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Friday November 17, 2017

XSPC Razer Neo GPU Waterblock on the Test Bench

Just getting to be moving forward with a bit of GPU cooling testing tonight courtesy of the XSPC Razer Neo waterblock on our GTX 1080 Ti. Running a full load at stock clocks our GPU temperature is right around 31C.
Discussion Posted by Kyle 6:52 PM (CST)

Massive US military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open in AWS S3 Buckets

Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages - all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest. When it rains it pours on government ineptitude. How the heck do you leave this much data just laying around for anyone to find? Tax dollars at work........

Vickery told The Register today he stumbled upon them by accident while running a scan for the word "COM" in publicly accessible S3 buckets. After refining his search, the CENTCOM archive popped up, and at first he thought it was related to Chinese multinational Tencent, but quickly realized it was a US military archive of astounding size.

Discussion Posted by Montu 3:00 PM (CST)

Germany Bans Children's Smartwatches

A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who had such watches to destroy them. All I've got to say about that is.....dilly, dilly. Company's have got to fix their stuff when it comes to child safety.

"Poorly secured smart devices often allow for privacy invasion. That is really concerning when it comes to kids' GPS tracking watches - the very watches that are supposed to help keep them safe," said Ken Munro, a security expert at Pen Test Partners.

Discussion Posted by Montu 2:22 PM (CST)

Research Shows Drones Could Help Crop Management Take Off

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers. This isn't something that surprises me at all. It makes perfect sense to use cheap drones to study how your fields are doing and use that information to improve yields and make more money.

Of the two camera systems analyzed, the images produced from the multi-spectral camera proved to be more accurate in estimating plant populations, with a greater than 93 percent accuracy. However, researchers say the red, green, blue (RGB) images produced by the less-expensive digital camera still looked promising, with a greater than 85 percent accuracy using current methods and scripted programming.

Discussion Posted by Montu 1:47 PM (CST)

The Moon Express MX-1E Lander Is Heading for the Moon or Bust

Google can’t resist a moon shot, but this one is literal: A decade ago, the company announced the Google Lunar X Prize - $20 million for the first private firm to build a robot that can soft-land on the surface of the moon, travel 500 meters, and beam hi-def video back to Earth. Everywhere we look space technology is back at the forefront of human development. It's good to see us branch out again and reach for the moon and planets.

Bob Richards, a self-described "space entrepreneur" and Moon Express’ cofounder and CEO, envisions a future in which the moon is mined for resources - not necessarily for export back to Earth† but to power further space travel, using Luna as a launching point. (Moon water could provide the hydrogen and oxygen needed to make rocket fuel, for example.)

Discussion Posted by Montu 1:00 PM (CST)

Amazon Seller Lost $400,000 in Sales After Being Attacked by Self-Proclaimed 'virus of Amazon'

If you are thinking about being a third-party seller on Amazon and believe they will have your back then I point you at this CNBC story that might just change your mind. After you read the story you'll probably agree that Amazon didn't do the right thing and cost an honest seller TONS of money and probably his business. Don't get me wrong and think I'm only blaming Amazon here, but they could have handled this situation much better.

After a seven-week suspension from Amazon and $400,000 in estimated lost revenue, Damavandi's storefront - Beauty Imports - was reinstated on Nov. 8. Now he's sitting on hundreds of thousands of dollars of inventory that he has to sell at a deep discount to pay his suppliers and remaining employees.

Discussion Posted by Montu 12:15 PM (CST)

Virtual Reality Training May Be As Effective As Regular Therapy After Stroke

Using virtual reality therapy to improve arm and hand movement after a stroke is equally as effective as regular therapy, according to a study published in the November 15, 2017, online issue of Neurologyآ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. This really does make a lot of sense since you're making the same movements and at the same time you're playing a game. I bet in the long run this works out better because you'll probably be more likely to complete your therapy if you're having fun doing it. You can read the abstract here.

"Both groups had substantial improvement in their functioning, but there was no difference between the two groups in the results," Brunner said. "These results suggest that either type of training could be used, depending on what the patient prefers."

Discussion Posted by Montu 11:42 AM (CST)

Wal-Mart says it’s Preordered 5 of Tesla’s New Electric Tractor Trailers

The shoes are starting to drop and Tesla appears to be in the drivers seat when it comes to the electric tractor trailer market. According to CNBC, (WARNING auto play video) Wal-Mart has preordered 5 of the Tesla semi trucks and is going to test them in the U.S. and Canada. This follows on the announcement by J.B. Hunt that they have reserved multiple semis as well.

In an expansion from personal vehicles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled an electric semitractor-trailer Thursday that has a 500-mile range on a single charge and is electronically connected with a fleet's management system. The vehicle allows the driver to stand and puts the steering wheel in the center with a touchscreen panel on both sides of the driver.

