HH Holiday Sweepstakes with Digital Storm - Win A Killer System! - HotHardware
HH Holiday Sweepstakes with Digital Storm - Win A Killer System!

HH Holiday Sweepstakes with Digital Storm - Win A Killer System!

To get you into the holiday spirit, HotHardware.com and our friends at Digital Storm have teamed up to put together yet ANOTHER monster sweepstakes give-away!   This time we're giving you a chance to win an Intel Core i7 950-infused gaming rig with 6GB of DDR3, a 1TB hard drive an all new Radeon HD 6870 graphics card and water cooling by Astek.  We know, the sugarplums are dancing now, aren't they?  Start being nice now, if you've been the naughty type all year long...

The complete parts list and breakdown for Digital Storm's sweet Special|Ops System are listed below:


To be entered into this sweepstakes, please follow these quick and easy guidelines below.  If you're brand new here, there might be a few more steps but otherwise it's pretty simple!

1) First: Make sure you're registered at HotHardware.com.  You can also login with Facebook or Twitter.
2) Be active in the discussion and community here at HotHardware.com to get noticed
3) Become a fan of HotHardware’s
official Facebook fan page
4) Become a fan of Digital Storm's official Facebook fan page
5) Comment on the contest post on each of the respective facebook fan pages
6) Share either post on your personal facebook page
7) Take a screenshot of your facebook page with the shared story
8) Submit the screenshot to
contest@digitalstormonline.com with the subject “HotHardware Giveaway”

The contest will run through December 23rd at which point we'll announce the winner.  Get in early and post here in the HH news discussions often!

This is a great chance for to you to win a custom, powerful new gaming PC. Good Luck!

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I simply do not get what the major issue is with Facebook. The ENTIRE internet is a big security hole. You simply do not put anything on your Facebook page or any page of the internet, that you do not want the world to see. Folks, we need to get over it. At the bare minimum, Facebook and other social networks put you in contact with people and companies you might not otherwise get an opportunity to meet or reconnect with. Just control your own information and what you share and there is zero issue with FB, just like any other page on the internet.

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Killer system!  

I don't use FB that much, maybe that's why I don't care signing in for the contest.

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Timely news article it seems.

http://hothardware.com/News/BitDefender-Malware-Its-In-Your-Facebook/

20% of 500 million is 100 Million,...yes?

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Dave_HH:

I simply do not get what the major issue is with Facebook. The ENTIRE internet is a big security hole. You simply do not put anything on your Facebook page or any page of the internet, that you do not want the world to see. Folks, we need to get over it. At the bare minimum, Facebook and other social networks put you in contact with people and companies you might not otherwise get an opportunity to meet or reconnect with. Just control your own information and what you share and there is zero issue with FB, just like any other page on the internet.

This is very true. I treat facebook and people I work with the same way. If you don't want everyone to know don't put it out there.

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OK, I'm spamming this thread.  So sue me. Smile

We'd like your questions/input!

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/52586/380281.aspx#380281

 

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There could be a line under the avatar for computer rigs won like:

Posts: 472

Computers Won: 2

Points 9,620

Joined: Feb 2009

Location: Singapore

It's a little difficult to keep track of, I generally assume that almost all regular posters have already won a rig, then there are those parachuted in from the Asus contest that were never heard from again...

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eunoia:
then there are those parachuted in from the Asus contest that were never heard from again...

Ha Ha! That really was a hell of a nice contest with lots of bling handed out to a lot of people. And you're right about the 'Hit And Run' they pulled off.

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Didn't Kamrooz do the same thing?

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mentaldisorder:

Didn't Kamrooz do the same thing?

Yeah, we weren't too thrilled with his disappearance but what are you going to do.  We hope, by running these sweepstakes, that we expose the site to more good folks and hopefully, the best folks stick around. Smile

 

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Dave_HH:

mentaldisorder:

Didn't Kamrooz do the same thing?

Yeah, we weren't too thrilled with his disappearance but what are you going to do.

