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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2010Archive Listing

Sunday February 28, 2010

Bad Company 2 and Multi-Display Support Rocks

Looks like EA the publishers and Dice the developers of Bad Company 2 are getting their ducks in line for hardware and gaming enthusiast that have embraced Eyefinity and TripleHead2Go multi-display gaming configurations. Check out Robbaz video that he posted on below. Simply schweet!


Gaming [H]eadlines

Game releases for 2/28-3/6: Battlefield Bad Company 2 @ Shacknews

Evolution of Starcraft – Terrans video @ IGN

Valve: 'We messed up on PS3.' @ CVG

Activision kills fan-made King's Quest game @ Kotaku

Closed beta for next Final Fantasy MMO starts March 11 @ Joystiq

Maine Bill Would Require Warning on Mobile Phones

If LD1706 passes in Maine, it would be the first US state to require a warning for EM radiation on all mobile phones. What say you? Appropriate or inappropriate?

"I'm not an anti-technology person," said Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, the bill's sponsor. "My concern is that we have enormously powerful industries that can scoot responsibilities because they do have so much power and they have products that we like so much."


Proposed UK Bill Would ‘Outlaw Open Wi-Fi’

There’s a bill proposed in the UK called the Digital Economy Bill. If it passes, it would make organizations liable for the same penalties for copyright infringement as individual users. To protect themselves from liability, places that usually offer open wi-fi access will be forced to stop that access.

Lilian Edwards, professor of internet law at Sheffield University, told ZDNet UK on Thursday that the scenario described by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in an explanatory document would effectively "outlaw open Wi-Fi for small businesses", and would leave libraries and universities in an uncertain position.


[H]ardware Roundup


Zalman CNPS10X Flex CPU cooler @ PC Perspective

HDD cooler roundup @ Xbit Labs


LG SL90 LED 42" TV @ VR-Zone

Power Supplies

Huntkey Balance King 4500 450W @ HW Secrets

Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W @ Tweaknews


Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB @ Bjorn3D

First lool at OWC Mercury Extreme SSD @ Anandtech


Radeon HD 5830 @ InsideHW

Radeon HD 5750/5770 @ iXBT Labs

LG Windows Phone 7 Series Pre-Prototype Shown

People anxious to see what Windows Phone 7 might bring to the table should click on this link to Engadget straightaway. They’ve got a video preview of LG’s pre-prototype Windows Phone 7 series device, which they call the world’s first look. Interesting.

News Image

The QWERTY slider is the first branded Windows Phone 7 Series device the world's ever seen, and while the hardware and software are both obviously early, we can tell you a few things about it: it's just a hair thicker than an iPhone or Nexus One, there are dedicated hardware camera, volume, and power buttons in addition to the back, home, and search buttons dictated by Windows Phone 7 Series, and we noticed a five megapixel camera with a flash on the back, along with a headphone jack.


Secret Service Computer System Has Only 60% Uptime

You think your computer system is slow and unreliable at your work? A classified review of the US Secret Service’s computer system is only fully available about 60% of the time and relies on a mainframe that dates back to the 80’s. Ouch.

Sources tell ABC News that the Secret Service was so plagued by computer problems that the agency invited the National Security Agency to formally review its information technology systems. The Secret Service's databases are outdated and users are at times unable to conduct searches from one system to another.


All US Android Phones Will Get 2.1 Release

All US Android phones will receive version 2.1 in some fashion, though some handsets will require a full wipe while others will get a nerfed version. Some phones will even require a PC-based install for the OS upgrade. Still excited about Android 2.1?

The carriers are still working with the handset makers to determine if their updates will be over the air or through a tethered PC client. However, I believe most will be PC-based because this would allow the update application to make a proper backup, flash the SPL (if needed), and achieve a higher rate of successful installs (CLIQs to BRIQs anyone?).


Apple Admits to Child Labor in Supplier Factories

Those of you familiar with offshore sourcing and manufacturing will know that maintaining compliance with child labor laws can be challenging. Apple is dealing with this first-hand as the Telegraph reports Apple supplier factories in China are under fire for child labor and other infractions.

Apple said the child workers are now no longer being used, or are no longer underage. "In each of the three facilities, we required a review of all employment records for the year as well as a complete analysis of the hiring process to clarify how underage people had been able to gain employment," Apple said, in an annual report on its suppliers.


New Javascript Engine in Firefox Speeds Browser Up 40%

Firefox coders hungry to squeeze every bit of speed out of the browser will be happy to hear that Mozilla’s new Javascript engine, JägerMonkey, is netting performance gains of 30-40%. I’m not a coder so I’m not sure what all the hubbub is about but fast equals good, right?

Mozilla's Dave Mandelin like what he sees so far, reporting the "JägerMonkey implements enough JavaScript to run all of SunSpider in "Jäger mode" and is 18% faster than the interpreter." He adds, "And we haven't done that many optimizations yet–there are many more things we will do."

Assassin’s Creed II DRM Requires Full-Time Internet Connection

This blogger vents about the harsh DRM that Ubisoft is requiring for the upcoming PC release of Assassin’s Creed II. The game will require a constant connection to an Ubisoft server and if it loses the connection for any reason, it will pause the game until it can reconnect. If it cannot reconnect after a certain amount of time, the game is terminated without saving. Whoa.

Also, you don't hold onto your saved games anymore. They do. This part is really significant. That's why the game needs the net connection all the time. It's not just for their amusement. The constant contact is necessary because your game is saved on their machine. Not yours. They are claiming that this is for your convenience, because then you can get at your saved games from any computer anywhere, but nobody is fooled.


Gigabyte Launches First AMD 6 Core-ready Motherboard

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. proudly launched their latest AMD AM3 Socket GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard, delivering loads of performance enhancing bandwidth for applications such as high end gaming and high speed data transfer on systems featuring new AMD 6 core CPUs. The first motherboard featuring the AMD 890GX chipset paired with the all new SB850 South Bridge, the GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H offers the industry's first native support for Serial ATA 6Gbps for up to 6 devices. The AMD SB850 also offers the industry’s first Serial ATA 6 Gbps RAID support, allowing users to configure RAID 0,1,5 and 10 for maximum data performance or enhanced data backup.