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Do case manufacturers really understand water cooling?

After a couple of years of mediocre progress, we’re seeing some genuine innovation with cases that are leaning ever more towards water cooling. Pretty much every medium to large case that’s released these days – even smaller mini-ITX ones on occasion – sports double, triple or even quadruple fan mounts, and though these of course boost air cooling potential too, they also allow for larger radiators to be installed.

Manufacturers such as Corsair and NZXT are now in the habit of listing radiator compatibility in their case instruction manuals too – they’re clearly taking it seriously and rightly so. Water cooling is one area of the PC industry that has certainly been growing over the last few years with all-in-one liquid coolers and full-on custom water cooling topping cooler graphs and featuring in many eye candy-filled systems – both modding projects and standard builds alike.

However, there is one small issue with many cases – specifically their radiator mounts. They’re usually designed only for half-height radiators, which lack surface area and thus cooling potential compared to their full-height siblings, and many cases also seem to be listing radiator and water cooling compatibility as little more than tick-box features.

Do case manufacturers really understand water cooling?
My point here is that when you try to install a water cooling system in one, there’s so little space that tube kinks become a real issue and there’s also little thought as to where to put pumps and reservoirs. One big factor here is that case manufacturers aren’t actually that concerned with custom water cooling loops (as in separate components connected together at home) and rather more with all-in-one systems such as a Corsair H80i.

It’s not just Corsair and NZXT, who incidentally make some of the best all-in-one liquid coolers out there, that are doing this. After all, you can forgive them for promoting a combination of their own case and cooler, but plenty of other manufacturers are doing it too.

Do case manufacturers really understand water cooling?
For instance, I’ve recently borrowed the Lian Li PC-V360 we looked at recently to see how well it can cope with a water cooling system, seeing as it has a dedicated dual 120mm-fan radiator mount in the side panel and is tooslim to fit large air coolers.

In short, it wasn’t easy at all and I had to use anti-kinking springs on the tubing for everything to fit inside – and that’s using the skinniest radiator I could find. Also, this turned out to be only just capable of cooling my overclocked Core i5-3570K and GeForce 660 Ti with the fans on full blast, which for me half defeats the point of water cooling, which is noise reduction.

Do case manufacturers really understand water cooling?
Even with an all-in-one liquid cooler things would be tricky, but as we speak I’m in the process of dismantling the system to go back to my trusted BitFenix Prodigy, which is much more water cooling friendly. Of course, that’s my point; some cases do work well with water cooling, the Prodigy being one of them. It’s also far from being a large case – the PC-V360 is taller and deeper but can’t quite decide whether to jump off the fence on the air cooling side or water cooling side.

A lot of the issues, then, revolve around radiator depth, and at the moment, many case manufacturers are content to leave their cases with the bare minimum. You probably can’t blame them to some extent as the vast majority of all-in-one liquid coolers use skinny radiators – one reason why a custom kit with a full-height double or triple 120mm-fan radiator will likely perform much better and quieter with an overclocked CPU.

So, what would I like to see? Better consideration for water cooling enthusiasts for one, but this could just as easily be brought about by all-in-one liquid cooler manufacturers beefing up their radiators too, especially where double fan radiators are concerned. That way, we don’t only get better cooling from their own coolers, but you won’t have to opt for enormous cases or go through the hassle of having to use multiple radiators too. It wouldn’t require massive changes either – a few small modifications to existing case designs could make a world of difference.

How do you think current cases could be improved for water cooling purposes? Let us know in the forum.

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Microsoft Build 2014 keynote: the highlights

Microsoft Build 2014 keynote: the highlights

Microsoft’s Build keynote this year included plenty of surprises, from universal apps that can run on Windows devices as well as the Xbox One to the impending return of the Start Menu.


Attendees at Microsoft’s annual Build summit last night were treated to a three-hour keynote speech in which the company announced some dramatic diversions from the norm – including free copies of Windows for phones and tablets, the return of the Start Menu, and Windows apps on the Xbox One.

It’s usual for Microsoft to queue up announcements for the Build event, which is the biggest in its calendar; it’s not usual, however, for it to have quite so many announcements to make as during its keynote session at last night’s opening. Some of the changes, in particular the release of free copies of Windows for mobile devices, will likely have a heavy impact on the future of the company – and it’s not hard to see new chief executive Satya Nadella, a man who has already bemoaned the company’s delayed entry into the mobile market, as the driving force behind much of what occurred last night.

