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Want to kill someone? Hack their heart.
SecuritySoon to be released at an upcoming conference, Uni researchers have been checking out hacking pacemarkers and defibrillators. Currently, the news isn't good.

The NYTimes is reporting that with technology ever increasing, updated pacemakers can connect to the internet and allow doctors to monitor a patient remotely. This allows for all sorts of security problems.

Currently the researchers were able to "reprogram it to shut down and to deliver jolts of electricity that would potentially be fatal — if the device had been in a person".
oodLes on March 12 2008 16:57:44 · 30 Comments · 4505 Reads · Print
Kingston shows off 2.13ghz Memory
Hardware"The memory module maker overclocked its HyperX PC3-16000 (KHX16000D2K2/2G) memory modules from their default clock-speed of 2.0GHz to 2.13GHz using a mainboard powered by yet unannounced Nvidia nForce 790i core-logic for Intel Corp.’s processors."

See it in action on YouTube here.

Looks like they upped the voltages a little :P
oodLes on March 04 2008 03:59:53
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Spore release date announced!
GamesOne of the most anticipated games in PC gaming history sat in an eternity of development without a known release date, up until today. Finally revealed through a Special Traler on the official Spore website is official release date of Maxis’ latest innovation.

Stated simply in the last few seconds of the video is that Spore will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7, 2008. Spore gives players the ability to create and evolve life, establish tribes, build civilizations, sculpt entire worlds and explore a universe created by other gamers using a variety of tools.

“The wait is almost over,” said Maxis Chief Designer Will Wright. “We're in our final stages of testing and polish with Spore, and the team at Maxis can't wait to see the cosmos of content created by the community later this year.”

Wright also sent out a note to subscribers of the Spore newsletters, and promised more information coming soon. “While we finish up the game over the next few months, we'll be sharing more information with you and other fans. As a newsletter subscriber, you'll be among the first to get new Spore information, screenshots, videos and other cool features from the Spore team. Check out our launch date teaser, and of course you can visit Spore.com for updates anytime,” Wright wrote.

Spore will launch for the PC, Macintosh, Nintendo DS and mobile phones.
SOURCE
Eradicator on February 13 2008 04:13:40
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Nvidia buys AGEIA
HardwareNVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in gaming physics technology. AGEIA's PhysX software is widely adopted with more than 140 PhysX-based games shipping or in development on Sony Playstation3, Microsoft XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii and Gaming PCs. AGEIA physics software is pervasive with over 10,000 registered and active users of the PhysX SDK.

“The AGEIA team is world class, and is passionate about the same thing we are—creating the most amazing and captivating game experiences,” stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “By combining the teams that created the world’s most pervasive GPU and physics engine brands, we can now bring GeForce®-accelerated PhysX to hundreds of millions of gamers around the world.”

“NVIDIA is the perfect fit for us. They have the world’s best parallel computing technology and are the thought leaders in GPUs and gaming. We are united by a common culture based on a passion for innovating and driving the consumer experience,” said Manju Hegde, co-founder and CEO of AGEIA.

Source
Eradicator on February 05 2008 04:41:30
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Microsoft makes a bid for Yahoo!
NewsMicrosoft has offered to buy the search engine company Yahoo for $44.6bn (£22.4bn) in cash and shares.

The offer, contained in a letter to Yahoo's board, is 62% above Yahoo's closing share price on Thursday.

Yahoo cut its revenue forecasts earlier this week and said it would have to spend an additional $300m this year trying to revive the company.

It has been struggling in recent years to compete with Google, which has also been a competitor to Microsoft.

See graph of Yahoo and Microsoft shares

In a conference call, Microsoft's Kevin Johnson said that the combination of the two companies would create an entity that could better compete with Google.

"Today the market [for online search and advertising] is increasingly dominated by one player," he said.

SOURCE
Eradicator on February 02 2008 04:07:23
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News Chomp
GamesFirst up is Valve being really really cool.
The Hardware survey they conduct every now and then not only goes towards them tweaking the program for the most popular hardware, and selling the stat's to Indian telemarketers, but it also gives us (The only people that count in this equation) FREE STUFF!
We get a free copy of Portal: First Slice (But only if you have a GeForce card, SUCKERS!)
If you have the best brand card in the world, then click here!
At the moment I am unsure if its new levels, or if its just the same old stuff, but I have a vague feeling it will be some different levels.

