Magic The Gathering / EDH (Commander) RULE UPDATE

Rule Update

There’s been a rule update to EDH, If a commander is in a graveyard or in exile and that card was put into that zone since the last time state-based actions were checked, it’s owner may put it into the command zone. If a commander would be put into its owner’s hand or library from anywhere, it’s owner may put it into the command zone instead. This replacement effect may apply more than once to the same event.

#TLDR If your commander dies you will get a death trigger and you can choose to@put it in the command zone after the trigger resolves. If for example Elenda, the Dusk Rose was your commander and she dies, she will generate the vampire tokens and you can opt to put her back in the command zone after.

Introducing the new Play Station controller.

PS5 DUAL SENSE

Sony officially recently announced the new Play Station controller, dubbed the "DualSense" controller, and it looks radically different from the company's previous designs. It'll launch alongside the PS5 console before the Christmas holiday this year.

The PS5 controller design reveals adaptive shoulder button triggers with haptic feedback, a built-in microphone  and a new 'Create' button that replaces the PS4 Share button. Sony is also moving the lightbar from the top of the controller to the surrounding the touchpad on the PS5, but the biggest change comes in form rather than function. The new controller is much larger which may reduce fatigue during long session and seems more ergonomic, however the new two tone flat design has received mixed reactions and Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment had this to say

“DualSense marks a radical departure from our previous controller offerings and captures just how strongly we feel about making a generational leap with PS5. The new controller, along with the many innovative features in PS5, will be transformative for games – continuing our mission at PlayStation to push the boundaries of play, now and in the future. To the PlayStation community, I truly want to thank you for sharing this exciting journey with us as we head toward PS5’s launch in Holiday 2020. We look forward to sharing more information about PS5, including the console design, in the coming months.”

Let us know what you think of the new design and stay tuned for more updates.

USB4

A week after USB 3.2 Gen 2.2, we get USB4. Intel had previously announced that its Ice Lake platform, due to ship later this year, will integrate both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 (aka USB 3.2 Gen 2) controllers. Currently, offering Thunderbolt 3 requires the use of an additional chip, one of Intel’s Alpine Ridge or Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controllers. Intel said that it would contribute the Thunderbolt specification to the USB Promoter Group, the same organization that announced the USB4 specification. Doing so will enable other chip makers in the USB-PG to build Thunderbolt 3 silicon royalty-free. As such, we’d expect to see it become nearly universal. Why is this such a big deal? Thunderbolt 3 on the 3.1 standard could bring 40Gbps data transfers, which is about double the speed of the preceding USB 3.2 specification. Its exciting times ahead as, universal standard with higher power delivery has endless possibilities.

Review: Castlevania Season II

Castlevania has always been a double edged sword, leave you yearning for more content but short enough for you to binge in a single sitting, which is what we did. Season II of the Netflix original, is just as good as the original maybe better. At the end of Season I Trevor, Alucard and Sypha group up to take down big bad Dracula. It was fast, bloody and focused on the action, keeping us at the edge of our seat. Season II on the other had pays more attention to the story and character development. For the uninitiated, you might know why the Belmont name bears significance. A drunk Trevor Belmont just shows up and happens to be good at hunting demons. We finally get to see the lore behind the Belmont family and their significance throughout history. The Belmont hold is depicted a wondrous trove of knowledge, one that could rival the vast knowledge accumulated by Dracula himself. Relationships are flushed out to great extent, be it human, vampire or half-blood and that’s what kept us hooked. The trio of heroes get brief moments void of action, unlike the first Season, it is at these moments that we get to experience their witty humor and empathy for each other.

In Season II we see a different version of Dracula, one where he lets his generals dictate the direction of battle, and where there is a struggle of power there is betrayal. With the intent of not spoiling too much of the story, we’d advice you pay attention to the new characters, especially the forge masters and the generals as they play a significant role in the story. We do get to see a glimpse of Dracula’s true power. Wounded and dejected he may be, but he is still the strongest character in the realm. Fans of the Castlevania games are going to love the representation of characters like Carmilla, Hector and Godbrand. The morning star is actually a weapon from the game that you upgrade to and the castles engine is a direct reference to Symphony of the Night There is a lot of politics, seduction and mind games its more Game of Thrones than you think, well mostly because of the similarity between Carmilla and Cersei.

