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Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  14:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The encryption-busting legislation has been passed into law without any amendments, thanks to a last-minute deal. The bill appeared to be defeated on Thursday, the last day parliament will sit this year, until Labor leader Bill Shorten offered an olive branch to his rivals that night, agreeing to allow ALP senators to pass the bill without any of its own proposed amendments in order to empower law enforcement agencies before Christmas. The international technology community is vocally opposed to the legislation. "The new Australian law is deeply flawed, overly broad, and lacking in adequate independent oversight over the new authorities," the coalition said in a statement.

Phone scammers have been making a fortune from Australian victims. Australians were conned out of more than $800,000 in November alone as a "tsunami" of scam phone calls threatened people with arrest if they did not hand over their personal details. New figures from the Australian Taxation Office reveal more than 37,000 scam attempts were reported just last month.

The game Half-Life recently turned 20 years old. It’s only the now-simple visuals that tell you Half-Life is 20 years old. Its storytelling is so clever, subtle and perfectly pitched, it can still engross you. Half-Life taught a whole generation of big-budget game developers how to tell stories in an interactive space without continually wresting control from the player. Followed by a variety of sequels and add-ons, expanding the story and exploring new perspectives, it was also a lesson in universe building. No wonder that more than a decade since the last instalment, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, fans are still yearning for another sequel. Discussion here.

Meanwhile Doom turned 25 yesterday, and co-creator John Romero has announced some new content, named Sigil. Sigil contains nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels, and will be released for free in mid-February 2019. As a megawad, you'll need the original Doom (not the remake) to play it. Discussion in recent posts to this thread.

Still on the retro kick, it was 50 years ago this month that Douglas Engelbart gave the mother of all demos. On December 9, 1968 at a computer conference in San Francisco, Engelbart showed off the first inklings of numerous technologies that we all now take for granted: video conferencing, a modern desktop-style user interface, word processing, hypertext, the mouse, collaborative editing, among many others. Even before his famous demonstration, Engelbart outlined his vision of the future more than a half-century ago in his historic 1962 paper, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework."

NVIDIA unveiled the Titan RTX recently, which brings a new meaning to the phrase "4k video card". We don't have a hard release date on the Titan RTX as yet, but its live on NVIDIA'a Australian website (where you can also be notified about it) and it has been pegged for release in the U.S. and Europe by the end of the year. Hopefully we won't be far behind. What we do know is that the Titan RTX will set you back a cool $3,999.

The ACCC are taking a dim view of Facebook and Google's media dominance in Australia, with recommendations to control and limit their presence here. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has indicated the need for potential new regulations to stop major tech companies from abusing their power to the detriment of Australia’s media and digital advertising industries. In a preliminary report released today, it put forth 11 recommendations to improve oversight of the tech giants and prevent them from engaging in potentially discriminatory conduct.

Andrew sent in this story of someone DDoSing a forum and going to prison for it. OKLAHOMA CITY – DAVID CHESLEY GOODYEAR, 44, of El Segundo, California, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for directing distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attacks against two websites owned by Oklahoma telescope retailer Astronomics in August 2016, announced Robert J. Troester of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  13:25:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard on HardOCP.
Intel Core i5-9600K Processor Overclocking Review on HardOCP.

Crucial P1 500GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks, OCAU review of the 1TB model here.
Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
QNAP TS-963X NAS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
1stPlayer Bullet Hunter MK6 Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
FNATIC Clutch2 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Darksiders III game on OCClub.
Just Cause 4 PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon RX 590 Linux Benchmarks, 18-Way NVIDIA/AMD Gaming Comparison on Phoronix.
Battlefield V Ultra DXR Patch and Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Battlefield V Tides of War GeForce RTX DirectX Raytracing on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
APC UPS 600VA BE600M1 Battery Backup & Surge Protector on LegitReviews.
Corsair SF600 (2018) 600W SFX PSU on HardOCP.

Dell Latitude 7390 Ultrabook on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headphones on Tweaktown.
Antec Torque open-air case on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO video card on HardOCP.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-December-2018  08:54:58 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

I think I remember how to do this!

XPG SX8200 Pro SSD on Vortez
QNAP TS-251B Network Attached Storage on APH Networks
Crucial BX500 480GB SATAIII SSD on FunkyKit
Crucial P1 NVMe 1TB and 500GB on LanOC
Asustor AS4004T Low-Cost 10GbE NAS on TweakTown
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB on TechPowerUp
ADATA HD830 4TB Portable HDD on TweakTown

Team Group T-Force Night Hawk RGB Legend DDR4 on Guru3D
ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2070 OC MINI (8GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit

Input etc:
Razer Naga Trinity MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps
Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo Gaming Keyboard on Techreport
SteelSeries Rival 710 Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit
Dark Project ME3 Gaming Mouse on TechPowerUp
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown
Arozzi Sfera, Sfera Pro & Colonna USB Microphones on NikKTech

HP Spectre Folio Hybrid Notebook on Hot Hardware
FiiO M7 Portable High Resolution Music Player on NikKTech
HUAWEI Mate 20 with Triple Leica Cameras on TechARP
Keezel Travel VPN on TweakTown

Ooma Butterfleye Smart Security Camera with Facial Recognition on BigBruin
Logitech Circle 2 Security Camera on OCC
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Linux Gaming Benchmarks on Phoronix
MSI Optix MAG27CQ & MSI Optix MPG27CQ 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors on Techspot
Enermax LiqFusion 240 AIO Cooler on OCInside
Creative Sound BlasterX G6 7.1 External Gaming Audio DAC on Hardware Asylum

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-December-2018  14:42:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wrist still very sore unfortunately which is limiting mouse/KB time.. but thanks to Dan and Tim this week!

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