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Monday August 03, 2015

Fake Swatting Is Now A Thing

Hmmm, looking for a way to get banned from Twitch? How about staging a fake swatting for funsies? roll eyes (sarcastic)

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Antec Signature S10 Full Tower @ PCPer

ETC.: Bitfenix Alchemy LED Strip @ Modders Inc.

G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz 16GB @ pcGamesware

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma @ Vortez

Video: HIS R9 380 IceQ X2 @ PureOverclock

FDA Approves A Drug Made Using 3D Printing

How long do you think it is going to take for someone to start 3D printing counterfeit drugs?

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved its first drug manufactured using 3D printing, Aprecia's epilepsy-fighting Spritam. The medication uses a porous, 3D-printed formula to help deliver even very high doses (as high as 1,000mg) while remaining easy to swallow -- all you have to do is take a sip of liquid to quickly disperse the drug and get it into your body.

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Why The Government’s New Cybersecurity Solution Is Doomed To Fail

Why the government’s new cybersecurity solution is doomed to fail? Ummm, because it's the government. Duh.

Rather than focus on pushing both the government and private sector to do obvious things to make their networks more secure, it wants to pass a bill that will put even more data in the hands of agencies that aren’t themselves secure, while immunizing corporations regardless of their own preparedness.

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Surveillance Video Of HitchBOT's Killer Found

It looks as though surveillance video has been found of the actual attack on HitchBOT. You can see the original story here.

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Your Files Are Encrypted With A "Windows 10 Upgrade"

Obviously none of you would fall for a scam like this...BUT...we all have friends and family that would so spread the word.

The threat of ransomware will continue to grow until adversaries find a more effective method of monetizing the machines they compromise. As a defense, users are encouraged to backup their data in accordance with best practices. These backups should be stored offline to prevent them from being targeted by attackers.

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India Orders Clampdown On Internet Porn

If you think people are upset now that India is clamping down on porn, wait until next week when an entire country has gone seven days without porn. eek!

India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance, a government official said on Monday, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world's largest democracy. In India's first big crackdown on Internet porn, service providers have been directed to block 857 websites.

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Congratulations to Our Own HardOCP iRacing Team

Congratulations once again to Team [H]ardOCP! The three man team comprised of forum members OEM, MrMitch and JohnDub not only took the checkered flag in the 24 Hours of Spa this weekend, they did it in commanding fashion by leading 603 out of 624 laps! Hit the link above for more details and to congratulate Team [H]! cool

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CoD: Advanced Warfare 'Reckoning' Trailer

As much as I hate to admit it, the addition of celebrities like Bruce Campbell, Bill Paxton, John Malkovich, and Rose McGowan actually makes me want to play this game. I have fallen victim to the Activision marketing machine. eek!

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Gaming [H]eadlines

DICE Teases New Star Wars: Battlefront Mode @ VG24/7

EU Pushing For Flat Pricing Across Europe @ MCVUK

MGS V: THE PHANTOM PAIN Earlier On PCs @ Blue's News

Vega Claws His Way Into Street Fighter 5 @ Shacknews

GIGABYTE X99-SLI LGA 2011v3 Motherboard Review

If you are planning on upgrading to a new LGA 2011v3 motherboard, we highly recommend that you read our evaluation of the GIGABYTE X99-SLI before you do.

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GIGABYTE’s X99-SLI promises to be a multi-GPU capable power house for enthusiasts on a budget. The design is very similar to the X99-UD4P which was an excellent motherboard so the X99-SLI has a lot to live up to as expectations for it run high. Does $240 get you a solid X99 motherboard?

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Silverstone Tundra TD02-E Water Cooler Review

Hardware Asylum has posted a review of the Silverstone Tundra TD02-E CPU water cooler today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

In this review we will be looking at the Silverstone Tundra TD02-E. This is a dual fan AIO watercooling unit that has taken the Silverstone design principles and applied them to every aspect of this product from the pump and block design to even the unique radiator.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: REEVEN Okeanos RC-1402 @ NikKTech

ETC.: BIOS Option Of The Week @ TechARP

The Tech Report Podcast 182 @ TR

Storage: Asustor AS-5004T NAS @ CowcotLand

Synology DiskStation DS1515 @ Legion Hardware

Video: MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G @ ThinkComputers

Samsung Creating Fund For Cancer-Stricken Workers, Safety

I think we can all agree that this was the right thing to do in this case.

Samsung said in a statement the fund will make payments to workers or families of those who became sick while working at its plants, including contractors. The fund would also pay for research, development of experts and other methods to improve worker safety.

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NASA Image of the Day

The International Space Station, that itty-bitty dot in the middle of this picture, is traveling at roughly five miles per second when this photo was snapped. cool

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Competition? 99% Still Rent Cable Box

I'm not surprised by this number. Does the average consumer even know there is an alternative to renting a cable box?

"Consumers should have the same range of choices for their video set-top boxes as they have for their mobile phones," said Markey. "When Congress last year regrettably removed the requirement that cable company services be compatible with set-top boxes purchased in the marketplace rather than rented directly from the provider, we doomed consumers to being captive to cable company rental fees forever."

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Star Trek-Style Home Elevator Could Replace Stairlifts

I don't know how "Star Trek-ish" this thing is, but it is pretty cool compared to traditional stairlifts.

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"You could describe it as a high-end chair lift. People don't want, in many cases, a chair-lift on their beautiful staircase and they don't necessarily want a lift; it's about looking at the lift for the long-term future proofing the property. And unlike a stairlift which is a permanent feature on your staircase, the lift can be sent away when you don't need it - so it's never the elephant in the room."

