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November 2017
Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-November-2017  14:07:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI X299 SLI Plus on Anandtech.
Intel Core i9-7900X 3.3 GHz on TechPowerUp.
EVGA Z370 FTW MB – the i7-8700K Road to 5.0 GHz. on BabelTechReviews.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Roundup: EVGA, GALAX, MSI, ZOTAC on Tweaktown.
MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO on Vortez.

Gigabyte Aorus AC300W ATX Mid-Tower on Guru3D.
be quiet! Dark Base 700 on BenchmarkReviews.

Corsair ML120 PRO RGB Fan on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH-L12S Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Intel Compute Card CD1M3128MK + DK132EPJ Dock SFF PC on Tweaktown.
Battery life of HP's Ryzen-powered Envy x360 on TechReport.
Intel 8th Gen Core Mobile Performance on HotHardware.
Dell New XPS 13 Touch (Intel 8th Gen Core) Laptop on Tweaktown.
Acer Predator Orion 9000 Preview, Price & Specifications on TechARP.

Input Etc:
Cherry MX Board 6.0 keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Viper V570 Blackout Edition on Vortez.
Gigabyte AORUS K9 Optical Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.

Absolver game on OCClub.
Corsair's HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset on TechReport.
Patriot Viper LED DDR-3200 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-November-2017  17:33:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NBNCo have put the HFC rollout on hold to address performance issues. NBN CEO Bill Morrow announced today that “effective immediately” it would delay new HFC activations until it can “calibrate a number of processes” and deliver higher quality connections using the technology. Morrow said that end users with HFC connections had encountered dropouts and that there were also issues encountered when migrating to the new network. More info here.

Popular image-hosting service Imgur was breached in 2014, with emails and passwords exposed. Image-hosting site turned meme social network, Imgur, is the latest tech service to ‘fess up to a security breach. In a blog post Friday it revealed that hackers had compromised its systems in 2014, with ~1.7M emails and passwords affected. No additional information was apparently compromised in the breach.

The Verge report on a somewhat depressing Substitute Phone. I'm pretty sure it was the UK comedian Bill Bailey who coined the term "fondleslab", which fits this perfectly. Schillinger designed five facsimile phones, made of black polyoxymethylene plastic with stone beads embedded in the surface, which allows a user to replicate familiar actions, such as scrolling, pinching, or swiping. The goal is that it could be used as a coping mechanism for someone trying to check their phone less.

An Australian man has had to pay $150,000 damages over Facebook posts. A parishioner who launched a Facebook tirade against the archbishop of his church has been ordered to pay $150,000 in damages after the religious leader sued him for defamation in the NSW Supreme Court. Mar Meelis Zaia, the Archbishop of the Assyrian Church of the East in Australia, took legal action against former parishioner Sargon Eshow after Mr Eshow waged what Justice Lucy McCallum described as a "campaign of criticism" against him online.

Phoronix have a 6-way Linux comparo. Here's our latest Linux distribution comparison with this time looking at the out-of-the-box performance of six Linux distributions while running a range of enterprise/workstation-focused benchmarks while using two systems. One system is a high-end Core i9 7980XE desktop system and the other a Tyan 1U Xeon Scalable server with dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors.

They also report on new features in Linux 4.15. The merge window is effectively over for Linux 4.15 with it being the 14th day of the process, although 4.15-rc1 might not end up coming out today due to Linus Torvalds' traveling around the US Thanksgiving holiday. But with Torvalds tending to not approve major last minute additions to new kernels, we don't anticipate any last minute surprises and therefore here is our feature overview of the changes and new features of Linux 4.15. This is arguably the most exciting and feature-packed kernel update ever.

Today's timewaster is HumanBenchmark. This is a simple tool to measure your reaction time. The average (median) reaction time is 215 milliseconds, according to the data collected so far. I got an average of 277 and a best of 228 first time around.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-November-2017  17:05:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme motherboard on Guru3D.
AMD's Ryzen 5 2500U APU on TechReport.

ADATA XPG SPECTRIX D40 DDR4 RGB Memory on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-4000 16GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Sensei 310 ESports Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Logitech Craft Wireless Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Corsair Crystal Series 460X RGB Tempered Glass Case on PC Perspective.
Tribit XFree Color Wireless Earphones on FunkyKit.
Mayhems Aurora 2 Red and Blue coolant on OCInside.
Crucial BX300 240GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-November-2017  13:54:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are discussing in the forums. Remember that OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages - if you can follow or like us on those, it helps us keep you up to date.

