Link Tank: Kepler Space Telescope Retires

Kepler Space Telescope, Eurostar, Bandi Namco, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Kepler Space Telescope Retires

This futuristic, zero-emission Air Taxi could hit the market as soon as 2020.

“Fulfilling the dreams of sci-fi fans everywhere, a Russian startup called Bartini unveiled a prototype of a flying taxi yesterday, alongside some shockingly early predictions about when these puppies will be able to take to the skies for actual commercial use. Assembled last March at NUST MISIS KINETICA High Complexity Protoyping Center in Moscow, the vehicle features Back To the Future Gull-wing doors and drone-esque horizontal propellers that make it look as though it just warped in from the future. (The CTO of Bartini, Vladimir Salatov, even admitted he was inspired by the movie.) The startup, a member of McFly.aero’s air taxi incubator, expects to reach the commercial market by 2020. This puts them ahead of Uber, whose similarly audacious vision set a timeline closer to 2023.”

Read more at Inverse. 

Bandai Namco cracking down on explicit custom characters.

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“From the moment humans discovered art, they have found ways to draw dicks things. When it comes to fans creating characters, even I, noted feminist, have loved to give OCs saucy names and other racy features. When WWE games let you create original wrestlers, I give all my female characters oversized breasts, because it’s amusing in a childish way. Still, I’m the only one playing the game with my creations, and my perverse imagination was mine and mine alone. With some games allowing you to take these customizable characters online, they can be pushed on other players. However, game developers at Bandai Namco are going to be cracking down in the upcoming Soul Calibur VI. In a press release, the company has announced that they will start banning and putting penalties on players who use these kinds of characters.”

Read more at the Mary Sue.

US accuses Chinese spies of hacking aerospace firms. 

“The US is accusing two Chinese intelligence officers of orchestrating the hacking of various American companies to steal trade secrets pertaining to aircraft engine designs. On Tuesday, the US Justice Department unsealed an indictment against ten Chinese suspects over the conspiracy, which occurred between at least Jan. 2010 and May 2015. Two of the people named in the indictment, Zha Rong and Chai Meng, work under China’s foreign intelligence arm, the Ministry of State Security, federal investigators claim.”

Read more at PC Mag.

Thom Yorke’s “Susprisia” soundtrack is haunting even if you haven’t seen the movie. 

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Last Friday, Luca Guadagnino’s eagerly anticipated horror movie Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento’s blood-drenched 1977 Italian classic, debuted in only two theaters. Though it raked in an impressive $89,903 per screen average, that’s still… not many theaters. If you read reviews, watched the trailer, and stared at the GIFs of Tilda Swinton on an infinite loop for the past months but have the misfortune of living outside of New York or Los Angeles, you couldn’t fall under the film’s spell. This upcoming weekend, the movie will expand into wider release, but we have a suggestion for anyone hoping to add a slow-drip of terror to their workday: Listen to the soundtrack before you see the movie.

Read more at Thrillist.

Polish engineer brings obsolete technology back from the dead to play Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” 

“Polish engineer Paweł Zadrożniak is known around the world for building the floppotron—an instrument that creates music out of the grating sounds of old computer hardware. In what may be the best use of the technology yet, Zadrożniak has now found a way to play Michael Jackson’s spooky single “Thriller” on the Frankenstein-esque contraption, as Gizmodo spotted.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Eurostar data breach requires users to change login details.

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“Eurostar is the latest transportation company to be hit by a data breach. The breach, which occurred between 15 and 19 October, was noticed when Eurostar detected an “unauthorised attempt” to hack into its systems and access user accounts. Eurostar emailed customers with the information, stating that it had identified multiple attempts to access eurostar.com accounts using users’ email addresses and passwords.”

Read more at Alphr.

Goodbye, Kepler Space Telescope. 

“NASA’s venerable Kepler space telescope, which discovered nearly 2,700 exoplanets in distant star systems, has officially been retired after finally running out of fuel, the space agency wrote in a statement on Tuesday. When it launched in 2009, it was equipped with “the largest digital camera outfitted for outer space observations at that time,” NASA wrote, and scientists on Earth had very limited knowledge of planets beyond the reach of the solar system.”

Read more at Gizmodo.