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Misc Pics (30 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-November-2014  04:10:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Urgh, too hot today and got a couple of sick kiddies to take care of. But at least it's Friday..








Thursday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-November-2014  14:59:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have enabled the Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) on their GTX 980 and GTX GPUs now, and PC Perspective checked it out. That changes today with the release of NVIDIA's 344.75 driver, the first to implement support for the new and potentially important anti-aliasing method. Before we dive into the results of our testing, both in performance and image quality, let's get a quick recap on what exactly MFAA is and how it works. Guru3D have their thoughts posted also.

Netflix are coming to Australia and New Zealand. The company has announced that internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix from March 2015, and they will gain access to a "curated selection" of movies and TV shows in high definition or even 4K where available. Discussion here.

But in the meantime, online piracy websites may be blocked in Australia. Websites that host or link to copyright infringing movies and TV shows could soon be blocked if cabinet approves a government submission to tackle online copyright infringement. Sources tell Fairfax Media Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull are canvassing a range of options put forward in response to their online copyright infringement discussion paper released in late July and intend to present cabinet with their own submission before Christmas.

Tony Hawk rode a hoverboard. For real this time. Hendo’s hover technology relies on magnets, which means the hoverboard can, for the time being, only hover over non-ferrous materials. When I first spoke to Greg and Jill, I apologized for not being a scientist before I began asking stupid questions like, “What does non-ferrous mean?” and “Why can’t I ride it down the street?”

TechnologyX have a guide to 60 FPS vs 30 FPS. The fact that this is even being debated now, after so many years of both PC and console gaming co-existing seems strange, doesn’t it? Well, the reason we’re talking about this now is because with the latest generation of consoles many gamers were expecting to see console games that can rival even the most high-end PCs, in terms of graphical fidelity and technical capabilities.

If you're looking for a drone for Xmas, mpot spotted this guide to a few good ones. Chinese companies are pumping out truckloads of mini quads right now, and while they can’t find their own way home, they can teach you the basics of how to fly a speedy four-propeller craft for under $100 even in a tiny apartment. They won’t make cops nervous, and they’re an absolute blast to fly around.

This sounds like the Olympics for Nerds: Microsoft Corp. and Certiport Inc., a Pearson VUE business, on Monday announced the dates for the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship, the most popular technology skills competition for Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002. The popular Microsoft Office competition is the only one endorsed by Microsoft, providing a platform for students to showcase their expert skills using Microsoft Office tools and gain the upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional marketplace.

Plane nerds meanwhile can make whooshing noises and pretend to push all the buttons in this SR-71 cockpit!



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-November-2014  13:17:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G on Bjorn3D.
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G on OCClub.

Cases:
Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower on PureOC.
be quiet! Silent Base 800 on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone on MegaTechNews.
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Android Lollipop Update on HotHardware.
A first taste of Lollipop on Nvidia's Shield Tablet on TechReport.

Audio Visual:
AOC U2868PQU 4K UHD 28 inch LCD Monitor on NikKTech.
Steelseries Siberia V3 headset on OCaholic.

Input Etc:
Tesoro Tizona Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
ASUS ROG Gladius Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Aorus Thunder K7 Mechanical Keyboard, M7 MMO Mouse & P3X Mouse Pad on TechSpot.

Networking:
TRENDnet TPL-407E2K Powerline 500 AV Adapter Starter Kit on ModSynergy.
Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini2 WiDi Miracast Wi-Fi Adapter on Tweaktown.

Misc:
SensoGlove golf glove thingy on TechnologyX.
Corsair DDR4 16GB Vengeance LPX 2800C16 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD on Legitreviews.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-November-2014  02:30:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Western Digital Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) 4 TB HDD on TechARP.
QNAP TurboNAS TS-653 Pro NAS Server on NikKTech.
Corsair Neutron XT 256GB SATA SSD on PCPerspective.
Corsair Neutron Series XT SSD on TechReport.
Corsair Neutron XT SSD on Tweaktown.
Corsair Neutron XT SSD 240GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Lexar Workflow multi card-reader on HWHeaven.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK on ThinkComputers.
Gigabyte-Z97X-UD3H on OCaholic.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 on HWHeaven.
I'M Intelligent Memory 16GB DDR3 UDIMM on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
QPAD MK-70 keyboard on HWHeaven.
Mad Catz M.M.O. TE mouse on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset on Futurelooks.
Noontec Zoro II HD Mobile Headphones on eTeknix.

Cooling:
Xigmatek Gaia II CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Raijintek Morpheus VGA Cooler on HWAsylum.