Mhz clock ... numbers not coming out the same as book in Newbie Lounge.
Retrocomputing clubs, or OCAU Retro & Arcade meetup? in Retro & Arcade.
Retro Let's Play Late Nov: "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater" and "Subsistence" (2004) in Retro & Arcade.
OCAU top retro games of all time - 2017 edition - voting thread in Retro & Arcade.
Where to get 14/7 segment LEDs for BTTF clock? in Electronics & Electrics.
Is it time to move from Apple? in Mobile Phones & Devices.
Need For Speed Payback - November 10, 2017 in PC Games.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in PC Games.
Escape from Tarkov - new realistic shooter in PC Games.
Sending SMS messages remotely in Google Android (OS & Devices).
Alt Coin Discussion in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining.
How close is your NBN? in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Which VPN service? in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Horizon: Zero Dawn in Sony Consoles.
Show us your knives! in Geek Food.
Pizza Maker vs Pizza Stone in Geek Food.
Fresh chillis from the garden in Geek Food.
Bitcoins as an investment? in Career, Education & Finance.
Your net worth: now and in ten years in Career, Education & Finance.
Damn Gnats!! in Lifestyle.
Does the modern house really need light switches? in Lifestyle.
Maybe I'll actually stick to the gym this time in Sport, Fitness and Health - Journals.
Jimbo's journal - spinal surgery, pain killer addiction & time to get healthy in Sport, Fitness & Health - Journals.
New Tesla Roadster. 0-60mph in 1.9s. 0-400m in 8.9s. 1000km range in Motoring.
Just a casual 457km/h - the race to 300mp/h in Motoring.
2018 F1 Silly, Pre-season and Season Discussion in Motorsport.
Amazon coming to Australia, and rival warfare in Current Events & Serious Discussion.
QUEENSLAND Palaszczuk calls November 25 election in Politics & Policies.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-November-2017  12:40:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Acer Predator Z35P Curved Gaming Monitor on TechARP.
Jaybird X3 Wireless Earbud on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
GAMDIAS Hermes P1 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Kinesis' Freestyle Edge ergonomic gaming keyboard on TechReport.

GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 Motherboard on PC Perspective.
Silicon Power A55 256GB 3D NAND SSD on MadShrimps.
EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 iCX 8 GB video card on TechPowerUp.
Acer Predator Triton 700 Gaming Laptop on TechARP.

Misc Pics (39 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-November-2017  14:55:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Hoopstar and metamorphosis this week!

Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-November-2017  11:57:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Coffee Lake Z370 Micro-ATX Motherboards on OCAholic.
ASRock X299 Mini-ITX and SO-DIMM OC and Build Guide on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen Mobile Benchmarks And Performance on HotHardware.
Intel's Core i5-8250U CPU on TechReport.

Corsair LL120 RGB Fan on TechPowerUp.
Reeven NAIA 240 Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Drobo 5N2 NAS on Vortez.
Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB Desktop Storage on NikKTech.

mean:it 5PM ARC Red Case on OCClub.
Cooler Master COSMOS C700P Full Tower on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Gaming Keyboard on Techgage.
Wooting One Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Tesoro Gram SE Optical mouse on OCAholic.

NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp "Jedi Order" Collectors Edition video card on Guru3D.
Aukey 1080P Dash Cam on OCInside.
Corsair ST100 RGB headset stand on Guru3D.
Eve V - A Crowdfunded Surface Pro Competitor on Techspot.

Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-November-2017  18:06:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've been away for a few days, so here's some news catchup.

Wired report on a flaw in certain Intel chips that has left millions of devices exposed to security issues. Security researchers have raised the alarm for years about the Intel remote administration feature known as the Management Engine. The platform has a lot of useful features for IT managers, but it requires deep system access that offers a tempting target for attackers; compromising the Management Engine could lead to full control of a given computer. Now, after several research groups have uncovered ME bugs, Intel has confirmed that those worst-case fears may be possible.

Bitcoin continues to dominate the headlines, and apparently Australians are paying $1M worth of bills every week using the cryptocurrency. But he admitted that “when it comes to day-to-day usage, it’s still very early”. “I pay my employees in it,” he said. “We’re still trying to demonstrate its usefulness. $1 million sounds like a lot but compared to how many bills get paid in Australia every day it’s a drop in the bucket.” Check out more in our Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining forum, or the bitcoin as an investment thread in our Finance forum.