Now to Wii news, with a plethora of Combat Controllers for the Wii-mote and Nunchuck!
Click here to see them, I got no idea what the Airplane Controller does, but thats one sexy shotgun.

Last on the list is what looks to be some Microsoft propaganda, but turns out to be just a bit of a laugh.
Check out this children's book titled "Mommy, why is there a server in the house?"
LDM on January 09 2008 23:56:24
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Alienware Curved monitor
Hardware"Alienware has showcased a curved display prototype supporting a resolution of 2880x900, aimed mainly toward gamers, with a refresh rate of .02ms. This 3 feet wide DLP with LED illumination will be available by the second half of 2008. The monitor is still showing some flaws, but Alienware assures us that these will be gone by release. No price has been revealed as of yet."
Quick video and pics HERE
Eradicator on January 09 2008 05:22:04
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Slashdotted
NewsThere's quite a few good news items on Slashdot today, I think are worth mentioning.

- Apparently Internet Explorer 8 can render the infamous ACID2 test correctly. Something not even FF can do yet.
- Duke Nukem Forever trailer has been released
- Nano wires have been used to boost battery power 10 fold
- Things aren't looking good for TorrentSpy
- And finally a mainframe has been buried in style with a jazz funeral
Eradicator on December 20 2007 05:11:00
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USB 3.0 coming your way
HardwareFirst there was USB 1.0 & 1.1 which delivered 12Mbps, then 2.0 came along that delivers 480Mbps. Now the USB 3.0 spec is well on it's way towards being completed, which will allow for a theoretical bandwidth of 480Gbps, that's right, over a THOUSAND times faster than 2.0!

For comparison. 25GB of data on USB2.0 takes over 13 minutes, on USB3.0 takes 70 seconds!

It has a lot of other neat improvements like proper full-duplex transfers, unlimited data burst length without polling is allowed, speeding up long media streams while reducing the system overhead. Command queuing and native virtualisation support are there too, plus, an optical cabling option for the deep-pocketed ones.

So there'll be a lot less load on the CPU for USB transfers.

Full article and graph of USB3.0 timeline HERE
Eradicator on December 19 2007 05:45:47
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Telstra stops mirroring OpenOffice
NewsAustralia's largest Internet service provider Telstra BigPond has removed OpenOffice from its unmetered file download area following the launch of its own, free, hosted, office application, BigPond Office. The removal of OpenOffice was brought to TECH.BLORGE's attention by a reader, who complained to Telstra BigPond's support department about no longer being able to download OpenOffice updates. The support people were quite open about why OpenOffice was no longer available, i.e. because it was perceived to be competitive with BigPond Office.

Read more for full article.

So how dumb can Telstra be?
Eradicator on December 19 2007 05:04:04
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BIGGEST POSSIBLE NEWS EVER!!!!!!
GamesTHE DUKE IS BACK.... BABY!!!

And he's got balls of steel!!!!

3D Realms has a news release, after 10 years of development, tomorrow they are going to release a small, short teaser trailer.
10 years it takes them.... 10 freaking years.
But, there is still tonnes of hype about this one screen shot from the teaser.
Took me a while to track down a copy, as 3D Realms forum is currently overloading.
Heres the link.

Now, lets look really closely.
His hair looks like a 2d sprite wrapped around his head, does not look like 10 years worth.
The normal/parallax mapping on his veins needs some major work.
His pinkie finger looks all screwed up.
The belt buckle is supposed to be the nuke symbol, but its gone all diamond shape instead of round.

And I think that Marcus will still be able to beat the crap out of him.

Get the full teaser when its released at 3D Realms tomorrow at noon (US Time.)

(See DNF Over time with the links below)
Link
Link
Link
Link - Apparently another "In Game Shot" (Must be recent, but even with the crappy out of focus-ness, his hair still looks better than the "Teaser Trailer"
LDM on December 19 2007 03:10:25
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