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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2015Archive Listing

Wednesday September 30, 2015

Apple Bans iFixit App Over Apple TV Teardown

I wouldn't worry too much about this situation. Apple will do what they always do when they come under fire, they will put the app back and claim it was all a big misunderstanding. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The developer unit we disassembled was sent to us by Apple. Evidently, they didn’t intend for us to take it apart. But we’re a teardown and repair company; teardowns are in our DNA—and nothing makes us happier than figuring out what makes these gadgets tick. We weighed the risks, blithely tossed those risks over our shoulder, and tore down the Apple TV anyway. A few days later, we got an email from Apple informing us that we violated their terms and conditions—and the offending developer account had been banned.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

ETC.: Ozone Argon Ocelote World @ techPowerUP!

Gaming: Rainbow Six Siege Closed Beta Preview @ LanOC

Motherboards: ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+ @ ThinkComputers

Power Supply: Cooler Master V550 @ CowcotLand

Storage: Samsung Portable SSD T1 @ Bjorn3D

Video: Gigabyte GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming @ XtremeHardware

Fallout 4 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Video Series - Charisma

There has been another installment in the Fallout 4 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video series. This time around the video is an introduction to Charisma.


Linux-Powered Botnet Generates Giant DDoS Attacks

Damn you Linux, I always knew you were up to no good. We need to hurry up and ban Linux before it can do any more harm!

Malware that has hijacked Linux systems for the past year has been recorded flooding targeted websites at speeds of over 150Gbps. The Linux botnet, known as XOR DDoS or XOR.DDoS, is orchestrating attacks on around 20 targets a day, according go Akamai, which in late August blocked two attacks against customers that measured 50 Gbps and 100 Gbps, respectively.


News Anchor Trolled: Edward Snowden = Edward Scissorhands

Just skip to the 2:10 mark in this video for the epic trolling.


Star Citizen Selling A $900 Ship

Holy crap, a $900 ship? Someone please explain to me how something like this even exists. eek!


How Many Websites Are There?

Imagine what it would be like if it was your job to keep track of this kind of stuff?

But if you just want to get a sense of how big the web is, how much it has grown in 20 years, there are blunter measures. In 1994, for example, there were fewer than 3,000 websites online. By 2014, there were more than 1 billion. That represents a 33 million percent increase in 20 years.


Mealworms Can Convert Styrofoam Into Usable Soil

I want to know what these researchers were doing when they figured this out. eek!

A team from Stanford and China's Beihang University found that the beetle larvae stay perfectly healthy eating just Styrofoam, which is normally considered non-biodegradable. Better still, the worms convert the plastic to CO2 and waste that's safe to use as soil for crops. The scientists were as surprised by the discovery as you might be.


Vinyl Records Generated More Money Than Free Streaming Music

While impressive, the key word in the headline above is "free." Record sales were better than ad-supported music streaming services.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reported that U.S. consumers bought $226 million worth of vinyl records in the first half of the year. Contrast this to $162.7 million in revenues from ad-supported streams from the likes of Pandora and Spotify, and it looks like people are actually paying a significant chunk of change for music. More money is being made on record sales than money is generated from ad-based online music.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Trailer @ Blue's News

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Trailer @ Shacknews

PS4 Firmware Update 3.00 Now Live @ VG24/7

Smite Xbox One Patch Details @ GameSpot

MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Delayed Until 2016

It's been almost four years since this all started, what's another six months going to hurt?

Megaupload has asked a federal court in Virginia to postpone its legal battles with the MPAA and RIAA while the criminal proceedings remain pending. The movie studios and recording labels haven't objected to the request which means that it will take at least six more months before the civil cases begin.


Apple Moves Forward With Data Center Expansion Plans

Apparently Apple is moving forward with its plans for total world domination. Whoops, pardon me, I meant "data center expansion plans." big grin

Back in April 2015, Apple filed an application with the County Court responsible for the area including their Prineville Oregon data center, to expand their existing data center operation by adding two additional data halls -- or, as Apple calls them in its own non-standard terminology, pods. While the application has not yet been approved, the company has moved forward by purchasing 200 acres of land directly adjacent to their existing 159 acre Prineville data center campus.