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 Tuesday, 16-December-2008  04:06:02 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

TweakTown believes home theater enthusiasts will be excited about the changes being made to the Asus Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe audio card. Sometime in September this year, the cards finally went on sale, but audio enthusiasts were left disappointed, as the card could send out a LPCM signal, but not via bitstream. The ASUS AV team heard the cries, loud and clear. They got to work and continually developed the product with a series of driver updates, which eventually led to the Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe audio card being able to bitstream TrueHD and DTS-HD / DTS-HD MA on the PC.

Phoronix look at whether it's possible to play high definition videos in Linux using a $20 CPU and a $30 GPU. For the testing on this low-end hardware we had looked at the MPEG, H.264, and WMV3 formats. … With each test we had monitored the CPU usage during video playback without specifying any video output or video codec options and then again when using VDPAU for the codec and output module. … After running all of these tests to see how well the video playback was offloaded to the GPU, we took the testing one-step further.

Apparently a "massive" exploit found in EVE Online has caused a huge ruckus among its playerbase. In summary, a number of individuals used the exploit to effectively scoop up a good portion of the whole "GDP" of the in-game economic system by selling materials they manufactured out of thin air. All that was naturally then used to fund further operations.

HotHardware looks at the various benefits that OS virtualisation offers. Using virtualization we remove the ties that bind us (to specific hardware). Imagine if you can, that the operating system and its applications are not bound to the hardware. Instead there is a basic software layer installed on the hardware that you can then put your choice of operating system on, to include multiple instances whose numbers are only limited by the amount of processing power, memory, and disk (or storage) space you have available.

The Tech Report compare the performance results of a genuine Core i7-940 to their earlier tests on a "simulated" i7-940. We first tested a "simulated" Core i7-940 by underclocking a Core i7-965 Extreme, but we missed a couple of the "uncore" clocks, including the one that governs the L3 cache. Just how much do those clocks affect performance, and how does a real Core i7 940 perform?

Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser may want to review this updated security advisory. At this time, we are aware only of limited attacks that attempt to use this vulnerability against Windows Internet Explorer 7. Our investigation of these attacks so far has verified that they are not successful against customers who have applied the workarounds listed in this advisory. Additionally, there are mitigations that increase the difficulty of exploiting this vulnerability.

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