GOOGLE is making prototypes of its futuristic, internet-connected glasses available for people to test out. The company is selling the device, known as Project Glass, for $US1500 to people attending its annual conference in San Francisco for computer programmers. It will ship early next year and won't be available for sale outside the three-day conference, Google I/O, which is underway in the US.
In yet more damaging PR for the global electronics giant, a labour rights group said it had found "deplorable" conditions at Apple suppliers in China, following a probe of several firms that supply the US technology giant. New York-based China Labor Watch said a four-month investigation of suppliers to Apple in southern and eastern China uncovered violations of workers' rights, including excessive overtime and hazardous work conditions.
Futuremark has released a video of the next version of its benchmarking utility due out later this year. The new benchmark, which has not received an official name yet, is expected to be released after the launch of Windows 8, and will be using the DirectX 11 API to evaluate DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 hardware in parallel. Futuremark said that the software will also be supporting Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Nvidia has released a patch to enable PCIe 3.0 support on the X79 platform for its GeForce GTX 600-series cards. It basically comes down to that originally the X79-based platform was not fully validated for PCIe 3.0. Since the release of the GTX 680, users have found ways to tweak the BIOS to allow support for PCIe 3.0, but now Nvidia has a patch that enables PCIe 3.0 with its GTX 680 and 670 GPUs.
The US Navy’s high-resolution radar can see individual raindrops in a storm. The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers said recently that a Navy very high-resolution Doppler radar can actually spot individual raindrops in a cloudburst, possibly paving the way for new weather monitoring applications that could better track or monitor weather and severe storms.
Atari Turns 40.Like everyone else who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, I played them all: Pong, Breakout, Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Battlezone, Pole Position, Crystal Castles and my eternal favorite, Tempest. The first computer I bought with my own money was an Atari 400. So when I chatted with Bushnell this week to mark Atari’s 40th anniversary, I felt like I was talking with a man who helped invent my childhood.
The Library of Congress Acquires Carl Sagan (1934-1996) papers. A celebrated scientist, educator, television personality and prolific author, Sagan was a consummate communicator who bridged the gap between academe and popular culture. The Sagan collection has come to the Library through the generosity of writer, producer and director Seth MacFarlane, and is officially designated The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive.
Raspberry Pi Computer To Cross The Atlantic Ocean In Autonomous Boat.It’s a credit card-sized computer that costs next to nothing, and it’s about to become the brain of a tiny boat that its developer hopes will cross the Atlantic Ocean unaided. It’s codenamed FishPi, and I’m already hungry. It’s going to consist of a Raspberry Pi computer, strapped to a solar panel and encased in a model boat that will navigate perilous seas all by itself.
Free Atari Games for iOS, Today Only
(link) Friday, 29-June-2012 01:37:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg
kombiman points out that Atari are celebrating their 40th birthday by giving away their back catalogue of games on iOS, today only. That's right. There are currently 40 years of Atari games available for free download in their official forms on your iPhone or iPad right now. The catch is that you've got to download them today to get them for free, so go over to the App Store, grab the app, and then start downloading inside the app. Today only, there won't be any in-app purchases for your downloads. Discussion here.
A few people pointed out an annoying Facebook email change, and what to do about it. Hey, here's something really stupid and annoying: Facebook abruptly switched everyone's default email address to the @facebook.com account you've never used. Here's how to switch back Facebook's obnoxious overreach right now. So people can actually, you know, contact you.
Researchers have made a new ultrafast wireless technology. American and Israeli researchers have used twisted vortex beams to transmit data at 2.5 terabits per second. As far as we can discern, this is the fastest wireless network ever created — by some margin. This technique is likely to be used in the next few years to vastly increase the throughput of both wireless and fiber-optic networks. Twisted vortex beams sounds like something from Star Trek.
In perhaps the most pointless motorsport tie-in ever, David Coulthard has used a Mercedes-Benz SLS to catch a golf ball. Fun enough video though.
FOTW spotted Google researchers making a cat-spotting computer brain. The cat-spotting computer was created as part of a larger project to investigate machine learning. Google is planning to use the learning system to help with its indexing systems and with language translation. And SkyNet. But for cats.