Now let’s talk about why all of this is set into motion. Inescapably Dracula’s thirst for vengeance against the town of Wallachia turns in to a hatred of all human kind and proceeds as such. This part of the story could be explained better but the only two humans in Dracula’s court pick up the slack. The last few episodes include some of the best action animation in anime. Fast paces fluid and it isn’t another Michel Bay movie where everything blows up. Every move has purpose and every weapon has its limits. Absolutely perfect. The final “Boss Battle” is beyond satisfying fans of Dracula himself get to see him overpower his foes with ease and the trio finds purpose together and give it all they’ve got. This is a must watch and absolutely worth your time.

Castlevania Season II

Cast: Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, Graham McTavish as Dracula, Emily Swallow as Lisa Tepes, James Callis as Alucard, Theo James as Hector, Adetokumboh M’Cormack as Isaac, Jaime Murray as Carmilla, Peter Stormare as Godbrand

Director: Sam Deats, Ryoichi Uchikoshi (co-director)

Johnny English Strikes Again

Thrice is not charming

The movie falls flat, despite earnest intentions

Seven years is a long time between sequels. Even if it is Johnny English. The bumbling spy is back this time with the third part of the trilogy. Like the previous two offerings, Rowan Atkinson puts up an sincere performance. And that is pretty much it.
The retired spy is now a teacher, who prefers to teach his students the art of espionage than geography at a posh school on the countryside. So in class it’s all about exploding pens, camouflage and zip lines. This sub plot, we thought, would have made for a funnier movie than the one we just saw. Cyber attacks on British intelligence has compromised all agents of MI7 and English is brought in to nab the perpetrator. An analog spy in digital world, this agent is all about explosive jellybeans and vintage cars. All leads point to billionaire Jason Volta (Jake Lacy) and English and his Man Friday (Ben Miller) travel across Europe to expose the criminal. Bond girl Olga Kurylenko plays a Russian spy who is out with the same mission. There are moments of sheer brilliance, but these are few to come by. Meanwhile, the British Prime minister, played by Emma Thompson, seeks Volta’s help to solve the crisis. Then English literally becomes a ‘knight in shining armour’ and saves the day.
Apart from Atkinson’s face-pulling antics and his characteristic exaggerated style, there is nothing new to look forward to. In all honesty, the franchise that was intended as a spoof on the suave spy James Bond, hardly made a lasting impression on viewer minds. Emma Thompson is wasted as the PM and Jake Lacy (a rip off on Elon Musk) and Olga Kurylenko are pretty much wallflowers. It is an Atkinson movie through and through. The plot is hazy and does not give room for development. The makers should realize the after a point, there is only so much one can do. Johnny English seems to have have run its course, and it’s time to call it a day.

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Emma Thompson, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy, Miranda Hennessy, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Adam James
Director: David Kerr
Screenwriter: William Davies

9th Gen Intel Core and Intel Core X

Intel unveiled its 9th Gen Intel Core and Intel Core X Series processors early October with the notable omission of a key feature: Hyper-Threading, at least on all but the most exclusive Core i9-9900K for mainstream PCs. Hyperthreading has also been reserved for a new iteration of Intel’s X-series processors, which includes up to 18 cores and 36 threads.

 

“Our goal is to deliver leadership performance across all computing segments and product lines,” said Anand Srivatsa, vice president and general manager, Desktop, Systems and Channel, within the Client Computing Group at Intel. “Today’s announcements underscore our ability to do exactly that, including, hands-down, the world’s best processor for gaming. Whether a gamer, a creator or an expert using the most advanced workstation applications possible, Intel and our partners are focused on delivering balanced platforms with real-world leadership performance and robust capabilities that exceed their needs.” We have AMD to thank for Intel’s new focus on core count, but is it enough to pull back the considerable shift to Ryzen. 

