Monday, December 16, 2013

The Crow: City of Angels (PS1, Saturn, Windows 95)

Advertisement for The Crow: City of Angels by Acclaim for the Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn and Windows 95 from the March 1997 issue of GamePro.


China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover sends back first photos

China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover sends back first photos



The first robot rover to land on the Moon in nearly 40 years, China’s Jade Rabbit, has begun sending back photos, with shots of its lunar lander.

Jade Rabbit rolled down a ramp lowered by the lander and on to the volcanic plain known as Sinus Iridum at 04:35 Beijing time on Saturday (20:35 GMT).

It moved to a spot a few metres away, its historic short journey recorded by the lander.

On Sunday evening the two machines began photographing each other.

A Chinese flag is clearly visible on the Jade Rabbit as it stands deployed on the Moon’s surface.

Ma Xingrui, chief commander of China’s lunar programme, declared the mission a “complete success”.

Big Brother spying is reaching scary levels

Big Brother spying is reaching scary levels

On Monday, the world’s leading technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, published an open letter to President Obama and Congress demanding reform of U.S. privacy laws to restore the public’s “trust in the Internet.”

This comes after what seems like an endless series of revelations about government surveillance from the secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Let’s start with the latest: American and British spies have gone into online fantasy games to snoop on players, and to see if any militants are communicating with each other dressed as elves or gnomes. Last week, the Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency is “collecting billions of records a day to track the location of mobile phone users around the world.” And we learned recently that the NSA hacked fiber-optic cables and infected 50,000 networks with malware.

Big Brother spying is happening at a scale we could never have imagined.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Run, July/August 1992

Run, Issue Number 92, July/August 1992


Thursday, December 12, 2013

U.S. Government Nastygram Shuts Down One-Man Bitcoin Mint

U.S. Government Nastygram Shuts Down One-Man Bitcoin Mint

Mike Caldwell spent years turning digital currency into physical coins. That may sound like a paradox. But it’s true. He takes bitcoins — the world’s most popular digital currency — and then he mints them here in the physical world. If you added up all the bitcoins Caldwell has minted on behalf of his customers, they would be worth about $82 million.

Basically, these physical bitcoins are novelty items. But by moving the digital currency into the physical realm, he also prevents hackers from stealing the stuff via an online attack. Or at least he did. His run as the premiere bitcoin minter may be at an end. Caldwell has been put on notice by the feds.

Just before Thanksgiving, he says, he received a letter from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FINCEN, the arm of the Treasury Department that dictates how the nation’s anti-money-laundering and financial crime regulations are interpreted. According to FINCEN, Caldwell needs to rethink his business. “They considered my activity to be money transmitting,” Caldwell says. And if you want to transmit money, you must first jump through a lot of state and federal regulatory hoops Caldwell hasn’t jumped through.

Obama’s Orwellian Image Control

Obama’s Orwellian Image Control

In response to these restrictions, 38 of the nation’s largest and most respected media organizations (including The New York Times) delivered a letter to the White House last month protesting photojournalists’ diminished access.

A deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest, responded by claiming that the White House had released more images of the president at work than any previous administration. It is serving the public perfectly well, he said, through a vibrant stream of behind-the-scenes photographs available on social media.

He missed the point entirely.

Google emulates 1980s-era Amiga computer in Chrome

Google emulates 1980s-era Amiga computer in Chrome

The Amiga 500 lives again — in Google’s browser.

Google developer Christian Stefansen on Thursday resurrected a version of the venerable computer system from the 1980s in the form of a Web app that runs in Chrome. Forty-year-olds who want to relive their childhoods or younger people who want to see just how hard their elders had it can visit the Amiga 500 emulator for Chrome online, boot the machine, and play some games.

Congressional Study: Murder Rate Plummets as Gun Ownership Soars

Congressional Study: Murder Rate Plummets as Gun Ownership Soars


GamePro, November 1993

GamePro,  Issue Number 52, November 1993


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CEX.io - Bitcoin Commodity Exchange

CEX.io - Bitcoin Commodity Exchange


CEX.IO is the first and leading commodity exchange in the Bitcoin community. Here you can buy or sell GHashes, Futures Contracts for the Bitfury ASIC chips or just trade on the increase or decrease of chip values.
We are the first exchange that offers you an opportunity to buy GHashes and avoid all the usual problems you can face when buying mining equipment, like the frequent delays in delivery, breakage losses, the need for a sufficient power supply or cooling devices, and many other things, that you will probably encounter.

