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Thursday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-August-2012  22:00:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Next week there's a very exciting NASA mission event, with the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover attempting a landing on Mars. There's a video narrated by William Shatner or Wil Wheaton explaining the landing process. As NASA prepares for Curiosity rover landing on Mars, Wil Wheaton shares this thrilling story of NASA's hardest planetary science mission to date. The video titled, "Grand Entrance," guides viewers from entry through descent, and after landing. Discussion here.

Ubisoft's DRM seems to have a security issue, with discussion here. Essentially, as described here, with the right piece of code any website can call up a Uplay window and from that might be able to slip a program install or launch of their choice onto your PC. Were someone with malevolent intent to inject the code onto a commonly-visited website, they might be able to gain control over any number of PCs Ė or install keyloggers, viruses and the like, or just plain old wipe your hard drive.

There's an interesting article on IEEE Spectrum about the state of Cyber Warfare. Mouths went agape when New York Times reporter David Sanger wrote in June that anonymous sources within the United States government admitted that the United States and Israel were indeed the authors of the Stuxnet worm and related malware. Those two countries had long been suspected of creating the code that wrecked centrifuges at Iranís Natanz uranium enrichment facility. But never before had a government come so close to claiming responsibility for a cyberattack.

FOTW sent in this VR headset that might address some issues with earlier ones. Ever since the catastrophic failure of Nintendoís Virtual Boy, the idea of bringing affordable virtual reality back into the mass market has been practically abandoned. Now, 15 years later, the creators of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset believe they have finally found a way to make VR viable, and the influential gaming icons that have tried out the device have nothing but positive things to say.

Speaking of ancient gaming, the C64 is 30, and that video shows what the kids of today think of one. I haven't watched the video fully yet but I an already tell it's going to max out my awkward-o-meter. Personally I went straight from a mate's VIC-20 to an Amiga 1000, so I missed out on the whole C64 thing. :(

Gunna informs us that Microsoft are overhauling Hotmail and turning it into outlook.com. Less than 24 hours after Microsoft rolled out Outlook.com, one million people were already using the service, according to an official tweet from Microsoft. The new Outlook continues Microsofts overhaul of all its Web properties to the new touch-centric Metro feel -- the same look thats coming to the Windows 8 Start Screen and is already on Windows Phone. More here, thanks JS.

Vortez have a Cooling Fan Roundup. Vortez present their Ultimate Grouptest of Cooling Fans. Comparing over 30 fans from a dozen manufacturers, reviewer Ed Hume analyses Temperature and Sound Pressure levels to give a detailed overview of many of the fans on the market today. We can't quite claim to have found the ultimate fan, but this is sure the Ultimate Grouptest we've ever undertaken.

Here's a guy who takes his hobbies fairly seriously, with a Rolls Royce Turbofan in his backyard, thanks Shaun. And, it works. Itís very rare for a hobby jet engine enthusiast to ever have the opportunity to own a large turbofan that powers a commercial airliner. These are massive engines and simply moving them from A to B is a logistical nightmare. Furthermore, working engines that are time expired or near the end of their lives are still very expensive simply because of the high scrap value due to the precious alloys and metals they contain in significant quantities.

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