Logitech G513 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard Reviewed

Ryan Shrout over at PC Perspective are taking the new Logitech G513 Carbon mechanical gaming keyboard for a spin. The G513 Carbon has exclusive linear Romer-G switches, and in my opinion, some very good looks. Oh and of course all the RGB frag harder disco lights one can stuff into a keyboard. But is it worth $150?

Finally, we come to the big selling point of the G513 Carbon, the new Romer-G linear switches. These switches carry through all of the positive qualities of the tactile switch, sans the “bump” indicating when you’ve triggered a character. This includes the higher actuation point and shorter overall travel distance of 1.5mm and 3.2mm respectively, as well as the 45g of pressure required to actuate (for those keeping score, that’s 25% faster actuations than a standard MX-style switch). Compared to the prior generation of Romer-Gs, this puts them much closer to a standard Cherry MX Red – or even better, Cherry MX Silent Red.


Source: [H]ardOCP – Logitech G513 Carbon Mechanical Keyboard Reviewed

Speculative Store Bypass in 3 Minutes

The folks over at Red Hat Videos has released a 3 minute video explaining what the Speculative Store Bypass vulnerability is, and how users can use it to steal personal data.

Impressive that only about 24 hours after this new vulnerability was made public we have a high-quality video explaining it. I tip my fedora to Red Hat.

Speculative Store Buffer Bypass is a security vulnerability that allows unauthorized users to steal sensitive information through websites. Similar to the Spectre and Meltdown threats in early 2018, it exploits speculative execution–a process most computers use to speed up routine tasks.

Ongoing Discussion

Source: [H]ardOCP – Speculative Store Bypass in 3 Minutes

Streaming Service Subscribers Significantly Satisfied

A report today from PR Newswire shows that video streaming services are absolutely crushing subscription TV service in customer satisfaction. The American Customer Satisfaction Index 2018 Telecommunications Report shows subscription television service satisfaction down 3.1% to a score of 62, while in their first year of being counted, video streaming has a satisfaction score of 75, with Netflix, Aone Playstation Vue, and Twitch in a 3-way tie with 78 points.

Can’t say I’m surprised at all. I pay an ever increasing amount for an ever decreasing amount of compelling content where you’re lucky if you get 20 minutes out of a 30 minute show once you account for all the commercials. I’d say if subscription TV wants to slow this downward slide, more of them incorporate the cutting down of ads as some networks have.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has been a national economic indicator for almost 25 years. It measures and analyzes customer satisfaction with more than 380 companies in 46 industries and 10 economic sectors, including various services of federal and local government agencies. Reported on a scale of 0 to 100, ACSI scores are based on data from interviews with roughly 250,000 customers annually. For more information, visit www.theacsi.org.


Source: [H]ardOCP – Streaming Service Subscribers Significantly Satisfied

Pentagon Cracks Down on Cell Phones

In a report from the Associated Press, the Defense Department has approved new restrictions on electronic devices within the Pentagon. The memo, signed by Deputy Secretary Patrick Shanahan, primarily clarifies current procedures, procedures that state that phones be left in storage containers outside of secure areas, but instead of an outright ban, it dies state that cell phones can still be used in common areas, and other Pentagon offices where classified information is not present. The memo covers “laptops, tablets, cellular phones, smartwatches, and other devices” that are portable, can wirelessly transmit information and have “a self-contained power source.”

An interesting thing is what caused the Defense Department to review the policies. In January we reported how fitness-tracking app Strava was inadvertently disclosing the location and layout of military installations from soldiers using fitness trackers. Strava’s global heat map showed scattered activity in war zones, suggesting that they could pinpoint military or government personnel.

I’m honestly surprised that these policies were not more heavily enforced prior to a fitness tracking app showing that an always on GPS enabled microphone with a high speed cellular internet connection being in a classified area may be a bad idea. I believe an outright ban would have been a better idea.

“In this day and age, with the level of threat-based technologies, most of those devices should never get anywhere near a classified workspace,” Garry Reid, the Pentagon’s director for defense intelligence, told The Associated Press in an interview. “We know that mobile wireless devices have recording capabilities and cameras and it’s not appropriate for those to be in secure workspaces. So we have to put control procedures in place.”


Source: [H]ardOCP – Pentagon Cracks Down on Cell Phones

April's Fool Joke Turns Real for Weaponized Kitties

Not a tech related story, but all of geeks have a culture that waits for internet April Fool’s jokes. Badai joked back in April that it would release a line of weaponized cat figures. It seems that there has been enough support to make this become a reality. What netizens don’t like cats and guns? These are to be released in August and we look forward to many pictures in the forums of your system setups with one of these sitting near.


Source: [H]ardOCP – April’s Fool Joke Turns Real for Weaponized Kitties

Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition Tech out to Law Enforcement

Mass surveillance and identification is on its way somewhere near to you soon in the form of Amazon Rekognition. We already know that there are cameras hung on the corner of every building and street post throughout the world. Amazon Rekognition gives law enforcement to take that visual data and match it up to the individual in question. Surely there are some great benefits when utilized in hunting down those responsible for crimes, but we all know that is a slippery slope. The New York Times has an article on this that is worth a read. (Archive here.)

