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Tuesday, 25-October-2016 17:26:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Leslie Nassar, an Australian social media innovator and satirist. Leslie Nassar, the Australian tech guru behind Q&A’s onscreen Twitter stream, has been killed in an apparent hit-and-run car crash in the US. Nassar also pioneered ABC Radio National’s podcasting empire. ... In 2009 Nassar revealed that he was the person behind the Fake Stephen Conroy account on Twitter, which satirised the then communications minister’s proposed internet filter.
I was hoping to post positive news about the Alan Turing law, named for the pioneering computer scientist and mathematician, but it has failed in the UK Parliament. A bill that would have wiped clean the criminal records of thousands of gay men has fallen at its first parliamentary hurdle. The private member's bill would have pardoned all men living with UK convictions for same-sex offences committed before the law was changed. There were emotional scenes with one MP fighting back tears during his speech. The government, which has its own plans for posthumous pardons, "talked out" the bill, which will not now go ahead.
There's another serious Linux exploit in the wild. "It's probably the most serious Linux local privilege escalation ever," Dan Rosenberg, a senior researcher at Azimuth Security, told Ars. "The nature of the vulnerability lends itself to extremely reliable exploitation. This vulnerability has been present for nine years, which is an extremely long period of time." It seems to affect Android phones as well.
HotHardware have been playing with some rugged PCs from Dell. Building a fully rugged PC requires a ton of testing time, qualification, and numerous redesigns. Dell performs the bulk of the work at a facility in Austin, Texas, where a combination of robotic and human-controlled tests beat-on and violate the machines in a number of ways. From dropping them at different heights and angles, to working the hinges thousands of times, spraying them with water, and subjecting them to various environmental elements and dust, Dell puts devices through their paces and then some.
People have been concerned about EVGA's GTX 1080 cards overheating. TechPowerUp report on EVGA's response, which includes providing people with thermal pads. The thermal pads will be provided to anyone with a GTX 1080 or GTX 1070 with an ACX cooler and a backplate, with other graphics card models from EVGA's models also being considered for the offer. While EVGA is surely going about the problem in the correct manner, it still leaves to customers the responsibility of dismantling their EVGA cards and applying the thermal pads on their own.
Tesla have announced that all their cars will come with self-driving hardware now. The basic news is that all vehicles exiting the factory have the hardware for Level 5 autonomy — the cameras, the compute power. On the order of 2000 cars a week have hardware capable of full self-driving autonomy. It’ll take us some time in the future to complete validation of the software and get the required regulatory approval, but the important thing is that the foundation is laid for the cars to have the full autonomy of a safety level that we believe to be twice the safety of a person or better.
|Monday Morning Reviews
Monday, 24-October-2016 11:30:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg
AeroCool P7-C1 Tempered Glass Mid Tower on NikKTech.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass Edition on APHNetworks.
Silverstone Primera PM01 on HWAsylum.
GIGABYTE Force H5 on Vortez.
Acer Predator Z850 UltraWide 24:9 Gaming Projector on PCPerspective.
Seek Thermal CompactPro Android Thermal Imager on BigBruin.
Campark 4K Action Camera on FunkyKit.
Battlefield 1 Multiplayer Gameplay Thoughts on Tweaktown.
Civilization VI: Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Battlefield 1 PC graphics card benchmark on Guru3D.
CHERRY Stream 3.0 Low-Profile Keyboard on MadShrimps.
SteelSeries Rival 500 MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Patriot Memory LX 200GB microSD Memory Card on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-451+ on LanOC.
PNY CS 1311 240GB SSD on OCClub.
XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition on TechARP.
RX 480 dominates GTX 1060 at DX12 in Battlefield 1 on Tweaktown.
Fritz!Box 7490 router on OCAholic.
Antec KUHLER H2O H600 Pro AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Moto Z Play Review: 8-Cores And Insane Battery Life smartphone on HotHardware.
|2016 Phillip Island MotoGP
Sunday, 23-October-2016 15:12:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The MotoGP circus is at Phillip Island, Victoria, this weekend. The main race coverage starts in under half an hour, at 3:30pm ADST. It should be an interesting one, because several of the big hitters are at the back of the grid due to qualifying shenanigans. Also, Australia's Jack Miller has qualified well on his home circuit. You can see it live on ONEHD and keep track of things in this thread in our Motorsport forum.
Thanks to mpot, danstoejam and Sugaris this week!
|Friday Morning Reviews
Friday, 21-October-2016 05:23:05 (GMT +10) - by booj
Gigabyte GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming 8 GB on techPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB on ThinkComputers.
