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Thursday May 26, 2016

Crazy Hi-Tech Elevated Bus Concept

This elevated bus concept looks cool as hell but you know for a fact that it would never work. The lawsuits would fly the first time someone tried switching lanes in front of this thing and ended up getting rear ended by a bus the size of a city block.


Google Prevails in Copyright Fight Against Oracle

The Google versus Oracle retrial has ended with a decisive victory for Google. Next stop, the appeals court on the way to an eventual Supreme Court showdown. You have to wonder how long this thing is going to drag out, another four years maybe?

In a high-profile retrial of a patent fight between Oracle and Google, a 10-person jury has found in favor of Google. The jury was asked to answer one question: Has Google shown that its implementation of Java within its mobile operating system, Android, constitutes fair use under the Copyright Act? After deliberating for roughly three days, the jury responded unanimously that Google had adhered to the law.


Music Piracy Triggers Significant Losses

When I saw the headline I thought to myself "uh-oh." But then, after reading the article, the losses in the UK are roughly only 5%. That is waaay lower than I thought it would be. The MPAA - RIAA spend more than that on lawyers and unsuccessfully trying to track down and sue pirates.

New research published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office shows that piracy hurts both digital and physical music sales. In EU countries the total losses are roughly 5% of yearly revenues, which equals €170 million. In addition, piracy also triggers secondary losses for governments and the public sector.


Goat Simulator: Waste of Space Trailer

For those of you that enjoyed the original Goat Simulator, the sequel Waste of Space is coming out next week. Here's the trailer, packed full of goat action and an Arnold Schwarzenegger sound-alike narrator.


Intel Acquires Computer Vision for IOT, Automotive

Intel is transforming from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices. These devices will use the power of Intel technology to process data being generated from "things," connect to and learn from data being analyzed in the cloud, and deliver amazing new experiences. One of the amazing Internet of Things (IoT) experiences Intel is gearing up to deliver is autonomous driving. Americans spend some 75 billion hours a year driving. Morgan Stanley estimates that self-driving vehicles could deliver $507 billion in annual productivity gains – to cite just one compelling benefit. While the possibilities are exciting, the reality requires solving a myriad of technology challenges. Solutions will need to seamlessly deliver a combination of compute, connectivity, security, machine learning, human machine interfaces and functional safety.

To win in automotive today and help deliver its exciting future, Intel is adding new capabilities to our automotive portfolio like functional safety and over-the-air software management. Another key requirement for self-driving cars is the ability to see and accurately interpret surroundings. One of the technologies necessary to support this capability is computer vision. Computer vision includes methods for acquiring, processing, analyzing and understanding images from the real world in order to make informed decisions and automate actions. Computer Vision technology is quickly becoming critical for the future of smart and connected "things" from autonomous vehicles, security systems, medical imaging and more.


Study Shows The Scale Of Twitter's Misogyny Problem

Here we go again. I don't know why they just don't do one big study to determine once and for all that people say and do stuff on the internet because they are anonymous. Another thing, is it "misogyny" if 50% of the people talking trash to women are actually women too?

During that short timeframe, the study found "10,000 explicitly aggressive and misogynistic tweets" directed at 6,500 users in the UK alone, TechCrunch reports. Internationally, there were more than 200,000 tweets using the same terms directed at 80,000 users. The study also claims about 50 percent of those abusive tweets were sent by women.


Microsoft And Facebook To Build Subsea Cable Across Atlantic

Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up on a data cable running across the Atlantic ocean connecting the US to Europe. The fourteen month long project is expected to kick off in August. In case you don't know where Europe is, the joint press release provided the following photo:

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Today we’re excited to announce the latest step in our global cloud infrastructure as Microsoft and Facebook announce plans to build "MAREA" – a new, state-of-the art subsea cable across the Atlantic. The new MAREA cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers. The parties have cleared conditions to go "Contract-In-Force" with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.


Gaming [H]eadlines

New Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer @ GameSpot

No Man's Sky Delayed? @ Blue's News

Paragon Adds Riktor To Its Roster @ Shacknews

The Division 1.2 Update Known Issues @ VG24/7

FSP Hydro X 650W Power Supply Review

If you are in the market for a high quality PSU with very good voltage regulation, excellent efficiency, and very good DC Output Quality, make sure you read our evaluation of the FSP Hydro X 650W power supply. This could very well be the PSU for you.

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FSP does not have much to say about its Hydro X in terms of marketing speak, but it does hit the high points that enthusiast system builders are looking for: "Silent operation, High efficiency ≧ 90%, Full Japan-made electrolytic capacitors, Powerful single +12V rail design, Ribbon cables, and Complete protection: OCP, OVP, SCP, OPP, OTP."


