Pi is not a lie!

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 06:27 PM |
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Much of the internet lies in dangerous wilderness, abounding with beasts ready to turn your computing life into a horror show of frustration.  The best defense is to know your enemy, and you can find a great bestiary in our Networking and Associated Security forum, and in the thread that Jim built, and that Ned fed today.  For a significantly more obscure issue, have you ever properly grounded your equipment, or just

Another reason to learn Linux

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 11:46 AM |
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... or switch to Vista.

Source: Ars Technica

PCPer Interview: Carmackian wisdom

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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If you somehow missed the interview Ryan posted yesterday, click over and read it or we will take your FPS license away.  John Carmack, who is responsible for designing of the original mainstream FPS and is arguably the reason we all need to buy graphics cards spoke with Ryan about ray tracing and the future of graphics.  They cover a lot of ground, and Ryan has picked up a lot of information about the future of graphics at id.

Giving USB a voice

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 05:50 PM |
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The Audiotrak Maya EX5 CE External 5.1 USB Surround Audio Solution seems odd at first, an external USB device built of see through plastic that can provide up to 7.1 channels of sound.  It is all software controlled, which does mean there are less things to break on the device, but also makes it seem very plain.  Digit Life has all the specs on this device, see if it sounds like something you could use.

Source: Digit Life

Yoo hoo ... Hula for you

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 02:28 PM |
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Hulu, which has been in beta for a while, is now available to the public.  Currently it only works for the USA, but even with that limit, the ability to watch streaming movies and TV over the net is rather nice; they've even got some HD content.  They've made it very similar to watching TV, as you can expect commercial interruptions during your viewing.  Give it a try, you may find that the service they offer is free enough for you to enjoy using it.

Should have given the programmers more time in the suit

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 12:25 PM |
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Perhaps if the developers of TimeShift had access to the suit that appears in their game, they could have had enough time to make improvements, or even go back to the beginning of the programming and redesign it completely.  Gamepyre played the game, and found it to be mediocre, although certainly not bad.  The problem for them lay in the time suit and how it was included, as well as some other niggling issues.  It is only $30 to pick up, so perhaps the bar shouldn't be too high.

Source: Gamepyre

Time to start wearing Faraday coats

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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Over at [H]ard|OCP, they've linked to some rather disturbing news.  Pacemakers are wirelessly hackable.

The only good news is it takes a team of experts and more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment a lot of effort to manage it, so there is little chance that a script-kiddy could download plans to modify a universal remote and do this themselves.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's not about building a better mouse trap ...

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 01:38 PM |
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If you are Razer it is all about building a better mouse pad.  The Destructor is their newest, and it has "Fractal textured surface".  Find out what that is, and if it works or not, over at Hardware Zone

"Victory lies beneath your mouse when you embrace the Razer Destructor, Razer's newest gaming mouse pad for 'leet'

gamers."

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Vancouver Island is an odd, odd place

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Particularly the City of Nanaimo, which has become the world's most Google-able place.  With a little help from Google Earth you can take a virtual tour of the downtown and harbour, there are listings of the businesses and even some physical information about features in the city.   Find out more about what was done, and how to take a tour, on Slashdot.

... and here some people were upset that Google took a picture of their cat.

Scary if it's true

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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If Tim Sweeney's statement that "Now, 60% of PCs on the market don't have a workable graphics processor at all." is true, then higher end PC gaming is indeed in an odd spot.  On the other hand, high end gaming is not the be all end all of PC gaming.  If Intel's integrated graphics can't handle Crysis, they can certainly manage Civilizations 4, and can probably make a good try at WoW.  Intel is also not the integrated chipset to watch right now, that distinction belongs to AMD and the 7-series chipset, which can handle some newer FPS games out of the box, and has no trouble when

Source: TG Daily