oldnewby seems to have put the finishing touches on his Cygnus X1 custom case, which has been attracting attention for quite some time now. The finished project is absolutely stunning, and follow the link for more photos with the various panels opened, revealing the aluminium skeleton inside:
The Federal Government is considering an internet panic button for children. The panic button would be a recognisable icon that children can relate to (such as a cartoon dolphin) and would sit in the background while they are using the web. Children would be directed to different resources depending on the type of issue (bullying, grooming, etc).
Australia's first computer has turned 60, thanks Mindy. It is the first computer ever to be made in Australia; the fourth computer ever to be made in the world; and the only first generation computer that remains intact.
OCZ have launched a new range of honkin' big SSDs up to 1TB in size in 3.5" format, thanks Tony. In addition to ample capacity, the OCZ Colossus delivers excellent performance made possible by an internal RAID 0 architecture. Excelling at small file processes during common tasks such as emailing, web browsing, and file transfer, Colossus allows for a state-of-the-art computing experience from basic to complex applications.
DriverHeaven spoke to AMD about the lack of HD5000 series cards. Yes, we are impacted by TSMC's continued problems with production at the 40 nm process, however we feel we are tracking reasonably well to where we expected to be at this point, thanks in large part to our early start with 40 nm process technology with the ATI Radeon HD 4770. Tweaktown have some info as well.
LegionHW had some trouble overclocking a HD 5970. Today we had planned to show you how the Radeon HD 5970 performs when overclocked. However the more we began to play with the Radeon HD 5970 the less likely that article seemed possible and instead we began to head in another direction, which lead us to this article "ATI Radeon HD 5970 Overclocking Problems".
Hoopstar spotted this insteresting design concept for a roll-up laptop. The device of the flexible display allows a new concept in notebook design growing out of the traditional bookformed laptop into unfurling and convolving portable computer
Apologies for the lack of news - I've been extremely busy. You should have recieved an email (or two) recently reinforcing the earlier recommendation that you change your forum password as soon as possible, and on any other services that you have used the same password on (but please, use different passwords in different places.)
Australia's CSIRO have a GPU-powered supercomputer on the way. The CSIRO said the supercomputer 's NVIDIA-based GPU technology can increase the speed of its scientific data crunching by a factor of between 10 and 100.
Speaking of which, TechReport have more info on the NVIDIA Fermi graphics architecture. If you've been following Fermi since it was announced, you'll know Nvidia didn't really talk about the specific graphics transistors in Fermi implementations. We're going to take a stab at that, though, using information gleaned from the whitepaper, bits teased from Nvidia engineers, and educated guesswork. Remember, however, that graphics transistor chatter does ultimately remain a guess until the real details are unveiled.
A few people sent word that smoking near your Apple computer may be bad for your warranty. When I asked for an explanation, she said he's a smoker and it's contaminated with cigarette smoke which they consider a bio-hazard! I checked my Applecare warranty and it says nothing about not honoring warranties if the owner is a smoker. The Applecare representative said they defer to the technician and my son's computer cannot be fixed at any Apple Service Center due to being listed a bio-hazard.
Some lucky folks on Telstra's HFC network could be enjoying 100Mbps internet soon. It's amazing what telcos can do when they put their heads to it. Telstra, TransACT and Optus announced last week that they would switch on 100Mbps internet services - making ADSL customers green with envy and, one might suspect, Stephen Conroy green with worry.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been breaking sales records, thanks IntelInside. In its first 24 hours on sale, Call of Duty made $US310 million ($333.23 million) in North America and the United Kingdom alone, while Grand Theft Auto made that same amount worldwide. It was also far above the record $US155 million ($166.61 million) opening weekend for the Batman movie The Dark Knight last year.
Guru3D have been overclocking the Radeon 5970. We boosted the Radeon HD 5970 Core from 725 MHz towards 935 MHz and the 4000 MHz memory is running and purring steady at 5240 MHz --- and that's a baffling result on just the reference air-cooler. Tweaktown meanwhile have two in CrossFireX.
Possible Security Issue
(link) Saturday, 21-November-2009 03:54:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Unfortunately last night I became aware of a possible security issue on one of our servers and noticed some unusual activity. I am investigating it in more detail and will be working with the vendor of our forum software and quite possibly the Police to determine what has actually occurred. For now it doesn't seem that the issue is too serious, but I would say as a precaution you might want to:
change your forum password
change your password on any other services that use the same password (although sharing passwords across services is a very bad idea, so you shouldn't be doing that anyway)
(link) Thursday, 19-November-2009 10:51:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg
GamerLimit sent word of a QLD Govt E-Petition in support of an R18+ rating for games. Many campaigns for change in QLD have begun with one of these, and it’s certainly a great start to push the QLD Attorney General into action and pledging his support for a change in the system.
