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 Tuesday, 20-July-2010  15:45:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Amazon have revealed that e-books are outselling hardbacks. E-book sales overtook sales of hardbacks – as distinct from soft or paperback books – during the past three months, when Amazon sold 143 Kindle books for every 100 hardcover books. That accelerated in the past month, when the ratio jumped to 180 e-books for every 100 hardcovers.

A life-size model of Bloodhound SSC, designed to tackle the land speed record, has been unveiled at the Farnborough International Air Show. But the team believes Bloodhound's superior aerodynamic shape, allied to the immense power of its Falcon hybrid rocket and Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, will take the blue and orange car beyond 1,000mph (1,610km/h).

NASA are getting involved with Open-Source Cloud Computing, thanks digizone. The goal of OpenStack is to allow any organization to create and offer cloud computing capabilities using open source software running on standard hardware. OpenStack Compute is software for automatically creating and managing large groups of virtual private servers. OpenStack Storage is software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of commodity servers to store terabytes or even petabytes of data. More info here.

Russia meanwhile have plans for a new spaceport. Russia will invest US $800m (527m) into a new spaceport in the country's Far East, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced. The move is meant to ease the dependence on the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan, built during the Soviet-era.

The UK's Times newspaper has apparently seen a huge traffic drop since charging visitors, in an unsurprising non-twist. The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show.

There's a new Windows security issue which seems to be targeting industrial systems for now but could become more widespread. The attack uses specially crafted shortcut (.lnk) files, which trick Windows into running code of an attacker's choosing. Any Windows application that tries to display the shortcut's icon—including Explorer—will cause exploitation, so even the mere act of browsing a directory with the malicious shortcuts is sufficient for a system to be exploited. Analysis suggests that the shortcuts are not improperly formed; rather they depend on a flaw in the way that Windows handles shortcuts to Control Panel icons. Discussion here.

Deanzo is having more fun with LN2 over on Tweaktown. You see, this rig is going to utilize the twin socket EVGA SR-2 with two Intel X5680s and four GTX 480 video cards. If it wasn’t enough that it already accounts for six liquid nitrogen containers, there will be one more on the chipset. That is seven containers on one rig, making “Epic” the appropriate word of the week.

Biatch spotted these funny videos, The Online Gamer. Warning, very strong language! What if an online gamer played monopoly like he played Modern Warfare? Starring Eric Pumphrey as The Gamer. There's 4 parts and a bloopers video. They seem to have been online for a while but they're new to me.



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