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[H] Enthusiast Archives: May 2017 Archive Listing

Tuesday May 23, 2017

Dremel Rotary Tool is a Modder's Best Friend

This is far from the top of the line Dremel, but it is likely that you don't need a Dremel that is extremely fancy when getting your latest PC system modifications together. The Dremel 200 (2-speed) is $29 today at Amazon with Prime Shipping. And it comes with enough accessories to get you started, but I highly suggest getting some high quality cut-off wheels as well. These work so much better than the cheap non-reinforced type you are likely used to using. And this of course helps send mankind to the Moon.

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Amazon Profit Dollars to Build City on the Moon

Ever wonder where all your money goes? Highly likely a bunch of it might be going to Moon very soon. Just think about it, you have likely been the lifeblood to facilitating the human race leaving our planet. And let's face it, there are a lot of reasons to leave.

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FSP Debuting Liquid Cooled PSU at Computex

FSP is giving us a sneak peek at its liquid cooled PSU line. There have been liquid cooled PSUs before this from Koolance a couple of times (here and here), both about 10 years ago. It will be interesting to see what interest the market has today.

FSP introduces the new Hydro PTM+ liquid cooled PSU. - The Hydro PTM+ is a unique, and patented liquid cooled PSU created in cooperation with Bitspower, a renowned creator of liquid cooling solutions for PCs, to meet the highest security and safety standards. The Hydro PTM+ is the world's first mass produced liquid cooled PSU with 80 Plus Platinum certificated, with gorgeous LED lighting it combines great looks with amazing performance. The unique liquid cooling system, once enabled, increases the power rating from 1200W to 1400W. But, with an array of integrated sensors, the Hydro PTM+ also excels at efficiency, when running in silent mode (below 50% load) it still delivers 600W without the use of a fan for cooling, and thus it remains in complete silence.

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Movie Pirate Service Uses Crawler to Find the Best Quality Streams on the Internet

Movie piracy service Vodlocker has unleashed a new video embedding API that uses a Google like crawler to find the best quality sources of pirated movies on the internet. After entering the desired movie's IMDb code, the service will initiate the crawler to search websites such as Google Drive, Youtube, Openload, etc for the highest quality video in mere seconds. From there, an upcoming pirate movie website owner can embed the movie onto it's pages. If a source goes down, more sources will be instantly available from the menu above the embedded video. Chromecast and subtitle support are readily available via plugin. It will even show the movie's artwork from IMDb while you wait for the stream to start. Seems like an easy solution to facilitate getting locked up with Bubba in the big house. Just remember to not drop the soap!

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The site is already boasting a "massive database" of movies, which will make it of immediate use to thousands of websites that might want to embed movies or TV shows in their web pages. As long as Vodlocker can cope with the load, this could effectively spawn a thousand new ‘pirate’ websites overnight but the service generally seems more suited to smaller, blog-like sites that might want to display a smaller selection of titles. It’s also worth noting that the service uses IFrame tags, which some webmasters might feel uncomfortable about deploying on their sites due to security concerns. The New Vodlocker API demo can be found here, for as long as it lasts.

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Google DeepMind's AlphaGo Artificial Intelligence Takes Game One Against Top Player

The current number one player in the world was narrowly defeated by the Google DeepMind artificial intelligence in the first of three scheduled matches based in China. The game went to a count and the DeepMind AI won by the closest possible margin of half a point. Demis Hassabis, founder and CEO of DeepMind, commented on Twitter that "Ke Jie is using the ideas #AlphaGo used in the master series of online games in January against AlphaGo smile intriguing to see what it will do." It will be interesting to see what approach Ke Jie uses against the AI for the second match and if it will be more successful.

"Ke Jie fought bravely and some wonderful moves were played," wrote Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis on Twitter. He added: "[The] Game went to a count. #AlphaGo won by just half a point, the closest margin possible." Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and the executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company, has flown in for the event, as has David Silver, the lead programmer on AlphaGo, and Mustafa Suleyman, another one of the DeepMind founders.

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Monday May 22, 2017

Writing the Next Dragon Age

Eurogamer chatted exclusively with Sunless Sea creator Alexis Kennedy, who revealed his new gig with BioWare: he’ll be providing some of the narrative for the new Dragon Age alongside series mastermind Mike Laidlaw and lead scribe Patrick Weekes. I am not familiar with the guy’s work, but this does serve as additional confirmation that work on the next DA is certainly underway and an official unveil may not be too far off. Inquisition’s Trespasser DLC would suggest a visit to the longest existing human country in Thedas, Tevinter Imperium.

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"What I can say is I have been given considerable autonomy to work on a storyline bit of lore which is well-segregated from other parts of the game," Kennedy teases, "which makes a lot of sense with me being remote. And yes, if you've seen a lot of my work before you will probably not be surprised by the choice of subject matter. It's familiar stuff." Let's face it, a portal through the Fade to Kennedy's familiar beat of steampunk London is probably unlikely. My money, then, would be on something to do with the Qunari race, a group fairly separated from the main Dragon Age races and which Trespasser implied would soon play a larger role.

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Learning to Let Go of Framerate Anxiety Made Me Love PC Gaming Again

Is your mindset dominated by framerate and other technicalities? This author is urging you to just let it all go. The argument here is that achieving maximum performance and graphics fidelity is a tough task that could actually prove detrimental to the gaming experience. Just enjoy the game, even if it’s running at a subpar level, he says. Do you agree with any of his points, or is he just a console gamer in disguise?

