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Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 21-August-2019  13:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a Game Masters exhibition coming up in Canberra. Game Masters is an interactive journey through five decades of video game history, offering both a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process behind the world’s most popular characters and franchises, and a chance to play them. Featuring interviews, never-before-seen concept artwork, an amazing display of vintage consoles and collectable items, and 80 playable games, visitors won’t want to leave! Discussion here.

In the meantime, the game DayZ has been banned in Australia because of in-game drug use. "Sadly, the developers of DayZ have caved," he said in the Parliament of Victoria on Thursday, referencing Bohemia's decision to change the game worldwide because of the ban. "Australia is once again the wet blanket and laughing stock of the whole world. It's an embarrassment that we obediently let our government treat us like children. While the rest of the world is legalizing cannabis, we are banning representations of cannabis in videogames."

TMSC have a detailed article explaining why Moore's Law is not dead. First, let's discuss the elephant in the room. Some people believe that Moore's Law is dead because they believe it is no longer possible to continue to shrink the transistor any further. Just to give you an idea of the scale of the modern transistor, the typical gate is about 20 nanometers long. A water molecule is only 2.75 Angstrom or 0.275 nanometer in diameter! You can now start counting the number of atoms in a transistor.

Spicks and Specks will be back for a four-show run later this year. Last year's Spicks and Specks reunion show was the most watched ABC program of 2018. It was also a hell of a lot of fun, as Myf Warhurst, Adam Hills and Alan Brough reminded us why so many of us fell in love with the show back in the 2000s. So, we are very excited to hear that the gang are getting back together for another big special as a part of Ausmusic Month in 2019, as well as three exciting shows to run through 2020.

Minecraft on Windows will soon have a ray-traced graphics update. Working with NVIDIA, Mojang is adding a form of real-time ray tracing called path tracing to Minecraft. Path tracing simulates the way light travels throughout a scene, and offers a unified lighting model that replaces the different lighting effects that have traditionally been implemented using rasterised or hybrid renderers.

This one tickled my fancy - it's a twist on the old little Bobby Tables idea: a NULL number plate backfiring and landing a security researcher a pile of undeserved parking tickets. Droogie then started receiving thousands of dollars in parking tickets, totalling over $US12,000 ($17,659), addressed to him. He told the convention audience that a processing centre was assigning “NULL” to vehicles with outstanding tickets that the DMV didn’t have licence plate information on. And so Droogie received all of those unassigned tickets.

HWAsylum have an article about using exotic fluids in liquid-cooling. However, with Vodka the formula changes a bit and NOT the direction you are thinking. The loop will actually run hotter and require larger radiators to maintain the same cooling capacity that you would get with pure water. That is, unless you change things up and take advantage of the unique properties of the fluid you are using. In the case of Vodka it has a much lower freezing temperature. For this project I decided to “change the formula” and do a little extreme watercooling at sub ambient temperatures. To accomplish this I'm using straight 100 proof (50%) Vodka and a Single Stage Phase Chiller. Somewhere around here is an issue of New Scientist from about 20 years ago where I was quoted about putting vodka into a watercooling loop. :)



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