Don't forget, Tshirt orders close tomorrow. I understand payments take a little while to clear but make sure you get your order email in!
There's a proposal for a "3-strikes" system for pirates in Australia. Under a proposal released by telco industry body the Communications Alliance, users will receive an "education notice" if they are suspected of pirating content like movies. If they persist, they will be issued with up to three warning notices within a 12-month period. If a user continues to pirate content after that, they would then face the prospect of having their details passed on to copyright holders, allowing them to institute legal action. Discussion continues in this thread.
Robert Llewellyn has blogged from the set of Red Dwarf, where filming of Season 10 is underway! We are making 6 new episodes to go out on Dave in 2012. It’s very likely, if not definite, they will also be shown in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand too. All the original cast are appearing, Craig, Chris Danny and myself as Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten.
There's an Electric Vehicle Trial happening soon in Victoria. Households selected for the trial will be provided with a car and charging infrastructure. You will have to pay for your own electricity, which will be cheaper than filling up with petrol. You will also need to provide information about where, when and how you drive the car, and what you think about it.
MoJoMaN sent word that WiFi might fry your sperm. In a report in the venerable medical journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men, placed a few drops under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and then hit download. Four hours later, the semen was, eh, well-done.
Here's some amazing photos from inside an Amazon.com facility. These pictures are from Swansea, Wales. The Amazon Swansea fulfillment center is one of the largest Amazon warehouses in the world.
Rezin spotted that Internode have footage from the recent Gorgeous Festival. Kicking off, we thought we'd show you some exclusive footage from the Gorgeous Festival, held in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Aussie rock legends, Icehouse, supported by Josh Pyke and Emma Louise were recorded live on the 26th of November event, exclusively for Internode customers.
Battlefield 3 has been banned in Iran. Not too surprising, given much of it is set in Iran. This is one occasion where the realism depicted in video games has caused backlash: Various locations within Tehran are represented with alarming accuracy – including an assortment of industrial and urban settings as well as military spots. One scene is set within the city’s iconic Grand Bazaar.
Here's a quite beautiful video shot using Google Maps, thanks Andypoo. Google Street View stop motion animation short made as a personal project by director Tom Jenkins. Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.
Aviation fans will find this video from VooDoo interesting, but a bit sad. It shows the RAAF F-111s being disposed of in landfill now they've been retired.
Some Australian security professionals have argued unsuccessfully for ethical hacking safeguards in Australia. Maurushat and “many others” argued that Australia requires a “security research exemption” because the law “does not distinguish the motivation for hacking”. She cited the case of OSI Security researcher Patrick Webster who was hit with legal threats after he quietly disclosed vulnerabilities to First State Superannuation. Those charges were eventually dropped following media pressure.
Meanwhile a Google engineer has attacked security companies for apparently exaggerating security threats on smartphones. "Yes, a virus of the traditional kind is possible, but not probable. The barriers to spreading such a program from phone to phone are large and difficult enough to traverse when you have legitimate access to the phone," DiBona said.
Fujitsu have a new supercomputer. What makes this particular announcement interesting is the fact that PRIMEHPC FX10 will be using the SPARC64 IXfx processor, the successor chip to the SPARC64 VIIIfx, which is currently used in the world's fastest supercomputer, K Computer system, in Japan. However, instead of eight cores, the SPARC64 IXfx integrates 16 cores, which means that Fujitsu's 23.2 PFlops supercomputer would boast a stunning 1,572,864 processing cores - more than twice the number of cores in the K Computer's 705,024.
Will sends word of TRIM coming to RAID. Exciting news for anyone currently using their new SSD in RAID0! Intel will finally be bringing TRIM support. Currently the only way for TRIM to function on an SSD is to operate in AHCI mode. This means that drives in high-performance arrays such as RAID0 lose the NAND cleaning benefits which could decrease speeds as time goes on or as the drives fill up. Intel has stated that current RST versions don't yet support TRIM, but it will be unveiling it with RST 11.5.
You'll soon be able to rent an iPad full of games on Jetstar flights. As the new in-flight entertainment program is rolled out over the coming weeks on selected Jetstar flights, including Australian domestic, trans Tasman and short-haul international flights between Australia and New Zealand, passengers will have the option to rent iPads when flying longer than 2 hours for A$10 to A$15 per flight.
A camera has been found after a year lost at sea. Actual story: found off the end of a wharf in Deep Bay, BC while I was diving on a job for the harbour. I removed the SD card, cleaned it up, stuck it in a card reader and after being underwater in a corroding camera since August 2010 - it works! Approximately 50 pictures on the card from a family vacation.
