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Tuesday June 19, 2018

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X Rumors

Rumors from HKEPC point to the new 32-Core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990X having a 3GHz base clock with a Precision Boost 2 clock of 4.2GHz. Nothing shocking there based on what we already know about the 2700X. TDP is listed at 250W. They are saying that it overclocked to 4.1GHz on all cores under water cooling. Trust me, we will let you know for sure when we get samples in our hands. We will also be taking the top three water blocks from our testing, and put those to the test on the new 2990X. Also, we have all of Noctua's Threadripper air coolers in hand to see just how well those will work out.

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Father of Larrabee Failure Back at Intel

Tom Forsyth, the father of the Larrabee "GPU," is back at Intel working with Raja Koduri. He explains that he took the job at Intel, but does not know what he will be working on yet. Insider rumors point to him being "Executive Director of What Not to Do This Time." While we are big fans of Raja here at HardOCP, we do have to believe this position is likely redundant.

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GameStop In Talks with Buyout Firms

GameStop has allegedly been linked to talks with Sycamore Partners as the private equity firm has expressed interest in the company according to Reuters. Anonymous sources have been quoted as saying that GameStop has now hired a financial adviser to assist in the discussions. The past year has been a tumultuous time for the company as their CEO J. Paul Raines stepped down late last year due to medical reasons and passed away in March. His replacement, Michael Mauleronly, only lasted three months on the job before resigning for personal reasons leaving the leadership of the company to former Microsoft XBOX executive Shane Kim.

I wonder how GameStop's business model will continue to be profitable in the new digital video game economy. Microsoft's XBOX and Sony's Playstation both have digital downloads services for new games and have bundled their respective older titles into paid monthly streaming services. I think their best bet is to reinvent themselves as the Netflix of game streaming and use that company's business model of charging a monthly rental fee for physical discs exchanged through the Post Office.

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The retailer’s stock has slid more than 32 percent over the last 12 months, bringing its market capitalization to $1.42 billion, down from about $9.4 billion in 2007.

While its used-game niche has helped the company, this model has also been challenged as games developers including Electronic Arts Inc, Sony Corp and Microsoft Corp have each launched plans to offer monthly streaming services for many of the older titles they own.

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ACER Announces 49" and 55" 4K HDR Monitors

ACER has announced 49" and 55" IPS 4K HDR monitors to be released on June 28, 2018 and June 21, 2018 respectively in Japan. Pricing isn't known on these yet. The 49" EB490QKbmiiipfx and 55" EB550Kbmiiipx displays share similar specs other than size. The HDR10 implementation on these monitors is only 300 cd / mآ² but the rated response time should be decent as it carries a 4 ms rating. You can read about the Japanese specifications here.

The most interesting thing about these monitors is the fact that the translation says that they are "flickerless" which could possibly mean FreeSync support but the input terminals only list HDMI 2.0 x 1 (HDCP 2.2 compatible), HDMI 1.4 x 2, DisplayPort 1.2 x 1 as connections.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Alleges Sabotage by Employee in Company Email

Elon Musk allegedly sent a company wide email that detailed acts of sabotage by a Tesla employee who was angry over not receiving a promotion. The employee is accused of making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false user names and exporting Tesla's sensitive data to third parties. He goes on to explain how other corporations will cheat emission laws so what would stop them from cheating in other ways. CNBC has the email in its entirety on their website.

They also added information about another incident involving a factory fire and subsequent direct email from Elon Musk that was confirmed by a Tesla spokesperson in which employees were warned to be vigilant and to "Please be on the alert for anything that’s not in the best interests of our company." That email can be found here.

Industrial espionage is a huge crime right now on a worldwide scale. Many times you will hear about foreign entities hacking computer systems to steal the secrets of a corporation, but this is a reminder that it can happen here at home also. The business world can be a cruel and cutthroat place especially with a company like Tesla suddenly competing against the establishment. I am sure that they have rocked a few boats while making waves innovating.