Samsung 960 PRO M.2 1TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung 960 PRO RAID on Vortez.
Samsung 960 Pro M.2 SSD on Ars Technica.
Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD on The SSD Review.
EVGA DG-87 Full-Tower on TweakTown.
Lian Li PC-Q37 Mini-ITX Chassis on eTeknix.
Rosewill Cullinan Gaming Case on LanOC Reviews.
be quiet! Shadow Rock LP on OCC.
XSPC RayStorm Pro CPU Waterblock on Funky Kit.
Reeven Polariz Fan Controller on Modders-Inc.
MSI Core Frozr L on techPowerUp.
Deepcool Captain Genome Cooling System on NikKTech.
Corsair HD Series & SP Series RGB LED fans on Vortez.
SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Tt eSPORTS Ventus R Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
Corsair M65 Pro RGB Mouse and MM800 RGB Polaris Mouse Pad on Madshrimps.
Notebooks & Mobiles:
GIGABYTE P55W v6 Gaming Notebook on TweakTown.
Asus ROG G752 on Hot Hardware.
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max on ocaholic.
Dream Color PC Case RGB LED Strip on Funky Kit.
Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB DDR4-3333 Memory Kit on Funky Kit.
PlayStation VR on PC Review UK.
Thursday, 20-October-2016 17:39:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a few projects and reviews from the forums:
Thursday, 20-October-2016 16:37:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Tweaktown look at the PC port of Gears of War 4. They also have some benchmark testing of it. After I was finished benchmarking Gears of War 4 at 8K, I moved down to the normal resolutions like 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160 and benchmarked more cards. The game is absolutely gorgeous, so I kept everything on the highest preset and ran the game again at 1080p, 1440p and 4K. Techspot join the benchmark party as well.
I missed this quote earlier, but Pauline Hanson is now part of the NBN Committee, and has the woes of gamers in mind. After the video was posted, Hanson took to Twitter saying speeds in non-metropolitan parts of Australia are terrible, and that those speeds are impacting on the gameplay of regional minors. "Kids from the bush tell me because their speeds are so bad they keep getting beaten by gamers from overseas -- unacceptable," Hanson said.
This is surprising: Laptop and peripheral company Razer has acquired THX, the iconic movie sound company. Founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas in 1983 to ensure Return of the Jedi had the best possible sound when it hit the cinemas, THX will now operate as an “independent startup,” with Razer as its parent company. “Razer has a vision for innovation at every level of entertainment, a vision which THX has championed since its inception more than 30 years ago,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “This acquisition will allow us to reinforce Razer’s leadership in gaming and extend the brand into broader areas of entertainment, while at the same time empowering THX to develop into a global powerhouse, independently.”
A recent study shows that people will probably treat autonomous cars badly when driving near them. Self-driving cars will be programmed to avoid accidents, just as they should be. So given the choice between driving timidly or causing an accident just to prove a point, the self-driving car will slam on the brakes every time. The more aggressive drivers in this survey said that they’d treat self-driving cars like “learner drivers” and “mug them right off”, which is a roundabout British way to describe driving like a jerk.
It's hard to tell if this will affect anything in the wild, but researchers say they've found a security flaw in Intel CPUs. A flaw in Intel's processors could allow attackers to bypass security mechanisms and inject malware into code, security researchers have warned. The technique works on almost every operating system and enables more effective software exploits.
Aftahours spotted this Gameboy Color extreme overclocking video from 2009. Costis is screwing around with the clock on a GBC and I just couldn't keep myself from trying it out. He quoted some pretty insane max clock speed and I wanted to see whether it would really go that high. Turns out it goes pretty high: ~24Mhz (~3x) for GBC games, and ~48Mhz (~6x) (!) for GB games. Normal speed is 8.338Mhz input, though GB games internally run at half speed (~4Mhz), which is why they can run much faster.
|NVIDIA GeForge GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti
Thursday, 20-October-2016 16:15:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
NVIDIA have unveiled the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050. To quote Anandtech's coverage: Following their near-perfect top-down launch schedule that started with GeForce GTX 1080 in May, being announced today and formally launching next week is the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050. Aimed at the entry level discrete video card market, these products will round-out the GeForce 10-series desktop lineup.
More coverage on The Verge, TechARP (with partner boards here) and Tech Report.
Discussion continues in the NVIDIA Pascal thread in our Video Cards forum.
|Wednesday Morning Reviews
Wednesday, 19-October-2016 05:12:21 (GMT +10) - by booj
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on PC Perspective.
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Legit Reviews.
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Anandtech.
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Tech Report.
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TweakTown.
Samsung 960 PRO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Hot Hardware.
