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[H] Enthusiast Archives: December 2014Archive Listing

Wednesday December 31, 2014

[H]appy New Year!

Happy New Year! Hopefully all of you will have a great time celebrating tonight and, with any luck, you'll have the day off tomorrow to recuperate watching a bowl game or the parade. For those of you stuck at work on the 1st, we'll be here rounding-up a bit of tech news for you to help pass the time. As always, we appreciate you spending the new year (and every year) with us. Happy New Year!

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[H] New Year's Resolutions

It is New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, time to make a New Year's resolution. We are all in different time zones and some of you will be partying sooner than others tonight and you might end up too drunk to make a resolution. So, to avoid missing the opportunity to make one of the biggest commitments of the year (that will be broken in a matter of days), let's all take a minute now to share our resolutions.

Police Arrest Lizard Squad Member

Oh look, another member of the "you'll never catch me" gang ends up getting caught. This is my surprise face roll eyes (sarcastic).

Vinnie Omari, a 22-year-old member of the group Lizard Squad, was arrested on Monday after British law enforcement agents from the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit raided his home. Omari confirmed the raid with the Daily Dot, and provided a photo of the search warrant he received.


New Year's Eve [H]ardware Round-Up

ETC.: High Powered mATX Gaming PC Build @ PCPer

Home Server Build Part 4 @ Hardwareslave

Input: Razer Chroma Set @ MadShrimps

Kone XTD Gaming Mouse @ pcGameware

Motherboards: ASRock X99 Extreme11 @ techPowerUP!

Army Lowering Standards For Fat ‘Cyber Warriors’

Hell yeah! I can finally be all I can be!

Maybe you’re not the Ranger who can do 100 pushups, 100 sit-ups and run the 2-mile inside of 10 minutes, but you can crack a data system of an enemy. But you’re physically fit, you’re a healthy person and maintain your professional appearance, but we don’t make you have the same physical standards as someone who’s in the Ranger Battalion," he added.


How Our Favorite Social Networks Failed Us In 2014

Hopefully the author does a follow up to this article explaining why we still use social networks even though they continually pull this kind of crap.

Social networks behaved abysmally in 2014. Sharing information and photos privately with friends is a compelling alternative to social networks with their ads, weird research experiments, and harassment. That’s not to say anyone is abandoning social media, but more and more users are pressuring companies to be better and more honest about how data is used and what is being done to make networks like Facebook, Twitter, and new anonymous social apps safer spaces.


911 Call of the Day

I just want to be the clear that it was a console owner that did this. big grin

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NASA Space Sounds Remixed Into Music?

A group of musicians have put together four songs using space sounds from NASA's collection of space-related sounds.


Tesla Is Working On Robotic Snakes

Tesla is working on robotic snakes full of electricity? Wasn't it Elon Musk that said that reliance on AI was "summoning the demon?" eek!

Tesla CEO tweeted that his electric car company is actually working on tech that would allow chargers to snake out of the wall and plug into your car automatically, eliminating the need to manually connect when you get your Model S back to your garage at night.


India Blocks 32 Websites

India has blocked thirty two websites including the internet archive, Pastebin, and Vimeo. Surprisingly enough this has nothing to do with piracy.

The national head of Indian political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), announced on Twitter that, "The websites that have been blocked were based on an advisory by Anti Terrorism Squad, and were carrying Anti India content from ISIS." Gupta added, "The sites that have removed objectionable content and/or cooperated with the on going investigations, are being unblocked."


Yet Another Horrible Comcast Recorded Customer Service Call

Comcast, the king of horrible customer service is at it again. It's not as bad as the time they had a guy fired for complaining or the time customer service thought Steam was a virus or the last customer service call from hell, but it's still pretty bad.

It’s been a bad year for Comcast’s customer service image probably not what the company wants to hear when it’s trying to convince federal regulators to let it swallow up millions of Time Warner Cable customers and while many consumers are taking this week off from work, the folks at Kabletown know that bad service doesn’t take a holiday.


The Hackers Who Hit Sony Also Threatened CNN

Why would you hack a news outlet? Could you imagine how boring a CNN hack would have been?

The Intercept has obtained an FBI alert noting that the group implied threats against a "news media organization" on December 20th. While the bulletin doesn't name the company, The Desk's Matthew Keys has copies of the Pastebin-based messages (since removed) showing that CNN was the target. The GOP sarcastically complimented CNN on its "investigation" of the hacking group and linked a video calling the TV network an idiot, but didn't warn of any specific consequences.