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Like most PC fans and enthusiasts, we love a good custom PC around here. We particularly like it when someone goes all out on a custom build with liquid cooling and plenty of style. An extremely talented PC builder on reddit by the name of joshkroger has gone above and beyond, and fans of bourbon will particularly like the work. The builder had an actual bourbon barrel that he disassembled and cobbled into a computer case using some components from a donor computer case to secure the PC hardware inside. The build process was a long one requiring him to disassemble the barrel and shave off the sides of some of the staves to flatten them out enough to make the side panels from them. He recycled... Read more...
EA doesn't have the most stellar of reputations in the gaming community and it is known for squeezing every possible penny out of gamers with very expensive microtransactions. One such money grab has landed EA a dubious distinction in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most downvoted comment on Reddit. The comment that earned EA the world record was one posted about the videogame Star Wars Battlefront II that launched in 2017. The official post from EA that inspired the record-setting 683,000 downvotes had to do with the microtransaction hell that EA created for gamers who wanted to unlock iconic characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Gamer backlash against EA was intense due... Read more...
It's a sad tale of misfortune for the unsuspecting parents or relatives of kids who are given access to an account on a PC or game console that isn't properly locked down. Kids often have zero concept of money and don't realize that the virtual currency purchased in games like Fortnite costs real money. Kids are also rather ingenious when it comes to devising ways to get what they want, even if their intent isn't nefarious from the start. Case in point is a man who posted on the reddit thread called TIFU. In case you aren't familiar, this is a reddit thread where people recount the ways they have made poor decisions. The poster is called A_Sad_Frog and says that being the cool uncle he is, he... Read more...
After facing backlash from gamers over a boatload of Fallout 76 bugs, allegedly reneging on refund offers, and coming under investigation by a law firm specializing in class action lawsuits, Bethesda is ready to talk. In a Reddit post, the developer says that it is promising to be more transparent in the future with gamers on how it works to make improvements and enhancements to Fallout 76. "We didn’t want you to think the silence meant nothing was happening," wrote the company on Reddit. "We're sorry and understand this was not the right approach, and we’ll work to make a better bridge between you and the dev team at BGS." Rather than keep its customers in... Read more...
PS4 gamers beware, a message is going around that will crash your console and potentially force you to perform a factory reset. Warnings on Reddit have highlighted the issue and have given PS4 gamers insight into how to protect themselves from the bug and recover if you are affected. The bug, in some instances, has been used during matches to cause the opposing team to crash and be unable to complete a match. The message received is pictured below, and the box with a question mark in it contains a null character that causes the PS4 to become unstable. Reddit users have given directions on how they have recovered from the crash. Some are having to factory reset their consoles, but some have been... Read more...
Doctors and researchers have used MRI machines for over forty years to create detailed images of internal organs and tissues. But do MRI machines play well with other modern inventions? One Reddit user recently reported that an MRI machine zapped every iOS and watchOS device in his facility. Redditor u/harritco remarked that he had experienced the “most bizarre issue I've had in my career in IT”. A medical facility had installed a new MRI machine and by the end of the day every iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch had been disabled. More than forty people were affected by the issue, but no other devices, other than iOS devices, seemed to be impacted. All Android devices and other electronics... Read more...
Reddit has announced that it suffered a security breach between June 14 and June 18 of this year. The website learned of the hack on June 19 and says that an attacker was able to compromise the accounts of a few Reddit employees along with Reddit's cloud and source code hosting providers. The main attack was apparently via an SMS intercept, as Reddit was using two-factor authentication. The site notes that the attacker didn’t gain write access to its systems and had read-only access to some systems that contained backup data, source code, and other logs. After the attack, additional steps were taken to lock down the compromised data, and reddit says that it rotated all production secrets... Read more...
Microsoft really wants people to leave Google and use its Bing search engine. The problem is that the exodus away from Google never really happened, leaving Microsoft working hard to compete in the search market. Microsoft has announced that it has added some cool new features to Bing in an effort to make the search engine more popular with users.  Microsoft is now integrating additional artificial intelligence (AI) technology into its search results and into Office 365. The AI promises to have a useful impact on our day-to-day lives. "AI has really been integrated into society for many years," Jordi Ribas, Microsoft VP in charge of AI products said. "Sometimes, people have been using AI... Read more...
