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Friday February 28, 2014

[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 XFX R9 290X Double Dissipation Overclocking review, followed by our Thief Video Card Performance preview article. Finally, we wrapped things up with our evaluation of the Enermax Revolution X't 730W power supply.

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Sony Continues To Sell Off Buildings

If you can't turn a profit on your products, I guess selling more buildings and closing two thirds of your retail stores might help. frown

In 2013 Sony sold its Madison Avenue U.S. headquarters for $1.1 billion and one of its main Tokyo buildings for another $1.1 billion. The sale of this iconic building will only net the company $146.5 million, though.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: Corsair Hydro H75@ Cowcotland

ETC.: Corsair Raptor K40 @ HT4U

PC Perspective Podcast #289 @ PCPer

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Headset @ Vortez

The TR Podcast 150 @ Tech Report

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VI Formula @ PC Perspective

PSU: Enermax Revolution X't ERX530AWT @ XtremeHardware

Video: Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti WindForce @ Hexus

Mt. Gox Sued Over Bitcoin Losses

The first lawsuit, of what will no doubt be many, has been filed against Mt. Gox. The sad part is, I don't think anyone is going to get a dime back, especially since they filed bankruptcy. frown

In a complaint filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, plaintiff Gregory Greene said Mt. Gox and its chief executive, Mark Karpeles, were negligent and committed fraud for having failed to protect the Tokyo-based exchange from theft. Greene said bitcoin prices plummeted after Mt. Gox found the security breach, but said he and other investors in the virtual currency could not cut their losses because the exchange had halted trading. Mt. Gox took down its website on Tuesday.

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Security Firm: Russian Government Makes Malware

I'm not saying the Russian government is making malware but I also wouldn't be surprised if they were.

G Data bases its case for Russian government involvement on the complexity of the malware and the presence of Cyrillic words in the malware sample. G Data blog author "MN" points to file names, encryption keys, and behavior of Uroburos as evidence that the Russian government played a role in the creation of the malware.

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Computer Virus Stalls an F1 Team’s Car Testing

Getting a computer virus sucks, having something like this happen because of a virus sucks even worse.

The ex-Virgin squad completed only 29 laps during the four-day test, fewer than any other team, with the virus that the team spent Wednesday fixing effectively wiping out the day. "It started off with the first disaster, which was a computer Trojan-type virus in the racks, which cost us the best part of the day," team principal John Booth told AUTOSPORT.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro 4770R

The Legit Reviews crew has taken the Gigabyte Brix Pro around the block a few times to see how it performs. What happens when you stuff the power of a Core i7-4770 in a case smaller than three 120mm fans stacked on top of each other? Hit the link to find out.

We first saw the Gigabyte Brix Pro Ultra Compact PC Kit in September 2013 at the Intel Developer Forum and instantly fell in love with the pint-sized system due to the hardware inside. Gigabyte managed to fit the Intel Core i7-4770R 3.9GHz quad-core processor along with Intel’s powerful new Iris Pro 5200 integrated graphics in a form factor that is just 62 x 111.4 x 114.4 mm or 0.79 Liters in size.

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IBM Laying Off 25% Of 'Hardware' Division

Apparently IBM is laying off twenty five percent of its Systems and Technology group. The story quotes IBM as saying that "at any given time" the company has 3,000 job openings. Hopefully some of the people affected by the layoffs announced today we be able to fill some of those positions. frown

"As reported in our recent earnings briefing, IBM continues to rebalance its workforce to meet the changing requirements of its clients, and to pioneer new, high value segments of the IT industry," IBM spokesman Doug Shelton told CNET in a statement. "To that end, IBM is positioning itself to lead in areas such as cloud, analytics and cognitive computing, and investing in these priority areas."

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The Latest On Tor's Anonymous IM Service

Raise your hand if you have something so important to talk about that you would actually need this. Okay, you with your hand raised...stay right there...someone will be right over to talk to you shortly. cool

The Tor Foundation is moving forward with a plan to provide its own instant messaging service. Called the Tor Instant Messaging Bundle, the tool will allow people to communicate in real time while preserving anonymity by using chat servers concealed within Tor’s hidden network.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

BF4: Naval Strike DLC Details @ Shacknews

Payday 2 DLC Plans Expanded @ Joystiq

State of Decay DLC Plans @ Blue's News

Theif PC Patch Is Out @ Kotaku

Bitcoin's Mt.Gox Files For Bankruptcy

So all that money is gone, they lied about the reason behind not allowing people to withdraw their bitcoins and now they get to just file for bankruptcy?

Major bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox has lost nearly all the virtual currency held in its systems and has filed for bankruptcy protection at a Tokyo district court, lawyers for the company told a press conference Friday.

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What Comcast Really Thinks About You

*Warning* This video contains NSFW language. It is also hilariously accurate.

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