The Quantum Game: like Laser Maze, but built on real principles of quantum mechanics

The Quantum Game: like Laser Maze, but built on real principles of quantum mechanics

Laser Maze is a super-fun electronic board game that challenges players to arrange angled mirrors to route a laser beam from an emitter to a sensor, avoiding obstacles; in The Quantum Game, you undertake the same fundamental task, but with a virtual laser that only emits one photon, and virtual beam-splitters, absorbtive polarizers, quarter-wave plates, polarizing beam splitters, Faraday rotators, and other exotic apparatus. (more…)Read full story

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Mirai’s creators plead guilty, reveal that they created a DDoS superweapon to get a competitive edge in the Minecraft server industry

Mirai’s creators plead guilty, reveal that they created a DDoS superweapon to get a competitive edge in the Minecraft server industry

Last year, the Mirai botnet harnessed a legion of badly secured internet of things devices and turned them into a denial of service superweapon that brought down critical pieces of internet infrastructure (and even a country), and now its creators have entered guilty pleas to a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act federal case, and explained that they created the whole thing to knock down Minecraft servers that competed with their nascent Minecraft hosting business. (more…)Read full story

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Mirai’s creators plead guilty, reveal that they created a DDoS superweapon to get a competitive edge in the Minecraft server industry

Mirai’s creators plead guilty, reveal that they created a DDoS superweapon to get a competitive edge in the Minecraft server industry

Last year, the Mirai botnet harnessed a legion of badly secured internet of things devices and turned them into a denial of service superweapon that brought down critical pieces of internet infrastructure (and even a country), and now its creators have entered guilty pleas to a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act federal case, and explained that they created the whole thing to knock down Minecraft servers that competed with their nascent Minecraft hosting business. (more…)Read full story

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Mirai’s creators plead guilty, reveal that they created a DDoS superweapon to get a competitive edge in the Minecraft server industry

Mirai’s creators plead guilty, reveal that they created a DDoS superweapon to get a competitive edge in the Minecraft server industry

Last year, the Mirai botnet harnessed a legion of badly secured internet of things devices and turned them into a denial of service superweapon that brought down critical pieces of internet infrastructure (and even a country), and now its creators have entered guilty pleas to a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act federal case, and explained that they created the whole thing to knock down Minecraft servers that competed with their nascent Minecraft hosting business. (more…)Read full story

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Simklept: Kleptocrat is a mobile game that uses real-world financial crimes to simulate being a tax-dodging one percenter

Simklept: Kleptocrat is a mobile game that uses real-world financial crimes to simulate being a tax-dodging one percenter

Kleptocrat is an Ios-only mobile game that challenges players to play as billionaire tax-dodgers, who construct ruses to hide their money from the tax authorities in the countries where the state guards their wealth, educates the workforce, and keeps everyone from dropping dead of infectious diseases. (more…)Read full story

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Goodbye LDB game, Hello Whamageddon

Goodbye LDB game, Hello Whamageddon

For the past five holiday seasons or so, a group of my friends and I have been (somewhat reluctantly at this point) playing the LDB game. “LDB” stands for “Little Drummer Boy.” To win, you must survive the holiday season without hearing any version of “Little Drummer Boy.” There are no prizes, just bragging rights that you successfully dodged another year of “Pa rum pum pum pum.” Now I’ve learned there’s a new game in town. It’s called Whamageddon. To play this game, you just have to avoid hearing Wham!’s…

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Minimalist playing cards

Minimalist playing cards

MINIM (Amazon) is a standard, regulation deck of cards that come in white or black and feature an absolute bare mininum of detail. Designed by Joe Doucet, they’re made from PVC and abstract the classic suits into geometric symbols: “While it is necessary to mark the backs of regulation cards, we’ve done so with minimal diagonal lines instead of the typical ornamental graphics.” The dark set looks very 1970s sci-fi and would be a perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite gambler, magician, or me. Read full story

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Scientists created a Tetris game powered by jellyfish DNA

Scientists created a Tetris game powered by jellyfish DNA

Bixels is an educational tool developed by Cell-Free Technology which provides self-assembly kits for retro games. Using Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP), which is the protein that makes jellyfish glow, the 8×8 pixel display can be programmed to be lit based on different inputs. Read more… More about Startup, Science, Games, Green, and Video GamesRead full story

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