Tweaktown looked at a laptop with 3D Vision. They are announcing, in conjunction with ASUS, the world’s first mobile 3D Vision capable laptop. This is based off of the G51 line up and will be dubbed the G51J-3D. To do this ASUS has packed a 120Hz 15.6-inch LCD screen that is capable of handling the 3D Vision.
Australia has a new fastest supercomputer. The supercomputer was supplied by Sun Microsystems and contains 3,000 quad-core Intel Nehalem processors with 36TB of memory and a petabyte filesystem.
Tweakhound have a Windows 7 tweaking guide. I highly recommend you use Windows 7 in its default state for at least a week before you start tweaking it. There are new features in Windows 7 that may seem like unnecessary bloat at first that you may discover actually help you get things done faster.
Wizzard67 noticed that the Intel SSD toolkit and firmware should be fixed and re-released by the end of the month. Intel has confirmed an issue with the firmware update process for 34nm (G2) Intel® X25-M SSDs (80GB and 160GB). This predominantly affected Windows* 7 (64bit) users during or immediately after the upgrade process to 02HA firmware using the firmware update tool (version 1.3). Intel plans to release a fix for this issue by the end of November 2009.
Brains spotted this laptop reliability study. Mac fans are often quick to claim superior performance from their Apple laptops, but a study from a warranty supplier in the US has ranked the reliability of their hardware fourth behind Asus, Toshiba and Sony.
The NDA has been lifted on ATI's new flagship video card. The ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics processing unit (GPU) joins a growing list of the world's first and only graphics cards to fully support Microsoft DirectX 11 technology and ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology. The ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card delivers 4.6 TeraFLOPS of compute power, 3200 stream procesors, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, ensuring superior performance in the latest DirectX 11 games, as well as in previous versions of DirectX and OpenGL titles.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with cancer. "Doctors say he has diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a relatively common form of lymphoma," Jody Allen, who is Paul Allen's sister, said in the memo. "This is tough news for Paul and the family. But for those who know Paul's story, you know he beat Hodgkin's a little more than 25 years ago, and he is optimistic he can beat this, too."
The Pirate Bay has shut their tracker down for good, thanks Khalil and others. Switching to trackerless and torrentless downloading on public BitTorrent sites does indeed seem to be an option. Previously, many people thought that BitTorrent would collapse if a dominant tracker like the Pirate Bay went down, but this doomsday scenario never unfolded. In fact, the recent downtime of the tracker did not slow down or stop many transfers, as DHT and PEX seamlessly took over.
TechSpot have a 7-way P55 motherboard roundup. Should you decide to go with the Core i5 750 processor, the next and possibly most difficult choice is which motherboard to purchase. Already there are over 40 possible motherboard options to choose from and today we'll be taking a look at quite a few of the better examples.
LegitReviews checked out two SSDs in RAID0. Today, we will be taking a look at the performance of two Kingston 40GB V Series Boot Drive SSDs. Two of these drives can be bought today for $115 each, which at $230. You can put them into RAID 0 and have a nice little 80GB data array.
LegionHW meanwhile consider Left 4 Dead 2 graphics performance. Valve is about to officially release its latest gaming title, Left 4 Dead 2, and we decided to check it out. The focus of our article is not so much on game play, but rather how well certain graphics cards perform when using maximum in-game visual settings at a range of resolutions.
InsideHW looked at NVIDIA PhysX performance. We decided to give you an insight on performance rates from GeForce GTS 250 (GeForce 9800GTX+) with price tag slightly above 100€ up to two GTX 200 GPUs that have slightly higher price tags than that. Support for these was powerful rig based on Core i7 920 CPU that we overclocked from default 2.66GHz up to 3.4GHz just to be sure no bottlenecks would appear.
Hanes have a new range of gamer underwear. Erm. I don't really have anything more to say about that.
NASA and Microsoft are giving you the chance to be a Martian, or at least, learn a bit about Mars. Seems to need their Silverlight plugin thing, though.
NVIDIA have a new budget card, the GeForce GT 240. This is their first GDDR5 card but probably isn't too exciting for the performance crowd, lacking DirectX 11 support and largely aimed at replacing onboard video. Coverage on Tweaktown, HWZone, Guru3D, HotHardware, TechPowerUp and LegitReviews.
Michael Atkinson has sent a 6-page reply to someone concerned about the lack of R18+ classification for games in Australia, thanks Vanguard. There's a summary here on Reddit, or you can find links to the letter itself here. I think you will find this issue has little traction with my constituents who are more concerned with real-life issues than home entertainment in imaginary worlds.
On a related note, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 came out recently, and apart from amusing pictures and annoyance about the lack of dedicated servers, it has also angered Russia enough to ban and recall all copies of the game. As everybody knows by now, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 includes an incredibly controversial level set in a Russian airport that has generated much discussion. The level has proven to be so inflammatory that the real-life Russia has acted, recalling all copies of the game from stores and effectively banning the title.
