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AMD R9 290X

By on October 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of the AMD R9 290X, see-through cars, and how copyright claims can hurt YouTube games reviewers.

AMD R9 290x released

Announced via press release yesterday, AMD’s R9 290X GPU has been released, which features a chip based on their Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, AMD TrueAudio technology to provide a dedicated chip for audio processing, and AMD’s Mantle API, allowing for “meta-level” optimisations for PCs running GCN-based GPUs and APUs. While the press release is littered with the usual list of excitable public relations adjectives, “breathtaking,” “exceptional,” “powerful,” and “unprecedented,” reviews seem to be indicating that the R9 290X could well stand up to these inflated expectations.

Specs:

  •  2,816 stream processing units
  • Up to 1 GHz engine clock
  • 4GB GDDR5 memory
  • Up to 5.0Gbps memory clock speed
  • 320GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)
  • 5.6 TFLOPS Single Precision compute power
  • API support for DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and Mantle

See-through cars make overtaking safer through video trickery

According to a report in Smithsonian Mag, researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal are working on a technology designed to allow cars to become “transparent,” making overtaking large, slow vehicles a much safer prospect. Many large vehicles like busses or freight trucks have a forward-facing webcam mounted on the dash, which is used to record footage for security and insurance purposes. Researchers believe that data from these cameras could be transmitted to a semi-transparent display mounted on a following driver’s windscreen, allowing the driver to clearly see whether or not it is safe to overtake. Of course, much more research and ratification would need to be undertaken to ascertain whether the technology would prove to be too much of a distraction. (via Tested)

Copyright claim buries criticism of Day One: Garry’s Incident

Prolific YouTuber and game critic TotalBiscuit has been at the forefront of some recent controversy, after his “WTF Is…” series entry for Day One: Garry’s Incident was forcibly removed from YouTube by a copyright claim lodged by developer Wild Games Studio. A post on the Steam forums from a WGS representative under the name of “Stephane” said, “We protected our copyright because TotalBiscuit has no right to make advertising revenues with our license.” After a delay, TotalBiscuit spoke out on the subject in a series of tweets, and by releasing a detailed explanatory video, in which he took great pains not to include any footage from the game. Take a look below. (The video has since been reinstated. It is currently unknown how the downtime affected views, or revenue generated from ads.)

LiFi, the LED LOS alternative to Wi-Fi

Scientists from the Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a prototype 1 watt LED bulb that is not only good for lighting a room, but is also capable of transmitting data at 150Mbps. Using the visible light communication technology concept demonstrated by Harald Haas’ during his 2011 TED presentation, the SITP research team have confirmed that the technology is cheaper and far more efficient than traditional wireless transmission standards. Having said this, the primary flaw of LiFi is in the fact that receiving devices require uninterrupted line-of-sight to the transmitting bulbs in order to maintain a connection, a significant limitation.

Google explainer shows the contents of Project Loon’s antenna

The entire concept of using balloons to provide wireless Internet access to people below seems completely bonkers, but Google has done a great job of assuring people that their loony project could actually work in the real world. In the latest video update, Cyrus from the project details the internal components of the antenna. Watch below.

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If these new light bulbs can be installed in the same manner as current light bulbs, line of sight shouldn’t be an issue.

 

God I hate totalbiscuit… and youtube critics in general…

he bitches about censorship… yet all he had to do was not use their art assets in his review.

Also maybe the lazy shit could invest some time in web development and use his own host instead of relying on youtube ? It shits me when people act like this “o this is so awesome and it lets me not have an actual fucking job”. Next minute “O no youtube censors us when we use copyright material” yes that happens.

 

Maybe not in homes or offices but it would be a problem if it was used on a larger (longer) scale like between your home and a mobile phone tower. You’d set it up alright but a couple of months later the neighbours tree has a growth spurt and suddenly your LOS is gone.

 

spooler,

They knew full well what he did, and what content he produced, when they gave him the steam key, they admit it’s their fault for not telling him he couldn’t monetize the video. But instead of contacting him about it, they made a copyright claim.

