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Tuesday January 23, 2018

RUST Out of Early Access Finally....Almost

The game RUST has a fairly strong following and even registers as having over 165,000 reviews on Steam that point to those being Mostly Positive and Very Positive. What is somewhat entertaining is that it has been in Early Access for four years. First early access game review that I have ever seen with a guy that have 3,500 hours in the game. Here is my favorite comment of his after recommending RUST. "Don't get this game if you won't treat it like a full time job. You will be disappointed every time you login to find that your base has been raided by a bunch of high schoolers who can spend almost 12 hours a day on the game." Sign me up! The guy with the bucket on his head shooting the rifle in the video is pretty funny...

After over four long years, Rust is leaving Early Access. We started creating Rust in 2013, releasing it for testing originally as a browser game. After a few months, in December 2013 we released on Steam in Early Access. We plan to leave Early Access on the 8th February 2018. We're not planning any big reveals, launch parties, around the world tours or cash prize giveaways for this event. We're not going to move staff onto other projects. It's very much going to happen without much fuss. It's business as usual.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 6:27 PM (CST)

Denuvo Has Been Sold to Global Anti-Piracy Outfit Irdeto

Just one day after it was announced that the latest version of Denuvo anti-piracy software was defeated, TorrentFreak is reporting that Denuvo has been acquired by anti-piracy outfit Irdeto. The article adds Denuvo was founded relatively recently in 2013 and employs less than 50 people. In contrast, Irdeto’s roots go all the way back to 1969 and currently has almost 1,000 staff. Depending on what Irdeto decides to do with Denuvo technology, the added resources could definitely advance it quickly.
Tough to say what happens with this, but I would have to imagine it won't be anything good for the consumer buying the game. I am not a fan of Denuvo, and the thought of it becoming even bigger and hairier isn't something I'm looking forward to. But who knows, perhaps Irdeto can make it more effective, and less intrusive.

"The success of any game title is dependent upon the ability of the title to operate as the publisher intended," said Doug Lowther, CEO, Irdeto. "As a result, protection of both the game itself and the gaming experience for end users is critical. Our partnership brings together decades of security expertise under one roof to better address new and evolving security threats."

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 3:35 PM (CST)

Two New Vice Presidents at Radeon Technologies Group

We just announced two computer industry veterans joined AMD to help accelerate the growth of our Radeon Technologies Group (RTG). With these leadership hires we will create dedicated business and engineering teams within RTG to help drive our aggressive business and technology plans. These moves are about expanding the leadership team working on graphics as a part of our further investments to drive leadership graphics IP that is used across AMD. Mike Rayfield, Senior Vice President and General Manager, AMD Radeon Technologies Group Mike Rayfield comes to AMD from Micron Technology, and will take on the role of senior vice president and general manager of AMD Radeon Technologies Group. In that capacity, Mike will be responsible for strategy and business management for RTG, including consumer and professional graphics as well as our semi-custom products. Mike has over 30 years of technology industry experience, including a deep understanding of how to grow a business and drive results. David Wang, Senior Vice President of Engineering, AMD Radeon Technologies Group David Wang rejoins AMD from Synaptics. He will be responsible for graphics engineering, including technical strategy, architecture, hardware and software for AMD graphics products. His past roles at AMD included the position of corporate vice president responsible for SOC development of processor products, including GPUs, CPUs and APUs. David is a well known and respected member of the semiconductor engineering community, having guided the development of many cutting edge products during his time at ATI, ArtX, SGI, Axil Workstations and LSI Logic. David spent 14 years at ArtX/ATI/AMD previously, and worked on multiple game console programs plus every generation of GPU from the R300 family through the HD 7000 series. Given the reliance of our semi-custom business our graphics technologies and products, we are also taking the step to bring the team together under RTG and Mike’s leadership to drive a larger footprint for Radeon across the industry. We are very excited by the addition of Mike and David to the AMD team as they both have deep knowledge of the semiconductor industry and a proven ability to drive results.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 3:15 PM (CST)

Largest Battle Ever In EVE Online Happening

In a report from VR and Fun, today is the day for the largest battle in EVE Online. The battle is slated to start at 3PM EST with the former largest, and most organized coalition; The Imperium trying to destroy the remains of the Moneybadger Coalition in the next chapter of a feud that has been going since 2014. The battle will reportedly have 500 Titans with an estimated 1,000 support capitals, with an estimated worth of $1,000,000!
Watch live video from ImperiumNews on www.twitch.tv
I see EVE hasn't changed much since I played it 5 years ago. EVE is an incredible game, and I'm quite looking forward to seeing this battle. I've been out of the loop so long I had to look up what a Titan was, but the fact people are throwing $1 million worth of ships into a fight is absolutely amazing.

