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ANZAC Day (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-April-2015  23:40:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

They shall grow not old
As we who are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them

Lest We Forget

Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-April-2015  04:50:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again - thanks to SM this week!

Color Office Supplies Giveaway (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-April-2015  07:17:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's something different - we've got some packs of office supplies to give away, from Color Office Supplies. So if your desk is lacking goodies, check out the details in the thread:

click for the thread!

Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-April-2015  06:14:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope the crazy weather in Sydney hasn't affected any of you too drastically.. we got off pretty lightly and it seems to be blue skies again at the moment.

Intel have a new "Compute Stick", which aims to turn any TV into a PC. Powered by a quad-core Bay Trail processor, the Compute Stick has a surprising amount of horsepower to power multimedia playback, office applications, and typical web usages. It does not have enough performance compete with a standard notebook by today’s standards, but it doesn’t intend to with its $150 price point. Coverage on LegitReviews, HotHardware, Tweaktown, Tech Report and PC Perspective.

If you'd prefer to DIY, TechSpot have a powerful mATX PC guide. Every enthusiast dreams of building a budgetless rig with nothing but the best hardware. Thus, we're throwing caution to the wind by cramming the priciest and most powerful gaming hardware into a 32L chassis. The end result should be a ridiculously powerful mATX system ready for any and all tasks.

Fastmail have posted their take on the metadata laws and how they are affected, thanks Owen. This means that FastMail is not obligated to retain metadata relating to email sent/received by our users, nor are we required to provide Australian law enforcement agencies with access to such metadata without a warrant. That's presumably true of other overseas-hosted services, although I haven't noticed an official statement from gmail yet.

In the meantime you can download your Google search history. Google just gave Chrome users a little feature with big implications: You can now download your search history. It might seem silly—and somewhat frightening—to download a massive file containing everything you have searched for since enabling the web history setting, but the list is an interesting peek into how Google sees you.

Given we just passed the 81st anniversary of an iconic Loch Ness Monster photo, Google want you to help search for Nessie via Street View. The internet is really good at over-analysing photos, and Google is good at bringing the internet into our homes. So for armchair amateur sleuths, this should be The Dream: a chance to find the Loch Ness Monster without having to go to dampest darkest Scotland. However it's worth bearing in mind that the BBC performed a comprehensive search of the Loch in 2003 and didn't find anything..

Closer to home, it's being suggested that the NBN might give us the world's most expensive internet. "The ACCC, NBN Co and [Communications Minister] Malcolm Turnbull need to accept that the model is broken," he said. "We need to drastically reduce the [connectivity virtual circuit] charge … by 70 per cent immediately ... otherwise the NBN will be the most expensive broadband network in the world."

Netflix traffic continues to grow, with Optus apparently considering breaking net neutrality by asking Netflix to pay a fee for guaranteed delivery. Speaking at the CommsDay conference in Sydney today, Optus chief Allan Lew floated the possibility of a premium service provided to streaming services like Netflix. To ensure end-users got the best customer experience, Lew said Optus needed to make sure over-the-top providers "understand they need to work collaboratively with Optus to preserve network quality".

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-April-2015  04:38:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Cougar 500K Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Aorus Thunder K7 keyboard on OCAholic.
Jamstik Guitar Controller on TechnologyX.
Arion Bluetooth Mini Keyboard with Speakerphone on eTeknix.
Corsair Gaming Sabre Optical RGB Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Micro Tower on NeoSeeker.
be quiet! Silent Base 800 Full-Tower on Tweaktown.
Antec P70 Mid-Tower on Techgage.
Fractal Design Define S on TechPowerUp.
In Win D-Frame Mini on Modders-Inc.

CRYORIG R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Hydro H100i GTX watercooler on BenchmarkReviews.

Diamond DS3900V2 Ultra USB 3.0 Docking Station on Tweaktown.
Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCI-Express Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Inateck HBU3VL2-4 USB 3.0 Hub and HBU3VL3-4 Hub with Ethernet on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Razer Seiren microphone on HWHeaven.
Etekcity RoverBeats T12 Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Speaker on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS TS700-E8-RS8 Barebones Workstation on Tweaktown.
Boston Venom 3401-7T Workstation on eTeknix.
Patriot FUEL iON Magnetic Charging S4 Case and Stand on Tweaktown.
GameBench Compares iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in Real-World Mobile Games Testing on PCPerspective.

Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion motherboard on LanOC.
Linksys WRT1200AC Wi-Fi Router on Tweaktown.
GeForce GTX TITAN X video card on HWSecrets.
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4 memory on Vortez.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-April-2015  00:43:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 on Legit Reviews.
Samsung SM951 PCIe SSD 512GB on Techspot.
QNAP TVS-463 8G AMD Powered NAS on techPowerUp.
Patriot New Ignite Series M2 SATA SSD on Modders-Inc.

Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 Heatsink on Frostytech.
Phanteks PH-TC12LS & PH-TC14S CPU Cooler on PureOverclock.

Fractal Design Define S Window on Vortez.
Enermax Thormax GT Full-Tower Case on Modders-Inc.
SilverStone Kublai KL05 on APH Networks.
Fractal Design Define S on Guru3D.
Lian Li PC-V1000L/B Special Edition Full-Tower on TweakTown.
BitFenix Aegis on ThinkComputers.

Notebooks & Systems:
Intel NUC5i7RYH Broadwell-U Iris NUC on Anandtech.
ACER Switch 11 Pro 2-in-1 Laptop on Legit Reviews.
ASUS EeeBook X205TA Review: $199 Windows Laptop on PC Perspective.

Inateck BR1001 Bluetooth Audio Receiver on APH Networks.
TRENDnet AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router on NikKTech.

SiliconAngel's FreeNAS Guide (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-April-2015  11:01:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SiliconAngel has a very detailed FreeNAS build log over in the Storage & Backup forum. If you've been thinking about building a FreeNAS machine, this guide is a great place to get started:

click for the thread!

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-April-2015  07:19:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD on LegitReviews.
QNAP Turbo Station TS-431 4-Bay
on eTeknix.
Strontium Nitro iDrive 64GB iOS Flash Drive on Tweaktown.
Crucial BX100 500GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD on HotHardware.
Eluktronics Eluktro Pro Performance SSD Review (250GB/500GB/1TB) on TheSSDReview.
Intel 750 Series PCIe SSD 1.2 TB on TechPowerUp.
Samsung 850 EVO M.2 and mSATA SSD on Guru3D.
Thecus N4310 NAS Server on NikKTech.

Audio Visual:
Asus Strix 7.1 Gaming Headset on LanOC.
iClever IC-BTH01 Bluetooth Stereo Headset on Tweaktown.
Camera Shootout: Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge Vs. iPhone 6 on TechARP.

Noctua NH-U9S CPU cooler on OCClub.
Phanteks PH-TC12LS Low Profile Heatsink on FrostyTech.

InWin D-Frame Mini Mini-ITX Tower on Tweaktown.
Supermicro Gaming S5 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Grand Theft Auto V benchmarked at 1080p, 1440p and 4K on Tweaktown.
Grand Theft Auto V for PC - How Does It Run? on TechnologyX.
Grand Theft Auto V PC Benchmarked on TechSpot.
Grand Theft Auto V: R9 290X 8GB v GTX 980 v Titan X at 4K on Tweaktown.

Neet Cable Keeper on TechnologyX.

Misc Pics (46 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-April-2015  01:49:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A bit early today.. thanks to TaXy DriVar this week!

Friday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-April-2015  14:55:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

2K Australia, the studio that made Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel among other things is shutting down. We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team’s valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible.

People in hot water for downloading Dallas Buyers Club might be able to name their price. If brought to Australia, such an approach could help Dallas Buyers Club meet its legal obligations not to send aggressive letters of demand or "speculative invoices" to internet users - while maximising what the film's owners might be able to recoup. Last week's Federal Court judgment requires the film's owners to seek judicial approval on the wording of correspondence sent to up to 4726 customers of ISPs including iiNet and Dodo.

Netflix apparently regret unmetered usage deals with ISPs in Australia. "In Australia, we recently sought to protect our new members from data caps by participating in ISP programs that, while common in Australia, effectively condone discrimination among video services - some capped, some not," Mr Hastings told shareholders. "We should have avoided that and will avoid it going forward." I hadn't really thought about it before, but I guess in a way it's almost a net neutrality issue.