The Philippines is the new capital of call centres. More Filipinos — about 400,000 — than Indians now spend their nights talking to mostly American consumers, industry officials said, as companies like AT&T, JPMorgan Chase and Expedia have hired call centers here, or built their own. The jobs have come from the United States, Europe and, to some extent, India as outsourcers followed their clients to the Philippines.
The Chinese government meanwhile seems to be encouraging future engineers, thanks Archades. Government leadership in Shanghai wants to build 100 community hackerspaces funded by the Chinese government. Each space will be at least 100 square meters, open 200 days a year, and come equipped with wood and metal lathes, saws, drills, grinders, mills, and more electronics than we can imagine.
A bar in London offers pee-controlled video games in the urinals. “Sophisticated algorithms then allow the user to do something simple, but VERY engaging – controlling the system just by aiming their stream left or right!” the blurb says on Captive Media’s website. So with the skiing game, you’re able to navigate the course with some subtle but deft movements. How well you do at the game is entirely in your hands, so to speak.
There's some DNS flakery that might be affecting your ability to browse OCAU (and read this message) this morning. "Add more redundant DNS" has been on my To-Do list for a while, and just got bumped up a few places, so hopefully I'll be able to knock that problem on the head tonight. Put 220.127.116.11 for www.overclockers.com.au and forums.overclockers.com.au in your hosts file for a temporary fix.
TechCrunch took a tour at a giant Foxconn factory. The plant, called Foxconn City, is one of Foxconn’s 26 major and minor factories around the world. Built by founder Terry Guo in 1974, the City was the first of the many sprawling Foxconn complexes and covers three square kilometers. It is home to over 400,000 workers, many of whom live in university-style dorms on the Foxconn campus.
A few people sent in this Samsung ad which lampoons Apple owners. Although the ad takes a new approach, Samsung is hardly the first brand to challenge Apple’s cult-like following. SanDisk bashed “iPuppets” and “iSheep” in 2006 when it took on the iPod’s dominance in the portable MP3 player category. More recently, Motorola attempted to one-up one of Apple’s proudest moment — its legendary “1984? Macintosh ad — with a Super Bowl ad for the Xoom tablet that, like this latest Samsung commercial, presents Apple followers as clueless automatons.
I spotted this low profile video card which they reckon is powerful enough for Skyrim or BF3. For these types of cards, I opt to test under “real world” conditions since this is not the top-tier enthusiast kit. This is a card for normal people with normal budgets and normal desktop PCs. Personally I thought of MicroServers when I read that.
There's a social media storm about Nissan awarding a free car to a friend. On Monday Nissan announced that the winner of the free car was Zac Martin, a digital strategist with George Patterson Y&R. Nissan's customer experience channel co-ordinator, Simon Oboler, who runs Nissan's Facebook and other social media pages, is described by Martin as his "BFF" [best friend forever] on his blog.
Here's another super-tiny PC. The Cotton Candy might look like just a regular USB stick, but inside it dwells the parts of an Android phone or tablet — a 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos ARM CPU, ARM Mali-400 MP quad-core GPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro SD card slot for storage, and a HDMI jack on the opposite end. So, what's the point? When you plug it into a computer (Mac or PC) via USB or a TV via HDMI you've got Android 2.3 in all its glory.
Check out this very expensive coffee table. The Crashed Ferrari Table by French designer Charly Molinelli is a coffee table containing a wrecked Ferrari. To make the table, Molinelli found a totaled Ferrari and had it crushed to fit the dimensions of the table. The table now resides in a private home.
Rockofclay points out that the Australian Synchrotron is having an open day this weekend. The Australian Synchrotron open day will be held on the 27th November 2011. Entry to the Australian Synchrotron Open Day is free but bookings are essential. Online bookings for Self-Guided and Specialist Tours opened at 9am on Friday 7 October 2011.
Corsair are crowing that they've beaten the world record for memory frequency. It looks, err, very cold. After several sessions of overclocking I was finally able to break 3400MHz memory frequency barrier which was just shy of the world record by 43MHz. Getting those last few MHz was really tough! After countless blue screens and crashes I was able to get 3467.8MHz however the CPUz validation was corrupt. I had the screenshot but it was useless without the validation. I continued to test and after an hour of blue screens I was able to get the validation file with the memory at 3467.8MHz and take the world record!
