Nazi forums closed as Reddit purges 'violent content'

Reddit has closed down several extremist forums after updating its policy regarding violent content.

The newly banned and removed pages include r/NationalSocialism, r/Nazi, r/whitesarecriminals and r/far_right.

Reddit’s new policy says: “Do not post content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence or physical harm against an individual or a group of people.”

One legal expert has said the policy may be difficult to enforce.

The updated policy notes that violent content may sometimes be posted as part of educational, newsworthy or artistic material but adds that the context and reason for posting such content should be made clear.

Material that glorifies or encourages the abuse of animals, such as bestiality, is also now being removed.

In 2015, Reddit updated its policy to deter harassment – a move that resulted in the shutting down of forums including r/fatpeoplehate.

However, Reddit has sometimes allowed material that would commonly be banned on mainstream social media sites.

The new crackdown suggests the site is trying to position itself as a more mainstream business, said legal expert Prof Eric Heinze of Queen Mary, University of London.

As companies grow, “they start caring about social norms, they care about PR, regardless of whether they had a more maverick origin,” he told the BBC.

Prof Heinze also said people with controversial views may find ways of dodging the crackdown.

“Instead of a gross attack against black people, for example, it’ll just be things about ‘preserving our identity’. They find a coded speech that everyone understands,” he said.

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But there is evidence that bans can dissuade explicit hate speech, according to Bharath Ganesh at the Oxford Internet Institute.

“I have been reviewing some [unpublished] research on whether or not these [Reddit] bans make a difference,” he said.

“The researchers found that there was a reduction in terms of hate speech overall [on the site],” he told the BBC. “So in that sense it was an effective move.”

In August, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist website called The Daily Stormer was rejected by several web companies and was forced to move to the dark web.

This treatment was later criticised by civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which said it believed “no-one” should decide who is able to speak or not, including the government and private companies.

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Dell web address swiped by third party

A web address used by recovery software on Dell PCs was taken over by a third-party after a contractor apparently failed to renew it.

The software checks the domain periodically, so whoever snapped it up could have distributed malware through it.

Security expert and author Brian Krebs – who first reported the issue – believed there was a possibility that this happened.

Dell says no malware was transferred.

Dell’s Backup and Recovery Application software is installed by default on many of the firm’s PCs and allows users to restore their computers to factory settings, in the event of problems.

The software would download updates from Dellbackupandrecoverycloudstorage.com.

The domain name used to be controlled by US-based tech firm SoftThinks, but was taken over by another party between June and July this year.

“Approximately two weeks after Dell’s contractor lost control over the domain, the server it was hosted on started showing up in malware alerts,” Mr Krebs said in his blog.

In a statement, Dell admitted it had lost control of the domain name but said the problem has now been “addressed”.

It added: “We do not believe that the Dell Backup and Recovery calls to the URL during the period in question resulted in the transfer of information to or from the site, including the transfer of malware to any user device.”

The BBC has contacted SoftThinks for comment.

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How to watch Wales Rally GB

The penultimate round of the 2017 WRC is this weekend. Wales is the destination for thousands of rally fans in search of the best spot to catch the spectacle that is Wales Rally GB.

You don’t necessarily need your thermals, wellies and flask of tea though as the WRC is broadcast on TV and online so you can watch the action from the comfort of your sofa.

Things kick off on Thursday 26 October with a new spectator state at Tir Prince Raceway at 7pm. This floodlit course should be a good place to see the cars if you’re in the area, but below we detail exactly what’s on TV.

Can I watch Wales Rally GB on TV?

On free-to-air TV in the UK, your only choice is Channel 5 which will broadcast the rally live from 12pm on Sunday. That means you’d miss the previous days’ action.

There is an alternative: BT Sport. You get this free with certain BT broadband packages, but you can also get it as an add-on for Sky TV too.

Since it’s an internet channel (several actually) you can watch via the app on the go as well as on a BT YouView set-top box.

Unfortunately, it’s only a highlights programme, so there’s no live coverage.

Here are the timings:

BT Sport 1: Sat 28 Oct 12.00am – Day 1 highlights

BT Sport 1: Sat 28 Oct 11.00pm – Day 2 highlights

BT Sport 3: Sun 29 Oct 10.15pm – Day 3 highlights

If you just want WRC coverage, then head to the WRC+ website where you can get one month’s free access (it’s 4.99 Euros per month after that if you don’t cancel). This lets you watch live from 12pm on Saturday.

How to Watch Wales Rally GB

How to Watch Wales Rally GB



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Steam Gift Cards arrive just in time for the Halloween Sale

Just in time for the Steam Halloween Sale, Valve has introduced digital gift cards, allowing you to give the gift of PC gaming without leaving your home. 

There have been physical gift cards available for a while, but this would mean that you’d have to take your actual physical body to an actual physical store in order to provide your loved one with some Steam Store action.

Of course, with the Steam Halloween Sale, Black Friday Sale and Winter Sale on the way, it’s entirely possible that it’s you reading this that needs the gift voucher. If that’s the case, maybe you could send your loved one the link to the Steam Gift Card Page.

No wrapping required

With the Steam Halloween Sale starting tonight (if the rumors are anything to go by) you’ll have to act quick. You can only send a digital gift card to someone that you’ve been Steam Friends with for more than three days. 

The Halloween sale is supposed to run from the October 26 to November 1, so there’s still time to coerce your grandma to get a Steam account so she can send you that sweet, money-saving gift goodness. 

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AMD Radeon RX 560 Graphics Card Price List

AMD designed the Radeon RX 560 around its Polaris 11 GPU (code-named Baffin). The card comes armed with exactly half the resources of Radeon RX 570, yet operates at slightly higher clock rates. RX 560 succeeds AMD’s Radeon RX 460, which used the same GPU with two of its Compute Units disabled. Radeon RX 560 cards start in the $115 range for 2GB of GDDR5 and $130 for 4GB models. They compete directly with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050.