Not long after, it began pitching the technology to law enforcement agencies, saying the program could aid criminal investigations by recognizing suspects in photos and videos. It used a couple of early customers, like the Orlando Police Department in Florida and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, to encourage other officials to sign up.


Source: [H]ardOCP – Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition Tech out to Law Enforcement

Unreal is 20 Years Old

Can you believe that Unreal is 20 years old? Steam will have a FREE Unreal Gold Edition for a limited time starting at Noon CDT. While you may not be aware of this, HardOCP’s original content was published 20 years ago as well, and the title of our page was “The Unreal Framerate Page.” Our work with overclocking CPUs of the day and getting those to run as fast as the then fastest and most expensive Intel CPUs was picked up by Voodoo Extreme and Blue’s News, and from then it all just snowballed. Fun times for sure. We imagine that the video below will bring back a lot of memories.

There’s no video I could make to truly do a game like Unreal justice, as there is just far too much, too much that makes this game as special as it is, if I were to show everything, every amazing landscape, every unique creature, every cool experience and moment that Unreal has given throughout the years, this video would be hours and hours long and go on forever. What you see here is a fraction, a glimpse, of the amazing game that this is, and I hope to show people where Unreal all began.


Source: [H]ardOCP – Unreal is 20 Years Old

Freedom From Facebook Call for Breakup

Freedom from Facebook, looks to be an activist group, but very little information on the site gives us any insight into who is actually behind it. The following organizations are listed as backing it: Citizens Against Monopoly, Content Creators Coalition, Demand Progress, Jewish Voice for Peace, MoveOn, Mpower Change, Open Markets Institute, and SumOfUs. It looks that the goal of the organization is to have Facebook broken up into separate companies by the FTC. Of course, if you truly wanted Freedom From Facebook, you would just stop using it and delete your account. You can see the FFF Facebook page here. An ICANN Whois on the domain gives no insight as to the ownership of the site.

But Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have amassed a scary amount of power. Facebook unilaterally decides the news that billions of people around the world see every day. It buys up or bankrupts potential competitors to protect its monopoly, killing innovation and choice. It tracks us almost everywhere we go on the web and, through our smartphones, even where we go in the real world. It uses this intimate data hoard to figure out how to addict us and our children to its services. And then Facebook serves up everything about us to its true customers — virtually anyone willing to pay for the ability to convince us to buy, do, or believe something.

And it is spending millions on corporate lobbyists, academics, and think tanks to ensure no one gets in their way.


The five members of the Federal Trade Commission, which is the part of our government tasked with overseeing Facebook, can make Facebook safe for our democracy by breaking it up, giving us the freedom to communicate across networks, and protecting our privacy.

Together, we will make sure that they do.


Source: [H]ardOCP – Freedom From Facebook Call for Breakup

EK Fluid Gaming Systems

EK, a once heralded name in the enthusiast water cool world, has come under a lot of fire in the recent years for shoddy build quality, and even we have put the spotlight on some of its underperforming and overpriced cooling components. To its credit, it did apologize for that product, and gave you a $25 EK coupon when buying your next EK cooler. While many have come to shun the company, it is branching into an entirely new customer base, fully built custom cooled PCs for those of us here in the USA, and started shipping this month. No matter your thoughts on EK, these dual radiator configurations will certainly catch a lot of folks’ eyes. This is likely a good business model for EK as it brings it to a market that would previously had no exposure to its brand. Thanks @cageymaru.

A purebred liquid cooled PC, built only for one purpose. GAMING! Waste no time on fiddling with hardware and liquid cooling parts, and jump right into gaming! A true plug-and-play PC fitted with custom liquid cooling grade parts, allows maximum hardware exploitation and a low noise gaming environment.


Source: [H]ardOCP – EK Fluid Gaming Systems

New Processor Vulnerability Discovered

Microsoft and Google Project Zero researchers announced today a new category of processor vulnerability known as a speculative execution side channel vulnerability, or Speculative Store Bypass, that is closely related to the Spectre Variant 1 vulnerability. Microsoft has also released a security advisory for the new vulnerability.

Impressively, AMD has already released a 5 page whitepaper on the vulnerability, as well as a post on their security updates page outlining that they will be providing updates back to the Bulldozer series of processors. Even more remarkable, is AMD stats that these updates are already in the hands of Microsoft, who is completing final testing and validation and will be released over the standard update process.

I can’t help but just shake my head at yet another CPU vulnerability being discovered, when I still have not gotten a BIOS update for the first Spectre on my X99 system. I must give kudos to AMD though, already having the update going through validation and ready day of release, not just for Windows, the AMD page also notes that Linux distributors are creating the system updates as well. However on the Intel side, is deafening silence. Thanks to @cageymaru for the story.

An attacker who has successfully exploited this vulnerability may be able to read privileged data across trust boundaries. Vulnerable code patterns in the operating system (OS) or in applications could allow an attacker to exploit this vulnerability. In the case of Just-in-Time (JIT) compilers, such as JavaScript JIT employed by modern web browsers, it may be possible for an attacker to supply JavaScript that produces native code that could give rise to an instance of CVE-2018-3639. However, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and other major browsers have taken steps to increase the difficulty of successfully creating a side channel.


