In this day and age of your privacy getting spilled out across fiber optic and CAT 5 cables everywhere, Aetna digs down deep to find an old fashioned way of outing your personal information. And while I am joking about this, it is actually a fairly serious violation of privacy that most assuredly had some very negative consequences to the persons that were affected. A third party company was sending out mailers to HIV patients with information about their prescriptions, and the envelope had a huge window on it that allowed a good bit of reading to be done without opening the envelope. Don’t worry though, now that your neighborhood knows you are HIV positive, you get $500. However should these poor folks to claim financial of emotional distress, up to $20K can be claimed per individual. Thanks cageymaru.
The disclosure occurred on 28 July 2017 when the American managed health care company sent out letters to 12,000 of its customers who had filled prescriptions for HIV. Aetna conduct the mailing using a vendor, a third party which sent each patient a notice inside a window envelope. The type of envelope chosen by the vendor sometimes allowed the recipient’s personal health information (PHI), including their HIV diagnosis, to shift into view, thereby compromising their privacy.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Not All Data Breaches are Digital
GIGABYTE has released a brand new All-In-One liquid cooled GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video card with the AORUS Waterforce Xtreme Edition video card. This video card gives the Corsair Hydro GFX liquid cooled video card some competition, with a higher out-of-box clock speed we’ll see how fast this video card is and if there is any room left for overclocking.
Source: [H]ardOCP – GIGABYTE AORUS GTX 1080 Ti Waterforce Xtreme Edition
According to market research and consulting team Navigant Research, Tesla is actually doing the worst out of all 19 companies currently involved with automated driving systems. Their report claims that autopilot has regressed; the latest version (V2) has lost functionality that was present in the original.
Navigant ranked the 19 major companies developing AV technology based on 10 criteria, including vision, market strategy, partnerships, production strategy, technology, product quality and staying power. According to the report, General Motors and Waymo, the auto unit of Alphabet, are the top two AV investment opportunities in the market today.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Report: Tesla Is Dead Last in the Driverless Vehicle Race
A San Francisco couple who were mistakenly identified as iPhone thieves have detailed their harrowing encounter with local police. The mix-up seems to have occurred because Mr. Garci and Ms. Knuth had the misfortune of purchasing an iPhone X from a store that happened to be robbed for hundreds of these handsets weeks earlier.
“I was just wrapped up in a towel,” Knuth said. Even more humiliating was what the officers did when she asked for clothes. “One officer went into my closet and they chose an outfit they got a bra and a thong and some stretchy pants and handed it to me and said ‘will this do?'” Knuth said.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Couple Recounts Mistaken Arrest by Police Investigating iPhone Heist
In February 2016, Boing Boing (blog of “mostly wonderful things”) published a post linking to an Imgur page featuring “every Playmate Centerfold ever.” Now, nearly a year later, the site is facing legal action from Playboy, which seems to believe that “it is illegal to link to material posted by others on the web.”
Rather than pursuing the individual who created the allegedly infringing archive, Playboy is pursuing a news site for pointing out the archive’s value as a historical document. In so doing, Playboy is seeking to change the legal system so that deep-pocketed opponents of journalism can shut down media organizations that displease them.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Playboy Sues Boing Boing for Linking to a Playmate Centerfold Collection
Leaked Pentagon documents provide detail on “Kanyon,” a Russian undersea autonomous torpedo that is being described as “nightmare fuel”: the payload is a 100-megaton thermonuclear weapon, equivalent to 100,000,000 tons of TNT. It is supposedly capable of penetrating ballistic missile defenses.
Kanyon is designed to attack coastal areas, destroying cities, naval bases, and ports. The mega-bomb would also generate an artificial tsunami that would surge inland, spreading radioactive contamination with the advancing water. To make matters worse there are reports the warhead is “salted” with the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60. Contaminated areas would be off-limits to humanity for up to 100 years.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Doomsday Torpedo Detailed in Pentagon Document
The chastising of Intel continued this week with another round of articles criticizing the company’s allegedly trivial attitude in light of Meltdown and Spectre. Bloomberg advises that Intel should probably adopt some “real humility, not cheap theatrics,” as the company is expected to face the wrath of regulators who seem dead set on consumer protection suits and antitrust investigations.
