Real Life in a Virtual World

"LOOK OUT!" This phrase has preceded countless catastrophes. It is one of the last things you want to hear when on the worksite. "How can we prepare for this?," a question all doctors ask themselves. "How can I reach these kids?," echoes through the hallways of schools. There are countless scenarios you have to prepare for: using explosives to bore a tunnel, performing complex surgeries, or even teaching kids in the classroom. We ...
Wednesday July 18th, 2018Read More


INTRODUCTION

Every week, someone brings a device into Armor because of malware. Every day, the AV-TEST Institute registers over 350,000 new malicious programs (malware) and potentially unwanted applications (PUA). These are examined using the analysis tools Sunshine and VTEST, classified according to their characteristics and saved. Visualisation programs then transform the results into diagrams that can be updated and produce current malware statistics.
 

And that old adage abou...
Tuesday July 17th, 2018Read More


INTRODUCTION

The problems with a password are obvious: the login system was first designed for time-sharing computers in the 1960s, working on mainframes that took up an entire lab. To use the computer, you tapped in your login name and password, which told the computer who was sitting at the terminal and which files to make available. Stealing someone’s password was good for a practical joke, but not much else: there was only one computer where you could use it, and not much person...
Thursday July 12th, 2018Read More
Introduction to GDPR

If you're even a semi-regular internet user, you've probably seen this in the last month: you log into your favorite service, like Facebook or Twitter, and see a huge notification, "We have updated our privacy policy!" Why all of a sudden, and why is EVERYONE updating their policy right now? The answer to that is the European Union's new privacy laws called the General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR).

Now, before we break into GDPR and what i...
Tuesday July 10th, 2018Read More
Let's talk about this image:

All rights to this image and the game Ni No Kuni 2 belong to Level 5 and Namco Bandai, and it is used here to discuss the underlying graphics technologies behind the game

This is from a game released this year called Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. It is a Japanese RPG developed by Level-5, which explains the art-style influences. The image is meant to invoke the feeling of a Japenese Animation House, specifically Studio Ghibli, the studio behind Spirited ...
Friday June 29th, 2018Read More
3D Printing Future

If you’re into tech and scroll through your social feeds on any given day, chances are you’ve seen something related to new 3D printing technology. The advances come in many forms, some are for the medical field, some are for food, and as of late—some are for actual homes. Aside from this new advancement potentially solving a huge problem not only in the United States, but globally for those living in poverty, these homes actually look quite modern and con...
Wednesday June 27th, 2018Read More
The Spoiler Warning

I feel the need to preface this post with a spoiler warning. I will be discussing the underwater-survival game known as Subnautica, from its nuances and weaknesses to its strengths and story. If you haven't had the opportunity to play through this title, or haven't seen someone else doing it this is your warning—I wouldn't want to take away the magical experience of discovering the vast, beautiful, and absolutely terrifying world of Subnautica on Planet 4...
Tuesday June 26th, 2018Read More
Our owner was working with a client recently trying to collect on an invoice that had stretched too far, when the client responded with a rather interesting justifcation:

"Well, I just don't understand what I pay you for? I was talking to my friend and he said that I can do all of this myself."

Now, this is interesting because his friend is not at all wrong. There exist a number of very slick and very easy to use tools for free or for a relatively low cost that allow peo...
Thursday June 21st, 2018Read More
What is Speedrunning?

Speedrunning in video games is a concept that seems foreign and even questionable to most. The idea of playing video games should be for leisure, which implies we should do it at our own pace. While this approach is fine for many, there are others who have played their favorite game(s) so much that the leisurely "normal" gameplay becomes boring—or at least predictable. With each subsequent playthrough of a game, you learn more of the secrets, get cau...
Tuesday June 19th, 2018Read More
Games of all kinds have become an integral part of our day-to-day activities. Whether it's that mobile game you hop on for a few minutes to complete your daily quests, to more dedicated gaming on your game console with friends, and even playing board games as a way to pass the time, basically everyone has or is playing a game at just about any minute in any day. With games and gaming all around us, it brings forth the question of why we all enjoy these games so much, and what brings us back....
Thursday June 14th, 2018Read More

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