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[H] Enthusiast Archives: June 2014Archive Listing


Monday June 30, 2014

ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB SLI Video Card Review

If you are a fan of dual GPU set-ups and high resolution gaming, our ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB SLI video card review is definitely for you!

You’ve seen the new ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC Edition 6GB DirectCU II video card, now let’s look at two of these in an SLI configuration! We will explore 4K and NV Surround performance with two ASUS STRIX video cards for the ultimate high-resolution experience and see if the extra memory helps this GPU make better strides at high resolutions.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 Processor @ Legit Reviews

ETC.: CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid-I @ Tweak.dk

Diamond Xtreme Sound 7.1 External Sound Card @ Hardware Asylum

Video: HIS R7 260X iCooler 2GB @ MadShrimps

MSI GTX 780 Gaming 6GB @ techPowerUP!

How Air Force One's Communications Are Kept Private

How do you keep Air Force One safe from prying eye / ears? That's easy, just ban the NSA from riding on the plane.

According to Col. Dean Clothier, the vice commander of the 688th Cyberspace Wing, the work of the 346th Test Squadron is just one element of his organization's broader work to ensure that vulnerabilities in the service's essential systems -- from physical infrastructure to water and power systems to radios and other communications equipment aboard airplanes -- are secure. Defending the cyber components of all Air Force infrastructure is the task of the 24th Air Force, and often that means trying to attack their own systems. "We look for vulnerabilities for cybersystems to be breached," Clothier said.

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Google Fiber Build Complaints Mount

Google Fiber installers are "butchering" people's property while installing service? Who cares? I can live without a gas line, bring on the gigabit speeds baby! big grin

Previously, we have discussed a number of instances in Kansas City where those installing Google Fiber were "butchering" the homeowner’s property. Although Google says they're learning as they go, complaints are still rolling in about installers tearing apart property with rutted lawns and busted gas lines.

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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered Park Benches

I guess this is a lot better than park benches being used as beds by the homeless in Boston. Uh oh, the countdown to lawsuits over solar-powered park benches displacing the homeless begins in 3....2....1. big grin

The benches, to be located in various parks, will allow residents to take a load off their feet while plugging in and recharging their cellphones. "Your cellphone doesn’t just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?" Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement Friday.

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Fallout 3 Beat In Under 24 Minutes

I've seen some pretty fast speedruns before but Fallout 3 in 24 minutes? Damn. eek!

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79 Movies Disappearing From Netflix Tomorrow

Consumerist has a list of the 79 movies that will disappear from Netflix tomorrow. Now would be a good time for a Rocky marathon.

Because there’s always someone on the Internet keeping track of such things, there’s a list of some pretty good movies you’ll be bummed not to have at your fingertips, for a total of 79 streaming flicks that are about to disappear.

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Stalker Facebook Page Extends, Then Retracts, Support For Areal Kickstarter

We posted this earlier today in our Gaming [H]eadlines post but I wanted to give you guys the chance to comment on this recent turn of events.

The official Facebook page of GSC Game World issued a statement over the weekend calling for an end to disparaging comments about Areal, the "definitive spiritual successor" to the Stalker games that's now on Kickstarter. That led the makers of the Misery mod, one of Areal's most prominent critics, to remove all such criticism from its Facebook page; yet now GSC has reversed course, saying its expression of support for Areal was not official at all.

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Windows 'Threshold': Microsoft's Plan To Win Over Windows 7 Users

According to this article, a Windows 9 preview is expected later this year and the main focus is winning over Windows 7 hold outs.

Windows "Threshold," the next major version of Microsoft's Windows operating system due to hit around the spring of 2015, is coming into focus. And not too surprisingly, one of the Microsoft Operating Systems Group's main goals in designing and developing the coming operating system (OS) release -- which may or may not ultimately be branded as "Windows 9" -- is to try to make it more palatable to hold-out Windows 7 users.

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Random [H] Sighting

Today's random [H] sighting come to you all the way from Brisbane Australia. Thanks to Delan Ajero for the photo!

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Bungie Denies $500M Development Cost Rumor @ VG24/7

GSC Game World Retracts Areal Endorsement @ Blue's News

Rockstar President Buys A Church @ Joystiq

Steam Hits 8M Concurrent Users Mark @ Shacknews

Serious Security Threat Lurks On 86% Of Android Phones

As bad as this may sound, at least there is a patch out now. eek!

A bug in the Android KeyStore left an estimated 86 percent of Android phones vulnerable to major security breaches, according to an advisory IBM researchers published last week. The researchers discovered the problem nine months ago, but waited until the Android Security Team came up with a patch for Android KitKat, which is now available.

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