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General Hardware / Intel Has a Big Problem and Needs to Act Like It
« Last post by Zeus on January 21, 2018, 08:37:58 pm »
Intel has been largely ignoring the Meltdown and Spectre exploits and have taken an approach that borders on ignoring the problem entirely. The truth is though, that they need to get their crap in gear and figure out a REAL fix to this issue and to prevent things like this from happening again. It's a huge issue as it affects not just consumer PCs, but devices, servers and cloud applications as well. Intel is not alone however, and that's really what makes it worse. On the flip-side, other companies are at least acting like it matters and are taking serious steps to address and resolve the issue.

   The flaws can be patched, but those patches could slow the Intel chips by as much as 30 percent, the equivalent of turning a state-of-the-art server chip into one from 2013. “There is no playbook for something like this,” says Charles Carmakal, a vice president at Mandiant, the arm of security company FireEye that consults on high-profile hacks. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a vulnerability that worked across so many different operating systems and devices.”Soure: Bloomberg

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General Mayhem / OnePlus whoops
« Last post by Fujitsu on January 21, 2018, 11:25:38 am »
The hack of the day comes from OnePlus who have reportedly lost up to 40,000 users credit card information thanks to an exploit that went undiscovered for 2 months. If you've bought anything from OnePlus in the past couple months, you might want to check your statements and maybe get a new credit card. ArsTechnica has the story.

   Earlier this week, numerous reports of credit card fraud started pouring in from OnePlus users. On the company's forums, customers said that credit cards used to purchase a OnePlus smartphone recently were also seeing bogus charges, so OnePlus launched an investigation into the reports. It's now a few days later, and the company has admitted that its servers were compromised—"up to 40,000 users" may have had their credit card data stolen.   OnePlus has posted a FAQ on the incident. "One of our systems was attacked," the post reads. "A malicious script was injected into the payment page code to sniff out credit card info while it was being entered." OnePlus believes the script was functional from "mid-November 2017" to January 11, 2018, and it captured credit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes that were typed into the site during that time. Users who paid via PayPal or previously entered credit card information are not believed to be affected.

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General Hardware / NVIDIA tells retailers to sell to gamers, not cryptominers
« Last post by Fujitsu on January 21, 2018, 11:19:30 am »
If you've been looking for a mid-high range video card for the last few months you've probably noticed quite a shortage in addition to prices going up. Well that's thanks to the huge demand caused by the crypto-miners and while that's great for video card makers sales, it's causing a little bit of a public relations disaster and NVIDIA is the first one to speak up. NVIDIA has asked its retailers to limit the number of cards they sell to each person in an attempt to hopefully get them into gamers hands, but of course retailers might not be so excited when they can bundled them into "6 packs" and charge a premium to the crypto-miners. Unfortunately until the cryptocurrency craze dies down, we'll probably be seeing a shortage of higher end video cards. HotHardware has the full story.

   This should be a time when every hard-core PC gamer should be gloating and grinning from ear-to-ear. PC gaming was never dead; it's actually picking up steam in a big way and so is the DIY PC build market. However, there is one thing that's throwing as a wrench in many a PC builder's gears currently and that's pricing. There's no way around it and it's downright painful right now. Cryptocurrency mining isn't the only reason for the currently high cost of a new gaming PC, but it's the one dynamic acting as a true roadblock to people building a new gaming PC themselves. It's also serious motivation to consider a pre-built system, even if you can build one yourself.

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News / Re: Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook NP540U3C-A01
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General Mayhem / Bitcoin On the Way Down
« Last post by Zeus on January 16, 2018, 08:34:56 pm »
It's no surprise to us here at BCCHardware that Bitcoin is now on it's way down. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it will be up again in the near future, but several open scams have been discovered showing Bitcoin price fixing as well as insecurity of the mighty Bitcoin dollar is starting to worry investors and potential investors. The result is that it has lost 48% of it's high-value and could be dropping even more. Other digital currencies are also following in it's steps, showcasing the volatile insecurity of something that doesn't exist.

   The exact cause of these fluctuations is, of course, anyone's guess, though recent rumours of a cryptocurrency ban in South Korea may have contributed to apprehension in the market. The East Asian country has now clarified that such a ban will not go into place in the near future, while similar rumblings are now being heard with regard to its neighbour, and the largest contributor to bitcoin mining in the world, China.Source: Neowin

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Notes from the Shows / Weekly Tech Update #420 - CES 2018 Wrap-up and More!
« Last post by Zeus on January 15, 2018, 10:36:40 pm »
We have just posted up Episode #420 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the resurrection of Circuit City, Intel and AMD play nice, and we wrap up our CES 2018 coverage with news from Sony, LG, Samsung, Dell, and more!

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LAN & General Gaming / VulcLAN XVI
« Last post by Zeus on January 14, 2018, 08:29:49 pm »
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General Mayhem / Circuit City to Relaunch on February 15
« Last post by Zeus on January 14, 2018, 08:12:29 pm »
Circuit City was once one of the major players in the USA when it came to electronics. They disappeared a couple of years back but are coming back in the form of a website, then following up with brick and mortar stores as well. There are very few purely electronics stores in the USA and Canada anymore, with the loss of Tiger Direct and Radio Shack. I'm not sure if Circuit City can bring it back, but it looks like they are going to try. With more and more companies selling through Amazon, it's going to be a tough sell, but I hope they can pull it off.

   Shmoel described a curated product assortment that will include A/V, computers, gaming, imaging, small appliances and smart-home products by top-tier vendors like Samsung, Panasonic and Canon, as well as tier-two and tier-three brands. The new Circuit City owns some of its own inventory, which it is amassing in distribution centers around the country, and will also work with drop-ship partners, he said.Source: Twice

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