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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