Misc:
High Power Astro GD 1200W Fully Modular PSU on PCPerspective.
Corsair Carbide Series Air 240 case on TechReport.
Shuttle Barebone XH81 mini-PC on MadShrimps.
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB Vapor-X OC video card on Tweaktown.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-November-2014  19:14:20 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Motherboard:
Biostar Hi-Fi Z97Z7 Motherboard on Modders Inc
MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard on PC Perspective
Supermicro X10DRG-Q (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard on TweakTown
ASUS Crossblade Ranger (FM2+) Motherboard on eTeknix

Portable:
Acer Aspire Switch 10 Hybrid on Hot Hardware
Sony Xperia Z3 on Techspot

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X31 140mm AIO CPU Cooler on TweakTown
Reeven Brontes RC-1001 on OCC
SilverStone FQ122, FW122, FW121 Cooling Fans on APH Networks
Deepcool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 120 on techPowerUp

Keyboard/Mouse:
ROCCAT Tyon Gaming Mouse on Ocaholic
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma on LanOC
Aorus Thunder M7 MMO Gaming Mouse on Modders Inc

Storage:
AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD on Legit Reviews
Western Digital Red Pro (WD4001FFSX) 4 TB Hard Disk Drive on Techarp

Misc:
Thermaltake London 550W Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC Video Card on TweakTown
NZXT (Source) S340 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown
MotoGP 14 (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
Corsair H2100 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC Video Card on TweakTown



Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-November-2014  02:46:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Bit of a scorcher out there..








Friday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-November-2014  00:29:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Rosetta mission successfully landed their probe on the comet, although apparently after a 2-hour bounce it has ended up in a less than ideal position. It's alive and sending back photos which is pretty exciting. Discussion continues here.

A new study suggests violent video games might actually curb real-world violence, thanks AirQ. The results are in from the world’s first long-term study into the consumption of violent media and its effect on real-life acts of violence. Not only did the study find zero link between the consumption of violent games and real-life violent acts, but violent games could actually be responsible for a decrease in youth violence.

Google have boosted the ACM A. M. Turing Award to one million USD. The new amount is four times its previous level. The cash award, which goes into effect for the 2014 ACM Turing Award to be announced early next year, reflects the escalating impact of computing on daily life through the innovations and technologies it enables. The new level is also intended to raise the Turing Award's visibility as the premier recognition of computer scientists and engineers who have made contributions of lasting and major technical importance to the computing field.

A recent survey has found support for a market-based approach to reducing online copyright violations. In other words, if stuff was more easily accessibly legally, people would be happy to not pirate it. A survey commissioned by telco industry group Communications Alliance has indiciated that most Australians believe any crackdown on piracy will fail and that making content available more easily through legal channels is key to reducing online copyright violations.

This weekend sees the 4th Lame Game Marathon, raising money for UNICEF. 24 hours of terrible games - Live - All to raise money for UNICEF. That's right, the Lame Game Marathon is back baby! Prepare for the return of lame games, shenanigans, prizes and... lame games. Discussion here.



Thursday Night Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-November-2014  12:56:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
BitFenix Prodigy M Blue on OCaholic.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV on BenchmarkReviews.
Fractal Design Core 3300 on OCClub.
Fractal Design Core 1100 Micro-ATX on PCPerspective.
SilverStone Fortress FT05 on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on NikKTech.
netTALK DUO WiFi VOIP Phone on ModSynergy.

Storage:
GSKILL Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD on Guru3D.
Silicon Power Armor A80 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
Seagate NAS Pro 4-Bay on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Thunder T11 120 GB external Thunderbolt drive on TechPowerUp.
G.Skill Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD on PCPerspective.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide on Tweaktown.
ASUS Z97-PRO LGA1150 Motherboard on SilentPCReview.
ASUS X99-A Intel Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard on Techgage.
ASUS X99-E WS (Intel X99) Workstation Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard on LegitReviews.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury FPS Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Speedlink KudosZ-9 & INVICTUS Core Gaming mouse+pad on OCaholic.
COUGAR 700M Aluminium Gaming Mouse on TechARP.

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X41 140mm AIO CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
NZXT GRID+ Fan Controller on ThinkComputers.

Misc:
ThL 5000 Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Corsair HXi Series 750W PSU on TechPowerUp.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-November-2014  10:02:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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


qwertylesh has refurbished
a Sega Dreamcast

pippin88 is building
a CNC router

Jrcjamie is building
a simulator in a cockpit!


Gost reviewed the
CM NovaTouch keyboard

Ratzz reviewed the
Silverstone ML03 HTPC case

and maJORD built
a tiny ITX HTPC



Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-November-2014  04:08:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tweaktown looked at a new SSD on a DIMM from SanDisk. Unlike earlier ones which just used the DIMM slot for power and had a separate SATA connector, this one actually interfaces via the DDR3 slot. Each step on the path to creating the perfect storage device has resulted in tangible benefits, but the ULLtraDIMM has taken what could be the final step, short of fusing a storage medium onto the CPU itself. The SanDisk ULLtraDIMM DDR3 SSD brings latency as low as five microseconds by sidestepping the traditional storage stack, and communicating via the DDR3 bus.

From the "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" files comes a Chinese hacker claiming to have installed Win98 onto an iPhone 6+. Running EXE binary files is currently out of the question on the Apple device, but he was successfully able to alter and change the input methods of Windows 98 to allow navigation of the operating system, as well as the ability to open the start menu and fire up Internet Explorer.

