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Sunday November 29, 2015

Asteroid Mining Made Legal, US Citizens May Own Celestial Bodies

The president has signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act so you may now mine asteroids. But why stop there? Let’s get the legislation going on space advertising, interstellar hotels, Mass Effect relays, etc.

US citizens are now able to obtain their own asteroids and mine resources out of them, and will be able to own the materials they find there. Until now, space has largely been treated as publicly-owned, meaning that nobody could claim commercial ownership of anything that was out there.


Lenovo And Razer Unite For New Range Of Gaming PCs

Methinks the outcome of this will mostly be Lenovo PCs that just try to look like Razer products.

Future Lenovo gaming PCs will also benefit from Razer's software expertise, which has been demonstrated with things like Razer Comms, Synapse, and Cortex, a suite of useful tools for managing and optimizing settings for games. Razer also has a loyal and vocal fan base, which Lenovo says will be heeded in the development and refinement of future products.


Pirates Can Now Rip 4K Content From Netflix And Amazon

Too bad the quality of Jessica Jones in 4K is absolutely potatoes. I also see that 4K movie web rips are already nearly 100 GB, so the file sizes for uncompressed 4K Blu-ray copies should be very interesting.

Earlier this year the first 4K Netflix leak surfaced. After that it went quiet. However, a few days ago something changed, as many more releases started to appear online. TorrentFreak spoke to a release group insider who confirmed that this is a significant change. "Many groups started releasing 4K rips recently and they are working perfectly. I expect that 4K resolution releases will become more popular now," TorrentFreak was told.


E-Paper Sneakers Display Custom Art And Animations

Many seem to think this is a crowdfunding scam, but I’m sure the concept is still interesting for those attention whores out there.


Star Wars’ Aurebesh Joins Google Translate

"Luke Skywalker learned to read Aurebesh by the time he was four years old, from a set of old educational datatapes given to him by his aunt Beru."

What you might know as the Alphabet in English is known as the Aurebesh - also correct as just "Aurebesh" in Star Wars. This set of letters works much like a standard 1:1 code, where each letter of our Alphabet has its own unique character in the Aurebesh. There are also characters for basic punctuation and the numbers 1 through 9 and zero, too. Today, Google provides all of you Star Wars scene code-crackers with a helpful tool - Google Translate.


Users Report AMD Crimson Driver Heating And Killing GPUs

Have any of you experienced this? Luckily, there appears to be a temporary fix for those who are affected.

Reddit has a lot of reports from users who are saying that after they had installed the latest Crimson driver, the fan remained locked at 20%. This is usually happening without the knowledge of the user, who usually finds out when the system crashes. If they’re lucky, the system will reboot, but that's not always the case. It’s possible for GPU to die in the process, and that makes things a lot more complicated.


Formula E Announces 300kph "RoboRace" Championship

They should just make it a high-speed destruction derby, since I hear AIs are big on systematically killing stuff.

the series will see completely autonomous electric cars compete in one-hour races designed to test artificial intelligence. Races, which will take place on the same day and circuits as the Formula E championship, will have 10 teams and 20 cars competing.


App Lets You See Radio Waves Around You

This is only available on iOS for now so I haven't seen it for myself yet, but it seems to do what it advertises. The app isn't free, but you can just check out the video.

The Architecture of Radio is a site-specific iPad application that visualizes this network of networks by reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere; hiding the visible while revealing the invisible technological landscape we interact with through our devices.


Yelp Prevails In Lawsuit Over Authenticity Of Its Reviews

Plaintiffs had accused Yelp of manipulating reviews in an attempt to coerce businesses to buy advertisements, but the federal judge handling the case wasn’t convinced.

A Yelp spokeswoman said the company "has repeatedly stated that it does not manipulate reviews in favor of advertisers or against non-advertisers, and the court saw through plaintiffs' attempts to cast these statements as false."


Bill Gates To Commit Billions For Clean Energy

Mr. Gates continues to make the world a better place, one step at a time.

The fund, which one of the sources described as the largest such effort in history, is meant to pay for research and development of new clean-energy technologies. It will include contributions from other billionaires and philanthropies, and a commitment by the United States to double its budget for clean-energy research and development, according to the sources, who asked not to be identified.


Saturday November 28, 2015

Sony Might Have Unlocked The PS4’s 7th CPU Core

So how much more powerful does this make the PS4 versus the Xbox One now?

Sony did not release any official announcement about this, and the SDK itself is under NDA, so we should consider this as rumor, and take it with the traditional pinch of salt until an announcement is made. That said, it’s certainly promising.


Ridley Scott: "Alien: Covenant" First Of Three Films, Will Link Into Original "Alien"

Are you still interested in the origins of the Xenomorph, or do you think Ridley should have left it all alone?

Alien: Covenant and the following two films will be origin stories, answering the "very basic questions posed in Alien: why the alien, who might have made it and where did it come from?" Scott revealed at a press conference in Sydney where he is starting pre-production on Covenant, the first sequel to Prometheus.


Microsoft’s New Development Workflow Begins To Show Cracks

Perhaps this is why many have complained of Windows 10 feeling so beta and not fully finished.

Prior to his implementation of a streamlined operation to help ship code faster, there was roughly a one-to-one relationship between developers and those who test the code for stability and bugs. After the layoffs, which gutted a significant portion of the employees who were in the testing group, management pushed down the idea that developers should be fully responsible for their own code. This, in itself, is not a crazy idea, but the transition to this methodology is starting to show its weakness in the products that Microsoft has been shipping since the release of Windows 10.


"World’s Sexiest Robot" Causes Frenzy At Tech Conference

It looks like a dude wearing a women's wig to me, but whatever floats your boat...

