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Saturday February 13, 2016

Semiconductor Industry To Officially Abandon Moore’s Law

Heat death and other fundamental limits have made Moore’s law impossible to sustain.

A rule of thumb that has come to dominate computing, Moore's law states that the number of transistors on a microprocessor chip will double every two years or so — which has generally meant that the chip's performance will, too. The exponential improvement that the law describes transformed the first crude home computers of the 1970s into the sophisticated machines of the 1980s and 1990s, and from there gave rise to high-speed Internet, smartphones and the wired-up cars, refrigerators and thermostats that are becoming prevalent today.

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Friday February 12, 2016

[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 Thermaltake Core P5 wall-mounted ATX chassis, followed by our review of the SilverStone Tundra TD-02 Slim AIO CPU cooler. Finally, we wrapped things up with a look at the Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer 120 AIO CPU cooler.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: Case Mod Friday @ ThinkComputers

Cooling: CRYORIG A80 Hybrid @ NikKTech

Noctua industrialPPC 24V Fan @ FunkyKit

NZXT Grid+ V2 Fan Controller @ Play3r

Storage: OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD @ Legit Reviews

Study Suggest Women Write Better Code

Wait just a damn minute, I thought there were no women in STEM careers? That means this is obviously a fake study.

The US researchers analysed nearly 1.4 million users of the open source program-sharing service Github. They found that pull requests - or suggested code changes - made on the service by women were more likely to be accepted than those by men. The paper is awaiting peer review. This means the results have yet to be critically appraised by other experts.

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DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy Program Takes Flight

Just how fast are these fully loaded quadcopters used in DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy Program? They can hit speeds of up to 20 meters per second or 45 miles per hour. eek!

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Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Review

The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case is on the test bench at APH Networks today. If you are looking for a mid-tower case with a big side panel window, this might be the case for you.

While there are many factors to consider when marketing or even buying a product, if a company packs best in-class features into the product tagged at a competitive price, consumers would make their purchasing decisions at the snap of a finger, and companies would be happy making lots of money. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M, in my opinion, is one of those great products that fit into this scenario.

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Sapphire R9 380 ITX Compact 4GB

The crew at LanOC took the Sapphire R9 380 ITX Compact 4GB around the block a few times to see what it was made of. If you need a new GPU and lack the space for a full sized card, you might want to give this review the once over.

It’s kind of hard to believe but it’s been almost two years from our R9 285 ITX review to now. In that time Asus and MSI seem to have dropped from the ITX market and Gigabyte jumped in. On top of that AMD turned things upside down and introduced the Fury Nano. Even still the Sapphire R9 380 4GB ITX is still the go to card.

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Changing The Date To 1/1/1970 Will Brick Your iPhone, iPad Or iPod Touch

How does stuff like this get overlooked? The fact that a hacker could brick every 64-bit iDevice connected to a public wi-fi network makes this situation even worse.

The bug within Apple’s date and time settings within iOS causes such an issue that users are reporting that the fail-safe restore techniques using iTunes are not able to repair the problem. The date bug affects iPhones, iPads and iPod touches with 64-bit processors running iOS 8 or iOS 9, including the iPhone 5S or newer, the iPad Air, iPad mini 2 or the 2015 sixth generation iPod touch or newer.

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AT&T Unveils 5G Roadmap Including Trials In 2016

AT&T announced today that it plans to start testing 5G wireless connectivity in 2016 as part of a plan to roll out 5G connectivity across its network over the next couple years. 5G trials will start by the end of the year in Austin, TX.

We expect 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds. Customers will also see much lower latency with 5G. Latency, for example, is how long it takes after you press play on a video app for the video to start streaming on your device. We expect 5G latency in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Destiny: Xur Location And Inventory @ VG24/7

Hitman PS4 Beta Starts Today @ GameSpot

New Halo Toys Coming From Mattel This Fall @ Shacknews

Star Citizen's Discount Package for Backers @ Blue's News

Introducing Cerberus, The SFF mATX Chassis From Kimera Industries

What started out as sketches and mockups in our forums almost two years ago, has blossomed into a fully functional mATX small form factor chassis. The crew at Kimera Industries just announced Cerberus, an 18L mATX enclosure designed for the enthusiast crowd. Follow the link for a complete list of specifications and features as well as information on the upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

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Originating in a thread on HardForum, Cerberus was at first a build log and project created by a frustrated enthusiast, who found existing cases on the market to be bulky and poorly designed. Although Cerberus's humble beginnings included little more than sketches and mockups, the enclosure would eventually transform into a collaboration between designer and audience, as more and more people began following and contributing to the project. Eventually, the collection of comments and feedback from an engaged enthusiast community would yield Cerberus's final design: a mATX enclosure that was portable, yet remarkably flexible; beautiful, yet completely functional.

