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Thursday October 30, 2014

TPB Co-Founder Found Guilty in Hacking Trial

It looks like Gottfrid Svartholm has been found guilty of hacking CSC, a company that works with the Danish government.

This morning the Court of Frederiksberg found both Gottfrid and his accomplice guilty of hacking-related offenses concerning CSC. Confidential information including police drivers’ license records, social security information plus criminal records were accessed unlawfully during 2012. Dismissing the remote control defense, Judge Ulla Otken said the hacking of CSC had been both "systematic and comprehensive."

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PS4 Firmware Update Hit With Widespread Bug

I honestly don't know why Sony isn't in the masonry business because no one makes bricks like they do. big grin

However, the update has been tainted by widespread reports that putting the system into standby mode (now dubbed "Rest Mode") prevents the console from reawakening. Both of the consoles in our office encountered the same issue. Bugs with YouTube functionality have also been reported.

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White House Unclassified Network Hacked

You'd think the White House would have better security than this. frown

Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: SilverStone GD10 HTPC Case @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet @ Overclockers Club

PC Specialist Vortex 440 System @ eTeknix

Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 @ PureOverclock

Video: MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G @ ocaholic

Police Use DNA From Toilet To Catch Burglary Suspect

This guy definitely deserves the Stupid Criminal of the Day award.

KOAT reports investigators tied Ramon Herrera to the September burglary using DNA left on a toilet. Police say the 33-year-old relieved himself while taking $250,000 worth of jewelry from a home while the owners were on vacation, but he didn't flush. Police say Herrera also took a Coke from the fridge, drank it and left the can along with his DNA.

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People Trust The NSA More Than Google

I'm looking for the fine print that says "this study sponsored in part by the NSA."

Yet the results are rather consistent with a Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll of last year. It revealed that the majority of Americans are perfectly accepting of the NSA tracking their phone records. In that survey, 45 percent even said they thought the NSA's intrusions should go further.

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Microsoft Finishing Last Big Phase Of Layoffs

Microsoft has completed almost all of the 18,000 job cuts it announced earlier this year.

With another 3,000 positions cut today, Microsoft's protracted series of layoffs is now at an end, according to GeekWire. A few more jobs may still be cut in early 2015, but the largescale redundancies are over.

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ASRock X99 WS Motherboard Review

For those of you interested, there is a review of the ASRock X99 WS motherboard posted today at ThinkComputers. You can see our recent evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Today we are checking out our first X99 workstation motherboard and it comes from ASRock. It is the ASRock X99 WS and it has all of the features you would want in a high-end motherboard like 4-way SLI and CrossFireX support, a powerful 12 phase power design, server-grade LAN chip support, support for ECC memory, 10 SATA ports, an Ultra M.2 slot and of course ASRock’s Super Alloy design.

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YouTube Now Supports 60 FPS

After announcing support back in June, it looks as though YouTube has finally implemented support for 60 FPS video. You have to watch the video below in at least 720P to really appreciate what a difference 60FPS brings to the table.

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Three Amazing GameWorks Moments You’ll See In Warface

Dynamic smoke. Realistic turbulence. Explosions that leave debris all over the place. It’s hard to imagine we used to have war games without these effects. But not any more. Warface has captivated gamers with its quick pace and intuitive controls. Now CryTek is enhancing its first-person shooter with key NVIDIA GameWorks features that simulate the grit and grime of combat. Thanks to NVIDIA GameWorks – our effort to help developers put the latest graphics technologies to work in their games – smoke, dust and other fluid dynamic effects will reach new levels of realism.

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Microsoft and Intel Announce Collaboration at Open Compute EU Summit

Today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit, Microsoft announced the contribution of the 2nd generation Open CloudServer (OCSv2) specification to the OCP. Through a joint engineering collaboration with Intel, the companies have developed a board to go into OCSv2 that features a dual-processor design, built on Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, enabling 28 cores of compute power per blade. Systems based on the OCSv2 and Xeon E5v3 processors are designed to set a new high watermark for performance per watt per dollar. The OCSv2 spec if also designed to maximize performance per unit of data center TCO.

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Wednesday October 29, 2014

Reddit Is Getting Into Crowdfunding

It looks like reddit is trying to get its share of the crowdfunding pie.

redditmade is a new place to turn the best designs and products by the community into reality. redditmade gives you the flexibility to create almost anything you want, easily raise money, and support causes you care about. It’s also a great way for others to find awesome new products they’ll love and support other redditors while knowing their information and money will always be secure.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: Pivos XIOS XS @ MadShrimps

Steiger Dynamics Maven Core HTPC @ PCPer

Motherboards: ASUS X99-A Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

PSU: Seasonic Platinum Series 1050W @ techPowerUP!

Storage: Seagate 1200 SSD 400GB @ NikKTech

Silicon Power Armor A30 USB 3.0 @ HiTech Legion

Video: PowerColor R9 285 TurboDuo OC @ ocaholic

Why Microsoft Loves Linux

Is there a reason Microsoft shouldn't love Linux?

Nadella told Wired that he's not interested in fighting old battles — especially, when, like it or not, Linux has become a vital part of today's business technology. "If you don’t jump on the new," he said, you don’t survive."

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Google Glass Officially Banned In Movie Theaters

Google Glass has been officially banned from movie theaters.

Wearing Google Glass at the movies never was cool to begin with, and now it’s official: You can’t use the smart eyewear inside theaters. The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners on Wednesday said they were officially banning the use of Glass and other wearable recording devices in the cinema as part of an updated "anti-theft policy." The MPAA has said the movie industry loses billions of dollars a year due to piracy.

