Tuesday, December 29, 2015

IT News Head Lines (HardOCP) 30/12/2015





Firefall Studio Red5 Misses Holiday Payroll
Talk about a big fat lump of coal in your stocking, employees of Red5 Studios did not receive paychecks for the two-week period ending on Christmas. The company says it is working on a solution to the current situation but things don't look too good at the moment.

Following our report this morning regarding Red5's failure to pay employees on Christmas Day for the most recent two-week period, the company held an all-staff meeting this morning. At that meeting, management confirmed that due to potential investments falling through, the company could not pay employees on time.

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TigerDirect Has New Owner, Won't Accept Returns
For those of you that haven't heard, TigerDirect has a new owner. According to the company website, as of December 24th, there are no returns or exchanges - all sales are final.

You may remember TigerDirect, a consumer electronics seller that has a website and once had stores across the country. They're probably best known for acquiring the brands and assets of CompUSA and Circuit City when both chains filed for bankruptcy and went out of business. Now competitor PCM has purchased the TigerDirect brand, and appears to be winding down its consumer-facing business… including abruptly doing away with returns. Any returns.

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Nanoworld "Snow Blowers" Carve Straight Channels In Semiconductor Surfaces
Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and IBM have devised a method of using gold nanoparticles as nano snow blowers to carve channels on the surface of semiconductors.


First, they patterned the surface of the semiconductor by selectively coating it with a gold layer only a few nanometers thick. Upon heating, the film breaks up into tiny particles that become droplets. The underlying indium phosphide dissolves into the gold nanoparticles above, creating a gold alloy. Then, heated water vapor is introduced into the system. At temperatures below 300 degrees Celsius (572 degrees Fahrenheit), the tiny gold-alloy particles, now swathed with water molecules, etch nanoscale pits into the indium phosphide.

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New Google Glass Spotted
The crew at 9to5 Mac have the lowdown on the latest version of Google Glass. What's new? It looks like they are bigger, beefier and now foldable.




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F The Internet
This made me laugh. I'm not sure why, but it did. Your mileage may vary. F-bombs are bleeped.



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Man, Distracted by Electronic Device, Walks Off Cliff
This must be a late entry for the 2015 Darwin Awards. Hopefully this tragic incident serves as a wake up call to all those distracted walkers out there.

Authorities have identified a 33-year-old man who was distracted by an electronic device when he fell 60 feet to his death at San Diego's Sunset Cliffs on Christmas Day, according to San Diego Lifeguards. "Witnesses stated seeing someone distracted by an electronic device and he just fell over the edge," said San Diego Lifeguard Bill Bender. "(He) wasn't watching where he was walking, he was looking down at the device in his hands."

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How Hollywood Caught The UK's Most Prolific Movie Pirates
These guys might as well have left bread crumbs everywhere they went because that's how easy it was for the authorities to find them.

Last week the UK's most prolific movie pirates were handed sentences totaling 17 years. With claims in court that the men went to great lengths to hide their identities, just how easy was it to catch them? Papers detailing the investigation obtained by TorrentFreak reveal that tracking the men down was a relatively simple affair.

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Botched Database Leaks Records For 191M Voters
Is there anywhere your information is safe these days? The government has leaked your info. Department stores have leaked your info. Kids toys have leaked your kids info. Game publishers have leaked your info. Now your voting info has been leaked. You might as well put a sign on your door with all your info on it.

Researcher Chris Vickery has discovered that a badly configured database exposed the voter registration info for 191 million Americans, including addresses, party affiliations and state voter IDs. It's not clear who originally managed the data, but Vickery and Databreaches.net are reaching out to everyone from online services to Congressional political action committees.

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Internet-Connected Homes Open The Door To Hackers
Who is tech savvy enough to have an internet-connected home but dumb enough to leave it totally accessible to anyone with an internet connection?

Lakhani, a security researcher at Fortinet, accomplished the hack without any coding skills, though he has those in spades. He merely went to Shodan.io, a website where anyone can find a huge trove of Internet-connected devices, from baby monitors to cars, cameras and even traffic lights.

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Cisco Wins Patent Dispute Over WiFi Technology
After almost a decade, this case has finally come to a close. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that Cisco was not liable for patent infringement, reversing a $63M judgment imposed by the lower courts.

A U.S. appeals court on Monday cleared Cisco Systems Inc of infringing another company's wifi technology, reversing a near $64-million judgment against the networking equipment maker in the long-running patent dispute. After eight years of litigation that also included a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Cisco was not liable for directly infringing or inducing others to infringe the patent held by Commil USA LLC on a way to help spread wireless signals over a large area, where multiple access points are needed.

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Fallout 4 Completed With Zero Kills In Survival Mode
So some guy decided to play through Fallout 4 in survival mode with zero kills. When I say zero kills, I mean no robots, no turrets, nothing. I've embedded the first video below, hit the link above for the complete list of all thirty seven videos.



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GoPro Shot From A Cannon
This is probably the closest any of us will ever get to being shot out of a cannon. It would've been cool if they could have stabilized the camera like the boomerang guy did.



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Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Review
There is a review of the Cooler Master MasterCase 5 posted today at ThinkComputers. If you are case shopping, this review will be of interest to you.

Cooler Master was a name brand when it came to PC Cases, their HAF and Cosmos series of cases were brand names to builders. Over the past few years though heavy competition and innovation from newer brands has sort of made Cooler Master an afterthought when it comes to cases. Well they want to change your mind with their brand new MasterCase series, which is made up of the MasterCase 5 and MasterCase Pro 5.

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