Tomorrow will be the first decisive battle between the two large forces and it will be taking place at 20:00 UTC (12PM PST | 3PM EST). But don’t get your hopes up too much as many community members believe that both sides will be playing it safe rather than throwing their fleets out into the middle of the battlefield. After all, there is an estimated $1,000,000 worth of ships online. But we’ll be keeping an eye out in this massive battle.

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 2:27 PM (CST)

Nvidia, Western Digital at Chips’ Frontier; RISC-V

An article from Barron's details a conference call about RISC-V. RISC-V is a non-profit foundation founded by U.C. Berkeley professor David Patterson and his team to create one single "instruction set architecture" that can be used across all manner of chips, from the humblest embedded part on up to big server computers, and it is apparently gaining traction. Both Nvidia and Western Digital have announced that they will be using the RISC-V ISA in upcoming products. Nvidia plans to use it in all the "Falcom" CPU's it's putting into GPUs, and Western digital stated it will use RISC-V in all it's processors.
While I wholeheartedly agree that we need a new, modern ISA, I just don't think it's going to happen. X86 is just too entrenched into everything, and the only way for a new ISA to work, would be if were backwards compatible with X86, something I don't think Intel would ever let happen.

Patterson, and RISC-V, made a big splash a year ago, when he described work that had been done at Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google to develop so-called "tensor processor unit" for Google’s cloud computing operations. The TPU, which Patterson and his team claim can achieve vast improvements in performance and efficiency versus Intel and Nvidia chips, was itself a result of work on RISC-V

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 1:34 PM (CST)

New System Could Prevent Motion Sickness in Self-Driving Cars

The University of Michigan has patented a new system that could prevent motion sickness while riding in self-driving cars. the article states that the main cause of motion sickness is a conflict between vestibular and visual inputs when not watching the road while in a moving vehicle. And there researchers have developed a countermeasure system to provide light stimuli in the visual periphery.
While personally I'm not looking forward to self driving cars, I can see this being a problem that must be overcome for it to be ultimately successful. But I have to wonder, with all the staring at phones people are doing while driving or being a passenger, are we not already conditioning ourselves to combat this?

Sivak said that about half of adults get motion sick at times when reading a book in a moving vehicle. "This is more important with the introduction of autonomous vehicles," said Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI. "In autonomous cars, everyone will be a passenger. So you will have a larger potential pool of sick people. The protection that drivers have received from driving won't be there anymore."

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 12:41 PM (CST)

AMD and Nvidia Must Do More To Stop Shortages and Gouging

An article from CNBC is calling out AMD and Nvidia for not doing something to combat the product shortages and price gouging occurring in the GPU market. Speaking about the shortages, Shrout Research's Ryan Shrout wrote in an email "Because of that, many enthusiasts and DIY builders are putting off system builds and upgrades completely, setting up an unfortunate situation for all other component vendors from processors to motherboards to storage."
I'm honestly shocked that CNBC is reporting on this, that is pretty bad press for AMD and Nvidia. I really like what Ryan Shrout had to say as well, I never thought about the crypto-craze harming other segments of the PC market, but it makes complete sense. It's nice that AMD made a statement when contacted by CNBC, but it feels little more than lip service when Vega 64's are going for $1,300.

Nvidia declined to comment for this story. AMD sent the following statement when asked about the graphics card shortages for PC gamers due to the cryptocurrency mining: "The gaming market remains a priority for AMD and gamers are a primary focus across our GPUs, CPUs and semi-custom game console products."