And you may not think he has a “real job”, but I’m pretty sure a number of video game critics would disagree on that point.

But I guess by your reasoning, GON reviews shouldn’t include screenshots or videos of games they take themselves either, after all those are copyrighted material too.

Here is their official statement on the matter:

We sent TotalBiscuit a Steam key on September 26th, giving him permission to evaluate Day One: Garry’s Incident.

Monetizing wasn’t mentioned in our communications and it was an error on our part to not have clarified the issue.

It was for that particular fact that Wild Games Studio had asked the video’s removal.

After the video was made unavailable, we have taken seriously the reaction from the community concerning freedom of expression.

We strongly believe in the freedom of expression of people and medias and have removed our copyright claim.

Wild Games Studio didn’t intend on preventing anyone from using their right to freedom of expression.

For this reason, Wild Games Studio sincerely apologizes to TotalBiscuit and anyone who felt that their freedom of speech was denied.

 

makena,

Not only that, but it also exposes a wider issue in general regarding broad overreach of Youtube’s Content ID and copyright claim system. Google really needs to rethink the whole thing, shut it down and rebuild it from the ground up.

 

makena,

I believe if you are using a system3m like youtube that has to respect rights holders wishes you dont get to cry foul when rights holders say “we dont like our property being displayed that way”

Gon can do what gon wants to, and they can deal with copyright claims themselves this is actually kind of my point. These people bitch and moan about the system thry are using because they are too dammed lazy to create a better system for themselves.

Im irritated by the entitlement of “youtubers”.

 

spooler:
God I hate totalbiscuit… and youtube critics in general…

he bitches about censorship… yet all he had to do was not use their art assets in his review.

Also maybe the lazy shit could invest some time in web development and use his own host instead of relying on youtube ? It shits me when people act like this “o this is so awesome and it lets me not have an actual fucking job”. Next minute “O no youtube censors us when we use copyright material” yes that happens.

Uuhh, did you watch the video? I think he made a pretty watertight case for his use.

Why should he go it alone? He’s in partnership with Google — they give him a huge amount of exposure and provide all the IT service, he gives them most of his ad revenue. It’s not laziness, it’s mutually beneficial.

He also made a good case for how YouTube’s current copyright claim procedures are vulnerable to abuse.

 

spooler,

As others have said, the system in place is wildly open to abuse, copyright claims can be processed where no copyright infringement exists. Totalbiscuit just happens to be a big enough name to fight it, a lot of smaller players simply wouldn’t be able to.

If it was a valid copyright claim, he wouldn’t have any legs to stand on, however I don’t think many people honestly think this is a a correct use of a copyright claim.

 

spooler:
makena,

I believe if you are using a system3m like youtube that has to respect rights holders wishes you dont get to cry foul when rights holders say “we dont like our property being displayed that way”

What are you talking about? Wishes?

YouTube has to adhere to laws. Laws don’t grant rights holders omnipotence over anything referring to their license.

YouTube has simply taken the cheapest, most passive and most conservative approach to copyright disputes. And that is vulnerable to abuse.

 

Ofcourse youtubes copyright claims qr3 open to abuse… how the hell do you expect them to manage all the content and claims uploaded ?

 

spooler:
God I hate totalbiscuit… and youtube critics in general…

Ok lots of reasoning behind that statement…

spooler: he bitches about censorship… yet all he had to do was not use their art assets in his review.

Except he had permission to use the art assets. If you had watched the video, you would have seen that. But you didn’t. So again it’s just your opinion posited as fact.

spooler: Also maybe the lazy shit could invest some time in web development and use his own host instead of relying on youtube ? It shits me when people act like this “o this is so awesome and it lets me not have an actual fucking job”. Next minute “O no youtube censors us when we use copyright material” yes that happens.

There is so much wrong with this that I don’t know where to start. Firstly there’s a fair bit more to youtube commentary and critique than you claim. Not only is there the recording, but there’s the encoding and editing as well. Then there’s the part where you actually have to be pretty good at analysing and discussing things in a monologue in a way to engage your audience. Seeing as he’s got a few million views for each video, he must do something right there.

