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Episode #159 - The Bad Idea Show

Episode #159 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing Zynga has a bad idea, Facebook has a worse idea and Rovio hopes their idea isn’t bad.  We have those stories and more...

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Texting and Walking = Criminal Behavior

I get the texting and driving thing.  It's not wise to operate a 3000lb automobile while you're not paying attention to where it is pointed.  I get it.  In New Jersey, one town has instituted texting and WALKING laws.  You can't do it.  People have almost ran into bears and actually fallen into fountains while texting and I call this good humor.  I text and walk.  If I crash into something - score one for whatever I walked into.  If I do it while crossing a street and get hit because I didn't do it at a crosswalk or when I wasn't supposed to - well, I guess the universe will have a more intelligent gene pool to draw from.

As with most other states, texting while driving is already banned in the state. But now, Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli is also holding pedestrians accountable for their "dangerous walking," including texting-while-trekking -- if it leads to them ignoring crosswalks and lights.

Thanks to Tigger for pointing out this story.

Kodak Goes (Has Been) Nuclear

It seems that Kodak has been harboring a small nuclear reactor at Kodak Park and this little "nuclear research reactor" is very rare (and incredibly awesome).  It has been secure by all means, but it's interesting that this little detail just leaked - after 30 years.  Take a look at this article for more details.

All of this — construction of a bunker with two-foot-thick concrete walls, decades of research and esoteric quality control work with a neutron beam, the safeguarding and ultimate removal of one of the more feared substances on earth — was done pretty much without anyone in the Rochester community having a clue.

Ivy Bridge Heat is TIMs Fault

Intel has been dominating the high-end CPU market lately, and their Ivy-bridge CPUs have taken a small step upward in terms of performance over Sandy Bridge CPUs.  The downside?  Ivy runs wicked hot and TechPowerUp has posted why.  Cheap Thermal Paste.  Really?  Come now Intel, surely the 18%-23% temperature drop by using good thermal paste would have been worth the extra money.

The change in TIM was also change the overclockability of the chip, which was then able to sustain higher core voltages to facilitate higher core clock speeds. The report concluded that Intel's decision to use thermal paste inside the IHS of its Ivy Bridge chips, instead of fluxless solder, poses a very real impact on temperatures and overclockability.

Random Peripheral Pile


Assassins Creed III

If you're into Assassins Creed - Enjoy.  If you're not, you might be after watching this trailer.

PSU Pileup

GameStop Sells Out

It looks like GameStop is admitting Brick-and-Mortal defeat by now offering Valve Vouchers so you can start buying your games not-from-GameStop.  This is a bit sad for sure, but if they make $5 off of a voucher, I guess you can't blame them.  Kotaku has more info.




The vouchers will apparently go on sale on May 15, and are reportedly a "kind of a sensitive issue" between GameStop and Valve owing to the fact it's an awkward way for either party to be making money.

Video Game Release List

ShackNews tries to get us excited with a bunch of new games this week, but we know that since Max Payne 3 (for the PC) has been pushed back to May 29, nothing will get us too excited this week.  That being said, there are a few that may fill the gap.


  • A Game of Thrones
  • Anna (download)
  • Diablo 3
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (download)


  • A Game of Thrones
  • Akai Katana
  • Battleship
  • Dragon's Lair (XBLA)
  • Jam Live Music Arcade (XBLA)
  • Max Payne 3
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (XBLA)


  • A Game of Thrones
  • Battleship
  • Jam Live Music Arcade (PSN)
  • Max Payne 3
  • Myst (PSone Classic)
  • PixelJunk 4am (PSN)
  • Rock of Ages (PSN)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PSN)


  • Battleship


  • Battleship
  • Mario Tennis Open


  • Velocity (mini)


  • Battleship


AMD APU A8-3870K

AMD is betting big on their APU platform and they've got a lot of great products out there for sure.  Vortez looks at the A8-3870K chip that comes with an unlocked multiplier and a Radeon 6550D built into this 3.0GHz chip.  Take a look and see if this quad-core budget wonder has enough prowess to make you happy.

As we can see, the A8-3870K is virtually identical to the the A8-3850 with exception of an increased frequency to 3.0GHz up from 2.9GHz within the same TDP, because of this we can assume that base performance will be similar to the A8-3850. Though the real selling point of the Black Edition is the unlocked multiplier.

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