPerspective.
Gigabyte Z97-D3H Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB SSD on Vortez.
Western Digital Red 6TB and Red Pro 4TB on PCPerspective.
Seagate Desktop 4TB, 5TB and 6TB HDDs RAID Report on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (480GB) on HWHeaven.
Thecus N2520 2-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series 240GB Enterprise SSD on LegitReviews.
Corsair Voyager Air 2 1TB Mobile Storage Device on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
CRYORIG C1 Top-Down CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
NZXT Kraken X31-X41-X61 AIO Water Cooler Roundup on PureOC.

Audio Visual:
NEC MultiSync EA244UHD 24-Inch 4K Monitor on HotHardware.
CM Storm Resonar headset on Vortez.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Vapor-X 4 GB on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Dual-X R9 280 3GB OC on LegitReviews.
HIS Radeon R9 270X IceQ X2 Turbo Boost 2GB OC on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan Black WindForce on Guru3D.
GeForce GTX 660 Ti vs. GTX 750 Ti on OCAholic.
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Vapor-X OC on Tweaktown.

Cases:
DeepCool STEAM CASTLE on Vortez.
BitFenix Neos Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower on ThinkComputers.
Raidmax Scorpio V on OCClub.
Fractal Design Core 3300 Mid Tower on NeoSeeker.
Deepcool Steam Castle on OCAholic.

Misc:
Tt eSports Poseidon Z Mechanical Keyboard on TechWareLabs.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook on Tweaktown.



H. R. Giger Tribute PC (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-July-2014  11:13:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's an amazing mod from MNPCTech, a tribute to H. R. Giger who passed away in May 2014:


click for the thread!



GIGABYTE Contests (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-July-2014  06:11:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

GIGABYTE have posted the results of their recent CATZILLA OC contest. GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the winners of the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest hosted on HWBOT.org. With $1,000 and two GIGABYTE Z97 series motherboards up for grabs, the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest invited the overclocking community to push their hardware to the limit by running the custom made CATZILLA benchmark skin on their GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboard.

Meanwhile there's another contest here in our Forums, where you can win a motherboard or some mystery prizes. Each benchmark will award 10 points to the highest score, 8 to the second, 6 to the third, 4 to the fourth and 2 to the fifth. Prize 1 will go to the top scoring individual, with additional prizes going to a prize draw for any individual who submits scores in all 3 benchmarks.

click for the thread!



Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-July-2014  05:06:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This Friday is SysAdmin Day, when System Administrators hopefully get appreciated for what they do behind the scenes. System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD, is an annual event created by system administrator Ted Kekatos. The event exists to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT workers. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July.

After teaching the rest of the world how a viral marketing campaign should be done, Weird Al Yankovic is now #1 in the charts for the first time in his career. The exposure Yankovic earned via mobile and social networks leaped an astounding 3,391% between the weeks of July 7-13 and July 14-20.According to Kontera, the Amobee Brand measurement company for web analytics, Yankovic’s video exposure in that period obliterated not just Mraz’s, but that of every other major music star. His closest competition, Beyonce, had roughly half as much exposure as the satirist. Discussion continues here.

Copyright infringing households in the UK will now get warnings and nothing else, thanks to new laws. From the beginning of 2015, up to four warnings will be sent annually to individuals suspected of online piracy, although if these warnings are ignored no further action will be taken. The scheme is called Creative Content UK (previously known as the 'voluntary copyright alert programme' or Vcap) and is a significant step back from plans outlined in the Digital Economy Act 2010, which would have seen persistent pirates have their internet access cut.

On a related note, |Renegade| spotted some 8TB HDDs from Seagate, with 10TB on the way. Seagate, after hinting in May that it would release 8TB and 10TB hard drives in the next 12 months, has started delivering early samples of its 8TB hard drive to “major customers” (i.e. enterprise customers). Curiously, while Western Digital hit 6TB last year by filling its drives with helium, Seagate appears to be pushing the 3.5-inch spinning disk storage envelope by simply increasing areal density. Western Digital, incidentally, despite being the first to 6TB, hasn’t announced anything new since November 2013. Maybe helium wasn’t quite ready for prime time?

