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Upgrades

+ - None more black 2

Submitted by toxcspdrmn
toxcspdrmn writes: Bad news for Spinal Tap fans. The BBC reports that researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, have produced the darkest known material by manufacturing "forests" of carbon nanotubes. This forms a surface that absorbs or scatters 99.9% of all incident light.
Wii

+ - Wii! Where'd my controller go?

Submitted by toxcspdrmn
toxcspdrmn writes: The BBC is reporting that Nintendo is replacing straps for its Wii console, following customer complaints that the straps are breaking during use, resulting in the Wiimote flying out of users' hands and through TVs and windows. New units will come with an "enhanced" strap.
Communications

+ - Enigma-cracking bombe back in service

Submitted by toxcspdrmn
toxcspdrmn writes: Volunteers at Bletchley Park have recreated a working replica of the electromechanical bombe used to crack the Enigma encryption. The bombe was designed by Polish cryptologists and refined by Alan Turing and colleagues at Bletchley Park. It joins a recreated electronic Colossus — generally considered the first electronic computer, also at Bletchley Park. Impressive work when you consider that Winston Churchill ordered the originals to be completely destroyed at the end of WWII.

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