The Real Story of Hacking Together the Commodore C128

The Real Story of Hacking Together the Commodore C128


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Obamacare Rules Threaten to Torch Volunteer Fire Departments

Obamacare Rules Threaten to Torch Volunteer Fire Departments

Count volunteer fire deparments among the Obamacare-victimized.

Rules governing the health-care reform law championed by President Obama could inadvertently suck in volunteer firefighting companies, meaning the departments or the towns that support them might be forced to offer health insurance coverage or pay a penalty if they don’t.

Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Ancient Freshwater Lake On Mars

Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Ancient Freshwater Lake On Mars


U.S. Sells Off Last of Its General Motors Stock, at $10.5 Billion Loss

U.S. Sells Off Last of Its General Motors Stock, at $10.5 Billion Loss

For one of the few times in its macro economic policy thought and action, the federal government relies on a subtle analysis of “things not seen” to defend its apparent $10.5 billion loss on the General Motors bailout as a success

Compute!, November 1987

Compute!, Issue Number 90, November 1987


Thursday, December 5, 2013

BOOM: A Major Wall Street Bank Just Initiated Coverage On Bitcoin And Identified A Fair Value

BOOM: A Major Wall Street Bank Just Initiated Coverage On Bitcoin And Identified A Fair Value

“We believe Bitcoin can become a major means of payment for e-commerce and may emerge as a serious competitor to traditional money transfer providers,” wrote Bank of America currency strategist David Woo in a 14-page note to clients this morning. “As a medium of exchange, Bitcoin has clear potential for growth, in our view.”

Listen to Da Vinci's Genius Piano-Cello Played for the Very First Time

Listen to Da Vinci's Genius Piano-Cello Played for the Very First Time


Young invincibles spurn O-Care

Young invincibles spurn O-Care

A poll released Wednesday by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics found that more than half of 18- to 29-year-olds disapprove of ObamaCare and believe it will raise their healthcare costs.

Even more troubling for the administration is that less than one-third of uninsured young people said they plan to enroll in coverage.

Without a large number of young, healthy people in the insurance exchanges, it could create a “death spiral” of high premiums that could threaten the long-term viability of the marketplaces.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Time Crisis (PS1)

Time Crisis advertisement from the November 1997 issue of Tips & Tricks


Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges

Some Reid staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare’s architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law’s new exchanges.

Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, their aides said.

Take a Closer Look at the Medal of Freedom Recipients — They're Obama Donors

Take a Closer Look at the Medal of Freedom Recipients — They're Obama Donors


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

Tonight's launch of the Falcon 9 as seen from Melbourne, Florida.

Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2


Compute!'s Gazette, January 1985

Compute!'s Gazette, Issue 19, January 1985


Social Workers Take Woman's Baby From Her Womb, Won't Return It To Her

Social Workers Take Woman's Baby From Her Womb, Won't Return It To Her

Authorities in Great Britain forcibly sedated a pregnant woman from Italy, performed a court-ordered C-section delivery on her, and now plan to put the child up for adoption against her will.

The surreal story, first reported in the Telegraph, sheds light on an “increasing problem” with foreigners being forced to leave their children in the UK, critics say.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Electronic Gaming Monthly, January 1996

Electronic Gaming Monthly, Issue Number 78, January 1996


San Francisco’s Secret DC Grid - IEEE Spectrum

San Francisco’s Secret DC Grid - IEEE Spectrum



The last direct-current power lines are being dismantled just as DC distribution seems headed for a comeback

Nobel Prize economist warns of U.S. stock market bubble

Nobel Prize economist warns of U.S. stock market bubble

An American who won this year’s Nobel Prize for economics believes sharp rises in equity and property prices could lead to a dangerous financial bubble and may end badly, he told a German magazine.

Robert Shiller, who won the esteemed award with two other Americans for research into market prices and asset bubbles, pinpointed the U.S. stock market and Brazilian property market as areas of concern.

Amiga Plus, June/July 1989

Amiga Plus, Volume 1, Number 2, June/July 1989