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Iran says it staved off cyber attack but doesn't blame US

3 days 5 hours ago
Here's a rundown of some of the Middle East's cyber argy-bargy

Iran claims to have staved off a major cyber attack on its national infrastructure, a couple of months after the Middle Eastern theocracy was blamed for real-world assaults on two Saudi oil refineries.…

Hey Dixons, you know what's mobile? Your rapidly shrinking sales

3 days 10 hours ago
Loss-making unit still putting hurt on 'puters 'n' phones biz

If ever there was a good time to release bad news, it is today. As luck would have it, Dixons Carphone has filed a set of crappy half-year financials that show the extent of the damage that its loss-making mobile business is wreaking.…

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See How Wildly Different Air Conditioners Can Be (On The Inside)

8 hours 39 minutes ago

Air conditioners are easy to take for granted. From refrigerators to climate control, most of us would miss them dearly if they disappeared. That’s part of what draws [Josh Levine]’s interest in air conditioners, and he has provided an interesting tour of several different units and how different they can …read more

Donald Papp

The Home-Made Drill Press Of Your Dreams

11 hours 39 minutes ago

We are lucky to live in an age when tools have almost never been so affordable, when if we’d like a drill press on our benches we can pick one up for not a lot from our nearest discount store. If the cheapest tools aren’t very good quality then even …read more

Jenny List

.NET to FPGA with Hastlayer

14 hours 39 minutes ago

tHERE are lots of ways to use FPGAs. One way is to convert compute-bound software into hardware. This can increase speed and — in some cases — reduce power consumption. Typically, you’ll do this by writing in a subset of C, but Hastlayer can convert .NET assemblies into FPGA configurations …read more

Al Williams

3D Print Your Way to a Glass Cockpit Simulator

17 hours 39 minutes ago

Today’s commercial aircraft are packed to the elevators with sensors, computers, and miles and miles of wiring. Inside the cockpit you’re more than likely to see banks of LCDs and push buttons than analog gauges. So what’s that mean for the intrepid home simulator builder? Modern problems require modern solutions, …read more

Tom Nardi

What Does An Electronics Tinkerer’s Workbench Need?

20 hours 39 minutes ago

Ever been in a situation where you’re not sure where to begin building your own electronics workbench or improve your existing one? [Jeff Glass] writes in with a blog post as detailed as it is beautifully long, chronicling each and every part of his own home lab in order to …read more

Erin Pinheiro

Bottle Organ Breakdown

23 hours 39 minutes ago

A keen-eyed commenter pointed us to a homemade bottle organ that plays like a piano. The complexity gets turned up with foot-powered bellows and custom keys, but the magic of [Mike] and [Simon Haisell]’s garage-built instrument is not lost in the slightest. We also have the video below the break …read more

Brian McEvoy

Say What You Will, A Fursuit is a lot of Work.

1 day 2 hours ago

One thing [Dr. Cockroach]’s build log shows is that a fursuit isn’t an easy thing to make.

Furries came out of early American comics and grew into the subculture the internet just can’t leave alone today. Many people take on an avatar of their furry self when participating in this …read more

Gerrit Coetzee

Why Is Your Cellphone Not A More Useful Computer?

1 day 8 hours ago

Sometimes when you are browsing randomly through the tech feeds, up pops an article that just crystallizes a nascent thought that had been simmering below the surface for a long time, and is enough to make you sit up and say “Yes! I agree completely with that!”. Such a moment …read more

Jenny List

It’s About Time We Saw Another Infinity Mirror Clock

1 day 11 hours ago

Have you made an infinity mirror yet? They’re pretty much a rite of passage project at this point. But unlike that DIY power supply, most of them serve no function beyond looking cool (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Might as well make it do something, right?

[How …read more

Kristina Panos

Replica Proton Pack Is A Great Halloween Build

1 day 14 hours ago

Way back in 1984, the Ghostbusters defended New York City from an onslaught of supernatural phenomena. In their honor, [BALES] created this costume for Halloween, replete with an amazing replica proton pack.

(We know, this is a little late for Halloween 2019, but just think about how early you’re going …read more

Lewin Day

Edge-Lit Ping Pong Paddle Lights Up The Fight

1 day 17 hours ago

[George] and his coworkers like to blow off a little lunchtime steam on the company ping pong table. We might do the same, except it’d just be us versus the wall, and most of the exercise would consist of bending over to pick the ball up off the floor. When …read more

Kristina Panos

Yosys Fronts for Xilinx ISE

1 day 20 hours ago

We always marvel at how open-source tools can often outstrip their commercial counterparts. Yosys, the open-source tool for Verilog synthesis, is a good example. Although the Xilinx ISE design suite is something close to abandonware, a lot of people still use it because it supports older FPGAs the newer tools …read more

Al Williams

Reflection On A Decade Of Hackerspace Expansion

2 days 5 hours ago

A few days ago I was invited to a party. Party invites are always good, and if I can make it to this one I’ll definitely go. It’s from a continental European hackerspace, and it’s for their tenth birthday party. As I spent a while checking ferries and flights it …read more

Jenny List

3D Printed Metro Charger Ready for the Wasteland

2 days 7 hours ago

In the video game Metro 2033 and its subsequent sequels, players fight their way through a post-apocalyptic version of Russia using improvised weapons and tools cobbled together from the sort of bits and bobs the survivors of a nuclear war might be able to scavenge from the rubble. One of …read more

Tom Nardi

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