Personally I don’t see how it’s any different to being a TV presenter or a radio DJ, with the exception you haven’t got the schedule of the company on your head all the time.

spooler:
Ofcourse youtubes copyright claims qr3 open to abuse… how the hell do you expect them to manage all the content and claims uploaded ?

By changing it. Currently it’s too open to abuse by the so called rights holder, but when the game assets are used by every damn reviewer in their own screenshots and video’s then it’s a bit arse about face to take a single video down because he highlighted the fact that a particular game was released in a totally bugged and awful state.

Sometimes I really wonder what kind of logic you run on…

 

Anyway on a more fun topic, R9 290X released and at a cheaper price point than expected with more performance than expected!!!! Farking WOOOT.

Plus that overtaking video hijacker looks interesting. Just hope you don’t hijack the camera looking at the truckies crotch…

 

Overtaking camera is just going to cause more dangerous driving IMO, very seldom do you REALLY need to overtake someone, especially when you’re in a position to not see oncoming traffic.

I think it would just encourage dickheads to try and “be in front” more.

 

RSOblivion: By changing it. Currently it’s too open to abuse by the so called rights holder, but when the game assets are used by every damn reviewer in their own screenshots and video’s then it’s a bit arse about face to take a single video down because he highlighted the fact that a particular game was released in a totally bugged and awful state.

Sometimes I really wonder what kind of logic you run on…

changing it how ? They have to be responsible to rights holders, consider the volumes we’re talking about here how do they accomplish that without false positives ?

This is what shits me people bitch about it but have nothing constructive to say on the issue. It’s always “I don’t like this make it so I do like this” rather than “here’s how this could work better and not piss off rights holders”.

RSOblivion: Except he had permission to use the art assets. If you had watched the video, you would have seen that. But you didn’t. So again it’s just your opinion posited as fact.

I watched the video no where was it expressly stated that he was allowed to use anything from the game in his review :). really that’s just nit picking but it’s not the point it’s someonelse’s work when they don’t want it used in a certain way … that’s your problem if you didn’t get express permission to use a specific thing in a specific way.

RSOblivion: there’s a fair bit more to youtube commentary and critique than you claim.

Really ? There is ? So it’s not say … something one could do in about 1-2 hours while playing WoW ? Audio/video manipulation is not something that is hard or really time consuming it’s something you do while you’re doing something else.

RSOblivion: Personally I don’t see how it’s any different to being a TV presenter or a radio DJ

Neither act’s like an entitled arse when they get something wrong ? And if they do I have the same thoughts on them.

RSOblivion: Seeing as he’s got a few million views for each video, he must do something right there.

when people say this…It’s not like honey boo boo has millions of viewers… You do not have to be good at something to get viewers fox proves this every year.

 

finally AMD putting out some heavy competition for nvidia

 

Well Spooler entitled or not there is a freedom of speech which you seem pretty heavily against, which I do find amusing. When blanket permission by the publisher is given in their own steam channel you do have to laugh when they pull the bull they did about it. The retraction speaks volumes too. So being honest, Totalbiscuit wasn’t in the wrong.

Funny thing is you remind me of a lawyer. A bad one at that. The kind who’ll fixate on a word in order to try to undermine someone else’s well put and supported argument. The kind who often lose due to their own failings to communicate a fair and balanced point.
Also I still haven’t worked out why you are always diving in defending the big guys as though they never do any wrong? The dev team here aren’t huge but it’s clear they haven’t a clue about game design and yet you still regard what they did as fine. First they released a crap game, not criminal but definitely not a clever plan. Then they abuse youtube’s takedown policy to remove a highly watched and bad review of their terrible game. It’s a pretty open and shut case in my book, but you are off ambulance chasing to try to vindicate their position…

I was never going to suggest changes to youtube’s policy on a forum. There are many ways to change it, but that’s not the point of the discussion. The point is that it does need to change, so incident’s like this don’t happen so often.