BusinessInsider report on Netflix speeds in Australia. iiNet, a brand that originally made its name for prioritising quality service over price, has plunged to the bottom of the monthly Netflix broadband rankings for the first time in the survey’s history. Netflix Australia each month publishes a league table of the six biggest internet service providers in the country, based on its own calculations of download speed during prime time. It has published the ladder since it started operating in Australia in early 2015, to encourage the local broadband industry to improve their game – a factor that heavily affects its own success.

FunkyKit have an article on overclocking an i7-8700K CPU to 5GHz on all 6 cores. Wwe’ll show you how to overclock the Intel Core i7-8700K (Cofee Lake) from the default speed of 3.7GHz to a whopping 5.0GHz on all 6 cores, by simply changing 3 BIOS options on the Asus ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard. After some tweaking in the BIOS, I was able to overclock the Core i7-8700K from a default of 3.7GHz to a whopping 5.0Ghz. That’s an extra 1.3GHz overclock … excellent!

LegitReviews toured the new $370M nVIDIA HQ. NVIDIA went with a triangle theme to show respect to the the basic element of computer graphics: the polygon. The outside of the building looks impressive as you can see the inner steel frame that is wrapped by more than a thousand 4 x 12 foot sheets of tinted double-paned tempered glass. NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang played a major role in the design of the building and we think it does a great job showcasing that NVIDIA is a leader in visual computing.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-November-2017  10:55:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming on Guru3D.
4th-Gen Core i7 vs. 8th-Gen Core i7 on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
VIZIO SmartCast M50-E1 4K UHD HDR Display on Benchmarks.
HyperX Cloud Alpha headset on TechPowerUp.
Syllable D9X Battery Plug-In True Wireless Headset on FunkyKit.
Corsair HS50 Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Noontec Hammo TV Personal Wireless Audio System on NikKTech.

In Win 301 Tempered Glass Mini Tower on PC Perspective.
Mean:It 5PM ARC Blue Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
AeroCool DS 230 on OCInside.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G on OCClub.
AORUS GTX 1080 Gaming Box on ThinkComputers.
NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti vs. Radeon RX Vega 56 & GTX 1070, 1080 on TechGage.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max Pro on TechARP.
LG V30 smartphone on TechSpot.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) on TechARP.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master MasterKeys MK750 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM520 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Star Wars Battlefront II PC graphics performance analysis on Guru3D.
Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series DDR4 32GB 3000MHz Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
Intel Optane SSD 900P 280GB & 480GB AIC NVMe PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
DarkSide GT 1450 RPM Black Edition Fan on TechPowerUp.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-November-2017  13:19:46 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Crucial MX300 2 TB on Tech Powerup
Intel Optane SSD 900P on Hot Hardware
Crucial BX300 480GB SSD on NikKTech

Corsair ML140 Pro RGB Fan Kit on Legit Reviews
Corsair ML120 Pro RGB on Vortez
Corsair's ML120 Pro RGB fans on Tech Report
Corsair ML120 RGB Pro Series Magnetic Levitation Fan on Guru3D

ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac AMD AM4 Motherboard on OCInside
ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero on Ocaholic
Supermicro SuperO C7Z370-CG-L Motherboard on TweakTown
ASUS Maximus X Hero on Ocaholic

Sennheiser GSP 303 Need For Speed Payback Edition on Vortez
Corsair HS50 Headset on Vortez
Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews
Sony 1000X Series Noise Cancelling Headphones on Techarp

ROCCAT Kone AIMO Gaming Mouse on Vortez
GAMDIAS Hermes M3 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks

NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp Collector's Edition on Hot Hardware
NVIDIA TITAN Xp Star Wars Collector's Edition on TweakTown
NVIDIA’s TITAN Xp Star Wars ‘Galactic Edition’ Graphics Card on Techgage
The Star Wars TITAN Xp arrives – first benchmarks vs. the GTX 1080 Ti on Babeltech

Aorus Gaming Peripherals Roundup on Hardware Asylum
Secretlab Titan Chair on Tech Powerup
Secretlab OMEGA 2018 gaming chair on TweakTown
The Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920 Laptop on TechARP

Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-November-2017  12:59:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! A bit early this week as I'm on the road. Enjoy!