It would be great if Kamrooz joined us again some day - but just not during a sweepstakes as that guy could really post!Big Smile

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Dave_HH:

I simply do not get what the major issue is with Facebook. The ENTIRE internet is a big security hole. You simply do not put anything on your Facebook page or any page of the internet, that you do not want the world to see. Folks, we need to get over it. At the bare minimum, Facebook and other social networks put you in contact with people and companies you might not otherwise get an opportunity to meet or reconnect with. Just control your own information and what you share and there is zero issue with FB, just like any other page on the internet.

The issue (how I see it) with facebook is mostly the "bait and switch " when it comes to controlling your own information. In its initial form, the primary way your information would fall into the wrong hands, was due to your own misconfiguration of privacy settings, an actual flaw/exploit in coding, or an infected machine. Changes in user agreement, privacy policy, privacy settings, and facebook design in general in 2009 removed the ability to keep your information "locked down" as were, barring a flaw/exploit/infection. For instance, there is currently no way to completely prevent your facebook account from being found while searching on facebook. That used to be preventable. This is one example where facebook directly deceived it's users.

This is definitely enough to start taking your business elsewhere, if you actually paid anything for using facebook. But , the bigger reason to hate facebook, is that it is an enabler. It supplies a streamlined medium for your friends, family, acquaintances, and even just one time contacts from a chat room you used 12 years ago, to be less than prudent and discriminating regarding the information they share about you.

To use a more extreme example. Lets imagine "Jane" made an internet purchase for a "device of pleasure" from an independent seller over a decade ago.The seller adds Jane's email address to the contact list . time goes by, Jane's enjoys her purchase never looking back . facebook appears. The independent seller has grown into a larger operation, now offering deluxe models of Jane's original purchase, that spin, have the optional knuckle attachment and much much more.

The seller has since changed emails a few times, but each time saving their old contacts. Seller opens up facebook account, allows facebook to access their email for contacts. She still has the same email address. And by now, Jane has a facebook account too. She uses it less than casually, never really getting interested in technology that doesn't use AA's.

But she has children now. And they love their myspace's and facebooks. And they use moms computer. And facebook suggests different users of the same computer may know the same people, or bondage equipment suppliers.

Of course facebook cant be directly blamed for this. But its easier to hate facebook for making snitches out of your friends, than hating your friends themselves. And fact that information about you can be so easily accumulated, even if you don't have a facebook account, makes it all the easier to hate.

I hope this counts as the kind of contribution necessary to win that system. That would be sweet to play farmville on.

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Facebook doesn't show ads as such mentioned above based on what a user has subscribed to via e-mail in the past.  Thet suggest ads based on the interests listed in your Facebook profile.  Honestly, I agree with Dave_HH, YOU can choose what information goes on the internet if you take some time to be cautious about what you let be visible.  Of course there are some concerns with the way facebook handles applications etc - so don't use applications.

 

If only people thought about the amount of personal information they throw away each day.  I am an Internet Security professional and I have taken many courses about identity theft etc and your daily garbage actually poses more of a risk to you than Facebook does.  Big brother is always watching you - if you think you haven't been affected by technology giving out your personal info just because you don't have a facebook account you're being naive.  I'm not making a personal attack at YOU personally, I mean You as in the general public.  My step father has NEVER touched a computer yet he was a victim of identity theft. 

 

And I don't think we have the right to judge what HH or any other forum for that matter chooses to require to win something that is being given away.  If you want it bad enough, you'll make a facebook account.

 

Sorry if I offended anyone, not my intention - just my two cents ...

 

On a side note, I wish this site was viewable on my BB - I would be posting a lot more.  I'm on the road alot and my BB is sometimes all I have for my connection to the Internet.

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farfrmnormal:

And I don't think we have the right to judge what HH or any other forum for that matter chooses to require to win something that is being given away.  If you want it bad enough, you'll make a facebook account.

 

Well put  &  totally agree with you on that one.

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Yes I agree with that statement entirely as well. If you do not find the contest to have an attractive enough prize, then you do not have to enter. If the requirements are more than you find it to be worth, then do not enter. If you don't want to win do not enter. That seems to be simple enough conceptually does it not. Just as a general statement you know what I really hate. People who whine as there is no way to please them no matter what is done.

Such as we will give you a $2-3000.00 PC, but the producer of this PC has stated that they want the contest to be linked into Facebook, or some other social media internet forum, and therefore it is a requirement for said contest that you must post to the required social internet media site. I understand not liking facebook, so do not enter the contest if you do not want to post to Facebook as it is required.

