This Is What a Tesla Model S Battery Pack Looks Like

Are you a Tesla Motors fan? Even wanted to know what the inside of the vehicle looks like, particularly the battery pack? Well, you’re in luck! A Tesla Motors Club fan by the name if “wk057” wanted to know the same thing and went even further than us apparently by finding one and taking some nice screenshots of it.

So without further ado, here are the magnificent photographs:

Also, wk057 has more posted on this Tesla Motors Club forum thread here, along with some neat discussions and explanation of all the little pits and pieces you saw in the images above.

Thank you InsideEVs for providing us with this information

Club Nintendo Rewards Scheme to be Discontinued

Nintendo has announced that it will be closing its Club Nintendo rewards programme this September. The company said that it will close the scheme in stages, and that a new rewards programme will take its place.

Nintendo said in a statement that it will discontinue redemption codes included with physical copies of Nintendo games from April 1st and users will no longer be able to redeem points for digital download copies from April 20th. Users will still be able to redeem rewards until September 30th, following which all existing and unused points will expire. A new scheme will later be introduced.

Club Nintendo has been around in one form or another since May 2002, and started out as two separate schemes under the names of VIP 24:7 and Club Member. In 2007 both schemes were combined to form Club Nintendo, which has been offering free rewards in exchange for points ever since.

The scheme has proved popular amongst Nintendo fans, offering exclusive game soundtracks, toys, free games and other memorabilia.

Source: Nintendo


Fingerprint of Politician Cloned Just From Public Photos

A member of the Chaos Computer Club has reportedly ‘cloned’ the fingerprint of a politician from Germany solely using publicly available images taken by press at a conference.

Jan Krissler created a usable copy of German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen’s fingerprints using only images and computer software. The software presumably magnified the images taken to a degree that individual details in Ms von der Leyen’s prints could be identified and easily replicated.

Krissler says that “politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public” following the publication of his research. Maybe they should too, because details like this could give someone access to anything from her phone to a highly secure building.

Fingerpint recognition has slowly been shown to be not as secure as originally accepted, with hackers working hard to find ways to circumvent it. There are other methods, like finger vein recognition, that are being developed to get around the issues traditional biometrics pose.

Source: BBC News

Zuckerberg Joins 1-Dollar-Salary Club

Every once in awhile a politician or a large business owner will opt for join the Dollar-A-Year club. For some this means that they will only accept payment of $1 for a year or they may do this for a set amount of years. Usually this is because they have decided that they are well off and want to show the company and employees even the world that they are not doing what they are doing for the money, they are doing it for everyone else. The list is not very large, and not everyone gives up their bonuses. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook has decided join the 1-Dollar-Salary Club. The reasoning isn’t really clear to me as to why he is taking the salary cut, though it could be for the title. It could also be due to the amount of taxes he had to pay for the 2012 tax season. It could also be to show everyone he isn’t in it for the money, and that he is here to build Facebook to be the best social networking outlet available to the public. To join the 1-dollar-salary club is possibly one of the greatest status symbols of Silicon Valley, and one of  most prestiges groups that one could join, showing the world that you are rich and successful, so you are going to continue doing everything you have been, but for free. On April 26th Facebook, INC released their 2013 Proxy Statement in which they disclosed the fiscal earnings of Mark Zuckerberg

In the first quarter of 2012, our compensation committee discussed and approved a request by our CEO to reduce his base salary to $1 per year, effective January 1, 2013. Cash Bonuses. Our 2012 Bonus/Retention Plan (Bonus Plan) provides variable cash incentives, payable semi-annually, that are designed to motivate our executive officers to focus on company-wide priorities and to reward them for individual results and achievements. All of our executive officers participated in the Bonus Plan in 2012. Our CEO will not receive a bonus under the 2013 Bonus/Retention Plan.

Below is a list of people who have joined the 1-Dollar-Salary Club (List provided from Wikipedia) Michael Bloomberg (Mayor of New York City) Sergey Brin (Google) Larry Ellison (Oracle Corporation) Darren Entwistle (TELUS) Richard Fairbank (Capital One Financial) Lee Iacocca (Chrysler Corporation) Steve Jobs (Apple), also did not take any alternative form of compensation (stock options, bonus, etc.) from 2003 until his death Richard Kinder (Kinder Morgan), also does not take any alternative form of compensation (stock options, bonus, etc.) James Li (Syntax-Brillian) John Mackey (Whole Foods Market), who also does not take any alternative form of compensation (stock options, bonus, etc.) Joseph Marinaccio (Slam Content) Larry Page (Google) Vikram Pandit (Citigroup) Mark Pincus (Zynga) Richard Riordan (Mayor of Los Angeles) Eric Schmidt (Google) Henry Samueli (Broadcom Corporation) Arnold Schwarzenegger (former Governor of California) Terry Semel (Yahoo!) Pantas Sutardja (Marvell Technology Group) Sehat Sutardja (Marvell Technology Group) Meg Whitman (Hewlett-Packard) Jerry Yang (Yahoo!) Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) Source

Club3D Radeon HD 7790 13Series 1GB Graphics Card Review

This week has been a big one in the graphics card market, with two new cards launched from both the major players our there – namely AMD and then NVIDIA. The launch of the 7790 was one that AMD intended to shake the market up with, and following my review on Sapphire’s 7790 and then a review on two of Club3D’s 7790’s in CrossFire and seeing that they perform a whole lot better than I expected compared to when I read about them, it’s now time to see how just one of Club3D’s cards perform in relation to Sapphires offering.

It has been a little while since I’ve looked at a card from Club3D, but following CeBIT I’m happy to announce that there will be many more cards to come from them and we can take a look across their range. For those that may or may not have noticed, Club3D have one of the most unique line-ups that I’ve seen on the market and it not only stands out, but it simplifies working out where a product lies within that range. For those that don’t know what I’m taking about, I’m referring to their poker series. When a game of poker is played, the top cards are the pictures, in other words, jack, queen, king and ace. Club3D have taken this ordering and given the fact that their club logo fits in with the club suit in a deck of cards, we find an ideal pairing right there.

What this translates to and to give an example, two identical looking 7970’s could be laid in front of me for example but one could be a RoyalQueen and one a RoyalKing, going by the order of cards, I will be be to identify that the RoyalKing is a higher spec of card and is therefore better than a RoyalQueen, simple, effective and gets people talking.

Moving on from the Poker range, we move over to the new 13Series products that Club3D have started to ship. Simply put, 13Series products are effectively white box goods that include nothing more than the card itself. The cards themselves offer the same level of performance, but there are no accessories, manuals or additional materials in the box, making them ideal for system builders and integrators who would only end up sticking all the unwanted extras to one side. To reflect the white box status, the cards will come with a lower shipping price to suit.