Discussion Posted by Montu 11:13 AM (CST)

TIME Names iPhone X One Of The 25 Best Inventions Of 2017

Well-respected publication TIME magazine has put Apple’s iPhone X up there with the best of the best products to be launched into the public domain during 2017. I don't know about well respected and I sure can't say I would say an iPhone X is a top invention for 2017. How can you say something is a top invention that is just an update to a smartphone that has been around for years? You can check out the list here.

The first thing that you notice when you take the time to look through the TIME list is that it’s unbelievably diverse in the fact that it contains innovative and thought-provoking products from literally all walks of life.

Discussion Posted by Montu 10:44 AM (CST)

Switch, Super NES Classic Lead to 19% Growth in U.S. Spending on Consoles

Nintendo’s resurgence has made 2017 a huge year for console sales. In October alone, the Switch and Super NES Classic Edition along with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and 3DS generated $238 million in spending. That’s up 10 percent year-over-year, which is a trend for 2017. Wow, it looks like 2017 is a banner year for console companies. Is the PC Master race in jeopardy?

The Switch was the top-selling console last month, and Super NES Classic was No. 2. And Nintendo doesn’t expect the momentum to slow for either system. The company revealed it plans to manufacture 25 million to 30 million Switch systems for its next fiscal year, and it plans to continue making Super NES Classics for the foreseeable future.

Discussion Posted by Montu 10:13 AM (CST)

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA Leak Snoop's PC Was Packed With Malware

Kaspersky Lab, the US government's least favorite computer security outfit, has published its full technical report into claims Russian intelligence used its antivirus tools to steal NSA secrets. The Register has a good article worth reading that ties everything together. We covered this a bit last month and the earlier article is here.

The report, published on Thursday, said it has no record of the described snafu in 2015, but the case looked like a situation that kicked off the year before. A user with a Verizon FiOS IP address in the Baltimore area, near the NSA headquarters, fired up the Kaspersky software, and it found on the PC powerful cyber-attack code that appeared to be part of a collection codenamed the Equation Group files.

Discussion Posted by Montu 9:36 AM (CST)

Windows Update Borks Old Epson Dot Matrix Printers

Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers. I know most of the [H] readership always has top of the line equipment, but this PSA is for those that still need to use old equipment for one reason or another. Beware of the latest updates if you have an Epson dot-matrix printer.

Other folks have suggested the problem can be traced back to the KB4048954 update on Windows 10, KB4048958 on Windows 8.1 and KB2952664 on Windows 7. Some users have reported that removing those updates fixes the problem.

Discussion Posted by Montu 9:21 AM (CST)

Amazon's Last Mile

Gizmodo has a nice article about plainclothes contractors who deliver packages in cities all around the country. There appears to be some argument about whether or not Amazon is breaking the law. Also, some believe Amazon is trying to take over the delivery industry as a whole. I don't know about all of that, but I do find it interesting how they've built an entire delivery infrastructure from nothing to pretty robust in a short period of time.

Flex is indicative of two alarming trends: the unwillingness of legislators to curb harmful practices of tech behemoths run amok, and a shift towards less protected, more precarious opportunities in a stagnant job market.

Discussion Posted by Montu 8:52 AM (CST)

Classic Arcade Game 'Rampage' Made Into a Movie

Is nothing sacred anymore? Now they have to go and make a movie out of one of the best arcade games of all time. Something tells me it's going to be a bust even with The Rock in it. Check out the trailer below.
Discussion Posted by Montu 8:27 AM (CST)

Hours Before Launch, EA strips Micro-Transactions From ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’

Just hours before the full launch of Battlefront II, Electronic Arts has announced that they’re removing in-game micro-transactions entirely from the title for the time being as they look to rethink their pricing strategy. I believe big brother Disney might have had something to do with this since EA was making the Star Wars franchise look very greedy. Sometimes it helps for gamers to be vocal about stuff and this was one of those times.

What drove EA to take micro-transactions out of one of the company’s biggest releases this year? A backlash that was rippling through the online gaming community on gaming platforms, social media and forums. Though EA emphasized the full removal of in-game purchases was temporary, it’s clear that the community is volatile and will react negatively to changes it doesn’t see as satisfactory.

Discussion Posted by Montu 8:00 AM (CST)

Bitcoin Passes $8,000 For the First Time in History

Just weeks after crossing the $7,000 milestone, bitcoin surged to a new all-time high on November 16, peaking at $8020 on the Bitfinex exchange. This marked the first time the cryptocurrency’s value passed the $8,000 mark, though it dropped back down to $7,896 at the time of writing. Is bitcoin going to keep going up? Only time will tell, but it sure looks like it.

Veteran trader masterluc said in August that he expects it to hit almost double that — $15,000 —before the end of the year, and FundStrat Global Advisor co-founder Tom Lee believes it could surge to $25,000 over the next five years.

