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Friday February 27, 2015

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the Corsair Carbide Series AIR 240 compact PC case, followed by our Thermaltake Toughpower Grand Platinum 1200W review. Finally, we ended the week by answering that burning question How Does My Power Supply Impact Overclocking?

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Rev B. @ ocaholic

Xigmatek Mach Mid-Tower @ eTeknix

Cooling: Phanteks PH-TC14S @ Modders Inc.

Motherboards: MSI Z97 Gaming 3 @ HardwareOverclock

Storage: Seagate Seven External USB 3.0 @ Legit Reviews

Video: NVIDIA GTX 960 Round-Up @ Hardware.Info

XFX R9 290X DD Black Edition @ pcGameware

Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Review

If you are building a new system and you want to keep noise and cost to a minimum, the crew at Vortez says you will love the Corsair Carbide 100R Silent.

The Carbide Series 100R is a low-cost, entry level computer case which comes in two different versions – standard and silent. The standard version comes with a side window, fan mounts at the top and just one cooling fan whilst the silent version uses closed panels, comes with an additional fan, fan controller and noise reduction material. This case hopes to deliver on styling, features and cost but will it win our seal of approval today?


Uber Security Breach May Have Affected Up To 50K Drivers

I was afraid the week was about to come to a close without a story about another Uber screw-up! Whew, that was close! wink

Thousands of Uber driver names and driver's license numbers may be in the hands of an unauthorized third party due to a data breach that occurred last year, the ride-hailing company announced today.


Sony Accidentally Erased All 20th Anniversary PS4 Contest Entries

Wondering why you haven't been notified of your winning entry in the 20th Anniversary PS4 Contest? This ought to explain everything. big grin

Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest.


Make Your Own Ambilight For $60

This is a great tutorial for making your very own DIY Ambilight for only $60.


How Does My Power Supply Impact Overclocking?

This article is for all of you that have ever asked yourself the question "How Does My Power Supply Impact Overclocking?" Definitely good reading. cool

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Yesterday I was having a conversation on IRC with a bunch of guys that are very much into building desktop gaming PCs and of course many of these enthusiasts focus on overclocking. I was asked how much a PSU came into importance when we are overclocking our system in terms of overall stability.


Vandalism Shut Down Internet, Cellphone, Telephone Service Across Arizona

Can someone please explain to me how you can leave a fiber optic cable exposed so that vandals can just walk right up to it and cut it with a hacksaw?

"There was a vandalism that took place on a fiber optic cable that basically runs from Phoenix to Northern Arizona," said Alex Juarez, a spokesman for CenturyLink in Arizona. The line, which is composed of extremely thick cable, appeared to have been cut with a hacksaw, according to Juarez. Phoenix police are currently investigating the incident and say they have yet to determine a motivation for the crime.


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


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.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: ID-COOLING SE 214X @ XtremeHardware

Raijintek Themis Evo @ pcGameware

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Intel XDK Provides New Game Tools And Services for HTML5 Devs

To accelerate the deployment of new mobile games across an increasingly diverse spectrum of devices, Intel today released the latest Intel® XDK, an all-in-one HTML5 development environment that allows game developers to write a single app and automatically build versions for Android, iOS, and Windows app stores. Intel® XDK gives gamers the ability to enjoy the same experiences across their PCs, phones, and tablets, and lets developers focus on creating new experiences instead of porting games to different platforms. This version adds popular game engine support for Construct2, Cocos2D, Phaser, EaselJS part of CreateJS suite of libraries, and Pixi.js; includes an Asset Manager to access, manipulate, and manage game assets; plus the W3C Gamepad API for devices; and supports Google Play Game Services and Apple Game Center Services.


Thursday February 26, 2015

NASA Finds 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet Ceres

I'm not saying this is aliens....but it's aliens. big grin

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Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area.


Senate Panel Votes For Ex-Googler To Head US Patent Office

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted today to make Google's former patent chief the director of the US Patent and Trademark Office.

USPTO directors have come from the tech sector before—the last director, David Kappos, was a top lawyer at IBM. But Lee's appointment marks the first time someone with a background from an Internet-focused company will take the helm at USPTO. While she was at Google, Lee became one of the most outspoken corporate lawyers on the problem of "patent trolls" plaguing the system with their lawsuits.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Phenom @ pcGameware

ETC.: GAMDIAS HADES Gaming Mouse @ TechARP

Storage: OCZ ARC 100 480GB SSD @ NikKTech

WD My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS @ Techgage

Video: Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming @ Legit Reviews

Spyware Violates Human Rights Guidelines

I think we can all agree that spyware blows ass but does it really violate human rights guidelines?

If you think that commercial software designed to spy on computers is problematic, you're not alone. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's UK contact has determined that Gamma International's approach to selling its FinFisher spyware violates human rights guidelines.


How Facebook Is Helping Suicidal People

If you are suffering from thoughts of suicide, do you call A.) a family member or friend B.) suicide prevention line C.) 911 or D.) Facebook. roll eyes (sarcastic)

According to a Facebook post written by Product Manager Rob Boyle and Safety Specialist Nicole Staubli, a trained team will review reports of posts that appear to be suicidal and if necessary send the poster notifications with suicide prevention resources, such as a connection to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline.


Internet Slang Meets American Sign Language

This is one of those things that you never really think about until someone points it out to you. Bonus: Some of the faces these guys make are hilarious.

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Google: It's 'Irresponsible' Of Apple To Make Everything Expensive

While I agree with what this guy is saying, as long as people keep paying high prices, why should Apple charge less?

Of course, providing a service for free doesn't mean you don't profit from it in myriad ways. But still, Pichai wanted to underline that there's something creepily elitist about Apple. He said: "It's a bit irresponsible to say everything should be many hundreds of dollars [as most Apple products are]."


Verizon Responds To Net Neutrality Vote

I have to admit, I laughed at this. Yes folks, that is Morse code. wink

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