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Friday May 27, 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 evaluation of the XFX Radeon R9 Fury Triple Dissipation video card, followed by our FSP Hydro X 650W Power Supply review Finally, we wrapped things up with our editorial From ATI to AMD back to ATI? A Journey in Futility.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Motherboards: ASUS X99-Deluxe II @ Vortez

Storage: ASUSTOR AS3202T NAS @ APH Networks

Video: 12-Way NVIDIA GeForce Linux Comparison @ Phoronix

MSI AfterBurner 4.3.0 Beta 3 Guide @ Guru3D

Overwatch Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance @ TechSpot

Destiny Recreated In Minecraft

I am astounded at some of the things people build using Minecraft. It's mind numbing to think about how much time must have went into this.


Health Providers Spill Patient Secrets On Yelp

If you write a negative review about a doctor or dentist on Yelp, you better watch out, they could respond by spilling your secrets on the internet. Who cares if they aren't supposed to? Breaking the law, libelous statements and lawsuits are all fair game in a Yelp review. wink

Health professionals are adapting to a harsh reality in which consumers rate them on sites like Yelp, Vitals and RateMDs much as they do restaurants, hotels and spas. The vast majority of reviews are positive. But in trying to respond to negative ones, some providers appear to be violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA. The law forbids them from disclosing any patient health information without permission.


North Korea Linked To Digital Attacks On Global Banks

What do they mean they "think" North Korea is behind a string of attempted cyber-bank robberies? How hard is it to find out? North Korea only has one internet connection in the whole country. wink

In three recent attacks on banks, researchers working for the digital security firm Symantec said, the thieves deployed a rare piece of code that had been seen in only two previous cases: the hacking attack at Sony Pictures in December 2014 and attacks on banks and media companies in South Korea in 2013. Government officials in the United States and South Korea have blamed those attacks on North Korea, though they have not provided independent verification.


Apple's Echo Rival Has Built-In Camera

Does anyone know why you would need a camera in one of these things? Maybe use it as home security or a nanny cam? Nah, that sounds too useful for Apple, the camera will probably be used to tell you when you look like crap and suggest a diet or new clothes.

Thanks to the Echo and its built-in voice assistant called Alexa, Amazon is already playing a central role in that transition in people's homes. Apple finds itself behind the pack even though it launched Siri before digital assistants came into vogue. Neither the Echo nor Google's recently announced device, Google Home, currently have cameras. They're both voice-activated speakers that let you control your home appliances by speaking commands aloud. Apple's device also will obey voice commands through Siri, The Information reported earlier this week.


Zalman Z9 NEO Review

The crew at techPowerUP published a review today of the Zalman Z9 NEO ATX case. The positives include five fans from the factory, the not-so-positive is that four of the five included fans have molex connectors instead of three pin.

The Zalman Z9 NEO aims to offer a diverse and useful feature set and good looks and liquid-cooling compatibility, all at an affordable price. Add the fact that it comes equipped with a whooping 5 (!!) fans and it just got even more interesting, while the choice between a black or white version does not help curb the expectations we have diving into this review.


Google Tracks The Most Misspelled Words By State

Other than getting a laugh at how many states can't spell diarrhea, I have no idea why Google keeps track of this kind of stuff. I can see spelling leprechaun wrong but who can't spell gray? The best one on the map in my opinion? Massachusetts can't spell Massachusetts. big grin

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Fractured Space Goes Free-to-Play @ Blue's News

GTA 5's Next Weekly Event Detailed @ GameSpot

The Witcher 3 Patch 1.20 Coming Soon @ Shacknews

Total War: Warhammer Sells 500k Copies @ VG24/7

From ATI To AMD Back To ATI? A Journey In Futility

What's going on with AMD? AMD becoming ATI again? What's with all the tension and turmoil behind the scenes? Take a moment to read our From ATI to AMD back to ATI? A Journey in Futility editorial and we'll tell you exactly what we think is going on.

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Trouble is brewing for AMD, Radeon Technologies Group, and Lisa Su, CEO and President. While on the surface it may just seem as though AMD engineers have once again missed the mark when it comes to building a new high-end graphics technology, but there is a lot more to the story.


MSI Unveils New GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics Cards

As the world's most popular GAMING graphics card vendor, MSI is proud to introduce its full line up of graphics cards based on NVIDIA’s new Pascal GPU with fierce new looks and supreme performance to match. Building on the monumental success of MSI's award winning GTX 900 GAMING series, the MSI GeForce® GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G premieres the impressive TWIN FROZR VI thermal design allowing for higher core and memory clock speeds for increased performance in games. The famous shapes of the eye-catching TWIN FROZR cooler are intensified by a fiery red GAMING glow piercing through the cover, while the MSI GAMING dragon RGB LED on the side can be set to any of 16.8 million colors to match your mood or build. A completely new custom 12-phase PCB design using Military Class 4 components with an 8+ 6-pin power connectors enables higher overclocking performance to push your graphics card to the max. The classy matte black solid metal backplate gives the card more structural strength and provides a nice finishing touch.

