Flashback Dual Celeron Cooler Circa 1998

Rich Gouge (our new HSF/AIO cooler engineer) and I were sitting here chatting over IM and editing his latest cooler review (the Cooler Master MS240L), and I went looking for an example of an old cooler review of HardOCP’s. If you think we write crappy nowadays, check out how bad it was about 20 years ago. Bad, but still entertaining. Not every day you get to work a Ginger Lynn reference into a hardware “review.”

Always wear your protective gear. I have on a beautiful hardhat, safety glasses, and condom combo. (no silly, no pics of the schlong!) Remember Kids, Danger is my Bidness.


Congress Has Questions About Meltdown and Spectre

Congress has some questions about Meltdown and Spectre, and they are calling out those involved. Members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce have drafted letters to the heads of several companies involved in the security flaw. The companies whose CEO’s received letters are; Apple, Amazon, AMD, ARM, Google, Intel, and Microsoft.

There are some serious questions in these letter, and I am very much looking forward to hearing the response that these companies have to them. The first question in particular “Why was an information embargo related to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities imposed?” is particularly good. Big thanks to thesmokingman for the story.

As more products and services become connected, no one company, or even one sector working in isolation can provide sufficient protection for their products and users. Today, effective responses require extensive collaboration not only between individual companies, but also across sectors traditionally siloed from one another. This reality raises serious questions about not just the embargo imposed on information regarding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but on embargos regarding cybersecurity vulnerabilities in general.


Der8auer Gets Epyc Working on X399

YouTuber and extreme overclocker De8auer has gotten an Epyc CPU working on an X399 Threadripper motherboard.. sort of. In his testing Der8auer has found that there is a single ID pin on Epyc that when covered, will allow you to partially boot an Epyc CPU. The BIOS stopped loading at memory checks, so a BIOS that is compatible with Epyc is required, but this proves that the sockets and pinouts are the same.

Quite amazing stuff. I have my doubts if a partner will ever release a BIOS that allows Epyc in an X399 motherboard, but it opens up possibilities for sure.


Metal Gear Survive Official PC System Requirements Released

Metal Gear Survive is coming out next month on Steam, and today Konami has unveiled it’s official requirements. For minimum requirements they list an Intel Core i5-4460 , 4GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (2GB) graphics card. For recommended an i7-4790, 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics card. The game will also require 20GB of free hard drive space.

I wish that companies would take the hint from FarCry 5 and release system specs based on resolution and framerate. Although now that Kojima is gone it’s tough to say how many people will be buying Metal Gear Survive anyway.

METAL GEAR SURVIVE is a spin off from the main METAL GEAR SOLID V story that takes place in a strange alternative universe. Create your own character and learn to survive. Scavenge resources, craft weapons, build a base camp and explore the unknown while developing the survival skills necessary in this hostile environment.


Microbes Could Turn Human Waste Into Food For Astronauts

Scientists have apparently developed a method of converting human waste into a potential food source that could be used by astronauts on missions to Mars and beyond. Using anaerobic digestion, microbes to break down solid and liquid waste, they created the protein and fat-rich substance.

Ew. I think if this becomes a thing you’re going to see the number of kids wanting to be astronauts plummet. The original paper is available here. Enjoy your lunch.

The microbe researcher at Pennsylvania State University added: “It’s a little strange, but the concept would be a little bit like Marmite or Vegemite, where you’re eating a smear of ‘microbial goo.”


How to Launder $500 Million in Cryptocurrency

Following up from Fridays theft of $500 Million in NEM coins, Bloomberg has posted an article about the hack. According to the article, Coincheck has not disclosed how their system was breached, aside from it wasn’t an inside job. No one knows who owns the accounts that the coins were transferred to, but each has been labeled with an automated tracking tag that reads “coincheck_stolen_funds_do_not_accept_trades : owner_of_this_account_is_hacker.” However the hacker can still use a service to trade the NEM coins to a more anoymized currency to launder them.

Coincheck has also released a press statement about compensation for the theft. The article states that they will “refund to NEM’s holders in coins check wallet in Japanese yen.” And adding that they will carry out repayment from their own funds.

The lesson for crypto-enthusiasts is that exchanges are prime targets for hackers and no place to store your coins. One alternative is to keep the assets in software wallets, which come in online, mobile and desktop varieties. Hardware wallets are dedicated devices that offer an additional layer of security. For the extra paranoid, there is always the analog option: printing out the private keys for your coins on paper.


Research Shows Piracy Can Help Music Sales

A new academic paper published in the Information Economics and Policy journal shows that piracy can help many artists to sell more music. In a paper titled ‘Purchase, pirate, publicize: Private-network music sharing and market album sales’ he examined the effect of BitTorrent-based piracy on both digital and physical music sales.

It makes sense to me, especially with less new music getting put on the radio, it can be difficult to find new artists. We have posted before on how piracy has a positive effect on video games as well, which I chalk up to the lack of demos now days.

“I know that’s a bad thing to say, because I’m part of a music industry that doesn’t like illegal file sharing,” Sheeran said in an interview with CBS. “Illegal file sharing was what made me. It was students in England going to university, sharing my songs with each other.”


First at Gunpoint Bitcoin Robbery in UK

How do you steal Bitcoin with a gun? Break into the guy’s house that you know is part of the crypto-wealthy, tie up his wife, take away their baby, then give your mark the option of trading all his crypto over to you or deal with consequences that are likely to make you very amenable. Not many details were given in how the thugs identified the target. Thanks cageymaru.

A mother on the school run told The Mail on Sunday: “I saw four young men in black tracksuits with the hoods pulled up, crossing the road to the property where it took place.”


New NVIDIA Game Ready Driver for a Game I have Never Heard of

I guess we could look at this as a good thing, right. NVIDIA is even cranking out Game Ready Drivers for games we have never heard of? Maybe this is just not my genre? Maybe I live under a rock? Who knows.

What have all those in common you ask? Right, all three are essential in Kingdom Come: Deliverance! How will you solve your quests? With clever diplomacy skills or the sharp end of your blade? No matter how, don’t forget to save with a sip of some precious Saviour Schnapps! In the new video Warhorse introduces the main features, skills and strategies you need to survive in Kingdom Come: Deliverance.


Quiet Threadripper Overclocked Coolling

We pushed out our review of Enermax’ new LiqTech TR4 280 AIO cooler for all Threadripper CPUs. We put it to the test using a highly overclocked 1950X, and Enermax still continues to impress while being the only company truly in the TR4 AIO market with a properly sized and configured cold plate.

You [H]|Club assignment for today is to see how many time you can interject the name “LiqTech” into a conversation with a normie.