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Tuesday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-September-2014  08:01:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that a lot of naked celebrity photos have been leaked onto the internet over the last day or so, but the technical aspects of it are quire interesting. It seems to be pretty universally agreed that an iCloud issue is at fault, but exactly who is behind it remains unclear. Discussion in this thread.

Speaking of Apple, it seems that's where Anand Lal Shimpi is headed, thanks scarletxfi. An Apple rep confirmed that the company was hiring Shimpi, but wouldn’t provide any other details. Last night, via a post on the site he founded in 1997, Shimpi said he was “officially retiring from the tech publishing world,” but didn’t say what he was doing next. “I won’t stay idle forever. There are a bunch of challenges out there :)”, he wrote.

A national PC repair group has gone into administration, thanks Mike. CRN spoke to three sub-agents of NCSS with operations in Queensland and NSW who said they are owed money, including Paul Chiari of FNQ Computers in Atherton, Queensland. He said the company has worked with NCSS for at least 10 years.

Left 4 Dead 2 has been reclassified as R18+ in Australia. The original game was refused classification and then censored to within an inch of its life before being released as MA15+ in Australia. It's now passed through the Board's scrutiny process again, and made it out unscathed.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-September-2014  05:07:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Transcend SSD370 SSD 256GB on TheSSDReview.
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD on NikKTech.
Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 128GB Flash Drive on MadShrimps.

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7 5960X on NeoSeeker.
MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC on Vortez.

Input Etc:
Func KB-460 Keyboard on TechnologyX.
Tesoro Tizona G2N Elite Keyboard on PureOC.
Keyed Up Labs KUL ES-87 Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard on Tweaktown.

G.Skill Ares 8GB 2400MHz Dual Channel Memory Kit on eTeknix.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2800 Quad-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1600W on TechPowerUp.
Super Flower Golden Silent 500W Semi-Modular Passive on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS Verto Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 sound card on Vortez.

Belkin OmniView Secure 4-Port Business-Class KVM on Tweaktown.

Monday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-September-2014  11:10:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anand Lal Shimpi, of AnandTech fame, is retiring from tech publishing at the grand old age of 32. But after 17.5 years of digging, testing, analyzing and writing about the most interesting stuff in tech, it’s time for a change. This will be the last thing I write on AnandTech as I am officially retiring from the tech publishing world. The strangest part for me is I still think of Anand as a kid, and now he's a bald beardy dude! :) His site has always been of the highest quality in the industry and I hope he does well in whatever he next focuses on.

w0ng sent in this NYT article about the big-money world of E-Sports. Except on this sunny day in July, every attack and counterattack by a five-person team set off an eruption of cheers — from the more than 11,000 spectators crammed into this city’s basketball arena. The contestants were gunning for a big piece of the $11 million in total prize money, the most ever at a games tournament.

IntelInside spotted another "40 job applications a month" app. Even before the government considers dropping its plans, out-of-work Australians worried about the prospect of having to apply for 40 jobs a month to keep their unemployment benefits can breathe a little easier as software developers race to build apps to automate the process.

AFR have an article about iiNet. iiNet is the little Perth internet company that could. Born from the garage of founder Michael Malone’s parents in 1993, it has fought off global titans like Telstra and SingTel-Optus to earn its reputation as a leading national provider of broadband services. But its senior leadership team dream bigger and internally the informal goal of the company’s top brass is to make iiNet Australia’s second-largest telecommunications provider over the next five years.

The copyright reform debate continues, with the Communications Alliance putting forward a proposal in response to the Government's discussion paper. Australia’s telecommunications industry body has signalled its willingness to negotiate on a three strikes approach to copyright infringement despite being ‘unconvinced’ it will work, while outlining an alternative model and calling on rights holders to play their part to reduce piracy.

Tweaktown have a buyer's guide to Intel X99 Motherboards and DDR4 Memory. A handy guide for the Intel X99 platform based on products ready and shipping right now. Check out the selection of motherboards and DDR4 memory options!

iRacing V8 Supercars (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  13:29:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It seems there's an iRacing series associated with the real-world V8 Supercars. Mojododo let us know that OCAU featured in a recent round, with Michael Fabian winning the Oulton Park race in an OCAU-livery car. Congratulations!

click for the report!