Tech Report checked out mid-range Skyrim performance. We've followed up our look at Battlefield 3 performance with a similar comparison of mid-range graphics cards in The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim.
BenchmarkReviews have an X79 comparison. As part of the Sandy Bridge Extreme CPU launch, Benchmark Reviews received several new X79 Express motherboards to test. Each motherboard's aimed at a different audience and has different features. In this article I'll compare the stock and overclocked performance of each motherboard to see if there are any significant differences.
Tweaktown meanwhile looked at CrossFireX x3 performance. With how intensive games are these days, hitting a CPU limitation becomes harder and harder - even more so when you start to throw ultra-high resolutions into the mix. Today we'll be looking at the performance of our X79 platform with the three Sapphire HD 6970s on hand.
PCPerspective spoke to Jessie from Antec. Recently, Antec's Communications Manager Jessie Lawrence stopped by the office and we sat down for a small interview to ask him about the new case designs, what he likes about working in this cut throat industry and how Antec plans to stem the tides against the competition.
OCAU Major Sponsors MSI Australia are giving away some prize packs including an MSI X79A-GD45 Motherboard! To celebrate the release of Intel's latest and greatest X79 chipset along with their new 2nd generation i7 processors on LGA2011, MSI are giving one OCAU forum members the chance to win their own X79A-GD45 motherboard and 2 prize packs. Good luck!
(link) Monday, 21-November-2011 12:11:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Arstechnica wonder if a smartphone, in particular the iPhone 4S or Galaxy S II, can replace a real camera. We took a series of subjects in a couple different lighting scenarios: flowers in outdoor lighting, a building at sunset, and some shots in very low indoor lighting at home and at a bar. We'll show you our comparison shots, noting the performance in each case as well as considering what each device was like to carry, pull out, set up, and take each shot.
Samsung meanwhile have unveiled a touch-screen table. The ‘surface’ table is 40 inches and can also feel 50 touches at once. It can also feel pens and pointers where as iPhones currently can only react to finger touch. The full HD screen has a windows PC built into the table and the table is just 4 inches thick. The table screen can also detect objects on the table.
iiNet have aquired TransACT. The acquisition, expected for completion by the end of the month, would provide iiNet with at least 40,000 additional subscribers and major infrastructure components including a hybrid-fibre coaxial network in regional Victoria and a growing fibre-to-the-premises business in Canberra housing estates. There's some suggestion this is part of an "NBN land-grab", but their CEO says it wasn't a factor.
TechSpot have a Skyrim performance test. Based on early estimates, Skyrim has shipped seven million copies worldwide across all platforms, including digital stores such as Steam. During a peak hour last Monday, Valve's platform alone recorded some 287,000 Skyrim players -- greater than the combined peak activity of MW3, Counter-Strike, Football Manger 2012 and Team Fortress 2.
Meanwhile PCPerspective wonder about BF3 performance on laptops. If we’re honest, a lot of our hearts have been stirred simply by the way the game looks. There aren’t many titles that really let a modern mid-range graphics card stretch its legs, even at 1080p resolution. Battlefield 3, however, can be demanding - and it looks beautiful. Even with the presets at medium, it’s one of the most attractive games ever.
Oracle say that HP have been keeping Itanium alive, in "a remake of Weekend at Bernie's". Intel would have ended the product had HP not paid it to do so, according to Oracle, which is facing a lawsuit because its decision to end support "undermined the rationale for paying Intel". HP wants Itanium to continue because its success rate at winning service contracts on non-HP UX systems, like Linux on x86 microprocessors, is much lower than with customers running HP UX systems, Oracle argues.
(link) Sunday, 20-November-2011 09:03:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's some reviews and projects from people in the forums:
From Andrew: Thought I'd drop you a line to tell you that in the Muon1 Distributed Particle Accelerator Design (DPAD) Project, a member of your team had the best design for a lattice. User '[OCAU] badger' had the best design int he PhaseRotEb6a lattice, which started December 2007. A video of the design has been made, and a writeup of the lattice will be here shortly. I'll admit I'm not entirely sure what all that means, but congrats to Badger anyway! :)
Rambus have lost their $4B lawsuit against Micron and Hynix. The IP licensing company, which has become widely known for its litigious ways, lost more than 60% of its market value following the ruling amid investors' fears that the company wouldn't be able to sustain its business model. The case revolved around allegations that Micron, Hynix and others had engaged in price-fixing to keep Rambus' RDRAM memory technology from gaining widespread adoption.
