Weekend tech reading: The Witcher 3 gets 15GB update, RAM prices at a low, EFF reviews TPP text

By Matthew
Oct 11, 2015
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  1. The Witcher 3 patch 1.10 changelog Patch 1.10 - pretty portentous as numbers go. And rightly so, because it's the largest collection of fixes, improvements and various enhancements we've brought to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to date. All told, it packs a pretty impressive six hundred changes, including fixes for a load of quests, optimizations that'll make things smoother on PC and consoles, over one hundred fifty stability improvements to iron out hiccups, additional conversations with key characters that will enhance your relationships with them as well as the story as a whole, and a major and much-awaited fix that should take a good bit of the pain out of dealing with items in the Inventory by improving how items are ordered and sorted. CDPR

    SD card speed classes, grades, bus modes, and file systems explained While researching a few upcoming SD / microSD product reviews here at PC Perspective, I quickly found myself swimming in a sea of ratings and specifications. This write up was initially meant to explain and clarify these items, but it quickly grew into a reference too large to include in every SD card article, so I have spun it off here as a standalone reference. We hope it is as useful to you as it will be to our upcoming SD card reviews. PC Perspective

    Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thoroughly reviewed After a lengthy developer preview, the newest version of Google's flagship operating system is finally ready for the masses. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the twenty-third version of Google's "mobile" operating system, though it can accurately be described as "mobile" only if you're referring to how much it gets around. With all the areas in which Google now tinkers, Marshmallow is destined for smartphones, tablets, watches, televisions, and cars, among others. Ars Technica

    The final leaked TPP text is all that we feared Today's release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn't survive to the end of the negotiations. Since we now have the agreed text, we'll be including some paragraph references that you can cross-reference for yourself... EFF

    Makerarm wants to 3D print, plot, and carve its way into your heart If you want to do 3D filament printing, resin printing, carving, plotting, laser etching, and fabrication all at once, that'd get pretty expensive. However, there's now a product called Markerarm that does all of that. It mounts on your desk to let you make nearly anything and will even assemble all the parts. At least, that's the theory, because as a Kickstarter campaign, it's not a real product yet. Engadget

    Football Manager - The game that invented a genre First released on the ZX Spectrum in 1982, Football Manager was the worlds first football management simulation computer game. The game was designed by Kevin Toms and released by his UK company Addictive Games. 4 different iterations of the game were made between 1982 and 1992, with versions made available for a wide variety of different computer platforms. In total, over one million copies were sold. Football Manager (1982) was the first of a whole new type of computer game, the football management simulation. Tiny Tickle

    Zero-day exploit found in Avast Antivirus One of Google's security experts found a zero-day exploit inside the Avast antivirus, which the company has recently patched. The researcher is Tavis Ormandy, one of Google's Project Zero engineers, the same man that discovered a similar zero-day exploit in Kaspersky's antivirus exactly a month ago. According to Ormandy's research, the bug manifested itself when users would access Web pages protected through HTTPS connections. Softpedia

    The Andyson N500 Titanium PSU review: High efficiency for the common PC Andyson is a name that these days few PSU buyers are likely to recognize. The company has been around for almost two decades, but until very recently has struggled to make a name for itself, having been dogged by issues such as the poor reputation of Hiper's PSUs, which were based on Andyson platforms and were quite unreliable. Looking to recover from these events... AnandTech

    Memory is dirt cheap at a time when it should be expensive Years ago -- decades, really -- a friend told me "memory equals performance." I've yet to see that maxim proven wrong. So if you want to upgrade your PCs or Macs with more memory, now would be a great time to do it. Normally memory prices shoot up around this time of year as system builders gobble it up for their Christmas inventory build-up. ITworld

    Best Buy testing robot customer service employees In an era where retail is increasingly moving online, some shoppers still prefer to deal with actual human beings when they go to the store. But the folks at Best Buy believe that some in-store customer service tasks may be best done by automatons. At one Best Buy in Manhattan, the retail has a robot employee named “Chloe” who handles requests for DVDs and CDs for those still living in 2004. Consumerist

    India's energy crisis An old man wakes on the floor of a hut in a village in southern India. He is wrapped in a thin cotton blanket. Beside him, music wails softly on a transistor radio. A small wood fire smolders on the floor, filling the space with a light haze; above it,the bamboo timbers of the hut's roof are charred to a glossy black. The man's name is Mallaiah Tokala, and he is the headman of Appapur village, in the Amrabad Tiger Reserve in Telangana state. MIT

    Sound decision The year that Skype launched its calling service, the world was in the midst of a sonic crisis: the ringtone. Mobile phones -- to which Skype was an indirect competitor -- were becoming ubiquitous, and so were the personalized sounds that went with them. Shortly before the company put out the first of several betas in August of 2003, an analyst report predicted that ringtone sales would soon bring in more money than CD singles. The Verge

    How the Bloomberg terminal made history -- and stays ever relevant By definition, any computing platform invented in the first half of the 1980s that has survived until 2015 -- and is an enormous business -- has accomplished something remarkable. There's the Windows PC, which traces its heritage back to the original IBM PC announced in August 1981. There's the Mac, which famously debuted in January 1984. Fast Company

    Arming a breadboard -- everyone should program an ARM I'm always a little surprised that we don't see more ARM-based projects. Of course, we do see some, but the volume isn’t what I’d expect given that low-level ARM chips are cheap, capable, low power, and readily available. Having a 32-bit processor with lots of memory running at 40 or 50 MIPS is a game changer compared to, say, a traditional Arduino (and, yes, the Arduino Due and Zero are ARM-based, so you can still stay with Arduino, if that’s what you want). Hackaday

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  2. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 119   +17

    But does that Witcher update finally support GPU PhysX?
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    Ram isnt "dirt cheap" its just finally back at a normal price...
  4. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,291   +55

  5. Cryio

    Cryio TS Booster Posts: 191   +57

    Why, you think Witcher 3's CPU optimization isn't marvelous enough ?
  6. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 433   +23

    India energy crisis was a nice read summed up the situation here nicely. Thanks Mathew.

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