GoN meanwhile have a review of Shattered Horizon, the 3d spacesuit shooter. Interestingly this is the first actual game from FutureMark, more famous for their benchmarks. Now, calling a shooter original in this day and age is high praise indeed. The originality comes in the form of true space combat; players don space suits and have the ability to move and orientate themselves in any, three-dimensional direction.
Back to COD:MW2 - Guru3D have some VGA performance numbers. Last week the long awaited sequel to Call of Duty Modern Warfare was released -- COD Modern Warfare 2 probably has been one of the biggest anticipated PC game titles this year. This is Guru3D.com we have a fetish for graphics cards and games, as such we took no less than twenty-three graphics configurations and put performance to the test.
HotHardware checked out the Fusion-io ioXtreme PCI Express SSD. Today we've got a full deep-dive look at Fusion-io's ioXtreme PCI Express Solid State Drive. Weighing in at a pricey $899 for 80GB (standard card), it's definitely still a high ticket item but it's at least approachable now, for those of you that have the need for speed as they say. Just how much speed? And what about RAIDing a couple of these bad boys together?
Thermaltake have a online cooler survey where you can win prizes for telling them what you think. Your responses will help us to address any issues that you may have as well as to better target our products and services to meet your needs.
(link) Monday, 16-November-2009 06:48:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I went away for a couple of days and when I came back, turning on my PC gave me a really weird problem. It wouldn't pick up an address from DHCP and kept choosing a 169.* address which isn't valid for my LAN. After the usual things of renewing the lease, assigning a static address, trying a different cable and switch port, deleting the NIC driver etc, I still had no joy, but other PCs on the LAN were fine. Some Googling found a few more suggestions, one of which was to power the PC off, boot it with no LAN cable, then insert the cable after it had finished booting. That worked! Bizarre.
ASUS have a Mona Lisa of motherboards in the lobby of their headquarters in Taiwan. Asus designers reportedly dreamed up this Mona Lisa. The work represents two things: a reminder of the technology that Asus built its fortune on and the company’s ethos to encourage and support “any kind of crazy ideas.”
Rezin noticed that YouTube will be getting high-def 1080p soon. He also said, then, that YouTube stores all video it receives at the resolution it's uploaded at. So when YouTube ads a resolution option, as it did then and is doing now, it simply needs to re-encode videos for the new player, not get new raw content.
Wessam spotted this explanation of computation theory aimed at educating lawyers. It's freaking gargantuan so I haven't read it. Also, it's now clear that just as you wouldn't go into litigation without a lawyer, if you are wise, because that is their area of expertise, lawyers also shouldn't assume they understand software and patents and how they relate unless they get help from technology experts who know how software and computers, and the underlying math, really work.
The Large Hadron Collider has suffered a fair few setbacks, but will apparently fire up again this week. Right now, particles are circulating through six of the eight sectors of the LHC’s 17-mile track, and the last two sectors will be turned on in the coming week. If the machine doesn’t break down again, physicists will finally have their long-awaited collider and, hopefully, start answering those nagging questions about the universe.
A few people sent in this story of someone crashing his Bugatti Veyron into a lake. Driving weather's been perfect in southeast Texas lately, so it's anyone's guess how this genius skipped his million-dollar-plus Bugatti Veyron off the road and right into a freaking lake. Despite the cost, Veyrons certainly aren't amphibious. Video of the crash here, discussion here.
Apparently NVIDIA are not blocking Lucid Hydra after all. Brown contacted us earlier today and informed us that Nvidia "had nothing to do with MSI's decision to postpone its Big Bang Fuzion motherboard." Furthermore, he affirmed that Nvidia would not place any technical roadblocks in Lucid's path, stating: "As I mentioned, we welcome Lucid to the market and have no intention of blocking them with our drivers, etc."
TheInq reckon the RIAA has forced a small town to shut down its free WiFi service, thanks enigma. Imagine its shock when the MPAA forced the town to shut down its entire free municipal WiFi network because of a single instance of a single user illegally downloading a copyrighted movie.
Byteside have two new episodes, with the Games Show: On Games it's the uber-elite world of Pro-gaming, topics covered include: pro-gamer training tips, how to break into the big league, why is it all dominated by Counter-Strike and Starcraft and the perils of a pro-gaming career. And the Tech Show: Topics covered include: the evolution and future of overclocking, hot hardware, the modding scene, extreme components and cooling.
Once again we're having an OCAU Secret Santa. If you want to get involved, sign up by the 30th of November.