Seagate's CEO says it will be a while until the HDD market recovers from the flooding in Thailand. Each of the hundreds of thousands of drives Seagate’s Thai factories ship every day contain parts from 130 or so suppliers, many still under three feet of water. The projections by some Wall Street analysts that production will be back to pre-flood levels by summer are nonsense, Luczo says. “This is going to take a lot longer than people are assuming, until the end of 2012 at least,” he says. “And by then, demand will have gone up.”
The James Webb Telescope, expected to supercede Hubble, has recieved full funding approval from the House of Representatives. “It’s certainly a major improvement in our position,” says NASA’s John Mather, senior project scientist for JWST and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics. “Especially considering that not too many months ago one of the subcommittees voted to give us zero dollars.”
Overclockers.com have taken Bulldozer to 8GHz. Hopefully this will be helpful for anyone out there with Bulldozer and Liquid Nitrogen, and for everyone else I hope it uncovers the secrets of how its done. It worked for me to the tune of 8.06GHz and currently 17th place in the world.
Sciby spotted this F1-style wheel for sim racers, with an interesting twist. You turn via what looks like a super responsive accelerometer and it has more than 20 buttons on it to give you one-touch access to everything you need. The real genius here is the gas and brake, though. Any hardcore racer will tell you, a simple button that just turns gas on/of or brake on/off just plain sucks. There’s no nuance. No control. Traditionally, expensive steering wheel rigs have featured foot pedals to accomodate this. While that’s definitely a more realistic driving experience it makes the rig extremely unportable. What they did for the SRW-S1 is to put a couple “paddles” on the back, that give you extremely nuanced control over acceleration and braking.
LegitReviews checked out DDR3 performance on X79. We started out running a single module at 1333MHz and then another module at a time to test dual channel, triple channel and finally quad channel. The Intel X79 chipet on the Intel SX79SI motherboard was able to properly run each memory configuration. The benchmark results in Sandra 2012 were very impressive in the sense that the benchmark results were nearly linear when moving from single channel to triple channel memory.
AMD has some new Opterons, previously code-named Interlagos and Valencia, with up to 16 cores. “Our industry is at a new juncture; virtualization has provided a new level of reliable consolidation and businesses are now looking to the cloud for even more agility and efficiency. We designed the new AMD Opteron processor for this precise moment,” said Paul Struhsaker, corporate vice president and general manager, Commercial Business, AMD. More here on ArsTechnica.
Meanwhile NVIDIA's Tegra CPUs are part of an upcoming supercomputer. The chipmaker said today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is developing a new hybrid supercomputer that, for the first time, combines energy-efficient Nvidia Tegra CPUs (central processing units), based on the ARM chip architecture, with Nvidia's graphics processing units (GPUs).
If you happen to see any prototype Blade laptops, Razer would like them back. Razer is working closely with the authorities, as you do when something this valuable is stolen, and they urge their fans not to buy any suspiciously Blade-like laptops in back alleys or out of the backs of pickups.
Applidium have figured out how Siri works. As a result, we are able to use Siri’s recognition engine from any device. Yes, that means anyone could now write an Android app that uses the real Siri! Or use Siri on an iPad! And we’re goign to share this know-how with you.
A Dutch artist decided to print out all the photos uploaded to Flickr in one day. He has created this amazing room of one million images after downloading and printing out every picture uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period. For his project, Photography In Abundance, he wanted to give visitors the opportunity to grasp the immense scale of just how many photos are shared on one site on a daily basis.
Tweaktown have a look at dual and quad channel memory performance on X79 and Z68. Memory performance on the new platform has been all over the place and I've personally been talking to both motherboard and RAM manufacturers to see what we can do about the performance. The big issue at the moment is under AIDA64 - an almost industry standard benchmark for us, we see that Quad Channel isn't painted in the best light.
GIGABYTE made a X79 overclocking video. Introduction to overclocking with GIGABYTE X79 boards, bios options and tuning, OC Touch discussion, RAM tweaks etc 3930K and X79-UD7.
The USA's DOJ want to make it a crime to violate terms of service. The U.S. Department of Justice is defending computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on Facebook or lie about your weight in an online dating profile at a site like Match.com. In a statement obtained by CNET that's scheduled to be delivered tomorrow, the Justice Department argues that it must be able to prosecute violations of Web sites' often-ignored, always-unintelligible "terms of service" policies.