Windows 8.1 Update 1
Microsoft announced the impending launch of Windows 8.1 Update 1, the first major overhaul for what was previously known as Windows Blue. Much of the changes are user experience oriented, rather than under-the-hood overhauls, and many will be welcomed by users: the Desktop and Modern UIs are to be more closely linked, with Modern UI apps being accessible in windowed form from the Desktop interface – allowing a mixing of old and new which was previously verboten.

The new update will also include faster access to the Windows Store – more on which later – by pre-pinning it to the taskbar, and the ability to power off or restart your PC, perform searches and access settings are now available on the main Start Screen instead of hidden off to the side. The update, Microsoft has confirmed, will launch on the 8th of April – the same date, coincidentally, that Windows XP enters official end of life (EOL) status.

The biggest change, however, will have to wait for a future update: the reintroduction of the Start Menu, the absence of which is many users’ biggest bugbear surrounding Windows 8 and newer. Based heavily on the Windows 7 Start Menu, the new version will integrated selected functionality – like Live Tiles – from the Start Screen in an attempt to create a hybrid that will appeal to all. No formal date has been offered for its availability, however.

Mobile Push
A large portion of the keynote was dedicated to Microsoft’s increasingly heavy push to mobile users, where is software is in a distinct minority. As well as new Windows Phone 8.1 devices from Nokia and Samsung, the company confirmed that the new release – a free upgrade to all Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets – will include an Action Centre which appears to riff on the similar functionality available in Google’s rival Android platform.

The company also announced Cortana, its answer to the popularity of voice-activated assistants Google Now and Siri. Based on the artificial intelligence from the Halo series – which, as a major plot point, went crazy, so that’s an interesting marketing angle to take – Cortana will be a standard feature of Windows Phone 8.1.

Finally, Microsoft made what could possibly be the only announcement that could give it real impetus in the fight against Google: Windows will now be licensable at zero cost on all smartphones and tablet devices with a screen size of less than nine inches. Although Google’s basic Android OS is also free – and, in fact, largely open-source – the company has charged for access to the Google Play app store and other Google-specific functionality, while Microsoft’s impressive portfolio of patents has been used to ‘encourage’ Android licensees – including big names like Samsung – to pay Microsoft a fee for every handset shipped.

To put it bluntly: Microsoft’s free Windows for mobiles is cheaper than Google’s free Android – no mean feat.

Universal Apps
The final surprise of the event was confirmation of a long-held rumour that Microsoft’s Xbox One console will be able to run Windows applications. Using a new cross-platform runtime environment, Microsoft explained, developers will be able to build apps that can run on Windows, Windows RT, Windows Phone and Xbox One – and buyers can pay once to run the app on any of the aforementioned devices.

The move doesn’t exactly open up the Xbox ecosystem – apps available on the Xbox One will be even more heavily curated than those available on Windows Phone, with developers needing to seek Microsoft’s approval – but with promises that DirectX 12 will lead to similar cross-platform functionality for games, it’s hard to see it as bad news.

If the above summary isn’t enough for your appetite, the full keynote session featuring speakers David Treadwell, Joe Belfiore, Stephen Elop, Terry Myerson and new leader Satya Nadella is available for your three-hour viewing pleasure.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth Review


South Park: The Stick of Truth Review

South Park: The Stick of Truth Review

Price: £29.99 (PC)
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment/South Park Studios
Platform(s): PC

Like “amazing,” “awesome” and “epic” before it, “hilarious” is a word that has become overused to the point of losing its meaning. It has been drained of its semantic potency by the hyperbolised headlines of websites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed, and our interconnected world no longer seems content with things that are merely “good” or “funny”. Hilarious, as Louis CK explains it in his eponymous show, is something so funny it drives you to the point of losing your capacity for reasonable thought.

South Park: The Stick of Truth Review
So while South Park: The Stick of Truth may not literally cause you to lose your mind through laughter, it is probably the closest any game has come to achieving a mass onset of hysterical insanity. There were times I had to pause the game to catch my breath because I was laughing so hard, and this comes from someone who has never been an avid viewer of South Park. Beyond that, though, the Stick of Truth is also a beautifully designed RPG, an unlikely but no less welcome place for developers Obsidian to finally and fully realise their potential.