As for not being good, well for that you have to be a bit more objective. Personally I like a lot of his reviews of games. They are straight to the point and based on his personal preference, but usually free of most press bias. There are other far more controversial people out there, plus he doesn’t just pan everything he plays. If you want the negative point on everything go watch ZeroPunctuation on The Escapist…

 

makena,

spooler:
Ofcourse youtubes copyright claims qr3 open to abuse… how the hell do you expect them to manage all the content and claims uploaded ?

Regardless the system is broken and abused. Luckily for Totalbiscuit he has resources to come back from such an occurrence. Smaller youtube channels could easily be taken down without dispute from a company preventing free speech and critique of their product for gains.

 

RSOblivion: Well Spooler entitled or not there is a freedom of speech which you seem pretty heavily against

What ? How do you take from me saying if you use someones system to broadcast your content you deal with their rules. to against free speech say what you want use whatever material you want but when it gets taken down by a third party and it’s that party that is legally liable from broadcasting what you put up don’t bitch and cry about “their system is broken”.

RSOblivion: but you are off ambulance chasing to try to vindicate their position…

I’m not trying to vindicate anyone I’m just sick of the “everything is everyone else’s fault” bullshit that you-tubers seem to consistently pull. If you don’t like the system use a different one or better yet create your own webpage/system so you can have complete content control. Untill such a time as you do that this is not a free speech issue this is a laziness issue on behalf of the people to lazy to find solutions to their problems.

My issue is this notion that free speech is being some how abolished when it’s not, if someone doesn’t want you using their stuff the way you have and didn’t give you permission to you have to deal with that. Googles policy with youtube is to take your content down if someone claims it infringes theirs. You might not like that policy if so either organize a constructive dialogue with google, move to a different system or better yet create your own and take 100% responsibility for the stuff you put out there.

RSOblivion: Funny thing is you remind me of a lawyer. A bad one at that. The kind who’ll fixate on a word in order to try to undermine someone else’s well put and supported argument.

I haven’t “fixated” on anything if you’d like to point out my fixation go nuts. your argument is neither well put nor well supported.

“google need to fix youtube” is not a well put and well supported argument.

 

spooler,

TotalBiscuit was doing a review of the game in question. That typically necessitates using footage of the game in question. Pretty much every reviewer I’ve seen (except Yahtzee from ZP) uses footage of a game that they’re reviewing.

You have said that the CEO of the company in question didn’t provide express permission to monetise that review of TotalBiscuits. He did however, provide a steam key for the game when requested, after being provided with links to the reviewer’s channel, and after being given an explanation of just what the reviewer did for a living. I’ll give you a hint, it’s monetising video game reviews!

Also, this whole thing was not someone “just bitching because they’re lazy”, big corps like the big movie and games makers have gone a tad rampant before, using automated systems to unjustly remove supposedly copyrighted materials from youtube. In addition, this is all done in accordance to U.S law. I have a suspicion that international laws aren’t quite as draconian. Too bad Google is based in the U bloody S, isn’t it?

Now look, if you’re true to form, you may try to dodge one or all of the points I’m trying to make. I’ll ask that before you respond, you take the time to do a thorough read of this comment, re-watch the video, and just think about this. Are you overreacting? Are you just trying to be right here, or nursing a pet hate? Someone just pointlessly complaining, as you’ve claimed, I do have a problem with. As far as I can see, that’s not what I’ve happened here.

 

redshirt: Are you overreacting?

Nope.

redshirt: Are you just trying to be right here, or nursing a pet hate?

definitely the hate thing.

I was going to respond to every point in detail but I CBF. You’ve missed my point I don’t give a shit about who’s in the right here My agitation with this comes from the consistent complaints about Youtube and the lack of effort for anyone to find alternative solutions.

I’ve seen this sort of thing more times than I could count and it’s always the same thing “O it’s stupid how youtube does X”.
I’ve never seen any realistic suggestions posed as to how to fix the issues though.

 
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