HWSecrets continue their thermal compound roundup. We added five new thermal compounds to our previous roundup, for a total of 50 different thermal compounds from major brands. We also tried another thermal compound from the kitchen: butter.
Sandy Bridge E
(link) Monday, 14-November-2011 13:44:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Intel's Sandy Bridge E platform has been unveiled at last. In simple terms it's a new X79 chipset, a 6-core CPU and a new LGA-2011 socket to join them together. DiGiTaL MoNkEY has done an excellent job of summarising the info and reviews from around the net in this thread - so go there for all the juicy details!
From Zac: I work at a computer shop, part of my job is normal consumer repairs when I'm not out in the field. Lady booked in her pc because it wasn't working. Our reception lady wrote on the job card that it had a mouse problem, I didn't take it literally at first...
NASA are preparing to launch a new car-sized Mars rover in a week or so. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft with the Curiosity rover is set to launch to the planet Mars aboard an Atlas V rocket on Nov. 25, 2011 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ... Curiosity has 10 science instruments to search for evidence about whether Mars had environments favorable for microbial life, including the chemical ingredients for life. The unique rover will use a laser to look inside rocks and release their gasses so that a spectrometer can analyze them and send the data back to Earth.
Adobe have officially given up on Flash for mobile devices. Software developer Adobe Systems is halting development of its Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices. The multimedia software is used to run movies, games and other applications. Adobe says it now believes the alternative HTML 5 technology offers the "best solution" because it is "universally supported". Discussion here.
If you have an original iPod Nano, Apple have some good and bad news for you. Bad: it might explode into flames. Good: they'll give you a replacement non-explodey one. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the company will be sending first-generation iPod Nanos to those whose serial numbers match the units with defective batteries. When asked how many of those first-generation iPod Nanos were available for the recall, the company was not willing to reveal that information.
Tech Report have a BF3 GPU comparison. Join us as we test three pairs of competing mid-range cards and see how well they handle EA DICE's latest blockbuster, Battlefield 3. XbitLabs have a similar comparison. Besides Battlefield 3, which is an important event in itself, DICE's rendering engine is going to power the upcoming Need for Speed: The Run and Mirror's Edge 2, both potential hits. So, our today’s tests will give you a general notion of system requirements you can expect from the next generation of PC games.
From IntelInside, a new cyber-security centre in Canberra. Lockheed Martin has added a cyber-security centre in Canberra to an international network of labs that includes facilities in the US and UK. Its NextGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Centre (NCITE) is now under construction, and will comprise 900 square meters of floor space. Due for its official opening in March 2012, Lockheed Martin says the facility will eventually employ 200 staff.
XbitLabs compared CPU-integrated graphics. Over the past few months AMD and Intel have been actively promoting desktop processors with computational and graphics cores insides. During our comparative test session we studied hybrid products like that and compared the performance of AMD A8, A6 and A4 against that of Intel Core i3 and Pentium processors.
Callan sent in this free driving game. Nitronic Rush is an experimental survival driving game developed by students at DigiPen Institute of Technology. Using the car’s many abilities (including boost, wings, and jump), avoid obstacles that the city throws at you. In many ways the game is a tribute to racing games of the 1990's, but with fresh graphics, audio, and gameplay.
Sunday Night Reviews
(link) Sunday, 13-November-2011 09:56:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Gabe Newell has advised that the Steam Forums have been hacked, and more importantly, the Steam database has been compromised. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating. We don’t have evidence of credit card misuse at this time. Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely.
Early this week coz I've got a lot of running around to do:
And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.
(link) Friday, 11-November-2011 00:50:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Today is 11/11/11, which apart from being a numerical oddity, is also Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day and Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. So, spare a thought for those who gave their lives, and those they left behind.
(link) Thursday, 10-November-2011 12:09:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A Japanese company called Cyberdyne have made a robot suit to protect nuclear workers. Waaaait a second, Cyberdyne? Robots? Am I the only one seeing this? Cyberdyne, based northeast of Tokyo, demonstrated an upgraded version of the robot device called the Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, that can be worn under anti-radiation tungsten vests as heavy as 60 kilograms. They called it HAL?! Are they TRYING to make it go rogue?!
There's some chatter about Viacom apparently suffering due to piracy, yet still managing to give their CEO a $50M raise. His total pay was $84.5 million last year -- a 148.6% raise on his previous year's take home. Yes, that's a $50 million raise. Admittedly, much of that comes from stock options, but still. Not bad for a company being "decimated" by kids in their basements on the internet, huh? Discussion here.
