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Tuesday Morning Hunt Showdown Streaming

WickedLux is getting his 1337 level Hunt Showdown on! Ongoing Discussion
Posted by Kyle April 24, 2018 2:08 AM (CDT)

Microsoft Developers Hid Crossword Puzzle in Backgrounds

Over the weekend, former Microsoft director that was leading the team working on the redesign of Windows 8, Jensen Harris, went to Twitter to talk about a little secret. The developers working on Windows 8 created a puzzle, and embedded it into wallpapers used for internal builds of the Operating System. The reason? The team knew the images, and probably the internal builds would get leaked, so they figured they would have some fun.
Cool stuff, I always like learning about little hidden things within games and other software. And if nothing else, now we have a name on who to blame for Windows 8, so that's good.

But, despite months of the grid of letters on 1000's of PCs at Microsoft and pirated to who-knows-how-many computers outside, I am aware of only one person figuring out definitively that it was a puzzle and solving it. A dev from Ireland solved it and sent us the answer in 2011.

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Posted by rgmekanic April 23, 2018 3:55 PM (CDT)

NVIDIA AI Inpainting Is Cool as Hell

No matter what you think about NVIDIA and its anti-competitive GPP, its AI powered Inpainting is damn cool to see in action. It is not perfect, but what it is getting done in real time is amazing. Taking away Borgnine's trademark crazy eyebrows is across the line however.

Researchers from NVIDIA, led by Guilin Liu, introduced a state-of-the-art deep learning method that can edit images or reconstruct a corrupted image, one that has holes or is missing pixels. The method can also be used to edit images by removing content and filling in the resulting holes. Learn more about their research paper "Image Inpainting for Irregular Holes Using Partial Convolutions."

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Posted by Kyle April 23, 2018 11:55 AM (CDT)

GIGABYTE Reports Precision Boost 2 Working on X370

We have now gotten confirmation that Precision Boost 2 is working on Gigabyte's X370 AMD motherboards. PB2 = GOOD. We are working diligently to bring you more data on all of this soon as to what exactly it means to you and your cooling. You can read more of PB2 in our Ryzen 2700X review.

Kyle: Will your company be updating X370 motherboard UEFI to support AMD Precision Boost 2? Is so, please be specific as to what model motherboards will be updated and please supply a timeline. Thanks! Gigabyte: They already do. XFR2 is enabled and working on both chipsets with latest BIOS/AGESA.

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Posted by Kyle April 23, 2018 11:11 AM (CDT)

Sexting is a Good

Sexting is great for long term committed relationships! Then your wife finds out and it is all downhill from there.

While sexting may seem like a flirty form of communication mostly used by people looking for a fling, it turns out that those who benefit the most from sending steamy messages are actually in long-term, committed relationships. The study revealed that both men and women reported greater "positive consequences" from sexting in committed relationships than in casual ones. Further, about half of sexters reported that it "positively influenced their sexual and emotional relationships with a partner." Research also shows that those in a committed relationship who sent sexual pictures to their partners reported more positive sexual and emotional outcomes than those in casual relationships.

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Posted by Kyle April 23, 2018 9:45 AM (CDT)

Windows 10 Lean: Microsoft Working on Cut-Down Version of OS

Microsoft is releasing a lighter version of Windows 10 for Redstone 5, the big OS update due out in the Fall. Dubbed "Windows 10 Lean," it features an installer 2GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro and loses basics such as wallpaper, drivers for CD/DVD drives, and apps like Regedit.

It is not clear what Microsoft plans to do with the SKU. It may simply be intended for virtual machines, or Microsoft may be looking to make another go at a version of Windows for really low-powered devices.

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Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 4:00 PM (CDT)

People’s Gmail Accounts Appear to Be Sending Out Spam

Google’s engineering teams have acknowledged an issue in which certain Gmail accounts are sending out spam. At least some of these accounts had two-factor authentication enabled, and despite changing passwords, users found that the spamming continued.

