Yet another not yet released Blizzard game teaser

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:56 PM |
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Join The Escapist, who obviously got their hands on a beta key, in introducing the Terran race from StarCraft 2 : The Unreleased.  From Schwarzenegger
impersonating Thors to the odd merging of Dropship and Medic that is the Medivac, all the units are covered along with a quick look at their capabilities. 
Or, if you want something a little lighter you can

Source: The Escapist

AMD has a different sort of new driver in the works

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:22 PM |
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According to the information [H]ard|OCP received, the new ATI 10.3a Catalyst Driver Update will focus on performance, to the point of not being WHQL certified when it first becomes available.  This is fairly big news as lately the big goal that AMD has been striving for is to release a driver every month, regardless of how little has changed.   10.2 should arrive today, not quite as ambitious as the 10.3a will be, but bringing some nice enhancements to anyone running a Cr

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Razer is at it again, behold the Imperator

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 03:51 PM |
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For $70 you can get hold of Razer's new Imperator gaming mouse, able to change from 100 up to 5600 DPI and it does not use drift control ensuring that how you move your mouse is exactly how the mouse moves.  Seven customizable buttons ensure you can choose the most comfortable configuration for yourself.  It even has drives for Macs.  Techware Labs has the scoo

Microsoft Reveals Plans for IE9

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 01:55 PM |
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Microsoft is revealing more details about its IE9 Platform today and the improvements you can expect to see when IE9 is finally released.

Source: Ars Technica

Need an iPhone password? Ask your Radeon not your Tesla.

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 12:09 PM |
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Slashdot adds a little FUD to your morning with this report (and tool) from ElcomSoft about the efficiency of utilizing an AMD GPU to crack iPhone and iPod passwords.  It would seem that not only is a Radeon HD5970 twenty times faster than a Core i7 960 it is almost twice as fast as a Telsa S1070.  Putting aside the security issue for a moment to focus on parallel processing power, it seems a bit embarrassing for nVIDIA to have their supercomputing, mass

Source: Slashdot

Why get a separate laptop stand and speakers when you can have both

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2010 - 06:38 PM |
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The Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700
combines two peripherals into one and does it in a rather competent manner.  Firstly it is a laptop stand, putting your notebook on a slight incline, making typing a little more comfortable than a flat keyboard about an inch above the surface it is resting on.  It also contains a fan to keep the laptop operating cooler than it would if it was flush with a flat surface.  Add to that a battery

Source: OCIA

50 years of looking for ET's signals and how you can join in the search

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2010 - 12:21 PM |
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For 50 years now the SETI project has been searching the heavens for signs of an signal with an intelligent source.  There are plenty of signals out there on every bandwidth possible but so far they all have natural sources as opposed to being generated artificially by an intelligence.  So far there has been no sign, though a few new pulsars and quasars have been spotted and located.  Slashdot links to information about the project and proposed changes to the scope her

Source: Slashdot

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

Source: General

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. 

Source: Slashdot