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Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-October-2014  03:53:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to primalnuke and t1mbot this week!

Windows Bricking Fake FTDI Chips? (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-October-2014  03:14:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A recent Windows Update driver is bricking certain USB serial chips, affecting Arduino users and others, thanks mpot. It's not immediately clear how or why the drivers are acting this way. It's possible that they're somehow detecting counterfeits and deliberately reprogramming them. It's also possible that the drivers are sending the same commands to both good and bad parts, and these commands just happen to cause bad things in counterfeit parts while being harmless on the real ones. We've asked FTDI for comment but received nothing as yet.

Here's some more info: real vs fake chips on zeptobars, some early coverage on Hackaday and adafruit, discussion on EEVblog's forums and slashdot. There's also a telling twitter conversation with the manufacturer.

Friday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-October-2014  02:01:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hollywood are apparently coming to get Aussies, or at least, ones on certain ISPs who downloaded a certain movie recently. THE makers of the film Dallas Buyers Club are hunting Australians who downloaded or shared the movie illegally. They’ve filed a discovery order in the Federal Court in a bid to get names and contact details from five Aussie telcos: iiNet, Internode, Dodo, Amnet and Adam Internet.

But there's good news close to home too, with Australian World of Warcraft servers on the way soon. Next Tuesday there will be an extended period of maintenance. When the servers come back online, you’ll find the Oceanic servers you were playing on are now entirely relocated to Sydney, Australia, and you can enjoy your beautiful new low ping.

I'm always mildly paranoid about using public WiFi, but this guy takes it to a new level. The waitress serves us our coffee and hands us the WiFi password. After Slotboom is connected, he is able to provide all the visitors with an internet connection and to redirect all internet traffic through his little device. There's another article suggesting some ways to more safely use public WiFi.

Here's an interesting one about ethernet in cars. A move toward Ethernet reflects the fact that in-vehicle electronics are becoming more sophisticated to support autonomous driving, exterior and interior cameras, embedded displays and infotainment systems. By 2020, many cars will have 50 to 60 Ethernet ports and even entry-level vehicles will have 10, according to a study by research firm Frost & Sullivan. (Premium vehicles will likely have more than 100 Ethernet nodes by then.)

PCPerspective checked out performance in Civilization: Beyond Earth. Beyond Earth is definitely going to be more CPU-bound than the other games that we tend to use in our benchmark suite, but the fact that this game is new, shiny, and even has a Mantle implementation (AMD's custom API) makes interesting for at least a look at the current state of performance. Both NVIDIA and AMD sent have released drivers with specific optimization for Beyond Earth as well. LegitReviews posted their results also.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-October-2014  14:56:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Tt eSPORTS Captain Dracco Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Tesoro Kuven Devil A1 7.1 Virtual Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Bass Egg VERB Bluetooth Vibration Portable Speaker on NikKTech.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Supermicro X10SRH-CLN4F Haswell server board on SOTechDesign.
Low-cost CPU Duel: Sempron 2650 vs. Celeron J1800 on HWHeaven.
ASRock X99 OC Formula on ocaholic.
ASUS X99 Deluxe on OCClub.
MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC on PCPerspective.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G on Bjorn3D.
Gaming at 4K: Gainward GeForce GTX 970 SLI Performance on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance on Phoronix.

Power Supply:
Dark Power Pro 10 850W on ThinkComputers.
Enermax Revolution XT 530W Semi-Modular on eTeknix.
be quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800W on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master V1200 Platinum 1200W Modular on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 750W Modular on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
OCUK Cherry MX Keycaps and Rubber O-Ring Mod on eTeknix.
ASUS Echelon Keyboard on Vortez.
Gamdias APOLLO Extension Optical Gaming Mouse on Bjorn3D.

SanDisk Ultra 2 SSD on HardwareHeaven.
Buffalo MiniStation Air 2 Wireless Mobile Storage Drive on Tweaktown.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 480GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2TB 2.5 HDD v3 2TB on Tweaktown.
Samsung XS1715 1.6TB 2.5-inch NVMe PCIe Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs on SilentPCReview.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Preview: ASUS G751 Gaming Notebook on HotHardware.
Intel NUC mini-PC on LanOC.
CyberPower PC FANG Battlebox-I 970 System on eTeknix.

Thermalright Macho Zero Passive CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
NZXT Kraken X31 all-in-one watercooler on OCAholic.
Deepcool GF120 Cooling Fan on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master Nepton 240M CPU Cooler on Techgage.
DeepCool GamerStorm GF120 fan on Vortez.
Deepcool Maelstrom 240 Liquid Cooler on NeoSeeker.
Cooler Master's Nepton 240M liquid cooler on TechReport.

Silverstone Grandia GD10 HTPC Chassis on eTeknix.
Silverstone Fortress FT05 on LegionHW.
BitFenix Pandora Micro ATX chassis on Guru3D.
Fractal Design Core 2500 on ocaholic.
Fractal Core 3300 ATX Mid Tower on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake Core V71 on TechWareLabs.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-October-2014  03:50:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

booj reports on
MSI's MOA 2014 Comp

trevor68 reviewed the
Fractal Design Node 804

STUdog has another
impressive WC PC

Kosti is modding
a fishtank

Renza reviewed the
U-NAS NSC-800 8-Bay ITX

and slipperyskip's
Project Addison is taking shape

Wednesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-October-2014  23:42:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Minister for Justice has released a report into identity theft in Australia. In 2011-12 more Australians reported being a victim of identity crime than victims of robbery, motor vehicle theft, household break-ins or assault. New figures in a Commonwealth Government report released today show that each year between 750,000 to 900,000 people fall victim to identity crime resulting in financial loss.

