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Tuesday March 31, 2015

Funny Video of the Day

You don't even have to be a fan of Top Gear or Just Cause 2 to appreciate this video. big grin

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Study: People Try Apple Pay Once, Don’t Go Back

Let's be honest, Apple’s new mobile-payment system won't go anywhere until the issues outlined in this article are resolved.

88% of survey participants who set up Apple Pay went out into the world and tried to use it, Phoenix reports, but almost half of those users (47%) say that they tried to use the service in a store that advertised Apple Pay capability but didn’t actually have it. About two-thirds of people who tried to use Apple Pay out in the wild reported problems actually using it at checkout. The process was slow, the cashier didn’t know what they were doing, or they couldn’t resolve problems: they experienced a variety of issues with the service, and didn’t use it again.

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Microsoft And Seattle Bring Fast, Free Wi-Fi To Seattle Center

Microsoft and the City of Seattle are teaming up to bring fast, free Wi-Fi to people who visit Seattle Center, a spacious city attraction that hosts major festivals and draws tourists from around the world. The pilot program part of Mayor Ed Murray’s efforts to bring high-speed Internet access to city residents uses "TV white space" technology, delivering broadband through unused television channels. The new system lets users browse at speeds more than 5,000 times faster than they could before. The program not only benefits the more than 10 million people who visit Seattle Center each year but also "tests new technology that we may be able to deploy to other neighborhoods in the city," Murray says.

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PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Pro OC Review

The PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Pro OC is on the test bench at HardwareCanucks today. Overall, the HwC crew seemed to really like this card. Here's a quote from the full review:

While the PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Pro OC may have one mouthful of a name, its specifications are reasonably impressive. On-paper core frequencies lie between ASUS’ ultra expensive Matrix Platinum and the less expensive STRIX OC which should put it a good 10% faster than a reference card.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Assassin's Creed 'Chronicles' Trilogy In April @ Shacknews

Bloodborne Finished In Under 45 Minutes @ VG24/7

Dying Light's April Fool’s Joke @ Kotaku

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Is 200+ Hours @ Blue's News

20 Of The Worst PC Setups

It's time once again for Think Computer's monthly Worst PC Setups feature. Yikes! How can you even find anything in this mess? eek!

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Put USB Ports On Your Wall Without Wiring

What manner of sorcery is this?

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Play Pac-Man In Google Maps

If you are sitting around with nothing to do, fire up Google Maps and pick a location. Once you've done that, click on the Pac-Man icon in the lower left corner of the map and enjoy. cool

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7 Reasons The PC Is Owning The PS4 And Xbox One

This list is a good start but I'm sure most of you can think of way more reasons the PC beats consoles.

Of course, there are a ton more reasons why the PC is worth your hard-earned cash more than Sony's and Microsoft's next-generation machines. Using arguments presenting during TechRadar's recent PC Gaming Week, we delve into some of the best.

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DARPA's New Concept For Air Warfare Using Drones

DARPA wants to take some of the burden off of pilots by effectively overwhelming the enemy using drones. This keeps the pilots out of attack range and the added bonus is that drones are cheaper to use and maintain.

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Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

So GPS trackers are a form of search and seizure? I guess the courts are saying that the best way to keep track of serial sex offenders is to keep them in jail. No GPS needed and you always know where they are. Problem solved. big grin

"It doesn’t matter what the context is, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a car or a person. Putting that tracking device on a car or a person is a search," said Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF).

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Facebook Moves Into Its New Garden-Roofed Building

I just want to know how Facebook plans on keeping the roots of those trees from growing through the roof. Other than that, this whole thing is kinda neat.

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The roof of the new Facebook building, about 70-feet up, offers a winding walk through nine acres of greenery. This walkway sits above the marshlands of Menlo Park, California, not the big city. But, Goler says, it feels a lot like the elevated railroad line that now serves as a park on the West Side of Manhattan. "It’s a half mile loop," she says. "It gives space to think."

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AMD Dives Deep On Asynchronous Shading

AMD has announced a new feature called Asynchronous Shaders and the crew at Anandtech have the complete rundown.

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Earlier this month at GDC, AMD introduced their VR technology toolkit, LiquidVR. LiquidVR offers game developers a collection of useful tools and technologies for adding high performance VR to games, including features to make better utilization of multiple GPUs, features to reduce display chain latency, and finally features to reduce rendering latency. Key among the latter features set is support for asynchronous shaders, which is the ability to execute certain shader operations concurrently with other rendering operations, rather than in a traditional serial fashion.

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U.S. Offers $3M Reward For Alleged Russian Cybercriminals

This $3 million reward for the arrest and conviction of Russian cybercriminals is totally different from the $3 million reward the FBI is offering for the arrest and conviction of Russian cybercriminals announced last month.

The U.S. Department of State announced on Thursday that it’s offering a total reward of $3 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of two Russian nationals suspected of being involved in cybercriminal activities.

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WD's My Passport X Delivers 2 TB of Storage for Xbox One and PC Gamers

WD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the My Passport X portable hard drive for gamers. When connected to Xbox One or a PC, the sleek 2 TB My Passport X drive provides much-needed storage capacity for gamers to store up to 50 extra game titles1, eliminating the need to delete previously purchased games from their Xbox One or PC hard drives and removing those "storage full" warning messages while allowing players to get back to their games. In addition to added storage, gamers can use My Passport X to take saved games to use on friends’ systems2 without having to download.

