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[H] Enthusiast Archives: October 2016 Archive Listing

Monday October 31, 2016

ASUS ROG G752VS Review

The crew at Real Hardware Reviews say that, if you are looking for a true desktop replacement laptop, you should check out the ASUS ROG G752VS laptop they just reviewed. Here's a quote from the full review:

The arrival of Pascal has allowed NVIDIA to shove nearly full powered desktop GPUs into the hands of laptop manufacturers. Asus combining a GTX 1070 with an unlocked Core i7 mobile processor and an SSD allows you desktop levels of performance in a form factor that allows you to move around a lot more freely than most "desktop replacement" laptops of the past. You’ll be hard pressed to beat the pure numbers that this laptop will crank out.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: DeepCool GamerStorm Genome @ Neoseeker

Cooling: CM MasterAir Pro 3 and Pro 4 @ Hardware Saylum

CM MasterAir Pro 3 and Pro 4 @ Tech Report

Motherboards: ASRock X99 Professional Gaming i7 @ OCInside

Storage: TerraMaster F2-220 NAS @ Modders Inc.

Video: PowerColor Devil Box @ Overclockers Club

86 Year Old Lady Accused Of Pirating Metro 2033

I don't care if you are a grandmother or not, stealing is stealing. She even looks like the kind of hard core pirate that would willfully deprive content owners of their hard earned money just because she's too cheap to pay for games. Shame on you granny. Shame on you.

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The 86-year-old from Ontario has been warned she could have to pay up to $5,000 for illegally downloading a game she'd never heard of. "I found it quite shocking آ… I'm 86 years old, no one has access to my computer but me, why would I download a war game?" McMillan told Go Public. In May, she received two emails forwarded by her internet provider. They were from a private company called Canadian Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement (CANIPRE) claiming she had illegally downloaded Metro 2033, a first-person shooter game where nuclear war survivors have to kill mutants.


Elaborate Happy Halloween Message Done With Dominoes

This is a neat way to say "Happy Halloween." I'm jealous of people that have this kind of spare time but I'm glad this person took the time to spread a little holiday cheer on an otherwise boring ol' Monday.


Classic Mac Startup Chime Not Present in New MacBook Pros

Okay, we gave Apple crap when they deleted the headphone jack on the new iPhones. We even poked a little fun at the crew in Cupertino for charging $25 for a cable to connect an iPhone to a MacBook Pro. That said, I'm not sure if this new "controversy" is something that will upset anyone. Where are my Mac guys at, is this something that upsets you? Let us know.

The iconic chiming startup sound was originally made to indicate that diagnostic tests have found no hardware or software issues. A similar sound has accompanied almost every Mac boot sequence since 1991 and the most recent F-sharp chord incarnation was first used in the iMac G3.


Volvo's Self-Driving Cars Will Hide From UK 'Bullies'

This Volvo engineer seems to think that the best way to ensure that its self-driving cars aren't "bullied" by other cars is to make sure the vehicles are not marked as self-driving. That should fool aggressive drivers that see a Volvo driving down the road with someone reading a book / asleep behind the wheel. Wait. What?

"From the outside you won't see that it's a self-driving car. From a purely scientific perspective it would be interesting to have some cars that are marked as self-driving cars and some that are not and see whether other road users react in a different way," he told the newspaper. "I would expect they will, but I don't know how and to what extent. So just to be on the safe side they will all be unmarked cars. I'm pretty sure that people will challenge them if they are marked by doing really harsh braking in front of a self-driving car or putting themselves in the way."


Supreme Court Asks Feds To Chime In On Decade-Old "Dancing Baby" YouTube Case

Does anyone know how or why this case is still going? Anyone with a brain knows that going after this lady and her dancing baby video was just wrong. The fact that this has been dragging on for a decade and has gone all the way to the Supreme Court is truly astounding.

Lenz’s stance is that anyone who viewed the video would have seen there was no commercial intent and that it was a clear instance of a protected fair use. She, now with the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued Universal Music in July 2007, alleging that the publisher had not considered the possibility that the short burst of music in the dancing baby video fell under the fair use umbrella.


Where Netflix Sees Potential And Risks

As odd as it may seem, listening to Reed Hastings explain how his company greenlights a show in terms of joy, made absolute perfect sense in a joy-joy kind of way.

MR. BERMAN: Take us through the economics of greenlighting a show.

MR. HASTINGS: We’ll collect this year about $8 billion of customers’ money. We say that money’s in trust to create joy. We have to turn that into the most joy possible. We look and we say, for every show, if a show cost $100 million, how much joy, how much viewing did it create? If it costs $50 million or $200 million, of course you want different amounts of joy. So we look at it as how much joy can we create of your money. And if we turn it into joy effectively, then you’re happy and you tell your friends and we grow.


DOOM: Hell Followed DLC Now Available

For those of you that haven't seen the announcement yet (it kind of went under the radar), Bethesda announced that the new DOOM: Hell Followed DLC is now available. I've embedded the announcement video below.


Obduction Adds NVIDIA Ansel Support And More

NVIDIA Ansel is a revolutionary technology that hands gamers the tools to capture unique, professional-grade 2D, 360آ° and Virtual Reality 360آ° screenshots on GeForce GTX graphics cards. Today, we’re releasing NVIDIA Ansel for Cyan's Obduction, a critically-acclaimed adventure game from the creators of Myst. Capture personally-framed freecam screenshots, adjust the field of view and rotation of the screen, add optional Instagram-style filters, and save to shareable filetypes with a single click. Simply hit Alt+F2 during gameplay and you’ll be able to capture incredible screenshots that were previously impossible to frame and snap.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

CoD:MW Remastered's PC Requirements @ Shacknews

Brutal Doom 64 Released @ Blue's News

Hitman Dev Shows Final Hokkaido Episode @ GameSpot

Titanfall 2 Flops In First Week @ VG24/7

MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X vs AMD Radeon RX 470

Anyone in the market for a lower-end enthusiast video card needs to read our MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X vs AMD Radeon RX 470 evaluation before heading out shopping. Recent price drops from AMD are shaking things up and were here to show you what impact that has on your options for GPUs in the $100 - $200 range.

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With recent AMD price drops, online retailer savings and rebates, the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti now has new competition on its doorstep. We will re-evaluate the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X with the now price-comparable AMD Radeon RX 470. The low end enthusiast video card market is getting very crowded.