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Saturday August 27, 2016

RIAA: Library Of Congress May Become Piracy Hub

The Copyright Office is considering mandatory deposit of electronic, online-only media (e.g., music tracks not available on disc and through streaming only), yet the RIAA is concerned that the library’s systems can be hacked, resulting in millions of records being leaked to the public and loss of revenue. I am not sure what the fuss is, since practically all commercial digital media inevitably gets leaked anyway.

According to the RIAA, there is a risk that content hosted by the Library may be exploited by pirates, who could copy the music and share it on various pirate sites. This could then crush the major record labels’ revenues. "It is well-established that the recorded music industry has been inundated with digital piracy," the RIAA writes. "If sound recordings available through the Library – whether on-premises or online – were managed in a way that patrons could use those recordings for uploading to pirate web sites and unlicensed streaming services or if the Library’s collection of sound recordings were made electronically available to the public at large, that could have a devastating impact on our member companies’ revenues."


3D Printing The Matrix Of Leadership

This probably makes for a way better Creation Matrix than whatever cheap plastic Hasbro is peddling.


EU: Internet Companies May Have To Pay Publishers For News

I can’t imagine how much a company like Google would have to pay up if something like this was passed and they didn’t just go ahead and shut down their aggregator. Basically, publishers believe they deserve compensation whenever internet companies display their content.

The possible EU move to pave the way for potentially lucrative agreements between publishers and web giants could be a boon to news publishers who have been hurting from falling revenue as more readers consume news online. But the draft rules could be a blow to internet companies like Google who may now have to negotiate individual deals with publishers if they want part of the newspaper articles to appear in their news search service.


An Alarming Number Of Scientific Papers Contain Excel Errors

What’s worse? The notion that many geneticists don’t proofread their data, or that it took this long for someone to realize this was going on?

…genes are often referred to in scientific literature by symbols — essentially shortened versions of full gene names. The gene "Septin 2" is typically shortened as SEPT2. "Membrane-Associated Ring Finger (C3HC4) 1, E3 Ubiquitin Protein Ligase" gets mercifully shortened to MARCH1. But when you type these shortened gene names into Excel, the program automatically assumes they refer to dates — Sept. 2 and March 1, respectively. If you type SEPT2 into a default Excel cell, it magically becomes "2-Sep." It's stored by the program as the date 9/2/2016.


Halo 5: Forge Requires 16GB Of RAM For 4K At 60FPS

343 Industries has revealed the requirements for Halo 5: Forge on PC, and it seems pretty demanding. You’ll also need Windows 10 Anniversary Edition in order to run the game.

Halo 5: Forge launches on September 8 and brings the full Forge map editor to PC. Alongside the game, 343 Industries is also releasing a Halo app that acts as a hub for all the Windows 10 PC games (Halo 5: Forge, Spartan Strike, Spartan Assault, Halo Wars, and Halo Wars 2). In addition, Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One is getting a new DLC pack on September 8. Called Anvil's Legacy, it adds a new Arena map and a new Warzone map, as well as new weapons and weapon attachments.


BioShock's Breathtaking First 14 Minutes, Remastered

I hate the fact that the BioShock remaster is part of a collection you’ll need to pay $60 for, but the first game does look worthy of a revisit. The commentary, most of which is just annoying, does point out some minor differences from the original, such as the addition of a jellyfish swarm in the intro.


Apollo Lake Laptops May Ditch Replaceable RAM

Is not being able to replace a laptop’s memory a deal breaker for you? You’ll probably be avoiding the majority of Apollo Lake portables then, as it is being reported that manufacturers are opting for onboard soldered designs.

…replacing the memory sticks with higher-capacity models wasn’t an impossible feat for consumers using a screwdriver and the wondrous unlimited power of Google. However, if the memory is now on-board, the chips are soldered into place on the motherboard itself and cannot be replaced. As a result, notebook motherboards supporting Apollo Lake won’t have any memory bank slots whatsoever, reducing the overall amount of hardware packed into the super-thin form factor. This slightly reduces manufacturing costs for the OEM, as well.


MIT Develops Groundbreaking Wi-Fi That's Three Times Faster

MIT scientists claim to have created a new wireless technology that can triple Wi-Fi data speeds while also doubling the range of the signal. The technology basically combines multiple transmitters and receivers that work simultaneously, which allows for the sending and receiving of more than one data signal at the same time.

MIT claimed that during tests, MegaMIMO 2.0 was able to increase data transfer speed of four laptops connected to the same Wi-Fi network by 330 percent. Paper co-author Rahul said the technology could also be applied to mobile phone networks to solve similar congestion issues. The system is similar in size to a standard Wi-Fi router and could prove particularly useful at high-capacity events where large numbers of people are fighting for bandwidth space, such as concerts and football matches.


Facebook Fires Entire Trending Stories Editorial Staff

I was wondering why Facebook was no longer showing those small story snippets. The company is now using an algorithm to select trending topics and articles, so they can now blame a program instead of people when something goes wrong.