 

The CORE (i5-9600K, i7-9700K and i9-9900K) 
The biggest upgrade to the 9th Gen Intel Core desktop processors come to the  unlocked “K” SKUs at each level with up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability. Other improvements in this generation include:
•  Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivering up to 5.0 GHz single-core frequency.
• Video editing improved on Adobe Premiere – Up to 34 percent faster video editing compared with the previous generation.
• Overall system performance improved up to 15 percent better as compared with previous generation.
• Overclock these new processors with the Intel  Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel  XTU), a precision tool for advanced overclocking, and take advantage of the additional thermal headroom with solder thermal interface material (STIM).

 

Chipset
The 9th Gen Intel Core processors are compatible with all Intel® 300 Series chipset motherboards for more consumer options. However, to appreciate the full potentials of the new 9th gen intel core processors, intel is introducing the new intel Z390 Chipset which includes high-speed integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Intel Wireless-AC with support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed. Preorders for the 9th Gen Intel Core processors and Intel Z390 chipset motherboards began on 8th of October 2018 from a variety of global vendors and retailers.

 

X Series platform focused on creators.
9th Gen Intel Core x-series Processors are designed with high frequencies and various features for both single-threaded and multi-threaded heavy workloads. These processors can handle the most demanding task and applications. These processors are built on Mesh Architecture which increases the memory and I/O bandwidth while decreasing the latency. Intel announce the following seven SKUs:
• i7-9800X
• i9-9820X
• i9-9900X
• i9-9920X
• i9-9940X
• i9-9960X
• i9-9980XE
The new Intel Core X-series processors offers scalable options with up to 18 cores, 36 threads, 24.75 MB Intel Smart Cache, and up to 68 platform PCIe lanes. The intel core X-series processors enable the creators to perform effective and simultaneous heavy multi-tasks like encode, edit, render, transcode and more. With Intel Turbo Boost 3.0 technology, users do not have to cherry-pick processors for lightly threaded or heavily threaded workloads. The workloads can be directed to the processors two fastest cores, optimizing for light threaded performance when necessary. The new Intel Core X-series processors will be available in November.
Intel Core X-series processors will also enable software developers to write applications that take advantage of Intel® AVX-512 instructions to accelerate computing performance for parallel workloads.

 

The Xeon 
Intel has introduced new W-3175 Xeon Processor. The 28-core 56-thread processor's clock speed starts at 3.1GHz and goes up to 4.3GHz. It has a TDP of 255W and is based on Intel's Skylake-X architecture. The processor also supports six channels of memory with upto 512 GB at 2666Mhz. this chip also supports ECC and the Standard RAS. This is a server level chip that is targeted for compute-intensive applications and workloads like industrial design, animations and more. The Intel Xeon W-3175X processor will ship from Intel in December.To celebrate the launch of the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel is hosting the 9th Gen Intel Core i9 Processor Dreamstakes to give away nine unique, once-in-a-lifetime VIP trips to world-class esports and gaming events, including Intel Extreme Masters, the Overwatch League*, ESL One* and the NBA2K* League.  In addition, thousands of digital codes for some of the most popular games will be given away with this sweepstakes.  Visit corei9.intel.com to view official rules and enter for a chance to win starting on Nov. 5, 2018.

Android P

There’s a lot happening under the hood in Android P, so well break this into two sections, a list of our favorite features and performance review. For those wondering why the image above has a HTC One M8 with the Android P screen. We tested an ASOP build on the same.

Gesture Navigation

Google has redesigned the way you navigate the OS by introducing Gesture Navigation in Android P. Instead of three buttons set on the home screen, there is an option to use a new single home button that allows you to swipe up to view recent apps along with a UI that suggests apps you might use. Sliding too far left and right across the device would showcase recent apps and lets you quickly switch between them.