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Corporate Harvard Researchers Win Center of Excellence Achievement Award

Researchers from Harvard University snagged the fourth annual Achievement Award for NVIDIA Centers of Excellence, recognizing their work using GPUs to study extended excitonic systems and vibrational-excitonic effects. Separately, Esteban Walter Gonzalez Clua, a researcher from Brazli’s Universidade Federal Fluminense, has been named a CUDA Fellow

The Harvard team, led by Nicolas Sawaya, received the top award for their work focusing on the way light is photosynthesized, and how this knowledge might be used to design better photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes. Additionally, three other finalists from top universities were selected by a panel of experts from among our 22 CUDA Centers of Excellence.

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Monday March 30, 2015

GitHub.com Victim Of Large Scale DDoS Attack

What kind of morons would DDoS attack GitHub? Seriously, what could they have done to piss anyone off?

We are currently experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in github.com's history. The attack began around 2AM UTC on Thursday, March 26, and involves a wide combination of attack vectors. These include every vector we've seen in previous attacks as well as some sophisticated new techniques that use the web browsers of unsuspecting, uninvolved people to flood github.com with high levels of traffic. Based on reports we've received, we believe the intent of this attack is to convince us to remove a specific class of content.

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Volvo Selling Highly Reflective "Life Paint" For Bicyclist

Volvo has developed something called "Life Paint" that will hopefully prevent you from running over people on bicycles at night.

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Governor Increases License Plate Data Retention To 60 Days

It's too bad that voters can't "amend" this guy's term to sixty days the way he amended this bill on license plate data retention. big grin

But on Friday, McAuliffe changed the seven-day limit to 60 days, and changed "any surveillance technology" to "license plate readers." Brian Moran, the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, said Friday that he had "been informed by numerous law enforcement agencies that license plate readers result in salient and compelling information.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Pandora Window @ Tweak.dk

Cooling: Noctua NH-U9S and NH-D9L @ HiTech Legion

ETC.: Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury @ NikKTech

Storage: HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD @ Bjorn3D

Video: Club3D R9 285 royalQueen @ pcGameware

NSA Considered Scrapping Its Mass Phone Surveillance Program

According to this article, the National Security Agency almost killed its mass phone surveillance program back in 2013.

Reportedly, some NSA officials were concerned that the initiative was not only expensive to run, but ineffective. It wasn't "central" to catching terrorist plots, and it wasn't capturing most cellphone calls. Not surprisingly, the critics were also worried about outrage if the truth came out -- which, of course, is exactly what happened.

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Sign Up At IRS Website Before Crooks Do It For You

It is sad that, when something like this happens, the biggest obstacle to getting any information is having to deal with the IRS. frown

"Since I was alerting them that this transaction was fraudulent, their privacy rules prevented them from telling me any more information, such as the routing number and account number of that deposit," Kasper said. "They basically admitted this was to protect the privacy of the criminal, not because they were going to investigate right away. In fact, they were very clear that the matter would not be investigated further until a fraud affidavit and accompanying documentation were processed by mail."

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Cooler Master Hyper D92 CPU Cooler

According to the crew at Neoseeker, the Cooler Master Hyper D92 is quite a solid performer for being a compact CPU cooler.

At first glance the N520 and D92 look similar. However, Cooler Master has made some improvements to give the D92 a performance boost by using direct contact heat pipes, more powerful fans, and an improved mounting system.

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Using Bass To Douse A Fire

For those of you that haven't seen this yet, this is a pretty cool way to extinguish a fire. cool

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Tesla Announcing New Non-Car Product Next Month

Elon Musk took to Twitter to say his company will be announcing a new product line that is "not a car" on April 30th.

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3D Printing With Easy Cheese

This is NOT the future of 3D printing. Hell, this probably wouldn't even work to put cheese on more than one cracker...but it's funny to watch. wink

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Two Federal Agents Charged With Stealing Money From Silk Road

These two morons are quite possibly the dumbest cops-turned-crooks we've ever seen.

Two former federal agents have been charged with money laundering and fraud stemming from their investigation into Silk Road, the once-thriving black market website for drug dealing, a criminal complaint shows. The former agents are Carl Mark Force IV, who worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, who worked for the Secret Service.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

More Mortal Kombat X Videos @ VG24/7

PS4 And PS3 Get Spotify Today @ Shacknews

Rainbow Six Siege Operator Trailer @ Blue's News

NJ Video Game Store Swatted @ CliffViewPilot

PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X Video Card Review

If you want a highly overclockable AMD based video card that runs cooler and is more power efficient than other cards in its class, you'll definitely want to read our evaluation of the PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X.

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Today we examine what value the PowerColor PCS+ R9 290X holds compared to overclocked GeForce GTX 970. AMD's Radeon R9 290X pricing has dropped considerably since launch and constitutes a great value and competition for the GeForce GTX 970. At $350 this may be an excellent value compared to the competition.

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UK Schools Threaten To Contact Police Over Kids Playing M Rated Games

I'm no expert on the subject, but it seems like the police and social services have more pressing issues to deal with besides kids playing mature rated games?

Headteachers have warned parents that they will report them to the police and social services for neglect if they allow their children to play computer games rated for over-18s. The warning was issued by the Nantwich Education Partnership, a group of 15 primary schools and one secondary academy in Cheshire, after it was discovered that some children had been playing or watching games that contain unsuitable levels of violence and sexual content.

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