But no I am going to whine about it at the top of my lungs, and say it is not fair. Hmmmmm....... That actually seems pretty juvenile when looked at in that truthful spectrum does it not?

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rapid1:
People who whine as there is no way to please them no matter what is done.

rapid1:
But no I am going to whine about it at the top of my lungs, and say it is not fair. Hmmmmm....... That actually seems pretty juvenile when looked at in that truthful spectrum does it not?

Holy Crap!

I didn't think that I was whining. I expressed that I wouldn't join FaceBook again and I posted a few reasons why. It's not a juvenile concept when you take the time to read about some of what others have had to deal with on FaceBook.

READ ABOUT IT A LITTLE HERE  THERE'S ONLY ABOUT 4.17 MILLION HITS TO THIS SEARCH.  (hint: they can't all be full of crap)

It's true that FaceBook can be a fantastic tool for advertisers and business owners, I get that, but some of us just don't want to play. I don't like junk mail delivered to my home, junk e-mail in my computer's Inbox, and inappropriate hidden cameras really piss me off.

Too many people don't take the time to learn how to protect themselves while online ANYWHERE and having to travel a purposely convoluted route on FB clicking through settings pages to protect yourself and turn off their 'features' is a bunch of crap.

Why don't they just put ONE BUTTON on the main page of FB that takes you to a "plain-speak" settings page with one or two, or even three levels of protection that you can enable that really do work,....completely? They could do it,.......but the advertisers would freak out on them and they're afraid to do it.

I didn't join up for this contest (as everyone seems to be suggesting) because of FaceBook, (even though Dave says it's not set in stone that you need to) but don't call me, and others that feel the same way as I do "Whining and Juvenile" rapid1.

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They do give an easy way to protect yourself. I am not really criticizing you or anyone specifically. What I am saying is that Digital Storm or any other organization who provides the costly hardware for a prize such as this says that these are our requirements. Hothardware in general can do nothing about those requirements as they are not there own, but are those of the provider as illustrated in my first sentence on this statement. My comments were not really aimed at you anyway realneil as you are only stating facts.

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They are an Information sponge and the information that they crave is yours. Once you give it to them, it belongs completely to them forever

Read this directly from their Terms of Use Agreement that you have to accept to use the service:

By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.



No big deal, you think, because after all you can delete your photos on Facebook can't you?    In fact you can't.    You can't delete your account either. 

More from the Terms:

You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.

Why do they need to legally wrap you up so tightly? (cue video of Robert De-Nero talking about the circle of trust) (now shudder)

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As far as it all goes I do use Facebook, and regularly. I have all my privacy settings as friends only, and I block most app providers as well because I don't like bulletins all over my facebook. I am not really even criticizing anyone, what i am presenting is my opinion on (which is only my singular opinion anyway) that HH and (Dave and Marco) can do absolutely nothing about the providers requirements in a contest on there site, other than of course not to have the contest at all. So the complaints are totally unaddressable by them. I understand them, and even see there validity. However: in the end there is nothing that can be done because it is not there requirements, but those of a third party.

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realneil:
Too many people don't take the time to learn how to protect themselves while online ANYWHERE and having to travel a purposely convoluted route on FB clicking through settings pages to protect yourself and turn off their 'features' is a bunch of crap.

I agree, but the whole idea of privacy- really doesn't exist on the Internet. I do not understand why this false sense of security exists. Everything online is done in code. Every code can be decoded. Code can be figured out with the very things we use to access the web. Seems pretty obvious to me.

Hell a lot of credit/debit card information gets stolen off e-commerce sites (your profile or a copy of the transaction). Social security is laughable, thats everywhere.

But, you do not have to put up anything valuable on Facebook. I have a fake name, a spam email account (an old one I use to sign up for sh!t), limited access, i leave off every bit of personal info minus my birthday and my political views (I network with 3rd parties). If anyone hacked into my facebook, they'd just be exposed to my friends and I- calling each other douche-bag or talk about defiling each other's mother. I don't play the completely open profile game, but if I did- I wouldn't lose anything. I would just be bugged waaaaay more than I want to be. There is an API that allows you to see what is visible (to third party businesses) on your FB page if anyone is truly interested. Google it, I haven't used it in a while- no link.

