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Saturday October 10, 2015

Male Engineering Student Explains Why Female Classmates Aren't His Equals

I may get hate mail for this, but my first thought was that this guy just wants to get laid.

Mauldin, who also teaches tech classes to students from fourth to eighth grade, told The Huffington Post he frequently sees women and girls face obstacles in STEM fields. He described a situation with one friend in particular who was treated differently in a calculus class simply because she is a woman. Mauldin said that male students were hypercritical of her work and often talked over her, if acknowledging her at all.


NASA Releases Plan Outlining Next Steps In The Journey To Mars

NASA has released a very nice brochure that details the preparation and challenges for getting to the red planet.

"NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Today, we are publishing additional details about our journey to Mars plan and how we are aligning all of our work in support of this goal. In the coming weeks, I look forward to continuing to discuss the details of our plan with members of Congress, as well as our commercial and our international and partners, many of whom will be attending the International Astronautical Congress next week."


Airbus Patent Stacks Passengers On Top Of Each Other

I could be looking at this completely wrong, but this seems like a decent solution for increasing leg space and sleeping more comfortably on a flight. Safety concerns will likely prevent this kind of configuration from happening, though.

"In order to still more efficiently use the space in a passenger cabin of an aircraft, U.S. Pat. No. 4,066,277 proposes to position an elevated deck structure on a main deck floor in the passenger cabin of a wide-body aircraft for providing a mezzanine seating area in a substantially unused upper lobe of the aircraft fuselage."


Microsoft’s Mission To Reignite PC Sector May Be Taking Hold

I loved Microsoft’s unveiling this week, and recent products from vendors seem to indicate that the company is doing something right.

The stated reason that Microsoft got into the PC hardware business three years ago, with the original Surface, was not to put PC companies out of business. The company said the goal was to better illustrate the capabilities of its software, providing devices that would inspire PC makers to be more innovative. Analysts and industry executives say the strategy may be starting to work.


BlackBerry CEO: Company Could Go Software-Only By Next Year

BlackBerry CEO John Chen suggests that if their upcoming Priv phone flops, they may give up on hardware.

Speaking at the Code/Mobile conference, Chen indicated that he might pivot BlackBerry to focus entirely on providing security software to other mobile and server platforms. Chen still wants the Priv to find a following, since hardware design has been part of BlackBerry from its inception, but he’s not betting the entire farm on this single product.


Dell In Talks With EMC Over Possible Merger

This was reported earlier in the week, but what are your thoughts on what could be the biggest tech merger ever?

A deal with EMC would cement Dell’s transition from a consumer-facing company to one focused on technology for large companies—a far cry from the company Mr. Dell founded in his University of Texas dorm room in 1984.


RED 4K Video Of Colorful Liquid In Space

Here’s a short but sweet video of—well, a floating ball of water in space.


Google Introduces Accelerated Mobile Pages Project For Faster Mobile Web

This is excellent news for people like me who can’t stand the current state of mobile web browsing.

Today, after discussions with publishers and technology companies around the world, we’re announcing a new open source initiative called Accelerated Mobile Pages, which aims to dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web. We want webpages with rich content like video, animations and graphics to work alongside smart ads, and to load instantaneously.


Netflix Raises Price Of Most Popular Plan By $1 Per Month

Netflix has increased the price of its standard subscription service to $9.99. I’d say that’s still a good deal, but at what price point would it start to bother you?

With more than 65 million subscribers worldwide, Netflix is counting on customer gains and higher prices to sustain revenue growth and finance the cost of its film and TV offerings. The company has $4.3 billion in programming costs over the next year, and almost $5 billion more for the following three years.


The PlayStation 4 Is Now $349.99

It’s still a little more than I’m willing to spend, but this is great news for anyone who was holding out for any kind of price drop.

…you’ll be able to pick up PS4 starting at the new price of $349.99 USD / $429.99 CAD (MSRP). Our goal at PlayStation has always been to provide the best gameplay experiences at the best value, and we feel this new compelling price will open the doors to even more gamers that have yet to purchase a system.


Friday October 09, 2015

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the Enermax ETS-T40Fit White Cluster CPU air cooler, followed by our AMD Radeon R9 Fury X CrossFire at 4K review article. Finally, we took a good long look at the MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION motherboard.

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ASUS Reinvigorates PC Gaming At ROG Unleashed

ASUS today reinvigorates PC gaming at the ROG Unleashed event in San Francisco that celebrates nearly a decade of ROG innovations. Launched officially in 2006, ASUS ROG is the world’s leading brand for innovative PC gaming hardware that delivers the ultimate computing experience for gamers and enthusiasts. ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih debuts a new arsenal of Republic of Gamers hardware that showcases its unrivaled engineering talent with several new products, including the liquid-cooled GX700 and all-new G752 notebooks, ROG Swift PG279Q and PG27AQ monitors, Maximus VIII series motherboards, G20CB desktop, and RT-AC88U router.

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ROG systems and components are designed and engineered to the highest standards along with thorough feedback from the community of ROG fans and users. In addition to hosting the ROG Unleashed press conference, ASUS invited loyal fans to celebrate nearly a decade of ROG engineering excellence with early access to the latest systems and components before it goes on sale.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 600 @ Technic3D

be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ pcGameware

Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Storage: Centon C-380 480GB SSD @ BmR

WD Blue 4TB SSHD @ APH Networks

Video: 4K Gaming Build Guide @ techPowerUP!

The Witcher 3 Patch 1.10

The Witcher 3 Patch 1.10 details have been posted in the CD Projekt Red. There are over six hundred changes and reportedly weighs in at around 15GB, depending on platform.