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  09:16:25 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP Storage Enclosure on TweakTown
Western Digital My Cloud EX2 on Techware Labs
OWC ThunderBay IV RAID 5 Edition External Storage Drive on TweakTown
ICY DOCK Black Vortex 3.5" Drive Cage on TweakTown
Corsair Voyager Air 2 1TB Wireless Hard Drive on eTeknix
QNAP TurboNAS TS-470 Pro NAS Server on NikKTech

Roccat Kone XTD Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Laser Mouse on APH Networks
CM Storm Mizar, TteSports Saphira and Balista MK-1 Gaming Mice on eTeknix

Corsair Obsidian 450D Chassis on Techgage
Silverstone Raven RV05-BW Chassis on eTeknix
Corsair Graphite Series 380T case on Techreport
Corsair Graphite 380T on Techpowerup
Corsair Graphite Graphite 380T on Guru3D
Corsair Graphite 380T on Vortez
Corsair Graphite 380T Mini-ITX Chassis on eTeknix

MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB Twin Frozr Gaming OC in CrossFire on TweakTown
Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate on PureOverclock
Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC Edition Video Card on Futurelooks
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB OC in CrossFire Video Card on TweakTweak

Tt eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset on NikKTech
be quiet! Power Zone 1000W Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Dune HD Connect Universal Media Player on NikKTech
Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 Water Cooler on OC Inside
DDR4 Roundup featuring Corsair, Crucial and G.Skill on Hardware Heaven

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 31-August-2014  03:58:07 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Intel has launched three new high-end Haswell-E processors for the brand new Intel X99 chipset based platform that was also launched today along with the new LGA 2011-v3 socket. This means that you’ll have to get a new motherboard with an LGA 2011 v3 socket, but your old LGA 2011 CPU cooler will still work as the CPU cooler mounting holes remain the same. This new platform also ushers in support for DDR4 memory! So, in addition to the new processor, chipset and socket, there is a major advancement with regards to the DRAM!

Read more at Legit Reviews and more Haswell-E and X99 Motherboard Reviews below.

Haswell-E CPUs:
Intel Octacore i7-5960X Haswell-E on Madshrimps
Intel i7-5960X Haswell-E on LanOC
Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E Processor on ThinkComputers
Intel Core i7-5960X processor on Techreport
Intel Core i7 5960X EE (Haswell-E) CPU and X99 Chipset on TweakTown
The Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core Processor on PC Perspective
The Intel Core i7-5960X on Hardware Heaven
Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition on Techgage
Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition on OCC
Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Review DDR4 Performance on Ocaholic
Core i7 5960X Haswell-E on Bjorn3D
Core i7 5960X - 5930K and 5820K processor on Guru3D
Intel Core i7-5960X CPU on Hot Hardware
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition on Vortez
Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Processor on Benchmark Reviews
Intel Core i7-5960X 8-Core Haswell-E Processor on Legit Reviews
Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Processor on eTeknix

X99 Motherboards:
MSI X99S GAMING 7 (Intel LGA 2011-3) on Tech Powerup
Asus X99 Deluxe motherboard on Techreport
ASUS X99-Deluxe LGA2011-v3 Motherboard on Legit Reviews
ASUS X99 Deluxe on Ocaholic
ASRock X99 WS on Ocaholic
ASRock X99X Killer Fatal1ty (Intel X99) Motherboard on TweakTown
Asus X99 Deluxe on Bjorn3D
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC Motherboard on Guru3D
ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard on Guru3D
ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme on Guru3D
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Motherboard on Guru3D
MSI X99S Gaming 9 on Bjorn3D
Asus X99 Deluxe on LanOC

Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-August-2014  03:43:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, this week has been a complete writeoff. I haven't been this sick in a loooong time. The first picture pretty much sums me up at the moment. Anyway, thanks to RP this week!