The Stick of Truth casts you as the child of a family newly arrived in South Park, who joins the other South Park kids in an elaborate role-playing game that takes place across the entire town. It is centred on a battle between humans and “drow elves” over control of the Stick of Truth, which lends its wielder control over the entire Universe, apparently. But this is merely one slice of a multi-layered tale, wherein the kids’ mock battles over the stick intertwine with far more sinister goings on in the town, alongside several other unexpected events which all feed into the central plot.

South Park: The Stick of Truth Review
The humour is typically South Park in that nothing is sacred. It is frequently coarse and gross and deals with sensitive topics in a way that isn’t so much close to the bone as clubbing you about the head with the entire skeleton. As you would expect it also plays satirically on a lot of gaming and fantasy conventions. Yet unlike your average episode of the show, which are often hastily assembled reactions to current events which rely on that close proximity as a basis for amusement, The Stick of Truth is a thing crafted over years rather than days. Consequently the wit has been allowed to percolate until it is wickedly sharp, dark as tar and thick as treacle.

South Park: The Stick of Truth Review
The Stick of Truth is absolutely crammed with jokes. If Mark Kermode’s Six Laughs Test is anything to go by, The Stick of Truth made me laugh four times before I’d selected my character class. And on top of the spectacularly funny and filthy jokes that run through the plot like a dodgy curry are many smaller morsels of mirth in the form of side-quests, incidental asides from companion characters and NPCs, and a faux-facebook feed where your friends from around town update you with events from their bizarre and amusing lives. Even your inventory isn’t safe from the game’s pervasive wit. For example, here are a few item descriptions from the “junk” you can acquire to sell for cash.

  • Spoon: Strong against soup. Weak against ham.
  • USB Drive: Gigabytes of cat pictures.
  • Needle-sharp fang: A lesser threat without its owner attached.
  • Small Locket: Keepsake from a deceased loved one. No real value.

It’s everywhere, ranging from totally deadpan to utterly outrageous. Even the fart jokes are funny, although to be fair, in the Stick of Truth farts are used for far more than jokes, as we shall discuss shortly.

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Xbox One updated with live game streaming

Xbox One updated with live game streaming

Microsoft’s Xbox One finally gets its live game streaming functionality, four months after launch and just in time for Titanfall.


Microsoft’s chosen game-streaming partner Twitch has officially sent its updated Xbox One app live, adding the much-delayed live streaming functionality originally promised for the console’s launch – and just in time for the release of Titanfall, not-coincidentally.

When Microsoft was reeling off a list of features its next-generation console would include, the ability to instantly stream live game footage over the internet was a biggie – albeit one shared by rival Sony’s PS4. Come the November release of both consoles, however, and the Xbox One’s game streaming functionality was missing in action, with Microsoft being forced to admit that it wouldn’t be ready until some time early this year.

Last month, Microsoft finally tied itself down to a firm release date with the promise that it would have game streaming up and running by the time players picked up their copies of Xbox and Windows exclusive mech shooter Titanfall. With the game releasing today, fans will be ecstatic to hear that Microsoft has hit its self-imposed deadline with the release of an updated Twitch app for the Xbox One.

When installed, the free Twitch app becomes accessible from within any game using the Kinect voice command ‘Xbox, broadcast‘ – or from a menu for those who have chosen not to get the all-seeing spy-eye out of its box. Games are then broadcast automatically over the internet, with viewers on other consoles or on any device supported from the Twitch website able to view and comment on the stream.

Sadly, while the app itself is free there is a cost associated: as with the majority of both consoles’ online functionality, the Twitch software is only accessible to those who have a paid Xbox Live Gold membership.

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Man stabs girlfriend’s ex with Zelda replica sword

Link with sword

Link wields the Master Sword.


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Nintendo)

A replica Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda was involved in a very real fight in the Houston area over the weekend. According to a report from KPRC Local 2 television news, Eugene Thompson got into a scrap with his girlfriend’s estranged husband and reached for the sword in order to defend himself.

