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Monday November 24, 2014

Why 'Arrogant Jerks' Become Rich And Successful In Silicon Valley

Wait, does being "a huge jerk" come before or after becoming rich and successful in Silicon Valley?

There's a notion that some people become successful company founders because they have the right "Startup DNA." The DNA is comprised of characteristics like "resilience" and "ability to accept risk." Another characteristic many top entrepreneurs share is arrogance. Or worse, just being a huge jerk.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Batman Arkham Knight Trailer @ Joystiq

Destiny: The Dark Below Preview @ YouTube

Evolve DLC Will Be Free @ Shacknews

Original Elite for Free @ Blue's News

Corsair H60 AIO CPU Cooling System Update Review

We have posted our Corsair H60 AIO CPU Cooling System Update Review today for your viewing pleasure. If you are interested in an all-in-one cooler that is quiet and a solid value, make sure you guys check this out.

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Today we are re-reviewing an older All-in-One CPU from Corsair that is surely a stalwart in the CPU cooling industry. The H60 AIO CPU cooler is a cost effective choice for those enthusiasts looking for a good solution at a good price. The redesigned H60 has been in the market place for 2 years now, which is saying something if it is still competitive.

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Asus Maximus VII Impact

If you are in the market for a mini-ITX motherboard, you'll definitely want to check out this review of the Asus Maximus VII Impact at LanOC today.

When I’m building a budget Mini-ITX build I can skip out on the features but when I’m building a crazy LAN rig like the build we put in the In Win D-Frame Mini only the best will do. Asus continues to impress me with their drive to pack anything and everything into their Impact boards. Well today I’m going to take a look at the latest one, the Maximus VII Impact. This is officially the second Impact board, based on the Z97 chipset. Is this the perfect LAN rig motherboard?

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'Push Button, Receive Bacon' Becomes Reality

Everyone laughed the first time they saw the 'Push Button, Receive Bacon' image but you know deep down you wanted it to be real. Well, wish no more, it looks like someone actually made one. cool

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Define R5 @ Hexus

Fractal Design Define R5 @ PC Perspective

ETC.: Func MS-2 @ MadShrimps

Razer Deathadder Chroma @ Tweak.dk

Storage: G.SKILL Phoenix Blade @ Legit Reviews

Video: EVGA GTX 970 FTW ACX 2.0 @ HwC

Digital Crime Thrives In Brazil

Brazil has a problem with "cybercrime online schools?" Is that like the University of Phoenix for cybercrooks?

Brazil has a thriving scene of cybercrime online "schools" offering training programs as well as a vast array of services offering financial data obtained illegally, according to a recent study on the country's digital underworld.

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NZXT H440 Razer Edition Case

ThinkComputers has the NZXT H440 Razer Edition case on the test bench today. It looks as though they took the original H440 and gave it a new black and green color scheme.

Basically the Razer engineering team along with the already winning NZXT team got together and took what was already one of the most popular computer enthusiast cases around, the NZXT H440 and together they both collaborated to make it an even more superior gaming oriented NZXT H440 computer case.

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Irrational Games Is Hiring

It looks as though Irrational Games is looking for an IT Manager and a programmer. If you have the skills required, hit the link and get your resume in ASAP.

The IT Manager provides crucial, ground up support to a small and efficient game development team. Managing all of the studio’s IT needs, ensuring that all systems, software, and hardware function effectively, efficiently, and securely in support of all production and business needs, the IT Manager provides staff with support and training as necessary for all areas of the IT discipline. The position requires both an in-depth technical knowledge, as well as a dedication and willingness to take on any facet of IT needed to develop and ship a game at the highest quality standards.

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Sony: 'You Can't Effectively Test' For Games Like Driveclub

Statements like this make you wonder why no one stood up and asked "how does everyone else do it then?"

"But now, in a connected world, you can't effectively test in your house or in your beta group what it means to have 50,000, 100,000, 200,000 users hit your service. And the guys [at the studio] are struggling with that. It's throwing up things they had not anticipated."

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Google Refuses MPAA Request To Blacklist ‘Pirate Site’ Homepages

Google is pissing off the MPAA again. It's actually quite entertaining watching these two go at it all the time. big grin

The MPAA recently asked Google to remove the homepages of dozens of sites that offer links to pirated content. Google, however, refused to take down most of the URLs, likely because the takedown notices are seen as too broad.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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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 Wins High Performance Computing Accolades at Supercomputing 2014

Presented during Supercomputing 2014, HPCwire has recognized an Intel high performance computing (HPC) software tool as one of the best and brightest developments in the past year as part of its 2014 Readers' & Editors' Choice Awards. HPCwire awarded Intel® Parallel Studio XE Cluster Edition an Editor's Choice award for "Best HPC Software Product or Technology." Intel's MPI cluster tool suite provides developers with optimized compilers and libraries, parallel programming models, and profiling and analysis tools. Furthermore, the editors and readers named the forthcoming Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor, codenamed "Knights Landing," as one of the top new products to watch out for.

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Sunday November 23, 2014

Nation State Spying Malware Revealed

Symantec announced the company has found a new and very complicated malware that operates in five stages. It is so sophisticated that the back-door Trojan has been in use since 2008 without detection.

The level of quality and the amount of effort put into keeping it secret convinces Symantec that it is a primary cyberespionage tool of a nation state.

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The Crew Finally Heading to Open Beta

You will have one last chance to Beta test The Crew this week for several days only. Ubisoft’s The Crew is scheduled for release on December 2nd on Xbox One and PS4.

The Open Beta will include the full map of the United States with five regions open and available for play.

