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[H] Enthusiast Archives: November 2010Archive Listing

Monday November 29, 2010

Stuxnet: Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran's Nuke Program

There is a very good article online today that goes into detail about how Stuxnet crippled Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. Definitely worth reading.

Simply put, Stuxnet is an incredibly advanced, undetectable computer worm that took years to construct and was designed to jump from computer to computer until it found the specific, protected control system that it aimed to destroy: Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.


Quote of the Day

When asked "What is the point of Twitter?" the company’s new CEO says he’s trying to figure that out.

"I am working on clarity around that at the moment," Costolo admits. "I am currently trying to define what Twitter’s purpose is in the long term. We will be able to be more specific on that answer in the near future."


EFF to Courts: Don't Name Alleged Porn Pirates

The EFF thinks that naming alleged porn pirates puts undue pressure on an accused person to settle. Ummm, I think the porn companies are counting on that. Duh.

Adult filmmakers say that piracy is costing them big money and suing individuals is the best way to recoup losses and to discourage illegal file sharing. But for those accused of porn piracy, the potential of having their name mentioned in a federal complaint, along with the kinds of films they allegedly viewed, is scary, according to watchdog groups.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases & Modding

Lian Li PC-8FI Aluminum Case @ Tweaknews


Deepcool N8 Laptop Cooler @ Overclockers Club

Memory/ Storage

Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 @ ThinkComputers


Inno3D GeForce GTX 580 OC @ Guru3D

PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+ 1 GB @ techPowerUP!

2 Kinects 1 Box

We’ve already seen a bunch of cool Kinect hacks but I'm pretty sure this is the first one that uses two Kinects at the same time.


NZXT HALE90 850W Power Supply

The fellas at PC Perspective say that the NZXT HALE90 850W power supply is a solid unit and worthy of your consideration. Anyone looking for a white PSU for a mod project will want to check this one out too.

The NZXT HALE90 850W PSU delivered very good voltage regulation with clean outputs and excellent efficiency. The HALE90 850W PSU is very quiet at low to mid power levels, includes a good assortment of both fixed and modular cables/connectors, and features a white gloss paint job for a fresh new look. Overall the HALE90 850W PSU performed very well. This one deserves a very close look.


Multi-Touch on a Curved Desk

Although it is a bit on the bulky side, this multi-touch desk is still pretty neat. Thanks To Sly1 for the linkage.


Consoles Are Holding PC Games Back

Crytek’s head honcho says that video game consoles are holding PC games back. And all this time you’ve been blaming lazy developers…shame on you.

"As long as the current console generation exists and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really get the benefit of both", Crytek boss Cervat Yerli tells Edge magazine.


Microsoft in Talks for New TV Service

Rumor has it that Microsoft has plans to bring TV to the Xbox 360. Depending on the content and cost, this has the potential to be a great deal for Xbox 360 owners.

Microsoft Corp has held talks with media companies to license TV networks for a new online pay-television subscription service through devices such as its Xbox video game console, two people familiar with the plans told Reuters.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Trailer @ Shacknews

FINAL FANTASY XIV Patch & Perks @ Blue’s News

Splinter Cell Returns For Sixth Game @ Kotaku

Ubisoft Toronto Video Tour @ EuroGamer

Microsoft Develops Shape-Shifting Touchscreen

Microsoft has filed a patent application for a touchscreen that touches back. The idea is to give users the sensation that they are touching the bumps and textures of the images displayed on the screen.

In US patent application 2010/0295820, published yesterday, Microsoft proposes using a layer of shape-memory plastic placed above a large touchscreen to distort the surface of the screen when different wavelengths of ultraviolet light strike the pixels from beneath.


Technology Allows Actors To Get Paid Not To Work?

This article about the new Tron movie brings up a very interesting point about the impact technology is having on the movie industry. Read this quote from Jeff Bridges and let it sink in:

‘This technology means I’d never have to work again in my life and I could still make films. I can say, "I’ll lease you my image." Visual-effects supervisor Eric Barba said "He’s the first actor in cinematic history to play opposite a younger version of himself."