NVIDIA's Shield gaming tablet has arrived, with preview info on Tech Report, HotHardware, PC Perspective, HWCanucks, Hexus and Techgage. Just under a year since the release of the Shield Portable, Nvidia has announced a second member of the Shield family. As expected, it's the Shield Tablet, an Android slate with an emphasis on gaming. Like the Shield Portable before it, the Shield Tablet will sell direct from Nvidia, not from a partner company. The Shield Tablet extends Nvidia's Android gaming focus to a new form factor, making it one of the first tablets anywhere with a fairly pure gaming mission.

Anthony spotted this strange move from Microsoft, blocking Google search on certain Lumia phones. If you buy a Lumia 630 or 930 Windows Phone and want to use Google as your default search engine, you're out of luck: Microsoft has disabled that capability in those phones. For better or worse, you're stuck with Bing. Will this come back to bite Microsoft?

mpot sent word of some iOS backdoors which seem to bypass encryption on Apple devices. When your backup is encrypted, you will need to enter the password when enabling or disabling encryption or when restoring from the backup, but according to Zdziarski, there is a iOS service called mobile file_relay, can be accessed remotely or through a USB connection to bypass the backup encryption. Looks like Apple have denied the claims already, though.

I may not have my flying car yet, but maybe I can have a hoverbike, thanks Ben!



Wednesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-July-2014  02:54:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7 4790K – Haswell gets a refresh on Bjorn3D.
MSI Z97M Gaming on OCAholic.
Gigabyte Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard on MadShrimps.
Intel Pentium G3258 (Haswell) 20th Anniversary CPU Gaming Performance on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
TDK A12 TREK Micro Wireless Speaker on NikKTech.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset on HWHeaven.

Storage:
Western Digital Red Pro 4TB NAS WD4001FFSX Consumer HDD on Tweaktown.
Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series 240GB Encrypted SSD on Tweaktown.
Intel SSD 2500 Pro 240GB Solid State Drive on HotHardware.
Plextor M6S PX-256M6S 256GB SSD on NikKTech.
Intel P3700 NVMe SSD Installed In a Win 8.1 Consumer PC on TheSSDReview.

Misc:
BitFenix Fury 550G Alchemy-Sleeved Power Supply Preview on BenchmarkReviews.
Lantronix SLB Remote Branch Office Manager on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 vs. ASUS Matrix Platinum video cards on HWSecrets.
iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Qi Standard Charging Car Mount on ThinkComputers.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-July-2014  23:42:11 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Audio:
Superlux HD668B Headphones on Benchmark Reviews
Tt eSPORTS SYBARIS Wired And Wireless Gaming Headset on NikkTech
Ozone Onda Pro Headset on Funky Kit

Keyboard & Mouse:
ThermalTake Level 10 M Hybrid Mouse on PureOverclock
Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard on Madshrimps

Videocard:
HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB GDDR5 Video Card on Madshrimps
AMD Radeon R9 280X Round-up on Legion Hardware

Case:
Silverstone Raven RV 05 on ocaholic
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Case on Legit Reviews
BitFenix Shadow Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown
NZXT Phantom 240 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown
Fractal Design Core 3500 Computer Case on Benchmark Reviews

Storage:
Patriot STELLAR 64GB USB/microUSB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive on Overclockers Club
Seagate Desktop HDD 5TB ST5000DX000 on TweakTown
Corsair Voyager Air 2 on HardwareHeaven
Toshiba Nearline MG04ACA500A 5TB SATA III HDD on Nikktech
Crucial MX100 512GB SSD on FunkyKit
SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SATA SSD on Custom PC Review
Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 32GB USB Flash Drive on APH Networks
Synology DS414j Budget-friendly 4-bay NAS Server on Madshrimps
OCZ RevoDrive 350 on Vortez
Samsung 845DC Pro SSD 800 Gigabyte on ocaholic
Western Digital Red 6TB NAS Consumer HDD on TweakTown
Lexar JumpDrive P10 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Funky Kit
Toshiba HG6 SSD Review (512GB) on Hardware Heaven
Crucial MX100 256GB SSD on TweakTown
Plextor M6S PX-256M6S 256GB SSD on Nikktech

Cooling:
Thermaltake NiC C5 CPU Cooler on Tech Powerup
Noctua redux Series on Vortez
Aerocool Air Force 120mm Fans on Funky Kit
Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 CPU Cooler on NikkTech
Arctic Accelero Hybrid II-120 GPU Cooler on Techgage
Enermax Liqtech 120X AiO Liquid CPU Cooler on Think Computers

Powersupply:
SilverStone Strider Gold S ST85F-GS 850W Power Supply on APH Networks
Rosewill Capstone Modular 1000W on Tech Powerup

Tablet/Portable:
Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 Android Tablet on PC Perspective
LG G3 Mobile Phone on Techspot

Misc:
Kingston HyperX Impact 2x4GB DDR3-1600 1.35V Memory on Funky Kit
Valiant Hearts: The Great War PC Game on TweakTown



Monday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-July-2014  02:20:51 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Catch of the Day have recently informed their customers to update their passwords after a security breach that happened 3 years ago. In a belated disclosure released late on Friday, daily deals website Catch of the Day sent a message to customers revealing it was hacked in May 2011 in an incident that revealed customer data, including passwords and credit card details.

