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Friday September 04, 2015

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the Supermicro Gaming S5 mid-tower chassis, followed by our ASUS GTX 980 Ti STRIX DCIII OC video card review. Finally, we wrapped things up with a look at the X99A GODLIKE Gaming LGA 2011-v3 motherboard.

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Can Apple TV Shake Up Living Room Gaming?

Whoa, slow down there, let's not get the cart before the horse. The damn thing hasn't even come out yet and they are talking about "shaking up" living room gaming. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The bottom line is that as long as Apple's announcement next week is in line with expectations at least to some degree (which is never a given with a company this secretive), the platform they'll be creating with this new device ought to be a genuinely exciting one for developers. It will open up a new market and the possibilities of new experiences; it will, at least temporarily, give premium games a shot in the arm, while broadening the horizons of free-to-play in the medium term; it will give yet another new tier and new approach to the ever-broadening landscape of games.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: Acer Predator XR341CK @ Hexus

SteelSeries Siberia X300 Headset @ Legit Reviews

Motherboards: AMD FX-8320E / MSI 970 Mobo @ PCC

Video: MGS V: The Phantom Pain Benchmarked @ TechSpot

Build It Yourself With DOOM SnapMap

Don't know what SnapMap is? Let the folks at id Software give you the rundown.

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Man Loses Job Offer After Sending Naked Selfies To Boss

You can't make this stuff up. Once again, I blame technology. big grin

A Chicago area man has lost a job offer after he accidentally sent nude pictures of himself to a manager. Police say the unnamed man sent two nude photographs between 11-13 August to the human resources manager before phoning her. The female manager for the unidentified St Charles company received the texts while at home and contacted police.

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The Large Hadron Collider Is Being Used As A Stargate

At no point in your rambling, incoherent article were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on the internet is now dumber for having read this.

In this way, CERN is being used as a stargate so that human scientists will be able to go to and from currently unknown, perhaps very hostile, non-physical worlds and dimensions located and currently unseen, outside our physical universe.

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Mozilla: Hackers Stole Information From Bugzilla

Mozilla says that it is updating Bugzilla’s security practices after hackers stole security-sensitive information and used it against Firefox users.

The account that the attacker broke into was shut down shortly after Mozilla discovered that it had been compromised. We believe that the attacker used information from Bugzilla to exploit the vulnerability we patched on August 6. We have no indication that any other information obtained by the attacker has been used against Firefox users. The version of Firefox released on August 27 fixed all of the vulnerabilities that the attacker learned about and could have used to harm Firefox users.

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Two Teens Arrested For Sexting Each Other

I'm telling you right now, this is all technology's fault. This kind of thing never happened in the days before cell phones. I guess it doesn't matter, at least these two criminals are off the streets.

The female teen took a plea deal—even though she was listed as the victim as well as the perpetrator for one of them. If she hadn’t taken the plea deal, she risked being convicted and labeled as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

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OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD Review

APH Networks has just published a review of the OCZ Trion 100 480GB SSD. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

If you need some solid reasons to drive to the store and Trion this product, then I am going to state it now: The OCZ Trion 100 480GB is an SSD with strong read performance for consumer based workloads. Puns aside (I promised my colleague Aaron Lai to plug it into this review somehow, so here it is), from our PCMark Vantage application performance benchmark to PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0 simulated workloads, the latest drive marketed under the OCZ brand delivers.

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GTX 950 SLI Testing

The review crew over at LanOC did a bit of SLI testing with a pair of NVIDIA GTX 950s.

As with all of our Crossfire and SLI articles, this is not a review as I have already tested and reviewed both cards individually. Today is just a quick look at their performance and to find out if the 950’s in SLI are a better value than any of the more expensive cards individually.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny 2.0 Changes Outlined @ GameSpot

Gilbert to Disney on Monkey Island Rights: "Call Me" @ Blue's News

League of Legends 2015 All-Star Event Dated @ VG24/7

New Need for Speed Trailer @ Shacknews

Transformer Failure Takes Out Fujitsu Data Center

I knew it! The Decepticons must have been behind the power outage at Fujitsu's data center in Sunnyvale.

Fujitsu has acknowledged that a major power transformer failure took down its Sunnyvale data center on August 22nd. The failure was not within the data center itself but in the substation that provides power to the facility and under the control of their energy provider, not Fujitsu.

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BlackBerry To Buy Rival For $425M

This is strange, I didn't even know BlackBerry had any money, let alone $425 million to be buying out its rivals.

The cash deal may help BlackBerry, a one-time smartphone pioneer, win new customers for its services business, a priority as it shifts focus to device management software for enterprise customers. More than half the devices running on Good's systems are Apple Inc (AAPL.O) products such as the iPhone.

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eBay Seller Who Sued Customers For Bad Feedback Has To Pay Legal Fees

Let this be a warning to any other asshats out there that try to pull this kind of crap. A twenty thousand dollar slap on the wrist ought to serve as a reminder that consumers have the right to leave negative feedback.