Future designs will include hard-wired fixes that speed things up, but the first versions of those won’t appear until later this year, the company says. All of this puts Intel in a tough spot. The company is a nonfactor in the smartphone-chips business, and rival NVIDIA has taken a commanding lead in the fast-growing market for graphics chips used in artificial intelligence applications. Now, Meltdown and Spectre threaten the core of Intel’s business.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Intel Has a Big Problem. It Needs to Act Like It
California’s first self-driving car “collision” of the year occurred on January 2nd, and it was a peculiar one: for reasons unknown, a pedestrian decided to strike the left side of a GM Cruise AV’s rear bumper and hatch with his entire body. The man was fine, but the car suffered damage to its right rear light.
Apparently, the Cruise AV has had a lot of activity in San Francisco. In 2017, GM filed 22 reports with the DMV because of collisions, although the Cruise was never at fault, according to the reports. Five of those collisions occurred in the Mission. The most recent incident, on Valencia Street, was California’s first self-driving car collision in 2018.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Man Attacks Self-Driving Car in San Francisco’s Mission District
Being that Konami is already facing much criticism for continuing the Metal Gear franchise without Hideo Kojima, this latest news will not help “Survive” one bit: not only will an internet connection be required to play the game in single-player mode, but microtransactions appear to be a prominent aspect of the game.
In terms of length, Konami brand manager Jennifer Tsang told GameSpot that you can expect the game to take you 15-20 hours to play through the campaign. Of course, your mileage may vary, as everyone plays games differently. Also, the game has co-op and multiplayer so there are more reasons to come back and play more beyond the campaign.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Metal Gear Survive Requires a Constant Internet Connection, Has Microtransactions
The Overwatch League is suspending pro player Felix “xQc” Lengyel for four games and fining him $2000 after he blasted an opponent with anti-gay remarks. His own team, the Dallas Fuel, is supporting the league’s decision with a suspension of their own. This is more fuel for the critics out there who believe that eSports has plenty of growing up to do.
Wilmot used the line “rolled and smoked” during the OWL stream, a crack that Lengyel is known for, which led Lengyel — who didn’t play in the match — to react angrily in a post-match stream. “No, you didn’t smoke sh*t. Shut your f*cking mouth,” Lengyel said. “Go back there, suck a fat cock. I mean, he would like that.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Overwatch League Pro Suspended for Homophobic Insult against Opponent
The details on Samsung’s upcoming 860 SSD lineup were momentarily published on its website: these include the new 860 Pro 4TB SSD, which will offer a sequential read speed of up to 560MB/s and write speeds of up to 530MB/s for those who are open to dropping $2K on a single drive.
The M.2 860 EVO drives will come in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. All 860 EVO SSDs will come with 64-layer V-NAND, which will have higher endurance compared to the memory used on the 850 EVO series. To back this up, Samsung is introducing a 5-year warranty, too.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Samsung 860 SSDs Listed Ahead of Official Launch
Amazon’s “store of the future,” which features no checkout lines nor cashiers, will finally open tomorrow in Seattle. It’s being described as a high-tech 7-Eleven: customers will have to use an app to enter the store by turnstile, but they can immediately leave after getting the items they need since their Amazon accounts are charged automatically.
The store’s real reason for being is to test what could be a breakthrough Amazon hypothesis: that by adding even more convenience to the convenience store model — with the help of a healthy dose of technology — Amazon might be able to carve out a loyal customer base outside of its website and inside a physical store where the vast majority of food and grocery shopping still occurs.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Amazon Go Cashier-Less Convenience Store to Open Monday
Car manufacturers did not think things through when they decided to use wires insulated with soy-based bioplastics. A number of them have been getting sued, as rodents are treating the wires as food and chewing through them, causing big bucks in damage that is not covered under warranty.
Sure enough, a Google search for “soy wires” will get you plenty of hits about people who are experiencing a very strange problem. During the night, animals are getting up into the engine compartments of their cars and eating the insulation off the wiring harness. It isn’t just one or two cases either, it’s enough of a problem that some car manufacturers are getting hit with class-action lawsuits.