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Late last night we had another strange incident that was hard to explain. Small fire on the body-in-white production line. No one was in the area and there were no injuries or significant equipment damage, but it was enough to stop the body production line for several hours.

Could just be a random event, but as Andy Grove said, "Only the paranoid survive." Please be on the alert for anything that's not in the best interests of our company. If you aren't getting a response from the emdesk email, please send me a note directly.

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Seriously Sammiest 4 Yet - Pre-Alpha Gameplay

Some people love wave shooters, some folks do not. If nothing else, this pre-alpha gameplay footage from Serious Sam4: Planet Badass looks great for the stage it is in. And of course you get to drive a combine harvester over hordes of enemies.

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Rooms at Marriott Complete with Spying Devices

I know all HardOCP readers will be excited to find out that when you stay at a Marriott hotel in the near future, you can look forward to an always-on Alexa device in your room listening for your every need, the recording all your activities and sharing it will hotel employees for their amusement. Marriott's No-Privacy feature however will not take video of you.

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Alexa for hospitality would assist in providing services ranging from ordering room service to requesting housekeeping or calling the concierge for dinner recommendations without picking up the phone.

The company said the partnership will start this summer at Marriott’s select properties and the service will be available by invitation to other hotel chains.

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IBM Whips Out its Master Debater

IBM has been working on its Project Debater since 2012. The AI powered technology is looking to help people reason by providing arguments free of emotion, bias, or ambiguity. Until you can get your significant other installed with this technology, just face it, you are not going to win the discussion.

We designed a method to determine whether a given claim supports or contests a new controversial topic. Our model breaks down the complex cognitive process of determining stance into a sequence of simpler sub-tasks. We identified effective AI solutions to these sub-tasks, which can combine to predict claim stance with high precision.

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Android Gets Messages for Web

Google announced earlier this year that Android Messages users would soon be able to send and receive text messages from your PC desktop. That feature is rolling out this week, if you don't already have it on your Android phone. This page has the full instructions on this which uses a QR code. I certainly know that not having to pick up my phone 20 times a day while using my PC will be a welcomed addition to Android functionality. All you have to do is open Messages on your phone, tap the options menu and select Messages for Web, and scan the QR code with your phone. My Pixel 2 has not yet gotten the feature rolled out to it, so I did not have a chance to try it out.

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You can use your computer to chat with your friends through Messages for web, which shows what’s on your Messages mobile app. Messages for web sends SMS messages using a connection from your computer to your phone, so carrier fees will apply, just like on the mobile app.

Note: The QR code for Messages for web is unique to your computer and pairs the mobile app to that computer. You can pair your Messages account on multiple devices, but only one will be active at a time. When you open Messages for web on a computer, your conversations on any other computers or browser tabs will become inactive.

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Monday June 18, 2018

Mars Rover Takes Selfie During Dust Storm

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Curiosity Rover took a selfie in the middle of the martian dust storm that covered nearly seven million square miles. The $2.5 billion nuclear powered research vehicle took the image while in the Gale Crater, a valley in which scientists think may have once been a huge lake. Amazing

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While Curiosity seems to be weathering the storm, Opportunity fell silent on June 12, when engineers attempted to make contact with the 15-year-old rover but did not hear back. In a press conference on June 13, scientists involved in the Opportunity mission confirmed the rover has 'fallen asleep' as it waits out the storm that has blocked the sun - effectively cutting off its power supply. The storm has been growing since the end of May and now covers 14-million square miles (35-million square kilometres) of Mars' surface, or a quarter of the planet.

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Domain Squatter Faces New Foe

Everyone hates a domain squatter. Well everyone that ever went to buy a domain to find that some squatter had purchased it with no plans to ever use it, but rather just hold onto it till someone was ready to pay up big-time for it. While we are in no way suggesting that you hold someone at gunpoint in an attempt to make them turn the control of the domain over to you, maybe some squatters will start thinking twice. Actually, we have no idea if the domain was being squatted or not, it was all just wishful thinking.

