It's the story of two men, and their love ...

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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... for gaming.  But trouble is a brewing, as one likes PnP and tabletop gaming while the other prefers Poke-cards, and has no idea where WarCraft came from.  Or maybe it's really the struggle of coming to terms with Deep Crows and Fruitfu ... err the gaming store guy. 

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HA HA!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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He may be proud to have a card certifying him as one of the only sane lawyers in the state of Florida, but I don't think Jack Thompson is too proud of the 27 counts of misconduct that he was just found guilty of.  [H]ard|OCP has the link to more info on this feel good story for every gamer out there.

Any bets that he will claim to have been affected by his work on violent video games and that they were to blame for his misconduct?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mmmmm ... audio

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:58 PM |
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M-Audio may seem like a no-name brand to many PC gamers, but anyone who has done anything related to the audio trade will recognize the name right off the bat.  These M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers will give you a sound that goes a bit beyond what you might expect with a desktop speaker system, as they have a rather impressive response.  Check out the full spec

Source: ModSynergy

Remote hardware molestation

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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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.

Source: Slashdot

AMD's got game?

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2008 - 03:54 PM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

Give early, give often

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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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 oneOver in the audio forum, help investigate an odd hum emanating from
a Vista system using the onboa

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What's been hiding in the hawthorne

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 04:30 PM |
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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.

... with frickin' laser beams

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 02:59 AM |
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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.

Scaling the quad

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 04:56 PM |
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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.

Source: Guru of 3D

Some computer company launched a chip with lots of gibblehertz

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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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.

Source: Slashdot

Every keyboard should have a shotgun key

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 05:22 PM |
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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. 

You will anti-alias and you will like it!

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The evils of 'desk bounce'

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 02:33 PM |
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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.

Source: TECHGAGE

Fab light; full speed ahead

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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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

Source: Digitimes

Was a hit put out on DX10.1?

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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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 bugRead the full script of this drama over at The Tech Report.

For when you need professional help

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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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."

Crossover cables are teh lame

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM |
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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.

Source: OCIA

Network speed is anything but academic

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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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

Source: Ars Technica

You can't keep a XFi down

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM |
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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. 

Source: TweakTown