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Teenager Arrested Over Recent US Government Hacks

Remember the teenage hacker going by the alias "cracka" that somehow got into the e-mail account of the head of the CIA? Well, as we predicted, the kid has been arrested and all his friends have turned on him.

A 15-year-old boy who goes by the name "cracka" was arrested earlier this week for his part in a number of security breaches. He's part of the group "Crackas with Attitude" who made news back in October for breaking into the personal email of CIA head John Brennan. The group went on to access several accounts owned by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last month.

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Uber To Pay $28.5M For Misleading Customers On Safety Practices

Damn, we almost made it through an entire week without more bad Uber news. The company has agreed to cough up $28.5 million to 25 million customers to settle lawsuits claiming the company misled customers about safety practices.

Uber said Thursday that it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees. The company told a federal judge in San Francisco that it wants to settle the class-action lawsuits by paying about 25 million riders who made U.S. trips between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2016.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Corsair Carbide 400C @ Overclockers Club

Cooling: Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 @ HwC

ETC.: NZXT HUE+ RGB LED Controller @ BmR

Storage: Mushkin Striker 480GB SSD @ eTeknix

Video: ASUS GTX 980 Ti Matrix 6GB @ techPowerUP!

Actor Gets Permission To Sue His Twitter Abuser For $10M

Think your tweets are protected by the First Amendment? Think again. Actor James Woods just got a green light to sue an anonymous Twitter user for $10 million for calling him a "cocaine addict."

James Woods has reportedly been given the go-ahead to launch a $10 million anti-defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Twitter user that suggested the actor used drugs. The case was expected to be thrown out by Judge Mel Recana at a hearing on February 2nd, but chose not to at the last minute.

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Facebook Steps Up Efforts Against Terrorism

Even though it looks like Facebook is taking terrorism seriously, the quote below cracked me up:

Facebook takes a hard line toward terrorism and terrorists, she said. "If it's the leader of Boko Haram and he wants to post pictures of his two-year-old and some kittens, that would not be allowed," said Ms. Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management. Facebook has strengthened the process over the past year.

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Microsoft Has No Plans To Change Windows 10 Privacy Settings

For all of you that thought this sounded too good to be true, apparently it was. frown

My sources tell me there are no such plans and that there is no such statement. Executives believe that existing privacy controls are reasonable for consumers and there's no need for a drastic change. All of my sources declined to speak on the record, but based on their comments I found the most likely explanation for Mr. Kelly's confusion.

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82 Year Old Great-Grandmother Accused Of Piracy

Although it's obvious she didn't, I honestly wouldn't care if this woman DID illegally download something, she doesn't deserve to be hassled like this over a crappy Shia LeBeouf movie.

The letter, received last month, accused Mrs Drew of infringing copyright. It stated she could avoid legal action by accepting liability and paying a settlement of £600. It is the second letter the company has sent to her following initial correspondence in November 2015. Mrs Drew said: "I'm upset to have been accused of something I didn't do... how many other people has this happened to?"

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Another Adobe Security Bulletin

Adobe, the number one manufacturer of critical vulnerabilities in the world, announced yesterday that it has released another patch for Adobe Flash Player.

  • Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 20.0.0.286 and earlier Windows and Macintosh

  • Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release 18.0.0.326 and earlier Windows and Macintosh

  • Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome 20.0.0.286 and earlier Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS

  • Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 20.0.0.272 and earlier Windows 10

  • Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 11 20.0.0.272 and earlier Windows 8.1

  • Adobe Flash Player for Linux 11.2.202.559 and earlier Linux

  • AIR Desktop Runtime 20.0.0.233 and earlier Windows and Macintosh

  • AIR SDK 20.0.0.233 and earlier Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS

  • AIR SDK & Compiler 20.0.0.233 and earlier Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

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Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the Quick Setup V7 Guide for Windows, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Intel To Bring The Best In Gaming To The World Stage

Celebrating the 10th season, Intel Extreme Masters returns to Katowice, Poland, as the world will watch the best professional players compete for over US$600,000. Intel will be present to show the best in technology and announce new initiatives that will enrich and grow gaming and eSports through the next decade. Come see amazing advances in gaming in the Intel Experience Zone. Set across 625 square meters, experience virtual reality, see the smart ways Intel® RealSense™ technology is integrated into games, and play the latest titles. March 4-6, 2016. Doors open at 10 a.m. daily for ticketed attendees, 12 p.m. for free.