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A man has been jailed for 20 years over the first known instance of armed "domain hijacking" in which he sought to gain control of a website at gunpoint. Sherman Hopkins Jr, 43, broke into the apartment of an internet entrepreneur in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wearing pantyhose on his head, dark sunglasses, and brandishing a stolen handgun. He demanded that Ethan Deyo, 26, get on his computer and transfer owenership[sic] of the internet domain name DoItForState.com from one account to another.

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Google AI will Tell You When to Die

Google is soon going to be in the business of telling us when we are going to die. Would have liked to have seen the percentages it gave me when I headed into corner 10 at CoTA off-line at about 120mph. In all seriousness, as morbid as it is, WebMD looks to be in trouble.

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The hospital’s computers read her vital signs and estimated a 9.3 percent chance she would die during her stay. Then came Google’s turn. An new type of algorithm created by the company read up on the woman -- 175,639 data points -- and rendered its assessment of her death risk: 19.9 percent. She passed away in a matter of days.

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Cryptocurrencies are Going to Kill Us All

Hyun Song likens Bitcoin to Beanie Babies. Other crypto-scams are like unicorns.

Hyun Song Shin speaks about Chapter V of the Annual Economic Report 2018. Cryptocurrencies' decentralised model of generating trust limits their potential to replace conventional money, the chapter argues.

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Free i7-8086 Got You Down - Trade it for a Threadripper 1950X

Would you want to trade your free Intel i7-8086 for a free 16-Core Threadripper 1950X? It looks like 40 folks will get to burden themselves with that exact question. Let me help you in your decision, but I will not take sides here. All I have to say is, "Don't be stupid." Take that to mean what you will. You can see all our CPU reviews here if you need more help than that. Thanks Peter A.

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Our competitor recently kicked off a sweepstakes to celebrate the first 40 years of the x86 processor by giving away 8,086 limited edition processors.

We appreciate the advancements they’ve helped drive with the x86 architecture over the last four decades. But, we’re ready to take it from here. That’s why we’re giving 40 performance-hungry enthusiasts in the U.S. an opportunity to celebrate the next 40 years of high-performance computing by trading in their commemorative processor prize for our CPU that enables you to work, play and create with heavy metal.

The first 40 U.S.-based winners of the Intelآ® 8th Gen Core i7-8086k Limited Edition Sweepstakes (which opened on June 7, 2018 and closed on June 8, 2018) ("Competitor Sweepstakes") to complete certain steps will be offered the opportunity to exchange their new, in-box prize processor for a flagship 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor built for the gamers and creators who need a processor that can do it all. Those steps will be communicated on this webpage on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT. Check back on June 25 at 1:00:00 PM EDT for complete details on how to participate.

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GamersGate Promos This Week

GamersGate promos this week. Ubisoft, 2K, Unreal, and others.

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Youtube Piracy Filter Blocks Content Owners Own Content

TorrentFreak is pointing out some oddities happening over at Youtube today. It seems that Youtube's piracy filter is blocking content that is owned by the channels it is actually hosted on. I have been watching this for a while this morning, and have seen some of MIT's vidoes go from blocked to unblocked to blocked. Youtube still hates Blender though.

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Several popular YouTube accounts, including those belonging to 'MIT OpenCourseWare' and the 'Blender Foundation,' have had all their videos blocked. People who try to access the videos are informed that they are not available in their country, suggesting that YouTube's piracy filters have been triggered. It's unclear, however, who or what is to blame.

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Blockchain for Dummies

Reuters Graphics has published a visual guide entitled Blockchain Explained. If you are not up to snuff on what exactly blockchain is, this is actually a very good starter pack that even your grandmother is likely to understand....did I mention it has lots of pictures?

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A blockchain is a database that is shared across a network of computers. Once a record has been added to the chain it is very difficult to change. To ensure all the copies of the database are the same, the network makes constant checks. Blockchains have been used to underpin cyber-currencies like bitcoin, but many other possible uses are emerging.