Wind Down

Many of us spend hours on our phones at night before we actually fall asleep. Wind Down will help you curb this habit by switching on Night Light and turning on the Do Not Disturb mode at your chosen bedtime.Just select the time at which you would like to go to bed, and Android P will fade the screen to grayscale to help you remember to sleep at the selected time.

App Actions

App Actions is another great feature in Android P that helps you better navigate through the day by giving smart suggestions based on your habits. It can automatically anticipate your next action based on the current action.For instance, if you connect your headphones to your smartphone, App Actions will ask if you’d like to continue listening to your favorite playlist on Spotify, thus allowing you to skip several steps in the process.Such actions show up throughout the OS such as Smart Text Selection, the Play Store, Launcher, the Google Search app and the Assistant.

Adaptive Battery & Adaptive Brightness

Google is relying more and more on AI to enrich user experience and its latest example is ‘Adaptive Battery.’ As per the company, it has partnered with DeepMind to get inputs on how to use machine learning for the best battery performance.It learns to prioritize battery power by observing apps and services you use the most, thereby helping you get the most out of your battery, and make it last for a longer time.To further improve your battery saving experience, improvements have been made to battery saver feature. Now Android Pie doesn’t wait for an app to be idle and puts an app in standby mode more aggressively. Also, background apps don’t have network access and the limits are applied to all apps–it doesn’t matter if they target Android P or not. Google is aiming at making smartphones smarter by making it learn from your habits and adapt according to your preferences.So Android 9.0 now sports a new mechanism called ‘Adaptive Brightness’ that learns your preferred levels of brightness in different surroundings.By tracking user adjusted brightness, it will automatically set the screen brightness levels for you.

Slices

‘Slices’ is one of the best Android P features which comes in handy at several places. It lets you perform basic application activities outside the app.Let’s say you search for ‘Lyft’ in Google Search. An interactive Slice appears on screen that displays price and time for a trip to work so that you can quickly book a ride.In short, Slices are fully functional UIs that can be embedded externally in other applications to provide a variety of options to the user. This feature, just like tons of other segments in Android, performs a deep analysis of your inputs and contexts to show you the best parts of the apps you use most of the time. It can surely send a chill down your spine.

Performance Upgrades

Bluetooth

Android 8.0 Oreo added the ability to connect to two different Bluetooth speakers at the same time, giving you the tools you need to give yourself homemade stereo sound. Android 9.0 Pie is going three better, with the ability to chain together up to five different Bluetooth speakers at once, essentially giving you the option to build yourself a surround sound system. Incoming calls will be sent to any one of the speakers capable of handling calls.Android 9.0 Pie now also remembers the volume at which you left each Bluetooth speaker, and will resume at that volume the next time your phone connects.Most excitingly for users of Bluetooth headphones, Android 9.0 Pie now comes with a setting that attempts to end the delay between your device and your earphones. If your earphones support Google’s new “sound delay reporting,” any lag between devices will be reported back to Android. Your phone will then offset any video content by that same amount of time, hopefully eradicating any syncing issues between the two devices.

Android Runtime Enhancements

One significant change in Android 9.0 Pie is behind the hood: Android 9.0 Pie will feature some major Android Runtime (ART) enhancements. These ART enhancements allow apps to rewrite their own execution files on the device, meaning they’ll launch faster and use less memory. Android P also gives apps expanded access to Google’s neural networks system for advanced types of machine learning, creates a more effective system for the universal autofill process introduced in Oreo, and provides substantial improvements to the underlying systems that allow apps to operate. Apps on Android P should use less memory, be more power efficient, and be faster-loading than what we see now.