It seems Intel and AMD have settled their differences, announcing an agreement to end all outstanding legal disputes includnig antitrust litigation and patent licensing disputes. Under terms of the agreement, AMD and Intel obtain patent rights from a new 5-year cross license agreement, Intel and AMD will give up any claims of breach from the previous license agreement, and Intel will pay AMD $1.25 billion. More info here.
Meanwhile HP are planning to acquire 3Com. The deal is valued at $2.7 billion, or $7.90 per share. HP says the purchase is intended to boost its networking business, particularly in China, where most of 3Com's business is focused. More info here, thanks SpudBoy.
Zombieland co-writer Rhett Reese has drawn fire for saying the 1 million bittorrent downloads of his film may affect the chances of a sequel being made, thanks Rage. Zombieland grossed more than $60.8 million in 17 days, even surpassing the remake of the Dawn of the Dead to become the top-grossing zombie film in history. That does not really sound like something that will prevent a sequel to us.
LostCircuits have an SSD primer explaining NAND flash technology in depth. The predominant SSD storage medium at this moment is NAND flash memory and this is not likely to change in the near future even though new technologies such as phase change memory, magnetoresistive memory, resistive memory, organic memory, nanotube-based memory and finally NOR flash are on the horizon.
A recent Microsoft interview contained comments that Windows 7 was deliberately Mac-like, but those comments were hurriedly retracted. Simon was incorrect in describing Windows 7 in this way and subsequent headlines claiming that the Mac OS inspired Windows 7 are totally inaccurate.
The Mars rover "Spirit" is stuck in a sand trap. NASA will begin transmitting commands to its Mars exploration rover Spirit on Monday as part of an escape plan to free the venerable robot from its Martian sand trap.
The latest odd happening caught by Google Maps Street View is an old lady being knocked off her bike, seemingly by a fire engine. Luckily, the Googlers stopped to help. Hey guys... where's the fire?
Jammahead reminded us of an easy way to contact your Attorney General and let them know your feelings on the lack of an R18+ classification for video games in Australia. Particularly if you live in South Australia. :)
(link) Thursday, 12-November-2009 12:52:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg
It also seems Microsoft have patented sudo, or something that looks a lot like it. Obviously, if they could figure that out, they'd never have issued this patent in the first place. The fact that they did, without realizing the implications, or the obviousness, or the prior art, tells us that the USPTO simply lacks the foundational technical information, or the awareness of technical history, to make wise patent decisions about software and patents.
Google have announced a new programming language called Go, thanks Chook. No major systems language has emerged in over a decade, but over that time the computing landscape has changed tremendously. ... We believe it's worth trying again with a new language, a concurrent, garbage-collected language with fast compilation. Discussion here.
AusGamers have an article about building a high-definition HTPC for $500. Nvidia have changed all that with the introduction of VDPAU and their low-cost ION platform. VDPAU – which stands for Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix – allows Linux applications to offload video decoding to an Nvidia GPU. The ION platform is a small-form-factor motherboard/chipset combination that provides an Atom CPU, DDR2 memory, and a GeForce 9400M-class GPU.
One of the first released systems containing the ION platform is the Asrock Ion330.
Tech Report, HotHardware and PC Perspective all checked out the new Lucid Hydra GPU load-balancer. Now, a little more than a year after that first IDF showing, Lucid says its Hydra 200 chip is ready to ship in consumer systems. To underscore that point, the firm recently invited us to its San Jose, California offices to experience a Hyrda-based solution first-hand. We came away with our impressions of the Hydra solution in action, along with some of the first performance numbers to be released to the public.
MSI and HWBOT are having an online overclocking competition. Therefore, on behalf of MSI, we invite all overclockers around the world to join the Xtreme Speeder P55 Online Competition and to challenge undiscovered extreme overclocking territory of MSI P55 and Intel Lynnfield CPU.
Gigabyte meanwhile have a web-based competition. The GIGABYTE “Smart 6 Challenge” web activity started October 19, 2009, and ends November 27, 2009. Participants need to collect the energy of Smart 6 to help the GIGABYTE warrior defend the earth against a slew of alien invaders. Once you have successfully collected the Smart 6 energy within the set time, you will have a chance to win one of the latest GIGABYTE Intel P55 chipset based motherboards.
Matthew sent in this video-game with real-life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the players computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the players ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted.
NinjaLane have some PhysX performance tests, while Bjorn3D looked at PhysX in Darkest of Days. Nvidia Physx has brought us some rather unique effects in this game for instance denser smoke, blowing leaves, more paricles from exploding howitzer rounds, and sparks flying everywhere after firing our weapon.
Rupert Murdoch, annoyed at Google "stealing" his news content by indexing it, is threatening to remove the WSJ and other News Corp sites from the index as well as charging readers for access. When asked why he would buck the trend of offering free content, Murdoch said: "(The public) shouldn't have had it free. I think we've been asleep." Sounds like a brilliant plan you have there, Rupert.