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Steam’s Fall Sale Starts on November 26

Get ready to open your wallet, get set to buy, and now go spend. It’s that time again when Steam will be offering great deals on games that will manage to drain your wallet dry. The early start date was outed by PayPal to get you ready for the big upcoming event. Check out the Shop Now link for big savings.

Valve has yet to announce the date, but PayPal knows what it’s talking about.

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The Deluxe Edition of Titanfall Released This Week

To stave off any decline in the number of players online and to keep the servers humming, Electronic Arts quietly released Titanfall Deluxe Edition which contains all content packs released to date and it’s actually priced lower that the original game. eek!

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1Q14, Netflix Streamed 6.5 Billion Hours of Videos

If you don’t think Netflix is kicking some major butt in the streaming business, check out these figures. In just the last year alone, Netflix’ data usage rose from 2.5M terabytes each month to 6.5M and still increasing.

This explosive growth in hours viewed shows cord cutting is growing. Both in numbers of canceled cable TV bills and in the silently growing majority who watch less and less cable TV every month.

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Intel Plans 3D NAND Flash Next Year

How does as much storage as you want sound to you? It’s apparent that storage junkies will never be totally satisfied with any given solution, but Intel’s introduction of its 3D NAND flash may help to ease your storage pains.

We’re no longer having to make a compromise on how much storage we can fit in there. Within the next two years, Intel plans to build storage cards for enterprise servers that have more than 10TB of capacity.

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Macintosh Pirate Flag Reincarnated as Art

The iconic flag that once adorned the Apple headquarters back in the day when the fledgling business was viewed more as a rogue company than today’s slick, polished corporation is about to make a reappearance. The original designer of the Macintosh pirate flag is re-introducing the hand painted pirate flag as artwork for those with deep pockets. Har, Har, Har big grin

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NYC Replaces Payphones with City-Wide Free Wi-Fi, Calls

It’s a good time to be a New Yorker, especially for Wi-Fi users. The city of New York is in the process of replacing all of the city’s payphones and updating the outdated boxes with brand new Wi-Fi hotspots, up to 10K of them, all across five boroughs.

With this proposal for the fastest and largest municipal Wi-Fi network in the world -- accessible to and free for all New Yorkers and visitors alike -- we’re taking a critical step toward a more equal, open and connected city -- for every New Yorker, in every borough.

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New Chromebook Owners Get 1TB Google Drive Storage Free

Have you been thinking of picking up a new Chromebook during the holidays? If you were waiting for something to push you over into the Plus column, how about a 1TB Google Drive storage thrown in for free?

Still, once that Chromebook is unwrapped and activated, the redemption is easy to do and links right to your Chromebook.

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Zalman is Not Going Bankrupt, Restructuring Under Way

Zalman issued a statement on Thursday reassuring its customers that the company isn’t going under despite the actions of its parent company. The company is question is Moneual, recently charged with cooking the books to secure loans.

So it seems likely Zalman is going to survive and continue to offer cooling solutions for the PC market.

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'Miracle' Tech Turns Water into Fuel

We’ve all heard these claims for many years about turning water into fuel and now it seems, that those rumors are very true. Sunfire, a German firm, has produced a machine that can take ordinary water and carbon dioxide and produce a useable synthetic fuel. It’s a small step, but a step in the right direction.

The rig, at this stage, is for demonstration and feasiblity purposes; its capacity for CO2 recycling is currently at around 3.2 tonnes per day, and it has the capacity to produce a barrel of fuel per day.

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Everything Amazon Is Supposedly Working On

Amazon always has hot irons in the fire and is constantly looking for more innovative projects to occupy the time. Gizmodo has made a short list of what might be on the burners in the near future for the Amazon Team.

Amazon's Prime offerings have been getting better and better and better, but it looks like that's only part—if a big part—of the once-bookseller's plans to take over every part of your world.

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Microsoft Confirms That Windows 10 Kernel Will be 10.0

Microsoft confirmed the company is finally getting its stuff together, literally. The next version of Windows will be designated 10 and to go with that designation, the kernel version will also be 10. That doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment, but it will be the first time in a great while that version matched kernel.

This large jump in version number is likely related to the massive overhaul of the underlying components of the OS to make it the core for all of Microsoft's products.

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Saturday November 22, 2014

Duke It Out in Middle-Earth Via Google’s Chrome Experiment

If you haven’t tried out the experience of the Google’s Chrome Experiment in Middle Earth, now would be a good time to give it a look. The experiment has been ongoing, but new content has been added to correspond with the upcoming release of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. It’s entertaining and it’s free. cool

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Amazon Starts Shipping the Fire TV Stick

Amazon bills the Fire TV Stick as their fastest and most successful product launch ever and announced on Friday that the Fire Stick will begin shipping immediately. Preorders will come first, but you can place your order and wait in line for shipment on a first come, first served basis.

Fire TV Stick has been our most successful device launch ever. We built a ton of these, but customer demand still outpaced our supply.

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European Parliament to Call for Breakup of Google

A report from Financial Times says that the European Parliament is making preparations to draft a proposal to break up Google’s search engine from other Google services. The Parliament has no official standalone power of its own, but recommends actions to the European Commission.

The matter underscores worry over Google's expansive reach and the search giant's potential to abuse its influence to hurt competitors.

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Game of Thrones Game Receives Its Debut Trailer

Telltale Games has released a short teaser trailer for the upcoming Game of Thrones rollout. The games will be episodic, following the show’s TV seasons and will star many of the original cast members. Game of Thrones will be available on all popular platforms sometime later this year.

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