storkus (179708) writes "The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix (2nd story link at the bottom of the first), and plenty more Googling around.
My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? Note that I want to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and "other" high-end machine with one of the above chips so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being M$-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a real lousy attitude (despite the Steam distro being real soon now)." Link to Original Source top
Neimann-Marcus and AT LEAST 3 others attacked besides Target
storkus (179708) writes "According to numerous sources, Samsung has been doing Hollyweird-style region locking on all its handsets manufactured since July 2013: it was first noticed on the Galaxy Note 3, but has since been discovered on other devices that are sufficiently new. There are now cracks available to (partially?) bypass it, but the big question is, "Why?" Samsung has partially back-tracked, but so far they have not given a real answer. Between the benchmark debacle, Galaxy Gear's poor reviews, and now this, will you be looking for something different this time around? (I know I will.)" Link to Original Source top
Extremetech author defends making phone unlocking illegal, implies DMCA good
storkus (179708) writes "I don't know if he's trolling, and you can accuse me of trolling if you want, but this piece really got under my skin, and judging by the comments, plenty of other people's as well, so I thought I'd submit it to/. A particular quote: "...I’m also all for homebrew — assuming it isn’t used to pirate software."" Link to Original Source top
Confirmed: MHD is source of sun's corona superheating
storkus (179708) writes "Magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD) has been suspected for a while as reason why the sun's corona is millions of degrees while the surface is only thousands. Northumbria University has now apparently confirmed this using a custom telescope." Link to Original Source top
storkus (179708) writes "ArsTechnica is relaying the story from TorrentFreak about StopFileLockers.com and its head Robert King, where they claim 4 out of 10 MEGA resellers on PayPal have been forced to stop processing payments through the service. They also mention that other services are also being targeted, with Hotfile being specifically mentioned.
storkus (179708) writes "Andrea Hernandez, who sued on religious grounds that an RFID neck ID required to be work while on school grounds equated to "The Mark of the Beast", has lost her case. Slashdot has discussed this twice previously, with the temporary injunction and the original story. The relevant line:
"The accommodation offered by the district is not only reasonable it removes plaintiff's religious objection from legal scrutiny all together" (.pdf) U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia wrote.
storkus (179708) writes "Straight from Bruce Schneier's blog. I can't come up with a better summary so I'll just directly quote Bruce:
The ACLU filed a FOIA request for a bunch of cables that Wikileaks had already released complete versions of. This is what happened:
The agency released redacted versions of 11 and withheld the other 12 in full.
The five excerpts below show the government's selective and self-serving decisions to withhold information. Because the leaked versions of these cables have already been widely distributed, the redacted releases provide unique insight into the government's selective decisions to hide information from the American public." Link to Original Source