Security

Then there’s all the system-level privacy and security stuff, which is a story in and of itself. Among other things, Android P will bring about more controlled access to your device’s camera, mic, and sensors; better encryption for backup data; more privacy with network connections; stronger protection from unsecure traffic; better protection of your unique device identifier; and the advent of user-facing warnings that’ll help you avoid using apps that ignore the latest (and thus most advanced and secure) systems for interacting with your data. Android 9.0 Pie features a number of new options to make your phone more secure. Perhaps the most exciting security update has to do with encryption. Android 9.0 Pie will now perform client-side encryption. Any data encryption or decryption that takes place will now happen on your phone and will require authentication from your phone (password, PIN, pattern). Since Google backs up all of your information to the cloud, this change will make it much more difficult for hackers or other prying eyes to access your information from a computer.Each time you access a network, your device shares its unique MAC address with that network. Android 9.0 Pie offers a new feature that will allow you to create randomized MAC addresses for each network you access. While Android 9.0 Pie will create a random MAC address for each network, the address will not continue to change each time you access the network.

Privacy 

Google may not have the best track record when it comes to user privacy, but the company is working to improve that. The new operating system version will restrict access to the phone’s microphone, camera, and other sensors. When an app is idle or running in the background, it will be unable to access any of the phone’s sensors (other than GPS). If an app does need to access a sensor while running in the background, it will have to show a persistent notification on your phone.

 

The Big Hack

Allegedly, Chinese intelligence “People’s Liberation Army” forced factories in China to add tiny microchips, into server boards from industry leading Supermicro to be sold to basically every one including Amazon and Apple. One, the largest resources for virtual machines and secure web services which include almost every government agency in the world, most online commerce platforms, home automation services, the other a telecommunications and personal computing giant. The scope of the hack is truly daunting. These microchips weren’t part of the design specifications submitted to clients and at less than half a centimeter are incredible difficult to discover. This tiny chip opens a backdoor, which allows anonymous computers to siphon data from some of the largest data centers in the world.
In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video. Elemental made software for compressing massive video files and formatting them for different devices. Its technology had helped stream the Olympic Games online, communicate with the International Space Station, broadcast church sermons, stream video in the porn industry and funnel drone footage to the Central Intelligence Agency. Elemental’s national security contracts weren’t the main reason for the proposed acquisition, but they fit nicely with Amazon’s government businesses, such as the highly secure cloud that Amazon Web Services (AWS) was building for the CIA.

To help with due diligence, AWS, which was overseeing the prospective acquisition, hired a third-party company to scrutinize Elemental’s security, according to one person familiar with the process. The first pass uncovered troubling issues, prompting AWS to take a closer look at Elemental’s main product, the servers that customers installed in their networks to handle the video compression. These servers were assembled for Elemental by Super Micro Computer Inc.Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found the tiny microchip. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers.

During the ensuing top-secret probe, which remains open more than three years later, investigators determined that the chips allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered machines. Multiple people familiar with the matter say investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.The entity involved was willing to spend time and money to attain long term access into these systems. In emailed statements, Amazon (which announced its acquisition of Elemental in September 2015) “It’s untrue that AWS knew about a supply chain compromise, an issue with malicious chips, or hardware modifications when acquiring Elemental,” Amazon wrote. “On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware manipulations’ or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server,” Apple wrote. “We remain unaware of any such investigation,” wrote a spokesman for Supermicro, Perry Hayes. The Chinese government didn’t directly address questions about manipulation of Supermicro servers, issuing a statement that read, in part, “Supply chain safety in cyberspace is an issue of common concern, and China is also a victim.” The FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, representing the CIA and NSA, declined to comment.

Back in 2006, three engineers started Elemental Technologies, assembling what one former adviser to the company calls a genius team to write code that would adapt the super fast graphics chips being produced for high-end video-gaming machines. The resulting software dramatically reduced the time it took to process large video files. Elemental then loaded the software onto custom-built servers emblazoned with its leprechaun-green logos. Elemental servers sold for as much as $100,000 each, at profit margins of as high as 70 percent, according to a former adviser to the company. Supermicro had been an obvious choice to build Elemental’s servers. Supermicro’s motherboards would be engineered mostly in San Jose, close to the company’s biggest clients, even if the products were manufactured overseas.

Today, Supermicro sells more server motherboards than almost anyone else. It also dominates the $1 billion market for boards used in special-purpose computers, from MRI machines to weapons systems. Its motherboards can be found in made-to-order server setups at banks, hedge funds, cloud computing providers, and web-hosting services, among other places.