Thursday Evening Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-November-2017  19:37:15 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

be quiet! Dark Base 700 Case on Modders-Inc
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Shift X Case on Benchmarks Review
Raidmax Narwhal Case on OCC

ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Z370 Motherboard on Legit Reviews
BIOSTAR Racing Z370GT6 Motherboard on FunkyKit
ASRock X299 OC Motherboard on Tech Powerup
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard on Tech Report
Asus ROG Maximus X Hero (Z370) Motherboard on FunkyKit

Corsair PBT Double-Shot Keycaps on Legit Reviews
GAMDIAS Hermes E1 Gaming Combo on TweakTown

Huawei MateBook E on PC Perspective
Lenovo ThinkPad 25 Anniversary Edition on Hot Hardware

CORSAIR ST100 Premium Headset Stand with 7.1 Surround Sound on Madshrimps
Cougar IMMERSA PRO Headphones on Vortez

Intel Optane 900P 280GB U.2 SSD on Phoronix
WD My Book Duo 20TB External Hard Drive on Think Computers

First Alert Z-Wave Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector on BigBruin
ARCTIC Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU Cooler on Think Computers
Cougar GX 1050W V3 PSU on Neoseeker
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti FTW2 Graphics Card on TweakTown

Wednesday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-November-2017  23:04:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Linux now powers all 500 of the world's Top 500 supercomputers. Linux rules supercomputing. This day has been coming since 1998, when Linux first appeared on the TOP500 Supercomputer list. Today, it finally happened: All 500 of the world's fastest supercomputers are running Linux. The last two non-Linux systems, a pair of Chinese IBM POWER computers running AIX, dropped off the November 2017 TOP500 Supercomputer list.

Crysis is 10 years old - and TomsHardware test it with flagship GPUs from the intervening years. “But can it run Crysis?” It’s a question that’s still asked jokingly when new graphics cards are introduced, even if the answer nowadays is almost always affirmative. But exactly 10 years ago, experiencing Crysis in its full glory simply wasn’t possible. Resolutions as low as 1680x1050 were enough to overwhelm the likes of Radeon HD 3870 and the once-mighty GeForce 8800 GTX. Let that sink in. The fastest graphics cards available were too slow for the game’s most taxing settings on relatively mainstream monitors.

Sydney has a new ferry, named Ferry McFerryface, obviously. Run a competition asking Sydney to name a new ferry, expect the outright silliest name to win. Ferry McFerryface is now officially the name of the last ferry in a new fleet of inner harbour vessels. The name was voted on by hundreds of Sydneysiders in a competition which allowed the public to be part of maritime history. Some staff are not happy, though.

Intel are set to enter the discrete GPU market, hiring a senior AMD engineer to lead the project. On Monday, Intel announced that it had penned a deal with AMD to have the latter provide a discrete GPU to be integrated onto a future Intel SoC. On Tuesday, AMD announced that their chief GPU architect, Raja Koduri, was leaving the company. Now today the saga continues, as Intel is announcing that they have hired Raja Koduri to serve as their own GPU chief architect. And Raja's task will not be a small one; with his hire, Intel will be developing their own high-end discrete GPUs. Discussion here.

Australia post have a new delivery robot.. which can only deliver one parcel at a time and needs to be accompanied by a human. But it's a start, I guess? A four-week trial of the “mobile parcel locker” began on Monday in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm. The small self-driving container, nicknamed “Billy the Box”, takes packages door to door and unlocks via a unique code that is texted to users. For the next month, residents who miss a delivery during business hours will be given the option to have their parcel redelivered in the evening by the robot.

If you're thinking of becoming a games developer, the Australian Computer Society have a free event in Sydney later this month. Hear from David about his experiences, what works and what doesn't, and the straight dope on what it takes to make it in the competitive game development industry with a small team -- or, in his own words: "Everyone has advice for indies, but for us, it was mostly irrelevant, trivial or flat-out wrong. After 6 years, here's the advice we wish received."

Today's timewaster is Candy Box 2.. from someone in IRC. :)

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-November-2017  23:48:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte X399 DESIGNARE EX on Guru3D.
ASRock Z370 Killer SLI A/C on FunkyKit.

be quiet! Dark Base 700 on Guru3D.
be quiet! Dark Base 700 on Vortez.
Rosewill Cullinan MX Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Fractal Design Define Mini C TG on OCAholic.