CN spotted a story about an Australian Government email breach. Australian departments listed on the breach included AusTrac, IP Australia, the Bureau of Meterology, NSW Police, local councils, and hundreds of senator email addresses including Treasure Wayne Swan. Nine accounts for Britain's Ministry of Defence included usernames and passwords.
Fujitsu have a new supercomputer on the way. Ahead of the SC11 supercomputing conference in Seattle next week, Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu says it's not only going to commercialize the K supercomputer that just busted through the 10 petaflops barrier, but that early next year it will double-stuff the design with a new Sparc64 chip, and sell it to entities other than the Japanese government.
It seems Anonymous have pursuaded a Mexican drug cartel to release a hostage. Televisa reported that the man kidnapped in the eastern port of Veracruz was released ahead of a November 5 deadline set by Anonymous, after which it planned to divulge the Zetas's links to politicians and others. According to Reuters, Anonymous Veracruz released a YouTube video threatening to publish the names of "taxi drivers, journalists and police officers" that it said were "loyal servants" to the Zetas.
The AFACT vs iiNet battle continues, ahead of the High Court appeal. In what will be the final legal appeal by AFACT against the Federal Court's two rulings in the internet service provider's (ISP's) favour, the High Court will hear both sides of the argument on 1 and 2 December.
IntelInside spotted this video about the GIGABYTE 3D BIOS. The revolutionary GIGABYTE 3D BIOS™ application is based on our new GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ technology and is available to consumers in two new exclusive modes of interaction never before seen in a BIOS environment. GIGABYTE has re-drawn the traditional BIOS experience providing mainstream and enthusiast users with a choice of unique and powerful graphical interfaces.
BlueRaven sent word that, as part of Stygian Shane's impressive MFOS Modular Analogue Synthesizer project worklog, he's provided a detailed walkthrough of transcribing a circuit diagram to veroboard. If, like me, you consider electronics basically witchcraft, this is an interesting way to see it all come together:
TomsHardware take a look at how Windows 8 will cope with zillions of CPU cores. Processor IDs can be extracted from the graph with just a simple mouse hover. The graph will also scale and display a scroll bar when appropriate. Power users (or regular users who just want to break things) can also assign a processor affinity for a certain process within this task manager. This gives a massive amount of control to the user, but for mostly everyone, this is something that should be left alone.
ZDNet are reporting that Apple is threatening an importer and demanding purchaser info. Dmavo told ZDNet Australia yesterday that the Cupertino-based gadget maker was "dreaming" if it thought the company would stop selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and was outraged at the implication that it would hand over customer data.
HardCoreWare have an AMD vs Intel shootout. Perhaps it's fittingly late, but we have finally published our review of the AMD FX lineup of CPUs. We included the FX 8150, and replicated an 8120 and a theoretical "61xx" which makes use of three of the Bulldozer modules, but with full L3 cache. We put all the CPUs against the full lineup of Intel Sandy Bridge processors in the price range, and included a few extras, and even Llano.
VR-Zone meanwhile ponder the future of desktop CPUs. Right now, even after AMD's Bulldozer roll-out, Intel still seems to have quite clear processor performance dominance on the desktop for some time to come. So, since the refinements to the existing processes, and the new semiconductor process nodes will bring the capability to improvements, how to use them? Performance, power or price (read: integration)?
Zorinaq notes the spike in HDD prices due to the flooding in Thailand. Thailand manufactures 25% of the world's hard drives, and the severe 2011 monsoon season floods affected some of its largest industrial parks, where many hard drive manufacturers and component suppliers are located, causing worldwide shortages and price increases.
Apparently 6,000 copies of Modern Warfare 3 have been stolen in a daring truck heist, thanks Rezin. After running the truck off the road, two men armed with knives emerged from the ramming car, hurling tear gas at the truck’s driver and passenger. According to this report, they then liberated an estimated 6,000 copies of Modern Warfare 3, valued at around €400,000 ($550,000 AUD).
It seems the CIA are sifting through social media to track how people feel. The intelligence analysts at the agency's Open Source Center, who other agents refer to as "vengeful librarians," are tasked with sifting through millions of tweets, Facebook messages, online chat logs, and other public data on the World Wide Web to glean insights into the collective moods of regions or groups abroad. According to the Associated Press, these librarians are tracking up to five million tweets a day from places like China, Pakistan and Egypt.