Brains noticed an interesting article about the impact of tablet computing on energy use. But if people are using iPads instead of televisions to play video games, or ditching their desktop computers for iPads, the shift to tablets could mean lower overall power consumption. A desktop computer uses 20 times more power than an iPad.
Callan sent in this reliability study from Microsoft. Very interesting article on factors causing crashes failures in PCs and laptops, from a survey of over 1Million machines. Looks like laptops are more reliable than desktops, Overclocking is very bad for reliability, and underclocking increases reliability far more than one would have expected. It's from April 2011 but I imagine still relevant. Discussion here.
Asus Absolute Zero extreme overclocking including LHe at Asus HQ, Taiwan
(link) Tuesday, 26-June-2012 04:09:22 (GMT +10) - by booj
Asus have invited some world class overclockers to their Taiwan HQ for a week of extreme benching. Joining the legendary in house pair of Shamino and Andre Yang are Splave, Fredyama, Raja, Hazzan, Rsannino and Viss.
They will be playing with the new Maximus V Extreme and 7970 Matrix amongst others.
The team from Overclocking-TV are on hand to bring a live stream of the event. Today should be a real treat with liquid helium benching on the agenda!
Day two is expected to get underway shortly, you can expect them to go well into the evening.
Sciby spotted another spinning heatsink concept, which seems to have solved some of the issues with earlier ideas. The Sandia Cooler was developed by the Sandia National Labs who do enough research to know a thing or two about how to effectively cool a computer. The most interesting aspect of the cooler is that it doesn’t attach directly to the CPU using thermal paste — which isn’t possible given it’s always spinning. Instead, it sits a mere thousandth of an inch above the processor, which creates what’s called an air bearing that’s actually just as efficient at transmitting heat.
Also on the cooling front, d00dz spotted this hot-water cooled supercomputer from IBM. The temperature of the fluid can be much higher than you might expect while still cooling efficiently. The Aquasar system can cool itself with a base water temperature of 45 degrees Celsius/113 Fahrenheit. At that temperature, it’s perhaps better referred to as a “warm-water cooler” — human body temperature is roughly 37C — but it’s still an improvement over using chilled water.
Alch spotted a rumour that the upcoming iPhone will have a new dock connector, thus rendering every existing accessory obselete, or at least making someone very rich when they work out how to make an adapter. Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem.
Alan Turing would have turned 100 last week, and Google honoured him with a doodle. A functioning Turing machine, a representation of a computing device, is the latest Google doodle, which celebrates the birth of Alan Turing on 23 June, 1912. More info here, but I can't see where you can still play with it. More here.
On a very much related note, Wired have an article about the persecution of scientists through history. Turing isn’t the only scientist to have been persecuted for his personal or professional beliefs or lifestyle. Here’s a a list of other prominent scientific luminaries who have been punished throughout history.
BusinessInsider have a list of the 30 Richest Internet Entrepreneurs Of All Time. Of all time!! These geeks have literally revolutionized the way business is carried out around the globe, or have changed the way we interact with each other on a daily basis. In the process, the richest Internet entrepreneurs have earned billions of dollars, and the powers they wield socially, politically, and economically are astonishing.
A US Judge has thrown out the Apple/Motorola cases. Noting that dismissals without prejudice allow suits to be refiled, Posner made it clear that this one would be dismissed with prejudice. "It would be ridiculous to dismiss a suit for failure to prove damages and allow the plaintiff [Apple] to refile the suit so that he could have a second chance to prove damages. This case is therefore dismissed with prejudice," Posner wrote. Posner had previously ruled that proposed testimony from experts put forth by both sides would be inadmissible, making it difficult to support any claims for damages or injunctions.
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
(link) Sunday, 24-June-2012 14:46:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
AMD launched their new high-end single-GPU video card on the weekend, the somewhat confusingly named Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. As Anandtech put it: A higher clocked 7970 with AMD’s take on GPU turbo intended to make a run at the GTX 680 and that performance crown. So how does AMD fare? As we’ll see, after today it will no longer be clear who holds the performance crown.