AMD GPU owners playing Need For Speed: Shift might want to check out this report from LegitReviews. This Need For Speed: Shift Patch isn't out yet, but we managed to work our magic and get both the latest beta drivers from AMD and the game patch from EA to see how much smoother and better the game play will be for AMD video card users. We also toss in some NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards into the mix to check out the SLI scaling since the patch is optimized for multi-GPUs.
You can get in trouble for using your mobile phone while driving your car, but what about controlling your car with your mobile phone? We then set up wi-fi communication so we can drive the car from an iPhone as well as from a modified Power Wheels truck. Thanks Rezin.
Tweaktown looked at USB 3.0 SSD performance. We compared USB 3.0 performance against USB 2.0, eSATA, SATA 2.0 (directly connected to the test system) and Firewire 400 and 800. Testing was done on a new system running Windows 7 with a Core i5 750 processor that was hooked into a GIGABYTE P55A-UD4P motherboard, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a NEC USB 3.0 PCI-E x1 controller card. The specific USB 3.0 chip used was the D720200F1 from NEC Japan, one of the few available at the time of writing.
MadShrimps played with some liquid nitrogen on a GeForce GT 220. We pour some -180°C LN2 over NVIDIA's 40nm GPU to see how high it will scale. With the help of some voltage modifications we are ready to breach some world records at the low end of the video card scale.
Apparently Firefox is five years old already. That's a long time on the Internet, so let's celebrate five years of working together to make the Web better for everyone.
Meanwhile Sciby spotted this fairly neat customised free software installer. Ninite runs on Windows XP/Vista/7 and works in the background 100% hands-free. We install apps with default settings and say "no" to browser toolbars and other junk. All we do is install the latest versions of the apps you choose. Not even Ninite is installed.
NVIDIA's CEO has denied rumours of an x86 chip from them. "No," he said when asked if there was any truth to the rumor. "Nvidia's strategy is very, very clear. I'm very straightforward about it. Right now, more than ever, we have to focus on visual and parallel computing."
The Large Hadron Collider has been shut down by bread dropped onto it by a passing bird. You can't make this stuff up. The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine.
PCPerspective spent some time with GlobalFoundries, the fabrication spinoff of AMD. We spent some time recently with the team at GlobalFoundries to get an update on its status as an independent foundry company, its first and second customers, how the move to 32nm and 28nm is progressing and to speculate on what it means for the rest of the industry.
From BFM: Looking forward, there is so much excitement about the future that today sees the release of DarkBASIC Professional Online FREE - the full and unrestricted ad-supported version of the flagship product ... DarkBASIC Professional is definitely worth a look for anyone wanting to program their own games for use with Windows based systems.
XbitLabs checked out six SAS RAID controllers. We are going to compare six SAS RAID controllers we have reviewed before side by side in this roundup. Solutions from 3ware, Adaptec, Areca, HighPoint, LSI and promise - all in one article. They also have an ATI Radeon HD 5700 family review.
Remember to keep an eye on our Sponsor Specials Forum when you're shopping around. In there our various sponsors have deals and specials on media players, data recovery, webhosting, fitness supplements, software, PC components, modding gear, monitors and other goodies. There's even the occasional competition. Check it out!
Is your mouse not quite bristling with enough buttons? Try the 18-button OpenOfficeMouse assuming it's not a joke. The OpenOfficeMouse, or OOMouse, isn’t exactly the most attractive piece of hardware, but its creator claims that “16 buttons divided into two 8-button halves were the maximum number of buttons that could be efficiently used by feel alone.”
Australian iPhone users are being rickrolled by a worm, thanks Aurak. The attacks, which researchers say are the world's first iPhone worm in the wild, target jailbroken iPhones that have SSH software installed and keep Apple's default root password of "alpine." In addition to showing a well-coiffed picture of Astley, the new wallpaper displays the message "ikee is never going to give you up," a play on Astley's saccharine addled 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up."
InsideHW checked out all DirectX 11 cards. And there you have it – all DirectX 11 graphics cards at this moment. NVIDIA does not have any card in this category, neither has anything announced. When it comes to power consumption at IDLE, we don’t know how ATI accomplished their levels, but we cannot confirm those. Don’t get us wrong, those levels are higher than those that ATI published, but still compared to previous generations, very low. This will have positive impact on your electricity bill, but more importantly on temperature inside your chassis.
PhysOrg have a worrying report about people being framed for child porn by malware. An inspection for his defense revealed the laptop was severely infected. It was programmed to visit as many as 40 child porn sites per minute - an inhuman feat. While Fiola and his wife were out to dinner one night, someone logged on to the computer and porn flowed in for an hour and a half. Prosecutors performed another test and confirmed the defense findings. The charge was dropped - 11 months after it was filed.
