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    Porch Pirates 2019 2.0

    No, only a minute and a half clip of it was staged, at least according to the creator. https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/nasa-engineer-mark-rober-glitter-bomb-package-theft/
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    Billy Mitchell's Records Being Reinstated by Guinness!

    In case you guys haven't seen this video about this weird Azureth-style dictator and Guinness World Records, I'd strongly recommend it. I don't remember any American politics-related content in it, so don't worry about that. Honestly, Guinness has definitely lost all credibility at this...
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    Microsoft and University of Washington demonstrate automated DNA data storage

    It took 12-16 hours to encode and decode "hello". I guess it'll be a while before this will be in computers. So at the current speed, just doing a linear increase, so not necessarily accurate, but 1GB would take about 2,576,980,377 hours or 107,374,182 days or 294,175 years. I'm also curious...
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    How Much Have You Spent on Steam?

    TotalSpend 2018-05-24 19:53:24.940 $36.98 OldSpend 2018-05-24 19:53:24.940 $0.00 I get most of my games from Humble Bundle bundles or GoG.
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    Nintendo Sued by Peripheral Maker Alleging Switch Design Infringes Patents

    The fact that it wants the insanely popular Nintendo Switch from even being sold in the country tells me this is both someone who holds a personal grudge against Nintendo and is a troll (based on what court district they chose).
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    AHO: Memory Inductors Are Frequently Burning Out on Certain NVIDIA GPUs

    Nvidia is sure on the shady train lately.
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    The First PlayStation 4 Emulator Is Currently under Development

    Cxbx-Reloaded on the other hand is in very active development: https://github.com/Cxbx-Reloaded/Cxbx-Reloaded You may want to try Yabause or uoYabause for Saturn.
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    17 Year Old Zero Day Microsoft Office Flaw Fixed

    This story gives me confidence that LibreOffice or OpenOffice is the right path. If only more places would adopt them and abandon Microsoft's horrible, obstructive, UI... So many old exploits coming to light lately.
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    Mark the Occasion - For Geeks Only

    I never thought Bulldozer sucked to begin with. It just did things in its own unique way... Gotta say though, feels good to know that my current machine and the next one I'm making aren't affected by the flaws.
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    Unhackable Computer under Development with $3.6M DARPA Grant

    This is an interesting idea conceptually, but execution will tell whether or not it's a realistic solution. Also, despite the article calling it an "unhackable" computer, the people developing this computer did not refer to it as such. They simply said it should prevent a handful of common...
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    Engineers Unveil First-Ever Design of Complete Quantum Computer Chip

    I was joking, but now that you have me thinking about it. On a serious level, quantum processing can and will do AI processing a lot better than current tech. If someone doesn't make virtual pr0n that can adapt, I would be surprised.
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    Engineers Unveil First-Ever Design of Complete Quantum Computer Chip

    With this now and the introduction of Q# and the quantum development kit from Microsoft, it feels like we're gliding towards a quantum future quite fast. For reference:
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    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Developer Eidos Montreal to Focus on Online Gaming

    Never played these games personally, but anytime a single player game takes a back seat to online play it annoys me. Not everything has to be online and this obsession in the AAA industry to make everything online is obnoxious.
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    AOL Instant Messenger Shuts Down after 20 Years

    Never used AIM, but I do still have disks for the AOL 56k 90 day trial circa 1999 (I think). Nowadays I find that I mostly use Skype/Discord to communicate with people.
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    Don’t Keep Cell Phones Next to Your Body, California Health Department Warns

    There are way too many assumptions here about California. I want to clarify a few things to you outsiders. A lot of us ignore warnings (see smoking/obesity/drinking/drugs issues) and a lot of the loud mouthed opinions are the opinion of the minority, not the majority. Remember breaking away...
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    Okami HD Will Be Locked at 30fps

    I wouldn't call them bad design choices. I'd say 80% of games made from that time tied game logic with framerate. It was an easy thing to do, would require slightly less processing, and allowed you to get crisp animations at that time. I also did it in my first few years of game development...
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    Chemical Imbalance in Brain May Cause Smartphone Addiction In Young People

    Isn't there a name for people who are slow and excitable? :whistle:
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    Facebook to Fight Revenge Porn by Letting Potential Victims Upload Nudes in Advance

    And with all due respect I'm a senior programmer of 17 years. According to the article they're not using anything particularly fancy to detect images. They're just hashing them. From article: It says nothing about them running it through 100s of filters. Now, I'm not going to say they aren't...
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    Cloudflare Uses Lava Lamps to Encrypt the Internet

    That's actually pretty creative. I personally have several ways of doing randomness when I was developing games which don't involve such a convoluted process, but with the operation Cloudflare is running, it makes sense.
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    Facebook to Fight Revenge Porn by Letting Potential Victims Upload Nudes in Advance

    To be clear, removing some meta data, or cropping off a 1 pixel wide side of an image, or putting a boarder around the image will render this technique completely useless. Even just changing the top-left pixel to a different color will render this useless. The bigger concern I would have is...
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    Hawking: AI Could Be “Worst Event in the History of Our Civilization”

    Hawking has an overblown fear of AI development, as well as anything from the unknown. Two other prominent loud mouths, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku, both seem to disagree with his fear driven messages in recent years. I mean, how can you be against these kinds of developments.
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    America Is Running Out of Cassette Tape