Friday Midday (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-August-2014  01:51:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're a Chrome user and the forums are looking a bit weird today, it might be to do with a recent update to that browser. There's more info and a workaround in this thread.

Valve are being sued by the ACCC, apparently for not offering refunds. Valve is being sued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over allegedly making "false or misleading representations" when it comes to consumer guarantees. Turns out that even though Valve does not have a physical presence Down Under, the studio's still bound by local consumer law.

Owen spotted ASIC accidentally blocking 250,000 websites instead of two, due to not understanding shared hosting. "This demonstrates that at the time, the people that ASIC was tasking to block websites did not understand even the basics of how websites work. That's both hilarious and frightening."

Meanwhile with the mandatory data retention debate still in full swing, the AFP are sheepishly admitting they published highly sensitive information by mistake. Guardian Australia can reveal that the AFP provided documents to the Senate, which were then made publicly available online on parliamentary sites and other sources for several years, and which accidentally disclosed information about the subjects and focus of criminal investigations and telecommunications interception activities.

But it's not all bad news, with new legislation to streamline classificiation of content having passed through Federal Parliament. Legislation for a faster, more reliable and cost effective classification of content such as mobile and online games was passed through Federal Parliament today. The reforms deliver on the Coalition Government's commitment to have a modern National Classification Scheme to better handle ever-changing content in a dynamic media environment.

Nintendo have spoken out about changing their focus away from casual gamers, and back to more passionate gamers. "Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]."

Microsoft's recent patch for a flawed patch was apparently flawed, and even Windows Update can't save us now. The security bulletin says that "Microsoft strongly recommends that customers who have not uninstalled the 2982791 update [i.e., the old version, released on Patch Tuesday] do so prior to applying the 2993651 update [the new version]." This recommendation applies to users whether they are having problems with the old update or not. Note that Windows Update and Automatic Updates do not remove the old version.

NASA are making progress on their Space Launch System. The first flight test of the SLS in 2017 will be configured for a 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capacity and carry an uncrewed Orion spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit to test the performance of the integrated system. As the SLS evolves, it will be the most powerful rocket ever built and provide an unprecedented lift capability of 130 metric tons (143 tons) to enable missions even farther into our solar system.

There's only a couple of days left to snag one of the Fractal Design NODE 804 review samples in the forums. FD are giving away 10 to OCAU readers on the proviso they write a review of the case within 3 weeks. So if you want to give it a go, get your entry in by Sunday.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-August-2014  03:09:37 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SSD on OCC
Synology DS415play Four Bay NAS on TweakTown
Samsung 845DC PRO Enterprise SSD on TweakTown
Verbatim Store 'n' Save 1TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive on ModSynergy.com

Gigabyte-Z97X-UD3H on Ocaholic
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK Motherboard on Techgage
Asus ROG Maximus VII Formula (Intel Z97) Motherboard on TweakTown
Gigabye GA-Z97X Gaming GT LGA1150 ATX Motherboard on Futurelooks

Corsair HX750i Power Supply on ThinkComputers
Corsair RM Series 1000W on Tech Powerup

Tt eSPORTS THERON Gaming Mouse on Legit Reviews
Aorus Thunder M7 Mouse on Hardware Heaven

The Walking Dead Zen Pinball (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Risen 2: Dark Waters 2-Years Later on OCC

AVerMedia ExtremeCap U3 Capture Device on Hardware Secrets
Motorola Moto E Smartphone on Techspot
HIS Radeon R9 280 IceQ X2 OC 3GB Overclocked Video Card on TweakTown
Aerocool DS200 Mid-Tower on Vortez
bequiet! Shadow Rock Slim Heatsink on Hardware Asylum
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro Gaming Laptop on Techspot

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  11:58:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

mrbean_phillip is making
his own force-feedback wheel

STUdog has a nicely finished
CM Cosmos 2 build

Willybomb made a
bass preamp pedal

windwithme reviewed the
MSI GS702PE Stealth notebook

and spent time overclocking
i5 4690K & Biostar Z97WE

GOD has built a PC
in an unusual case

Wednesday Night (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-August-2014  11:15:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mostly getting back up to speed again now..