A Danish anti-piracy group has thrown in the towel. In Denmark, the local anti-piracy outfit Antipiratgruppen has given up on trying to get illegal file-sharers convicted and has announced that it will no longer take them to court. This decision is the result of Antipiratgruppen’s inability to gather solid evidence, which has resulted in several lost court cases in the last year.
A visually-impaired gamer is suing Sony Online. Last month, disabled gamer Alexander Stern filed suit against Sony, Sony Online Entertainment, and Sony Computer Entertainment America in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The suit alleges that Sony is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to implement features to make its games accessible to visually impaired gamers.
On tonight's Good Game: In the face of the tsunami of protest over Junglists departure from the show, new presenter Hex and Bajo soldier on to bring you their experiences with this week’s new game releases. ... Catch Good Game Monday nights on ABC2 @ 8:30pm, or late Friday nights on ABC1, just before rage. Watch any episode at www.abc.net.au/goodgame. Or if you miss it, watch a higher quality version on ABC's iView service: www.abc.net.au/iview.
Resident code monkey matthudson has whipped up another neat little feature for the forums: Who Quoted Me?. This shows you the last few times you have been quoted in the forums, helping you find replies to you in threads you may have forgotten you posted in. You can find the link at top right in the forums under the "Welcome" message.
The USA's National Security Agency is apparently building a mammoth datacentre to house its ever-growing automated surveillance data - up to one yottabyte of it. There are a thousand gigabytes in a terabyte, a thousand terabytes in a petabyte, a thousand petabytes in an exabyte, a thousand exabytes in a zettabyte, and a thousand zettabytes in a yottabyte. In other words, a yottabyte is 1,000,000,000,000,000GB. More info here.
NVIDIA is taking aim at Intel, via the medium of editorial cartoons. Nvidia representatives and the cartoonist himself confirmed that Nvidia hosts the site, which is also linked to on its corporate blog. So far, the IntelsInsides.com site has only poked fun at Intel, although Bob Sherbin, Nvidia's head of corporate communications, said that other targets could be forthcoming. The site is here.
Internode are trialling IPv6 for ADSL customers for the first time in Australia, thanks Cam. Today's announcement marks the first time an Australian broadband provider has offered IPv6 services running in native mode on its national ADSL network: This means that IPv6 can work directly with any Internode ADSL service, offering concurrent IPv6 and IPv4 PPP access with any router or computer that supports it.
PCPerspective checked out AMD VISION. AMD hosted a group of technology reviewers November 3 at their LoneStar campus in Austin, Texas, to brief them on their next generation of notebooks featuring their new VISION technology.
Frostytech meanwhile look inside heatpipes. It's impossible to tell what type of wick a heatpipe uses in your favourite heatsink just by looking at it from the outside. The heatpipe would need to be cut open to find out the answer to that question, and doing so obviously destroy the thermal solution in the process. Instead we offer a rare look at behind the scenes technology which greatly influences thermal performance of modern CPU heatsinks - the heatpipe wick structure.
Our two recent articles reminded me that I've been a bit slack about updating the OCAU Content Archive in the Wiki. So I've gone through and added all the in-house articles since last time I did it, and they're also listed below:
You may have noticed already, but we now have a free image hosting service for people with OCAU Forum accounts. You can use the QuickLink ocau.com/pix to get there quickly. Anyway, use your forum login, upload pictures, receive forum code to put them into threads. Easy! There's a multiple upload feature and even a "rehosting" feature to grab pictures from elsewhere on the net. You can organise them into galleries if you like. If you tick the "public" box, they will be browseable on this page.
And this last one from Mindy, with a story: I'd briefly like to introduce you to TUNE! FM's new team member. He's yet to be named but we've established that his preferred sleeping space is inside our on-air Google Radio Automation server, on an AudioScience (Balanced) Soundcard!
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 125W
(link) Friday, 6-November-2009 03:30:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg
AMD recently released a new revision of their Phenom II X4 965 BE CPU. This CE Revision is intended to use less power and run cooler - hopefully allowing more overclocking.
New York's Attorney General has filed an antitrust suit against Intel. "Intel has engaged in a systematic worldwide campaign of illegal, exclusionary conduct to maintain its monopoly power and prices in the market for x86 microprocessors," the suit asserts. "By exacting exclusive or near-exclusive agreements from large computer makers in exchange for payments totaling billions of dollars, and threatening retaliation against any company that did not heed its wishes, Intel robbed its competitors of the opportunity to challenge Intel's dominance in key segments of the market. This illegal behavior was highly detrimental to consumers, competition, and innovation."
