Judge orders YouTube to give user histories to Viacom
Viacom wants the data to prove that infringing material is more popular than user-created videos, which could be used to increase Google's liability if it is found guilty of contributory infringement.
Viacom filed suit against Google in March 2007, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for allowing users to upload clips of Viacom's copyright material. Google argues that the law provides a safe harbor for online services so long as they comply with copyright takedown requests. Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade its users' privacy, the judge's ruling (.pdf) described that argument as "speculative" and ordered Google to turn over the logs on a set of four tera-byte hard drives.
The judge also turned Google's own defense of its data retention policies -- that IP addresses of computers aren't personally revealing in and of themselves, against it to justify the log dump. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already reacted, calling the order a violation of the Video Privacy Protection act that "threatens to expose deeply private information."
The order also requires Google to turn over copies of all videos that it has taken down for any reason.
Viacom also requested YouTube's source code, the code for identifying repeat copyright infringement uploads, copies of all videos marked private, and Google's advertising database schema.
Those requests were denied in whole, except that Google will have to turn over data about how often each private video has been watched and by how many persons.
Photo: XFX GeForce 9800 GT
It seems that a Chinese website called vga.zol.conm.cn posted a photo of what appears to be the GeForce 9800 GT. The card obviously originates from XFX and uses the same layout as the 8800 GT.
This would be the first 9800 series product with a single slot design. Other than that there not much to show or tell. I'm just really curious to see it can beat the Radeon 4850 in performance. It won't be very long before we know I guess.
NV PhysX Tweaker 1.0
Matuus, our in-house Guru3D NVHardpage programmer stumbled into the same issue I had as well. The NVIDIA PhysX driver once install will activate itself on the GPU, and can not be disabled.
This little NV PhysX Tweaker tool will allow you to actually choose to enable or disable the PhysX driver over the GPU and if preferred, the CPU. Very simple, yet very handy.
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review: Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 CrossfireX performance test
Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 CrossfireX performance test
Much like NVIDIA's SLI offerings, AMD's ATI solution can be paired and matched as well. So pretty much today we'll place several cards together in CrossfireX mode, first the cards paired (two) and then we'll for the sake of it see if we can pair three cards CrossfireX mixed, meaning 2x 4870 and one 4850. When you compare the results to NVIDIA's latest high-end single card offerings, the results are a little shocking.
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Arctic Cooling Accelero TWIN TURBO announced
Arctic Cooling has announced the new Accelero TWIN TURBO which is a Superior Cooling Solution for High Performance Graphics Cards. It is compatible with ATI Radeon HD 4870, 4850 and nVIDIA GeForce 9600GT, 8800GT series. It's a new dual-fan VGA cooler Accelero TWIN TURBO, adding a multi-compatible high performance merchandise into their reputable VGA cooler product line.
GeForce GTX 280 drops in price - $90 ?
According to rumors on the web NVIDIA will cut the price of its GeForce GTX 280 and 260 graphics cards by $90 and $30, respectively according to fudzilla.
Nvidia will cut $90 of the Geforce GTX 280 price-tag, but this is Nvidia's price to partners and we are not sure just how much will this affect the suggested etail price. We are sure that end user prices will also drop but probably a bit less than $90.
The Geforce GTX 260 will be $30 cheaper to partners and Nvidia will only offer limited price protection which means that some partners / distributors and stores might end up with some overpriced cards at their warehouses.
OCZ Intel Extreme Memory DDR3 kits
OCZ announced the expansion of its Intel Extreme Memory modules lineup, the latest memory solution that implements a high-performance specification optimized and predefined for the Intel X38 and X48 chipsets. The new modules are rated at DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 and feature the all-new Intel branded black XTC heatspreader. With a long history of providing the most innovative products to the enthusiast community, OCZ is excited to take advantage of Intel
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Nvidia lowers its Q2 revenue estimate
Santa Clara based NVIDIA confirmed that second quarter of fiscal year 2009 will not be as good as initially estimated and desired.
The company is saying that its Q2 revenue will be under $1 billion and hover around $875 million to $950 million due to worldwide end-market weakness, the delays of several chipsets and the competition from AMD which forced it to lower the prices of some of its GPUs.
Since problems seem to come at least in pairs Nvidia has also announced its plan to "take a one-time charge from $150 million to $200 million against cost of revenue for the second quarter to cover anticipated warranty, repair, return, replacement and other costs and expenses, arising from a weak die/packaging material set in certain versions of its previous generation GPU and MCP products used in notebook systems." CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has stated that the company has learned from these higher than expected failure rates and that it will work more closely with OEMs to address such issues. The results for Q2 of the financial year 2009 will be revealed on August 12.
ASUS Eee Monitor: A Rival To Apple iMac?
I just spotted this on on Digit-life, pretty interesting see, while personal computers built into monitors are not rare, they are, as a rule, expensive. Without a doubt Apple iMac is the most popular among such solutions, but PC market also offers similar machines, e.g. Dell XPS One.