Phoronix report from the Ubuntu 12.04 Developer Summit. The Ubuntu Developer Summit for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" release has now ended in Orlando, Florida. Here is a brief summary of some of the interesting news and discussions that took place for this leading Linux desktop distribution.
It's not a web game, but it's a free download (for Windows), so today's timewaster is Stealth Bastard, from Linkin. A fast-paced, frenetic, one-step-away-from-chunky-death melange of sneaking, platforming, hacking and cursing. A whole lot of fun. It's like Metal Gear Solid and Super Meat Boy had a baby out of wedlock. Semi-literally.
Australia's final R18+ gaming guidelines have been approved. Despite stories suggesting that a change to the Australian ratings system may be as far as two years away, the Federal Minister for Home Affairs has today announced that each Australian state and territory has signed off on the final guidelines required for the introduction of an adult R18+ classification Down Under.
AMD are planning to lay off 10% of their workforce, apparently mostly from marketing and PR. To strengthen our market position, we have to rebalance our skillsets to better align with these market shifts and implement a more competitive cost structure. Our competitors are serious and significant, and we will take the required actions to beat them... a lower cost base allows us to be more competitive today and to invest back into the business to fuel our “attack” strategies in— low power, emerging markets and the cloud. More here.
HP meanwhile have some ARM clusters in the works. The sales pitch for the Redstone systems, says Santeler, is that a half rack of Redstone machines and their external switches implementing 1,600 server nodes has 41 cables, burns 9.9 kilowatts, and costs $1.2m. A more traditional x86-based cluster doing the same amount of work would only require 400 two-socket Xeon servers, but it would take up 10 racks of space, have 1,600 cables, burn 91 kilowatts, and cost $3.3m.
An Australian statistician has recieved $11M in backing from Silicon Valley. Anthony Goldbloom, who coded Kaggle.com in a small apartment in Bondi in Sydney's east after leaving cushy jobs at Treasury and the Reserve Bank of Australia, is now the toast of Silicon Valley. The founder of PayPal and Slide, Max Levchin, is one of the investors and he has joined Kaggle as its chairman.
The Russian crew who spent 500 days pretending to go to Mars have come back to Earth, so to speak. A Russian crew has returned from a simulated mission to Mars after more than 500 days in isolation in conditions that replicated a flight into deep space. More here.
RamblingThoughts have a big article on the past, present and future of the NBN. If the NBN is built across Australia as planned, this new broadband infrastructure could be just as revolutionary as the Overland Telegraph was in its day. In urban areas we may tend to be blasé about its goals for download speeds, only an order or so higher than what many can already achieve. By enabling efficiencies across the economy, making rural/regional cities more competitive with capital cities, the NBN could potentially transform many aspects of our lives, including working from home, education, health, government and business services.
ThinkComputers have been playing with a lot of RAM. As many of you know our friends over at Patriot were nice enough to send us over 48GB of their 8GB G2 Series single modules. That is six 8GB modules, giving us a total of 48GB of DDR3! It is really crazy to think about that much memory in a system, it is close to a small solid state drive. We’ve had a lot of fun with all of this memory over the past couple of weeks and yes we installed all 48GB in a single system. Read on to check all the fun we’ve had with this memory!
FutureLooks have a Z68 roundup, with boards from ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI. If gaming and other fun activities like home or office work are the primary purpose, a highly affordable P67 system would more than make you happy. However, if productivity is more important and you work with very large data intensive programs, the Intel Z68 Chipset is the platform of choice thanks to the new enhanced features like LucidLogix Virtu and Intel Smart Response (ISR). While Virtu and Intel Quick Sync are very handy for video projects, ISR still brings one of the most useful performance boosts to the table. Let’s have a look at a wide array of the Z68 motherboard choices available and see if it’s possible to crown a winner.
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Apparently video games are good for stimulating the imaginations of kids. We all know that parents should pay attention to both the amount of time kids spend playing video games and the type of games they're playing, but contrary to some prevailing wisdom, a new study shows that kids who play video games may actually be more creative than those who don't.
New Zealanders are recieving infringement notices under their new 3 strikes law. One peculiarity of New Zealand's system: it applies to the Internet account holder rather than the person actually accused of sharing the content online. It's certainly one way of solving the perennial doubt over who, exactly, was sitting behind an IP address.
Meanwhile the intellectual property industries seem to be doing just fine. The International Intellectual Property Alliance unveiled the new report today in association with the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus at an event in Washington, DC. The report doesn't even try to quantify losses to piracy anymore—last year, an official US government report concluded that such estimates were all deeply unreliable. Instead, it simply asserts without evidence that "piracy inhibits… growth in the US and around the world."
