Possibly the most loved and used fighting knife in the world, the Fairbain-Sykes Fighting Knife is a stilletto daggar designed and produced during WWII for commando troops and still used to this day. The knife was designed for a precise grip and a long thin blade that could go through a Soviet Army greatcoat to the ribs and slice, rather than tear, for faster death.
The knife's history
worth a small book alone
, but the two men who invented it also helped invent modern police fighting and close combat, and probably inspired Q from James Bond. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah
on Jun 30, 2014 -
is a new steganography tool
by Bram Cohen
of BitTorrent fame designed to “vastly simplify the implementation of new steganographic techniques, and allow a universal decoder and encoding of multiple messages to different keys in the same file.” In particular, DissidentX allows encoding multiple plain texts into the same cover text with different keys, so called deniable encryption
posted by jeffburdges
on Jan 16, 2014 -
Ares was a science-fiction and fantasy-oriented game magazine
that only lasted for 17 issues and two special editions in the early 1980s. Each issue included a short story, game reviews and designer's notes, plus a complete game. The magazine was first published by Simulations Publications, Inc
. (SPI), then TSR
when they acquired SPI
. TSR folded Ares
magazine, and finally killed off the line all-together. Recently, One Small Step Games has been talking about resurrecting Ares
, but until then, Archive.org can take you back to the '80s, with scans of those issues to view and download
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Independent coders remake Origin's Privateer.
Once upon a time, Wing Commander and Free Enterprise had a beautiful baby.
Then the dastardly Electronic Arts killed Origin Systems
, the maker of the Wing Commander and Privateer series. The townspeople trembled in fear. From where would come their salvation? Sure, they had Freelancer,
but you couldn't even use a joystick with that game! For a long time, it looked like the decent HOTAS
and Sci Fi loving populace would be doomed to wander stickless through the desert of action oriented Space Simulation games, when Lo! from the far away land of Independent Game Makers came the 1.0 release of the Privateer remake for Linux, Windows and OS X simultaneously.
And the people played it, and it was good. [via /.] [more inside]
posted by shmegegge
on Mar 7, 2005 -
is the history of a secret, independent US intelligence-gathering group which preceded (and outlasted) the OSS. Shuffled from Cabinet to Cabinet to the CIA, it eventually ran aground against the infighting of McCarthy's Red Scare hearings and was no more by 1955.
posted by trondant
on Feb 2, 2005 -