A cost-benefit analysis of the NBN has been released, and it claims the current Government's plan is better than the previous one's. An independent panel commissioned by the Government found the Coalition's multi-technology plan to roll out high-speed internet had greater net benefits than Labor's model of fibre to the premises. The review modelled four scenarios and found the Government's model would deliver about $18 billion in net benefits compared to almost $2 billion under Labor. More here.

There's now a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows. 64-bit Chrome offers many benefits for speed, stability and security. Our measurements have shown that the native 64-bit version of Chrome has improved speed on many of our graphics and media benchmarks. For example, the VP9 codec that’s used in High Definition YouTube videos shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance. Stability measurements from people opted into our Canary, Dev and Beta 64-bit channels confirm that 64-bit rendering engines are almost twice as stable as 32-bit engines when handling typical web content. Which would make it about 1000x more stable than the Firefox install on this PC lately.

Seagate have shipped the first 8TB drives. An important step forward in storage, the 8TB hard disk drive provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.

Tweaktown have a circuit and overclocking guide to Gigabyte's Z97X-UD5H board. A new feature TweakTown is Motherboard Circuit and Overclocking articles. Check out Steven Bassiri's guide covering the GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H motherboard.

If you've ever wondered if pushing the pedestrian crossing button actually does anything, News.com.au have the answer. And more importantly, will smashing the button repeatedly hurry it up even more, or are you just earning yourself death stares from fellow walkers? Whether you’re a waiter or a button-pusher, here are the answers you’ve been waiting for. Spoiler: it depends.

Wednesday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-August-2014  22:39:14 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Apple is said to be releasing a 12.9 inch iPad for early 2015. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays. The Cupertino, California-based company has been working with suppliers for at least a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices, said the people.

Apparently you can work out the best place to put your WiFi router to get the best reception in your home, using physics. A few posts back I was concerned with optimising the WiFi reception in my flat, and I chose a simple method for calculating the distribution of electromagnetic intensity. I casually mentioned that I really should be doing things more rigorously by solving the Helmholtz equation, but then didn’t. Well, spurred on by a shocking amount of spare time, I’ve given it a go here.

Daron sent in news about an ATM that has opened in Canberra that accepts and exchanges cryptocurrencies. The alternative online currencies are gaining traction nationally, with observers estimating there are close to 50,000 users in Australia.

PC Perspective have a guide on Delidding your Intel Haswell CPU. The delidding procedure involves physically removing the heat spreader from the CPU, exposing the CPU die.

Tech Powerup have posted a i7-4790k vs i7-4770k comparison guide. Intel released the Intel Core i7-4790K, which created quite the stir with Intel Core i7-4770K owners. Does the Intel Core i7-4790K outperform the Intel Core i7-4770K in every way or does it fall a little flat? If you already own a 4770K, is the upgrade worth it?

A British couple have been accused of stealing £10,000 by exploiting their debit card that was apparently increasing their balance instead of reducing it. Both the man and the woman pleaded guilty to fraud, because though they didn’t realize it wasn’t just a magic “opposite day” kind of thing at first, once they did, they kept on taking advantage of the card.

The Lobby group Gotta Love Logan and Mayor Pam Parker have pressured Google into removing an unflattering image that appeared in search results of the race riots that happened in Woodridge in January last year. Instead, a search now returns a map of Logan and an idyllic image of a local public swimming pool.