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Live Action Trailer

Obviously I don't know if the upcoming game will be good or not, but this live action trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided called "The Mechanical Apartheid" is pretty good. The last Deus Ex game was pretty good so I have high hopes for this one.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Noctua NH-U12S @ Technology X

ETC.: Corsair K70 RGB RapidFire Guru3D

Intel Core i5-6600K vs Core i5-2500K @ ocaholic

Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK Mini PC @ HotHardware

Storage: OCZ RD400 NVMe SSD @ SSD Review

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds

Are product designers trying to exploit your psychological vulnerabilities? A former Google design ethicist says that smartphones are becoming as addictive as slot machines and developers are taking advantage of that.

I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked. When using technology, we often focus optimistically on all the things it does for us. But I want you to show you where it might do the opposite.


US Government Is Spending Billions On Old Tech That Barely Works

A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that the government spends billions on maintaining really old tech. Personally, I find it hard to believe that our government would be as wasteful as this. Normally they are very good about managing our tax dollars and making sure the system runs as efficiently and effectively as possible. wink

A system used by the Justice Dept. to monitor security and custody levels and inmate population information still uses COBOL, a programming language that dates back to the post-World War era. A system that tracks incidents involving hazardous materials used by the Transport Dept. is more than four decades old. A number of servers at Homeland Security still run Windows Server 2003, which hasn't been supported for almost a year, but these servers won't be transitioned to federal systems until 2018 because of backwards-compatibility issues. And, a nuclear weapons coordination system used by the Defense Dept. is still running on an IBM Series/1 computer -- a machine that dates back to the 1970s and uses 8-inch floppy disks.


Old DOOM With New DOOM Guns

I love mods like this. Even though the new DOOM has been out for a while, there is still nothing like the original DOOM to get your blood pumping.


Twitter Dissolves Commerce Team, Ceases Development Of "Buy" Buttons

How many of you actually used a "buy" button on Twitter? No one? That's probably why they are canning they idea and going back to what actually works.

For the past year or so companies have been working to streamline the buying process by cutting out the need to toggle between several pages to purchase a product. There’s one social network that’s decided dipping its toes into the world of e-commerce apparently isn’t worth it anymore: Twitter has shifted its focus away from the concept of a "buy" button. Twitter has dissolved its 25-person commerce team and ceased development of its "Buy" button.


Microsoft U-Turn On 'Nasty Trick' Pop-Up

To be honest, July 29th can't get here soon enough. Why? Because, like most of you, every computer in my house that I wanted to upgrade to Windows 10, has been upgraded. Microsoft's incessant nagging to upgrade my remaining PCs is about to drive me crazy. frown

Microsoft told the BBC it had modified the pop-up two weeks ago as a result of criticism: "We've added another notification that confirms the time of the scheduled upgrade and provides the customer an additional opportunity for cancelling or rescheduling the upgrade. "If the customer wishes to continue with their upgrade at the designated time, they can click 'OK' or close the notifications with no further action needed."


How Deep Learning Can Paint Videos in the Style of Art’s Great Masters

Thanks to Instagram and Snapchat, adding filters to images and videos is pretty straight forward. But what if you could repaint your smartphone videos in the style of van Gogh’s "Starry Night" or Munch’s "The Scream"? A team of researchers from Germany’s University of Freiburg has made significant strides toward this goal using an approach to artificial intelligence called deep learning. The team developed a method that uses a deep neural network to extract a specific artistic style from a source painting, and then synthesizes this information with the content of a separate video. NVIDIA GPUs make it possible to crunch through this computationally intensive work with striking results.


Introducing the AMD FirePro S7100X, the Industry’s First and Only Hardware-Virtualized GPU for Blade Servers

AMD today announced AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro™ S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe® virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for up to 16 users that is practically indistinguishable from a native desktop experience. Using AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology, the AMD FirePro™ S7100X GPU harnesses silicon expressly designed for graphics virtualization and conforming with the virtualization industry standard, SR-IOV to allow easy integration into existing hypervisor ecosystems. The AMD FirePro™ S7100X GPU is the newest addition to the AMD line of graphics virtualization products, designed in an ultra-compact form factor with a TGP of just 100W that makes it ideal for blade server deployments. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the first to offer the AMD FirePro S7100X GPU in HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 Graphics Server Blades available now.


Intel Security Study Reveals Why Collaboration is Key to Stopping Advanced Cyber Threats

The secret to preventing the next big cyberattack may lie within the people, processes and technologies that organizations already have in place. Released today by Intel Security, a survey of 565 security decision-makers worldwide revealed that enterprises believe they could be 38 to 100 percent more effective at preparing for attacks if their threat management and incident response personnel and systems could simply collaborate better. By harnessing the often-untapped power of collaboration, organizations can improve their security operations’ effectiveness and overcome the growing shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals.


Wednesday May 25, 2016

America Uses A Staggering Amount Of Mobile Data

It would seem that people in the U.S. really like their mobile porn vending machines. According to a new study, Americans used twenty billion gigabytes of data, twice as much as we did last year. eek!