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Adam Savage Steps Into NVIDIA’s VR Funhouse

NVIDIA has posted a video today of Adam Savage trying out VR Funhouse. You'll remember that these were the same demos that NVIDIA showed off in Austin when the company announced the GeForce GTX 1080. The PCs running the demos at the event were running three GeForce GTX 1080 cards, two in SLI and one for physics.


Uber Testing 'Upfront Pricing' In Some Cities

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Uber app is now displaying UberPool prices alongside UberX fares in certain markets. The company says this "upfront pricing" feature is being tested in Seattle, New Jersey, San Diego, Miami, and Philadelphia.

Termed "upfront pricing," the tech-driven transportation giant’s tweaked pricing screen now shows the total cost for the cheaper carpool option, called UberPool, alongside the slightly more expensive UberX fare, during the booking process. The test is running in a handful of markets where Uber’s carpool option is available, including San Diego, Miami, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Seattle.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ OCInside

Cooling: Noctua NH-U14S @ Technology X

ETC.: Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 @ OCC

QPAD MK-90 Pro Mechanical Keyboard @ NikKTech

Storage: OCZ RD400 M.2 NVMe 512GB @ ocaholic

Video: Dota 2 Vulkan vs. OpenGL Redux @ Phoronix

Microsoft Banning Crappy Passwords

Want to use your favorite password "123456" on OneDrive, Outlook, or Xbox Live? Good luck with that. Microsoft is putting a tool in place that will block you from using crappy passwords. It's for your own good.

When it comes to big breach lists, cybercriminals and the Azure AD Identity Protection team have something in common – we both analyze the passwords that are being used most commonly. Bad guys use this data to inform their attacks – whether building a rainbow table or trying to brute force accounts by trying popular passwords against them. What *we* do with the data is prevent you from having a password anywhere near the current attack list, so those attacks won’t work.


ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Revealed

After our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition (here) many of you were excited to see what AIB partners would do with the GTX 1080. Well, wonder no more because we now have a peek at the ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 1080. The company has boosted the GPU clock and, in true Strix fashion, has strapped a very impressive looking DirectCU III cooler on it. Hit the link for all the info.

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Nitrogen Cooled Mini Cannon

I was kind of surprised at the results of this nitrogen cooled mini cannon test. I'm not exactly sure what I thought was going to happen, but that definitely wasn't it. The gallium bullet test was pretty interesting though.


The Division Down For A Third Time This Week

It seems like the more they try to fix The Division, the more stuff ends up getting broken. Some of these issues, like broken daily assignments, are reoccurring issues. Hopefully this latest round of updates fixes more than stuff than it breaks.

Yet again this week, Massive Entertainment is bringing down the servers for maintenance and to apply a new hot fix to the game. The patch is aiming to fix a recent bug that allowed players to obtain the reward for killing a high value target even though they failed the mission. In addition, some blueprints at the Dark Zone vendor had their rank requirements set incorrectly and have been bumped back up to Rank 80.


Chinese Users Criticize Microsoft's Push For Windows 10 Upgrade

You know things are bad when even the Chinese are criticizing the free upgrade to Windows 10 for their pirated copy of Windows 7. It just goes to show you that no one likes being nagged to death, even if it's for a free upgrade.

Chinese users of Microsoft products are criticizing the software company's push to get them to mandatorily upgrade their Windows operating systems, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. Posts critical of Microsoft on microblog site Weibo relating to the Windows 10 upgrade, which Microsoft users must switch to, have grown to over 1.2 million in number, it said.


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Western Digital Updates June Quarter Guidance to Reflect Contribution of Recently Acquired SanDisk

Western Digital® Corp. today announced its updated financial guidance for its fourth fiscal quarter ending July 1, 2016, to reflect the contribution of the recently acquired SanDisk business. Reflecting the ownership of SanDisk as of May 12, 2016, Western Digital now expects its fourth quarter revenue in the range of $3.35 billion to $3.45 billion compared to its earlier forecast of $2.6 billion to $2.7 billion. The company now expects its fourth quarter EPS on a non-GAAP basis to be between $0.65 to $0.70, compared with its earlier forecast of $1.00 to $1.10 per share. The new guidance includes total interest costs of approximately $220 million, which includes interest expense on newly issued debt of approximately $185 million and amortization of debt issuance costs of approximately $30 million. Interest expense on the newly issued debt includes approximately $50 million incurred prior to the deal closing date. Due to the impact of the interest expense, the company estimates a non-GAAP tax benefit of approximately $15 million for the quarter. Diluted share count for the quarter, including shares issued to SanDisk shareholders as of May 12, 2016, is expected to be 266 million, equivalent to 290 million shares on a full quarter basis.


