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Monday April 20, 2015

Politician Promises Legislation To Combat Swatting

While no real specifics were given, at least one politician is calling for "increased jail time and restitution" for anyone convicted of swatting.

Sen. Schumer issued a press release today announcing that he is introducing legislation in the Senate that would increase penalties for those engaging in swatting, make those convicted of related crimes pay restitution to police, and close a loophole in federal law that would make it illegal for these wrongdoers to evade the law by disguising their identity.


Twitter Adds 'Receive Direct Messages From Anyone' Option

Who in the world would use this option? Unless you want an avalanche of Twitter spam, I'd leave this box unchecked. frown

  • A setting that allows you to receive Direct Messages from anyone, even if you don’t follow them. To change your settings follow these instructions.

  • Updated messaging rules so you can reply to anyone who sends you a Direct Message, regardless of whether or not that person follows you.

  • A new Direct Message button on profile pages on Android and iPhone. You’ll see it on the profiles of people you can send Direct Messages to.


IBM Sales Fall For 12th Quarter

If only IBM had some kind of giant supercomputer that could tell them what to do. big grin

International Business Machines Corp reported a 12 percent fall in first-quarter revenue as the technology company continues to shed unprofitable businesses to focus on cloud-computing initiatives. Shares in the world's largest technology services company flitted around the unchanged mark in after-hours trading.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Aegis @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: ASUS EeeBook X205TA @ PC Perspective

ASUS Strix Pro Gaming Headset @

Storage: Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe @ HotHardware

Samsung SM951 PCIe SSD @ Legit Reviews

Samsung SM951 PCIe SSD @ TechSpot

Google Lets You Download Your Search History

Google has added a new feature to Google accounts that allows you to download a copy of your past searches. The process didn't work for me but your mileage may vary.

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When you download your past searches, a copy of your history will be saved securely to the Takeout folder in Google Drive. You can download the files to your computer if you want a copy on your computer. Depending on the amount of data you’re downloading, you may be have more than one file in your Takeout folder with your history in it.


Uber Must Face Lawsuit Claiming Bias Against The Blind

Arguing that the National Federation of the Blind lacked standing to sue under the ADA is an interesting tactic. I think Uber might want to invest a little money in lawyers that specialize in these types of lawsuits. stick out tongue

In a decision late Friday night, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs could pursue a claim that Uber is a "travel service" subject to potential liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The judge also rejected Uber's arguments that the plaintiffs, including the National Federation of the Blind of California, lacked standing to sue under the ADA and state laws protecting the disabled.



GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced another great competition for the overclocking community with the GIGABYTE X99 CHAMPION CHALLENGE, to be hosted this May on This new challenge gives the community a chance to test their skills on the GIGABYTE X99 platform by tweaking both the CPU and graphics side of things. By participating, overclockers have the chance to win $2,800 USD in cash prizes and some exciting hardware, including the leader of them all, the X99-SOC Champion!

Attention overclocker nation. You have until May 1st 2015 to get your platform ready and jump in to become the X99 Champion! To make your way up to the grand prize of $1,500 USD, you’ll have to collect the most points by submitting your best scores in 6 different stages designed to test both your CPU and Graphics card overclocking skills. Do you feel up to the challenge? Good luck to all!!

Points will be given to the top ranking scores in each stage. The top 3 participants with the most points at the end of the challenge will win cash prizes. You also have the chance to win some great hardware via 3 lucky draws. Lucky Draw #1 will be rewarding participants that submitted scores with temperatures set above 25 Celsius, Lucky Draw #2 will be rewarding participants that submitted scores with temperatures set below 25 Celsius, and Lucky Draw #3 will be rewarding participants that submitted the lowest score. Please see the contest rules for more details.


The World Produced 41.8M Tons Of E-Waste In 2014

Surprisingly enough, the U.S. isn't the biggest generator of e-waste on the planet.

