YouTube pushes users to switch to real names

Jul 24th, 2012

YouTube has been notoriously bad for hateful and potentially hurtful comments,  recently Google has been attempting to make a few changes to the YouTube system to allow users to change from their usernames to their real names.  Those who switch will also have their Google+ account automatically linked to their YouTube account, therefore forcing users to be more polite to retain their real-world integrity. This methodology was founded by Facebook and used on a variety of websites with comment systems. Facebook was utilized as a comment authentication system, forcing potential trolls to be increasingly aware of their hateful comments. With time, one can expect Google/YouTube to be more forcefully pushing the newly released system, with the exception of YouTube Partner accounts.

How do you feel about Google forcing you to change your YouTube name? Drop us a line in the comments section below!

Source(s): CNN

Mac OS X Mountain Lion to be released July 25th

Jul 24th, 2012

Apple announced today that the 8th major iteration of their operating system, Mac OS X Mountain Lion will be released on July 25th (tomorrow, at the time of this writing), the operating system update will cost $19.99 and will be available on the Mac App Store. The update will bring major features, such as the Notification System, improved accessibility features, as well as full social integration with both Twitter and Facebook being implemented into the main functions of the OS. Apple also promised improved security features due to recent security issues, including FIPS 140-2 certification (whatever that means). Accompanying the security updates, Apple will include a plethora of updated and improved features, such as a new Safari browser, Reminders, and Game Center. Expect major delays if you’re planning on updating your system tomorrow, as with all Apple launches there will be an indubitably large number of people downloading the update.

Source(s): Apple

Caffeine is both delicious and beautiful

Jul 19th, 2012

 As much as the government avoids drugs, they all use them… that is caffeine of course. Around 120,000 tons of coffee are produced every year to sustain the world’s need to remain fully awake and alert, despite their lack of sleep and other more beneficial stimulants like food. The Welcome Collection recently had a competition to find the top microscopic shots, the winner of the aforementioned competition is the above photograph. It may appear to be something reminiscent of  some strange weed or wood fiber, however it is, in fact caffeine at its finest. Obviously the image has been colored so that one can notice the differences in its chemical make-up, and also make it cool (the latter being the more probable).

The wonderfully rainbow-y and fibrous image of caffeine above, clearly shows the reasons why the substance provides the energy-boost that it does. It just goes to show that rainbows power the world.

Do you drink coffee? Why or why not? Feel free to drop your opinion in the comments section below.

Source(s): Welcome Image Awards

Google to censor their results due to pirates

Jul 18th, 2012

Torrenting has fairly recently (meaning a decade or so) become a “bad word” in the minds of parents, elderly people, and government officials (probably a lot of overlap in the aforementioned groups). However, today marks a new attempt to forbid and remove torrenting from the common knowledge of French citizens, and this act may soon spread to other parts of the world. The French government is attempting to have Google remove the word “torrent” from their auto-correct dictionary, the belief being that naive Google users will stumble upon torrenting via Google’s auto-correction software. Apparently, the French government believe that all pirates are 80 year-old grandparents who use Google to find good torrenting websites.

In all seriousness, the issue is bigger than simply attempting to remove one problematic word from Google, instead it is the mere fact that more censorship is taking place. The last few years have been filled with censorship debates, proposals, and initiatives, all of which hurt the general public and are barely denting the pirate community. As time goes on, censorship issues are inevitably going to increase in both frequency and size.

What are your thoughts on censorship and the growing number of bills and government/corporate initiatives that are being started? Drop us a line below to unleash your uncensored opinions.

Source(s): CNET, TorrentFreak

Linux gets Steam…y

Jul 17th, 2012

Linux has always been the love of many nerds, however, Linux in general has lacked something rather large: gaming. Ubuntu has attempted many tactics when it comes to gaming, in particular releasing their own app store with a dedicated gaming section. Sadly, this has been the best solution to Linux gaming… until now. Server admins and nerds alike can now rejoice as Steam arrives from the magical gateway that is the Internet (let’s hope Verizon doesn’t censor it).

The initial offerings may be limited to games from Valve, as Steam attempts to work out licensing with other publishers. This is due to Linux being an open-source platform, allowing for DRM issues, hopefully these issues will be resolved with haste… better yet, eliminate DRM. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source(s): LinuxInsider, TechNewsWorld

Verizon attempts to break first amendment

Jul 17th, 2012

The last year or so has been filled with a plethora of controversies pertaining to the enjoyable topic of censorship of the Interwebs. Most recently Verizon has leaped into the fray of censorship battles… it seems they fell onto some spikes. The New York based company is claiming that the Internet is their property and they have the constitutional right to “edit” the contents of the Internet. One blogger from AllGov took to the aforementioned publicly owned network of servers, and voiced his opinions, that is of course until Verizon requested that he remove the post (notice the irony). Subsequently, fellow blogger John Moore of Government in the Lab reblogged the post from AllGov, for about twenty minutes until Verizon called the blogger and once again requested the removal of the blog post. Wanting no hassle Mr. Moore removed the post, and consequently took to Twitter to voice his grievances.