The pictures and everything don't get deleted for like 8months after you delete your account (I think, lifehacker had a great fb privacy series).

Zuckerberg made a business - not a cool free service. It may have started that, but now it is everything but. With 500 million users, you can make alottaaaa coin. 

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Please reread, or point out where I stated advertisements were based on past emails.  I believe I specified suggested contacts, not advertisements.

 and regarding quote "Honestly, I agree with Dave_HH, YOU can choose what information goes on the internet if you take some time to be cautious about what you let be visible"  again, I made no defense for those that were directly responsible for putting up their own information directly, under current user agreement. I made the point that facebook is designed in a manner that allows a more accurate profile  to be "easily " formed using information provided by other people, not just you.

I agree that the nature of the internet is that, what is put on it, stays on it. But It does not excuse facebook's  practices.

I dont know what you are referencing as far as quote "And I don't think we have the right to judge what HH....." another person's post I did not see perhaps? You really think you dont have the right to make judgments regarding how a business operates? How do you form opinions then, exactly? . Do not misunderstand me, I agree generally, facebook is wonderful tool.Regardless of what I think of facebook personally, Incorporating facebook into promotions is good business sense. To ignore it is foolish. And I must make this consideration in my judgment .

Its irresponsible not to make judgments on business practices. Even on just forums. Because (and you know this point already) you are posting here, and I , as a fellow user of this great internet can see it. And I will be able to see it forever.And I am judging you, forming opinions of you, by what you post and where you post.  And of course in most cases these opinions will be forgotten more quickly than they were formed. But it's there (and its normally traceable to your facebook account!).

But this is probably irrelevant as I suspect your post was more a sycophantic attempt to "get noticed" as the loosely stated sweepstakes-but-really-a-contest rules require, than a thoughtful rebuttal. Which is not very helpful to , what I think/hope is the typical forum browser, who is looking for an informed  analysis, discussion, commentary, or debate. 

If I am mistaken, then you have my genuine apology. And please, if you think it's worth your time, tell me so. I enjoy knowing when I am wrong.

 

And I too would love to win that system.

 

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Analogmonster if you are referring to my post I personally am not trying to get noticed, not for the contest or any reason. I am just generally stating my opinion, which is very simply put if it is worth it to you to win the contest perform said requirements.

If it is not then do not do so, period! The whining about it is childish, such as I can't believe I have to post on Facebook etc.. Basically the producer of said prize lists it as a requirement. Therefore you have absolutely no choice no matter your opinion of said venue if you indeed want to win said prize.

If the getting noticed comment was not directed at me I apologize for the misconception. I personally do not care if you read or notice my posts. I just post what I think, and I was kind of tired of listening to the whining, because in general even most of the people who have commented on the facebook subject I have read, benefited from, and appreciated there posts in the past.

I just do not see the point in whining it is not HH's fault in any way what the producer of an item or items requires, in a contest format!

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My response was meant to be a reply to farfrmnormal. It did not work out that way, most likely a noscript issue or something similar on my end. 

  I see nothing objectionable about trying to win a prize, and doing it by  "getting noticed" , whatever that means is the way to do it here. I only learned about this forum by mention of this contest/sweepstakes. Its a promotion, designed to generate traffic and user content, and that's all good.  But I saw farfrmnormals reply to my post and interpreted it more as just  a self serving "take sides with the editor" than an actual contribution to a pros/cons of facebook. And that may have been a bit cynical of me. I was just trying to respond to dave_hh 's question about what people may have against facebook.
I partially agree with your view that, if the sacrifice of your information to facebook is not worth the chance at a prize, then simply don't take part. But letting the sponsors of the promotion know that you don't approve of the conditions of entering is basically your vote , as a potential customer, to change the way its done. Don't do it in a whiny way of course, but do voice your complaint/objection.And while I don't condone the method,even whining does get things changed. Squeaky wheel and all that.

 

enjoy your day.

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I do love a spirited discussion though :)

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rapid1:

I do love a spirited discussion though :)

so do I

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Indeed! I havn't used forums for anything else except discussions about motorcycle parts for a couple years. I am quickly reminded how engaging AND taxing an opinion thread is.

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