"E-waste" is defined as any device with a battery or electric cord, which the owner doesn’t intend to reuse. A report released by the United Nations University on Sunday revealed that in 2014 alone, citizens world over generated an epic 41.8 million tonnes of it. Depressingly, of that, roughly only 6.5 million tonnes were taken in for recycling. As the toxic legacy of our digital age, e-waste stands to affect everything from our health to our environment.


Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 Heatsink

The crew at FrostyTech has posted a review of the Scythe Mugen Max SCMGD-1000 today. If you are cooler shopping, head on over and check out the full review.

"Scythe's Mugen Max heatsink weighs 870grams and stands 166mm tall. The heatsink is constructed around six 6mm diameter copper heatpipes which are soldered to a 2mm thick nickel plated copper base plate. The heatpipes are swaged into a 113x145x84mm aluminum fin stack which is roughly broken up into four nearly-separate cooling towers.


Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013

According to this Bloomberg article, Elon Musk almost sold Tesla to Google for $6 billion back in 2013. eek!

He proposed that Google buy Tesla outright with a healthy premium, the company would have cost about $6 billion at the time and pony up another $5 billion in capital for factory expansions. He also wanted guarantees that Google wouldn’t break up or shut down his company before it produced a third-generation electric car aimed at the mainstream auto market. He insisted that Page let him run a Google-owned Tesla for eight years, or until it began pumping out such a car. Page accepted the overall proposal and shook on the deal.


DIY Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Some guy built a Star Wars BB-8 droid for less than $50. cool


Gaming [H]eadlines

GTA V PC Patch Details @ Shacknews

New Halo 5 Trailer @ GameSpot

Orcs Must Die! Unchained Beta 2 @ Blue's News

Xbox One May Update In Beta @ VG24/7

Grand Theft Auto V Video Card Performance Preview

We have just posted our Grand Theft Auto V Video Card Performance Preview for those of you interested. If you haven't done so already, make sure you take a moment today to give it the once over.

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Grand Theft Auto V has finally been released on the PC. In this preview we will look at some video card comparisons in performance, maximize graphics settings at 1440p and 4K. We will briefly test AMD CHS Shadow and NVIDIA PCSS shadow and talk about them. We will even see if SLI and CrossFire work.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: SilverStone Kublai KL05 @ APH Networks

Cooling: Phanteks PH-TC12LS & PH-TC14S @ PureOC

Silverstone FQ and FW Fans @ Technic3D

ETC.: Asus Strix 7.1 Gaming Headset @ LanOC

Neet Cable Keeper @ TechnologyX

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO M.2 & mSATA SSD @ Guru3D

Congress Cannot Be Taken Seriously On Cybersecurity

Congress can't be taken seriously on cybersecurity? Wait, when could members of Congress be taken seriously on anything?

Members of Congress - most of whom can’t secure their own websites, and some of whom don’t even use email - are trying to force a dangerous "cybersecurity" bill down the public’s throat. Everyone’s privacy is in the hands of people who, by all indications, have no idea what they’re talking about.


[H] Custom Case Mod of the day

What's that you say? No one makes a case you like? Do what this guy did and 3D print your own. cool

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GTA V Is NOT A Gaming Evolved Title

It would seem that there was some sort of mix up last week when we were told by AMD that Grand Theft Auto V was the latest edition to the Gaming Evolved family. AMD's PR team has reached out to us to let us know that this is not the case and that, while the game has Gaming Evolved features, it is not an official Gaming Evolved title.


AMD CEO: Windows 10 To Debut In Late July

Apparently AMD's CEO, during a conference call on Q1 earnings, let it slip that Windows 10 will launch at the end of July.

What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up.


Borderlands Head Leaves Gearbox

What's up with all the people behind Borderlands quitting or getting fired lately? It just seems odd, especially considering 2K Australia was closed down last week as well.

"Pre-Sequel, Claptastic Voyage, and Handsome collection all shipped. In a rare moment, I was temporarily non-vital. I could leave without damaging Borderland or Gearbox too much if I did it at this moment, so now was the time. I think Gearbox will do great in the future, and I think Borderlands will stay strong and awesome. I've been thinking about it for a while. I'm not quitting out of anger or getting fired. It's just time for new adventures. I'm an inventor. I'm ready to make something new. Not just new to me, but new to everyone."


