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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 (0 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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