Americans are so committed to their smartphones and tablets that they used nearly 10 billion gigabytes of mobile data last year, according to a new study published by a top industry trade group. That's more than double the amount of data we used the year before. It reflects the tremendous explosion in mobile browsing — particularly online streaming music and video, both of which require lots of data.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: SFF CPU Cooler Round-Up @ MadShrimps

ETC.: Corsair Lapdog @ Vortez

Corsair Lapdog @ TechSpot

Cooler Master Devastator II @ OCInside

HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset @ LanOC

Storage: Corsair Force LE 240GB @ Cowcotland

Facebook Working On Detecting Mirror Selfies

I wish Facebook would work on a way of just eliminating selfies altogether. That solves the "mirror selfie" problem and does the world a gigantic favor at the same time. big grin

"If you show it a mirror, we can nail it," Zitnick said, pointing to an image like the one above. "To detect the mirror in [a mirror selfie], you need to have a much more deep understanding of the world. You have to understand how selfies are taken, so unfortunately it’s really difficult."


Tesla Towing A Car Beats Alfa Romeo 4C In 1/4 Mile

Motor Trend took a Tesla Model X P90D, hooked it up to a car trailer (with a car on it) and drag raced an Alfa Romeo 4C. Yes, the Tesla won. Skip ahead to the four minute mark to see the race.


Apple Explores Charging Stations For Electric Vehicles

I want to crack jokes about this (just to be a jerk) but I think this might be something Apple could be really good at. Maybe this is what Apple has been working on the whole time that people thought the company was developing an electric car.

Apple Inc is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles. The moves show Apple responding to a key shortcoming of electric vehicles: "filling up" the batteries. A shortage of public charging stations, and the hours wasted in charging a car, could be an opportunity for Apple, whose simple designs have transformed consumer electronics.


Apple CEO Saw An iPhone In A 350-Year-Old Painting

During the Start-up Fest event in Amsterdam, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he saw an iPhone in a 350 year old painting. If you see a man handing a woman a letter, you'd be right. That also happens to be the name of the painting, so it is doubtful that it is an iPhone. Now, had the name of the painting been something like "you're holding it wrong" or "it's impossible to decrypt an iPhone," it would be more believable. wink

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"Do you happen to know Tim, where and when the iPhone was invented?" Kroes asked Cook on stage. The Apple chief executive explained that in one painting at the museum he thought he saw the subject holding an iPhone. "You know, I thought I knew until last night. Last night Neelie took me over to look at some Rembrandt and in one of the paintings I was so shocked. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings," Cook jokingly explained.


Foxconn Replaces 60,000 Factory Workers With Robots

A government official in China just announced that Foxconn has replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. How long before other companies do the same? Robots are cheaper, work 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no overtime, can't call in sick....kinda like human employees in China, just less robotic.

Former McDonald's chief executive Ed Rensi recently told the US's Fox Business programme a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour would make companies consider robot workers. "It's cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who is inefficient, making $15 an hour bagging French fries," he said.


Thermaltake Core X71 + Pacific DIY Cooling Combo Review

I guess you can call this review of the Thermaltake Core X71 chassis and the Thermaltake Pacific cooling system a bit of a combo review. If you are a first-timer to water cooling using hard lines, this review will be of interest to you.

Thermaltake has been kind enough to provide us with the Core X71 along with all the necessities for our first DIY loop cooling system. We’re sure a lot of you out there are thinking this looks way too technical and complicated for the average person. Well, we are going to put those thoughts to rest with a explanation on our first DIY loop cooling build.


AMD Radeon R9 480 3DMark11 Benchmarks?

The crew at VideoCardz have what they claim are AMD Radeon R9 480 benchmarks and, if these numbers are to be believed, the results aren't very encouraging. As always, take what you see here with a grain of salt, but it does give all of us something to talk about until AMD actually launches its Polaris 10 based cards. Thanks to gamerk2 for the heads up.

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AMD Polaris GCN 4.0 Macau China Event

So lots of tech press folks are flying out today for Macau China where AMD will be showing off its Polaris 10 and 11 architecture over the next few days. Just FYI, HardOCP was NOT INVITED to this event. When I reached out to confirm with AMD that we were not invited, and our invitation had not just gotten lost in the mail, AMD PR refused to answer the question. I guess that sums it up!

Honestly, there is likely not much to miss here, as we do not think AMD has any answer for GTX 1080, but the middle of the product stack will surely get revamped if GlobalFoundries and crank out the 14nm parts.

You can check out our GlobalFoundries Tour from 2011 as it has some pretty nifty insight.

We were even there to watch them building the fab 5 years ago.

So all in all, I am not sure HardOCP will be on the cusp for AMD's next Paper Launch, but we were hoping so. All in all, things will work out and I think we might have some big AMD news for you in the next couple of days anyway, Macau or not.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Bridge Constructor Trains Expansion @ Blue's News

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Reviews @ VG24/7

Titanfall 2 Coming In October? @ Shacknews

Two New Xbox One Consoles Coming? @ GameSpot

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