The sky is falling again?!?

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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FUD will be hitting the fan in the near future over this article at Slashdot.  In the podcast that they link to, it is claimed that a new DoS attack has been discovered that can circumvent any protection you have and take down any device with a TCP/IP stack.  Even better, that machine will stay down even after the attack is halted.  Browsing through the comments does reveal a bit more information, it apparently uses forged SYN cookies to attack the system, but the details are scarce.  In th

Source: Slashdot

This one goes to 11!

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 06:48 PM |
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It looks like SilverStone was not about to let NZXT take over the mouse market unchallenged.  They have launched the Raven RVM01B gaming mouse as a counter to the Avatar.  It's most striking feature is the large scroll wheel on the side of the mouse that bears a passing resemblance to an eyeball glued to it's side, though the OLED screen on the top is also worth mentioning.  Phoronix liked it fairly well, even though all 11 buttons didn't function under Li

Source: Phoronix

PC Perspective wants you to have Galaxy Tech!

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 04:11 PM |
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We are giving away three cards from our new sponsor, Galaxy Tech.  A GeForce 9500 GT, a GeForce 9600 GT and a GeForce 9800 GT. You can see our review of the Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT here.

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Post as many times as you like, but keep in mind that only one entry will count.

Changing our tune about integrated audio

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 03:54 PM |
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Using Integrated Audio used to be a source of shame for those that had to use it in the not too distant past.  That started to change with nVIDIA's Soundstorm and it has only improved since then.  InsideHW has rounded up a fair number of onboard sound solutions, representing the market as it stands today.  They tested them on multiple uses, including gaming, so that you can see the difference in performance between the various chips as well as how they fare against the Cr

Source: InsideHW

Wi to the Max

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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Chicago and the Washington-Baltimore area have been a testing ground for Sprint and Clearwire's new WiMax/ODFM technology, which will hopefully leave the previous failed attempts far behind.  The newest spot you can test this technology out is in Reno, which is where it was tested against 3G wireless.  With throughput of 1.5 - 2.0Mbps down and 275 - 325Kbps up, the speeds are approaching boradband and the 240 mile range is certainly a nice touch.  On the other hand, you can pick up a 3G signal in a lot more places that you can pick up a WiMax, and the reviewer found that they co

Source: Slashdot

Nice schwag from the PDC

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Head to the Intel Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles this October and you will walk out with a 160GB HDD with a pile of programs on it, including an alpha of Windows 7.  The rest of us still have to wait until sometime in 2009; though Ballmer would prefer you would buy a couple of copies of Vista in the mean time.  Ars Technica gives a run down of what we know about Windows 7 along with the information on the 'pre-beta'.

Source: Ars Technica

And there was great rejoicing

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2008 - 05:05 PM |
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Jack Thompson will have to torment game makers and players as a regular citizen now, he's gotten to the point where even lawyers don't want to be associated with him.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at how the disbarment happened, as well as Jack's response.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Forms Strategic Partnership With MotionDSP

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2008 - 04:58 PM |
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MotionDSP has taken the same multi-frame video technology that powers FixMyMovie.com and ported it to NVIDIA's CUDA architecture, with stunning results, (as demonstrated at last month's NVISION '08 show). Now, MotionDSP is creating a version that will run on your home PC -- out in early Q1 '09 and tastily running in real-time on NVIDIA graphic cards, as well as standard CPUs (albeit much slower).

MotionDSP's new software product, codenamed 'Carmel', is one of the first mass-market consumer applications to use NVIDIA's CUDA architecture, which makes this all possible in real-time.

Source: NVIDIA

Before there was cake

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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Portal fans have something to look forward to, apart from importing the portal gun into Half Life 2 and getting stuck in places you were never meant to go.  There is a mod coming out called Portal: Prelude which is set in the Aperture Science labs before the rise of GlaDOS, strangely enough.  Due for release on the first birthday of the Orange Box, October 10th, you can expect 8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps, a brand new storyline and more than 400 lines of speech. 