The chips on Elemental servers were designed to be as inconspicuous as possible, according to one person who saw a detailed report prepared for Amazon by its third-party security contractor, as well as a second person who saw digital photos and X-ray images of the chips incorporated into a later report prepared by Amazon’s security team. Gray or off-white in color, they looked more like signal conditioning couplers, another common motherboard component, than microchips, and so they were unlikely to be detectable without specialized equipment. Depending on the board model, the chips varied slightly in size, suggesting that the attackers had supplied different factories with different batches. Since the implants were small, the amount of code they contained was small as well. But they were capable of doing two very important things: telling the device to communicate with one of several anonymous computers elsewhere on the internet that were loaded with more complex code; and preparing the device’s operating system to accept this new code. The illicit chips could do all this because they were connected to the baseboard management controller, a kind of superchip that administrators use to remotely log in to problematic servers, giving them access to the most sensitive code even on machines that have crashed or are turned off.

This system could let the attackers alter how the device functioned, line by line, however they wanted, leaving no one the wiser. A secure machine is open to any and all users. A chip can also steal encryption keys for secure communications, block security updates that would neutralize the attack, and open up new pathways to the internet. Should some anomaly be noticed, it would likely be cast as an unexplained oddity. “The hardware opens whatever door it wants” says Joe Fitz Patrick, founder of Hardware Security Resources LLC, a company that trains cyber security professionals in hardware hacking techniques.

Obviously, the effected companies are pulling out and concurrent with the illicit chips’ discovery in 2015 and the unfolding investigation, Supermicro has been plagued by an accounting problem, which the company characterizes as an issue related to the timing of certain revenue recognition. After missing two deadlines to file quarterly and annual reports required by regulators, Supermicro was delisted from the Nasdaq on Aug. 23 of this year. It marked an extraordinary stumble for a company whose annual revenue had risen sharply in the previous four years, from a reported $1.5 billion in 2014 to a projected $3.2 billion this year.

As consumers we need to make a choice, either take the time to control all sections of production increasing cost and reduce supply or risk compromising our security. Our poignant dependence on electronics is such that some choose to ignore the biggest security breach of our generation.

Pokemon Go: Deoxys Breakdown

EX

Ever since Mewtwo started taking over regular raids, although without Shadow Ball,which is still believe is its most versatile move, people have been waiting for the new EX, Deoxys. "The DNA of a space virus underwent a sudden mutation upon exposure to a laser beam and resulted in Deoxys. The crystalline organ on this Pokémon’s chest appears to be its brain" - Pokedex 

Unfortunately its received Mix reactions so far, people have been taking it down with two accounts , and with time to spare. Here is why we think you shouldn't give up on Deoxys just yet.

Lets break down the different forms of Deoxys and their corresponding move set.

D2

So lets break down the different forms, Normal Form Deoxys is pretty balanced, it can take a hit better than Gengar and does more damage than an Alakazam, nothing extra ordinary, not to shabby either. Which is the problem, Mewtwo is superior in every way and you'd be better off using precious stardust on it than something mediocre.

Attack Form Deoxys, here's where things get interesting, it is a crazy glass cannon ludicrously powerful but time one dodge wrong and you'll be spinning for revives. You go in, hurt and get out this sense of purpose makes it our favorite form of the lot.

Speed Form Deoxys mid range stabber but is honestly let down by its move pool, there are much better options out there making it less viable.

Defense Form Deoxys is just a dex entry, get one and move on as at-least in the current meta, CP and Stamina make more sense than Defense. You have Snorlax, Blissey and Slaking in the game. So what is the point of a defender who cant be placed in a gym and has lower sustain ? We don't know either.

Even if we consider STAB, Attack Form Deoxys running Zen Headbutt and Zap Cannon / Dark Pulse (Physic Counter) would be our recommended pick.

Now that we know what we want, its time to catch this sucker. 

D3

Here are our picks for the best EX Deoxys counters.

CO1