A chess grandmaster has been accused of cheating with a smartphone. “Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet,” Armenian grandmaster Tigran Petrosian said. “I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren’t occupied.” Petrosian complained to the officials. After Nigalidze left the bathroom once more, officials inspected the interior and say they found an iPhone wrapped in toilet paper and hidden behind the toilet.

NBN supplier Alcatel-Lucent are being bought by Nokia. French technology vendor Alcatel-Lucent has long been associated with the NBN and won a contract worth up to $1.5 billion when the $41 billion project was still being run by a Labor government. It continues to play a key role and is set to supply fibre-to-the-node equipment. But most industry experts believe the merger is designed to boost the wireless communications and cloud computing divisions of both companies. This leaves the future of its Alcatel-Lucent's fixed line division, which supplies NBN Co, up in the air.

HardOCP have an article about the difficulties of benchmarking SSDs. Many of our readers embrace our "real world" approach with hardware reviews. We have not published an SSD review for almost 2 years while we have been looking to revamp our SSD evaluation program. Today we wanted to give you some insight as to how we learned to stop worrying and love the real world SSD benchmark.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-April-2015  14:08:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Core i7-5930K vs i7-4960X Gaming-Performance - FullHD, 1440p, UHD on OCAholic.
GIGABYTE X99-Gaming G1 WIFI (Intel X99) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
SpotCam HD Wi-Fi Video Monitoring Camera on ThinkComputers.
SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism headset on HWHeaven.
Sound Blaster E5 Review (USB and Smartphone DAC/headphone Amp) on HWHeaven.

CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 Docking Device on Tweaktown.
Samsung Magician 4.6 and 840 EVO EXT0DB6Q Firmware Review - Finally Fixed on PCPerspective.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS Republic of Gamers G751JY 17-inch Gaming Laptop on Techgage.
Blackview Breeze Smartphone on MadShrimps.
Motorola Moto E 2015 Review: Lollipop and LTE on PCPerspective.
HTC One M9 Review: Lollipop, Octa-Core Snapdragon, Boomsound Impress on HotHardware.
Oppo R5 smartphone on TechSpot.
Posh Mobile Titan HD E500 Octa-Core 1.4GHz Smartphone on ModSynergy.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Tyon Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Rosewill's RK-9000V2 mechanical keyboard on TechReport.

Grand Theft Auto V Graphics Performance Review on Guru3D.
Grand Theft Auto V Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Kwikset SmartCode 916 Electronic Deadbolt on BenchmarkReviews.
VisionTek Radeon R9 270X 2GB OC video card on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Core X9 case on OCClub.
QuantaCool MHP Cooling Solution Tested at GTC 2015 on Tweaktown.
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz memory on PureOC.

Tuesday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-April-2015  13:43:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS X99-A (LGA 2011-3) Motherboard on eTeknix.
Asrock Z97E-ITX/ac (LGA-1150) Motherboard on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Ozone Rage 7HX 7.1 Surround Headset on TechnologyX.
Seek XR Thermal Camera for Android on Tweaktown.
BenQ's XL2730Z 'FreeSync' monitor on TechReport.
Divoom Voombox Travel Bluetooth Speaker on ThinkComputers.
Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog on OCAholic.
Netgear Arlo HD Wireless Smart Home Security Camera on Tweaktown.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX on Vortez.
SilverStone Kublai KL05-W Enclosure on PCPerspective.
Lian-Li DK-01 Aluminium Desk Chassis on eTeknix.

Power Supply:
Adam Elements Bella Power 6000mAh Portable Power Bank on NikKTech.
Andyson Titanium N 700W on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Strider Gold S ST75F-GS V2.0 750W on APHNetworks.

be quiet! Pure Rock CPU cooler on OCAholic.
Raijintek Triton CPU Water Cooler on BenchmarkReviews.
Phanteks PH-TC14S Slim Tower Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Cooler Master Hyper 612 Version 2 CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Phanteks PH-TC12LS CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

QNAP TS-431+ NAS on LegionHW.
Thecus W5000 NAS on ComputingOnDemand.
Crucial MX200 500GB SSD on Tweaktown.
Intel Series 750 1.2 TB PCIe SSD on Guru3D.
Crucial MX200 1TB & BX100 500GB Series SSD on TechSpot.
RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-RD3680SU3 External RAID Enclosure on NikKTech.

ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-2400 Memory on TechnologyX.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone on Tweaktown.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-April-2015  05:42:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Unreleased Intel 750 SSD Preview in Storage & Backup.
All of the exciting new hardware for 2015: NVME, A-Sync, Skylake, Radeon 300 in OC & HW.
GTX 970 lawsuit - what does this mean for Australians? in Video Cards & Monitors.
Smokin Whale's Custom Ubuntu Image Collection in Other Operating Systems.
Renderman is now free in Graphic Design & Digital Art.
Get your USB PID's HERE!! Get'em while they're hot! in Electronics & Electrics.
Why does wireless have high latency? in Electronics & Electrics.
Lifehacker Watercooling Article in Ectreme & Water Cooling.
Who said there's no money in collecting old gear? in Retro & Arcade.
Dawn probe closes in on Ceres in Science.
San Francisco Trip Log in Holidays & Travel.
Reaper Paste (15+/10) in Geek Food.
Aussie Pitmasters - Guide to Australian Brisket in Geek Food.
Educating your Aussie Butcher - A Pitmasters Guide to American Cuts in Geek Food.
2015 Barry Sheene Festival of Speed (Eastern Creek) in Motorsport.
2015 MotoGP Championships in Motorsport.
Resume - Foreign Names in Career, Education & Finance.
X-Files - Season 10 - [G.Anderson, D.Duchovny] in Entertainment.
Game of Thrones - TV Show Discussion Only in Entertainment.
Books: Epic High Fantasy in Entertainment.
Can anyone recommend a free, non biased, online newspaper? in The Pub.
Downloaded Dallas Buyers Club? iiNet just lost their case in Current Events & Serious Discussion.

Monday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-April-2015  04:40:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a new super small computer. Claimed to be the smallest autonomous computer in the world, the M^3 is smaller than a grain of rice. Despite its miniature size the computer is said to be capable of taking pictures, reading temperatures, recording pressure, radio communication, and more. The flexibility afforded by its compactness means that the device will be popular in medical, industrial and IoT applications.

Anonabox have recalled their routers due to some embarrasingly fundamental security flaws, thanks mpot. While the miniature routers do direct all of a user’s Internet traffic over Tor as promised, the company has confirmed to WIRED that its first batch lacked basic password protection, with no way to keep out unwanted users in Wi-Fi range. And worse yet, the faulty Anonaboxes have another bug that would allow those Wi-Fi intruders to completely hijack the device, snooping on or recording all of a user’s traffic.

Russia has declared celebrity memes illegal. According to Roskomnadzor, it’s now illegal to use a celebrity in a meme that has no association to the pictured celebrity. The controversial policy was introduced after a Moscow court ruled Russian singer, Valeri Syutkin, had his privacy violated by a particular meme.

It's nice to see people are still making old hardware do new things - like 1024 colours on a CGA 8088 PC! Because there are so many technological world-firsts in the demo, and because we’re bending the hardware in ways that people have never thought to do so, it’s only fair that we try to explain exactly how this was achieved. One of my roles was “organizer” for the demo, so I’ll break it down scene by scene, covering the basics of each trick.

Also on the retro side of things, here's an Apple ][ running on an Arduino Uno. I’ve always been fascinated by the early days of the computer revolution. Today we take tremendously powerful machines for granted but it was not always that way. As a personal project I decided to implement an early eighties era microcomputer on the Arduino Uno to demonstrate just how powerful even the most basic of our microcontrollers are today.

This story is a few months old now so I'm not sure if it's still a concern, but with all the talks about VPN use in Australia lately, Dean spotted this flaw with VPNs. VPN users are facing a massive security flaw as websites can easily see their home IP-addresses through WebRTC. The vulnerability is limited to supporting browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, and appears to affect Windows users only. Luckily the security hole is relatively easy to fix.

This from Matt: Just noticed Win10 will make secure boot non-optional. Meaning possibly dubious future for support of alternative OS's on Windows machines. Here's a FSF page with a petition (now quite old) to encourage manufacturers to support alt OS's with Secure Boot. ... Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called "Secure Boot." However, it is currently up for grabs whether this technology will live up to its name, or will instead earn the name Restricted Boot.

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