You may remember that back in 2013, an eBay seller filed a lawsuit against a customer who left him accurate negative feedback, claiming that he hadn’t actually read his own suit when the company’s actions led to Internet backlash. Now the case has finally been resolved, with a judge ordering the seller to pay $19,000 in attorneys’ fees to the local lawyers who took the customer’s case pro bono.

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PowerColor Announces Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 16GB GDDR5

TUL Corporation, a leading and innovative manufacturer of AMD graphic cards since 1997, has proudly announced a new and most powerful graphics card in the world among AMD Radeon R9 390 series. The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 is packed with dual GRENADA core, designed to tackle the most demanding high end gaming titles on the market. It utilizes 16GB of GDDR5 memory with a core clock speed at 1000 MHz, and 1350 MHz for memory clock speed which is connected via a new high speed 512-bit X2 memory interface.

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PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 is built with carefully-designed Platinum Power Kit and ultra-efficient thermal design. It consists of massive 15-phase power delivery, PowerIRstage, Super Cap and Ferrite Core Choke that provides the stability and reliability for such high-end graphics solution. To support maximum performance and to qualify for the Devil 13 cooling system, 3 Double Blades Fans are attached on top of the enormous surface of aluminum fins heatsink connected with total of 10 pieces of heat pipes and 2 pieces of large die-cast panels. This superb cooling solution achieves a perfect balance between thermal solution and noise reduction. The PowerColor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 has the LED backlighting that glows a bright red color, pulsating slowly on the Devil 13 logo.

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Breaking News: NVIDIA Introduces its Nano Competitor, the NITO!

The sat-phone rang, I picked it up, and a person I can refer to as only "GreenThroat" spoke in a raspy voice. "September 4th, 10am CDT PAPER embargo," were the first words out of his mouth.

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Today NVIDIA is kicking off its AMD Nano competitor. This new video card will harness the most awesome and incredible power of the TITAN X GPU. NVIDIA has waded in behind AMD on this one, so AMD gets all the credit. The new video card is the "NITO," pronounced "nee-toh." The PCB has gone through incredible engineering and has been compressed to fit into the billions of enthusiast computer systems that focus on the tiny mini-ITX builds. Not only that, NVIDIA has greatly reduced the power envelope of the NITO card as well by severely retarding the default TITAN X clock rates, although NVIDIA was not specific on just how much, but they did say it would "run up to a specified clock speed." Doing this has allowed NVIDIA to use a much less expensive cooling system that will of course be showcased by its $1000 pricetag, keeping it perfectly in line with the TITAN X pricing, even though performance will not be close to comparable...but it will fit in those billions of mini-ITX builds, NVIDIA assured us.

The full NVIDIA NITO video release can be seen below.

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Teacher Arrested After Drone Crashed Into Stands At U.S. Open

I like how the cop in the picture below is using binoculars. Why? Who knows? Maybe the drone operator was controlling the drone from the cloud. wink

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Daniel Verley, 26, who teaches at the Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a drone and operating a drone outside the prescribed area for doing so after he crash landed the black four-propellered device into the Louis Armstrong Stadium stands at 8:28 p.m., police said.

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC Patch

An interim patch has been released for Batman: Arkham Knight. SLI and Crossfire support is still MIA and the Windows 7 memory issue isn't fixed either.

Good news - testing for the interim patch has been completed and it is now available for those who already have Batman: Arkham Knight for PC. As a reminder, below are some of the major fixes and improvements that will be addressed with this patch:

  • Reduced frame rate hitches

  • Optimizations for system memory and VRAM usage

  • Improved performance on all GPUs (requires the latest drivers)

  • More Comprehensive In-Game Settings

  • Fixed low resolution texture bugs

  • Fixed hitches when running on mechanical hard drives (HDD)

In addition to the above, we’re continuing to work on the following for future updates:

  • Adding support for SLI and Crossfire

  • Adding support for the latest DLC & Season Pass content

  • Adding support for additional updates such as Photo Mode

  • Continued improvements and bug fixing for a Windows 7 specific memory issue that occurs on configurations with 8GB of system RAM and some NVIDIA GPUs during extended game play

  • Continued improvements for Windows 10 specific issues on systems with some AMD GPUs

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What Robotic Arms Do When They Aren't Trying To Kill You

Videos like this are definitely the best way to show off the precision capabilities of your robotic arms. This also gives these murderous robotic appendages something to do and keeps them off the streets. wink

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Steam Killing Floor 2 Free Weekend

The Steam Killing Floor 2 free weekend event is in full swing. In addition to a free weekend of try-before-you-buy madness, you can also get 33% off the game if you buy it before Monday morning. Here's the details:

In celebration of the "Incinerate N' Detonate" free content pack release, play Killing Floor 2 for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. You can also pickup Killing Floor 2 at 33% off the regular price!*

  • Plus, check out the "Killing Floor 2 + Chivalry: Let's get Medi-EVIL" promotion!