Good news for Cyclists - Google Maps for mobile now lets cyclists avoid (or head for) the hills with an inbuilt elevation chart for each route entered. The update plots elevation against distance, allowing you to compare the amount of climbing you’ll have to do. It shows multiple routes in the same search display, so you really can judge one against the others.

Electronic DNA perhaps could become the secure login of the future. Unique habits can be used to prove users' identity – but may also reveal if they are drunk, or have had sex, researchers say.

Public transport users in Sydney that use the Opal Card system may be getting watched and tracked by Transport NSW, with NSW Police having access on information on a users' travel history with a warrant. Transport NSW has now defended the practice, saying that it "may only disclose information to a law enforcement agency that is necessary for law enforcement purposes, for the investigation of an offence, for the enforcement of criminal law or to assist in locating a missing person".

Amazon has officially announced their Kindle Unlimited service, providing endless reading and listening for $9.99 a month. Dubbed a “Netflix for books” by our own Darrell Etherington, the service offers over 600,000 books for free reading on Kindle and Kindle-enabled devices as well as thousands of audiobooks from Audible.

Michael sent in this interesting read about how this person met with Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka, and, showed and handed over an old pre-release Genesis ROM version of Sonic back to its creator. Naka looked happy. A few clicks later, and the file was on a USB drive, and then, in the hand of the father of Sonic. The early version of a classic game this man had worked on—one that had been illegally copied many years ago and distributed through illicit means since—was now back in the hands of its creator.

Sverker Johansson is responsible for writing over 2.7 million articles on Wikipedia over the last seven years, which works out to be 8.5% of all the content on the site. His claims to authorship are contested however, as they were created by a computer generated software algorithm, otherwise known as a bot. Johansson has named his Lsjbot.

A bit of useless information - if you fold a piece of paper in half 103 times, it will get as thick as the universe. The myth: You can’t fold a paper in half more than eight times.* The reality: Given a paper large enough — and enough energy — you can fold it as many times as you want. The problem: If you fold it 103 times, the thickness of your paper will be larger than the observable Universe: 93 billion light-years.



Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-July-2014  04:36:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Our thoughts are with those involved in the MH17 crash - discussion of that topic is underway here. If you're concerned about people who might have been on that flight you should try to contact them directly, but if you are unsuccessful in contacting them, DFAT has more info.

Thanks to gasman and t1mbot for pics submissions this week.









Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-July-2014  03:08:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Haswell Devils Canyon Performance on HWAnalysis.
Biostar's Hi-Fi Z97WE on TechReport.
Intel Pentium G3258 On Linux on Phoronix.
ASRock Z97 OC Formula Preview on OCaholic.
Intel Pentium G3258 (Haswell) 20th Anniversary Edition CPU Performance on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
ASUS Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Card on Guru3D.
Asus PG278Q monitor on TFTCentral.
SB Inferno Gaming Headset on LanOC.
LOGiiX Blue Piston Chamber Bluetooth NFC Speaker on ModSynergy.

Portable & Prebuilt:
BlackBerry Q10 smartphone on TechnologyX.
EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 & ASUS Transformer Pad TF701T on NeoSeeker.
Shuttle Barebone DS81 on MadShrimps.
Maingear Rush Review With Radeon R9 295X2 CrossFire prebuilt PC on HotHardware.
Digital Storm Vanquish 2 Level 4 Desktop Gaming PC on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Aerocool Dead Silence DS200 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Spire Ridge 6602B on OCAholic.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe on TechPowerUp.
Silverstone Raven 5 (RV05) on TechSpot.