Gigabyte have announced another two Extreme Overclocking Workshops - this time, in Melbourne and Auckland. To celebrate, they're giving away a motherboard in this thread. This time you have to demonstrate your skills.. as a rapper. :)
Japan has passed a law allowing illegal downloaders to go to prison. “We shouldn’t risk making the general public — including youths — the subject of criminal investigations,” said Upper House member Yuko Mori, as quoted in the Japan Times. Japanese attorney Toshimitsu Dan told IT Media that even watching a YouTube video could be grounds for arrest “if the viewer is aware that downloading [such material] is illegal.”
PlayerAttack spoke to NVIDIA about GeForce GRID. Put simply, the company's award-winning graphics cards have been redesigned to fit into a cloud-based server, meaning that video games are delivered to you on demand, just like films and other video content. You don't need any dedicated hardware or any special connections, and you don't need to wait for downloads or installing endless updates: Just plug in, open a browser and play. Virtual-Hideout have some info too.
PCPerspective meanwhile check out laptop graphics, comparing five options. These changes mean that “serious” gaming is now possible on aninexpensive laptop. But how possible? What sacrifices do you make and how do low-end IGPs and GPUs stack up against each other?
Rezin spotted these leaked documents showing the UN's Internet Power Grab. With very low visibility, a small agency in the United Nations - the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) - might be about to quietly try and regulate the entire Internet. The ITU has planned a meeting this upcoming December where each of the 193 member nations will vote on various proposed Internet regulations. What's striking is that the details of the proposals have been kept secret, so it was impossible to know what authoritarian governments were plotting or how the U.S. was responding.
NBN Co have ditched Fujitsu over concerns about rollout delays. Instead, some $183 million worth of contracts to build to new homes would be provided to Leighton Holdings subsidiary Visionstream and Service Stream, which already subcontracted to Fujitsu under the previous agreement. Meanwhile a report from IBM has projected a up-to-35% boost in revenue for Australia thanks to the NBN, by 2050, thanks JD.
The battle between Apple and Samsung has been taken to the streets. GEORGE STREET has become a war zone for mobile phone carriers with Samsung muscling in on Apple's turf by signing a lease for a new store just a block away. Under a new deal, Samsung will take over the lease of the vacant French Connection store at 450 George Street, next to Myer on the corner of George and Market streets.
iiNet have another blog continuing their earlier one about dealing with AFACT and similar rights holders. Others, however, suggested that peer-to-peer file sharing and piracy made any alternative distribution models economically unviable for the entertainment industry – especially when being forced to compete with ‘free’ models. A quick online search reveals that this argument was also aired back in the 1920s – apparently gramophone record sales couldn’t possibly compete with free radio broadcasts!
Timbot spotted an interesting article about spammers deliberately using poor English to weed out smart people. This means that the scammers can focus on the folks who are most likely to suspend disbelief and proceed to lure them into their schemes (which is an effort intensive process). Using transparent emails for the initial contact keeps the scammers from wasting time communicating with potential victims who'd see through their lies before it's too late.
Interesting Forum Threads
(link) Thursday, 21-June-2012 10:33:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg
In case you missed them, OCAU has official twitter and facebook pages. The twitter feed is much like an RSS feed and is updated every time we post news. The Facebook page is updated when we have something other than the usual news and reviews posts. Anyway, here's a few interesting threads from the forums:
The ABS have released some new census data. More info here. The census is conducted every five years to gather information on populations for electoral purposes and guide government spending on new infrastructure, community services and facilities such as schools, hospitals and roads. This is the 16th census taken in Australia over the past 100 years with about 9.8 million households surveyed on August 9 last year. Discussion here.
An Australian court has allowed a $2.25m fine for Apple, in the case brought against them by the ACCC. Justice Mordecai Bromberg dismissed the three-month case from a Melbourne court room on Thursday morning after hearing last week from Apple and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which argued advertising the iPad as "Wi-Fi + 4G" was misleading to Australian consumers. More here.
It's been a supercomputery week, with a new record-holder for fastest cluster at the US Department of Energy, thanks FOTW. More here and here. The newly installed system trumped Japan's K Computer made by Fujitsu which fell to second place. It is the first time the US can claim pole position since it was beaten by China two years ago. Sequoia will be used to carry out simulations to help extend the life of aging nuclear weapons, avoiding the need for real-world underground tests.