Source: [H]ardOCP – New Processor Vulnerability Discovered

Micron and Intel Develop 3rd Generation 3D NAND

Via a post on their newsroom, Intel has announced today that in partnership with Micron, they have developed a new 3rd generation of NAND flash. The new chips are the world’s first with 4Tb – 4bits/cell dies in 64 layers, and upcoming 96 layers. The 64 layer 4bits/cell die coming in at 1Tb density per sie.

Quite amazing how fast technology is moving when it comes to flash memory, makes me long for the days of when CPUs and GPUs were moving so quickly.

“With introduction of 64-layer 4bits/cell NAND technology, we are achieving 33 percent higher array density compared to TLC, which enables us to produce the first commercially available 1 terabit die in the history of semiconductors,” said Micron Executive Vice President, Technology Development, Scott DeBoer. “We’re continuing flash technology innovation with our 96-layer structure, condensing even more data into smaller spaces, unlocking the possibilities of workload capability and application construction.”


Source: [H]ardOCP – Micron and Intel Develop 3rd Generation 3D NAND

Nvidia Creates AI to Enable Robots to Learn From Human Demonstration

In a press release from NVIDIA today, researchers have developed a deep-learning system that can teach robots how to complete tasks by observing the actions of a human. The article states that once the robot sees the task, it generates a human-readable description of the necessary tasks to re-perform the task.

First GPP and now Skynet, way to go NVIDIA. Aside from the very real future of robots killing us ALL, this is pretty cool tech.

“The perception network as described applies to any rigid real-world object that can be reasonably approximated by its 3D bounding cuboid,” the researchers said. “Despite never observing a real image during training, the perception network reliably detects the bounding cuboids of objects in real images, even under severe occlusions.”


Source: [H]ardOCP – Nvidia Creates AI to Enable Robots to Learn From Human Demonstration

Tesla Model X Rollover Test

You can point out a lot of faults or inadequacies in electric cars (and SUVs), but when it comes to having physics on your side, all those heavy batteries on the bottom of the car, sure do make for a low center of gravity. This is Tesla’s internal video of the company testing Model X rollover below. The NHTSA said: “Model X is the first and only SUV to achieve a NHTSA 5-Star safety rating in every category and subcategory, with the lowest probability of rollover and overall injury of any SUV.”


Source: [H]ardOCP – Tesla Model X Rollover Test

192 Thread Benchmark and Nerd pr0n

fastgeek has been hanging about the [H] for about as long as we can remember. He has been a huge part of of Distributed Computing community for about the same amount of time. This weekend he took the time not only to show us his four processor Intel 8160 CPU system, but even took the time to know out popular benchmark, just for funsies. Geeks, take your tissues.

One perk to my job is having some pretty powerful systems that come into my possession. This just came in for a certain project and figured I’d have some fun putting it through some tests and such before converting it into its real role next week.


Source: [H]ardOCP – 192 Thread Benchmark and Nerd pr0n

Fortnite $100M Tournaments Upcoming

Epic Games is looking to shore up the interest in Fortnite even further with big money backing esports tournaments in the upcoming season. You had better get to sharpening those defensive building skills! Thanks @cageymaru.

Grab your gear, drop in and start training. Since the launch of Fortnite Battle Royale we’ve watched the passion for community competition grow and can’t wait to empower you to battle with the best.

In the 2018 – 2019 season, Epic Games will provide $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions. We’re getting behind competitive play in a big way, but our approach will be different – we plan to be more inclusive, and focused on the joy of playing and watching the game.


Source: [H]ardOCP – Fortnite 0M Tournaments Upcoming


If you were an NVIDIA GPP denier, we can understand that. Crazy how all these coincidences keep showing up that have nothing to do with NVIDIA seizing the brands of its AIBs with its now defunct GPP program. I do however very much like Legit Review’s take on it.

If you want to make a public announcement and don’t want it to get much attention you do it over the weekend when no one pays attention. It looks like ASUS did just that on Twitter Saturday night at 9:50pm when they announced that they aren’t going to bring the ASUS AREZ line of AMD Radeon graphics cards to market. The ASUS_AREZ Twitter account has just 132 followers, so basically no one saw the news.


Source: [H]ardOCP – ASUS AREZ No More

WSJ says 1 in 5 Crypto ICOs are a Scam

Hold onto your hats, as this is shocking news from the Wall Street Journal (archive link). They took a deep dive into 1,450 crypto ICOs and found that 271 had very questionable backgrounds. What scam is next? A cryptocurrency for e-sports betting so we can fleece the kids for their pocket change too?

Hundreds of technology firms raising money in the fevered market for cryptocurrencies are using deceptive or even fraudulent tactics to lure investors. In a review of documents produced for 1,450 digital coin offerings, The Wall Street Journal has found 271 with red flags that include plagiarized investor documents, promises of guaranteed returns and missing or fake executive teams.


Source: [H]ardOCP – WSJ says 1 in 5 Crypto ICOs are a Scam