We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and have actively taken measures to protect against it. This attempt involved forged email headers that made it appear as if users were receiving emails from themselves, which also led to those messages erroneously appearing in the Sent folder.

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Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 3:25 PM (CDT)

Philips’ Momentum 436M6VBPAB Will Support DisplayHDR 1000 and Adaptive Sync

Philips is releasing a new 43" MVA-panel display that flaunts VESA’s highest HDR certification, DisplayHDR 1000, which demands local dimming and a peak luminance of 1000 cd/m2. But despite this certification, it is arguably still "fake" HDR, as the panel is 8-bit (16 million colors) only and relies on FRC (frame rate control) to achieve more colors. A true HDR panel is 10-bit and capable of 1 billion colors.

With DisplayHDR 1000 and UHDA certifications, the Momentum 436M6VBPAB promises to deliver a great HDR experience with 97.6% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, a peak brightness of over 1000 nits, local dimming for deeper blacks and support for 10-bit color (8-bit + FRC). The display will support HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, mini DisplayPort and USB Type-C (DP alt mode) inputs, though at this time the monitor's Variable Refresh Rate (VRR range) is unknown.

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Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 2:00 PM (CDT)

LA Theater Debuts First LED Video Wall in US

Pacific Theatres Winnetka in Chatsworth, LA is the first to house Samsung’s LED cinema screen, which measures 33.8 feet wide and 17.7 feet high with nearly 9 million pixels. It is unlikely that adoption will be widespread, however, as each screen costs $500,000 to $700,000. A laser projector, in comparison, costs $150,000 to $300,000.

Tech vets who’ve seen demonstrations admit that the images these LED systems can produce are impressive, including their wide dynamic range (blacker blacks and whiter whites). However, a number of key factors still need to be addressed -- most notably cost, says Pete Lude, chief technology officer of engineering firm Mission Rock Digital.

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Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 11:45 AM (CDT)

Towards Battery-Free HD Video Streaming

Researchers from the University of Washington have figured out how to use a technique called backscattering to stream video 99 percent more efficiently. The video processing is essentially handed off to another device that does the heavy lifting, resulting in a significant reduction in power consumption.

We present a novel architecture that enables HD video streaming from a low-power, wearable camera to a nearby mobile device. To achieve this, we present an "analog" video backscatter technique that feeds analog pixels from the photo-diodes directly to the backscatter hardware, thereby eliminating power-consuming hardware components, such as ADCs and codecs.

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Posted by Megalith April 21, 2018 2:50 PM (CDT)

Google’s Chief Futurist: Basic Income Will Spread Worldwide by the 2030s

Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, is a futurist who is famed for his wild predictions: one of his latest is that universal basic income will be ubiquitous in as little as two decades based on advances in artificial intelligence. The idea is that AI will be distributing UBI to humans based on algorithms.

Kurzweil thinks AI will pass the Turing Test easily within our lifetime and can be described as a technology optimist. Kurzweil has been pretty vocal that AI will not displace humans but enhance us. Perhaps he believes a UBI would do the same and empower human beings to find meaning outside of work and how income is paired to work up till now.

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Posted by Megalith April 21, 2018 1:05 PM (CDT)

AI Will Wipe Out Half the Banking Jobs in a Decade, Experts Say

Despite the investments required for supercomputers and hardware upgrades, senior banking executives seem adamant on transitioning to artificial intelligence-based services, signaling the potential loss of numerous jobs that include automated customer support, fraud detection, and predictive analysis.

Speaking to an audience last year in Frankfurt, Germany, Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan predicted a "bonfire" of industry jobs as automation moves forward. "In our bank we have people doing work like robots," he said. "Tomorrow we will have robots behaving like people. It doesn’t matter if we as a bank will participate in these changes or not, it is going to happen."

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Posted by Megalith April 21, 2018 12:00 PM (CDT)