  • Owners of Chivalry will receive a Knight Character and Sword weapon in Killing Floor 2

  • Owners of Killing Floor 2will receive KF2 themed items in Chivalry

  • Current and new owners of these titles will receive this offer.

*Killing Floor 2 discount ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time. Chivalry discount ends September 14th at 10am pacific.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

This is your end of the week reminder that 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 prizes 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.

Coding, Community, Cruising: The Complete NVIDIA Intern Experience

Our University Recruiting team creates a strong intern community through events such as paintball, an art contest and a weekly speaker series with company executives, including CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. Our interns also got into the NVIDIA spirit of community service by building skateboards for kids from the local Boys and Girls Club. Anna Hankinson came to NVIDIA from the University of Toronto because of the deep learning and social impact applications of our technology. She got her biggest project by asking her manager for more to do. "Just ask and see what you can get," she advised future interns. "An internship is what you make of it."

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AMD Unveils Highly Efficient Broadcast Ecosystem Workflows

AMD today announced industry leaders AJA, Adobe, Avid, Blackmagic Design, The Foundry and The Pixel Farm will demonstrate highly efficient workflows with deep AMD FirePro™ professional graphics integration at the AMD Showcase at IBC 2015. The AMD Showcase exhibiting the broadcast media ecosystem will be available for attendees in Hall 7 Stand H35 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center.

The AMD exhibit will feature innovative broadcast and post production workflows including: AJA capture station in an ingest workflow; Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, part of Adobe Creative Cloud®, and Avid® Media Composer® with AMD FirePro GPU acceleration for nonlinear editing workflows; OpenCL™-accelerated compositing solutions with The Foundry and The Pixel Farm; and multiple AMD FirePro GPUs powering the industry standard color grading tool DaVinci Resolve with Blackmagic Design.

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Intel Announces Intel Media Server Studio 2016

Today, Intel announced Intel® Media Server Studio 2016, a family of software products that includes Intel® Video Pro Analyzer and Intel® Stress Bitstreams and Encoder. Created for media and cloud developers as well as video professionals and broadcasters, these products help them create solutions that deliver faster video downloads and high-quality streaming video. Intel Media Server Studio 2016 enables real-time 4K HEVC video encoding on select Intel® Xeon® E5 processors and delivers a large improvement in streaming density for Xeon E5, E3, and Intel® Core™ i7 platforms, of up to 1.5 times faster and 10 percent better visual quality than the 2015 version. The tools support the BT.2020 color gamut on Ultra HD TVs, providing viewers a TV color palette that more accurately resembles real life. Developers can also build robust video coding solutions and deeply analyze and debug HEVC, VP9, AVC and MPEG-2 video streams. Intel Video Pro Analyzer 2016 and Intel Stress Bitstreams and Encoder 2016 will be available on Sept.14, and Intel Media Server Studio 2016 editions will launch in the coming weeks. See the Intel Media Server Studio products in action at IBC in Amsterdam, September 11-15, in Hall 4, booth #B72.

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Thursday September 03, 2015

Justice Department Tightens Cellphone Tracking Rules

Something tells me we are going to be hearing the term "exigent circumstances" a whole lot more in the future. wink

The new regulations come during a debate over privacy versus security that was spurred by disclosures from fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 that the United States collected Americans' cellphone data without warrants. There will be exceptions that will allow federal agencies to use cell-site simulators without obtaining a warrant, such as in the guidelines said.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Antec ISK310-150 Micro @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Razer Leviathan Speakers @ CowcotLand

Shuttle DS57U Fanless Mini PC @ Guru3D

Motherboards: ASRock N3150M mATX @ XtremeHardware

Video: AMD R7 370 Crossfire Testing @ LanOC

ISPs and Rightsholders Extend "Six Strikes" Anti-Piracy Scheme

Does anyone know if the six-strikes program is even working?

The six-strikes Copyright Alert System will remain in place. The MPAA, RIAA and five large U.S. Internet providers have unanimously agreed to extend the program. The parties are currently negotiating if and how they can improve the warning system in the hope that it will eventually change people's attitudes toward piracy.

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Ex-Tesla Worker Charged With Posting Confidential Material On Web

You can get five years in prison for pulling temper tantrum crap like this? Damn, I hope it was worth it.

A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for allegedly accessing his manager's email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web. Nima Kalbasi, a 28-year-old Canadian, then "tried to harm Tesla's reputation and credibility by making false and misleading comments," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement on Thursday.

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Waze Sued For Allegedly Stealing Map Data

Who knew there was this kind of competition in the world of mapping?

Google and its mapping service Waze are being dragged to court over allegations that Waze stole data from a rival's map database. The lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court on Tuesday by PhantomAlert alleges that the navigation app used proprietary data from PhantomAlert without permission.

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Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming Review

There is a review of the Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming video card posted at HotHardware today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

Pricing for the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming we showed you here currently falls in the $190 range. The 4GB model is about $30-40 more. Those prices put it at the upper end of the spectrum for GeForce GTX 960 cards, but the premium is absolutely worth it; Gigabyte has done an fantastic job with this card.

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