And rightly so, because it's the largest collection of fixes, improvements and various enhancements we've brought to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to date. All told, it packs a pretty impressive six hundred changes, including fixes for a load of quests, optimizations that'll make things smoother on PC and consoles, over one hundred fifty stability improvements to iron out hiccups, additional conversations with key characters that will enhance your relationships with them as well as the story as a whole, and a major and much-awaited fix that should take a good bit of the pain out of dealing with items in the Inventory by improving how items are ordered and sorted.


Scientists Build World's Biggest Tsunami Machine

Grab your boogie boards, scientists have created the world’s biggest human-made wave generator!


Rosewill Viper Z Mid-Tower

Those of you in need of a new mid-tower case should check out this review of the Rosewill Viper Z at Legit Reviews.

The ATX case market is extremely competitive right now, so Rosewill will have to truly make an impression with their Viper Z for it to be considered a viable contender. With Rosewill tagging the Viper Z as a "ferocious warfare machine" and then including a windowed side panel and blue LED fans, this is obviously a case targeted towards PC gaming enthusiasts.


YouTube Star Buys $4.5M Home

Seriously guys, we are all in the wrong business. eek! Thanks to cageymaru for the link.

According to indefatigable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, it was 23-year-old YouTube megastar Jordan Maron who, via trust, plunked down more than $4.5 million for a sexed-up contemporary perched on a steep, city-view hillside high above L.A.’s Sunset Strip.


Digital Dependence 'Eroding Human Memory'

Crap, my digital dependence caused me to forget what I was going say about this story. confused

An over-reliance on using computers and search engines is weakening people's memories, according to a study. It showed many people use computers instead of memorizing information. Many adults who could still recall their phone numbers from childhood could not remember their current work number or numbers of family members.


Must Watch Video of the Day

I thought this was definitely the must watch video of the day. As always, you mileage may vary, but I think most of you will get a kick out of it. cool


You Can Find An Organ Donor On Social Media

Need a kidney? Have you tried Facebook? No luck? Try Twitter. Those are the places I would go if I needed an organ transplant. Wouldn't you? roll eyes (sarcastic)

Social media sites like Facebook are known for connecting people around the world as never before. They are also facilitating a somewhat illegal practice of buying and selling organs, according to an investigation from Al Jazeera.


5G Wireless Test: Faster Than Google Fiber

Tests are showing 5G speeds at four times the speed of Google Fiber? If those results are accurate, that's pretty damn impressive.

The test involves the concurrent use of 24 devices on the 5G network. According to Huawei, the average download speed was 1.34Gbps and peaked at 3.6Gbps. That’s nearly four times the speed of Google Fiber, and almost twice the speed of Comcast’s new, incredibly expensive, fiber service.


Gaming [H]eadlines

ARK: Survival Evolved Sells 2M @ Blue's News

Free Xbox 360 Online Multiplayer This Weekend @ GameSpot

More Star Wars Battlefront Beta PC Servers @ VG24/7

Project Cars patch 5.0 Details @ Shacknews

Show Off Your Display Set-Ups!

It's time once again to show off your display set-ups! With close to 23k posts and over 16.7 million views, this is a great way show off what you got and get a little feedback from your fellow [H]'ers. cool

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NASA Studying How Zero Gravity Affects The Brain

It's kind of odd that it has taken this long for these types of tests to be done.

Because there's no up or down in zero gravity, the way our brains calculate 3D space stops working. As it turns out, that can be problematic, with astronauts finding it hard to complete basic tasks. It's a phenomenon that NASA wants to learn more about, which is why the agency has started to test a crew's spacial awareness before, during and after their trips to space.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Fractal Design Core 500 @ Hexus

NZXT Noctis 450 Mid-Tower @ CowcotLand

ETC.: Web Browser Performance Comparison @ HotHardware

Motherboards: Asus Maximus VIII Hero @ Technic3D

Power Supply: FSP Aurum PT-1200FM @ XtremeHardware

Storage: Thecus N4310 NAS @ Tweak.dk

Elon Musk: Apple Is The 'Graveyard' For Fired Tesla Staff

Elon Musk says that, if you ever get fired from Tesla, you can always go to work for Apple. Ouch.

Dismissing claims that Apple is poaching key members of staff from his own firm to work on its long-rumoured self-driving car project, Musk said: "Important engineers? They have hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard’. "If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding."


U.S.: Megaupload Defendants Don’t Need Expert Witnesses

Expert witnesses? You don't need no stinking expert witnesses!

Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants don't need to hire expert witnesses in the United States, the U.S. government argued today. Refuting claims that around $500,000 is needed to mount a proper extradition defense, the Crown prosecutor argued that incriminating admissions could not be trumped by technical know-how.


Mac Sales Reportedly Hit Two-Year Low

It looks as though the PC market isn't the only one suffering right now, Mac sales are at a two year low as well.

Analysts aren't in agreement over the rate of the slowdown, with IDC reporting a 3.4 percent decline in Mac units shipped and research firm Gartner reporting slowing growth of 1.5 percent. Both numbers point to the lowest growth rate in two years, according to The Wall Street Journal.


Pittsburgh Mayor: Verizon Broke Agreement To Provide FiOS To Entire City

I'm not sure how smart it is for Verizon to be pissing off the mayor of Pittsburgh.

"We have an agreement with Verizon that, over the course of several years, the entire city would be provided with FiOS," Peduto recently told WTAE-TV, "and it was the agreement that allowed them to start putting their lines in the public right of way. They have now broken that agreement."


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