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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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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Raven RV01 Chassis @ Bjorn3D

Cooling: CRYORIG H5 Universal CPU Cooler @ eTeknix

Noctua NH-D9L CPU Cooler @ Tweak.dk

ETC.: Tt eSPORTS Black V2 @ ThinkComputers

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 DDR4-3200 @ HwC

Video: Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming @ PureOC

What Is Silicon Valley’s Problem With Gender?

Wait, boardrooms in Silicon Valley aren't football locker rooms with pin-ups everywhere? But...but...the media tells us it is. big grin

From the testimony at trial, and from the coverage in the media, you would think that Silicon Valley is a hotbed of sexism and discrimination. You would get the impression that women cannot get ahead because they are deliberately and repeatedly denied opportunities. You might picture our offices and boardrooms as football locker rooms, with pin-ups everywhere.

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Noctua NH-L9x65 CPU Cooler

If you are in the market for a new low-profile cooler, make sure you read this review of the Noctua NH-L9x65 CPU cooler at Modders Inc. today.

Certain limitations are obvious for vertically-challenged heatsinks such as limited thermal management capability but their small size allows for a more flexible compatibility when it comes to fitting in tight spaces. This is why the stock Intel CPU cooler is the default go-to cooler in a DIY SFF/HTPC with its 45mm height.

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Amazon Introduces Home Services

Amazon is now offering in-home professional services such as house cleaning, computer technicians, painters, and plumbers. The company can also provide goat grazing services. That last part isn't a joke. eek!

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Amazon announced today the launch of Amazon Home Services (www.amazon.com/services), a new marketplace for on-demand professional services. In less than 60 seconds, customers can now browse, purchase and schedule hundreds of professional services from wall mounting a new TV to installing a new garbage disposal to house cleaning, directly on Amazon.com. Amazon Home Services features handpicked pros offering upfront pricing on pre-packaged services with helpful reviews from customers that have made verified purchases. Amazon’s Happiness Guarantee backs all service purchases, so customers know the job will get done right. With this expansion beyond physical and digital goods, Amazon is now making purchasing professional services as easy as buying products. Amazon Home Services is now available across the country in major U.S. metropolitan areas including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

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Learning To See Data

The key to overcoming big data overload? Hire a painter.

To extract some order from this chaos, analysts need to continually reimagine the ways in which they represent their data which is where Mr. Kohn comes in. He spent 10 years working with scientists and knows how to pose useful questions. He might ask, for instance, What if the data were turned sideways? Or upside down? Or what if you could click on a point on the plotted data and see another dimension?

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Apple Watch For Sale By Reservation Only

How do you create artificial demand for a product? Make sure you let everyone know that your "highly sought after" product is for sale by reservation only. They'll line up to buy it.

As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device. According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch.

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Congratulations to Our Own HardOCP Sebring iRacing Team

Team HardOCP did us proud on Saturday by taking the checkered flag in the iRacing 12 hours of Sebring endurance race, part of the Road Warrior Endurance series. The three man HardOCP team comprised of forum members OEM, MrMitch and JohnDub, powered their way into the winners circle in a nail-biting iRacing squeaker of a finish. You can see the last ten laps of the race in the video below:

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Personal Details Of World Leaders Accidentally Revealed By G20 Organizers

This has to be one of the biggest "autofill" errors in history. eek!

The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, were among those who attended the Brisbane summit in November and whose details were exposed.

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Corsair Graphite Series 780T Tower

Grab your favorite translator and head on over to HardwareOverclock to read their review of the Corsair Graphite Series 780T tower. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

The Graphite Series 780T is a breathtaking housing that can satisfy the most hardcore gamer or overclocker with ample room for nine drives and almost a dozen large fans. So here you can block two radiators, look forward to a three-step fan control and numerous additional components such as pump or surge tank to accommodate everyone's favorite. Many things can be completely secure or operate without tools.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Sunday March 29, 2015

GoT Will Be the Most Pirated TV-Show, Again

On your mark, get set, go pirate Game of Thrones big grin It’s that time of year again when GoT makes its season debut and all around the world is heard a collective Yar! and Yo Ho Ho with the pirates coming out of the woodwork to illegally watch or record the most pirated show on TV for the fifth straight year.

Data gathered during the first 12 hours of the season 4 premiere revealed that most downloads originated from Australia, followed by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands. So there must be something else going on.

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Goodbye GPS? DARPA Preparing Alternative Position-Tracking Technology

Leave it to DARPA to think outside of the box, but really, sometimes I don’t think these guys even own a box to think out of, they just think. big grin In this instance, the Department of Defense agency is turning its attention to the shortcomings of present day GPS systems and how the group can create new technology for real-time position tracking.

The need to be able to operate effectively in areas where GPS is inaccessible, unreliable or potentially denied by adversaries has created a demand for alternative precision timing and navigation capabilities.

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Standalone Fast & Furious Forza Game Free Right Now

Looking for a new game to play, but short on cash? If you have an Xbox One or 360, you can download the standalone Fast and Furious expansion and play for free. Don't put off the download too long, it's free only until April 10th. cool

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Dota 2: The International Tickets Sell Out in Just 10 Minutes

Last year you promised yourself that you were going to make better preparations to get tickets this year. Guess what bucko? You failed again. big grin Ticket sales this year only lasted a total of 10 minutes where last year ticket sales lasted almost an entire hour. eek! The eSports DOTA Championship Tournament will be a five day event beginning August 3rd in Seattle.

The event last year took less than one hour to sell out - and as eSports continues a strong resurgence, it wasn't surprising that tickets only lasted a few minutes in 2015.

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Nintendo Delays New Legend of Zelda Game for Wii U

The much touted The Legend of Zelda is not going to be able to keep the promise of a release in 2015. In what is becoming an all too familiar mantra of we would rather get it right before we release it from gaming companies, Nintendo announced the delay earlier this week.

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XM42: The Handheld Flamethrower Exceeds IndieGoGo Goal

If you will remember our news article on the handheld flamethrower several weeks ago, here’s some more good news. The IndieGoGo funded project has so far doubled its original goal in just five days with 31 days remaining. If you are interested in getting in on the action early, check out the contribution perks so you can get busy burning down things. big grin

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