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+ - AMD challenges Nvidia with high-end R9 290X GPU

Submitted by jjslash
jjslash (2466102) writes "Nvidia knew they had a winner in their hands when they launched the mindblowingly fast GeForce GTX Titan last year. The only catch was the not so attainable $1,000 asking price and yet it still sold like hot cakes. AMD is now finally ready to counter with a brand new GPU architecture that stuffs nearly 2000 million more transistors than its predecessor. In a sense, the Radeon R9 290X could be considered AMD's Titan, as it's the most complex GPU AMD has created and also one of the most expensive, but surprisingly that's just $550, a fraction of the competition's asking price."

+ - If Wikipedia says so... 1

Submitted by Colin Lewis
Colin Lewis (3398815) writes "Australian Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has hosed down suggestions of a link between climate change and increased bushfire intensity, saying he had ''looked up what Wikipedia'' said and it was clear that bushfires in Australia were frequent events that had occurred during hotter months since before European settlement.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greg-hunt-uses-wikipedia-research-to-dismiss-links-between-climate-change-and-bushfires-20131023-2w1w5.html#ixzz2ib6ZUe00"

+ - Knight Capital fined a measly $12M for a software bug that cost $460M->

Submitted by Mark Gibbs
Mark Gibbs (2907449) writes "Knight monumentally fouled up a software update and, according to the SEC, "Knight did not have supervisory procedures to guide its relevant personnel when significant issues developed." In other words, not only was Knight's code management inadequate but their human management processes were just as bad. The fine for what could have been a biblical financial disaster? A measly $12 million."
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+ - The Most Advanced Electric Superbike that Does 150 MPH->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The RS model, which is the subject of the video above, is Mission's limited-edition, top-end bike. It's got a race-ready Ohlins suspension, carbon wheels, and perhaps the most advanced gauge, navigation, and telemetry system available on a bike. It's also got the price tag to match; for $58,999 and up, one would expect the best parts available. The RS's electric motor produces a huge-but-not-unheard-of 160 horsepower; the 130 foot-pounds of torque puts it at least in the superbike world. Even then, the bike's lack of a transmission means going from zero to 60, which takes less than three seconds, requires nary a shift. Hitting its limited top speed of 150 miles an hour requires little more than twisting the throttle and holding on."
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+ - Finding the Best CPU Cooler: 10 high-end coolers reviewed and compared->

Submitted by jjslash
jjslash (2466102) writes "An often overlooked but always important side of PC building, whether you're looking to overclock or simply want a cool running, silent system, it's hard to blame you if you're lost in the sea of different aftermarket CPU cooler offerings out there. TechSpot has rounded up 10 high-end CPU coolers (read: huge heatsinks) including top units from Noctua, Thermalright, Xigmatek, Silverstone and Thermaltake."
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+ - Most IT Staff Don't Communicate Security Risks->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "A Tripwire survey of 1,320 IT personnel from the U.S. and U.K. showed that most staff "don't communicate security risk with senior executives or only communicate when a serious security risk is revealed." The reason is that staff have resigned themselves to staying mum due to an environment in which "collaboration between security risk management and business is poor, nonexistent or adversarial", or at best, just isn't effective at getting risk concerns up to senior management."
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+ - Steve Ballmer Visits Finnish Parliament-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met with Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen on Wednesday in Helsinki. The meeting took place at the House of Parliament, where the premier was officiating at the opening of the autumn session. 'We’re entirely committed and very fired up by the acquisition of the Devices and Services division of Nokia,' Ballmer told Yle. 'We’ve had great meetings with the folks we hope will be our new teams after the deal closes in Espoo, in Tampere, in Salo, in Oulu and we’re very excited to have Finland as the centre of all phone development at Microsoft.' Also taking part in the Helsinki meeting were outgoing Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and the company’s board chair, Risto Siilasmaa."
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+ - Intel Haswell CPUs Debut, Put to the Test

Submitted by jjslash
jjslash (2466102) writes "Intel's Haswell architecture is finally available in the flagship Core i7-4770K and Core i7-4950HQ processors. This is a very volatile time for Intel. In an ARM-less vacuum, Intel’s Haswell architecture would likely be the most amazing thing to happen to the tech industry in years.

