Another blow struck to wireless security

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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Wireless networking is really handy, no wires to drag or holes to drill and it is nice to be able to work where you want, as long as you are in range of your router.  The problem is security.  It has been over 2 years since the death of WEP as a useful tool to keep your packets safe.  Now it would seem that WPA has taken a bit of a beating.  The good news is that there are limits to this attack, you can gain the ability to read or change short packets, but you can neither read or chan

Source: Ars Technica

Field Programmable Gate Arrays, you're my only hope

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2009 - 12:24 PM |
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The holographic slideshow is a reality, unfortunately they were aiming for a moving picture.  Current technology can render a nice holographic image by using all the processing power available, the problem being that there is nothing left to apply shading, or lighting and shadows.  A prototype card called the HORN-6 looks to be a huge step forward in the quest to bring animated holography to the big and small screen.  If you slap 4 of them in a system, you can get a nice holographic image that can be refreshed at a speed of 1 frame per second, sort of like Crysis on an IGP.&nbsp

Source: Ars Technica

How can I improve my B.J.?

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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If you are even peripherally aware of who BJ Blazkowicz
is or played the atrocity that was Enemy Territory then you have read at least one review of Wolfenstein.  What you may not have seen is a guide to making your game look better, though you may be familiar with the impact the Veil has on your werewolf's victims frames per second.  Tech Spot would like to fix that lack with a look into what kind of performance that you can expect from your GPU

Source: Tech Spot

Forget the i5, look what ACC can do now

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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If there is one particular BIOS option that AMD fans are all talking about, it would be Advanced Clock Configuration.  ACC can turn single core Semprons into a dual core Athlon X2.   Originally it was the Phenom II series, where 4 core parts were being having one or more core disabled and sold as lower priced chips having those cores unlocked via ACC.  Now we are heari

Not just earbuds, it's a mobile gaming communicator

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 06:54 PM |
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Earbuds are handy when you are on the go or if you really don't like full earcups and the associated headgear, with in-ear being the most popular style currently.  Of the in-ear buds, the Razer Moray In-Ear Headphones are near the top of most people's lists and they have just been improved upon.  The Razer Moray+ Mobile Gaming Communicator
takes that design and adds an in-line microphone to the mix. 

Source: OCIA

Core i5 reveals its hot side

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has revealed the overclocking potential of the Core i5 on their front page.  You won't see any performance benchmarks in their sneak peek, those are still a loosely kept secret.  What you will see is an impressive overclocking tool in action, and that is not a comment about the reviewer, it is about the i5 One Button OCing
tool.  With a simple push of a button

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A keyboard with a highlight reel

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2009 - 03:17 PM |
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At $185 the Logitech G19 keyboard is a serious investment.  For that investment you get a keyboard with a 320x240 LCD that can display customizable system or game information.  It can even display video if you so desire.  There is also an even dozen programmable keys on the outside to let you customize your board to your own specifications.  There is a lot more to see on this board, so

Source: InsideHW

Racing for the bottom

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2009 - 01:24 PM |
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The phrase racing for the bottom may have negative connotations for some, but when you are talking about delivering components for the lowest possible price then peoples eyes start to brighten.  Enthusiasts are all familiar with the cost of going to an X58 based system, so any way to have a lower priced Intel system will become very popular and we have a suspect.  The P55 that will be paired with the new Core i5 CPU has been previewed across the web over the past 2 weeks and one of the big attractions has been the price point. 

Source: AnandTech

Time to celebrate the other William S. Burroughs

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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Partial upgrades can be great fun, OS installation can give you thrills, heatsink installation can be fun, but the best way to give yourself a big adrenaline rush is to flash your BIOS.  It has been mentioned before in the forums once or twice, but it is worth repeating here on the front page ...

Ah ... backwards compatibility, my old nemesis

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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From the information in this Slashdot article, it is now a sure bet that the new graphics cards coming from AMD and nVIDIA will not be PCIe 3.0 cards.  The planned upgrade of the PCIe bus specifications and the associated hardware was due before years end and is now scheduled to appear sometime in Spring of 2010.  Once the new hardware arrives, the bandwidth available to the bus should jump from 5 gigatransfers per second to 8GT/s and because of a change in the encoding,

Source: Slashdot