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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2015Archive Listing


Friday February 27, 2015

8 Things Anita Sarkeesian Wants To Change About Video Games

While giving a lecture at New York University, Anita Sarkeesian outlined the 8 things she wants changed in video games. Hey, I have an idea! Maybe Sarkeesian can use the hundreds of thousands of dollars people have donated to her to fund her own game studio or maybe back other female developers instead of just constantly complaining.

  • Avoid the Smurfette principle (don't have just one female character in an ensemble cast, let alone one whose personality is more or less "girl" or "woman.")

  • "Lingerie is not armor" (Dress female characters as something other than sex objects.)

  • Have female characters of various body types

  • Don't over-emphasize female characters' rear ends, not any more than you would the average male character's.

  • Include more female characters of color.

  • Animate female characters to move the way normal women, soldiers or athletes would move.

  • Record female character voiceover so that pain sounds painful, not orgasmic

  • Include female enemies, but don't sexualize those enemies

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Apology For Resident Evil 2 PC Co-Op @ Blue's News

CoD: Advanced Warfare Havoc DLC PC Delayed @ Shacknews

Games For Change Awards Finalists @ GaemPolitics

New GTA 5 PC Screenshots @ VG24/7

[H] Custom Case Build of the Day

Although this is a work-in-progress, I can guarantee you that you guys will definitely want to keep your eye on this custom case mod by forum member BeckModZ.

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Lasers Could Boost Engine Efficiency By 27%

Because lasers make everything better. cool

Lasers can fix this problem by igniting the fuel in the middle of the combustion chamber instead of at the outer edge. This results in a much more complete burn, so you get more bang for your buck, literally. Also, lasers can be fired with nanosecond timing (multiple times per combustion cycle if necessary), and even targeted at different areas of the combustion chamber.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: ID-COOLING SE 214X @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: PC Persective Podcast #338 @ PCPer

Sub-$100 Gaming Headset Roundup @ TechSpot

Storage: AMD Radeon R7 240GB SSD @ CDRLabs

Video: NVIDIA Game Ready 347.52 Driver Analysis @ eTeknix

Aereo’s Bankruptcy Sale Raises Less Than $2M

The final kick in the cajones for Aereo? Raising less than $2 million at auction after estimating as much as $31.2 million.

The money raised in the auction was less than half of the $4 million minimum the company had expected to use to pay creditors. Aereo, which had raised about $100 million from investors, had estimated the auction could bring in as much as $31.2 million.

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20 Of The Worst PC Setups

It's time once again for Think Computer's monthly Worst PC Setups feature. I'm torn between these two:

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Ramnit Botnet Shut Down

Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, with help from various countries, Microsoft and Symantec, shut down the Ramnit botnet's command and control servers.

On 24 February, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) coordinated a joint international operation from its operational centre in The Hague, which targeted the Ramnit botnet that had infected 3.2 million computers all around the world. The operation involved investigators from Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom who led the operation along with partners from private industry.

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Twitter's Anti-Harassment Tool Tracks Phone Numbers

I'm not sure how well any of this is going to work. Trolls always seem to find ways to come back. frown

Under the changes, users who receive temporary bans may have to verify an email address or a phone number to resume using Twitter. (Other users can be banned permanently.) Email addresses are relatively easy to obtain, but phone numbers are harder and by checking phone numbers against a list of banned users, Twitter could be able to keep more abusers and harassers from creating accounts.

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TalkTalk Security Breach Fuels Bogus Tech-Support Scam

Crooks are using TalkTalk's stolen client database to scam customers into giving up online banking information.

"We believe that the scammers may be using the information they have illegally obtained to trick people into thinking they are genuine TalkTalk callers, and encouraging them to hand over more detailed information, such as their bank details," TalkTalk warns on its scam alert page it's currently directing concerned customers to.

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Google Backtracks On Blocking Adult Content On Blogger

It seems the power of porn has compelled Google to change its mind on banning adult content in Blogger.

This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn. Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as "adult" so that they can be placed behind an "adult content" warning page.

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Microsoft Made An Android Keyboard Designed For Excel

Microsoft has launched Keyboard for Excel, an Android virtual keyboard designed to be used with Excel.

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