The perfect LAN party keyboard

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Thermaltake's Soprano Aluminum Keyboard offers a feature that wasn't really touched on in Think Computers review, as it is made of aluminium it should be sturdy enough to physically discourage spawn campers at LAN parties.  That certainly isn't it's only feature, it has sturdy keys that will hold up to punishment.  It's shortcut keys are tiny; neither taking up huge amounts of room nor sitting in a place where you will accidentall

T-Mobile and Google announce first Android phone: the G1

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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I know as well as anyone that new phones are all the rage in recent months (years) since the release of the first iPhone last summer.  Now that the iPhone 3G is out, Blackberry's touchscreen phone is coming next month and with today's T-Mobile G1 Android announcement, the market is going to get more and more interesting.

Source: engadget

Put the PDF down and back away slowly

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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PDFs are everywhere, from game manuals to technical papers on the web to documents sent between businesses.  They are also becoming a very popular attack vector for malware distributors.  You can read more about the types of attacks at Slashdot, and some of the other oftware that is being targeted with similar attacks, but the prevention is fairly easy ... patch early and patch often and use a different PDF viewer that doesn't auto execute scripts.

Source: Slashdot

Good news for small time netbooks

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 02:03 PM |
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Intel's Atom has sprouted a new core and the boards that were designed for them to run on only need a BIOS update according to the news on DigiTimes.  That won't turn them into Core 2 Duos, but it will certainly help to extend the uses netbooks can be put to.

Source: Digitimes

Gigabyte Open Overclocking Competition 2008

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 19, 2008 - GIGABYTE's first annual overclocking competition, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) is set to begin. A total of 50 of the world's top overclockers will fly to Taiwan to join the competition and fight for the title of GIGABYTE GO OC Overclocking Champion.

The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) will be held on September 25th, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan. Can't join the event here in Taiwan?

Source: Email

Androids and Apples, just $200

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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Google's new Android phone will be competing directly with the 8GB iPhone 3G, they are the exact same price.  The iPhone requires a two year contract with AT&T to get that price; we don't yet know what kind of contract T-Mobile will require for the Android, we should now before the end of the year, but the details are still sparse right now.  Read on at The Tech Report.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA rumored to cut 6.5% of work force

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:53 PM |
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According to this news post over at bit-tech, it looks like NVIDIA will be cutting as much as 6.5%, or 360 employees, from their work force in the coming months before the end of their 3rd fiscal quarter.  With new pressure coming from Intel on the discrete graphics front, problems with manufacturering of their current generations of mobile GPUs and the revived AMD graphics department, this move isn't much of a surprise.

Source: bit-tech

How many channels can you keep track of

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:16 PM |
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At a loss when it comes to lossless codecs and 8 channel sound and how they relate to HDMI and HDCP?  You are not alone, especially when you get into the protection on HD movies and their sound, or trying to figure out if it is your video card or your soundcard that has the most impact on your experience.  AnandTech will take you on a quick journey through the ins and outs of high definition, multi channel audio.

Source: AnandTech

Every end is a new beginning

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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In the first and second quarter of 2009 Intel will discontinue twenty processors, ranging from Core 2 Extremes to Celerons.  You can also expect a price drop in October on five different CPUs as well as the release of new models during the next few months and into January.  As usual, Intel has no comments on this news, but DigiTimes track record for this kind of news is very good.  Look forward to Core i7 CPUs and X58 chipsets in November, in addition to the new Duos and Quads.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Infuses Corporate Brand with the Power of "Fusion"

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:07 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept.

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The skies are not clear

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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There seems to be a swarm of bugs occluding the newly arrived prequel to STALKER, which ruined the day of a bit-tech member who pre-ordered it quite a while ago.  The new engine may improve the lighting and shadows, but it also seems to have brought a swarm of small (and not so small) issues with it.  The news is not all bad, weapon customization and join-able factions will add to your experience and may help the games replay-ablility.  The only question is whether you will wait for the patch,

Source: bit-tech