Meanwhile NASA have upgraded one of theirs. An expansion completed earlier this month has increased Pleiades' sustained performance rate by 14 percent, to 1.24 petaflops (quadrillion floating-point operations per second). To put this enormous number into perspective, if everyone in the world did one calculation per second for eight hours a day, it would take about 370 days to complete what this supercomputer can calculate in one minute. More info here.
At the other end of the scale, Phoronix now have a solar-powered 96-core cluster. Over the weekend, a 96-core ARM cluster succeeded this build. While packing nearly 100 cores and running Ubuntu Linux, the power consumption was just a bit more than 200 Watts. This array of nearly 100 processor cores was even powered up by a solar panel.
Martin noticed that NVIDIA have responded to Linus Torvalds and his recent much-publicised comments. Supporting Linux is important to NVIDIA, and we understand that there are people who are as passionate about Linux as an open source platform as we are passionate about delivering an awesome GPU experience.
From SiliconAngel: It appears official builds of ICS pushed out by Samsung via the Kies manager suite to SGS2 handsets have caused instability including wifi failure, graphic quality issues, battery life shortening, overall UI slowdown and application freezes. There's a thread on the Android support forums with a list of hundreds of SGS2 owners plagued by these issues, with as yet no response from Samsung. Personally I'm shocked at the thought that a manufacturer could do this to end users, with seemingly no recourse for reparation. If my phone had been affected in this way it would severely affect my work, so I'm extremely relieved that I did my research before agreeing to update my phone.
(link) Tuesday, 19-June-2012 15:44:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg
JD sent in this info: The web seems to have gone crazy today with the news of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Surface tablet. More than just a tablet, it will come in 2 versions RT and Pro being NVIDIA Tegra and Intel core i5. Info on Microsoft, The Verge, USA Today, Wired and Engadget. PDF spec sheet from MS here, and heaps of photos from The Verge.
Australia will be getting an R18+ video game category, with the Minister for Home Affairs announcing the legislation has passed through both houses of Federal Parliament. “These are important reforms over 10 years in the making,” Mr Clare said. "The R 18+ category will inform consumers, parents and retailers about which games are not suitable for minors to play, and will prevent minors from purchasing unsuitable material. The reforms also mean that adults are able to choose what games they play within the bounds of the law." More here and here, discussion continues here.
Linus Torvalds has publically insulted NVIDIA, after expressing frustration at dealing with them as a company. More info here. After saying that NVIDIA is "one of the worst trouble spots we've had with hardware manufacturers", Linus Torvalds continued on to say, "NVIDIA has been the single worst company we have ever dealt with." Torvalds ended his NVIDIA comments with "NVIDIA: FUCK YOU!" while raising his middle finger to the camera.
Australia has created the world's biggest network of marine parks, covering an area the size of India. New reserves will be established from the Perth Canyon in the southwest to Kangaroo Island off the southern coast, but the "jewel in the crown" will be the protection of the Coral Sea area which surrounds the Great Barrier Reef in the northeast, Environment Minister Tony Burke said on Thursday. "The Coral Sea marine national park ... combined with the Great Barrier Reef area, becomes the largest marine protected area in the world," Burke said. Discussion here.
Fairfax media are planning to shed 1900 staff and erect paywalls, thanks Franc. Fairfax Media also said it had other options if revenues continued to fall sharply. "If the print circulation and revenues change materially we have the option to move to a digital-only model," Mr Hywood said.
ANU are looking to build the southern hemisphere's most powerful supercomputer centre, thanks alch. The machine uses Intel Xeon E5 2670 Sandy Bridge processors with eight cores, running at 2.6GHz. Once complete, the entire machine will have 3592 compute nodes, 157 terabytes of memory and 12.6 petabytes of storage, with a power consumption of between 1.3 and 1.4 megawatts.
Meanwhile another supercomputer is coming to Perth. ONE of the world's most powerful supercomputers is planned for Perth to process vast amounts of data being collected by radio telescopes in Western Australia's Murchison region.