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 12:03 PM (CST)

Man Causes Explosion in Electronics Store After Biting iPhone Battery

A man in an electronics store in China caused the replacement battery for his iPhone to explode after biting it. It is believed that the man decided to bite on the battery in an attempt to test its authenticity or durability, possibly following the same logic as people testing if an item is made from real gold.
Honestly what can I say about this. I'm guessing we will see yet another warning label on every battery after this.

The customer is seen bringing the component to his face for a closer look, before putting it in his mouth to bite down on it. Moments after he removes it from his mouth, the battery ruptures, causing a small explosion with a brief flash of light and some smoke, with the damaged hardware flung out of the customer's grip behind the counter.

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 11:36 AM (CST)

INTEL SSD 760P SERIES M.2 SSD Launches Today

The new Intel SSD 760p Series combines Intel 3D NAND technology with Intel’s world-class quality leadership to deliver PCIe performance, high capacity and low power consumption for desktop and mobile platforms.
I have uploaded the complete Press Briefing (PDF) for your viewing pleasure. Discussion Posted by Kyle 10:05 AM (CST)

Netflix $100B Market Cap and $39M Kevin Spacey Loss

Reuters is reporting that Netflix has crossed the $100 Billion market cap as it gained many more subscribers in the last quarter of 2017, 2 million MORE subscribers than expected. Many of those subs are from outside the US (and apparently they are bitching about it). While all the new subs are surely good news for Netflix, it also took a $39M write-down for, "unreleased content we’ve decided not to move forward with." It seems as though Kevin Spacey's grab-ass took a good bite out of original Netflix programming moving forward with both House of Cards going by the wayside as well as an upcoming film, Gore (insert your own joke here), which starred Spacey as well. It is a damn shame we will not ever see where Frank Underwood's path ended. Anyway, not all bad for a DVD-by-mail company eh? I have been a Netflix subscriber since the early days, and will say that is GUI is not the best for finding content. I did happen to come across this site, Flixable, yesterday. It gives you a quick and easy listing of newly added content that can be easily sorted and filtered.

Netflix plans to spend up to $8 billion this year on TV shows and movies to fend off Disney, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), studios-owned Hulu and local competitors that are jumping into online video, and it is turning more and more to high-budget projects, such as the roughly $90 million "Bright."

Discussion Posted by Kyle 9:41 AM (CST)

Epic Buys Cloudgine

Hot on the heels of NVIDIA finally getting its GeForce Now cloud gaming service into beta, we learn this morning that Epic Games nows owns Cloudgine Ltd located in the UK. Cloudgine is a fairly young company, founded in 2012. Giving the video a quick look, you will see that this a cloud gaming services company as well as what look. Interestingly enough, this sector of the market is getting a lot of attention. Companies like Parsec Gaming allow you to build your own virtual cloud gaming computers that allow you to play your games on the go, and even share those with friends as well. Yep, share your games....

Since its inception, Cloudgine’s research and development has been based on Epic’s Unreal Engine 4. Cloudgine’s cloud computing and online technologies will enhance the UE4 feature set to help developers push the creative and technical limits of games, film, animation and visualization through advances in physics simulation and networking. As a reminder, Epic is hiring! We are recruiting for Cloudgine’s office in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the team will grow and develop leading-edge technology, as well as the other Epic Games UK locations in Guildford, Newcastle and Leamington Spa. We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more to visit epicgames.com/careers.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 8:11 AM (CST)
Monday January 22, 2018

Tesla Autopilot One Again Proves Crumple Zones Work

Tesla owners are out once again to prove that the Tesla Model S surely deserves its overall "Good" crash rating. However, this does make me question that "Superior" rating when it comes to "Crash Avoidance and Mitigation." This time is again a Tesla Model S owner actually believing that "Autopilot" feature actually means what is says. Rest assured, you need to be paying attention while driving down the road. Especially if your autopilotted car will run into the back of a stationary firetruck with its emergency lights on. Maybe Tesla is dead last in the driverless vehicle race? Fortunately no first responders were standing at the rear of the firetruck and the driver walked away from the crash. Crumple zones be crumplin'.