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FBI Demands New Powers To Hack Into Computers

The only thing surprising about this move by the FBI is that it is actually seeking approval first. Don't these guys normally just do it and then argue the legality later? wink

The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to seize significant new powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers throughout the US and around the world.

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6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Radeon Driver Comparison

If you are an Ubuntu 14.10 user running a Radeon graphics card, make sure you check out this 6-way Radeon driver comparison over at Phoronix today.

As a follow-up to last week's Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 AMD Performance Comparison and yesterday's Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison, here's taking things further in looking at the performance of the open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver in several configurations while compared against the closed-source AMD Catalyst graphics driver as found on Ubuntu 14.10

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Xbox 360 And Xbox One Built Into A Laptop Unit

Xbox One not backwards compatible? Do what this guy did and build a two-in-one laptop style console that has a Xbox 360 and a Xbox One built in. cool

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Walmart's Answer To Apple Pay Has Already Been Compromised

According to this article, Walmart's NFC mobile payment system might have been compromised already. Thanks to everyone that sent this one in.

CurrentC is sending emails to people who signed up for the beta version of the app warning them "that unauthorized third parties obtained the e-mail addresses of some of you." It doesn't sound as if it's the worst breach in the world, but it's definitely not good for CurrentC, which is just getting started.

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BlackBerry: We're Still Alive!

You know things are bad when you have to roll out your CEO every once in a while to remind people you are still around.

To our loyal (current and former) BlackBerry users:

BlackBerry is driven by an urgent, obsessive focus on what matters: you. When we lose sight of what you want and you need, we lose you. It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change – to mimic what’s trendy and match the industry-standard, kitchen-sink approach of trying to be all things to all people. But there’s also something to be said for the classic adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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New College Class: 'Wasting Time on the Internet'

Where the hell were these "wasting time on the internet" classes when you and I went to school?

Next semester at the University of Pennsylvania, students will walk into a classroom, pull out their laptops, their smartphones, their tablets, and sit there, for three hours, doing what they no doubt do pretty often: Waste time on the internet.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD: Advanced Warfare: Map Packs Named @ VG24/7

Destiny The Dark Below DLC 12/9 @ Joystiq

Star Citizen at $59M @ Blue's News

The Crew Closed Beta On 11/6 @ Shacknews

ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard

Our evaluation of the ASRock X99 WS LGA 2011-v3 motherboard has been posted today for your viewing pleasure. If you are in the market for a motherboard, make sure you read this review before you go shopping.

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ASRock comes to us with its "Work Station" version Haswell-E motherboard. This time our out-of-box experience with its X99 WS was as rock solid as it could be and did leave us with feelings of getting to work with a quality component. As you all know, we are much more interested in how it performs at high clocks while under stress.

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The FCC Wants To Regulate Internet Video

This post on the Federal Communications Commission's official blog outlines a plan to regulate internet video. Good? Bad? Your thoughts?

Consumers have long complained about how their cable service forces them to buy channels they never watch. The move of video onto the Internet can do something about that frustration – but first Internet video services need access to the programs. Today the FCC takes the first step to open access to cable programs as well as local television. The result should be to give consumers more alternatives from which to choose so they can buy the programs they want.

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$1.8M Kickstarter For Building Giant Fighting Robots

Giant fighting robots? Sounds awesome! Until they become self aware, revolt against their owners and kill us all.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Alphacool GPX-A 290 @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: Gigabyte FORCE H3X Headset @ PureOC

Tt eSport PoseidonZ Keyboard @ ocaholic

Motherboards: ECS Z97-PK Deluxe mATX @ Legit Reviews

Storage: Asustor AS-304T NAS @ Cowcotland

Video: HIS Liquid-Cooled R9 290X Hybrid IceQ @ TechSpot

Google Working On Pill That Searches For Illnesses

I guess it was just a matter of time before Google went from searching the web to searching you directly. It's not like the company doesn't know everything else about you already anyway. eek!

Google is working on a cancer-detecting pill in its latest effort to push the boundaries of technology. Still in the experimental stage, the pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device. As many as 2,000 of these microscopic "nanoparticles" could fit inside a single red blood cell to provide doctors with better insights about what is happening inside their patients.

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Mobile Payments Pitting Apple Against Walmart

It looks like Apple Pay might have a hard time breaking into the world of NFC payments thanks to Walmart.

Not all retailers have NFC terminals and even a couple who do — namely CVS and Rite Aid — have opted to turn off Apple Pay functionality. That’s because a competitive payment platform called CurrentC is forcing retailers to make a choice to accept one or the other.

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Apps That Tackle Addiction To Smartphones

Are you addicted to apps on your cell phone? There's an app for that. roll eyes (sarcastic)

"It's meant be ironic," Mr Offlime creator Nao Tokui, an interactive artist from Tokyo, told Fairfax Media. Ironic or not, Mr Offlime is one of a rash of apps that claim to address the growing problem of "nomophobia" – no mobile phone-phobia.

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Dictator Manuel Noriega's Absurd Lawsuit Against CoD Creator Dismissed

Attention Lindsay Lohan, if this guy's lawsuit got thrown out, you can only imagine how well yours will fare.

"This ruling is an important victory and we thank the court for protecting free speech," said Rudy Giuliani. "This was an absurd lawsuit from the very beginning and we're gratified that in the end, a notorious criminal didn't win. This is not just a win for the makers of Call of Duty, but is a victory for works of art across the entertainment and publishing industries throughout the world."

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