While the world is lamenting the end of the Space Shuttle program, the USAF are quietly using their own reusable orbiter, thanks asher. The reusable Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle touched down on a runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 5:48 a.m. PDT (GMT-7). The Air Force did not provide any advance warning of the re-entry and landing time and no technical details about the vehicle's performance were released.
This from Scott: Sunday 9:45pm (Sydney time), SBS will be airing the Oscar Nominated war epic, Downfall. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, this German language film depicts Hitler's last days in Berlin from the perspective of Traudl Junge, his secretary. Most people though will be more familiar with the movie because it was the source of so many parodies on YouTube; one of the more famous being Hitler Gets Banned from XBOX Live!
HWHeaven have a guide to multi-display online gaming. Sometimes in the technology industry there can be a real gap between what a product offers and what consumers need... or that until a consumer experiences something it seems like an unnecessary expense, or not worthwhile. Something which it would seem very much falls into one or both of those categories is multi-display gaming, either AMD Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround.
Phoronix have some benchmarks from their 12-core ARM cluster. Last week I shared my plans to build a low-cost, 12-core, 30-watt ARMv7 cluster running Ubuntu Linux. The ARM cluster that is built around the PandaBoard ES development boards is now online and producing results... Quite surprising results actually for a low-power Cortex-A9 compute cluster. Results include performance-per-Watt comparisons to Intel Atom and Ivy Bridge processors along with AMD's Fusion APU.
Voyager 1 seems poised to depart the solar system, being the first man-made object to do so. The Atlantic reports that the Voyager 1 - which is still managing to communicate with Earth with radio waves that reach us 16 hours later - is beginning to experience a bit of heat. It is detecting more energetic particles around it, implying it it at the very edge of the heliosheath, which is like a bubble around the solar system, protecting us from the cosmic winds of deep space. Discussion here.
The Apple 1 up for auction sold for $374,500. Only about 50 Apple 1s are still believed to be in existence. The auctioned model is one of the very few that still works. Sotheby's said there was a battle between two parties for the item which also included the original manuals. A set of bids was executed by the auctioneer on behalf of an absentee collector, but a telephone bidder proved more persistent and eventually clinched the sale.
Google TV is coming to Australia. Sony is set to release a new Google TV set-top box in Australia which will be the first of its kind to be sold locally. The company has struggled to get traction with its Google TV products in the US, where the app-enabled boxes have proven unpopular. Discussion here.
Anandtech report on an encryption issue with Intel SSDs. AES-128 encryption works perfectly fine as does the drive's standard, un-encrypted operation mode. If you have an Intel SSD 520 and need AES-256 support, Intel has introduced a return program. If you purchased your 520 on or before July 1, 2012 you can contact Intel for a full refund of purchase price. You have to complete the request by October 1, 2012.
The coming onslaught of strange new top-level domains is going to be a disaster, according to some. So now we're expecting people to understand that, say, "cars.bmw" is some kind of thing you can type into a Web browser and get to BMW's website? Good luck with that. All this is going to accomplish is to pour a lot of money into ICANN's hands—new top-level domains cost as much as $185,000 to start up—and confuse the heck out of consumers.
If you're watching the Le Mans 24 hour race, you can follow along with the discussion here. This year marks the 80th running of the race and it stands as Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship. With Peugeot's exit Toyota, returning as a factory team for the first time since the late 90s, will be the only ones likely to test defending champions, Audi. In the meantime, here's some reviews:
Kogan are taking a stand against IE7, levying a tax on customers using it. "Internet Explorer 7 has long since passed its use-by date," Mr Kogan said. "It’s a constant source of frustration for our web guys and we’re sick of burning cash on a browser that hit the market nearly six years ago. It goes against everything Kogan stands for." Discussion here.
Nokia's woes continue, with 10,000 jobs on the line, thanks mpot. Elop, who took over as CEO in 2010, is reorganizing Nokia after market-share gains by Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co. devices led to a slump in sales and four straight quarterly losses. The company risks going out of business in as little as two years unless it reduces expenses, said Alexander Peterc, an Exane BNP Paribas analyst in London.
HotHardware looked at Thunderbolt performance. To test Thunderbolt under Windows, we got our hands on a couple of high-end motherboards that have the technology built-in, Intel's DZ77RE-75K and the Asus P8Z77-V Premium, along with a Thunderbolt-enabled Direct Attached Storage RAID system from Promise. The numbers speak for themselves.