Discussion Posted by Montu 7:51 AM (CST)

Tesla Shows Off New Roadster Prototype

The Tesla Semi wasn't the only thing revealed on yesterday's presentation. Before ending the its presentation, Tesla also unveiled its next generation roadster prototype. Powered by three motors, two in the rear, and one in the front. The roadster can 0-60 in 1.9 secs, 0-100 in 4.2 secs, does the quarter mile in 8.8 sec and a top speed of over 250 mph. With a 200 kWh battery pack, it has a range of 620 miles and can go 1000 km in one charge at highway speeds, all recording specs.
Those of you with some extra dough can put down $50,000 to reserve your own for $200,000 on the base model, right now. The first 1,000 models sold will be the Founder's series at a price tag of $250,000.

As fans gasped, Musk said the Roadster had a 200kwh battery pack and a 620-mile range per charge, or over 1,000 kilometers. Again, another record shattered. Or so Musk claims. Imagine driving to Los Angeles to San Francisco, and back, without recharging, Musk teased.

Discussion Posted by seth 2:20 AM (CST)

The Tesla Semi Revealed

Despite some delays, as promised Elon Musk finally rolled in to reveal Tesla's new all-electric truck, the Tesla Semi. The big rig goes from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds and tows a max load 80,000 lbs with an estimated range of 500 miles on the highway. A range of 400 miles can be had in 30 minutes on a single charge from solar powered "Megachargers" the company plans to build.

The real secret weapon of the truck, however, isn't that it can turn into a giant fighting robot (this feature hasn't been activated yet, if it does exist, and Tesla won't admit that it does). Instead, it's that the truck offers a transmission that requires no shifting of gears (as is normal for fully electric vehicles) with regenerative braking that provides "basically infinite" brake life per Tesla.

Discussion Posted by seth 1:50 AM (CST)

Boston Dynamics' Atlas Has Moves

Here's an update on Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot is now able to hop up on blocks, jump and twirl, and even do back-flips. It's come a long way since falling off stage. Still not as emotional as Chappie nor dangerous as Johnny 5, but it as them both beat in the Robot Olympics.
Discussion Posted by seth 1:35 AM (CST)
Thursday November 16, 2017

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PayDay 2 Beta Comes to HTC Vive VR

If you have ever played PayDay 2, you know that it can be quite the good time. I am looking forward to getting some time in with the Vive strapped to my head. The PayDay 2 VR beta is out now for free for all PayDay 2 owners on Steam.
The PAYDAY 2 VR beta begins! If you own a HTC VIVE VR headset you can now enjoy PAYDAY 2 in Virtual Reality either with up to 3 other VR players or any mix of VR and desktop players. Join the beta on Steam to check it out right now! Discussion Posted by Kyle 5:30 PM (CST)

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.2

The new Radeon drivers are here! The new Radeon drivers are here!

Support For - Star Wars Battlefront II Fixed Issues: Radeon ReLive recorded clips may experience green corruption or green screen backgrounds. Radeon ReLive may fail to record when switching a game between Fullscreen and Borderless Fullscreen. Radeon Settings may experience a crash or hang when enabling/disabling AMD CrossFire mode on some select Radeon HD 7000 series graphics products. Radeon WattMan user interface may not reflect overclocked or underclocked values for GPU memory. Radeon WattMan may not apply correct reduced voltage values for some Radeon RX 400 and Radeon RX 500 series graphics products. Secondary extended displays may experience green corruption when resuming from display off or sleep modes.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 5:22 PM (CST)

A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No.

The phenomenon of perceived slowdowns is so widespread that many believe tech companies intentionally cripple smartphones and computers to ensure that people buy new ones every few years. Conspiracy theorists call it planned obsolescence, yet this writer claims it’s a myth. While slowdowns happen, he alleges they take place for a far less nefarious reason: the software upgrade.

"It’s software, and software has various degrees of production bugs and unintended things that happen." The technical process of upgrading from an old operating system to a new one -- migrating your files, apps and settings along the way -- is extremely complicated. So when you install a brand-new operating system on an older device, problems may occur that make everything from opening the camera to browsing the web feel sluggish.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 3:00 PM (CST)

Volkswagen Teams with Chinese Partners in $12 Billion Electric-Car Push

Volkswagen will invest more than 10 billion euros ($12 billion) with its partners to make and develop a range of new-energy vehicles in China as carmakers step up investments in low-emission models in the world’s biggest auto market. Volkswagen will make the investments by 2025 and introduce 40 locally produced vehicles, its China head Jochem Heizmann told reporters in Guangzhou Thursday.

The German manufacturer joins Ford Motor Co. in boosting investments in electric-vehicle development in China as the country will require most automakers to produce various types of zero- and low-emission vehicles. The China plans are part of a broader push by Volkswagen, which in September announced a 20 billion-euro plan to build electric versions of all 300 models in the 12-brand group’s lineup.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 2:50 PM (CST)