Storage:
ALLONE Cloud Disk Drive 101 RAMDisk Review (32GB) on TheSSDReview.
ADATA SP610 512GB Versus Corsair Force LX 512GB on LegitReviews.
Intel DC P3700 800GB NVMe vs. Intel 730 Series SATA SSD RAID on Tweaktown.
Samsung 845DC PRO 400GB SATA SSD on CustomPCReview.
Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB on Vortez.
Crucial MX100 512GB SSD on TechWareLabs.
QNAP TS-451 NAS on LegionHW.
Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Tweaktown.
Synology DS415Play 4-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on LegitReviews.
Kingston SSDNow mS200 240GB mSATA SSD on BigBruin.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless G2 Card Reader on BigBruin.

Power Supply:
Antec HCP-850 850W PSU on NikKTech.
BitFenix Fury 650G Power Supply on PureOC.

Input Etc:
Gamdias Hermes Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
GAMDIAS HERMES Essential GKB2000 Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.

Networking:
Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6500) on HWHeaven.
Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Smart WiFi Wireless AC Router on LegitReviews.

Misc:
Sapphire Radeon R9 280 Dual-X 3GB video card on Techgage.
DeepCool Gabriel Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.



Thursday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-July-2014  15:17:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government has increased the technological power of spy agencies with new legislation. The bill modernises the way ASIO accesses computers - allowing one warrant for a computer to extend to all computers at a location and associated to the relevant person. The act will be amended such that the definition of “computer” in the Act includes all computers operating in a network. “Very frequently, people use innocent computers to attack other networks. We need the ability to track that attack, including through the innocent third party computer,” ASIO Director-General David Irvine said. More here and a radio interview here. Discussion in this thread.

Team.AU have set another record, with the top single-GPU 3DMark03 score in the world. [Team.AU] July 2014 Benching Session SniperOZ, Bob(NZ) and youngpro benching at Lan Plus Plus event, WR LIVE! Benching with Gigabyte Z97 SOC Force, Antec 1300W PSU and MSI Lightning 290X.

Catalyst sent in this story about the Electoral Commission not releasing source code to their voting systems. The Australian Electoral Commission has refused a Senate order to reveal the underlying source code of the EasyCount software used to tabulate votes in upper house elections. A motion moved by Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon on 10 July directed Special Minister of State Michael Ronaldson to table the source code as well as correspondence between Ronaldson's office and the AEC relating to a freedom of information request for the source code.

If you're a fan of Weird Al, you're in for a treat - he's releasing 8 songs/videos in 8 days this month. Two of them are out already, and I particularly liked the second one. :) Discussion here. I should also mention there's been good news for Pink Floyd fans recently too, with discussion here, and even Monty Python fans.

However if you're an Orkut user, then there's bad news instead. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell (or, tchau). We'll be focusing our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.



Tuesday Evening Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-July-2014  13:02:31 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Audio:
LUXA2 GroovyW Bluetooth Speaker with Wireless Charging Station on Nikktech
Turtle Beach Ear Force Z SEVEN Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews
LOGiiX Blue Piston Bluetooth Speaker on ModSynergy

Case:
Antec Nineteen Hundred on Ocaholic
SilverStone Precision PS10 Computer Case on APH Networks

Storage:
SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive on Ocaholic
Thecus NAS 5550 Server on TechwareLabs
Synology DS415play NAS on Hardware Heaven
Corsair Voyager Air 2 on Vortez
Thecus N2310 NAS on Vortez
Teratrend TS432U 4-bay RAID Enclosure on Techgage
Silicon Power Slim S55 240GB SSD on Nikktech
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 6TB 3.5 HDD v4 on Overclockers Club

Motherboard/CPU:
Asus Z97-WS Motherboard on PC Perspective
AMD Athlon 5350 and Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H Motherboard on Benchmark Reviews

Videocard:
AMD FirePro W9100 vs NVIDIA Quadro K6000 on Hot Hardware
HIS R9 280 IceQ X2 on PureOverclock
MSI GTX 750 Ti OC TwinFrozr II Video Card on Futurelooks
PowerColor Devil 13 Dual GPU R9 290X on Guru3D

Misc:
BenQ XL2720Z 144Hz Full HD 27-inch LED Gaming Monitor on TweakTown
Steelseries Stratus Bluetooth iOS Mobile Gaming Controller on eTeknix
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
Sony Cybershot DSC-QX10 Phone Camera on Velocity Reviews
TP-LINK AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL2+ Modem Router on Madshrimps
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM on Technologyx
Silverstone Nightjar 520W PSU on techPowerUp



Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-July-2014  07:42:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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



















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