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Misc Pics (39 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.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 11-April-2015  22:20:34 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
ASRock X99 Extreme6/ac on TweakTown.
GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion on PC Perspective.

QNAP TVS-863+ AMD Turbo vNAS on Madshrimps.
OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD on eTeknix.
HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 on Legit Reviews.
Western Digital My Passport Ultra Metal / Anniversary Edition (2 TB) on Tech ARP.

Cooler Master Nepton 240M AIO Liquid Cooler on Neoseeker.
Fractal Design Kelvin S24 AIO Watercooler on ocaholic.

SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism Gaming on APH Networks.
ASUS Strix 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.

Mobile & Systems:
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook on ChannelProNetwork.
Sony Xperia Z3v Smartphone on Hot Hardware.

Netgear Arlo Security System on techPowerUp.
Patriot Viper DDR4 3000MHz 16GB Quad-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown.
LG 34UM67 AMD FreeSync Monitor on Guru3D.
AKRacing Rush Gaming Chair on Benchmark Reviews.
Cherry MX-Board 3.0 on LanOC.

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