Space Photos of the Week: Bumper-Car Galactica

Billions of years ago, the universe was much more tightly bound; it held closer together. I mean, it’s not like galaxies didn’t like each other, but sometimes two would clash. That’s exactly what happened here. The center spiral galaxy, NGC 4485, was sideswiped by the smaller, brighter, yellow galaxy NGC 4490 hanging out at the …

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Uomo ucciso nel giardino di casa della ex fidanzata nel milanese: accoltellato dal nuovo compagno

Un uomo di 43 anni è morto dopo essere stato ferito al fianco da una coltellata, all’interno del cortile della villetta dove vive la sua ex fidanzata a Cusano Milanino (Milano). E’ accaduto questa mattina verso le 11. A ferirlo sarebbe stato il nuovo compagno della donna, dopo averlo sorpreso all’interno della proprietà, in via Buffoli 5. Una delle ipotesi è che il 43enne fosse uno stalker della donna, ma tutte le piste sono aperte per i carabinieri di Sesto San Giovanni, che indagano sul caso. Uomo ucciso nel giardino di casa della ex fidanzata nel milanese: accoltellato dal nuovo compagno
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We Need More Thrillers About the Videogame Industry

Jeffery Deaver’s new novel The Never Game finds master tracker Colter Shaw in pursuit of a kidnapper who seems to be re-enacting a popular videogame. The idea came to Deaver after his niece unexpectedly murdered him during a round of Minecraft.

“We had a lot of fun playing, but in the back of my mind I thought, ‘What if someone were to take a videogame and bring it out of the digital world and re-enact it in real life?’” Deaver says in Episode 362 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “What if the people who were trying to solve the crime and rescue the victims had to get a feel for the videogame? Had to work with somebody who knew the videogame?”

In Deaver’s fictional game The Whispering Man, players wake up in dangerous situations with only five everyday objects to help them survive. As research for the book, Deaver spent months studying survival skills, though he admits that his research was purely internet-based.

“Probably a better author than I would have [...]  read more

To realize its VR dreams, Facebook needs to kill what Oculus has built

Mark Zuckerberg has poured billions into his virtual reality dream, a new platform that Facebook owns.

Facebook bought Oculus and has spent the last five years killing what it was and reinventing it as a Facebook-scale company. It has dumped most of the co-founders, brought in Zuck loyalists to take over the most important decisions and shifted towards accessibility over appeasing the company’s early supporters.

Facebook’s latest release is the realization of all that.

The company’s Quest product, which they released on Tuesday, offers a streamlined version of high-end virtual reality while leveraging time-honed software to make the process of getting up-and-running immeasurably easier. It’s probably the best VR product that’s been built yet, and one that has the mainstream firmly in view.

Facebook needs to lean in on the new device and move away from what got it there.

With past VR releases, there’s always been a key technology to blame or a key feature that was missing, but [...]  read more

‘Observation’ is a tense, atmospheric puzzler where you play a modern HAL 9000

When you watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, do you find yourself criticizing HAL 9000’s machinations and thinking, “I could do better than that!” If so, Observation may be right up your alley. In it you play a space station AI called SAM that is called upon by the humans on board to help resolve a …

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Ransomware attacks in US cities are using a stolen NSA tool

Microsoft has issued fixes for affected Windows version after the NSA disclosed the long-secret vulnerabilities. However, these attacks frequently succeed due to fragmented local governments that tend to be cautious about upgrades. In addition to using a mishmash of software and configurations that complicates updates, cities may be hesitant to patch or upgrade their software due to compatibility concerns and tight budgets.

And unfortunately, the NSA isn’t likely to help. While it helped Microsoft patch the security hole after EternalBlue became public in 2017, it has so far turned down discussion of the flaw and hasn’t even acknowledged that the code loss took place. The NSA and FBI have declined to comment on the new revelations.

Whatever its involvement, incidents like Baltimore’s highlight a problem with the NSA and other intelligence agencies hoarding exploits. The practice [...]  read more

Expat tales: From Paris with love

France travel tips: Ten ways to have a better holiday in Paris … Pleasants feels that France offers a great standard of living, particularly in terms of the …
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