"It was a pretty big hit," Powell said. The firefighters union tweet indicated that the Tesla had been traveling at 65 miles per hour before the crash, but it was unclear to what extent the car may have slowed before striking the fire truck.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 8:32 PM (CST)

Apple Screws Marvel with Thor Ragnarok Download

Thor Ragnarok was due to be released digitally on February 19th. As we all know, as soon as that happens, the released movie shows up on Torrent sites. However, it seems that a few of those folks that "pre-purchased" the title on Vudu this week, found that the movie was available for immediate download on iTunes. And it was in no way supposed to be available for download before next month. I would have loved to have heard the conversations between Apple and Marvel today. One insider reported to use directly, "Oopsie." That all said, it is a terrific movie, go see it in the theater if you get the chance.

"I pre-ordered Thor Ragnarok on Vudu yesterday and it links it to my iTunes also," the user explained. "But curiously it showed up in my iTunes library this morning (pre-orders shouldn’t). And now I can watch the full movie in HD. I obviously downloaded it right away. I know its supposed to come out February 20th."

Discussion Posted by Kyle 5:59 PM (CST)

Far Cry 5 System Specs Released

You can head over to UBIBLOG to get the full scoopage, but let's hit the highlights, and I like how UBI has listed things out here in terms of what you need to have Far Cry 5 running on your system as it comes across as "No BS," at least to me on the face of it. Multi-GPU functionality on day one! Min: OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) - PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz or equivalent - VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD R9 270 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) - SYSTEM RAM: 8GB - Resolution: 720p - Video Preset: Low RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION (60 FPS): OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) - PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2 GHz or equivalent - VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) - SYSTEM RAM: 8GB - Resolution: 1080p - Video Preset: High 4K 30 FPS CONFIGURATION: OS: Windows 10 (64-bit version only) - PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-6700 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X @ 3.6 GHz or equivalent - VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD RX Vega 56 (8GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) - SYSTEM RAM: 16GB - Resolution: 2160p - Video Preset: High 4K 60 FPS CONFIGURATION: OS: Windows 10 (64-bit version only) - PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1700X @ 3.4 GHz or equivalent - VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI or AMD RX Vega 56 CFX (8GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) - SYSTEM RAM: 16GB - Resolution: 2160p - Video Preset: High/Ultra Quite frankly, those are not as hefty as I would have thought them to be. A 1070 for 4K at 30fps on high graphics setting is nothing to sneeze at for sure, and as always, we stick to true 4K enthusiast being the realm of the 1080 Ti as you can see in our 4K gameplay benchmarks of other games. The video below pushed out last week and has a taste of what the devs think about their game, which we eagerly await.

"PC has always been a key element of Far Cry’s DNA, and this couldn’t be truer with Far Cry 5," says Kirill Bragin, PC Version Producer on Far Cry 5. In order to help ensure PC players have the best experience possible, the Benchmark feature and video memory usage meter will help you analyze your system and calibrate the myriad visual options, including variant aspect ratio support, FOV adjustment, optional FPS locking, and resolution scaling. But players won’t need to dive into the calibration menus if they don’t feel like it, says Bragin, because "the game will auto-detect the user’s hardware and will set the matching quality preset and resolution." Furthermore, Far Cry 5 will support multi-GPU functionality, allowing players to significantly improve performance.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 5:22 PM (CST)

Linus Torvalds Rips Into Intel

In a public email chain, the Linux inventor Linus Torvalds, and David Woodhouse, engineer at Amazon in the UK discuss Intel's "fix" for Meltdown/spectre. Never one to pull punches Torvalds exclaims "the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE."
I can't even pretend to understand the technical parts of Linus' emails, but it's pretty obvious to see, the man isn't happy with what Intel is doing to fix the problem. From what I can gather, Intel is putting things in the patch that are unnecessary or redundant to make it look more substantial, while having the actual fix not be enabled by default. Linus' speculation on why it is not enabled by default is it would make Intel "look bad in benchmarks." Thanks to fightingfi for the story

All of this is pure garbage. Is Intel really planning on making this shit architectural? Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane. Please, any Intel engineers here - talk to your managers. If the alternative was a two-decade product recall and giving everyone free CPUs, I'm not sure it was entirely insane.