It's not just movies and music attracting lawsuits though, with a major book publisher chasing BitTorrent downloaders of their books. Other pirated books listed in the complaint include familiar titles such as “AutoCAD 2011 for Dummies,” “Day Trading for Dummies”, “Calculus Essential for Dummies” and “Word Press For Dummies”. Interestingly, the popular “BitTorrent for Dummies” is not included.
HardOCP have a AMD FX-8150 Multi-GPU Gameplay Performance Review. The goal of this evaluation today is to expand upon gaming performance with the AMD FX-8150 CPU using multiple-GPUs and higher resolutions. In our initial evaluation, we used a single Radeon HD 6970 GPU. This time, we are going to be using NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580, but we are using more than just one. We will be using two for standard SLI, and we are also including three in a Tri-SLI configuration. On top of that, we are going to be testing in a triple-display NV Surround setup that lets us test up to a resolution of 5760x1200, well beyond the 1080p we tested before.
RWLabs have a Solid State Drive Roundup. Back in 2010 we were proud to bring all of you the single largest SSD roundup to date with units from almost every manufacturer in the field. Today you can follow us once again in yet another unique comparison as we take a total of 16 brand new solid state drives through a large number of tests for all of you to see just which one's the king of the hill currently and which one's best suited for your personal needs.
Internet Explorer has dropped below 50% of worldwide usage for the first time in more than a decade. Where has that market share gone? In the early days, it all went Firefox's way. These days, it's Chrome that's the main beneficiary of Internet Explorer's decline, and October was no exception. I just had a quick look at OCAU's stats for the last 3 months, it's 38% Firefox, 27% Chrome, 18% Internet Explorer, 10% Safari and 3% Opera.
People are concerned about spam which seems to be related to having shopped at Umart. ZDNet have a report and info from the vendor. The spam says that they're receiving the email because they subscribed to a mailing list on "one of the job portals". It offers a job that requires "no specific education or work experience". Umart told ZDNet Australia that it was aware of the issue and had received several instances of the email from its customer base. It is currently conducting an investigation, although it considers its data to be protected. Latest info in the thread seems to indicate the emails may be harvested from another source as well.
Will spotted some upcoming bigger hybrid drives. The Barracuda Green model line is being made end of life and moving forward Seagate will be making two types of desktop hard drives, simply called the Barracuda and Barracuda XT. Both drives run off a SATA 6Gbps interface and use the 1TB per platter areal density. The main difference between the two will be that the Barracuda XT will include Hybrid SSD caching (which launched on the laptop focused Momentus XT last year) when it hits the market in 4TB capacities next year.
Phoronix have a Ubuntu Virtualisation Showdown. While last week I showed how Ubuntu's performance has evolved as a KVM guest from Ubuntu 8.04 through Ubuntu 11.10, in today's article is a Linux virtualization showdown between VirtualBox, Xen, and KVM while using Ubuntu 11.10 on the Linux 3.0 kernel.
iiNet are in a little hot water over some alleged subliminal messaging in a TV ad. "We had 4400 people find it and they were pretty happy with themselves and that was about as far as it went, at least up until yesterday," he said. "That was until the rest of the world caught on to our little bit of fun and the online conversation buzzed. Some people were discussing whether it was 'subliminal advertising', others thought it was 'just a bit of fun', others said it was 'marketing genius' — I liked the last people the best."
Jastormont sent word that some satellites have been hacked. The two satellites, Landsat-7 and Terra AM-1, had been interfered with on four separate occasions, allowing the attackers to be in command of the satellites for two to over twelve minutes each time. Luckily, both of the satellites are used only for observing the Earth's climate and terrain, and the hackers never actually misused their control over them in any way.
Meanwhile a huge space rock is going to not quite kill us all again. NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55 with antennas of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely flies past Earth slightly closer than the moon's orbit on Nov. 8. Scientists are treating the flyby of the 1,300-foot-wide (400-meter) asteroid as a science target of opportunity – allowing instruments on "spacecraft Earth" to scan it during the close pass.
Here's a video of a man flying an RC multicopter.. while sitting in it, thanks Madhatter. At the end of October 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an e-powered multicopter at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: "The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot". This could be the future of flight, piloting a device as simple as a car.
Asher sent in today's very difficult Spatial Ability Test timewaster, which is part of his Uni course or something. Brain hurty.