Thompson told KPRC that he attends anime conventions in costume, which is why he owns the sword. “It’s a good replica and it looks nice, and it just so happens to be pointed and bladed,” he told reporter Gianna Caserta.

The fight started after Thompson and his girlfriend had an argument, after which she called her estranged husband over. Things went downhill from there. Thompson said he held the sword out and the husband walked right into the point of it. Later, there was a scuffle over the sword. Both men were injured and treated at local hospitals, according to KPRC.

The sword wasn’t the only parallel to Zelda gameplay. Thompson said the estranged husband also took a flower pot and hit him over the head with it, though the pot apparently didn’t contain hearts, rupees, or healing fairies.

It’s hard to tell if any lessons will be learned from this strange incident. Perhaps the most important one is that some cosplay weapon replicas are truly serious pieces of battle gear.

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Man stabs girlfriend’s ex with Zelda replica sword

Link with sword

Link wields the Master Sword.


(Credit:
Nintendo)

A replica Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda was involved in a very real fight in the Houston area over the weekend. According to a report from KPRC Local 2 television news, Eugene Thompson got into a scrap with his girlfriend’s estranged husband and reached for the sword in order to defend himself.

Thompson told KPRC that he attends anime conventions in costume, which is why he owns the sword. “It’s a good replica and it looks nice, and it just so happens to be pointed and bladed,” he told reporter Gianna Caserta.

The fight started after Thompson and his girlfriend had an argument, after which she called her estranged husband over. Things went downhill from there. Thompson said he held the sword out and the husband walked right into the point of it. Later, there was a scuffle over the sword. Both men were injured and treated at local hospitals, according to KPRC.

The sword wasn’t the only parallel to Zelda gameplay. Thompson said the estranged husband also took a flower pot and hit him over the head with it, though the pot apparently didn’t contain hearts, rupees, or healing fairies.

It’s hard to tell if any lessons will be learned from this strange incident. Perhaps the most important one is that some cosplay weapon replicas are truly serious pieces of battle gear.

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Friday Poll: Should Bitcoin be banned?

February 28th, 2014 No comments

Bitcoin
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CNET)

It’s been a strange couple weeks in the realm of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that defies government regulation. The first US Bitcoin ATMs went into service, popular exchange Mt. Gox seized up, and Joe Manchin, a Democratic senator representing West Virginia, called for a US ban on Bitcoin.

In a letter sent to the Treasury Department and other federal regulators, the senator characterized Bitcoin as “highly unstable and disruptive to our economy.” He calls for a complete ban in the US. The letter is more about drawing attention to Manchin’s view of the issue, rather than anything that will result in regulatory action.

The recent incident with Mt. Gox has brought up questions about the safety and reliability of Bitcoin, but it’s far from a knife in the heart of the cryptocurrency. It does have a famously fluctuating value. CNET’s Crave writers have lost a little money on Bitcoin recently. I sent $20 into a Bitcoin kiosk, and it’s now worth just over $16. Crave’s Eric Mack lost about $2 in the Mt. Gox failure. Instability aside, I’m not rushing to spend my small Bitcoin stash, but I’m also not sinking any more money into it.

Not everyone is a Bitcoin fan, but not everyone is calling for a ban like Manchin. Does his idea make sense to you, or are you against banning Bitcoin? Vote in our poll and share your Bitcoin experience in the comments.

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Not watching ‘Caper’? Here’s why you should be

February 26th, 2014 No comments

Caper action scene
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Bergopolis/Screenshot by Kelsey Adams/CNET)

PSA: “Caper”! If you haven’t stumbled across this show yet, check it out on YouTube or Hulu — it won’t take long. It’s a fun series of 10-minute episodes about broke superheroes living in a grotty apartment in the City of Angles, patrolling for crime and struggling to make the rent, while their cross-country counterparts like the East Coast Six get all the respect.

Available on Felicia Day‘s Geek Sundry channel, it’s the kind of show that knows you know about supervillains and sidekicks already. So things start in the middle, with our heroes committing a robbery, and go south from there.

You’ve got your genre meta humor wall to wall, your cute banter, and your practical questions about the superhero lifestyle. You’ve got tank tops and hero shots (and Parker from “Leverage”!). Maybe the best part is the way the show handles big action sequences on a YouTube budget: comic book panels, of course! Heart! Sure, there’s a place for “Dark Knight” and there’s a place for “Sandman.” But sometimes something lighter feels exactly right.

