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Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new type of attack has been theoretically identified, dubbed a Permanent Denial of Service (PDOS). By taking advantage of remote firmware updates, an attacker could theoretically kill hardware using a tampered BIOS flash file. If the hardware is set to automatically update it's firmware, which is the default setting in most cases, your server could be taken down until the hardware is replaced. You can get more info by following the link at Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2008 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is working at redesigning
the way people buy games with their AMD GAME! program. The basic idea is that games will come with a logo, either AMD GAME! Ultra or AMD GAME!, the AMD GAME! Ultra should be playable at 1600 x 1200, default settings at above 30 fps, the non-Ultra at 1280 x 1024, as long as your system matches their defined requirements. Anandtech takes a look at this initiative, and shows some of the promo slides.
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of our members has found some information about the upcoming nVIDIA GT200 graphics family. Drop by the thread to see what people think of their decision to go with a 512 bit bus, and take a peek at what the new nVIDIA drivers have fixed in this one. Over in the audio forum, help investigate an odd hum emanating from
a Vista system using the onboa
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virtual-Hideout got a look at some of the serious Intel hardware being shown off at the Hawthorn Farm Campus. Skulltrail and Bonetrail 2, and a really impressive looking cooler are just some of what they saw. Check out all their pictures.
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 02:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
That standard of science fiction and precursor to useful fiber optics, properly known as the "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" was first fired off today. If you haven't seen it yet, Google has honoured Theodore Maiman's ground breaking research in optics (or Gordon Gould's), some of the most important work in information technology since Babbage or Hopper.
Still no word on shark compatible platforms.
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D has decided to find out just what you get from gaming on a quad core processor. The games they use do cross a gamut of styles, and not all of them utilize the same parts of the PC as others, but you do see a pattern develop. While there is a clear verdict, it is not perfectly cut and dry.
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In other news, Hanna Montana thinks computers should all be mauve and smell nice.
Tech news may be changing for a lot of people, as CNET just got bought by CBS. There is probably a small chance that CNET might still cover at least some IT related news, but Slashdot's cynics probably have this one right. CNET may not have been the best source of news for techies, but it did do a good job of aggregating a lot of disparate stories for the time-challenged geek.
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cyber Snipa Warboard is not quite as cool looking as the box implies, but it still has some serious style to it. It has so many buttons it may feel overwhelming to first pick up, but Pro-Clockers ended up in love with it. There are even removable keys and a baggie of various non-standard keys you can put on the board, if you are so inclined.
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unreal Engine 3 has taken a lot of flak, especially for it's inability to handle anti-aliasing and lack of any DX10 support. In Rainbow Six Vegas 2, a way has been found to allow anti-aliasing with Unreal Engine 3, adding a nice look to the game. [H]ard|OCP tried the game out with a mix of AMD and nVIDIA cards to see what gives you the best performance. It turns out to have a similar outcome to UT3, where almost any newer card can handle the full settings.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer/THX Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System has nothing to do with a performance gaming mouse, which may seem strange in a Razer product. The speakers are a rather odd orb shape, and they connect via Cat-5 cable. TECHGAGE gave this 2.1 system a thorough testing, which upholds the quality associated with Razer's products.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's purchase of TSMC while AMD didn't exactly have much spare cash lying around spawned quite a bit of discussion about their plans. The agreed upon answer was that this was AMDs 'fab light' strategy in action and that TSMC would take over the production of GPUs and CPUs for AMD. The GPU line did indeed start up quickly, but the Phenom was build in AMD facilities, not TSMC's. According to DigiTimes, TSMC is indeed doing test runs for CPU dies, so we may see more of Hector
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Assassin's Creed has generated it's own little soap opera, involving AMD, nVIDIA and their 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' marketing tool. The rabble has been roused by early tests on Assassin's Creed showing that with DX10.1 the AMD graphics cards were showing some remarkable performance. Come the release date, Ubisoft, a partner with nVIDIA's marketspeak TWIMTBP disabled DX10.1 due to a bug. Read the full script of this drama over at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it. Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity. Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crossover cables and the simple bit of networking setup you need to seems to have become too much work. The USB Fever USB 2.0 Computer Copy Cable makes it much easier. Drop by OCIA and see if you want to add this $20 doohickey for your mobile repair toolbox.
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking to see what the next generation of the internet's backbone might look like? Try checking out the Large Hadron Collider, which
"requires large data flows between specific sites - 2-hour periods with 8 gig flow across the network". Academic and institutional networks have always been at the forefront of speed and the average enthusiast may start to see the benefits of the work they have pioneered. Read what Ars Technica thinks we could be seeing soon, and just how the universitie
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even with the controversy surrounding Creative, their products are still popular. The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
is one such product, and it is up for review on TweakTown. Auzentech has licensed the technology from Creative, so this card is not going to cause the uproar that the ASUS card recently has.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex. Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses. On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wii style motion sensing may be the next big thing and an Israeli company called Prime Sense may be the ones to help push it out. The Inquirer looks at the technology behind this, a motion sensor that can sense human motion without the need to attach anything to that human, or having them wave a stick around. Gaming is certainly one application for this, but the company is also talking about replacing remote controls as well as getting into surveillance and
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the loudest discussions going on right now in the PC community and in our forums is about Creative. The volume of posts caused by Creative's reaction to Daniel_K's driver mod that managed to get XiFi cards working in Vista is large, and similar. The tone is one of indignation and a resolve to not buy Creative products, a decision made easier considering the frustration caused by the XiFi series.