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NVIDIA Driver Update Causing Video Cards To Overheat In Games 155

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-thought-this-only-happened-to-ati dept.
After a group of StarCraft II beta testers reported technical difficulties following the installation of NVIDIA driver update 196.75, Blizzard tech support found that the update introduced fan control problems that were causing video cards to overheat in 3D applications. "This means every single 3D application (i.e. games) running these drivers is going to be exposed to overheating and in some extreme cases it will cause video card, motherboard and/or processor damage. If said motherboard, processor or graphic card is not under warranty, some gamers are in serious trouble playing intensive games such as Prototype, World of Warcraft, Farcry 3, Crysis and many other games with realistic graphics." NVIDIA said they were investigating the problem, took down links to the new drivers, and advised users to revert to 196.21 until the problem can be fixed.

Comment: The Limits of Security (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by Jonas Buyl (#30675948) Attached to: Fake "Bill Gates" Message Dupes Top Tools
Whoever thinks this is a big issue should evaluate how much security we can expect from computers. Scams like this can be pulled off by sending IRL mail as well and are equally hard to detect by humans. Why should we expect an automated algorithm to be able to detect it? Scams like this are only going to stop when every move you make on the Internet can be tracked down straight back to you. We're getting closer and closer to a decision: Privacy or security. What's Slashdot's pick?

Comment: Re:PS3 (Score -1, Troll) 303

by Jonas Buyl (#29514725) Attached to: SGI Rolls Out "Personal Supercomputers"
What a typical short-sighted "hail DIY" comment. First of all, I doubt you're going to be able to fit the cores of your choice in that PS3 or slam 960GB of memory in there. It can hardly be called easy to use and I'm guessing Sony's support for your cluster is going to be disappointing as well because you're basically bankrupting them.
Hardware Hacking

+ - LHC to start in November - at half power

Submitted by
mcgrew writes "New Scientist says

The world's most powerful particle smasher will restart in November at just half the energy the machine was designed to reach. But even at this level, the Large Hadron Collider has the potential to uncover exotic new physics, such as signs of hidden extra dimensions, physicists say.

No, the earth won't be swallowed by a mini black hole."


+ - Transparent aluminium is 'new state of matter'-> 2

Submitted by Professor_Quail
Professor_Quail (610443) writes "Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminum by bombarding the metal with the world's most powerful soft X-ray laser. 'Transparent aluminum' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion."
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Bike Projector Makes Lane For Rider 856

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-cross-the-laser-line dept.
hh4m writes "Whether it's San Francisco, New York, or any bicyclistic city in between, you're destined to witness biker after biker dancing with danger, especially at night when visibility is uncomfortably low. Alex Tee and Evan Gant's LightLane device was recently just a concept but is soon to enter reality as a much-needed visual declaration of personal biking space. With a dire shortage of dedicated lanes, LightLane provides urban cyclists with a solution that adapts to them and any route they make take. The compact projector mounts easily to the rear of a bike frame and projects a bike lane-inspired linear pattern that provides great visibility and a familiarity that helps catch a driver's attention."

Chemist who falls in acid is absorbed in work.