Haswell mobile processors are slated to bring about the single largest improvement in battery life in Intel history. In graphics, Haswell completely redefines the expectations for processor graphics. On the desktop however, Haswell is just a bit more efficient, but no longer much faster when going from one generation to another."
Hardware

+ - The History of the Modern Graphics Processor->

Submitted by jjslash
jjslash (2466102) writes "The evolution of the modern graphics processor begins with the introduction of the first 3D add-in cards in 1995, followed by the widespread adoption of the 32-bit operating systems and the affordable personal computer. While 3D graphics turned a fairly dull PC industry into a light and magic show, they owe their existence to generations of innovative endeavour. Over the next few weeks TechSpot will be taking an extensive look at the history of the GPU, going from the early days of 3D consumer graphics (part 1), to the 3Dfx Voodoo game-changer, the industry's consolidation at the turn of the century, and today's modern GPGPU."
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AMD

+ - Triple Monitor Gaming on a Budget->

Submitted by jjslash
jjslash (2466102) writes "Considering next-gen GPUs are still months away, and the recently released GeForce Titan is not for everyone, we saw a gap in covering triple monitor gaming. TechSpot has posted an article stress testing high-end GPUs versus SLI and Crossfire mid-range offerings at resolutions of up to 7680x1600. Can more affordable Crossfire and SLI setups handle triple-monitor gaming compared to today's single-GPU flagships. It's not a cheap affair, but this is probably the best you can do if you want to play games using three monitors."
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Security

+ - Airport Manager Won't Let TSA Replace Body Scanner With Magnetometer->

Submitted by OverTheGeicoE
OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes "TSA recently announced that it would remove all of Rapiscan's X-ray body scanners from airports by June. As part of this effort, it is trying to move a millimeter-wave body scanner from the Helena, Montana airport to replace an X-ray unit at a busier airport. Strangely enough, they have encountered resistance from the Helena's Airport Manager, Ron Mercer. Last Thursday, workers came to remove the machine, but were prevented from doing so by airport officials. Why? Perhaps Mercer agrees with Cindi Martin, airport director at Montana's Glacier Park International Airport airport, who called the scheduled removal of her airport's scanner 'a great disservice to the flying public' in part because it 'removed the need for the enhanced pat-down.'"
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Businesses

+ - Silicon Valley's Pollution Problem Bites Google->

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redletterdave
redletterdave writes "Google has shut down two buildings close to its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., ordering all staff to evacuate until further notice as the air in those buildings has become too toxic and dangerous to work in. The cause of the dangerous fumes is a toxic solvent called trichloroethylene, or TCE, which is highly toxic to the human central nervous system and highly associated with cancers in the liver and kidneys, as well as Parkinson’s disease. Millions of gallons of TCE continue to impact the soil and water beneath Google's property — a result frequent chemical dumping in the 1960s and 1970s — but while the EPA says Google employees need not worry as TCE "takes decades of exposure to cause problems,' a recent study found a spike in TCE-related cancers in the affected area."
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Google

+ - Judge invalidates 13 Motorola patent claims against Microsoft->

Submitted by
walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes "Microsoft scored a victory against Google-owned Motorola Mobility this week after a judge scrapped 13 of the latter party's patent claims in a years-long dispute over H.264-related royalties. Waged in US and German courts, the battle involves three patents (7,310,374, 7,310,375, and 7,310,376) that Motorola licenses to Microsoft for several products, including the Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone.

PJ is commenting on the case over at Groklaw.net"

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Hardware

+ - The best SSD for under $100->

Submitted by jjslash
jjslash (2466102) writes "The major issue with SSD adoption over the past few years has been price, the astronomically high price when you are counting in hundreds of gigabytes. TechSpot is running a comparison review looking at 8 popular SSDs that cost $100 or less, featuring capacities of up to 128GB. The contenders include the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB, Samsung 840 120GB and Crucial m4 128GB, along with affordable SSDs from Kingston and Samsung 830 64GB that still offers stellar performance for under $70."
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