Mike noticed an interview with Australia's first gamer rights political party on Kotaku. Established in the wake of the controversial banning – and subsequent censorship – of Left 4 Dead 2, the Gamers 4 Croydon party plans to run against South Australian Attorney-General and R18+ videogame opponent Michael Atkinson in next year’s state election. I caught up with party founder David Doe to discuss those plans.
BoingBoing have a leaked copyright treaty, and are quite concerned about it. The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to "national security" concerns, has leaked. It's bad.
Timbot spotted a French gaming magazine firing consoles through walls. I'm not sure why. :) The District 9-esque gallery of cockroaches infiltrating data centers (above) is clever, but the "Overheating" photo shoot of products being thrown through a wall out of frustration is definitely the main highlight here.
Google Dashboard now centralizes privacy settings, thanks Rezin. Google has launched Dashboard, which enables users of its products - such as Gmail, YouTube and Blogger - to centrally manage privacy settings and monitor how much data is stored on Google's servers.
Fancy a crack at game development? Epic have released a free Unreal Development Kit. Gears of War and Unreal developer Epic Games today released its Unreal Engine 3 dev tools as a free download, aimed at providing noncommercial and educational use of the technology that powers many PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games.
Steve Jobs has been crowned CEO of the decade by Fortune. In the past 10 years alone he has radically and lucratively reordered three markets - music, movies, and mobile telephones - and his impact on his original industry, computing, has only grown.
NismoR31 sends word that voting is now open for OCAU Iron Photographer for October. Below we have every competitor’s entry listed anonymously. Voting is simple. Select your single favourite entry and the winning OCAUer will be revealed at the end of the month. Official October 2009 Theme: "There Is No Theme".
Interesting Forum Threads
(link) Thursday, 5-November-2009 10:21:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a quick snapshot of what people are looking at in the forums:
From Wessam: Just stumbled upon this - looks like there's approximately a week to get your opinion in. A written submission process is underway by Australian Government Advisory Council on Intellectual Property: Review of Patentable Subject Matter. ACIP are currently seeking public comment to an options paper with a submission deadline in electronic form or hard copy of Friday, 13 November 2009. Cluey OCAUers would be suggested to read up on it here and here for the relevance of this submission process to software patents.
JC spotted this video on AusGamers that shows a bit more clearly the difference between the censored and uncensored versions of L4D2. For those wondering how they did it, I assume they recorded an in-game demo then played it back in both versions and used video software to split the screen. Clever stuff, anyway.
ArsTechnica meanwhile show how you can play as "infected" in the L4D2 demo. The Left 4 Dead 2 demo is a great time, but the lack of versus mode play with the new infected is something of a disappointment. You won't have to wait until the game launches on the 15th, however; a clever chap out there has created a plug-in to allow you to play competitive games with the demo, and to try out the new special infected.
If the Zombie Apocalypse does kick off, I'd hope to have a car like this to get around with. The TRAX STI is an experimental automobile that starts with Block's competition-ready Subaru WRX STI before ditching the tires, adding snow cat tracks, and upgrading to some next-level suspension to create the ultimate backcountry shred car. Maybe with cannons and flame-throwers on the roof instead of a snowboard rack, though.
ArsTechnica also have an article about the possibility of an x86 CPU from nVIDIA. The idea has cropped up again in an analyst note from Doug Freedman of Broadpoint AmTech, in which Freedman claims that NVIDIA has been hiring former Transmeta engineers to work on a secret x86 processor that will appear sooner rather than later.
Phoronix have a Linux Graphics Survey. For the past two years we have hosted an annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we ask well over 20,000 users each time their video card preferences, driver information, and other questions about their view of the Linux graphics stack. This year we are hosting the survey once again to allow the development community to get a better understanding of the video hardware in use, what open-source and closed-source drivers are being used, and other relevant information that will help them and the Linux community.
2009 OCAU Server Upgrade
(link) Wednesday, 4-November-2009 17:22:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I finally got around to finishing the article about our recent server upgrade and hosting change. I'll warn you now it's fairly long and waffly, but for interested people it'll give you some insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of a fairly busy website. If you just want the shiny pictures, they're on page 2. :)
SemiAccurate take a look at a 100-core CPU. TILERA IS CLAIMING to have the first commercial CPU to reach 100 cores, and while this is true, the real interesting technology is in the interconnects. The overall chip is quite a marvel, and it is unlike any mainstream CPU you have ever heard of.
BoingBoing report that an independent poll has found heavy illegal downloaders buy more music. This is in line with many other studies elsewhere and is easy to understand: people who are music superfans do more of everything to do with music: they see more live shows, listen to more radio, buy more CDs, buy more botlegs of live shows, buy more t-shirts, talk about music more, do more downloading -- all of it.
On a related note, TechDirt cover a 60 Minutes report on movie piracy. Except they don't show any proof whatsoever that organized crime has anything to do with movie piracy at all. They just claim it, talk about Mexican gangs, and then assume it must be true. But, of course, most of the report actually focuses on the internet and file sharing of movies -- which completely goes against the claim that organized crime is "making its money" off of video piracy.
