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 Thursday, 11-May-2023  00:13:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I just noticed there is now a full-width toggle when browsing on Wikipedia, which gets rid of the fixed-width formatting that is annoying on some pages. Click the little box at bottom right. Yay.

Aimee sent in this story about blind driving assistance in Forza Motorsport. Blind Driving Assists work by providing a set of supplemental audio cues designed to help Low/No Vision players navigate the tracks of Forza Motorsport. The feature set was driven by the Audio team at Turn 10 and built in close partnership with our accessibility team throughout development. Players can listen to detailed descriptions, as well as a preview of each audio cue they will encounter on-track from within the accessibility menu. There's a YouTube video here.

HighPerformanceLaptops have rounded up their Best Gaming Laptops in Australia for May. Our extensive reviewing system looks at everything from 2D and 3D Performance through Design, Ergonomics and Features to Connectivity, Portability and Value, assigning points for everything. We then compare the resulting scores to every other laptop we’ve tested and determine a definitive rank. See How We Test our laptops for more details. Twenty laptops compared!

TomsHardware have been covering the story about Ryzen 7000 burnouts. In short, user reports have cropped up revealing dead Ryzen 7000 CPUs that melted in their sockets due to SoC voltages operating at unsafe voltages (which is specified as anything over 1.3v right now), and bugs surrounding AMD's CPU temperature control system, which can cause Ryzen 7000 CPUs to go a beyond its safe thermal specifications.

NASA meanwhile have been tweaking the power usage on Voyager 2 - possibly extending its life by a few more years. Voyager 2, along with its twin companion Voyager 1, are the probes that just keep on ticking. Launched in 1977, the spacecraft visited several planets in the outer solar system before tickling the outer fringes of the heliosphere—a protective bubble-like region of space that surrounds the Sun and shields us from harmful radiation pouring in from interstellar space. The probes are still active and gathering unprecedented data about the heliosphere and its protective qualities.

If, like me, you grew up attack-dialling BBSs until the early hours of the morning, you might enjoy this story about being an 11yo BBS SysOp in 1992. In January 1992, my dad brought home a gateway to a parallel world: a small black plexiglass box labeled "ZOOM" that hooked to a PC's serial port. This modem granted the power to connect to other computers and share data over the dial-up telephone network. I had a similar experience in about 1989 when Dad brought home a Bit Blitzer XM124E - a name that exists in my memory but barely appears in Google, it seems! Hooked it up to our Amiga 1000 and away we went. I never ran a BBS myself but was a regular on a few - Active, Hydra, others I've forgotten. In many ways OCAU is just a big BBS for me. :)

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