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Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8G D5 Review

The crew at Bjorn3D have the Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8G D5 in-house for a little review action today.

The Specifications table makes it clear that the Sapphire Nitro R9 390 has the same basic design as the TRI-X R9 290 Sapphire released early on in 2014. The Sapphire Nitro R9 390 get a few tweaks and the core is pushed up to 1010MHz. The card also gets an additional 4GB of memory that runs 250MHz (real) or 1000MHz effective faster.

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Cyonic AU-450x Fully Modular 450W Power Supply

PC Perspective has published a review of the Cyonic AU-450x Fully Modular 450W PSU. If you need a smaller power supply (in size and wattage) this review is for you.

Introducing Cyonic, a new player in the global PC power supply arena. Founded in 2013, Cyonic’s goal is to become a global brand of high performance computer parts and accessories. The business is starting off by selling power supplies and Cyonic will soon have three product lines: the AU Series (fixed cables), AUx Series (all modular cables), and the Arise Series (sold exclusively in Japan). The AU and AUx Series will both contain three models, ranging in output capacities of 450W, 550W, and 650W. In this review we will take a detailed look at the AU-450x we received for evaluation.

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Concerned About Bandwidth? Read The Windows Update Delivery Optimization FAQ

If you are limited on bandwidth, or you just don't want to host updates for others, make sure you read the Windows Update Delivery Optimization FAQ.

Windows Update Delivery Optimization lets you get Windows updates and Windows Store apps from sources in addition to Microsoft. This can help you get updates and apps more quickly if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection. And if you own more than one PC, it can reduce the amount of Internet bandwidth needed to keep all of your PCs up-to-date. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

Joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you cash or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Intel Invests In 8 Ed-Tech Startups With Accelerator Program

Intel Education and Intel Capital today announced the first eight member companies for the Intel Education Accelerator, a four-month program to help ed-tech startups transform education for student success. Beating out nearly 200 other global applicants, the selected startups will receive guidance from experts in tech, business and education; secure investments of up to $100,000 each from Intel Capital; and leverage Intel's global relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries. Check out the full list and descriptions of the eight startups for more information.

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Sunday August 02, 2015

Inside One Of Amazon's Most Advanced Fulfillment Centers

I'd have imagined that an Amazon warehouse would appear more crowded or chaotic, but this fulfillment center has a certain beauty to it. There is something unsettling about how the robotic personnel outnumbers the humans, though.

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At the heart of the building, items stored on tall, square shelves are kept stocked by humans working with a team of 2,000 squat orange robots. The robots zip around the storage area, picking up shelves and either arranging them in neat rows for storage or bringing them over to the human workers, who stack or pick from them.

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The Evolution Of Modern Game Controllers

Take a look at how far we’ve gone from the single button, single joystick Atari 2600 controller. I always thought the Jaguar controller was funny as a kid because I thought you could dial someone on it. Which is your favorite controller ever?

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What you'll find in the gallery below is a comprehensive look at gamepads from the past 30-plus years of gaming, including high points and missteps alike.

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An Inside Look At Disney's Bleeding-Edge Rendering Software "Hyperion"

Were you blown away by the level of lighting in Big Hero 6? Disney's newest rendering software, Hyperion, was what made much of that possible.

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Hyperion handles several million light rays at a time by sorting and bundling them together according to their directions. When the rays are grouped in this way, many of the rays in a bundle hit the same object in the same region of space. This similarity of ray hits allows us---and the computer---to optimize the calculations for the objects hit.

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See Buzz Aldrin's Travel Voucher And Customs Form From 1969

Yes, even Buzz Aldrin and the rest of the Apollo 11 crew had to sign a customs form when they returned from the moon. And yes, the cargo is more interesting than the cheap souvenirs you brought home from London or Japan.

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Make Your Own Fallout Pip Boy

Bethesda has sold out of the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition, but don't fret; someone has decided to release the schematic for how one can print the classic RobCo device. Like the official version, it has buttons, lights, and is meant to house a smartphone running the Fallout 4 mobile app. Just don't use it in public or people might look at you funny.

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It won't come with all the bells and whistles of the official Bethesda brand, but it's still pretty fancy with a couple or orange LED lights. It even has a tape player. I mean, it won't actually play said tapes, but it will pop open and accept them.

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Charge Your Phone With A Paper-Thin Solar Panel

While it may not be practical, charging your smartphone or other portable device with solar panels is certainly a novel idea. These paper-thin panels can actually be joined together to generate more power.

A single panel can generate about 2.5 watts of electricity, and "you can connect more panels with magnets for more power." In sunny weather, two joined panels "can fully juice an iPhone 6 in about two and a half hours."

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hitchBOT Found Dead In Philadelphia

The hitchBOT was a Canadian robot that would "hitchhike" by being driven or picked up by random people. In July, it began an attempt to journey from Boston to San Francisco, but that trip has just been cut short---someone in Philly decided to tear its head and arms off. Now I won't feel as bad when a robot guns me down in the future.

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The goal of the hitchhiking trip was to see how humans would interact with hitchBOT. And apparently the answer was "not well." HitchBOT has been around the world, including trips across the entirety of Canada and Germany without major incident. But America is clearly a hard land for our robot brothers and sisters.

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Get Rid Of Unwanted Apps In Windows 10 With PowerShell

Here is a guide for those of you who are intent on eradicating modern apps from Windows 10 but haven't figured out how. With just a command or two, you should be able to get rid of Calendar, People, Photos, and other apps you don't want.

Run the 'Remove-AppxPackage PackageFullName' command. If you want to remove the People app from Windows 10, for example, you'd run 'Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.People_1.10241.0.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe'.

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