Mozilla will be turning off SSLv3 in Firefox due to the POODLE attack. In late September, a team at Google discovered a serious vulnerability in SSL 3.0 that can be exploited to steal certain confidential information, such as cookies. This vulnerability, known as “POODLE”, is similar to the BEAST attack. By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker can gain access to things like passwords and cookies, enabling him to access a user’s private account data on a website.

The Nokia mobile phone brand will be going away soon, with Microsoft changing it over to Microsoft Lumia. Microsoft has been slowly redirecting some Nokia pages over to Microsoft.com, and many would probably have guessed that Microsoft Lumia was a safe bet to replace the Nokia brand on devices. While the Nokia brand will of course live on, given that the Finish company still exists as a standalone entity (it launched HERE maps for Android just today), it’s a notable development nonetheless.

It sounds like they will also have a smartwatch soon, thanks mpot. According to Forbes, Microsoft could launch the device within the next few weeks, with a focus on health. According to the report, the device will passively track its user's heart rate, and give the company a platform for building health and other apps on.

It turns out that publically threatening to kill Gabe Newell will get your game dropped from Steam. It seems Maulbeck (using the ill-chosen Halloween-themed name "Mike Murderbeck") was a little upset that Steam's promotional carousel referred to Paranautical Activity as being an Early Access title, shortly after it had been reclassified as a full release.

Mpot also sent in this story about cities building their own gigabit networks. More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they're sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead. The Next Centuries Cities coalition, which includes a couple cities that already have gigabit fiber internet for their residents, was devised to help communities who want to build their own broadband networks navigate logistical and legal challenges to doing so.

Here's an interesting one about Siri and an autistic boy. That Siri. She doesn’t let my communications-impaired son get away with anything. Indeed, many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one. Only she’s not entirely imaginary.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-October-2014  18:12:08 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Crucial DDR4-2133 DRx4 RDIMM Memory on TweakTown
Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3-1866-CL10 1.50V on ocaholic
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 on HardwareHeaven
Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 3300MHz DDR4 on Legit Reviews

Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on NikKTech
Toshiba TransMemory Pro EXII 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown
Thecus N2560 Dual-bay SOHO NAS on Techgage
Western Digital My Passport Pro 2 TB Portable (Thunderbolt) Hard Disk Drive on Techarp
Samsung 845DC PRO 800GB Enterprise SSD on TweakTown
Kingmax M.2 2242 SATA SSD Review (128GB) on The SSD Review
Toshiba 2.5-inch 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive on eTeknix
Seagate Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v4 450GB Enterprise on TweakTown
Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs on Silent PC Review

ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card on eTeknix
GeForce GTX 970 cards from MSI and Asus on Techreport
Palit GeForce GTX 980 Super Jetstream on Guru3D
ZOTAC GTX 780 AMP! Edition Graphics Card on Techware Labs
ASUS STRIX GTX 980 OC 4 GB on techPowerUp

Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix
be quiet! Straight Power 10 700W on PureOverclock

Windows 10 Technical Preview on Techreport
Windows 10 Hands-On on Technology X
Borderlands: Pre-Sequel Preview on Techgage

ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit on Madshrimps
Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC on Hot Hardware

MSI X99S Gaming 7 on ocaholic
GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard on TweakTown

Antec ISK 600 on Techpowerup
Deepcool Steam Castle Case on ThinkComputers.org

Cooler Master Nepton 240M Liquid Radiator on Benchmark Reviews
Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E on ocaholic
Cooler Master Nepton 240M on Guru3D

Intel Pentium G3258 on Technology X
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Techspot
MadCatz R.A.T. TE (Tournament Edition) Gaming Mouse on eTeknix

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-October-2014  09:39:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Monday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-October-2014  02:35:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have withdrawn another buggy update. The update released as described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2949927 added SHA-2 hash algorithm signing and verification for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It was one of three proactive security feature updates released on Tuesday in addition to the eight patches of Windows and Office. Meanwhile Apple have released 144 security patches of their own.

Apple are apparently not interested in making a touchscreen Mac. But if you want to see what's inside the new 5K Retina iMac, IFIXIT have opened one up. Think of the most colorful and radiant display you’ve ever seen. Now, discard that memory and stare at Apple’s newest iMac Intel 27” with Retina 5K Display. We're not talking 1080p or 4K, we're talking about 5K—millions and millions of pixels on a 27-inch display. Will the addition of a high-resolution display affect the repairability of the newest iMac Intel 27”? Let’s find out!

While our politicians debate the NBN, South Korea is preparing to roll out 10Gbps broadband. SK Broadband will introduce its new 10 gigabit per second Internet service at the Oct. 20 Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union to be held at Busan’s BEXCO Center, in partnership with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and the National Information Society Agency.

A few people sent in this bizarre lock. I'm not really into the whole "lockpicking as a hobby" thing, but that's pretty cool.

From drayzen: There's a pretty cool game I've backed on Kickstarter called Human Resources, being made by the guys that made Planetary Annihilation. Unfortunately it's looking like it's going to fall short of its funding goal, which is both surprising and disappointing as it looks great! Maybe some OCAU backers could help get it across the line...?

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