After Google's deal to acquire Twitch had fallen through, Amazon.com has agreed to buy the videogame streaming site for $1.06b (AUD) cash. Though little-known outside of tech and gaming, Twitch, founded in 2011, is the fourth-largest source of US internet traffic, behind only Netflix, Google and Apple, according to network researcher DeepField.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-August-2014  22:01:42 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

ADATA Premier SP610 256GB SATA Solid State Drive on Future Looks
Plextor M6 Pro SSD on HardwareHeaven
Transcend SSD370 128GB SSD on PureOverclock
Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB SSD on NikKTech
Plextor M6 PRO SSD with PlexTurbo Caching Layer Technology on TweakTown
Synology DiskStation DS415play on Legion Hardware

Asus H97-PRO Gamer Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
MSI Z97I AC (Intel Z97) Mini-ITX Motherboard on TweakTown

Streacom FC08 Evo Case on ocaholic
Corsair Carbide Air 240 Chassis on Techgage
CM HAF Stacker 935 Mod-Tower Case on PC Perspective

Cryorig R1 Universal CPU Cooler on Madshrimps
DeepCool MAELSTROM 240 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech

XTracGear Ripper Mousing Surface on APH Networks
Roccat Kone Pure Military Edition Mouse on HardwareHeaven
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Hybrid Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.org

ASUS Xonar Essence STX II 7.1 Sound Card on TechPowerUp
Intel Haswell-E and X99 Chipset on ThinkComputers.org
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q on TweakTown
Digital Storm Bolt II Small Form Factor PC on Legit Reviews
One Piece Unlimited World Red (PS3) on Gaming Nexus
HIS R9 290 iPower IceQ X2 OC 4GB GDDR5 Video Card on Madshrimps
Amazon Fire Phone on Hot Hardware
Adata XPG 2933 MHz DDR3 on Guru3D

Monday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-August-2014  13:55:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Far out, I seem to be flitting from flu to flu lately. Spent most of today passed out in bed, dosed up to my eyeballs..

Time's running out to offer your thoughts on the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper from the Attorney-General and Communications Minister. Submissions are sought from interested members of the public. We encourage all members and supporters to make a submission. Below is a summary of the proposals in the Discussion Paper, followed by a guide to making a submission and our suggestions on answers to specific questions. The closing date for submissions is Monday 1st September 2014.

There was an earthquake in California, and people wearing fitness trackers provided an interesting insight into its effects, thanks Tabris. Napa, Sonoma, Vallejo, and Fairfield were less than 15 miles from the epicenter. Almost all (93%) of the UP wearers in these cities suddenly woke up at 3:20AM when the quake struck. Farther from the epicenter, the impact was weaker and more people slept through the shaking. In San Francisco and Oakland, slightly more than half (55%) woke up. As we look even farther, the effect becomes progressively weaker — almost no UP wearers in Modesto and Santa Cruz (and others between 75 and 100 miles from the epicenter) were woken up by the earthquake, according to UP data.

Speaking of gadgets, you can now use them on Qantas and Virgin, for the whole flight. Travellers on Qantas and Virgin will be able to keep their electronic devices powered on during all phases of flight from Tuesday. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority on Monday approved applications from both airlines that will allow passengers to keep their phones, tablets and e-readers on even during take-off or landing. The devices will need to remain in "flight mode" throughout the flight.

If you've fallen behind on the whole 3D printing thing, engadget have a field guide to get you up to speed. Sure, 3D printing is such a tech industry buzzword that you’d have to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to escape news of its impending onslaught. But there’s good reason for all the fanfare: 3D printing is poised to upend current manufacturing standards by making industrial fabrication methods democratic. Imagine: Any object you want or need can be (somewhat) instantly “printed” at home. Let that sink in for a bit.

Meanwhile, AMD are celebrating 30 years of graphics and gaming innovation in a recent Twitch video.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 23-August-2014  23:12:01 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Deepcool MaelStrom 240 all-in-one liquid cooler on Ocaholic
Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual all-in-one liquid cooler on TechPowerUp

Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive on Madshrimps
Kingwin EZ-Clone USI-2535CLU3 USB 3.0 Storage Adapter on TweakTown
Kingston V310 SSD on HardwareHeaven
QNAP HS-210 Network Attached Storage on APH Networks
Samsung EVO 32GB SDHC UHS I Memory Card on TweakTown

Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower Case on Legit Reviews
In Win 901 on Tech PowerUp
Streacom FC8 EVO Fanless Chassis on PureOverclock
XFX Type-01 Bravo on Vortez

Supermicro X9SRL-F-O (Intel C602) Server Motherboard on TweakTown
ASUS Maximus VII Impact on Ocaholic
ASUS P9A-I/C2550/SAS/4L (Intel Avoton) Server Motherboard on TweakTown

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport on Hot Hardware
Rosewill Powerbank RCBR-13020 11,200mAh Mobile Battery on TweakTown

D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router on Bigbruin
Netgear EX6200 Wifi Extender on Hardware Heaven

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Think Computers
Elite Screens ezCinema Plus 100” on LanOC
AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Thunderbolt 2 Expansion Chassis on TweakTown
ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Legit Reviews
Tesoro Lobera Supreme Full Color Illumination Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikkTech
Sniper Elite 3 (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W (HCP-1000) Power Supply on NikkTech
Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset on Benchmark Reviews
HIS Radeon R9-290X Hybrid ICEQ on Guru3D

Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-August-2014  03:40:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Jonas and t1mbot this week!

Interesting Forum Threads (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-August-2014  07:33:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

Big air or (AIO) water? in Overclocking & Hardware.
Quick thoughts about the Bitfenix Colossus Venom in Overclocking & Hardware.
AMD announces new Athlon and FX chips in AMD x86 CPUs and chipsets.
How to test SSD is ok? in Troubleshooting Help.
Munich, Germany realizes that deploying Linux was a disaster in Other Operating Systems.
Onewheel skateboard - segway meets hoverboard in Hobby Engineering.
Toshiba Encore 8 and Windows 8 as a tablet OS in Portable & Small Form Factor.
[Review] 30" First F301GD Live (updated with calibration) in Video Cards & Monitors.
McDonald’s to begin home deliveries in QLD's most obese region in Geek Food.
South America in 8 weeks time for 6+ months in Holidays & Travel.
‘Impossible’ space drive tested by NASA in Science.
HSV to build "Superute" in Motoring.
How to change your Spark Plugs and Re-Gap them in Motoring.
The robot (automation) revolution is coming in Career, Education & Finance.
It appears I am a dabbler in Career, Education & Finance.
Buying property in the US - NYC in Career, Education & Finance.
The Emerging Education of Tomorrow in Career, Education & Finance.
Why is unemployment the highest it's been since 2002? in Career, Education & Finance.
What is your resting heart rate? in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Any OCAU Doomsday preppers? in Lifestyle.
Netflix CEO: We Surpassed HBO in Subscriber Revenue, Reached 'Milestone' in Entertainment.
Metadata retention scheme now a go in Politics & Policies.
Assume Disney build a lifesize Star Destroyer: What to add? in The Pub.
Had a great idea but missed my chance - figure I'm not alone in The Pub.

Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-August-2014  06:58:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ATO have announced they will not be treating Bitcoin as money, instead taxing it like a non-cash barter transaction, which has been received as bad news for the industry. "The way they've chosen to interpret how it should be applied is unfortunately very stifling for emerging Australian digital currency businesses and the industry as a whole," said Ron Tucker, the chair of the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association and a partner at BitTrade, a digital currency trading service. "It's essentially a double GST effect. It is adding 10 per cent tax on the entire supply of the Bitcoin."

Steve Ballmer has stepped down from Microsoft's board, thanks Skymaster. Since leaving Microsoft, "I have become very busy," Ballmer added, citing his purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, civic activities and teaching. "I have confidence in our approach of mobile-first, cloud-first, and in our primary innovation emphasis on platforms and productivity." Ballmer noted that he holds more Microsoft shares than anyone apart from index funds, and expects "to continue holding that position for the foreseeable future."

Banshee sent in an update to Tech Report's SSD Endurance Experiment. Have we really not mentioned this since June? I feel for the subjects of our SSD Endurance Experiment. They didn't volunteer for this life. These consumer-grade drives could have ended up in a corporate desktop or grandma's laptop or even an enthusiast's PC. They could have spent their days saving spreadsheets and caching Internet files and occasionally making space for new Steam downloads. Instead, they ended up in our labs, on the receiving end of a torturous torrent of writes designed to kill them.