Beth Riesgraf as Alexia

Alexia the Amazon assassin wants the team to be able to afford ‘a kickass lair — er — base!’


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This reference goes way back in my childhood, but it reminds me surprisingly a lot of “Asterix” — that kind of casually silly but grown-up humor — and of course “Buffy,” and all those other genre-aware bantering shows that pave our brains.

In “Caper,” the characters are spins on familiar stories — what if the real Iron Man wasn’t the playboy industrialist, but his hard-working scientist employee/girlfriend? And what if that ended badly? Now this non-doormat version of Pepper Potts is scrambling for a job while her ex makes her life miserable to try and get the suit back.

For housemates, she has Wonder Woman reimagined as a sadistic fitness instructor; Superman as, well, Superman, only the product of a fling between a human and an alien; and Thor as — well, still pretty much Thor again, but much more chill about getting long-term exiled to a place with glow sticks and hot chicks.

They’re a nice bunch of people (uh, mostly), but already they’ve been wondering if it’s fair that they work so hard without some kind of help funding the superhero lifestyle. When her smug ex-boss Sam Clarke backs her into a serious corner, Penny Blue, aka The Machine, joins her team in deciding to steal the money they need — from him.

Penny Blue, aka The Machine, lays down the ground rules.

Penny Blue, aka The Machine, may be the only human, and the only nerd-hipster, in the group, but she makes the rules. Also, I just really like saying, ‘Penny Blue, aka The Machine.’


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Bergopolis/Screenshot by Kelsey Adams/CNET)

One thing that makes the show so fun is the great casting. Beth Riesgraf from “Leverage” reprises her comic-limber-badass combo as Alexia the runaway Amazon assassin, but not so girlish. Instead, she’s that one person on a good-guy team who miiiight not be so good, which comes in handy when they turn to crime. Maybe too handy? When asked by an underworld contact if they want someone killed, Alexia’s thoughtful eye-turn to Penny is perfect. What? She’s just asking.

Harry Shum Jr. from “Glee,” dancer’s body on view in clingy T-shirts, plays it sweet and simple as Luke, aka The Trooper (or “the Boy Scout” as an unimpressed local calls him). Luke makes money as a clickbait blogger, which seems like it would hurt his nice-boy soul, but maybe there’ll be more on that later.

Luke grew up on Earth, but after his human dad died, his mom revealed that his bio-dad was an alien who knocked her up and then skywalkered back home, leaving her a super-powered baby and some fond memories. Incidentally, do you think someone’s going to announce, “Luke, I am your father” at some point? Would they go there?

Abby Miller, who you may know from “Justified” (which I haven’t watched yet despite Netflix practically phoning me up in the middle of the night to recommend it) is pretty adorable as de facto team leader Penny Blue, the smart, determined “regular girl” who’s mostly coping with her immortal housemates. They may have superpowers and she just has a flying suit with electrical issues, but she’s clearly an authority in the house. Despite being the one in the hero shot with, as Luke points out, flowers on her sweater.

The couch where they live.

We’ve all had that idea for a story about superhero housemates at some point, right? I swear I even pictured this couch.


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Bergopolis/Screenshot by Kelsey Adams/CNET)

Honestly, I think that’s what I love most. The Robert Downey Jr. playboy style of Iron Man is definitely fun. But there’s something so appealing about the idea of this battered, frustrated little hero driving around with her stolen suit in the trunk of her
car, too broke to keep the rockets repaired properly.

I have no idea who Hartley Sawyer is, aside from being the guy who plays Dagr, but he makes me laugh and laugh, and I don’t mean because of his Zack Morris hair. Some genius realized that a noble Viking-like visitor from another dimension should talk like a prince, not a frat boy. (Always my problem with Rygel on “Farscape“: we’re supposed to believe he was an all-powerful emperor when he talks like an average slob?). So Dagr delivers all his lines in a courtly, aristocratic fashion, which makes his repulsive jock wooing of Penny so much funnier. To me. I’m a sucker for Viking-based humor.

Together, the four of them keep the peace; plead with the landlord (Edison Po on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”); and get into classic housemate squabbles like, “You are the bastard child of a deadbeat demigod!” “Right back atcha!”

