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[H] Enthusiast Archives: October 2007Archive Listing

Tuesday October 30, 2007

40GB PS3 Uses Quieter, Cooler Chipset

Aside from the lower price tag, the new 40GB PS3 has some new hardware features that might just make this the PS3 to own for some of you. What new features? A new motherboard and 65nm Cell that consumes only 135W of power compared to the 200W of the original.

Sony also jiggled around a few other components by making the heat pipe smaller, swapping out the motherboard for a new version, and added a button battery to keep time when the system is off.


Child Advocates Upset Over `Manhunt 2'

I just don’t get the controversy here. If it is mature rated, that means it is intended for 17+…right? Are child advocates picketing rated R movies to ban children from seeing them? I could see if this was a E for Everyone game…but it is a Mature game not intended for kids.

"In my opinion, it's the most senselessly violent and offensive thing I've ever watched," said James Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that advises parents about television, movies, Internet sites and video games that may be inappropriate for children. "It's disgusting," Steyer said. "It's so violent, it struck me personally as pornographic violence."


Gaming News

BlackSite: Area 51 TV Trailer @ VE3D

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars 1.2 Patch @ FileShack

GTA 4 Concept Box Art @ Kotaku

The Witcher Review @ Shacknews

Internet Tax Ban Goes to The President

You know, part of me wants to see the president refuse to sign anything less than a permanent ban…but the logical side of me says “we’d better take what we can get.” Seven years is better than nothing.

The House approved by 402-0 the bill, which includes a longer moratorium extension than the four-year extension the chamber earlier endorsed. The latest version of the House legislation is identical to that already approved by the Senate, so the bill next goes to President George W. Bush, who is expected to sign it into law.


McAfee Buying ScanAlert for $51M

McAfee announced today that it is buying ScanAlert for $51M. According to the Associated Press, the deal is expected to close in McAfee's first quarter.

Santa Clara-based McAfee will pay $51 million in cash for Napa-based ScanAlert, which runs daily scans on its more than 75,000 customer Web sites hunting and fixing vulnerabilities to qualify for the company's Hacker Safe seal of approval.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases & Modding

Phantasmic Case Mod @ TechwareLabs


ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium CPU Cooler @ Modders Inc.

ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 Premium CPU Cooler @ Tweaknews


XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320 Fatal1ty @ MadShrimps

[H]ard|OCP [H]otDeals

Welcome to another edition of [H]ard|OCP [H]otDeals! First up on the [H]ot Deals list is that XFX GeForce 8800GT for only $269.99. That not hot enough for you? This Intel Core 2 Duo 6550 w/ 4MB shared L2 is only $169.99. There is a pretty good deal on this MSI P4M900-X LGA775 motherboard for $39.99. Finally, you can get this Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo laptop for $2494.00 and it comes with free shipping. Get in on these deals while the getting is good, you’ll be glad you did.

PC Stripper Helps Spam to Spread

I have no idea who would fall for something like this but it would seem that a lot of people are.

Spammers have created a Windows game which shows a woman in a state of undress when people correctly type in text shown in an accompanying image.


Laptop Thief Caught In Florida

The Khaki Bandit has finally been caught. The guy would waltz into major companies and just walk off with laptops galore. Most people must've thought he was an employee because they never questioned what he was doing.

In March, a clean-cut stranger wearing khaki pants and a polo shirt strolled into the Tampa headquarters of Outback Steakhouse, mingled with company staff until they left for the day and walked out with 11 laptop computers crammed into his shoulder bag.


Leopard Hacked To Run On A PC

Apple’s Leopard has been hacked to run on a PC? That didn’t take long, now did it? Apparently it is a simple, three-step process.

Well its been only a day since the Mac OSX Leopard was released officially by Apple and the hackers have managed to create a patched DVD that everyone like you and me can use to install Leopard on PC’s without having to buy a Mac.


Asustek Complains of Intel Mobile Processor Shortage

Strong demand for mobile computers seems to be putting a strain on mobile processor supply, particularly Intel processors. This is what Asustek’s president had to say:

"The biggest shortage in notebook components is in CPUs, Intel CPUs. Intel isn't meeting demand," said Jerry Shen, president of Asustek, answering questions at an investors conference in Beitou, Taiwan.


Blu-ray Already Cracked?

Well, well…this is certainly an interesting development. I know you can’t believe everything you read on the intarweb but has Blu-ray been hacked already?

We haven't broken down the minutes and seconds or anything, but we're fairly certain that July 10th wasn't exactly ten years ago. Nevertheless, the so-called "impenetrable" BD+ DRM scheme has reportedly already been subverted.