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Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-July-2010  14:02:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

XbitLabs compared three budget CPU coolers from Cooler Master, Nexus and Scythe. They also checked out four Seasonic PSUs. We are going to talk about four power supply units from Seasonic, three of which continue the legendary S12 series, while the fourth is a completely new product, the first flagship model in the X family.

HardOCP have a cooler roundup as well. Upgrading your heat sink may be just the thing to keep your CPU nice and happy. Today we have five contenders of all shapes and sizes vying to be your next choice of cooler.

A few places are reporting how much the RIAA spent on lawyers in order to recover a much smaller amount from file sharers. It doesn't take into account other factors like the effect of deterrence, but still, the numbers seem crazy. So all in all, for a 3 year period, they spent around $64,000,000 in legal and investigative expenses to recover around $1,361,000.

There's quite a cool video here about a New Zealand made robotic exoskeleton for the legs. A formerly wheelchair-bound guy explains and demonstrates how it's changed his life being able to walk again.

Tarrith sent in this story about how internet censorship affected Turkey. In May 2007, Turkey began censoring the internet. It started out innocent enough – according to Al Jazeera, they just wanted to block child pornography, online gambling sites, information on recreational drugs and sites which insult the country’s founding father. Today over 6000 sites have been blocked, including YouTube and parts of Google.

If you liked the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, this might interest you: While plenty of people have played S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, not many of them realise the game takes elements from both a book and a film. The book, Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, has been freely available online for a while now, but it’s taken a little longer for Andrei Tarkovsky’s film adaptation – Stalker – to make it onto the net. Now, thanks to Film Annex, gamers who also like a bit of cinema can sit down and enjoy the movie which inspired the series of open-world sandbox titles. Update: seems to have been removed for now.

It seems to be a day for roundups today, with a AM3 budget mobo shootout on TechSpot and another CPU cooler roundup on HWHeaven. For those who want extra thermal performance from their system there are a plethora of aftermarket coolers out there, tailored to a variety of different needs and today we are going to look at three of these; the Akasa Venom, Noctua C12P SE14 and Xigmatek Balder SD1283.

An attempt at the world record for non-stop gaming will get underway soon. On July 16th at Dixons, the largest chain store in the Netherlands, the marathon session for the Guinness World Records will begin with six champion gamers spending the entire weekend – day and night – playing Red Dead Redemption on the PS3. The gamers will attempt to beat the current World’s Record of 40 hours for gaming in the racing category with the help of Vogel’s TwistDock providing non-stop play by keeping their PS3 controllers continuously charged. There's live streaming here.

In probably the most successful viral marketing campaign ever, the Old Spice Man now has over 100 videos on YouTube, responding to various celebrities, websites and YouTube commenters. Some funny stuff, thanks Phalanx.

May's OCAU Iron Photographer is now open for voting. This time the theme was "Finance".

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