The World Robot Conference in Beijing was reportedly taken by storm this week when the latest iteration of Geminoid F an almost terrifyingly-realistic robot woman made an appearance during the show. Known to many as "the world's sexiest robot," the rubber-skinned android can speak, sing, and even act according to China's state-run news service.


Pirate Told To Get 200K YouTube Hits Or Face Huge Fine

As the alternative to paying a hefty fine, this guy was asked to make an anti-piracy PSA video that got 200K views. So far, he's at over 750K.

the BSA say that the 30-year-old’s fate lies with how popular the video becomes. Unless the video gets 200,000 views on YouTube, there’s a suggestion that a huge fine will become payable. "If I promote my story and my video gets at least 200 thousand views, I will only serve the general part of my sentence," Jakub explains.


Cards Against Humanity Makes Over $54K Selling Nothing On Black Friday

I wonder how many people managed to miss the disclaimer and thought they were getting something.

Why would people pay Cards Against Humanity $5 for absolutely nothing? I assume that most know it’s a joke and feel like the bucks are simply a tip. Maybe for the smile they got from the company or because they’ve long enjoyed their products.


Apple May Replace 3.5mm Headphone Jack With Lightning Connector For iPhone 7

Apple thinks it’s okay to get rid of a connector standard and make you pay for an adapter just to use your wired headphones.

The report, citing a "reliable source," claims the new same-sized Lightning connector will support Lightning-equipped and Bluetooth headphones, and have a DAC, or digital-to-audio converter, for backwards compatibility with wired headphones using standard 3.5mm stereo jacks. A 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required.


Price Cuts On AMD And Nvidia GPUs

Now might be the time to upgrade to that Nvidia or AMD GPU you’ve had your eye on.


LG Display To Invest $8.7 Billion In OLED

Let’s hope this move will push down the prices of OLED TVs further.

The company said it will spend an initial 1.84 trillion won to begin building the plant, called P10, in Paju, South Korea, to make panels across all product segments including large screens for TVs and flexible OLED panels for devices such as smartwatches and auto displays. Production is expected to begin in the first half of 2018.


IP Leak Affecting VPN Providers With Port Forwarding

Those who use VPNs at any capacity might want to check in with their providers to see if this affects them.

We have tested this with nine prominent VPN providers that offer port forwarding. Five of those were vulnerable to the attack and have been notified in advance so they could fix this issue before publication. However, other VPN providers may be vulnerable to this attack as we could not possibly test all existing VPN providers.


VTech Hack Exposes Data On Hundreds Of Thousands Of Kids

In what may be the "fourth largest consumer data breach to date," the toys and gadgets company had its database accessed via SQL injection, which includes the identities of many children.

The hacked data includes names, email addresses, passwords, and home addresses of 4,833,678 parents who have bought products sold by VTech, which has almost $2 billion in revenue. The dump also includes the first names, genders and birthdays of more than 200,000 kids. What’s worse, it’s possible to link the children to their parents, exposing the kids’ full identities and where they live, according to an expert who reviewed the breach for Motherboard.


Samsung Starts Mass Producing 128-Gigabyte DDR4 RAM Chips

I figure this should greatly reduce the number of sticks computing centers will need to order and install.

The 128GB TSV DDR4 RDIMM is comprised of a total of 144 DDR4 chips, arranged into 36 4GB DRAM packages, each containing four 20-nanometer (nm)-based 8-gigabit (Gb) chips assembled with cutting-edge TSV packaging technology.


Raspberry Pi Zero: The $5 Computer, Already Sold Out

I was going to buy one just to put on my desk, but apparently they’re all gone.

The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.


PS4 Remote Play Coming To PC

Mr. Yoshida has tweeted that you’ll be able to stream and play PS4 games on your PC soon. Xbox One had this since July, so I’m surprised it took Sony this long to introduce this.

Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. big grin


Friday November 27, 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 short holiday week off with our evaluation of the Thermaltake Suppressor F31 mid-tower chassis and ended it with our Radeon R9 Nano Small Form Factor Competition Review article.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 600 @ Guru3D

Case Mod Friday: Luna @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: Thermaltake Riing LED RGB Fans @ ThinkComputers

ETC.: G.Skill KM780 RGB @ eTeknix

iClever Foldable Wireless Keyboard @ TechnologyX

Storage: Western Digital Black 6TB HDD @ APH Networks

Video: Gigabyte GTX970 Xtreme Gaming @ TechnologyX

Private Copies Of Music Are Illegal Again In The UK

While this wasn't unexpected, it still sucks for our brothers and sisters across the pond. frown

Following the CJEU's decision in the Reprobel case (reported here and here), it is perhaps not surprising that the UK Intellectual Property Office has announced that it is to abandon the UK's private-copying exception which was introduced in October 2014, and which was effectively declared illegal by the High Court in July of this year, and so had to be withdrawn.


Black Friday Booty! What Did You Get?

We know a bunch of you guys do the whole Black Friday thing, so we want to know if you scored any good deals, what you got and where.

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Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Silent Mid-Tower Chassis

There is a review of the Thermaltake Suppressor F31 silent mid-tower chassis posted at eTeknix today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Thermaltake Suppressor F31 is their latest full-tower, following on from their F51 chassis which launched earlier this year, designed with a relentless focus on silent performance. It’s been kitted out with thick panels, vast amounts of sound dampening materials, a front panel door and extensive air and water cooling support, giving you all the tools you need to build a power and super quiet system.


Microsoft's Corporate Culture Has A Problem With The White Stuff

Don't feel bad, I thought this headline was insinuating that Microsoft had a problem with cocaine too.

A lot gets written about the problems of corporate culture in Silicon Valley. The workaholism, the sexism, the short-termism. But less gets written about the problems of corporate culture in Microsoft’s home turf of Redmond, Washington. Specifically, the milk.


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