REEVEN NAIA 240 AIO Liquid Cooling and KIRAN 120mm Fans on FunkyKit.
Scythe CPU Cooler Roundup: Mugen 5 Rev. B, Grand Kama Cross 3, and Byakko on PCPerspective.

Audio Visual:
Dune HD Duo 4k UHD 4K & HEVC Enabled Media Player on NikKTech.
Tribit XSound Go Portable Wireless Speaker on FunkyKit.

HyperX Alloy Elite Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
TP-Link Deco M5 Mesh Wireless Router on APHNetworks.
Intel 600p 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD on OCInside.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Edition video cards on ThinkComputers.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-November-2017  09:32:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI X370 GAMING M7 ACK on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex (Intel Z370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASUS PRIME Z370-A on Guru3D.
ASUS Maximus X Hero Preview on OCAholic.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Ignore the Pixel 2 XL. Buy the Pixel 2 Instead smartphones on TechSpot.
Dell Inspiron 27 7000 All-In-One: Rocking AMD Ryzen And Radeon on HotHardware.
Google Pixel 2 XL on TechSpot.
AVADirect Threadripper GeForce Battlebox Ultimate PC on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Edifier S2000 Pro Desktop Computer Speakers on APHNetworks.
LG 24MP48HQ-P 24 Inch IPS LED Monitor on NikKTech.
ESCAM QF220 WiFi Doorbell IP Camera on BenchmarkReviews.

Video Cards:
GTX 1070 Ti SLI vs. GTX 1080 Ti Performance Review – 35 Games tested on BabelTechReviews.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Extreme on Tweaktown.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Mini Is A Powerful Yet Small Graphics Card on Phoronix.
ZOTAC GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme on Vortez.

Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 Compact CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
ID Cooling SE-214L Snow Edition CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Scythe Fuma Rev.B CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

SilverStone Kublai KL07 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Pure Base 600 on Modders-Inc.
Rosewill Cullinan MX on TechPowerUp.

ADATA SU900 512 GB SSD on TechPowerUp.
400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD Card on TechARP.
Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 750GB on PCPerspective.
Samsung Portable SSD T5 on ThinkComputers.

Corsair LL120 RGB light/fan controller on Vortez.
SanDisk iXpand Base Fast Charging + Backup For iPhone on TechARP.
HAVIT HV-KB390L Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-November-2017  12:36:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Early this week - thanks to HyRax1 and LethalCorpse!

Thursday Lunchtime (10 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-November-2017  12:28:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In a surprise partnership, Intel have released a new mobile chipset using AMD graphics. Specifically, the new processor integrates a "semi-custom" AMD graphics chip and the second generation of Intel's "High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2)", which is comparable to GDDR 5 in a traditional laptop. More info on TechARP, HotHardware, thanks adz and metamorphosis.

Telstra have been ordered to refund 42,000 customers over slow NBN speeds. The ACCC found that many users who bought the advertised plans did not receive the speeds they were promised, thus breaking Australian consumer law. ACCC chairman Rod Sims says customers using NBN fibre to the node (FTTN) and fibre to the building (FTTB) connections were affected.

If you have a Logitech Harmony remote, you may be annoyed to hear that Logitech will apparently disable it early next year. Customers received an e-mail explaining that Logitech will "discontinue service and support" for the Harmony Link as of March 16, 2018, adding that Harmony Link devices "will no longer function after this date." Discussion in this thread. Update: It seems this only affects Harmony Link devices, not the normal Harmony remotes.

Facebook wants Australian users to send nudes - but for a good purpose. Individuals who have shared intimate, nude or sexual images with partners and are worried that the partner (or ex-partner) might distribute them without their consent can use Messenger to send the images to be “hashed”. This means that the company converts the image into a unique digital fingerprint that can be used to identify and block any attempts to re-upload that same image.

TheSSDReview found a way to use Crucial's Momentum Cache on any NVMe SSD. For those of you who haven’t read over a recent Crucial SSD review, or aren’t in the know when it comes to storage, Crucial’s Storage Executive is their SSD software suite that is packed with features that allow you to monitor and manage your Crucial, and other SSDs. Momentum Cache, the subject of today’s post, is a RAM cache feature. This means that when enabled, it provides for more performance out of your system’s storage.