Microtransactions, for better or worse, have become a big business in the world of gaming. Ubisoft recently announced that its revenue from microtransactions now exceeds that of actual game sales. Electronic Arts isn't immune to this practice either, and has come under fire for nickel and diming customers to unlock fan-favorite heroes in Star Wars: Battlefront II. For example, the amount of credits necessary to unlock Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker stands at 60,000 credits. Actually completing the campaign "only" nets you 20,000 credits. In order to unlock these characters for "free", you have to devote roughly 40 hours to the game each, or fork over some hard-earned real cash. While many games,... Read more...
You might think that an agency such as the Federal Communications Commission would exist for no other reason than to protect consumers, but that hasn't proven to be the case at all when it comes to our online rights. You might be tired of hearing about net neutrality - and we couldn't even blame you - but now more than ever, we can't let down our guard. To reiterate what net neutrality is supposed to do: it's to treat our internet access as a Title II utility, classifying it the same way our phones and power are. That is to say that companies can't charge whatever they want for whatever they want - there are guidelines. And for companies like Verizon and Comcast, they feel that those guidelines... Read more...
Updated 1/26/2017: Upon further, deeper investigation it turns out our original article contained inaccurate information. Apple never included user reviews for the LG 5K Display, so it is not possible that the company could have censored negative feedback. The reasons for Apple's approach to this are unknown, as reviews for the LG 4K Display are available and have been since the product was first introduced. With that being said, the Ratings & Reviews section for the LG 5K Display is now open for public commentary. We apologize for our error in reporting but felt it was important to update this article with complete and accurate detail.Not everyone can take constructive (and not so constructive)... Read more...
When it comes to Christmas Secret Santas, every tech nerd would love to be on the receiving end of Bill Gates’ graciousness. The Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, billionaire and all-around good guy once again brought Christmas joy to a redditor via the site’s annual Secret Santa festivities. Redditor Arrex explains that a giant box was dropped off on her doorstep by FedEx on December 16th. Needless to say, once she opened the package, her level of excitement shot through the roof at lightning-fast speed. “Under the first layer I see a picture...and my jaw. Just. Drops. I will let the picture speak for itself!” The picture, of course, is of none other than Gates, sitting in front of a Christmas... Read more...
People have been holding Facebook's feet to the fire over what is perceived as a fake news problem, which is a pretty big deal when you consider the number of eyeballs the world's largest social playground attracts on a daily basis. However, Facebook is not alone in this regard. It is being reported that Reddit, "the front page of the Internet," can be manipulated with fake news with the collective effort of just a few people and less than $200. Reddit is the 24th most popular website in the world and ranks 7th in the United States. It uses a system of upvotes and downvotes to regulate content and fend off erosion from the inside—posts that are deemed newsworthy, authentic, or otherwise worth... Read more...
Is it possible to love a game too much? One reddit user may be testing the fanboy limits. Redditor daymeeuhn reportedly paid $1,300 for a leaked copy of No Man’s Sky and then bragged about it with videos of gameplay. Daymeeuhn claims he bought the game from a seller on eBay and had it shipped via FedEx. He proved that he did so through a video on DailyMotion of him opening and installing the game. Sean Murray of Hello Games warned viewers on the No Man’s Sky Twitter account that they would see a bunch of spoilers if they chose to watch Daymeeuhn’s video. We’ve spent years filling No Man’s Sky with surprises. You've spent years waiting. Please don't spoil it for yourself :(— Sean Murray (@NoMansSky)... Read more...
Many customers are upset by the latest Pokémon GO update. Some ticked off redditors have reported that they have received full refunds for the purchases of the Pokémon GO app, since the game is no longer working in the manner they originally anticipated.When the game was first released there were “footsteps” that indicated how far away a Pokémon was from the user. One footstep meant that the Pokémon was close, while three steps indicated that the Pokémon was far away. There were several bugs with this tracker system. All nearby Pokémon had three footsteps underneath them while still getting picked up on the tracker. This past weekend, instead of fixing the bug, Niantic... Read more...