Thursday May 26, 2016

McDonald’s CEO: No Plans To Replace Employees With Robots Yet

I don't care what the CEO of McDonald's is saying now, he let the cat out of the bag when he said it would be cheaper to install robots than to pay workers $15 an hour. I really do think we are going to eventually end up with completely automated fast food production with a couple human employees around to make sure things are looked after. What do you think?

McDonald’s, of course, runs on a franchise model, and doesn’t actually own or operate most of its restaurants. Yet some of the company’s innovations, like the Create Your Taste burger-ordering kiosk, would replace humans, but people would still cook the burgers and even bring diners their fancier food at their tables. "Ultimately we’re in the service business," Easterbrook said. "We will always have an important human element." Easterbrook says that the company would prefer to shift humans to jobs in the dining room or interacting with customers.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: NZXT S340 Razer SE @ pcGameware

ETC.: Auroza X1 Gaming Chair @ Modders Inc. TEXT

SteelSeries Siberia 350 Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Motherboards: MSI Z170A Gaming M7 @ HardwareOverclock

Storage: 8TB HDD Round-Up @ Hardware-Mag

OCZ RD400 NVMe SSD @ PC Perspective

Crazy Hi-Tech Elevated Bus Concept

This elevated bus concept looks cool as hell but you know for a fact that it would never work. The lawsuits would fly the first time someone tried switching lanes in front of this thing and ended up getting rear ended by a bus the size of a city block.


Google Prevails in Copyright Fight Against Oracle

The Google versus Oracle retrial has ended with a decisive victory for Google. Next stop, the appeals court on the way to an eventual Supreme Court showdown. You have to wonder how long this thing is going to drag out, another four years maybe?

In a high-profile retrial of a patent fight between Oracle and Google, a 10-person jury has found in favor of Google. The jury was asked to answer one question: Has Google shown that its implementation of Java within its mobile operating system, Android, constitutes fair use under the Copyright Act? After deliberating for roughly three days, the jury responded unanimously that Google had adhered to the law.


Music Piracy Triggers Significant Losses

When I saw the headline I thought to myself "uh-oh." But then, after reading the article, the losses in the UK are roughly only 5%. That is waaay lower than I thought it would be. The MPAA - RIAA spend more than that on lawyers and unsuccessfully trying to track down and sue pirates.

New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that piracy hurts both digital and physical music sales. In EU countries the total losses are roughly 5% of yearly revenues, which equals €170 million. In addition, piracy also triggers secondary losses for governments and the public sector.


Goat Simulator: Waste of Space Trailer

For those of you that enjoyed the original Goat Simulator, the sequel Waste of Space is coming out next week. Here's the trailer, packed full of goat action and an Arnold Schwarzenegger sound-alike narrator.


Intel Acquires Computer Vision for IOT, Automotive

Intel is transforming from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices. These devices will use the power of Intel technology to process data being generated from "things," connect to and learn from data being analyzed in the cloud, and deliver amazing new experiences. One of the amazing Internet of Things (IoT) experiences Intel is gearing up to deliver is autonomous driving. Americans spend some 75 billion hours a year driving. Morgan Stanley estimates that self-driving vehicles could deliver $507 billion in annual productivity gains – to cite just one compelling benefit. While the possibilities are exciting, the reality requires solving a myriad of technology challenges. Solutions will need to seamlessly deliver a combination of compute, connectivity, security, machine learning, human machine interfaces and functional safety.

To win in automotive today and help deliver its exciting future, Intel is adding new capabilities to our automotive portfolio like functional safety and over-the-air software management. Another key requirement for self-driving cars is the ability to see and accurately interpret surroundings. One of the technologies necessary to support this capability is computer vision. Computer vision includes methods for acquiring, processing, analyzing and understanding images from the real world in order to make informed decisions and automate actions. Computer Vision technology is quickly becoming critical for the future of smart and connected "things" from autonomous vehicles, security systems, medical imaging and more.


Study Shows The Scale Of Twitter's Misogyny Problem

Here we go again. I don't know why they just don't do one big study to determine once and for all that people say and do stuff on the internet because they are anonymous. Another thing, is it "misogyny" if 50% of the people talking trash to women are actually women too?

During that short timeframe, the study found "10,000 explicitly aggressive and misogynistic tweets" directed at 6,500 users in the UK alone, TechCrunch reports. Internationally, there were more than 200,000 tweets using the same terms directed at 80,000 users. The study also claims about 50 percent of those abusive tweets were sent by women.


Microsoft And Facebook To Build Subsea Cable Across Atlantic

Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up on a data cable running across the Atlantic ocean connecting the US to Europe. The fourteen month long project is expected to kick off in August. In case you don't know where Europe is, the joint press release provided the following photo:

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Today we’re excited to announce the latest step in our global cloud infrastructure as Microsoft and Facebook announce plans to build "MAREA" – a new, state-of-the art subsea cable across the Atlantic. The new MAREA cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers. The parties have cleared conditions to go "Contract-In-Force" with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.


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