PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2010 - 02:45 PM |
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Valve's Gabe Newell claims that copy protection reduces value of a game

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Ponzi was an amateur, Madoff is the pro

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2010 - 06:30 PM |
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If you drop by The Tech Talk forum you will bump into a bit of discussion about AMD and what they are doing in the near future, such as a sneak peek at an MSI board that seems to have a Lucid Hydra chip on it, something which makes Ryan's news post even more interesting.  You can also grab some information and a bit of snark in this thread about AMD finally bringing developers out of the cold

Worried about how to keep future CPUs cool? You should be.

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2010 - 12:11 PM |
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Heat is of course the number one unwanted byproduct of semi-conductors and getting rid of it is becoming harder and harder.  You can see the effects of this on the industry, as they try to create CPUs that require less power to do more calculations but we have already passed the point when strapping a kilogram of copper to a CPU is not unusual.  Exotic solutions like peltiers and watercooling have become much more popular and is not limited to those brave few who wanted to build an entire cooling loop from scratch. 

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Adding more cores leads to bandwidth envy

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2010 - 12:47 PM |
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AnandTech has done a little bit of math and pointed out a little problem that will hit us by the end of the year.  With the new CPU's coming from both companies and the fact that they will have several dozen cores or threads, that 4Gb/s connection will be split up so many ways that it will no longer be fast enough to feed those CPUs.  We will be seeing servers with such incredible density that 100Gb/s services are no longer a dream, they will be a necessity to anyone wanting to take advantage of Magny-Cours or Nehalem EX. 

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Get your geek on with 137 years of Popular Science

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 03:34 PM |
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If you were born after the death of printed magazines then you can be forgiven for the confusion you might feel about what PopSci is.  For those who have been geeks for a long while, you probably have fond memories of the magazine Popular Science.  Now you can revisit that feeling as Google and PopSci have teamed up together to put the entire 137 years of PopSci online, searchable and readable for free.  Keep up with the newer publications or delve back into the past years to see what they thought the future we are cur

Unchain your speakers

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 01:57 PM |
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For some bizarre reason there are people who do not like having large amounts of room being taken up by large speakers in a 7.1 configuration.  Perhaps they have limited space or just do not appreciate the wonder that is a proper wall of sound.  For those who choose to go that way, Techware Labs has reviewed a kit that offers wireless 2.1 sound.  The EOS system consists of a receiver/broadcaster, wireless signal receivers and speakers, so drop by if that is your cup of tea.

Acer's new frameless notebooks might find themselves re-purposed

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 12:08 PM |
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Acer is planning on a new ultra thin line of notebooks with no frame and a keyless touch keyboard, according to DigiTimes.  Combining those two features does offer a way to make the MacBook Air look like it has a beer gut, but that is not the most interesting fact about these notebooks.  If reinforced glass is strong enough to be the back shell of a notebook, obviously it could also be used in a standard desktop monitor.  An all glass monitor would have absolutely no bezel on the sides; can anyone sa

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PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2010 - 04:13 PM |
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It's the weekend and time to kick back with some good old PC gaming. There are some worthy PC gaming news this week so let's get down to it.

Metro 2033 Goes Gold and launches a new trailer. What could be a surprise hit this season, Metro 2033 has gone gold and celebrates with a new trailer. I'm really interested in this game and the early previews made it sound promising.

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Grab your own personal jetpack for only $75,000

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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The Mythbusters might not have been able to build their own working jetpack but Martin Aircraft will sell you one for under $100,000, though shipping from New Zealand might be expensive.  The jetpack won't require a pilots license right now, but if they start selling many of these the chances are quite good that some regulations will be put in place.  In the mean time you can hit heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph according to Martin Aircraft.  You can see som

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My keyboard is a leaf on the wind, watch it soar

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 05:44 PM |
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At Gizmodo you can see a keyless keyboard from Minebea called the Cool Leaf.  It is one of three products that they have recently rolled out, the other two being a calculator and a universal remote control.  All look like a translucent piece of plastic or glass but are in fact an electrostatic capacity type touch panel and a load sensor. 
Waterproof and dirt proof, though probably not smudge proof, they are both attractive and utilitarian and might be on many a de

Source: Gizmodo