The Oculus Rift has finally begun shipping to fans that have been eagerly anticipating their pre-orders.  For many, the Rift is the virtual reality device beat despite the best efforts of HTC, Sony, and others.  According to some, however, the Oculus Rift may come with a greater cost than its $599 pricetag and we aren't talking about the beast of a gaming machine you'll need to adequately power it.  Instead, these concerns stem from Facebook's ownership of Oculus.  These concerns have been heard before, of course, back when Facebook acquired the company two years ago, but now Reddit detectives have offered up some evidence to support the suspicions.Photograph from Sergey... Read more...
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak never seems afraid to speak his mind. What he has to say isn't always in favor of the company he helped create, either. We got to see a little bit of that in his recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on reddit in which the Woz covered a variety of topics, as well as his concern for Apple. When asked what Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing right and wrong in his opinion, Wozniak responded with plenty of praise by saying Cook is carrying on the strong tradition that Steve Jobs was known for, which entailed "making good products that help people do things they want to do in their life" rather than advertising crummy products. However, he's not as sold on the Apple Watch strategy.... Read more...
As promised, AMD participated in a lengthy seven-hour Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on reddit in which people were able to ask the Sunnyvale chip designer anything and everything on a variety of topics, which they did. Robert Hallock, part of AMD's Technical Marketing team, never went into great detail about hot topics like Polaris, and he wasn't allowed to talk much at all about Zen, but there were some interesting tidbits all the same.Right off the bat, Hallock addressed a question about when we can expect to see Vulkan support in a Linux driver. According to Hallock, it's something AMD will release "quite soon" (as in weeks, not months), though its Linux Vulkan drivers will only run on the... Read more...
It's beginning to feel like AMD is finally starting to understand this whole "social" thing by teasing just the right amount of information to get fans salivating. Yesterday, we talked about a teaser of an upcoming graphics card enclosure posted to Facebook by Robert Hallock, who is part of AMD's Technical Marketing team. Now, Hallock has decided to open the floodgates for questions by conducting an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit tomorrow. Most AMAs at reddit last just a couple of hours, but AMD is pulling no punches here: it's doing one for seven hours. It starts at 10AM and ends 5PM, central time. That's 11AM - 6PM for those on the east coast (EST), and 8AM - 3PM for those on the west (PST).... Read more...
A Reddit thread on growing marijuana plants has caught the attention of the Russian government, which appears to be preparing to block Reddit in its entirety. Russia has a history of taking a heavy-handed approach to U.S.-based Internet companies that fail to comply with its requests, so Reddit is likely taking the threat seriously. So far, though, the U.S. website hasn’t flinched. What started as an unexciting takedown request from the Russian government quickly turned into a public mess after Reddit apparently didn’t (according to Russian officials) respond. Russia then threatened to bring out the country-wide ban-hammer, sending the message with a public post on social networking site Vkontakte.... Read more...
reddit, one of the most popular websites on the planet, has lost another high-ranking female employee. Bethanye Blount, the site's chief engineer, decided to call it quits only days after Ellen Pao stepped down as interim CEO. Blount had only been with reddit for two months, having jumped ship from Facebook for what she thought would be a better opportunity. Unfortunately for Blount, her timing couldn't have been worse. All hell broke loose at reddit when management abruptly dismissed Victoria Taylor, the site's Ask Me Anything (AMA) coordinator and a beloved figure among the community, and terminated her position altogether. While the full story is still unfolding,... Read more...
Ellen Pao, interim CEO of reddit, today relinquished her role as boss of the popular website. Stepping into her shoes is Steve Huffman, reddit's co-founder and the site's original CEO. The decision for Pao to resign is being described as a "mutual agreement" after more than a week of heavy criticism, both from the site's moderators and community at large, over the lack of communication from management. Tensions between management and moderators came to a boil when reddit abruptly dismissed AMA coordinator Victoria Taylor and terminated her position altogether. Shortly after, moderators of several of reddit's sub-forums protested by marking their sections as private, thereby denying access to... Read more...
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