In GAR, the AI works for you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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If someone was to talk to you about a game learning from the player, you might think back to games which claimed to adjust the difficulty on the fly depending on the players skills.  You might also remember not noticing it having any effect on the game.  In that case, the AI was working against the player, but in Galactic Arms Race, the AI is working with you.  It is a neural net that monitors your usage of weapons and evolves them according to your actions.  All the guns in the game are computer generated, as opposed to having stats coded into the game. 

Source: Slashdot

Feel the rays

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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Not that it has ever been mentioned before, but we at PC Perspective are very interested in the future of graphics in general and Ray Tracing in

Big sound from a small card

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 03:56 PM |
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It might be stretching the point a bit to say that the Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile
sound card
is the first designed for music, HTPCs and gaming, but it certainly has a talent with small form factor systems.  At barely 2" wide and 6" long, as well as lacking EMI shielding
the card looks minuscule
next to its bigger X-Fi brothers, a good sign for HTPC builders. 

Source: Overclock3D

For those still using ActiveX

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Another ActiveX vulnerability has reared its ugly head on the net, this time a specific exploit targeting Microsoft Video ActiveX Control
which can give the attacker the same rights as the current user of the target PC.   If you are running Windows 7, Vista or Server 2008, you are perfectly safe as both immune as they do not pass data via this particular ActiveX control is protected, users of previous OSes might want to take a look at the workaround.  More information is available t

Source: The Register

Faster than a speeding 6800GT

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The Inquirer has been sniffing around Taiwan trying to track down more information on the upcoming AMD rs880 chipset.  While it is fairly certain that this will herald the arrival of the onboard DX10.1 HD 4200 graphics core, the actual performance numbers are up in the air.  If what they translated is correct, you can expect to see performance about the level of a 6800GT or an ATI X800XL.  On the flip side,

Source: The Inquirer

Get out and enjoy some controlled, highly energetic chemical reactions

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
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Meridian, one of our forum moderators is

Pimp your mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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Although it is at its heart a Gigabyte GM-M7800, the Gigabyte Elegant Vogue Wireless Mouse
is much more than that.  18 karat gold highlights and Swarovski crystals
set off the two tone leather covering of this stylish mouse.  Make sure to grab yours quickly as there are only 10,000 being made and Hardware Zone has already grabbed one.

$130 could also get you an HD4770

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 03:44 PM |
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Probably the biggest improvement of Bigfoot Networks since the release of the original Killer NIC is the drop in price of its new generation of network accelerators; the Killer Xeno Prois only $130.  It is based around a 400MHz PowerPC processor with 128MB of RAM and like the original it will bypass the Windows TCP/IP stack and handle networking by its self, thus freeing up your CPU to do other tasks. 

Source: AnandTech

You wouldn't keep a stock heatsink

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 03:35 PM |
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Ditch the bundled headphones that came with your iPhone in favour of the Radius Atomic Bass Earphones for iPhone; your ears will love you.  This in-ear headphones can be yours for under $40 and will provide a much better sound quality than the stock headphones though perhaps not as good as $400 sets.  One of the big differences between them would be the quality of the microphone, which Think Computers found

If you build it, they will come?

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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The rumours of Ion 2 are growing, and with the nature of the industry they will become fact sooner rather than later.  As Jon Peddie put it to The Inquirer, we all are trapped in the mantra of Moore's law
If you don't build faster and better chips, you get left behind.  Most rumours agree that nVIDIA will double the shaders to 32, while simultaneously shrinking the die to keep the TDP relatively unchanged.  Having that many shaders might help general graphics performa

Source: The Inquirer