Samsung 960 PRO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Techspot.
BitFenix Aurora Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Chassis on eTeknix.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass on ocaholic.
Tesoro Gram Spectrum on LanOC Reviews.
ASUS ROG Claymore Core RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.
Zalman ZM-K900M Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Cougar Revenger gaming mouse on Vortez.
ID-Cooling FrostFlow 240L on OCC.
Corsair SP120 RGB LED High Performance 120mm Fans on Funky Kit.
Google Pixel XL on PCWorld.
Google Pixel XL on Techspot.
SilverStone SX700-LPT 700W w/ PP08 PSU on APH Networks.
HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset on Bigbruin.
|Interesting Forum Threads
Monday, 17-October-2016 18:13:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I haven't done this in a while - here's a snapshot of some interesting threads from the Forums. Remember that OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages - if you can follow or like us on those, it helps us keep you up to date.
Best value physics machine? in Overclocking & Hardware.
DIY Portable PC in Overclocking & Hardware.
how do I watch tv on my computer in Newbie Lounge.
Why you should not use motherboard sound in PC Audio.
Outdoor radiators in Extreme Cooling.
This is going to blow your mind in Extreme Cooling.
Pokemon Go for IOS/Android in Mobile Phones & Devices.
Google Pixel 5" & Pixel XL 5.5" Phones 2016 - Oct 4th Release in Google Android.
Fixing WUDO / Windows 10 Updates w/o WSUS in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Sega Lets Modders Get Freaky With Its Classic Games in Retro & Arcade.
WWMG (What Would MacGyver Do) in Electronics & Electrics.
Look what I made :D in Electronics & Electrics.
My first time Linux user experience journal in Other Operating Systems.
Full English Breakfast in Sydney in Geek Food.
What BBQ smoker for a noob? in Geek Food.
The Smoker's thread in Geek Food.
Accidental Yum in Geek Food.
Mini CO2 Jet? in Other Toys/Hobbies.
Should i tell my employer my project can easily be 90% automated? in Career, Education & Finance.
Online petition to put Steve Irwin on AU currency garners international attention in The Pub.
Almost got done by an ATM skimmer in The Pub.
Monday, 17-October-2016 15:24:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Seagate have a new big small drive. Seagate recently brought back its BarraCuda line with new 10TB 3.5" models, and now it has added beefy 5TB 2.5" models that are the first 2.5" HDDs to break the 5TB barrier. Seagate also increased the density of its FireCuda 2.5" SSHDs up to 2TB.
Drones are to be used to deliver blood to remote clinics in Rwanda. The 13-kilogram drones can make a 150km round trip, he said, as a small drone buzzed a crowd of bystanders on Thursday before dropping a packet of blood to a waiting nurse in a demonstration.
Some tech giants have formed a new consortium to speed up servers tenfold for data-heavy applications. The OpenCAPI specification outlines the architecture for a new interface that would allow server CPUs to swap data with hardware accelerators, such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) -- as well as memory, network and storage -- more rapidly than is possible today. OpenCAPI has been released by a consortium led by AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx.
SiliconAngel notes that Windows Server 2016 launched recently. Microsoft is making available the release-to-manufacturing bits of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 today, Oct. 12. Microsoft officials said at the company's recent Ignite conference that customers should be able to get the final Windows Server 2016 bits by mid-October.
Scootre spotted this article about USB DACs from back in May. I've been testing two of the most endearingly compact USB audio enhancers on the market: the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS and the AudioQuest DragonFly. What do they do? Well, both serve as a digital-to-analog converter, turning the 1s and 0s of digital music into the electrical signal headphones need to play music. Both are also surprisingly powerful headphone amps, upgrading the quantity of your laptop or desktop's sound as well as its quality.
If you want to try VR, the upcoming PAX Australia in Melbourne might be your thing. In an announcement that was embargoed for this morning, PAX Australia announced they would have a dedicated VR freeplay section for the first time. It’d include areas for the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, as well as green-screen VR setups.
Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech
Seagate Innov8 Bus-Powered 8TB Desktop HDD on TweakTown
Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro 2TB Wireless Hard Drive on APH Networks
Inateck FD2102 USB 3.0 Docking Station on Legit Reviews
Gears of War 4 Xbox One on TweakTown
Gears of War 4 benchmarked in DX12 at 8K resolution on TweakTown
Radeon RX 480 Crossfire on Funkykit
PowerColor’s Devil Box on BabelTech
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6GB Video Card on Hardware Asylum
Aerocool P7C1 Project 7 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix
Raijintek Styx Case on Modders-Inc
Noontec Zoro II Wireless on Ocaholic
Tt eSports Cronos GO Gaming Headset on Vortez
Energen 5-Port USB Charging Station on ThinkComputers.org
noblechairs EPIC Series Chair on eTeknix
Core i5-6400 CPU on Hardware Secrets
Tesoro Gram Spectrum RGB Keyboard on LanOC
G.Skill TridentZ 3200 MHz 32GB Quad Channel DDR4 RAM on Guru3D
Thermaltake Toughpower SFX 600W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech
TP-Link Archer C5400 802.11ac Wireless Router on TweakTown
Gigabyte P57X v6 GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop on eTeknix
Moto G4 Play Android Smartphone on Hot Hardware
Friday again! The last couple might be NSFW..
X2 RINDJA ATX Chassis on FunkyKit
Aerocool P7C1 Project 7 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix
Aerocool XPredator II on OCInside
Corsair Carbide Series AIR 740 Cube Case on HardOCP
D-Link DCS-2530L HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera on Big Bruin
D-Link P701AV Powerline AV2 2000 Kit on TweakTown
Toshiba OCZ VX500 512GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.org
WD Blue 1TB SSD on Legit Reviews
Synology DS416slim Four-Bay 2.5" NAS on TweakTown
Crucial MX300 M.2 525GB SSD on eTeknix
WD Blue SSD Review (1TB) on The SSD Review
AK Racing Premium V2 Gaming Chair on NikKTech
Arozzi Vernazza Gaming Chair on Neoseeker
Gears of War 4 on Hot Hardware
Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus ZenBook 3 on Hot Hardware
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on PC Perspective
Apple iPhone 7 Plus on Techspot
Fierce PC Dragon Shield on Vortez
SAPPHIRE Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 8GB on TweakTown
ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Strix Graphics Card on Techgage
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G Video Card on HardOCP
Kworld S25 Earphones on Benchmark Reviews
G.SKILL Trident Z 3200MHz DDR4 32GB on OCC
Thursday, 13-October-2016 01:26:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Gartner reckon the PC industry is in its longest decline, two years and counting. PC makers are feeling the pressure. HP, Dell, and Asus each had low single-digit growth, but Acer, Apple, and Lenovo all experienced declines, with Apple and Lenovo each suffering double-digit drops. Meanwhile, the rest of the PC market, which collectively ships more units per quarter than any of the big-name brands, is down more than 16 percent.
Meanwhile in Australia, land-line use is also declining, to nobody's surprise. Also revealed by the Galaxy Research commissioned by comparison website iSelect, is that more than half of millennials — 52% — say they never use a landline or have one connected and, as iSelect observes, “this data suggests Australians are favouring mobile phones or Internet-based communication such as email or social media to contact each other”.
The BoM were apparently hacked by foreign spies. The 2016 Australian Cyber Security Centre Threat report, to be released today, provides new details on last year's attack on the bureau, which also breached sensitive systems across the Federal Government.
Microsoft will be enforcing more consistent patching, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Starting this month, home and business Windows users will no longer be able to pick and choose which updates to install and which to leave for another time. For example, I’ve often advised home users to hold off on installing .NET updates until all other patches for the month are applied — reasoning that .NET updates are very large and in my experience have frequently been found to be the source of problems when applying huge numbers of patches simultaneously.
Your future wearable computer may be made by silkworms, thanks Adam. It doesn’t sound like the ideal meal, but silkworms are loving the taste of carbon nanotubes and graphene and the resulting silk could bring enormous benefits to science and wearables.
Here's a bizarre example of unnecessary technology: an English guy spending 11 hours trying to make a cup of tea with his internet-enabled kettle. Three hours later the kettle was still having problems. The main issue seemed to be that the base station was not able to communicate with the kettle itself.
Also tricky: doing the eyes for video game characters. Jimmy Butler has the ripe figure of a greek god and the dead, lost eyes of a zombie—as does every other player, announcer, and personality in NBA2K17, as well as just about every other video game on the market today.
Aftahours spotted this article which gives a nice summary of the whole Samsung Galaxy Note 7 drama, from the first fire reports to the eventual abandonment of the product. A Samsung spokeswoman referred to an earlier statement from the company: “For the benefit of consumers’ safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production.”
Finally some positive news, from Chris - a Japanese spacecraft has some awesome HD photos of the Moon. Beginning in October, 2007, Japan's Kaguya spacecraft spent the better part of two years in a polar orbit around the Moon, including passes from as close as 100km. As part of its payload, the spacecraft carried two 2.2 megapixel CCD HDTV color cameras, one a telephoto and one a wide-angle. These cameras returned the first high-definition video of the Moon back to Earth.
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