Nevertheless, ASUS is going to boldly enter this market - to revolutionize it, naturally. For 500 USD its new Eee Monitor will offer the same level of integration and performance that should be enough for home users. While complete specifications are not known yet, the novelty is said to feature Intel Atom N270 CPU and integrated graphics. Users will be able to select between 40 GB SSD and 80 GB HDD.Other features are to include 6 USB ports, Ethernet adapter, modem, IEEE 1394 interface, usual audio connectivity and Denon speakers. All this will be integrated into a 19-inch LCD monitor with no external VGA or DVI.
Even something as simple as an approximate release dates of the Eee Monitor is not yet known.
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The9 exposed as China's supercomputing powerhouse
The list begins much like any other supercomputer ranking. IBM built the top system, which is a cluster of servers running on Xeon chips from Intel. An oil company - China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. - owns the machine. The next system, also built by IBM, belongs to the China Meteorological Administration. The third machine, a cluster made by Dawning, sits at the Shanghai Supercomputer Center, and the fourth system again belongs to the China Meteorological Administration. So, that's oil and gas exploration, some weather modeling and serious science work. Very standard stuff in the so-called high performance computing market.
The systems ranked 5-10, however, prove more curious. These identical 1950-core clusters built by HP belong to "Gaming Company."
It's almost a sign of disrespect to have such a prominent position on a list of top supercomputers and remain shrouded in anonymity. No self-congratulating, red-blooded US company would dare turn down the marketing opportunity presented by owning six of the country's fastest computers. What, after all, is the point of even having lists if comparisons against rivals and bragging can't occur from time-to-time?
But try as it might to remain secret, the true identity of "Gaming Company" has been discovered. Our sources in China have revealed that the these six systems belong to The9 - a famous video game distributor and the Chinese proprietor of World of Warcraft.
The9 owns at least 12 of the Top 100 machines in China and may have up to 16 systems on the list. (We've not been able to confirm four of the anonymous machines, although they're all also made by HP and belong to an anonymous gaming company. And, despite repeated attempts, The9 has declined to return our requests for comment.)
Taking just the 12 machines, The9 has at least 18,032 cores of processing power - a mix of Xeons, Opterons and even Itaniums - dedicated to distributing games throughout mainland China.
It's true enough that China's supercomputer list reflects a nation
that's still in the early stages of building out its computing
infrastructure. Only 12 of the top Chinese systems rank among the 500
fastest machines on the planet, according to the most recent Top500
supercomputer list. Meanwhile, the US claims 257 of the top machines,
the UK 53, Germany 46 and France 34.
In addition, the Chinese list is filled with systems from mainstream industries such as oil and gas, entertainment and telecommunications. By contrast, the top Western machines tend to reside inside of government-funded laboratories and universities. (Part of this discrepancy may result from the fact that many foreign government bodies like to boast about their computing giants, while the PRC appears to keep many government systems hidden. In addition, Western companies tend not to bother with benchmarking their business clusters, while the Chinese seem eager to do so.)
Regardless of how you examine the trends affecting the lists of supercomputing machines, The9's story stands out as something rather remarkable. This one company aims more than 10 per cent of China's top computers at the singular task of sending out video games to the millions of local players.
AMD prepping water-cooled GeForce killer?
The upgrade would give the RV770 chip, which sits at the heart of the AMD card, a 150GB per second transfer rate that would be just enough to edge out the NVIDIA-made GeForce card and eliminate one of the few weaknesses of the current Radeon platform.
Diamond is already said to have delivered a rough version of the technology with its Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition card, which underclocks AMD's official version slightly but is otherwise identical. The official release, however, would give PC builders a drop-in option either for their own stand-alone cards or for manufactuers designing complete systems. Release dates haven't been made official but are expected soon from card designers such as ASUS and Sapphire.
My question here would be .. considering the RV770 is all about price vs. performance ... how much would this cost ?
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AMD Chipset Roadmap up-to 2009
Chili-hardware posted an interesting roadmap from AMD today. It includes an overview of official chipsets up-to 2009. It includes new RD890 and RS880 chipsets, both of which utilize DDR3 memory, as well as the new SB800 Southbridge.
The SB800 series southbridges for example, are more than nine months away yet the sliding slide below is detailing AMD's plans for them and the improvements they are set to contain.
The interconnect between the SB and NB will receive an upgrade towards PCI-Express 3.0, though the graphics card will have a 'dedicated' PCIe 2.0 connection. The SB800 chip will feature support for something called the Swift Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) which is part of the Fusion project, integrated Gigabit Ethernet, optional SATA 6.0 Gbps connection support, and improved hardware monitor. We can't wait.
Screenshots: Crysis Warhead
Publisher Electronic Arts sent out the first official screenshots from Crysis Warhead, Crytek's upcoming sci-fi shooter sequel.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 1.97 driver
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Driver :
- Add 24-bits recording feature.
- Fix EAX direct parameter issue under XP.
- Fix dummy noise issue under XP.
- Driver :
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