Here's a list of internet firsts. Gary Thuerk, the “father of spam,” sent out the first unsolicited email to an audience of about 400 on ARPANET in 1978. The message was meant to promote DEC’s new product demo on the west cost. As ARPANET was, at the time, a channel with limited usability and serious restrictions, this resulted in some backlash.

An F1 team has turned to crowdsourcing to try and fund their appearance at the final Grand Prix of the year in Abu Dhabi. You can help Caterham F1’s return to the grid by pledging from just £10. In exchange for your support will receive exclusive rewards, including a once in a lifetime opportunity to get your name on the Caterham F1 car competing in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Don't fly drones near bushfires. During large, out-of-control bushfires in Australia firefighters rely on water-bombing helicopters which will have to be grounded if a drone is spotted nearby, authorities say. With recreational drone ownership exploding into the thousands over the past year, air safety regulators and the nation's aerial firefighters fear drones are a very real threat to safety, and they warned amateur operators to stay well away.



Rosetta Misson (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-November-2014  01:39:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission to land a probe on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is reaching a critical phase, with the probe due to separate from the spacecraft in a few hours. There's live updates here, live video here and discussion in this thread.


Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-November-2014  00:41:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sooo, there's a big new huge Windows vulnerability affecting pretty much all recent versions, but mostly affecting people running servers. Full details here and the patch is already on Windows Update so should be an easy fix. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted packets to a Windows server. This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows. Discussion here.

There's an iOS issue too, nicknamed "Masque". This in-house app may display an arbitrary title (like “New Flappy Bird”) that lures the user to install it, but the app can replace another genuine app after installation. All apps can be replaced except iOS preinstalled apps, such as Mobile Safari. This vulnerability exists because iOS doesn't enforce matching certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier. We verified this vulnerability on iOS 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 8.0, 8.1 and 8.1.1 beta, for both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices. Discussion here.

President Obama has spoken out in support of Net Neutrality. "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act," Obama says in a statement this morning. "In plain English, I'm asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life."



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-November-2014  12:56:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Synology DiskStation DS1815+ on LegionHW.
Patriot Memory Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 OTG Drive on MadShrimps.
SanDisk ULLtraDIMM DDR3 400GB SSD Enterprise on LinusTextTips.
SanDisk ULLtraDIMM DDR3 400GB SSD Enterprise on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Blaze B05 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on APHNetworks.

Cases:
Thermaltake Core V51 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Core V1 mITX on PureOC.
Antec P100 midtower on TechPowerUp.
Enermax Thormax Giant Full Tower on ThinkComputers.
Lian Li PC-A61 on Techgage.
Thermaltake Core V71 on OCaholic.

Input Etc:
WASD's Code keyboard with Cherry MX clear switches on TechReport.
Gigabyte Raptor mouse on HWHeaven.
Tesoro Excalibur keyboard on HWHeaven.

Power Supply:
LUXA2 PL3 10400mAh Leather Power Bank on NikKTech.
Patriot FUEL+ 9000mAh Rechargeable Battery (2014 Yellow) on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 wireless display device on LegitReviews.
Diamond USB 3.0/2.0 to HDMI/DVI Mini Ultra Dock on OCClub.
SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism headphones on HWHeaven.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-D15 Dual Tower CPU Cooler on FutureLooks.
Thermalright Macho Rev.B CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Misc:
ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 970 OC on Vortez.
Intel Core M 5Y70 Review and Performance: Testing Broadwell-Y on PCPerspective.
Amazon Fire HD 7 Tablet (2014) on HotHardware.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 8-November-2014  21:05:27 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Audio:
TDK A34 TREK MAX Wireless Weather Resistant Speaker on NikKTech
Connect Electronics DGZHE A06 Bluetooth Speaker on ModSynergy

Storage:
Plextor M6e 256GB (PX-AG256M6e) PCIe SSD Card on Futurelooks
Fujitsu Quadro-M Series PCIe SSD on TweakTown
Samsung XS1715 SSD Review (1.6TB) on The SSD Review
SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drives on Hot Hardware
Apotop Wi-Copy Personal Cloud Storage and Wireless Router on BigBruin
Angelbird SSD2go Pocket USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive on eTeknix

Case:
NZXT S340 Mid-Tower Case on Benchmark Reviews
SilverStone Raven RV05 Computer Case on APH Networks
In Win D-Frame Mini on LanOC
Corsair Graphite 780T on OCC

CPU:
Intel i7-5820K & i7-5930K on Madshrimps
Core i7-5960X vs i7-4960X on Ocaholic

PSU:
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 1050W on Techpowerup
FSP Aurum PT 1200W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech

Misc:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Gaming Nexus
Gigabyte X99-Gaming G1 Motherboard on TweakTown
MSI GS60 2QE Ghost Pro 3K Gold Edition Notebook on Vortez
Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Cockpit 458 Steeling Wheel on eTeknix
Patriot Memory FUEL Station Mini 4-Port Charge Base on TweakTown
Zotac ZBox PI320 Mini-PC on The SSD Review
NZXT Kraken X61 280mm AIO CPU Cooler on TweakTown



Misc Pics (44 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-November-2014  03:25:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to HyRaX1, -Antiskeptic- and mpot this week!