The moral of the story is that Verizon is attempting to control and censor its customers from the Internet, while simultaneously removing itself from censorship camp via censorship. The small issue that they’re having, is a little thing known as the Constitution of the United States, more specifically the first amendment in the aforementioned document. This amendment allows all citizens the right of free-speech, precisely the right that Verizon is attempting to violate. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Source(s): Government in the Lab, PCMag

Wikipedia at a loss for administators and editors

Jul 17th, 2012

Wikipedia has been mocked by the academic community for years, simply due to the frequent inaccuracy of the information provided on the website. Now it appears that the superstitions of professors and academics alike have been confirmed in their validity. The number of administrators and editors alike are taking a dramatic drop in their ranks. As shown by the image on the below, the number of editors peaked at about 50,000 in 2007 and has since taken a large drop off down into the near 30k range. The drop-off may be due to the number of educational institutions restricting the use of the website and in some cases prohibiting the website altogether. Recently, I noticed that a number of pages were flawed in their accuracy. An example of this, is a page demonstrating the confusion between centrifugal force and centripetal force.

It is an opinion of many, that the website isn’t going to survive all that much longer. This new evidence suggests that such opinions may have some validity. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, will Wikipedia survive?

Drop-off in editors

Source(s): The Atlantic

Raspberry Pi gets camera and revamped manufacturing

Jul 16th, 2012

The Raspberry Pi has always been somewhat of a marvel for us nerds, and today we can finally get our grubby little hands on one. The people behind the device have amped up the production of the enjoyable $42 (₤25) device, they’re now manufacturing 4,000 units per day. They have also increased the limit for the maximum number of devices one consumer can buy, previously it was one unit per user. For those of you who don’t know, the device is a credit-card sized micro-computer that uses an 700MHz ARM processor to make things whirl, the device also has 256MB of RAM.

Also news-worthy, a camera attachment is going to be released very soon, as is shown in the video below. It will be a 5MP attachment that will hopefully allow for further exploration into the wonders of the open-source world. Hit up the source link at the end of this page to check it out, and all the other possibilities of Raspberry Pi.

Have any ideas for the Raspberry Pi, drop a comment down below.

Source(s): Raspberry Pi, Purchase link

Update: Ouya gaming system breaks Kickstarter record

Jul 10th, 2012

There have been a plethora of Kickstarter products that have made plenty of money, however, today a new start-up has broken all previous records for one-day pledges, with over two million dollars at the time of writing. The aforementioned product is a brand new gaming console, it’s powered by Android 4.0, has a Tegra3 processor, and 1GB of RAM. From the current description and pictures, it appears to be the Android version of the Wii U… the best part, it’s $99. There’s no release date as of the moment, although with the amount of support, money, and attention the product is getting it’s bound to be sooner, rather than later. The only real complaint, is that the console is lacking the newly adopted 802.11ac standard for WiFi.

What do you think? Are you going to be one of the donors? Any idea why the product is getting such insane attention? Let us know in the comments section below!

P.S. I apologize for the recent delay in posts.

Update July 15th: Ouya has now made close to five million dollars, and there are 24 days to go!

Source(s): Kickstarter

Global warming causing technology firms to migrate servers

Mar 25th, 2012

 April Fools!

Over the past several decades, rising levels of Carbon-Dioxide in our atmosphere have been causing warmer locations to become even warmer. Many technology firms in Hong Kong, the United States, and Beijing are being forced to relocated their servers to reach maximum overall efficiency. These companies include many developers, such as SmokeySky (makers of OptimaRaid) in Hong Kong, Cmune (makers of Uberstrike) in Beijing, and several other smaller firms. Many of the aforementioned companies are being forced to move their severs to cooler climates. Although, as a result of this migration, servers are being upgraded to newer and greener technology. Oftentimes, this technology is considerably better and faster than older, inefficient systems.

In the upcoming years, we’ll most likely see multitudes of companies transitioning their servers, this is merely the first wave of a major green revolution in the technology world. Be sure to check out your favorite websites to see where they’re moving, and how it’s going to improve your gaming and browsing experience.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.