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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2011Archive Listing

Monday February 28, 2011

Stupid Best Buy Employee / Criminal of the Day

A Best Buy employee was busted processing thousands of dollars in fake returns and keeping the cash. Nice, customers have to show ID for a $5 exchange but store employees can make fraudulent returns for months and not get caught. eek!

Police arrested a 24-year-old Best Buy employee who allegedly stole at least $3,500 after months of making fraudulent returns and pocketing the cash, authorities said. On Tuesday, police charged Holmes with theft by deception and two counts of forgery. Vineland Municipal Court issued her a warrant with bail set at $5,000. She was released on recognizance.


No Support for U.S. Proposal for Domain Name Veto

How did we end up here? We looked like schmucks for demanding veto power over top-level domains and then ended up with egg on our faces having only the power to offer "nonbinding advice" on top-level domains. roll eyes (sarcastic)

The Obama administration has failed in its bid to allow it and other governments to veto future top-level domain names, a proposal before ICANN that raised questions about balancing national sovereignty with the venerable Internet tradition of free expression.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases & Modding

Enermax Hoplite Case @ Hardware Secrets


Thinksound TS02+Mic High Definition Headphones @ RWLabs

Power Supply

OCZ ZX Series 850w PSU @ OCIA

Making More Informed Linux Hardware Choices

Head on over to Phoronix today and check out the article they have posted on " Making More Informed Linux Hardware Choices." Good stuff.

Matthew Tippett and I talked this weekend at the Southern California Linux Expo on the matter of making more informed Linux hardware choices. While Linux hardware support has come along way, it is not perfect and there are still shortcomings. However, with Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 and, which were released in Los Angeles, we believe there are now the capabilities to dramatically enhance the Linux hardware and software experience.


More Malicious Android Apps

If you are an Android phone owner, keep your eyes peeled for malicious apps that can ruin your day by running up your bill. Symantec has the lowdown:

We have detected a few applications carrying Android.Pjapps code. One of these applications is Steamy Window. Similar to other compromised Android applications, it is difficult to differentiate the legitimate version from the malicious one once it is installed. However, during installation it is possible to identify the malicious version by the excessive permissions it requests.


Coupon Users Furious Over Proposed Tax

Taxes are already out of control but Connecticut's governor is really pushing it with this idea. The governor wants you to pay taxes on the list price, NOT the sale price. That means if you get 35% off a $299 video card, he wants you to pay sales tax on the original amount, not the price you paid.

Ending the sales tax exemptions for coupons, discounts and automobile trade-ins are among tax exemptions Malloy has proposed ending to help close the state's projected $3.5 billion deficit. For example, the tax would be imposed on the $30 price of a blouse, not the $15 sales price.

I have a great idea for states having budget problems, do what tax payers have to do, live within your means. mad


Gmail Accidentally Resetting Accounts

Are you one of the 150k - 500k Gmail users that had your account reset today? The good news is that Google says they are working on it and have some accounts restored already. The bad news is that a bunch of you are still hosed for the time being. Thanks to Matt Schwier for the link.

While we haven't experienced the issue personally, we're hearing that the bug effectively reset some accounts, treating their owners as new users complete with welcome messages. For its part, Google says that the issue "affects less than .29% of the Google Mail userbase," engineers are working to fix the issue right now, and that missing messages will be restored as soon as possible. We'll soon see if this is a momentary setback... or a lengthy wakeup call.


Upgrade to Upcoming 16 Core "Interlagos" CPU is Easy

How long does it take to upgrade from an Opteron 6100 series processor to the upcoming 16 core Interlagos CPU? Watch this video and see for yourself:


Serious Sam 3: BFE Announced w/ Screenshots

BOOM! That was the sound of Serious Sam 3: BFE news dropping. Croteam’s Serious Sam 3: BFE is a glorious throwback to the golden age of first-person shooters where men were men, cover was for amateurs and pulling the trigger made things go boom. Serving as a prequel to the original indie sensation, Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam 3: BFE takes place during the Earth’s final struggle against Mental’s invading legions of beasts and mercenaries.

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Set against the collapsing temples of an ancient civilization and the crumbling cities of 22nd century Egypt, Serious Sam 3: BFE is an exhilarating fusion of classic twitch shooters and modern gameplay features. "Serious Sam 3 is about pure fun and unfiltered action," said Davor Hunski, chief creative officer of developer Croteam. "We wanted to expand on everything gamers love about the series while adding some genuinely unique new features to really enhance the mayhem Serious Sam is known for."


Valve Looks to Steam Power Your TV

Steam coming to a TV near you?

Valve announces their plans for this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA, indicating they have ambitions for their Steam content delivery service to make its mark in the coveted living room space. They reveal an upcoming "big picture" mode, "which will offer controller support and navigation designed for television interaction," saying this: "will enable gamers to enjoy Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house."


Gaming [H]eadlines

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Hands-On @ Shacknews

New Dragon Age Facebook Game @ Kotaku

Serious Sam 3 Screenshots, Details @ Blue's News

Tecmo Teases Ninja Gaiden 3 E3 Reveal @ Joystiq

Fabricate Yourself Using The Kinect

It is only a matter of time before someone makes a 3D model of something expensive with this thing.