Quartz confirmed from multiple sources that Facebook has laid off the entire editorial staff on the Trending team—15-18 workers contracted through a third party. The Trending team will now be staffed entirely by engineers, who will work to check that topics and articles surfaced by the algorithms are newsworthy. Facebook maintains that trending items have always been selected by algorithms; the former editorial staff was only responsible for writing the story descriptions seen in the Trending section, according to the company. This was disputed by former contractors hired by the tech giant who told Gizmodo in May that they were instructed to manually add some stories by hand.


Friday August 26, 2016

[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 AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Google's Tilt Brush article, followed by our evaluation of the SilverStone SX700-LPT 700W SFX-L power supply. Finally, we wrapped things up our Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Performance and IQ Preview and our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Project Cars article.

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Sign Up To Watch AMD IFA Keynote On VR

Those of you interested in watching AMD's IFA keynote can sign up here. The keynote will be delivered by AMD CTO and SVP Mark Papermaster in Berlin, Germany on September 3rd.

Virtual Reality (VR) immerses us in an entirely computer generated world, enabling experiences beyond our wildest dreams, where we can see and do things unimaginable now. An increasing chorus of pundits predict VR will dramatically change the landscape of every industry, from healthcare to entertainment, education, fashion, and business. This new era will connect the world of our imagination, our senses and even our intuition. The fact VR is now possible is due to tremendous advancements in computer processing power, graphics and display technologies, and software development tools. This visionary keynote provides unique insights as to where The Immersive Computing Era may take us…today and tomorrow.


HTC Vive at Gamescom 2016

HTC partnered with AMD this year to show off the power of the Vive at Gamescom 2016. In addition to AMD, developers such as Croteam, Mifcom, Narayana Games, VR Unicorns, and others all had VR games and simulations on display at the show. Watching people play VR games in a room scale environment gives you a good idea why we like to use the HTC Vive in our VR reviews.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Deepcool DUKASE WHV2 @ FunkyKit

Cooling: CM MasterLiquid Maker 92 @ techPowerUP!

ETC.: Cooler Master Devastator II @ OCInside

SteelSeries Rival 700 Mouse @ APH Networks

Video: Custom GTX 1080 Round-Up @ HotHardware

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC @ LanOC

Self-Driving Uber Spotted In Pittsburgh

Remember when we told you that Uber would be rolling out its self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh later this month (here)? Well, it is later this month and self driving Uber cars are being spotted in downtown Pittsburgh.

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Bummer: Binge Watching Is Bad For Your Boner

Seriously folks, you can't make stuff like this up. Researchers claim that we are having less sex because we are binge watching Netflix. Oh yeah, before I forget, binge watching TV also leads to depressions and chronic disease. So much for your plans to binge watch Family Guy. frown

In the 1990s, says David Spiegelhalter, a professor and statistician at Cambridge University, couples had sex about five times per month. Today it's down to three — and Spiegelhalter says binge watching is partially to blame. (In fairness, he also points to people's obsessions with their phones and other digital distractions.) A seeming combination of obsessive watching of shows and the ensuing lack of sleep results in a lowered libido.


Apple Zero-Days Mark A New Era Of Mobile Hacking

But....but...iPhones are invulnerable to these types of attacks. How can this be? All joking aside, three zero-days chained together to form a one-click jailbreak is just craziness. eek!

On August 12, a week after Krstic’s announcement, Apple’s fears about an unknown vulnerability came true. Ahmed Mansoor, an activist based in the United Arab Emirates, showed strange text messages he’d received to the human rights and technology organization Citizen Lab. The text messages contained a suspicious link, and analysis by Citizen Lab and the security firm Lookout determined that the link delivered a highly sophisticated packet of three zero-days that could take total control of Mansoor’s phone and spy on his calls, emails, text messages and contact lists.


FBI-Controlled Megaupload Domain Now Features Soft Porn

The U.S. Government is doing a fantastic job of making sure the seized Megaupload domains are safe and secure. Just kidding, the sites are now home to soft porn advertisements. That's gotta be embarrassing.

As part of its criminal case against Megaupload, the U.S. Government seized several domain names belonging to Kim Dotcom's file-hosting service. Nearly five years later the authorities still control the domains but they haven't done a very good job of securing them. Megaupload.org now links to a soft porn portal.


Twitter Working On A Keyword Tool To Combat Harassment

Why does Twitter always take such a lame approach to everything? By that I mean, what ever happened to actually acting on reports and complaints? Will this keyword filtering system know the difference between friendly cussing between friends and hateful cussing from trolls? Are your friends tweets blocked if they contain a word you've blocked?

Twitter has been weighing the new feature for "about a year," Bloomberg claims, and would "screen out" any keyword specified by the user, including swear words and racial slurs. Instagram introduced a similar feature for photo and video comments last month, giving people word filters and the ability to turn off comments entirely.