I knew about the Top500 supercomputer rankings, but there's also a Green500 - with a new champion. The system consumed 962.3kW, putting its performance per watt at 14.69 GFLOPS/W, surpassing the 14.11 GFLOPS/W of the TSUBAME 3.0, placing them at rank 1 on the Green500 list. The next Top500 list is scheduled to be announced on November 12 at the 2017 SuperComputing Conference (SC17) which will be held in Denver, Colorado.

It's getting ever closer to having e-Sports as official Olympic events. As an extension of Intel’s Worldwide TOP Partnership and with support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Intel will deliver two distinct gaming experiences to Korea in the lead up to PyeongChang 2018: the Intel® Extreme Masters PyeongChang esports tournament featuring one of the most celebrated esports titles of all time, Blizzard Entertainment’s “StarCraft® II,” and a separate exhibition featuring Ubisoft’s action-sports title “Steep™ Road to the Olympics,” the official licensed game of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-November-2017  11:47:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI Z370 Krait Gaming on NeoSeeker.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard on Tweaktown.
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard on HWAsylum.
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Motherboard on TechARP.

Fractal Design Celsius S24 all-in-one CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
ID Cooling Auraflow 240 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition on OCInside.
mean:it 5PM Tempered Glass Case on ThinkComputers.
Raijintek Asterion Plus on BenchmarkReviews.

Input Etc:
Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Hybrid Advanced Professional Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Alphacool Eisteppich Mousepad Black Monsta on Modders-Inc.
Cougar Revenger mouse on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti STRIX Gaming on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Takes On The Radeon RX Vega 64 Under Linux on Phoronix.

Destiny 2 Gameplay And Performance Review: A PC Gamer's Delight on HotHardware.
Dell XPS 13 (2017) With Kaby Lake R laptop on HotHardware.
Crucial BX300 SSD Review (480GB) on TheSSDReview.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-November-2017  06:35:20 (GMT +10) - by booj

ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F on TechARP.
AORUS Z370 Ultra Gaming on ThinkComputers.
Coffee Lake Z370 Mini-ITX Motherboards on ocaholic.
ASRock X299E-ITX/ac on TweakTown.
Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme on Funky Kit.

Graphics Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GAMING on TweakTown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition on OCC.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Titanium 8G on Guru3D.
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti with NVIDIA Founders Edition and EVGA FTW2 on Legit Reviews.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Takes On The Radeon RX Vega 64 Under Linux on Phoronix.

XSPC RayStorm Neo CPU Water Block on TechPowerUp.
Noctua NH-L12S CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master MasterAir MA610P on Modders-Inc.

Input etc:
Creative Sound BlasterX Siege M04 Optical Mouse on APH Networks.
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.

Thinksound TS03+mic HD In-Ear Headphones on NikKTech.
Corsair ST100 RGB Premium Gaming Headset Stand on Legit Reviews.
Roccat Cross Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.

Lenovo ThinkPad P51 (Kaby Lake) Laptop on TweakTown.
Eizo Foris FS2735 144 Hz Monitor on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB Special Edition Torque DDR4 Memory on Madshrimps.

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-November-2017  00:26:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few interesting reviews and projects from the forums:

ASIGN_Baz made some custom
Wonder Woman armour

Gmk2 has a very tidy
hard-tubed watercooled PC

BarboneNet has a guide to OC'ing
the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex

azzachaz built a Vigolix
inspired arcade machine

while samus reviewed the 2017
Volkswagen Golf Comfortline TSI

and also the
2017 Holden Astra Sedan LTZ

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-November-2017  22:21:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus: PC graphics analysis benchmark on Guru3D.
Radeon vs. NVIDIA Vulkan Performance For F1 2017 On Linux on Phoronix.
Call of Duty WWII: Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Call of Duty: WW2: PC graphics analysis benchmark on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma Keyboard V2 on MadShrimps.
Mionix Castor mouse on Vortez.
Vortex ViBE Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
SteelSeries Rival 310 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Rival 310 Ergonomic Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.

Video Cards:
ASUS GTX 1070 Ti STRIX 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
34-Way Graphics Card Comparison On Ubuntu 17.10 on Phoronix.
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on TechReport.
Colorful iGame GTX 1070 Ti Vulcan X TOP 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP Extreme (8GB GDDR5) on FunkyKit.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Ethereum Mining Performance on LegitReviews.
Palit GTX 1070 Ti Super JetStream 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming on TechSpot.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition on TechARP.