Hector Ruiz, former CEO of AMD, has resigned as Globalfoundries Chairman amid allegations of providing information to inside traders. Mr. Ruiz provided information about A.M.D.’s efforts to divest its foundry operations to one of the defendants in the case, Danielle Chiesi, according to news reports. Ms. Chiesi shared that information with her then-employer, the hedge fund New Castle Funds, before passing it along to Mr. Rajaratnam of Galleon.
Games.on.net have a video showing the differences in the censored Australian version of L4D2. For instance, we miss out on the zombie riot cop character, because even killing an undead cop constitutes violence against an authority figure. It was that sort of content that got the otherwise fairly tame Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure banned outright.
The NSW Government has called for two new green datacentres for their IT needs. Over 30 agencies supporting dozens of data centres are currently in use by the NSW Government, which plans to move them all into the two efficient facilities by 2011. The request for tender will be released in early 2010, and will be issued as a 10 year contract, with two blocks of five year extensions for the design, construction and maintenance of the facilities.
Tweaktown give us a little preview of SATA 6G and some issues with it so far. So what of SATA 6G? - It eats up a hefty 600MB/s (theoretical) running on a single PCI-e Gen 1 lane, which means you lose 350MB/s; something you are bound to notice. But there is something even larger at stake here. When we tested the external PCI-e x1 SATA 6G controller on the ASRock P55 Deluxe, we saw performance that was less than 100MB/s when this controller was plugged into the only PCI-e x1 slot.
Phoronix compare CentOS 5.4 vs. OpenSuSE 11.2 vs. Ubuntu 9.10, performance-wise. With the release of CentOS 5.4 last month to bring this community enterprise operating system on par with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5.4, we decided it was a good time to see how the server / workstation performance between this new CentOS release compares to that of Ubuntu 9.10, which was released last week, and also how it performs up against the release candidate of OpenSuSE 11.2.
HWZone checked out the "Power of 3" platform. Intel and NVIDIA have allied themselves in the battle against AMD with the introduction of the "Power of 3" platform. Simply put, it is any combination of Intel's P55 chipset and Core i5 processors, and NVIDIA's graphics card. Today, we are going to pit it against an all AMD system to see if it is really the superior setup.
Google are hitting the streets in Australia's capital cities once again, to update Google Maps Street View. Foster said the new images would be "crisper than before" and the face- and number plate-blurring technology would be more accurate. He said the new images would be added to Google Maps "sometime within the next year".
Here's a cool real-world take on the old Lunar Lander game. Replacing Atari's vector graphics, my Lunar Lander is a model that hangs on fishing line and flys over a paper mache landscape. Stepper motors provide accurate control of the position and a servo controls the rotation.
Microsoft have given the world a sneak peak inside one of their datacentres. Microsoft recently opened its Chicago Data Center. In its first phase, the ground floor of the facility is designed to hold up to 56 containers, each filled with anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 servers.
The flamewar surrounding Good Game ex-host Junglist's replacement by Stephanie Bendixsen continues, thanks Elv15. Now the broadcaster has dismissed the allegation by issuing a few choice words about the former host's performance. "The reason for replacing Jeremy Ray was ongoing behind the scenes performance based issues," said a statement from ABC TV publicist Tony Brooks.
Following up on Saturday's NSFW LAN cafe link, Hagar offers more info: My wife, who can speak Russian confirmed that this was at a professional computer games tournament and it was the tournament organiser who arranged the strippers, but the comment was that the players were ‘heroical’ enough to disregard the distractions and continue to play the tournament – how professional! Indeed!
I still think this kind of comparison is pretty silly, but now Australia's broadband has been proven to be slower than a pigeon, thanks HyRax1. The pigeon arrived first clocking in at one hour and five minutes, the car two hours and ten minutes and the internet dropped out twice and didn't even make it at all. So by this logic we should all be driving pigeons to work. ;)
ChrisH sends word that Iron Musician Voting is on again. So this month was huge. Some new competition showed up, and boy was it good! We also had the veterans in the mix, with Ed, nickeax and last months winner, Willy dropping in a track. The way my guitar lessons are going I'll be able to enter in about a year. :)
AMD Athlon II X4 620
(link) Sunday, 1-November-2009 13:16:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg
mAJORD has an impressively detailed review of AMD's Athlon II X4 620, a budget quad-core CPU. Athlon II X4 is codename Propus - A Quad-core Phenom II in every way, but with NO L3 Cache. That's really all there is to it. The plus side though, is that the die size is considerably smaller. ... End result.. more chips can fit on a single wafer.. many more infact, so they can be sold a LOT cheaper. Good for us.