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Thursday February 11, 2016

NYPD Has Used Stingrays More Than 1,000 Times Since 2008

One thousand times since 2008 means that the NYPD has, on average, used a Stingray once every three days for the past eight years. Let that sink in for a few minutes. eek!

The NYPD has confirmed that it owns and operates Stingrays—controversial surveillance devices that spy on cell phones nearby and that can be used to track location—the New York Civil Liberties Union announced today. In response to an NYCLU FOIL request, the NYPD disclosed it used Stingrays nearly 1,016 times between 2008 and May of 2015 without a written policy and following a practice of obtaining only lower-level court orders rather than warrants. This is the first time the extent of the use of Stingrays by the NYPD has been made public.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cooling: CPU Cooler Round-Up @ TechSpot

ETC.: Souris Tesoro Thyrsus Mouse @ CowcotLand

Memory: G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz DDR4 @ Guru3D

Mobo: ASUS B150I Pro Gaming Aura @ Hexus

Video: EVGA GTX 970 Hybrid @ Legit Reviews

Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC @ Hardware-Mag

Senate Passes Bill Making Internet Tax Ban Permanent

Finally, after 20 long years, the Senate has voted to keep internet access tax free permanently. The bill is on its way to the White House where the President is expected to sign it into law.

Recent attempts to make this ban permanent — by simply striking out the current end date on the latest of the Tax Freedom Act — had stalled in both the House and Senate. And so, as we reported in December, the language was simply tacked on to HR 644, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, a piece of legislation authorizing funding for Customs and Border Protection, that was deemed likely to pass. Today, it passed the Senate with a 75-20 vote.

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Quantum Break Coming To Xbox One And Windows 10

I think this is a smart move on Microsoft's part. I am way more interested in Quantum Break now that it is coming to Windows 10 as well as the Xbox One.

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Microsoft Is At It Again

Last time Microsoft used your picture to guess your age. This time around, your face is matched with a dog. Apparently I'm an Irish Setter:

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YouTube Red Removes View Counters From Paid Video

Want to know how many people are watching YouTube Red videos? Is the latest PewDiePie video series a complete flop? You'll never know because YouTube Red has removed view counters from its videos.

There’s one thing about the Red Originals that’s very un-YouTube, though. That place at the bottom-right of the videos on their homepage that used to tick up every time a new fan watched? That view count is gone. Despite YouTube’s insistence that data like watch time and engagement are more valuable, the upshot is that the company is being very careful not to let you know how many people have watched them.

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Aggressive IRS Scammers Resort To Swatting

Scumbag scammers are now actually resorting to swatting people when they refuse to cooperate with their scams. eek!

"I got a scam phone call...saying I owed back taxes," victim Jim Davis said. "And, of course, it scared me, so I decided to go along with it...he said it was 'Officer David Brown' [with the IRS], gave me his badge number, and he told me to go to the bank and get the money so I could pay my back taxes from 2009 to 2013. When I got to the bank, I talked to Shannon, the manager at the bank, and she told me she heard there was a scam going around for IRS tax evasion."

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Livestream Your Gunshot Wound? It May Save Your Life

Seriously, would you guys use an app like this?

Enter GoodSAM, which launched in mid-2014 as an app that lets you alert local medics and transmit your location. On Wednesday, the company added a live-streaming feature that provides an uninterrupted video feed to emergency services. GoodSAM, short for Good Smartphone Activated Medics, is in use around the world, including the UK, India, Malaysia, Australia and the US. The live-streaming tool, nicknamed Emergiscope, will be available globally.

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Cool Star Wars Lambda Shuttle Quad Rotor

You guys have to see this. The working wings is what really makes this thing so awesome.

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