    And exactly why has tape demand increased? It offers subpar quality music recordings. This is like all of those people going to vinyl again. I don't know where these people have gotten it into their heads that just because they're analog storage solutions that they're superior. They aren't. I...
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    Watchdogs Free on Uplay For Limited Time

    Same here. I never thought the game was crap. I really enjoyed it. For me the first game had a decent story and lacked a bit in the gameplay department. The second game had fantastic gameplay, but lacked in compelling story. Now if they make a third one and make a better story with equal to or...
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    Watch_Dogs free

    Edit: This was posted in the official news section now, go here: https://hardforum.com/threads/watchdogs-free-on-uplay-for-limited-time.1947586/ From November 7th to November 13th you can pick up a free copy of Watch_Dogs from Ubisoft assuming you don't mind using their uplay software...
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    Windows 7 Won’t Shrink Fast Enough

    Well, the UI part can be accomplished: https://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/ and https://www.stardock.com/products/start10/ As for the telemetry issues, Spybot Anti-Beacon may work, but I have my doubts. It does shut down the telemetry tasks in the task scheduler.
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    Elon Musk Tesla Model 3 Production Is Months Behind Schedule

    Nope. The people who were fired are to blame for the issue. Outside suppliers have nothing to do with it, that part is true. My very close friend who works at Tesla as a higher up position gave me a very in-depth explanation of what happened and most of the people who were fired deserved to be...
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    GameStop Basically Just Turned Itself Into a Blockbuster For Video Games

    I don't know about this one. Blockbuster failed for a reason. It's not an emerging marketplace. I guess time will tell.
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    Elon Musk Hints at “Production Hell” at Battery Gigafactory in Nevada

    I was asked not to say what it is, but it's much dumber than any of you will believe, though I have doubts that Tesla will say. The firings are related to why they're having bottlenecks and those people needed to be fired. Stupid doesn't begin to describe what happened. Had nothing to do with...
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    Android Co-Founder: Keyboards Will Be Gone in 20 Years

    Coming here from a programmers perspective, there's no way on earth that keyboards will be phased out in 20-years. I can't reach 130~200 WPM on touch interfaces, I've tried. Also, being unable to recognize when a button has been registered and where the knobs on the f and j key are, are...
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    You’ll Soon Be Able to Buy Hardware from the Microsoft Store in Windows 10

    I wanted to say, "no," but then I saw my nephew using it the other day. So I think it's mostly kids who grew up with Android/iOS and the app stores for phones are the ones who are likeliest to use it.
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    SanDisk Sets New Record with 400GB MicroSD Card

    Oh, so it's more-or-less an arbitrary value. Didn't realize that. I legitimately thought they weren't supporting the standard fully. Although, with some I think it could be a software issue. I know Windows XP's implementation of NTFS didn't support above 2TB originally or something and was fixed...
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    SanDisk Sets New Record with 400GB MicroSD Card

    FLAC is so big, he should look into the other lossless formats roaming around, like Monkey Audio. I'm also curious as to how many devices support the MicroSDXC standard 100%. The standard supports up to 2TB, but I've heard of MicroSDXC supported devices capping at 128GB or 256GB. Maybe it's a...
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    SanDisk Sets New Record with 400GB MicroSD Card

    The pricing on Amazon is a bit strange... 200GB - $98 ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073JY5T7T/ ) 400GB - $250 ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RNRM2B/ ) I'd rather buy two 200GB drives if I needed that much space of Micro SD storage. I'm guessing the $50 is a convenience factor maybe? Edit...
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    Users are Unable to Block Mark Zuckerberg

    Pretty sure Twisted Kidney was being tongue-and-cheek with their original message. Also, if they were being serious (definitely not saying that they were), telling someone to go somewhere else because of belief disagreements just creates another echo chamber of your own beliefs, which is just...
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    Nvidia Now 3rd Largest IC Design Company

    That's kind of an odd statement to make. Do you know what it was like in the 90s prior to this? One company held all of the power. It was very bad for consumers. Back then the two, now major GPU manufacturers, arose to power because of this problem. If we go back to a very one-sided thing, like...
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    Nvidia Now 3rd Largest IC Design Company

    I dislike them because they built themselves up on open standards alongside ATI, then went and became the thing they once were against. So they do deserve a lot of hate for that until they go back to supporting open standards again.
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    Discord Is Testing Video Chat And Screen Share With 5% Of Players

    I use Discord as a replacement for Skype's chat and calling without video. So I look forward to a full replacement for Skype, because Skype is pretty unreliable. It seems like Discord should put their aim to a more general audience if they're going to add features like this.
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    Nintendo Is Being Sued Over Its Switch Controllers

    Personally, I'd respond the same way. I'm a Sony fan boy, not a Nintendo one. Although I criticized Sony for their lawsuit against Nintendo and was glad Nintendo overturned it. I find most of this patent anything to be crap logic against innovation in a world advancing this quickly...
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    Nintendo Is Being Sued Over Its Switch Controllers

    Patents also include usage, of which neither are similar. One holds or grips a mobile phone and has a plastic back to prevent the phone from falling out. The other snaps or clicks into a screen with a mobile OS dedicated to playing games. Even on the surface they are dissimilar. Nintendo will...
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