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AMD Radeon RX 500-Series GPUs

GPU

AMD Radeon RX 580

AMD Radeon RX 570

AMD Radeon RX 560

AMD Radeon RX 550

Code-name

Ellesmere XT

Ellesmere

Baffin

Lexa

Shader Units

2304

2048

1024

512

Texture Units

144

128

64

32

ROPs

32

32

16

16

Transistor Count

5.7 Billion

5.7 Billion

3 Billion

2.2 Billion

Base Clock / Boost Clock

1257 MHz / 1340 MHz

1168 MHz / 1244 MHz

1175 MHz / 1275 MHz

1100 MHz / 1183 MHz

Memory

Up To 8GB GDDR5 @ 8Gb/s

256-bit

Up To 8GB GDDR5 @ 7Gb/s

256-bit

Up To 4GB GDDR5 @ 7Gb/s

128-bit

Up To 4GB GDDR5 @ 7Gb/s

128-bit

TDP

185W

150W

80W

50W

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Below is a list of all currently available RX 560 graphics cards, separated by brand:

Asus

Gigabyte

MSI

PowerColor

Sapphire

VisionTek

XFX

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AMD Posts Banner Q3 Financial Results; Returns To Profitability, But Stock Drops

AMD posted its first profit in three years during yesterday’s third quarter 2017 financial results. Highlights of AMD’s banner quarter include a $71 million GAAP profit, which comes largely due to a 74% percent increase in its Computing and Graphics segment to $819 million.

AMD doesn’t break out processor and graphics earnings separately, but the company said the increases mostly came from Ryzen and Radeon sales. AMD CEO Lisa Su noted that client computing revenue has increased by a “strong double-digit percentage” and that the company has reached 40% to 50% desktop processor share with some e-tailers.

AMD’s sales weighed in at $1.64 billion, beating estimates by $130 million. Revenue is up 26% year-over-year and 34% quarter-over-quarter, and the company expects to beat its previous yearly profit projections of “mid-to-high teens” percentage to 20%.

With all of these good vibes, we’d expect AMD’s stock to trade at record levels. However, AMD predicted that its sales would decrease 12 to 18% in the next quarter, which the company chalks up to seasonality (Q3 is always stronger than Q4) and the resulting slump in semi-custom revenue (primarily chips destined for game consoles).

As a result of the lowered expectations, AMD’s shares, which have jumped 115% this year alone, have dropped 13.5% at the time of writing. 

Much of the investor angst stems from a Citi Research sell rating for AMD’s stock, and earlier this week the firm predicted that AMD’s shares would fall 60% due to Intel’s Coffee Lake processors. Obviously, the firm feels that AMD’s processors aren’t competitive enough against Intel’s latest.

But AMD has a 12nm LPP FinFET process shrink scheduled for next year, which could bring up to 10% performance improvement over the existing process. AMD confirmed that it would use the new process in both graphics and processors, so it will likely have a response ready for Intel’s Coffee Lake processors soon.

The signs of the company’s efforts made an appearance in AMD’s financials. The company has raised its R&D spend by 20% year-over-year. Su said the company intends to increase R&D spending linearly with revenue, so we might see a slight dip next quarter due to the reduced forecast.

A few other interesting tidbits popped up during the call, as well. AMD closed a patent licensing transaction that helped boost profit but didn’t provide further details. This transaction isn’t like the The Tianjin Haiguang Technology Investment Co. Ltd. (THATIC) agreement the company entered last year. AMD’s stock jumped over 300% last year following its announcement that it’s sharing CPU (including Zen) and SoC technology through its THATIC venture.

“So we did say that the IP transaction was a patent licensing related transaction. So that’s different from the technology licensing, for example, that we did with THATIC. This was a straight patent licensing. And the great thing about our patent portfolio is beyond sort of our core markets, it has applicability across a broad range of markets. And so this was a patent transaction and not a technology licensing transaction,” said Lisa Su (via Seeking Alpha).

Given the nature of the transaction, it’s doubtful this represents confirmation of the long-running rumor that Intel will incorporate AMD’s graphics technology.

AMD’s Wafer Supply Agreement is a key enabler for the company that guarantees enough wafers for production, but although AMD is committed to the Global Foundries relationship, it isn’t exclusive. AMD has options to procure wafers from other fabs if needed. As we reported last year, AMD has to essentially pay a fine to Global Foundries if it sources from other fabs. That came into play as well.

“Gross margin was 35%, up 4 percentage points year-over-year, primarily driven by the benefit of IP-related revenue and a richer mix from the Computing and Graphics segment, which were partially offset by costs associated with our global foundries wafer supply agreement for wafers purchased at another foundry,” said Davinder Kumar (via Seeking Alpha).

AMD didn’t disclose the mystery fab, but it is widely believed to be TSMC. It also isn’t clear if the wafers are destined for Ryzen processors, which might be due to a surge in demand.

AMD is also furthering its EPYC data center initiative, but that long-term investment will take time to come to fruition. AMD has several wins with major hyperscalers, such as Baidu, Tencent, and Microsoft Azure. HP Enterprise and Dell also have plans to deploy their first market-ready platforms in Q4, which should boost EPYC’s market penetration.

Overall, AMD has a solid future roadmap. The company continues to significantly benefit from the advent of blockchain (mining) on the graphics side, but the investing community is clearly skittish about the threat from Intel’s revamped processors. Given that Intel’s Coffee Lake processors are almost impossible to purchase, that might not be as much of a threat in the next few months. But there will be a pitched battle for desktop sockets as we move into next year.

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