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Thursday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-February-2019  13:01:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time for some news catchup. Firstly, I was saddened to hear that the Opportunity Rover has died, or at least, stopped responding, on Mars. Designed to last just 90 Martian days and travel 1,100 yards (1,000 meters), Opportunity vastly surpassed all expectations in its endurance, scientific value and longevity. In addition to exceeding its life expectancy by 60 times, the rover traveled more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) by the time it reached its most appropriate final resting spot on Mars — Perseverance Valley. A bit more info here and discussion in this thread.

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and NASA have found a heap of new high-quality footage from the Apollo program. It was like a family discovering a forgotten shoebox full of old Super 8 movies of major life events and departed friends—only the family was America, the movies were of theater quality, the event was one of the most important accomplishments in human history, and the departed friend was Neil Armstrong.

Apparently Australian political IT systems have been compromised by a "state-based actor". Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said the activity was uncovered during the investigation into the security breach that forced parliamentarians and their staff to reset their passwords. “During the course of this work, we also became aware that the networks of some political parties – Liberal, Labor and Nationals – have also been affected,” he said. “Our security agencies have detected this activity and acted decisively to confront it. They are securing these systems and protecting users.”

Samsung have unveiled their Galaxy S10 range, with hands-on reviews on news.com.au and CNBC. However, it may be overshadowed by their other new product, the Galaxy Fold, a phone which opens out to reveal a double-width touchscreen. Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it’s folded, a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speed, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM.

Fake news may be about to become even faker, with an AI text generator called GPT2. Feed it the first few paragraphs of a Guardian story about Brexit, and its output is plausible newspaper prose, replete with “quotes” from Jeremy Corbyn, mentions of the Irish border, and answers from the prime minister’s spokesman.

For a real retro fix, you can play with the world's first web browser. OCAU doesn't look that great through it. :) In February 2019, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the development of WorldWideWeb, a group of developers and designers convened at CERN to rebuild the original browser within a contemporary browser, allowing users around the world to experience the rather humble origins of this transformative technology.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-February-2019  11:32:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still no internet in the AggCave..

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG X299 Creation motherboard on Guru3D.
MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR B450GT3 (AMD B450) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
EVGA Z390 Dark Motherboard on HWAsylum.
Supermicro C9Z390-CG-IW (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI MEG X299 CREATION on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Pre-built:
Corsair ONE i160 Compact Gaming PC on TechPowerUp.
Huawei MateBook 13 Review: A High Performance Ultrabook With Caveats on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z 6G on LanOC.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G on ThinkComputers.
GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme (11GB GDDR6) on FunkyKit.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q mobile GPU on TechSpot.

Far Cry New Dawn Benchmarked: 1080p, 1440p, 4K All Tested on Tweaktown.
Metro Exodus PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
Battlefield V DLSS Tested: Overpromised, Underdelivered on TechSpot.
GeForce 418.91 Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Metro Exodus Ray Tracing Benchmarked on TechSpot.

Input etc:
Microsoft Pro IntelliMouse on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix Flare Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Drevo Durendal Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Premium Level 20 RGB Cherry MX Speed Silver Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master CM310 and MP750 mouse and pad on OCInside.

Deepcool Gammaxxx L240 AIO on Guru3D.
SilentiumPC Spartan 3 Pro RGB CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Gamer Storm Captain 240 Pro CPU cooler on Vortez.
Arctic Liquid Freezer 240 CPU Watercooler on FrostyTech.
Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM Fan on TechPowerUp.

Thermaltake View 71 TG RGB Full Tower on NikKtech.
DimasTech Easy V3.0 Testbench on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
ROCCAT Renga Boost Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
EasySMX COOL 2000 Gaming Headset on NikKTech.

ASRock Multi-Gigabit Performance: 10GbE/5GbE/2.5G Networking on Tweaktown.
Kensington LD5400T Thunderbolt 3 Dock on Tweaktown.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (10 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-February-2019  11:46:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Switching to NBN has gone as smoothly as expected.. Telstra reckon we'll have internet back on again in 3 days. So, have some reviews from the cafe I'll be camped out at for the next 3 days.

Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine DDR4 Gaming Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
GeIL Super Luce RGB Sync DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 4000MHz 32GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
DREVO Tyrfing V2 RGB Backlit Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard on NikKTech.
Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Tesoro Gram MX ONE Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme on TechARP.
Intel Bean Canyon NUC Review: 8th Gen CPU With Iris Plus Graphics on HotHardware.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Review: Fright Night on Tweaktown.
Far Cry New Dawn PC graphics benchmark analysis on Guru3D.
Metro Exodus Benchmark Performance, RTX & DLSS on TechPowerUp.
Metro Exodus Benchmarked: The New 'Can It Run Crysis' on Tweaktown.
Metro Exodus PC Game & Performance Review on BabelTechReviews.
Metro Exodus: PC graphics performance analysis on Guru3D.
NVIDIA DLSS Test in Battlefield V on TechPowerUp.
Battlefield V - DLSS PC performance update on Guru3D.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe Linux SSD Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Samsung Pro Endurance 128GB microSD on Tweaktown.
iStorage Disk Ashur Pro2 on Vortez.
Kingston DataTraveler Bolt Duo on ThinkComputers.
WD Black SN750 NVME SSD (1TB) on Guru3D.

Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-February-2019  14:50:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and timb0t this week! For something different, here's info about an urban legend arcade game I hadn't heard of until today. The original game allegedly was part of a government-run psychology experiment based in Portland, Oregon. Gameplay supposedly produced intense psychoactive and addictive effects in the player. These few publicly staged arcade machines were said to have been visited periodically by men in black for the purpose of data-mining the machines and analyzing these effects. Eventually, all of these Polybius arcade machines allegedly disappeared from the arcade market.

Bumper crop of Misc Pics this week - the second-last one might be (but isn't) NSFW. Enjoy!

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