Mario spotted this series of articles about young(ish) innovators, and one one vietnamese-australian with a talent for big data. When Ng’s results became public in 2012, they sparked a race at Facebook, Microsoft, and other companies to invest in deep-learning research. Without any human guidance, his system had learned how to detect cats, people, and over 3,000 other objects just by ingesting 10 million images from YouTube videos. It proved that machines could learn without labored assistance from humans, and reach new levels of accuracy to boot. The technique is now used in Google’s image search and speech-recognition software.

eTeknix have a graphics card overclocking guide featuring the AMD Gigabyte R9 270. This article is aimed at a specific set of people, those who have little or minimal knowledge about graphics card overclocking, but we hope that even more experienced overclockers may be able to pick up a few tips or tricks from this article.

A couple of updates - SiliconAngel pointed out that the recent Windows patch rollbacks affect many versions, not just 8.1. Lihan from Fractal Design let me know that the review contest in the forums IS an OCAU exclusive so all 10 prizes will go to OCAU readers. Very nice!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-August-2014  06:15:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooltek Antiphon mid-tower on OCAholic.
CM HAF Stacker 935 Mod-Tower on PCPerspective.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.

Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC 3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router on LegitReviews.
Linksys RE6500 Portable AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender on Tweaktown.

Angelbird SSD wrk 512GB on CustomPCReview.
AMD Radeon R7 Series SSD 240 GB on OCAholic.
AMD Radeon R7 SSD 240 GB on TechPowerUp.
Thecus N2310 Soho/Home NAS Server on MadShrimps.
Western Digital Red 6TB NAS HDD RAID on Tweaktown.
Angelbird SSD wrk 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
AMD Radeon R7 240GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Seagate Wireless Plus 2TB Mobile Device Storage on NikKTech.
Kingston SSDNow V310 SSD (960GB) on TheSSDReview.

Power Supply:
TYLT Energi 3K Battery Pack Mobile Travel Charger on Tweaktown.
Seasonic X Series XM2 1250W on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon R9 290 on OCAholic.
PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 280 3GB OC CrossFire on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
SteelSeries Sensei Wireless on Vortez.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury gaming mouse on TechSpot.
AMDIAS HADES Extension Mouse on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
Asus' ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync monitor on TechReport.
AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Capture Device on HWSecrets.

Zotac's Zbox ID92 mini-PC on TechReport.
Raijintek Pallas Low Profile Heatsink on HWAsylum.
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
MicroQuill SmartHeap Overview - Improve your SPEC CPU2006 Scores on Tweaktown.

Fractal Design Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-August-2014  02:18:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fractal Design are running a contest in the forums (although it doesn't seem to be OCAU-specific). You can win one of their new cases if you're willing to review it:

click for the thread

Wednesday Morning (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-August-2014  16:36:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Quite a few people have pointed out that Whirlpool are being sued over negative posts in their forums. A financial services business licensed through National Australia Bank is suing an online forum for refusing to remove an allegedly fake and negative post about its services, claiming it has damaged its reputation with would-be clients. More coverage on Slashdot, reddit, smartcompany and the SMH.

Some more positive news from Jimbogimp: Awesome news from Newcastle based ELMOFO this weekend. In a world first we won TWO races in the SuperSports Series at Wakefiled Park over petrol vehicles. Here's a pretty decent write up on what transpired. Here's the thread and some rudimentary mobile phone footage. All the guys are pretty stoked and currently preparing for the final round in about 10 weeks time.

From Davros123, info about a Kickstarter thermal imager: Full disclosure: I saw this on Hackaday and immediately backed this project (my first kickstarter backing) but thought it might make a good front page news item for ocau readers too. I plan to use this to improve the energy efficiency of my home (ie. target air leaks) but I know our members would also find it very useful for analysing heat flows from PC's and other devices.

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