Weekend tech reading: MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Final

By on July 10, 2011, 3:14 PM

MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final - Ten Page Special Evaporating liquid nitrogen in a humid equatorial country like Indonesia is a spectacular sight. The gargle and spit of liquid nitrogen stirring vehemently in an evaporator is the very sign of life in a healthy benchmarking setup. The coordination necessary for sub-zero overclocking is difficult to fathom for those who have never attempted so. For the rest - such as the participants of the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 Asia Pacific Final - it is likely an irreplaceable addiction. VR-Zone

Can computers predict crimes of the future? It’s great when cops catch criminals after they’ve done their dirty work. But what if police could stop a crime before it was even committed? Though that may sound like a fantasy straight from a Philip K. Dick novel, it’s a goal police departments from Los Angeles to Memphis are actively pursuing with help from the Department of Justice and a handful of cutting-edge academics. Miller-McCune

Mass Effect 3 Deluxe Edition exclusive to Origin, adds guns, outfits and a robot dog If you’re interested in buying the deluxe edition of Mass Effect 3, you’ll have to get hold of it through EA’s new digital download service, Origin. The N7 Deluxe Edition comes with a series of digital perks, including the N7 arsenal pack, which adds a selection of N7 weapons into the game, including a sniper rifle, a shotgun, an SMG and a special pistol. PC Gamer

Five disturbing things about the Interpol filter This month, Australia gets its first mandatory Internet filtering scheme, courtesy of a project which is seeing the nation’s largest ISPs Telstra and Optus block their users from visiting a ‘worst of the worst’ list of child pornography sites defined by international agency Interpol. But the project hasn’t exactly come up smelling like roses. Here’s five things we find disturbing about the whole thing. Delimiter

RIAA accounting: How to sell 1 million albums and still owe $500,000 Last year, we had a post on RIAA accounting, detailing how labels screw over many musicians, even some of the best selling ones, such that they never actually make a dime in royalties. Bas points us to an excellent 14 minute video from lawyer Martin Frascogna, entitled How To Sell 1 Million Albums and Owe $500,000... TechDirt

Playable Diablo 3 Demo confirmed for Gamescom 2011 In great news for the European Diablo community, we’ve got official word that Diablo III will be present, with a playable demo, at this year’s Gamescom convention. News comes from Blizzard’s Polish Battle.net portal, and thanks to Mycota and Naibchris for the tip and translation. IncGamers

Kevin Mitnick shows how easy it is to hack a phone British tabloid News of the World said today it is closing down over a phone hacking scandal in which workers for the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper allegedly snooped on voice mail left on the mobile phones of murder victims, as well as celebrities, politicians, and the British royal family. CNET

Battlefield 3 PC minimum and recommended specs released GameStop has published the minimum and recommended specs required to run the PC version of Battlefield 3, with a quad-core processor and 64-bit version of Windows 7 recommended to get the most out of DICE's upcoming shooter. GamerZines

Rare snowfall falls in dry desert One of the driest places on the planet got a wintry blast this week. The Atacama Desert region in Chile was coated with its heaviest snow cover in nearly two decades, the BBC reported. An estimated 31.5 inches (80 centimeters) piled up in the normally arid region. OurAmazingPlanet




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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Ack! $80 for the ME3 Deluxe Edition?? I'll pass...

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

TomSEA said:

Ack! $80 for the ME3 Deluxe Edition?? I'll pass...

Not to mention, is only trough Origin...

Sometimes I don't know how these companies think, I really don't.

Mindwraith said:

here in Australia, every game is $100-$130..

$80 are for the indie games and sales

chaboi390 said:

Mindwraith said:

here in Australia, every game is $100-$130..

$80 are for the indie games and sales

Really? I'm assuming its from retail stores and not online, jeez thats alot of money. Thank god I actually switch to online shopping.

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Steve Steve said:

Mindwraith said:

here in Australia, every game is $100-$130..

$80 are for the indie games and sales

Yeah but to be fair everything costs more in Australia

Guest said:

i think these BF3 requirements are not true

recommended cards are gtx 460 or hd 6850

after watching amazing gameplay of BF3, these requirements seems slightly less

but then a fact comes in mind that DICE are such a good optimizers that they can make BF3 run at its max. settings on a gtx 460

its good for me because i dont want to upgrade my good old hd 5870

Leeky Leeky said:

I'm actually shocked... Do they not realise Liquidifed N2 displaces oxygen, and therefore is very dangerous in its gas form... Not to mention sodding lethal when at -168'C odd in liquid form.

Having worked with this gas for many years prior to damaging my back I'm simply shocked to see someone pouring the stuff without even wearing gloves, and discharging it around everyone from the tank.

You drop a piece of fruit in it for a few seconds, then remove it and it will shatter if thrown at the floor... And I can tell from experience that it burns nasty!!

mailpup mailpup said:

Guest, you may have confused the word "Recommended" with "Requirement." Those two graphics cards are recommended, meaning the minimum for BF3 is less. If you re-read the article, I think it will become clearer for you.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Would be nice with some pics to go with the desert snowfall story

Leeky: I hear where you are coming from, the reason it is possible tho is that your skin is 200C hotter than the liquid nitrogen, so it literally boils off your body (like water on a hot stove plate, unless you put too much on and saturate the plate, or body part that is)

And also it is quite common to use Nitrogen as an assist gas in cutting processes, we do so at my work place, discharging 20 bars of it onto the steel while cutting, there are of course exhaust systems in place but I think the reason the MSI guys did not drop dead is that they simply used too little N2

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

"Mass Effect 3 Deluxe Edition exclusive to Origin, adds guns, outfits and a robot dog"

Sorry EA but no thanks. If I can wait 2 or 3 years to buy GTA4 and all the other episodes for $10 total off Steam, what makes you think I'm gonna shell out $80 for Mass Effect3. If its not put on Steam, I guess I wont be buying it at all. I think EA is testing the waters because it is rumored that Battlefield 3 will not be offered on Steam as well.

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"RIAA accounting: How to sell 1 million albums and still owe $500,000"

Typical RIAA tricks. They rob the artists and then complain that the artists aren't making money because of piracy.

Leeky Leeky said:

@ Per Hansson,

In my experiences even droplets will burn you, although mildly. Pouring it from a flask with bare hands though is very dangerous, its entirely possible to freeze and shatter your hand if you emptied the contents over it.

We regularly used to bathe steels during heat treatment processes to help with grain structure refinement, and to provide other benefits, and the droplets from the mesh parcels we used to submerge in the LN2 used to freeze our thermal gloves solid if left for a couple of seconds when removing them.

You're probably right in regards to them venting it, but we were taught to seriously respect LN2, as its nasty stuff. We also had one person collapse from lack of oxygen in a confined space once as well.

I even suffered serious burns at the hands of it once, due to someone elses stupidity.

Its a very good industrial floor cleaner though! Literally boils everything off of the floor, in a long wave of steam like a tsunami!

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Per (video): [link]

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

darkshadoe said:

"RIAA accounting: How to sell 1 million albums and still owe $500,000"

Typical RIAA tricks. They rob the artists and then complain that the artists aren't making money because of piracy.

Yeah, that article just confirms who the real crooks are in the music business.

If you really want to support an artist, you're probably better off in pirating the album, and using PayPal to donate a buck to the band. Chances are they're going to get more money that way than if you bought one of their albums legitimately.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Thanks for the link Matthew, looks just like Sweden in wintertime :P

Leeky; I know it's dangerous, but still possible if done right...

It has the sideeffect tho that if done incorrectly the skin on your hand will die...

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