Weekly News Roundup 31/8/2015

The Mad Max Game is upon us! Exhumed video games raking in the cash and the NSA is worried about quantum computers.

mad-max-game2-300x169I love games in particular driving games and I love the Mad Max franchise so it is no surprise that I am excited about tomorrow’s release of the much anticipated game of the same name. I am even more exited to be able to offer the game that is tipped to be “The surprise of 2015” (Hardcore Gamer) with 55% off the regular pre-order price thanks to 2game.com and Steam (steampowered.com).
Unlike other games based on movie franchises, it does not rely on existing characters or plot lines from the movie which is a great relief for me as it allows the game to stand on its own. Of course, your character is Max and you start out in your legendary Interceptor but from the outset things take a turn for the worse and you start with nothing after being set upon by wasteland savages who take your car and leave you for dead.
From here you build up your next car and seek to take down tyrants in the post-apocalyptic landscape while working with other inhabitants to help you build your new Interceptor called the Magnum Opus.
Pretty well received by most reviewers so this could be a big title for 2015 which is no mean feat given it is up against Metal Gear Solid V, the latest installment a well established franchise set for release on the same day.
Go to http://eziwireless.net.au/max/ to get the special pre-order.

Story and image from Rolling Stone.
Story and image from Rolling Stone.

The “World’s worst computer game” brings in US$108,000 after being buried for over 30 years when Atari was sold off by its parent company in 1983.
The disposal was of around 700,000 cartridges which included the critically panned game and last year a film maker in partnership with other companies sought out the burial location and found the discarded games and hardware that was not recorded. The result was a haul of old gaming memorabilia and an interesting documentary called Atari: Game Over. 900 copies of the infamous game were sold on ebay and netted in US$108,000 with one of the cartridges selling for US$1535!
There are still another 297 held in storage for sale at a later date and the proceeds for the sale have been split between the local city, a local historical society and the remainder went towards the shipping and handling of the cartridges sold to collectors.
Find the original story on the Rolling Stone here.

quantum-computer-300x247After trying to break encryption, the NSA is now looking for ways to keep their own secrets safe.
The United States National Security Agency as quite a history with encryption. From prohibiting the export of encryption technology to allegedly taking an active role in weakening encryption to even cracking encryption all in the name of keeping the general public safe.
They seem to have the encryption game pretty much in hand but lately they have been concerned with the looming technology known as quantum computing that could take computer science, cryptography and security to a whole new level.
Traditional computers use a binary number system where a value is either a 1 or a 0 which presents some problems when it comes to crunching exceptionally large numbers (even though they are crunching numbers millions of times faster than people ever could). Quantum computers use a different number system that relies on a unit called a qubit which has the unusual property of being a 0, 1, both or any value possible in between. Long story short, this could allow a quantum computer to try all possible values for a problem almost simultaneously which would allow a quantum computer to guess a password or decryption key in an instant rendering current security measures useless.
NSA’s problem is that if a quantum computer falls into the wrong hands which is a certainty given enough time it would be possible for any current security to be breached very quickly including the NSA’s systems. With technology like this the cyber warfare situation would escalate very quickly.
Let’s hope that with quantum technology we find better ways to secure our digital lives online sooner rather than later.
Original Story from Engadget.com.