The Science of Particle-beam Weapons

Particle-beamParticle-beam weapons are the bread and butter of many a science fiction arsenal. I used them in my story Hostages, and already mentioned them once when discussing particle accelerators. I thought it was time for a more in-depth look at particle-beam weapons.

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Neuromarketing Video Games

NeuromarketingI was at a neuromarketing presentation two weeks ago. When I saw some of the techniques used, I was immediately reminded of video games, specifically of a video Jim Sterling did on some of the practices in video game marketing. Then I read that the Dutch gambling authority is looking into possibly classifying  loot boxes in video games as gambling, as is Belgium and Hawaii. Clearly, something is up.

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On Smartphone Security

HackingThis week, a weakness in the Wifi standard was revealed. This flaw was found in the standard itself, not in a device where it was just implemented wrong. That’s surprising. It means it affects just about every wifi-enabled device out there. The question now becomes: how do we make our devices safe again? I’ve ranted about IoT things before, this time I’m focusing on smartphones.

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