NeoSeeker compared some AMD A75 motherboards. Many options are available to the consumer when it comes to A75-based motherboards. Neoseeker takes a look at offerings from three manufacturers: the ASRock A75 Extreme6, ASUS F1A75-M PRO and F1A75-V PRO, and ECS A75F-A.
Still on the AMD side of things, TomsHardware benchmarked Trinity APUs. Desktop-bound Trinity APUs are shipping to OEMs, but they won't show up in the channel for months. Nevertheless, we got our hands on three upcoming models. How does Piledriver fare? What about VLIW4 graphics? Does memory play a big role? We answer within!
MIT have developed a glucose fuel cell for implanted brain-computer interfaces. The glucose-powered fuel cell is crafted out of silicon and platinum, using standard semiconductor fabrication processes. The platinum acts as a catalyst, stripping electrons from glucose molecules, similar to how aerobic animal cells (such as our own) strip electrons from glucose with enzymes and oxygen. I wonder if you can get one with an external USB port for recharging your phone.
Asher spotted this list of top level domain submissions. I don't know how many of these will be approved, but there's a few whacky ones on that list. ICANN developed the New generic Top-Level Domain Program to increase competition and choice by introducing new gTLDs into the Internet’s addressing system. What is a gTLD? It is an Internet domain name extension such as the familiar .com, .net, or .org. There are 280 ccTLDs but only 22 “generics” in the domain name system right now, but that is all about to change.
This coming Monday is International Ride to Work Day. For hundreds of thousands of workers, motorcycles and scooters are an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, reduces traffic congestion and provides a broad range of other public benefits.
Check out this brilliant real-life Portal gun video. My interpretation of what a real POrtal gun would be like if one existed. Based on the video game, POrtal. I tried to match the game as close as possible. This was the most challenging project I have ever undertaken, consisting of 3D tracking, seamless camera cuts and 3D camera projection. This started out as an experiment since I didn't think I could even pull it off, if I knew it would've turned out as good as it did I would've put more of a story behind it. O well, it makes up for in Visual Effects, ENJOY!
Asher spotted this cool invention kit called MaKey MaKey. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.
ThinkComputers have an Ivy Bridge OC Guide. So you’ve picked up a Intel Z77 board and an Ivy Bridge unlocked CPU and you want to know how to make your CPU perform better. In this guide I’ll be detailing how to overclock your CPU with both offset and fixed voltage methods, along with ideal board/BIOS parameters for your new clock to remain stable.
Jastormont spotted some angst over a security issue with Photoshop CS 5.5, for which a paid upgrade seems to be Adobe's only solution. OK, no problem, here’s the security update. Except the “update” is Photoshop CS6. For everyone else, Adobe suggests they follow “security best practices and exercise caution when opening files from unknown or untrusted sources”.
The Apple vs Samsung battle continues, with Samsung now suing the Australian patent commissioner. Samsung hoped the review would effectively nullify the patents, which sit at the core of Apple's case against Samsung's iPad rival tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Court documents indicated that the patent commissioner will be represented in the new case by the Australian Government solicitor.
Ray Bradbury, one of my favourite Science Fiction authors, passed away this week, thanks Callan. Bradbury "died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness," HarperCollins said in a written statement. Bradbury's books and 600 short stories predicted a variety of things, including the emergence of ATMs and live broadcasts of fugitive car chases.
I'm a little reluctant to mention this in the same breath, but George Lucas is retiring from film-making - commercial films, anyway. Lucas is quoted as saying "I'm moving away from the company, I'm moving away from all my businesses, I'm finishing all my obligations and I'm going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I've always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres."
Somewhat predictably, Apple are suing Samsung to block the SGS3 from sale in the USA. According the complaint, which was filed in a California court earlier this week and posted online by patent law blogger Florian Muller, the Galaxy S III clearly infringes on data-tapping and unified search technologies owned by Apple. Apple’s complaint claims “it is clear that infringement can be shown with respect to these patents based on the current record.” Samsung, unsurprisingly, is having none of that.