Random [H] Sighting In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Sharp-eyed [H] reader Jorona noticed that, while playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, there was something extra special about Václav Koller the underground augmentation specialist. I'll give you a hint, look at his left arm. cool

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Linus On Linux's 25th Birthday

Let's face it, the only reason you read interviews with Linus Torvalds is in case he goes completely off script and starts cussing people out or flipping people off. Well, that and he is a pretty interesting guy too. wink

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I don't know. There are several odd moments that still stand out to me -- when people started using Linux in consumer electronics (Tivo comes to mind) was really interesting. But there's really no one thing that stands out. I'm proud that I kept at it. As evidenced by -- Christ -- a quarter-century celebration.


$10K Shipping Deal of the Day

For all those times when you really, really want to get your can of mixed nuts 3 days faster than the free shipping option, Amazon offers $10,000 one week shipping. Needless to say I opted for the free shipping. big grin

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Diablo III Stress Test @ Blue's News

Resident Evil 7 Details Leaked @ Shacknews

Tomb Raider Dev Hires Dead Space Veteran @ GameSpot

Vampyr 15 Min Pre-Alpha Footage @ VG24/7

AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Project Cars

If you are a fan of racing games and you own a VR headset (or plan on getting one) you really need to read our AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Project Cars article. You might be surprised at just how demanding this game can be and what kind of hardware it takes to run it.

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If you like racing games then it is likely that you are familiar with Project Cars. This racing game can push a system to its limits when you turn up the visuals, and that is just what we are doing today while using our HTC Vive VR headset. And this is certainly a game we will add to the VR Leaderboard.


Theater Trying To Pop Popcorn Using A Lightning Rod

Obviously this is just a publicity stunt but even so, I really want to see if this works. I might not want to eat any, and I definitely wouldn't want to try this at home, but I still want to see if it works. big grin

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If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if lightning struck a giant bag of unpopped popcorn with a lightning rod mounted in it, you may soon have your answer. Cineplex Entertainment has placed a six-metre-high blue popcorn bag containing unpopped popcorn and a lightning rod near Hwy. 401 between Windsor and Tilbury.


Own A Drone? You May Need An FAA Drone Pilot Certificate

After looking at the new rules and requirements for drone operators, something tells me there are going to be a lot of "illegal" drone operators out there. frown

The new rules do require a commercial operator to get a Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small Unmanned Aircraft Rating — licensed, current pilots have to pass a simple online test; non-pilots have to pass an aeronautical knowledge test which includes the ability to read aeronautical charts, understand and decipher aviation weather reports, in addition to learning the new operational drone rules. It costs approximately $150 to take the test. After taking the test, would-be drone pilots need to be vetted by TSA to determine whether they are a security risk. Only after that vetting is done will the FAA issue an applicant a certificate to fly a drone.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Scythe Ninja 4 @ HardwareSlave

ETC.: Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite L Combo @ Technology X

Open Source Hardware Comes of Age @ Hardware Secrets

Motherboards: Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming @ Hexus

Storage: ASUSTOR AS6204T 4-bay NAS@ MadShrimps

Play Solitaire In Google Search Results

Google has announced that, as of yesterday, you can now play solitaire and tic-tac-toe just by searching the word solitaire (or tic-tac-toe). Kinda neat and it's free.

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UberEats Drivers Are Revolting In London

UberEats couriers in London are complaining that they could earn less than the minimum living wage due to recent changes made in their rate of pay. Uber on the other hand says that the rate change is actually a pay increase.

Drivers now get paid £3.30 per delivery plus £1 per mile travelled, with Uber taking a 25 percent cut of that total. A bonus of £3 or £4 is then added depending on the day of the week and whether the delivery is during peak or off-peak hours. Before last weekend, though, that bonus reward was a flat £5. Uber says this was a "very generous" incentive offered to drivers while the customer base was growing. Now business has picked up, these incentives have been lowered.


CORSAIR Announces Full New Range of LUX Mechanical Keyboards

CORSAIR®, a leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today announced the immediate and worldwide availability of its new LUX range of mechanical keyboards. Building on the phenomenal success of the CORSAIR K70, K70 RGB and K65, the new LUX range adds a host of new features and improvements. With enhanced lighting, USB pass-through and a back-lit optimized key cap font, CORSAIR LUX keyboards retain the core-design, premium materials and commitment to quality that has earned the CORSAIR K-series over 300 global media awards, making them the benchmark for high-performance keyboards.


Microsoft Cancels Free-to-Play Halo Online

Apparently I'm not the only person that totally forgot there was a free-to-play Halo Online game in Russia. If social media posts are to be believed, it would seem that Microsoft has totally forgotten about the game as well.

It was a game that seemed to mimic Activision’s partnership with Tencent to develop Call of Duty Online for China. In both cases, the developers took a globally popular IP and adapted its gameplay and publishing format for a foreign market. However, according to a member of the development team going by Fogeyman, Microsoft had "failed to [make] decisions on the future of the project" for the last six months.


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