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 4:51 PM (CST)

4K or Bust!

If you have a 4K display or TV, it is worth a few minutes to give it a workout with this LG commercial out of Korea. Make sure of course that you have Youtube streaming turned on to 4K resolution. FWIW, we up all our HardOCP TV videos in 4K if you are wanting some close up looks at the hardware. Thanks cageymaru.
Discussion Posted by Kyle 3:46 PM (CST)

New Bill Would Stop States From Banning Broadband Competition

A new bill introduced by Rep. Anna Eshoo hopes to stop states from banning broadband competition. The Community Broadband Act (HR 4814) declares that no state may pass legislation that would "prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting any public provider from providing, to any person or any public or private entity, advanced telecommunications capability or any service that utilizes the advanced telecommunications capability provided by such provider."
This will be fantastic if it gets passed. Regulated lack of competition is what has been killing the broadband market all over the country, and it would be outstanding if it finally ceased to be. It's just a shame that all those who died when Net Neutrality got repealed won't be here to see it. Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 3:18 PM (CST)

Intel Patches Causing Big Reboot Issues Confirmed

As we reported back on January 12th, there were widespread reports of Intel's Meltdown and Spectre patches causing spontaneous reboots on systems. (I think we have dealt with the issue here once in the past week.) Now Intel is suggesting that you NOT roll out those patches as those seem to be causing more problems than good at this time.

Root Cause of Reboot Issue Identified; Updated Guidance for Customers and Partners We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior. For the full list of platforms, see the Intel.com Security Center site.

And since Intel can't run the proper testing due to all their systems rebooting, they are asking for partner help. Maybe they could run those on AMD EPYC servers? Oh, nevermind.

We ask that our industry partners focus efforts on testing early versions of the updated solution so we can accelerate its release. We expect to share more details on timing later this week.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 3:10 PM (CST)

Top 500 UK Legal Firms Have More Than 1 Million Credentials Exposed Online

A white paper was released today by UK based private cyber intelligence company, RepKnight. The document is an analysis of dark web footprints of domains belonging to the top 500 law firms in the UK, using their "BreachAlert" platform. The analysis found the details of more than 1 million hacked leaked or stolen credentials being circulated online, an average of 2,000 email addresses per firm.
Pretty crazy numbers. The article does state that the vast majority of the credentials were exposed through "third party breaches" - meaning a data breach from another website or system unconnected to the law firm. I'm surprised more companies, especially law firms don't have some sort of policy about using a work email for personal things.

With many law firms publishing contact email addresses for their partners and staff on their website, it’s relatively easy for spammers and cybercriminals to get an email address. Every exposed email address puts that member of staff at significant risk of phishing attacks and impersonation attempts, as well as the constant plague of spam and malware. However, almost 800,000 of the 1M+ breached credentials we found also contained passwords. These are often visible as plaintext, or hashed values which are easily cracked online.

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 2:13 PM (CST)

Countries Are Wanting Their Cut of Cryptocurrency Profits

In reports today, India and South Korea are announcing they want their cut from cryptocurrency investors. BlockTribune and others are reporting that India has sent tax notices to cryptocurrency investors following a nationwide survey. The notice asks crypto investors to provide details of their total cryptocurrency holdings, and the source of their funds. In addition to India, South Korea has announced today that they will be collecting 24.2% tax on virtual currency exchanges. Under current laws, all corporations with income of over 20 billion won (US$18.7 million) are required to pay 22 percent and 2.2 percent of corporate and local income taxes on their income. If that was not enough, South Korea also announces that they will require cryptocurrency exchanges to share user data with banks, in a potential move to impose taxes on the transactions, an official at financial authorities said Sunday. They have also banned creating anonymous cryptocurrency accounts until banks install a system to ensure only real-name bank accounts and matching cryptocurrency accounts to be used for deposits and withdrawals. Banks are expected to introduce the system, which will require cryptocurrency exchanges to share users' transaction data with banks, late this month or early next month, according to the official.
I know it seems like every week (or more) we report on how Cryptocurrency is going to die. It hasn't yet, but if one thing can swiftly put a nail in the coffin it's governmental regulation and taxes. Will it crash? I have no idea, but with plenty of news stories we don't even cover coming out near daily with more regulation, rising hardware costs, and even environmentalists getting mad at the amount of electricity being used, it does seem likely that the end is near.