Sponsor Specials (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-November-2014  02:40:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember to keep an eye on our Sponsor Specials Forum if you're shopping around. In there our many sponsors have discounts and specials on technical training, pre-built gaming systems, data recovery, media players, headphones, office chairs, hard drives and a range of general components. Check 'em out!


Friday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-November-2014  02:13:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital have unveiled a 10TB HDD using "shingled recording". This comes just a few weeks after Seagate announced initial availability of its 8TB air-filled hard drive, which at the time was the largest hard drive in the world. There’s no word on pricing yet but Western Digital says, somewhat unbelievably, that the 10TB drive will have the lowest cost-per-gigabyte and power consumption-per-gigabyte of any drive on the market.

Senator Brandis says the data retention laws won't be used against pirates, but it seems they may be a boon for private investigators. No law-enforcement agency was involved in obtaining the IP address information related to the blackmail. Instead, the identity of Murray was revealed by Telstra, which had been ordered to comply with a "preliminary discovery" court request by Mr Biggs' lawyer.

Meanwhile one journalist is still trying to get his own metadata. Beyond trying to prove a point - "the government can access my metadata, so why can't I?" - there are a number of important reasons for pursuing my telco for the data I generate.

Microsoft are apparently making Office free on iPad/iPhone/Android, thanks TheWedgie (not Tony_L). Starting today, you'll no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web. You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all.

The EFF are looking to make resurrecting abandoned games legal. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a petition to the Library of Congress and the United States Copyright Office this week over the modification of abandoned games, particularly those that require an online connection to prevent piracy. The EFF is seeking a change to current laws that would deem mods that strip out authentication checks as fair use of the software after developers take those servers offline.

Here's an interesting one, Amazon Echo. Seems to be Siri or Google Now for your living room. One step closer to Star Trek! Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.

I'm not sure if this is really news, but a few people sent it in, so here's photos of CNN anchors not making any friends at Microsoft. Microsoft proudly announced last month that it would be paying CNN to use its Surface tablets for the historic Mid-Term 2014 coverage, but when it came time to actually use Microsoft’s tablet last night, CNN political commentators discovered an incredible new Surface feature: it doubles as an iPad kickstand.

It seems Zalman have gone bust under strange circumstances, thanks Tony_L. Zalman did not fall victim to recession, competition or even bad corporate management. The whole story is long, complicated, obscure and yet unconfirmed, so unfortunately we may never learn all the details of it. To summarize, Zalman apparently was part of an allegedly very well designed and planned multi-billion dollar corporate fraud. Did I mention Tony_L sent this link in? It was Tony_L. Tony_L, everyone! Gimme a T! Gimme an O! Gimme an N! Gimme a Y! Gimme an underscore! Gimme an L! Toooooooonnnnnnyyyyyy_____L!

If you want to be part of OCAU's Secret Santa for 2014, register your interest in this thread!



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-November-2014  19:33:27 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X Vapor-X OC 8GB on eTeknix.
Galaxy GeForce GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition on Guru3D.
Gainward GTX 980 & GTX 970 Phantom on Legion Hardware.

Memory:
Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 2400MHz CL12 DDR4 on Legit Reviews.
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 16GB Kit 4x 4GB DDR4 on OCinside.
Crucial 2133MHz DDR4 32GB Server Kit on PureOverclock.

Storage:
Crucial MX100 512GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
ADATA Premier Pro SP910 512GB SSD on TweakTown.
Fujitsu F100 512GB SSD on TweakTown.

Cases:
Fractal Design Node 804 Micro-ATX Chassis on eTeknix.
Silverstone Fortress FT05 on ocaholic.
Fractal Design Core 1100 on Benchmark Reviews.
Thermaltake Core V1 Mini-ITX Case on ThinkComputers.
Perfect Home Theater Ultra Low-Profile Aluminum HTPC Case on PC Perspective.

Cooling:
Phobya 360LT Pure Performance Watercooling Kit on NikKTech.
Noctua IndustrialPPC and Redux fans on LanOC.

Input etc:
Cougar 700K Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Techgage.
Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse and Speed Large Mouse Pad on Bigbruin.
Gamadias Zeus Laser Gaming Mouse (GMS1100) on TechARP.

Audio:
Luxa² E-One Headset Holder on TechwareLabs.
MP4Nation Brainwavz S5 on techPowerUp.
Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset on Modders-Inc.

Misc:
Samsung Galaxy Alpha on Techspot.
Asus X99-PRO Motherboard on Hardware Secrets.
Asus RoG SWIFT PG278Q 27-inch G-SYNC Monitor on Techgage.



HWBot Country Cup 2014 (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-November-2014  23:42:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some news from zeropluszero:

HWBot is hosting its annual Country Cup for overclocking, and this year we need to defend our title from 2014 where we WON.