Source: [H]ardOCP – They’re Putting Soy in Your Wires, Man
Basketball player Paul George has teamed up with Nike and Sony to create a PlayStation-themed sneaker. The shoe includes details that mirror the aesthetic of the brand and console, such as a tongue with a glowing PS logo and eyelets that pay homage to the classic color scheme of the buttons.
Working with designers from both Nike and PlayStation, we took inspiration from the console’s DualShock 4 controller and the iconic symbols that have been a part of every PlayStation product to create a colorway that honored my game both on and off the court. The PG2 “PlayStation” colorway drops globally on February 10, 2018.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Introducing the PG-2 PlayStation Colorway
Even the most hardcore fans are finding it difficult to defend Bungie and the decisions they are making with the Destiny sequel. There is now controversy regarding the frequency of tokens earned from Faction Rallies and weapons received from Faction Engrams: both have been quietly throttled, forcing players to play longer to be awarded.
They are clearly listening to fans on many counts and making appropriate adjustments along the way to improve the game. The issue is that, after each apology for dropping the ball, they pick a completely different area of the game to make the exact same mistakes in, don’t communicate to the community what has changed, then apologize when everyone gets upset.
Source: [H]ardOCP – The Destiny 2 Apology Tour Continues
HMD Global is rumored to be working on a Nokia smartphone that features a penta-lens camera (a camera with five lenses). On a physical level, it is being compared to the OZO, Nokia’s 360-degree camera designed for creating virtual reality content, but its functional capabilities are still a mystery.
Apparently, the penta-lens camera will feature a circular form factor with seven holes in the middle that form a circle. Five of these holes will accommodate the camera’s lenses, while two of them will house the LED flash. It will look very much like a showerhead.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Nokia Smartphone with Penta-Lens Camera in the Works
In its latest effort to solve fake news, Facebook is implementing a system in which users will be asked to complete surveys to determine the quality of news postings. This means that the social network’s own members may have nobody to blame but themselves for low-quality content. Publishers already hate the idea, as this “crowdsourcing of opinions” could lead to manipulation.
Facebook said news would be prioritized according to the new ranking system starting Monday, before expanding globally. Some Facebook users have already been asked to rank the trustworthiness of news sites which appear on the social network. In one survey, people were asked if they recognized a number of websites and then asked, “”How much do you trust each of these domains?”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Facebook to Let Users Rank Credibility of News
The UK is doubling down on its efforts to steer people away from piracy at an early age. Cartoons that “educate kids on key intellectual property issues, including illegal downloading” are now being integrated into school curriculum for children as young as five. Critics say that this is dangerous, as it is merely simplifying the complexities of copyright law.
Jim Killock, director of the Open Rights Group, notes that the campaign is a bit extreme at points. “Infringing copyright is a bad thing, but it is not the same as physical theft. Many children will guess that making a copy is not the same as making off with the local store’s chocolate bars,” he says.
Source: [H]ardOCP – UK Government Teaches 7-Year-Olds That Piracy Is Stealing
Can you get away with driving under the influence by saying that your Tesla was on autopilot? Of course not. That was the excuse a man passed out on the Bay Bridge gave to highway patrol, but he was arrested anyway. Having more than twice the legal blood alcohol content level did not help.
Tesla has long advised autopilot drivers to maintain consciousness while driving and to keep their hands on the steering wheel should anything go wrong. In response to this instance, a spokesperson for the company tells SFGATE that “autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Allegedly Passed Out Drunk on Bay Bridge, Tesla Driver Claims Car Was on “Autopilot”
The selection process for Amazon’s new HQ is winding down, as the winner is expected to be announced later this year. The majority of favored cities are in the Midwest and the South and East Coasts: these include Indianapolis, Miami, and Philadelphia. Detroit, Phoenix, and San Diego have been rejected.
“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Ms. Sullivan, Amazon’s head of economic development, said in a statement. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”
Source: [H]ardOCP – Amazon Chooses 20 Finalists for Second Headquarters