Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pick up your tinfoil hats and keep a careful eye on anyone carrying around this book, because humans are getting much better at hacking the mind. Simple things, like the defacing of the epilepsy support websites with flashing colours to trigger epileptic fits is nothing new; a chemical that seems to be able to produce permanent memory loss in rats is not. Neural engineers have developed wireless interfaces allowing usage of computer and wheelchairs via direct brain control, though those devices are not conduciv
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the fun and easy to understand changes to the UI of the Microsoft Office Suite in the 2008 version still fresh in the minds of students and office workers everywhere, the release of Office 2010 is being looked at with a bit of trepidation. Thanks to a bit of an early opening, you can catch screenshots and movies of the office at HEXUS. Over at The Inquirer is a brief summary of the changes to Office and to Microsoft's business model, as
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The internet is great, bringing you a broad variety of information and entertainment, some of which you want to see and some of which you wish you could bleach out of your brain. Either way, when the tap runs dry or even just starts to falter a little, it can be a real brain teaser trying to track down the problem.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AKAI AISS010 All-In-One Entertainment System claims to be able to handle any input, and the list of acceptable inputs is fairly impressive; MP3/iPod/CD/DVD/Up-sampled DVD/USB/SD Flash cards/FM radio/Karaoke along with a HDMI output for up-sampled DVDs. Tweaktown put those claims to the test as well as checking on the quality of the sounds. In the end it was hard for them to determine how well received this system will be, there are some who may find
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has been in the news recently for two issues, the first is the hold that has been put on Elpida Hyper-based Dominator GT modules. The
second is the relabelling of PSUs from 80+Gold to 80+Silver because not all units could reach the 87% efficiency under full load that is required in order to meet a Gold rating. HEXUS sits down with them to discuss the difference 2% can make as well as alternatives to Elpida to get the Dominator GT modules into production again.
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you are still not going to see a PC capable of an instant on, SSD RAID performance on Windows 7 in quite spectacular. In their testing of the instant on capability [H]ard|OCP discovered that you are much better off with a single drive to get the fastest boot times. The converse is true for those looking for the best performance once booted up, the more drives the better.
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vint Cerf, Ray Kurzweil and Ray Merkle all spoke at a recent NASA event dealing with the near future of technology and the way it changes how those who use it interact with the world. Vint Cerf touches on the future of the internet, social networks and how networks like Twitter, or whatever replaces it, will affect peoples lives. Ray Kurzweil talks about consciousness and the implications of not being able to define or measure consciousness in any concrete manner. Ray Merkle delved into the world of microbiological and nanotechnological self assembly, of which he is well acqu
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 06:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Galaxy GTX 275 OC
that Ryan reviewed back in the beginning of June, the one with with a 650 MHz core (vs. 633 MHz stock), a 1475 MHz shader (vs. 1404 MHz) and 1200 MHz memory (vs.
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want a fast, extremely sensitive gaming mouse, then you have to put up with a cord. That's been the rule, until Razer decided to introduce the Mamba Wireless gaming mouse. Even though it is wireless, this mouse provides 5,600 dpi of resolution, 1 ms latency and a 1,000 Hz polling rate. You can even use it while recharging it, as it will function as a wired mouse while connected. Could Hardware Secrets tell the differen
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.