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NVIDIA SlowMo Even Better than Real Slomo

NVIDIA is using its neural network to interpolate frames in video to produce smoother slow motion playback, and quite frankly the results are tremendously impressive. It even gets more impressive when NVIDIA takes slomo video and made it even slomoer. It has to be some of the most slomoest slomos ever slomoed. Thanks @cageymaru.

Researchers from NVIDIA developed a deep learning-based system that can produce high-quality slow-motion videos from a 30-frame-per-second video, outperforming various state-of-the-art methods that aim to do the same.

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Influence Buying Comes Under Fire

After riding "influencers" advertising into the ground, and decided it has been abused as much as possible, one of the world's largest advertiser is getting out of the buying influence business, or so they say. At least we are safe from this kind of a abuse in the computer hardware enthusiast category. You will never find any products being "covered" by Youtube talking heads, without ever being tested in any way, even if they are using these components to put in their own personal computers. Thanks @cageymaru.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Consumer goods giant Unilever (ULVR.L) (UNc.AS), the world’s second-biggest advertiser, is cutting ties with digital media "influencers" that buy followers, saying it wants to help make advertising more transparent.

The practice of buying followers risks eroding trust and therefore damaging one of the fastest-growing areas of advertising - the billion-dollar-a-year market now known as "influencer marketing" - and Unilever says it wants it to stop.

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iPhone Will Give Exact Location to 911 Soon

Apple has now decided to let the caller's exact location to be transmitted during 911 calls, just like every other app on your phone.

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Under the new system, iPhones will send their exact location to a RapidSOS dispatcher, which will then forward the coordinates to local emergency response centers. That should make it easier for ambulances and paramedics to reach callers and shave precious minutes off response times, potentially saving 10,000 lives per year, according to federal regulator estimates. The new feature will be packaged as part of iOS 12, an iPhone software update due later this year.

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Computers Returned in Walmart Scam

This is why we can't have nice things at Walmart, but this is also why you can get really cheap computer hardware deals on Craigslist. This guy was buying computers from Walmart, pulling hardware from those systems, then returning the computers for a full exchange. Apparently he did this more than once as well as the grand total of the fraud amounts to $1.3M.

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Cyberpunk 2077 was Really Real this Year

The game Cyberpunk 2077 draws a lot of criticism as being vaporware. Dark Side of Gaming is coming out with this article today letting us know that it was a real game running on real hardware, and we did actually get the system specs that it was running on. Live gameplay was only shown to invited press. We of course were waiting to get a release date, which of course we did not. Our "official" Cyberpunk 2077 discussion thread, was started in 2012. Yep, it's still going. Destructoid has a write-up on everything it learned about the game this year at E3.

At the official Discord server, CD Projekt RED’s community manager "Alicja" confirmed the PC specs of the machine that was running Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 2018 demo. According to Alicja, the demo was running on an Intel i7-8700K with 32GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1080Ti.

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You're Sick

The World Health Organization has officially added "Gaming Disorder" to its list of mental illnesses, in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases. Don't worry, just because you stayed up last till 2am last playing your favorite shooter, and have work this morning at 7am, does not exactly lump you in with the classification. But it might. This will however open this illness up to be treated by insurance plans and governmental health services worldwide.

Gaming disorder is defined in the draft 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior ("digital-gaming" or "video-gaming") characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months.

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Sunday June 17, 2018

AMD’s Navi Will Be a Traditional Monolithic GPU

David Wang, the new SVP of engineering for AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), has clarified that Navi GPUs will remain a traditional, monolith design, as the gaming world lacks software to make a multi-chip module (MCM) made possible by Infinity Fabric worthwhile. Wang likens it to doing "Crossfire in a single package," but independent software vendors and dwindling multi-GPU support are blocking the way forward.

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That infrastructure doesn’t exist with graphics cards outside of CrossFire and Nvidia’s SLI. And even that kind of multi-GPU support is dwindling to the point where it’s practically dead. Game developers don’t want to spend the necessary resources to code their games specifically to work with a multi-GPU array with a miniscule install base, and that would be the same with an MCM design.

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