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No matter what level of hardware you own, you’ll never achieve perfection. Accept it. Some games have tiny optimization issues that are never fixed, while others will always stutter no matter how much GPU grunt you throw at them. Can squeezing an extra few frames out of that new shooter be a rewarding meta-game in itself? Occasionally. Yet when the act of overclocking and frame-counting starts to dominate your PC gaming experience, unless you genuinely find that more fun than the games themselves, it’s time to step back. If you’ve suffered with this obsession, take my advice: switch off your framerate counter, forget minor fps fluctuation, and simply enjoy your game running perfectly well a mere 95 percent of the time.

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WD Adds Helium-Filled 10 TB NAS HDDs to Red Lineup

WD Reds, which seem to be very popular choices for NAS setups, now have two 10 TB versions fans can choose from: the standard Red drive, which comes with a 5400 RPM spindle speed, and the Red Pro, which offers better performance at 7200 RPM. I like the idea of a cooler-running drive, especially when it comes to simple media storage, but the Pro version does carry a more impressive workload stat and longer warranty. No release date is listed, but Newegg suggests 5/30 for the Red ($399) and 6/17 for the Red Pro ($459).

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...Western Digital is refreshing its Red and Purple lineups with more advanced drives offering 10 TB capacity and using seven 1.42 TB platters. The new WD Red and WD Red Pro with 10 TB capacity are based on revamped 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM HelioSeal platforms that can support a higher number of platters. The drives also feature increased areal density and 256 MB of cache, enabling ~17% higher sequential read/write performance compared to its predecessors, as well as a lower power consumption compared to previous-gen helium WD Red hard drives. Other than that, Western Digital does not really disclose the feature set of its platform for helium-filled HDDs for NAS applications.

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Far Cry 5 Teasers Confirm American Setting, Full Reveal This Week

Ubisoft has released four teasers that officially confirm Far Cry 5's setting: Montana. The scenery appears to be on the modern side, so those rumors of the game taking place in the Wild West may have been a total fabrication. We'll be seeing more of the game on Friday, when the full reveal happens. (For some reason, the teasers on YouTube are blocked in the US, but you can hit up the IGN link to see them.)

...the game will take place in the US - specifically the state of Montana - for the first time in the series' history. The short trailers end with a message saying that the game will be revealed this Friday, May 26. Each one shows an image of rural America, then puncture the peace with an unsettling image (the man being used as a face-based bellringer is pretty unpleasant). They also seem to counter rumours that said the game would take place in a Wild West setting (which would put it in more direct competition with this year's Red Dead Redemption 2) - clothing, weapons and buildings look more modern than the Old West would suggest.

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NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 382.33 WHQL Drivers

NVIDIA has released new GeForce drivers that provide the optimal gaming experience for Tekken 7 and Star Trek: Bridge Crew. I am actually looking forward to the former: this is the first time we’re getting Tekken on PC, and the last one came out way back in 2009. Now I just need a new Soul Calibur that is as good as the original. The documentation for the drivers can be viewed here.

Changes and Fixed Issues in Version 382.33

  • [TITAN X][3D Vision][Windows 10 Creator's Update]: The Windows Store does not open when 3D Vision is enabled. [1906805]

  • [GeForce GTX 1080Ti][Prey 2]: Stuttering occurs during gameplay. [1902201]

  • [GeForce GTX 1070][Windows 10 Creator's Update]: In multi-display mode, extended monitors cannot be be put into sleep mode. [1916554]

  • [GeForce GTX 1060]: Blue-screen crash occurs pointing to driver (Nvlddmkm.sys) after the system reboots from sleep mode. [1814559]

  • [GeForce GTX 970][SLI]: SLI cannot be enable unless Norton 360 is disabled or Windows is booted in Safe Mode. [1919094]

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Uncharted Movie Casts Spider-Man Star Tom Holland as Nathan Drake

What the heck? My thoughts for the Uncharted movie involved an adult Drake, played by Nathan Fillion, but Sony has a completely different idea: the film version of Naughty Dog’s adventure series will actually be a prequel that involves a young Nathan meeting Victor Sullivan for the first time. Can they get Greg Edmonson to score it, at least?

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Sony Pictures is bullish enough on its upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland that the studio is doubling down on the young actor by building a second major franchise around him. Holland is attaching to star in Uncharted, in what will be redrafted as a prequel to the treasure hunting action story line in the Naughty Dog video game for PlayStation. Shawn Levy is directing a film that will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third iteration of the video game that focused on the young thief Drake, and his first encounter with the professional rogue, Sullivan.

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If You Bought $100 of Bitcoin 7 Years Ago, You'd Be Sitting on $72.9 Million Now

Talk about a serious case of regret: assuming the math is actually correct, those who were smart enough to buy $100 of bitcoin at the 0.003 cent price on May 22, 2010 are now definitive millionaires. The price of bitcoin hit a fresh record high on Monday nearing $2,200. Seven years ago today, someone spent 10,000 bitcoin on two Papa John's pizzas: this was the first transaction using the cryptocurrency.

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Monday marks the seven-year anniversary of Bitcoin Pizza Day – the moment a programmer named Laszlo Hanyecz spent 10,000 bitcoin on two Papa John's pizzas. More important than the episode being widely recognized as the first transaction using the cryptocurrency is what it tells us about the bitcoin rally that saw it break through the $2,100 mark on Monday. Bitcoin was trading as high as $2,185.89 in the early hours of Monday morning, hitting a fresh record high, after first powering through the $2,000 barrier over the weekend, according to CoinDesk data.

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