Google meanwhile are gearing up for offline mobile Maps access, but that might not save it on Apple devices. Google is preparing to introduce offline access to its mapping service on mobile devices in a couple of weeks, ahead of a potential hit to their traffic from iPhones and iPads. A preview of the upcoming features on Wednesday came ahead of an Apple developer conference next week. Apple is reportedly going to drop Google Maps as a built-in feature on their devices and replace it with their own navigation service.
Tech Report looked into Thunderbolt on the PC. Thunderbolt has finally arrived on the PC. Motherboards with Thunderbolt ports are selling online and Ivy Bridge notebooks are primed to feature the high-speed connection. We take a closer look to see if it's worthwhile.
Engadget checked out an Android 4.0 mini-PC the size of a USB drive. It has a 1.5GHz Allwinner processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard flash storage. You can get at these internals via two USB ports (which can also power the device,) and pump the result out to a display via HDMI. If that 4GB of memory isn't enough, you can expand it via a microSD slot. All good and well, but what would you do with such a thing? Plenty is the answer.
Steve Dalby from iiNet has a blog post expressing frustration at AFACT. Copyright legislation needs to change to serve the changing needs of both the rights holders and the expectations of online consumers. Try telling that to an organisation like the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) – you might as well be talking to a brick wall.
XbitLabs compared two LGA1155 boards from ASRock. Both these high-quality mainboards have very well thought-through design, rich functionality and a very convenient BIOS with a complete set of overclocking and fine-tuning parameters. They have a lot in common, but each of them has its own unique peculiarities, too.
ArsTechnica take a closer look at Flame. The analysis reinforces theories that researchers from Kaspersky Lab, CrySyS Lab, and Symantec published almost two weeks ago. Namely, Flame could only have been developed with the backing of a wealthy nation-state. Stevens' and de Weger's conclusion means that, in addition to a team of engineers who developed a global malware platform that escaped detection for at least two years, Flame also required world-class cryptographers who have broken new ground in their field.
Phoronix show how they built a cheap, low-power Ubuntu cluster. It's quite easy these days to build a many-core compute cluster that is low-powered, running Linux, and performant-friendly. Here's a small cluster build that's begun at Phoronix and has twelve 1.2GHz cores while the total system power consumption under load is just about 30 Watts.
I'm going to be doing some forum maintenance and upgrade type stuff this afternoon/evening, so if you get an error or the forums don't respond occasionally, don't panic. In the meantime, thanks to MiLK_MaN_RoX and Dam1en, here's some Misc Pics:
And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.
Yesterday was World IPv6 Launch Day, thanks Gunna. Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are uniting to redefine the global Internet and permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services on 6 June 2012. Internode have lots of info about how they're handling it.
Lots of people were reporting a Google outage earlier tonight - hopefully not related to the above! It did affect OCAU because we use some Google services, but it seems to be ok again now. Some info here but no official word yet.
Also doing the rounds tonight is the story that LinkedIn password hashes have been leaked. Finnish security company Cert-Fi has posted a warning about the incident, saying it is “likely” that whoever hacked LinkedIn possesses the accompanying user names as well. If you’re a LinkedIn user, we recommend you change your password right now. Furthermore, if you used that password on any other online service, we recommend you change those passwords as well. More here.
There's to be another piracy meeting today. Despite concerns that the talks will fall over, the Australian Government will hold another set of piracy meetings with internet service providers (ISPs), content owners and consumer groups on Thursday.
Mpot noticed that Google have acquired Quickoffice. Today, consumers, businesses and schools use Google Apps to get stuff done from anywhere, with anyone and on any device. Quickoffice has an established track record of enabling seamless interoperability with popular file formats, and we'll be working on bringing their powerful technology to our Apps product suite. Quickoffice has a strong base of users, and we look forward to supporting them while we work on an even more seamless, intuitive and integrated experience.
From the "oops boss" files comes news that the Space Shuttle Enterprise has been damaged in transit to a Manhattan Museum. "Mother nature did not smile on us. Just as the barge entered the railroad bridge, the wind caught it and pushed the right wing into the bridge abutment. Fortunately, the damage seems to be cosmetic, limited to the foam that covered the wingtip. No structure or mechanisms appear to have been damaged," Jenkins wrote.