Bithumb, one of South Korea's major cryptocurrency exchanges, is expected to pay about 60 billion won in corporate and local income taxes as its estimated earnings reached 317.6 billion won last year, according to Yujin Investment & Securities. Bithumb reported 49.23 billion won in earnings on 49.27 billion won of sales for the first seven months last year.

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 1:08 PM (CST)

Apple May Replace Some iPhone 6 Plus Models Needing Whole-Device Repairs With iPhone 6s Plus

In a report from MacRumors, Apple has sent out a document to Apple Authorized Service Providers today. The document states "orders for whole unit service inventory of some iPhone 6 Plus models may be substituted to an iPhone 6s Plus until the end of March 2018." MacRumors states it believes the replacement may be due to a shortage of iPhone 6 Plus batteries, being backordered until late March or early April.
Sounds like it's worth a try if you have an iPhone 6 Plus in need of a battery. The article also states that a defective lightning connector or faulty logic board are usually eligible for a whole-device replacement. I guess make an appointment at the Genius Bar (ugh) and give it a try.

It's possible that some customers who have visited a Genius Bar recently opted for a whole-device replacement rather than waiting until March or April for a new battery, which may have depleted the little supply of iPhone 6 Plus replacement units that Apple had, but this is only speculation on our part.

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 12:12 PM (CST)

Microsoft Releases $189 Laptops For Schools

Microsoft is unveiling 10 new Windows 10 devices for schools starting at $189, challenging the Chromebook to keep teachers and students using Windows. The least expensive if the group is the Lenovo 100e, which is an 11.6" rugged laptop, with an unspecified Intel Celeron Apollo Lake processor, 2 or 4 GB of LP-DDR4, 32-64GB of eMMC storage, and weighing in a 2.7 lbs.
Affordable laptops isn't the only thing that Microsoft is announcing today for schools. They also go into free Professional Development for schools using Microsoft 365 Education, to train teachers how to get the most from the new technology. As well as additional learning tools, Minecraft: Education Edition, a curriculum using Mixed Reality and HoloLens, and more. It makes sense to get kids into the Windows environment as early as possible from a business standpoint to get them into the ecosystem early, although that didn't work with me and the Apple II's my school had.

With all of these new experiences available in time for the upcoming school year, there’s never been a better time for schools to try Microsoft Education. We will continue to work hard to deliver innovative technology for educators around the world to unlock limitless learning for students of all abilities.

Discussion Posted by rgmekanic 11:43 AM (CST)

Guitar Hero Meets VR Lightsabers

Seeing this game, "Beat Saber," conjures up memories of many happy hours of playing Guitar Hero back in the day. Instead of having a fake guitar, you get fake lightsabers inside your VR world and slice and dice the notes to play the song of your people. My kids still refer to "Run to the Hills" as that "song from Guitar Hero" every time they hear it. I'm ashamed, but at least they still get to hear it.

Beat Saber is a unique VR rhythm game, where your goal is to slash the beats (represented by small cubes) as they are coming at you. Every beat indicates which hand you need to use and also the direction you need to match. The game can be easily described as a mashup of Guitar Hero and Fruit Ninja in VR.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 11:18 AM (CST)

Opera Mobile Browser Takes on Cryptojacking

Opera started off the year with adding Cryptojacking protection to its desktop browser, and now follows suit with its mobile browser as well. Of course "cryptojacking" refers to a cryptocurrency mining program being run on your desktop or mobile hardware without your knowledge, which can consume plenty of power without your awareness. "Cryptojacking" in no way refers to that "Tails from the Krypt," parody on pr0nhub. Of course the tech is inside Opera's ad blocker. Nothing like working for free! w00t!!

The new anti-cryptocurrency mining feature is activated by default when enabling the ad blocker on Opera Mini and Opera for Android. The ad blocker can be enable in "Settings", and it will automatically detect and stop the mining scripts written into the coding of a webpage.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 11:06 AM (CST)