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[H] Enthusiast Archives: November 2011Archive Listing

Wednesday November 30, 2011

Witcher 2 Dev Talks Piracy and DRM

Kudos to the guys at CD Projekt practicing what they preach and sticking to their guns on DRM. Here's to hoping other game developers follow suit.

Still, DRM does not work and however you would protect it, it will be cracked in no time. Plus, the DRM itself is a pain for your legal gamers this group of honest people, who decided that your game was worth the 50 USD or Euro and went and bought it. Why would you want to make their lives more difficult?


Which Companies Are The Worst At Responding To E-Mails

Which companies actually respond to customer e-mail and which ones don't? You might be surprised by the answer (or not if you've already e-mailed some of these places). wink

While it might seem obvious that retailers would (or should) reply to all emails sent to them by shoppers with questions, it’s far from reality! During the holiday weekend, only 67% of emails were answered within 24 hours (compares to 73% during the baseline period of the first two weeks of November). Only four retailers responded to 100% of the emails sent to them within 24 hours (; Toys ‘R’ Us; and Five retailers responded to only 25% (or fewer!) of the emails within 24 hours.


The Future of Free Energy?

Kyle passed this video on to me today and, if you haven't seen it yet, please take a few minutes and do so now.


Innovative Tire Structure Eliminates Need for Air

Bridgestone has developed a new high-tech tire that doesn't need to be inflated. I want to get a set of these just so I can see how well they handle burnouts. big grin

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[H]ot Deals

If you are looking for a bargain on computer hardware, we have some pretty good deals for you in today's [H]ot Deals forum thread and all of these deals come with free shipping! The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals while the getting is good.

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 Quad-Core CPU = $79.99 with free shipping

Corsair Force Series GT 2.5" 240GB SATA III SSD = $359.99 with free shipping

Kingston HyperX 16GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 = $79.99 with free shipping

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 = $299.99 with shipping

Toshiba To Close Chip Plants As Demand Slides

Toshiba, in a bid to cut costs, is closing half of its six discreet chip-making plants in Japan and scaling back production in the remain facilities.

The three plants are scheduled to be closed in the first half of the fiscal year starting in April 2012, in a bid to slash costs, with Japanese makers at a disadvantage because of strength in the yen. "It's because demand is so weak," said analyst Yoshiharu Izumi at JP Morgan in Tokyo, adding that the announcement would likely be mildly negative for the company's stock.


Android Phones Log Everything You Do

If you own an Android phone, you really need to watch this video. It is a bit boring to watch but trust me, it is worth watching.


Employers Asking for Facebook Passwords On Applications?

Thankfully my employer already knows about all the idiotic stuff I do so handing over my username / password is no big deal. big grin

You don't have to be a security expert to realize that asking for such information is out of the ordinary. Depending on how much detail and private information you choose to post on Facebook, Google+, or MySpace, relinquishing your password would allow your would-be employer to investigate every area of your life. Aside from status updates that may be secured for only friends to view, logging in to your account provides access to private messages, chat logs, and any number of other potentially damaging tidbits.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield 3 Marches On 8 Million Sales @ Shacknews

Dead Space First-Person Shooter Coming? @ Joystiq

New Unreal Development Kit Beta @ Blue's News

Skyrim's Achievement Progress Analyzed @ Kotaku

Thermaltake Frio OCK Universal CPU Cooler

Looking for a big ol' cooler to slap on that overclocked processor? PC Perspective says that the Thermaltake Frio OCK Universal CPU might be just what you are looking for. Here's a quote from the full review:

Thermaltake has refined and perfected what a truly exceptional heatsink should be when they created the FrioOCK. The massive size of the heatsink, combined with two 130mm fans in a push-pull configuration, helped us attain our highest overclock on an LGA 1155 processor we've every produced. While there were some clearance issues with taller memory modules, the fact that the FrioOCK is affordable, durable, and a monster performer makes this CPU cooler a sweet find for any PC enthusiast or overclocker.


'Cyber Monday' Now The Top Online Shopping Day

Thanks to nerds, geeks and techies getting their shop on, Cyber Monday is now the top online shopping day of the year. It is also the safest shopping day too, not one person was pepper sprayed or shot either. big grin

Online shoppers spent record amounts on the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, making it the biggest online shopping day in history. Online sales rose 22 percent to $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday, when retailers ramp up online promotions, according to research firm comScore Inc. That makes it the biggest online shopping day ever, the research firm said. A year ago, Cyber Monday sales topped $1 billion for the first time.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Memory/ Storage: Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD @ ThinkComputers

Motherboards: ASRock X79 Extreme4 Motherboard @ ocaholic

Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 Motherboard @ Neoseeker

X79 Sandy Bridge-E Motherboard Roundup @ T-Break

Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 850 W PSU @ Hardware Secrets

Video: MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Twin Frozr III 1280 MB @ techPowerUP!