Enermax Thormax GT Full-Tower Case

If you need a full-tower case for your next system build, check out this review of the Enermax Thormax GT at Modders Inc. today.

Full-tower cases are sought after for the extra room they provide for system building but if size is the only thing they offer then things would get boring fast. With the market as competitive as it is, case manufacturers have begun looking into offering more than space and design cases that appeal to a lifestyle rather than be an all-in-one generic solution.


Joke About Hacking Plane Gets Passenger Detained By FBI

If there was a list of "things not to tweet on a plane," I'm pretty sure this would be on it. big grin

"Two officers got on, two regular Syracuse PD. They walked back there, and past me. The FBI agents walked on, they walked past me and turned around at which point, I said ‘so, should I get my bags now?’ and they said ‘yes, please, Mr. Roberts," he told Security Ledger on Thursday.


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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.

ASUS Wins Nine Prestigious 2015 Red Dot Awards

ASUS is proud to announce that nine ASUS products have won the prestigious 2015 Red Dot Awards for product design, including the ROG G751 gaming laptop. Presented by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany, ASUS products won awards in four different categories. The winning ASUS products were chosen out of 4,928 entries from 56 countries judged by a panel of 38 international design experts. 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the awards. To receive the seal of approval from Red Dot is a great honor, each product awarded was assessed on a wide range of criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, symbolic and emotional content, and ecological compatibility.


NVIDIA Awards $25,000 Fellowships To PhD Students For GPU Computing Research

Our NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship Program awarded $25,000 this week to five Ph.D. students involved in GPU computing research. "These exceptional grad students are helping to define the future of computing, and we’re delighted to support their work," said NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally. The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship supports graduate students doing GPU-based work. We selected our fellows from more than a hundred applicants in 21 countries.


Sunday April 19, 2015

William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California

William Shatner is the Renaissance man incarnate, playing roles from Shakespeare to Star Trek Captain and everything in-between. He is taking on a new role now as the Savior of California. big grin Shatner is proposing a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his proposed water pipeline running from Washington State to California.

"So I’m starting a Kickstarter campaign. I want $30 billion to build a pipeline like the Alaska pipeline. Say, from Seattle a place where there’s a lot of water. There’s too much water. How bad would it be to get a large, 4-foot pipeline, keep it above ground because if it leaks, you’re irrigating!"


The Pirate Bay Opens Up Registration to New Users

The Pirate Bay is finally getting its house or ship, as it may be, back in order and began accepting new member registrations as of Saturday. The file sharing site has had a rough winter after being raided by Swedish police in December.

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Norway to Switch Off FM in 2017

In two years, Norway will be the first country in the world to completely shut down its FM network system and replace it with Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). The transition will begin in 2017 and proceed from the north and go region by region until the transition has been completed

Today’s decision makes Norway the first country in the world to set a final date for FM-switch off. Several countries in Europe and Southeast Asia, however, are in similar processes, choosing DAB-technology as the backbone of future radio distribution.


Game of Thrones Pirates, HBO Is Coming for You

HBO has had a pretty lenient stance toward users who pirate Game of Thrones as it airs or afterwards, HBO has looked the other way and written it off to good press. But when someone downloads and distributes four episodes in advance of their airing dates, enough is enough. HBO is taking action against these people through their respective ISP’s.

HBO has in the past condemned such practice, but it looks much more furious this time. The American premium cable and satellite television network has started to send out thousands of warnings to subscribers who had illegally obtained copies of 'Game of Thrones', and is asking their respective carriers to take severe actions.


Grand Theft Auto 5's First PC Patch Corrects Login Bug

Well, that didn’t take long at all, did it? Grand Theft Auto 5 finally makes it to the PC and less than a week after it launches, has already received a well-deserved patch. Patch 1.01 addresses a myriad of launch bugs that have surfaced on the PC version.

Patch 1.01 fixes a problem arising from Windows usernames that featured characters other than alphanumeric (the letters A to Z, or numerals 0 through 9).


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