The country cup is the World Cup/Grand Final of overclocking, all countries against each other, all fighting to win. This year is less focused on legacy hardware and there's a few stages that not only do you not need subzero gear, but sub zero guys cannot actually participate.


For more info, see this thread!



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-November-2014  04:04:35 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

HTPC/MiniPC:
ECS Liva 64GB Mini PC on Techspot
Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC on Silent PC Review

Mouse/Keyboard:
Asus Gladius Mouse on Hardware Heaven
Cougar 700M Aluminium Gaming Mouse on Techarp
Aorus Thunder K7 Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews

Videocard:
NZXT Kraken G10 Graphics Adapter on Silent PC Review
MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G on Overclockers Club

Cooling:
Thermaltake NiC L32 CPU Cooler on Technology X
Reveen Okeanos CPU Cooler on Tech Powerup
Swiftech H220-X All-In-One CPU Cooler on TweakTown
DeepCool Maelstrom 240 (AIO Liquid Cooler) on Guru3D
Cryorig R1 on Ocaholic

Storage:
Samsung 850 Pro Full Capacity Roundup on PC Perspective
Icy Dock Black Vortex Hot Swap Module on ThinkComputers.org
Memblaze PBlaze3L 1.2TB Enterprise PCIe SSD on TweakTown

Case:
IN WIN D-Frame Mini ITX Computer Enclosure on Futurelooks
BitFenix Pandora Window Micro-ATX Slim-Tower Chassis on TweakTown

Gaming:
Pier Solar HD (PS4) on Gaming Nexus
In Space We Brawl (PS4) on Gaming Nexus

Misc:
Stanley FatMax LEDLISL+HIDLISL Lithium-Ion Flashlights on ModSynergy.com
ASRock QC5000-ITX Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
Kingston DDR4-2400C16 32GB on ocaholic
LuguLake BT-10 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Stand on TweakTown



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-November-2014  13:04:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Nvidia Shield Gaming Tablet on eTeknix.
Zotac ZBOX CI540 Nano Fanless Barebones Mini-PC on SilentPCReview.
Apple iPad Air 2 on HotHardware.
ECS Liva 64GB Mini PC on TechSpot.

Memory:
Crucial Desktop DDR4 on Vortez.
Kingston DDR4-2400C16 32GB on OCaholic.

Video Cards:
HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 OC 2GB GDDR5 on MadShrimps.
MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G on MadShrimps.
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare VGA graphics performance on Guru3D.

Cooling:
Reeven Six Eyes II (RFC-02) Fan Controller on Tweaktown.
DeepCool Maelstrom 240 all-in-one liquidcooler on Guru3D.
Swiftech H220-X All-In-One CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Reveen Okeanos CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake NiC L32 CPU Cooler on TechnologyX.
NZXT Kraken G10 Graphics Adapter for watercooler on SilentPCReview.

Input Etc:
AORUS Thunder K7 Gaming Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
COUGAR 700M Aluminium Gaming Mouse on TechARP.
ASUS Gladius mouse on HWHeaven.

Misc:
Samsung 850 Pro Full Capacity Roundup SSD on PCPerspective.
Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) motherboard on eTeknix.
IN WIN D-Frame Mini ITX Computer Enclosure on FutureLooks.
LuguLake BT-10 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Stand on Tweaktown.



Interesting Forum Threads (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-November-2014  11:07:10 (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.

Asus Maximus VII Impact in Overclocking & Hardware.
My Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 Adventure in Intel x86 CPUs and chipsets.
Review / Tutorial: Creative ALchemy (Restores 3D Audio and EAX) in PC Audio.
Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank in Mobile Phones & Devices.
Far Cry (2004) in Retro & Arcade.
The Philosophy of restoration and repair in Retro & Arcade.
Driveclub (PS4) in Sony Consoles.
Google Apps in the Health Industry in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Doing your bit to keep the internet safe in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Monitor for poor eyesight in Video Cards & Monitors.
Nvidia Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) in Video Cards & Monitors.
Photonicinduction builds a 20kW power supply in Electronics & Electrics.
How to hook a extra button up to steering wheel? in Electronics & Electrics.
Please explain something for me? in Electronics & Electrics.
Travel tips with DSLR gear in Photography.
Batteries Included: A Solar Cell that Stores its Own Power in Science.
We have ignition! .. almost in Science.
"Fed Up" - Movie/Documentary in Sport, Fitness & Health.
So my friend just got hit by a car in Cycling.
The FG X (FH 2015) Falcon Thread in Motoring.



Monday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-November-2014  09:25:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent in this article about what modern sites would have looked like in the 1980s. The YouTube channel SquirrelMonkeyCom takes a love for the 1980s to a whole new level, and re-imagines what many of today’s most popular Internet destinations would have looked like back then. If you grew up around then, you’ll definitely appreciate these hypothetical blasts to the past.

Australia Post is launching a freight forwarding service. On the face of it, though, ShopMate doesn’t look like it offers especially good value. A flat rate of $24.95 is charged per parcel delivery, and a weight rate of $5.95 is added per 500g of parcel — that means a 3kg box for a pair of sneakers will cost you a full $60.65 to transport to Australia, likely destroying the cost advantage of buying overseas in the first place.