F-Secure Sense AC1750 Secure Wireless Router on Tweaktown.
Transcend Ultimate V30 128GB microSD on Tweaktown.
Datacolor Spyder5 Elite+ Easy Monitor Calibration Tool on NikKTech.
Noctua NH-L12S CPU Cooler on Vortez.

Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-November-2017  15:25:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you can pull yourself away from the paperclip game for a few minutes, here's Misc Pics. :) Thanks to Paul and MB this week!

Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-November-2017  14:55:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A robot has become a citizen of a country for the first time, in Saudi Arabia. People were quick to point out that this robot now seems to have more rights than women or immigrant workers there. Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday. Sophia was such a hit she was immediately given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October. But as pictures and videos of Sophia began circulating on social media many started to ask why a robot already seemed to have secured more rights than women in the country.

Meanwhile people are concerned that Apple's automatic photo sorting seems to be a fan of boobs. In 2016, Apple updated its Photos app to recognise more than 4,000 objects, scenes and facial expressions using image recognition. But one Twitter user this week discovered her iPhone had a "hidden folder" labelled "brassiere".

Here's something I never really thought about before: printing in space. Not 3D printing.. good old-fashioned paper printing. Ever since the International Space Station (ISS) welcomed its first residents in November of 2000, there have been printers on board. Astronauts use them to print out critical mission information, emergency evacuation procedures and, sometimes, photos from home. According to NASA, they print roughly 1,000 pages a month on two printers; one is installed on the U.S. side of the ISS, the other in the Russian segment. ISS residents do all this on 20-year-old technology.

I never do anything useful with OCAU's Amazon affiliate account, but I just spotted this new Retro Zone they've opened up. Explore awesome retro video games, cool action figures, hip clothing and more. So if retro's your thing, check it out. Discussion here.

Of all the stunts to pull on your last day of work, deleting Trump's twitter account has to rank up among the greatest. Later Thursday evening, Twitter posted a message from its Government and Elections team saying that the president’s account had been deleted “due to human error by a Twitter employee.” The tweet said @realDonaldTrump was down for 11 minutes before being restored. Twitter later said that the error was made by a customer support employee on their last day of work, and that a “full internal review” is under way.

I've mentioned this one previously, but it seems to be back in the spotlight again - a very addictive paperclip game. Note if you play through the first section and think it's finished.. it isn't. Not by a looooong way. :) There's a discussion thread here for it, and more info here, thanks Matt.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-November-2017  06:35:51 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on BabelTechReviews.
MSI GTX 1070 Ti Gaming 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on Hot Hardware.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Founder Edition on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Super Jetstream on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming on Techspot.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on TweakTown.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti on PC Perspective.
Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX Vega 64 on Funky Kit.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition on TechARP.

Input etc:
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
ROCCAT Kone Pure Owl-Eye Optical RGB Gaming Mouse[B] [/B]on TweakTown.

Nerdytec CouchMaster Cycon on TweakTown.
Corsair LL120 RGB LED 120mm Dual Light Loop Fans on Funky Kit.
ASRock X399 Taichi AMD TR4 Motherboard on OC Inside.
Foscam FI9928P 1080p PTZ Dome Camera on TweakTown.
Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 TG Case on Benchmark Reviews.
BitFenix Formula Gold 750 W PSU on TechPowerUp.

Gran Turismo Racing Season (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-November-2017  11:20:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU's 7th Gran Tourismo Sport race season is currently being organised in the Sony Consoles forum. If you want to race, check out the thread for details:

click for the thread!

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-November-2017  11:36:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BitFenix Aurora on TechPowerUp.
Enermax ETS-T50 AXE on OCInside.
AZZA Inferno 310 on ThinkComputers.
NZXT H700i Mid Tower on Guru3D.
Rosewill Meteor XR Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
AKiTiO Node Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Sapphire RX VEGA 64 Limited Edition on Modders-Inc.

Seagate IronWolf Pro 12TB SATA III HDD on NikKTech.
ADATA SE730H External Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Drobo 5D3 Thunderbolt 3 Five-Bay DAS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Patriot Viper V570 RGB Blackout Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Logitech MX Ergo Wireless Trackball on HotHardware.
Mionix Wei keyboard on Vortez.
Gamdias Hermes E2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA PRO Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterMouse MM530 Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Inspiron 5675 Gaming Desktop on NeoSeeker.
Acer Predator Helios 300 laptop on TechSpot.


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