Luke punching Dagr

Trolling for Luke/Dagr shippers, are they? They think they can just throw a couple of sweaty hostile dudes at the viewers and get fanfic? Oh, so they’ve met the Internet?


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It is a short show. This post is practically longer than the show. It seems there are only going to be nine episodes total, and since we’ve already had three just setting up the heist (new ones air on Wednesdays), it’s hard to imagine there’s room for much more story.

Regardless, fans are already asking the important questions: “So I’m in love with Caper and I’m starting to hard-core ‘ship Dagr and Penny but I don’t know what to call them as a portmanteau. Should I call them Danny/Denny or Pegr or something else that doesn’t sound as silly?”

So first of all, the obvious right answer is Pegr. Hello. Try saying it out loud. Secondly, Geek Sundry (I guess it was them? I don’t understand Tumblr) replied by encouraging everyone to brainstorm ship names, and also, “P.S. BRING ON THE FANFICTION/ART. All ships welcome.

Really, they want the horrifying fan art? They are braver than I. I do want more episodes, though. And we should be getting another one today! In the meanwhile, check out this awesome interview with show co-creator Amy Berg by Crave writer Bonnie Burton, or possibly this Reddit AMA with the cast. Or you could just troll the Net for horrifying fan art. You know you want to.

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Tonight on reality TV: Giant asteroid just misses Earth

February 18th, 2014 No comments


Meteor

Hercules better watch out. A giant meteor (labled 2000 EM26) is heading right for him!


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Slooh)

There’s a lot of talk at the Olympics about history as athletes try to outdo their predecessors on the slopes, ice, and luge tracks in Sochi. It seems that Mother Nature herself wants to get in the game too, because She’s hurling a huge asteroid at our planet almost a year to the day a space rock, measuring 65 feet in diameter, slammed into Russia. The incident released the energy equivalent to 20-plus atomic bombs.

No life was lost in the February 15, 2013, ordeal, but it did cause injuries and significant property damage in the area.

This latest Earth-bound asteroid, named 2000 EM26 and known as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), is due to be at its closest to Earth tonight. But even at that, it will still be about 8.8 times farther away than the Earth’s moon. That’s good news because this asteroid is about 13 times as big as the one that struck Chelyabinsk. With a diameter of 885 feet, it’s approximately three football fields around and is traveling at about 27,000 mph.

But just because 2000 EM26 is going to miss Earth doesn’t mean it won’t be thrilling. If you want to watch it whiz by, tune in to Slooh.com, which will broadcast the near-miss starting at 6 p.m. PT. Slooh specializes in broadcasting cosmic events, often using images from its robotic telescopes at its flagship observatory on Mount Teide in the Canary Islands, which will be the source of Monday’s live stream.

The sky show will be accompanied by discussions led by Slooh host and astronomer Bob Berman; Slooh technical director Paul Cox; and special guest Mark Boslough, an expert on planetary impacts and global catastrophes. You can tune in either on Slooh’s Web site or by downloading an app to your
iPad. I recommend using your iPad, because in case the astronomers got it wrong and the asteroid really is going to hit Earth, you can hold it over your head as a shield.

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Kickstarter hacked

February 17th, 2014 No comments

Kickstarter hacked

Kickstarter learned of the hack last Wednesday but wanted to finish investigating before informing users.


Kickstarter has suffered a security breach with hackers swiping customer data early last week.

Data from the crowd funding site that has been taken includes usernames, email addresses, postal addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords. The company does assure users that no credit card data of any nature was accessed.

Unauthorized activity also seems to have been limited to only two Kickstarter accounts so far. In a blog post issued by Kickstarter chief executive Yancey Stricker, the company suggests users change their passwords to be on the safe side.

‘We’re incredibly sorry that this happened. We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting,’ said Stricker. ‘We have since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.’

Kickstarter was first notified of the hack on Wednesday and it chose to patch up security and investigate the breach thoroughly before informing users at the weekend. It has also reached out to the two accounts that had been affected and secured them.

Since launching in 2009, Kickstarter has helped 50,000 projects come to life with more than 5 million users pledging amounts to creators. The site has been a significant drive in crowd funding becoming a major route for independent games to get financial backing.

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