The Victorian Government has introduced new offences for malicious sexting, and also prevents young people being placed on offender registers for consensual sexting. New offences for maliciously distributing or threatening to distribute intimate images of another person come into force today, along with new laws to ensure that young people who engage in non-exploitative 'sexting' don't end up with criminal records or on the sex offenders register.

Windows 7 and 8 are no longer for sale. From 31 October there will be no more sales to consumers of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate. There will also be no more sales of Windows 8 retail box copies. There will be retail box sales of Windows 8.1 (Microsoft draws a hard line between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1) and businesses and consumers will still be able to buy Windows 7 Professional licences through ‘Downgrade Rights’, but it will come at additional cost and have limited availability.

Does this count as a timewaster? The Internet Archive have made 900 classic games playable in your browser. Thanks to the new Internet Arcade, an astounding 900 coin-operated arcade games from the ‘70s and ‘80s are free to play right in your browser. The software is hosted by the Internet Archive as part of its quest to preserve computer history, and it's a followup to last year's classic console emulator.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-November-2014  12:02:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Networking:
Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Smart WiFi Router on NikKTech.
D-Link DHP-W310AV PowerLine AV+ Wireless N Mini Extender on ModSynergy.
Linksys E8350 AC2400 Wireless Router on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cougar 700K Mechanical Keyboard on HWHeaven.
Tesoro Lobera Full Color keyboard on LanOC.
Tesoro Gandiva H1L Laser Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Zotac Zbox Pico tiny desktop on HWHeaven.
Asus G751 Gaming Notebook: Mobile Maxwell Done Right on HotHardware.
Lenovo Horizon 2 AIO Desktop Computer on BenchmarkReviews.
Logic Supply ML400G-50 Fanless m-ITX PC on SilentPCReview.

Storage:
MyDigitalSSD Bulletproof 4 mSATA Storage Enclosure on Tweaktown.
OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Buffalo TeraStation 1200 4TB Consumer NAS on Tweaktown.
Mach Xtreme MX-ES 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech.

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor on LegitReviews.
GIGABYTE Force H3X headphones on Vortez.

Video Cards:
GeForce GTX 980 PCI-Express Scaling on TechPowerUp.
Diamond Boost Radeon R9 270X on OCClub.

Cases:
DimasTech Bench/Test Easy V3.0 on Modders-Inc.
Raijintek Arcadia Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Cooltek U3 on OCaholic.
Fractal Design Core 3300 on TechPowerUp.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS X99-A on TechReport.
Habey MITX-6771 Bay Trail Embedded Motherboard on SilentPCReview.
Gigabyte X99 SOC Force on HWAsylum.

Misc:
G.SKILL RIPJAWS 4 16GB DDR4 memory on Vortez.
NZXT Grid+ Six Port Fan Hub on Tweaktown.



Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-October-2014  03:45:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to HyRax1, aftahours, takai and EvilGenius this week!








Data Retention Bill Introduced to Parliament (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-October-2014  02:09:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government have introduced the Data Retention bill to Parliament. Malcolm Turnbull's speech is here. The bill will require companies providing telecommunications services in Australia, carriers and internet service providers to keep a limited, prescribed set of telecommunications data for two years. The bill amends the Telecommunications Interception and Access Act 1979 (interception act), and the Telecommunications Act 1997 (telecommunications act). Coverage here and here. Telstra and Optus have apparently welcomed the legislation, but Electronic Frontiers Australia are concerned about misuse by copyright trolls, and the AFP confirm that targeting illegal downloaders is definitely something that will be aided by this. The Opposition has confirmed that it will move to delay the debate and passage of the legislation until 2015 to allow proper scrutiny.

Discussion continues in this thread.



Friday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-October-2014  02:05:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A research company says that female gamers outnumber males, on PCs. For all practical purposes it's a 50/50 split, but once you get into decimal places, female PC gamers do slightly outnumber males. Women represent 50.2 percent of PC gamers across all genres, including social (Facebook, Kongregate), versus 49.9 percent for men. The scales dip slightly further toward women when it comes to the RPG genre, with 53.6 percent of the market made up of women, while men represent 46.5 percent. In the FPS and MMO genres, however, 66 percent of players are men.

The AFP has expressed concerns about camouflaged internet. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has said that the anonymous nature of the internet continues to be a concern for the law-enforcement agency, and that it is reliant on global partnerships with law-enforcement agencies around the world to continue to effectively tackle crime online.

PS4 users might want to hold off on firmware updates, with reports of widespread bricking. Version 2.00, codenamed "Masamune," boasted a number of notable feature updates including uploading gameplay videos to YouTube, sharing games with friends over the Internet and system themes. However, the update has been tainted by widespread reports that putting the system into standby mode (now dubbed "Rest Mode") prevents the console from reawakening. Both of the consoles in our office encountered the same issue. Bugs with YouTube functionality have also been reported.

