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Wednesday Morning (17 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-July-2021  00:15:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Flying car update! TonyR sent in this one completing a test flight between airports, with more info here. A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia. The hybrid car-aircraft, AirCar, is equipped with a BMW engine and runs on regular petrol-pump fuel. Its creator, Prof Stefan Klein, said it could fly about 1,000km (600 miles), at a height of 8,200ft (2,500m), and had clocked up 40 hours in the air so far. There's an article (behind a paywall) on NYTimes with more info about the state of the industry, thanks von Stalhein.

WD have released more info on the recent My Book Live wiping malware, including a free Data Recovery service. The My Book Live firmware is vulnerable to a remotely exploitable command injection vulnerability when the device has remote access enabled. This vulnerability may be exploited to run arbitrary commands with root privileges. Additionally, the My Book Live is vulnerable to an unauthenticated factory reset operation which allows an attacker to factory reset the device without authentication. More info on the hack here.

Audacity is/was a fairly handy free audio editing program, which I even used to edit the OCAU Podcast a million years ago, but now seems to have become annoying since a change of ownership. The information collected can be shared with "any competent law enforcement body, regulatory, government agency, court, or other third-party" at Muse Group's discretion, as well as to a "potential buyer (and its agents and advisers" related to a proposed sale or merger of any part of the organization's business. Hmm, I listen to a lot of podcasts while I commute to and from work nowadays, maybe I should listen to the OCAU Podcast.. if it doesn't make me cringe so hard I go spearing off the side of the Hume Highway.

Speaking of old things, Axe sent word that Quake turned 25 recently. I still very clearly remember, having been hooked on Doom, firing up Quake for the first time and using the mouse to look around. It was revolutionary - you could look up! AND down! Amazing. Quake was a huge technological leap, after all, and several studios ran into trouble trying to make it work on other consoles. The list of cancelled Quake ports includes one for the original PlayStation, a Panasonic M2 version that was cut because the system never released, a failed port for the Atari Jaguar, and a Sega Saturn port that did ship, but only because its developers used a completely different engine.

Also Terminator 2 turned 30 recently. Far out. Still a fantastic movie (have watched it with my kids a few times) but man that makes me feel old. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also promoted as T2) is a 1991 American science fiction action film produced and directed by James Cameron, who co-wrote the script with William Wisher. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong and Joe Morton as its principal cast. It is the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator, as well as the second installment in the Terminator franchise.

BlueRaven sent in a new CPU benchmark from UL/3DMark. The 3DMark CPU Profile introduces a new approach to CPU benchmarking. Instead of producing a single number, the 3DMark CPU Profile shows how CPU performance scales and changes with the number of cores and threads used. There's a thread for results here.

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