A more amusing SNAFU involves Chinese censorship: The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index dropped by 64.89 (SHCOMP) points yesterday, matching the date on which Chinese authorities crushed student-led protests on June 4, 1989. Queries for “Shanghai Composite” on Sina Corp.’s Twitter-like Weibo service returned a message that said results can’t be displayed “in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and policies.”
If you're in Sydney, you might want to delay going home until this wild weather passes. Sydney is being hit by a severe storm front which has swept up from the south towards the CBD. Heavy rain and wind are expected to hit right on peak hour.
ZGeek are happy to announce that the defamation suit against them and Google has been dismissed, but they're not completely out of the woods yet. We now have to fight an appeal for the costs we won. Worse still is the awesome, wonderful, kick-ass lawyers at Reardon and Associates have had to move on to other cases as they need to pay the bills. They are still supporting us 100% but can’t send a lawyer to the ACT anymore as they don’t have the man power. We still have our Barrister from Reardons on board but we are seeking a solicitor to appear for us in the ACT.
Lots of people sent word that Eduard Khil, aka Mr Trololo has died aged 77. I found out about it from my 13-year-old grandson,” he told RT, a Russian TV news program, in 2010. “He walked into the room, humming the song... So I asked him, ‘Why [are] you singing it?’” The boy replied: “‘Grandpa, you’re home drinking tea here, [and] in the meantime, everyone’s singing your song on the Internet.’” Discussion here.
The Flame worm is exploiting Windows Update to spread from machine to machine, thanks lichking. When uninfected computers update themselves, Flame intercepts the request to Microsoft Update server and instead delivers a malicious executable to the machine that is signed with a rogue, but technically valid, Microsoft certificate.
NSW students will be part of the official start of IPv6 tomorrow. Some 2600 network operators, internet service providers and equipment vendors will officially switch on the address protocol from 10am AEST on June 6 for World IPv6 Day, providing an alternative to the depleted Internet Protocol version 4 stocks it succeeds.
This quadrotor cat is the most hilariously disturbing thing I've seen in a while.
Monday Night Reviews
(link) Monday, 4-June-2012 13:48:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg
ASUS and NVIDIA have a Diablo 3 themed contest: This has also been run in other regions, but for APAC this is only available in AU and NZ. Contestants are required to pose as “characters” of Diablo 3 and submit a photo to be eligible. The best three contestants with highest vote from the public at the end of the competition will win ASUS GTX560 Ti. Its FREE to join and no purchase is necessary.
Here's an amusing SNAFU from Barnes & Noble's Nook, where a search and replace seems to have gone awry. In one of the truly bizarre incidents we've seen out of the e-book publishing world, a translation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace for Barnes & Noble's Nook platform has replaced all mentions of the word "kindled" with "Nookd."
Wired are also saying it's been confirmed that USA and Israel created stuxnet. The article is adapted from journalist David Sanger's forthcoming book, Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, and it confirms that both the US and Israeli governments developed and deployed Stuxnet. The goal of the worm was to break Iranian nuclear centrifuge equipment by issuing specific commands to the industrial control hardware responsible for their spin rate.
Engadget share their Windows 8 RP impressions. Ready to upgrade from the Consumer Preview? Just remember that you'll need to a do a clean install, which means unless your user account is tied to a Microsoft ID you're going to lose your personal settings. Got it? Good. Get your download on now, and then meet us past the break for some early impressions and a video walk-through of the new features.
Apparently Australians are unreasonable for wanting content quicker. Little surprise then that they turned to BitTorrent in droves, eventually topping the list with 10.1% of all Game of Thrones downloads. However, according to the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft, the impatience being shown by fans of the show is “unreasonable.”
HWHeaven built a cheap APU system. Recently AMD set us the challenge of building a low cost APU system to see if it would be possible to build a decent media/productivity/gaming PC on a minimal budget. It's something different to a review which is always a nice change so we set about looking at what could be done when pretty much every component has to cost £60 or less.
A few people sent in the Humble Bundle V, for Mac, Windows and Linux. If purchased separately, this bundle would cost around $110, but we're letting you set the price!