HardOCP have been playing with GeForce GTX 980 SLI. What do you get when you take two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 video cards, configure those for SLI, and set those at your feet for four weeks? We give our thoughts and opinions about actually using these GPUs in our own system for four weeks with focus on performance, sound profile, and heat generated by these cards.

A few people sent word that YouTube seems to now support 60FPS.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-October-2014  19:12:03 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Motherboard:
MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard on Modders-Inc
ECS Z97-PK Deluxe mATX Motherboard on Legit Reviews
Supermicro X10DRi-T (Intel C612) Server Motherboard on TweakTown
ASUS X99-A Motherboard on Hardware Secrets
Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard on PureOverclock
ASRock X99 WS Motherboard on ThinkComputers.org
ASRock X99 Extreme11 Motherboard on The SSD Review

Storage:
LaCie D2 Thunderbolt 2 6TB External Desktop Storage Device on TweakTown
Seagate 1200 SSD 400GB SAS 12Gb/s on NikKTech
LaCie D2 Thunderbolt 2 128GB SSD Storage Upgrade Kit on TweakTown
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD on TweakTown
Corsair Voyager Air 2 Mobile Wireless Storage 1 TB on Madshimps

Network:
D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Gigabit Cloud Router on Legit Reviews
Linksys WRT SE4008 Eight-Port Gigabit Switch on TweakTown

Audio:
SteelSeries Siberia V3 on LanOC
ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews
Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear Headphone on ModSynergy
Corsair Gaming H1500 on Hardware Heaven

Videocard:
HIS Liquid-Cooled R9 290X Hybrid IceQ on Techspot
PowerColor R9 285 TurboDuo OC on Ocaholic
Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X OC Video Card on Techware Labs
ASUS GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC Video Card on TweakTown
GALAX GeForce GTX 980 SOC on Guru3D
MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G on Ocaholic

HTPC:
Pivos XIOS XS Entertainment Center on Madshrimps
Steiger Dynamics Maven Core HTPC on PC Perspective

Cooling:
NZXT Kraken X41 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
Fractal Design Core 3300 Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix

RAM:
Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 Memory Kit on FutureLooks
Func MS-2 Mouse on Ocaholic

PSU:
Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W on Tech Powerup
Corsair HX1000i Modular Power Supply on eTeknix

Portable:
NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet on Overclockers Club
Moto X (2nd Gen) Smartphone on Hot Hardware



Wednesday Night (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-October-2014  12:33:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Telstra have shut down GameArena, as promised last month. The website itself hasn’t been fully functional for a while now, but it’s sad to see the final nails being put into the coffin. I think most of us reading this site have, at one time or another, played games using GameArena’s servers. I know I have. An email sent to Telstra through retail communications stated that GameArena.com.au “no longer fits in Telstra Media’s strategy”. If you go to the domain now you just get a message about Google Play.

iiNet will be expanding their free WiFi to Victoria. The telco pushed go on the first three wi-fi regions - in the Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo CBDs - today, adding to the list of cities across the country where the ISP has been contracted to roll out free wi-fi networks under various digital economy-boosting schemes. I used the free WiFi in Adelaide a few weeks ago and it was pretty cool to be exploring the city and not using up my mobile data allowance.

If you're feeling like a flashback, there's a History of Linux article from a hacker's (as in tinkerer's) perspective on LinuxUser. The original code of Linux was written for fun, or in Eric Raymond’s phrase, to ‘scratch the itch’ of Linus Torvalds, and later to satisfy the enthusiasm and programming itch of an assortment of hackers and hobbyists who, for the most part, had grown up in the age of the ZX80 and the BBC Micro, Acorns and Apricots, for which the code was often available – and hackable.

Tweaktown have an android smartphone showdown posted, covering the Galaxy S5, Note 3, Xperia Z2, G3 and Nexus 5. We pit five of the best phones on the market against one another, in a battle of the flagship Android smartphone showdown. Who takes the benchmark crown?

This only applies to US citizens but it's interesting anyway - a Pentium 4 class action suit. A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging that Intel manipulated the performance benchmark scores for its first-generation Pentium 4 processors and that HP aided and abetted Intel’s allegedly unlawful conduct. Intel and HP deny any liability and all claims of misconduct and Intel contends that the performance benchmarks challenged by Plaintiffs fairly measured the performance of the Pentium 4 processor.

If you've been following the Rosetta mission to land a probe on a comet in November, you might enjoy this video which is a cross between a promo for the mission, a scifi trailer and an inspirational film. Based in humanity’s future, it is not clear what powers the master and apprentice possess, but they obviously have powers way beyond our comprehension, making the cutting edge CGI beautiful to watch.



Tuesday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-October-2014  12:55:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Tt eSport PoseidonZ keyboard on ocaholic.
Roccat Kave XTD mouse on HWHeaven.

Audio Visual:
Y-Cam Bullet HD 1080 (2nd Generation) camera on Vortez.
Tt eSports Verto headset on TechnologyX.
Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
HMDX Craze Bluetooth Earbuds on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset on PureOC.
Gigabyte Force H3X Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Storage:
SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB SSD on Guru3D.
Intel 530 Series 480GB SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP HS-251 Fanless NAS on TechPowerUp.
Transcend MTS800 M.2 2280 SATA SSD 128GB on TheSSDReview.

Cases:
Silverstone Fortress FT05 on BenchmarkReviews.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV on ThinkComputers.
DeepCool Steam Castle Micro ATX on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on MegaTechNews.
Alienware Area-51: Triangular, Tri-SLI GTX 980, Haswell-E prebuilt machine on HotHardware.
ECS LIVA Windows Based Mini PC on PCPerspective.
PC Specialist Vortex 440 System prebuilt PC on eTeknix.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone on Tweaktown.

Cooling:
SilverStone SST-AR06 Low-profile CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Nepton 240M all-in-one watercooler on ocaholic.

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon R9 290X Hybrid IceQ 4GB (Liquid Cooled) on LegionHW.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 on ThinkComputers.

Misc:
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB DDR4 memory on Vortez.
D-Link DHP-339AV PowerLine 3-Port Network Kit on ModSynergy.
Asus Maximus Vii Hero Motherboard on TechWareLabs.
Chieftec A135 Series APS-850CB PSU on ocaholic.



Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-October-2014  06:11:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Woz is now a UTS professor. Apple co-founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak has joined University of Technology Sydney as an adjunct professor, joining the university's 'Magic Lab.' The appointment marks the first time Wozniak, who is widely credited for designing the Apple I and II computers, has accepted an adjunct appointment at any university.

Senator Ludlum meanwhile is rapping about data retention.. really. The full video is here. Greens senator Scott Ludlam has appeared in a rap video taking on the Coalition's data retention laws. Guardian Australia reproduces the music without comment or judgment. Ludlam raps on what he sees as a 'fascist fuckfest of Orwellian proportions' and threatens to 'smack down their laws'.

A solar car built by Australian students has broken the speed record for electric vehicles, thanks JC. With a speed of 106.966 kilometres an hour, a solar car known as eVe is now officially the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres in the world - and it was built entirely by undergraduate engineering students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

Gunna spotted this one about plans for an internet levy in Hungary. Hungary’s Economy Minister Mihály Varga has on Tuesday submitted to Parliament a draft on changes to the tax regime to be implemented in 2015. An amendment of the telecom law is also included, according to which the telecom tax would be extended to Internet services. The tax will be proportionate to data traffic and every gigabyte started will cost 150 forints.

Google has launched a new email client, Inbox. Today, Google has launched a hybrid new email service called ‘Inbox’ that blends communication along with lifestyle integration. Think of Gmail mixed with Google Now and a dash of Siri. Accordingly, the Google Inbox is designed to focus on what really matters.

The Queen has published her first tweet, which is very exciting. Signing herself Elizabeth R., for regina or queen, she welcomed visitors to a new Information Age gallery focused on the evolution of modern communications at the Science Museum in London.

It seems the lawyers chasing people for downloading Dallas Buyers Club are not bothering with Optus and Telstra. Online pirates on the Telstra and Optus networks can breathe easy for now, while those downloading illegal copies of movies over iiNet and smaller providers may soon receive an invoice for up to $5000 if an unusual legal case in the Federal Court is successful.

Mpot sent in this response from FTDI about bricking chips last week: "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user’s hardware being directly affected." More info here and here.

Tolkien fans will enjoy this new in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand, thanks AirQ.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-October-2014  18:59:33 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Storage:
Silicon Power Armor A30 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikkTech
Silicon Power Mobile OTG X20 USB 2.0 Flash Drive on Madshrimps
Silicon Power Marvel M70 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Transcend ESD400 Portable USB 3.0 SSD on TweakTown
Thecus N2310 Network Attached Storage on APH Networks

Network:
Buffalo AirStation AC433 WMR-433 Travel Router on TweakTown
D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug on TweakTown

Case:
BitFenix Shadow Mid-Tower Chassis on eTeknix
In Win D-Frame Mini on Techspot
Cooltek Coolcube Maxi on ocaholic

Audio/Visual:
ASUS Xonar U5 on Vortez
LUXA2 E-One Aluminum Headset Holder on Think Computers
Takstar HD5500 Headphones on techPowerUp
Rikomagic MK902 Network Media Player on NikKTech

Keyboard/Mouse:
KUL ES-87 Mechanical Keyboard on Mikesgear
Cougar 700M Aluminum Gaming Mouse & Speed Mouse Pad on PureOC
Mionix Naos 8200 & Sargas 400 on ocaholic

Motherboard:
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard on eTeknix
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC on Hardware Heaven
MSI X99S SLI PLUS On Linux on Phoronix

Misc:
Falling Skies: The Game (PS3) on Gaming Nexus
Cooler Master Nepton 280L AIO CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews
Deepcool DQ1000 Quanta Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2666MHZ 16GB Quad Channel Memory Kit on Bjorn3D



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