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DDoS attacks can definitely be irritating when they affect your favorite websites or have an impact on overall internet performance, but could they or would they ever be classified as weapons? Mike Rugnetta from The Idea Channel discusses the topic in this video.

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No matter the foes or crises he has faced, Iron Man has always been tough enough to live up to his heroic name and persevere. Toughen up your Nexus 7′s screen with a visual ‘iron supplement’ from the first in our series of Iron Man Wallpaper collections.

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It has been one Earth year since NASA’s Curiosity Rover touched down on Mars, so NASA has put together an awesome video with 500+ images from the mission to celebrate this milestone. The photos are from a ‘rover’s eye point of view’ showing Curiosity driving around, scooping, and drilling during its first year of work.

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Do you ever have those moments when curiosity for the sake of fun gets a hold of you? Perhaps that curiosity gets focused on computer-related “what ifs”, such as how well a very old operating system would do if used with today’s modern apps and web? Nazmus Shakib Khandaker decided to find out how well Windows 98 could and would do in 2013.

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The moon Titan holds a unique distinction…it is the only other known ‘object’ in our solar system with a dense atmosphere and stable bodies of surface liquid. Unlike Earth though, there are no waves on Titan. This mystery has planetary scientists baffled and on a quest to understand this incredible phenomenon.

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Are you just getting started with learning PowerShell or tired of looking up less frequently used commands? Then this terrific set of PowerShell quick reference guides from Microsoft is just what you need!

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While we all realize that our solar system is large, we may not have a good idea of just how huge it actually is. Enter the folks from ‘It’s Okay to be Smart’ with the outdoor solar system model they put together for this video. It will give you a whole new appreciation for the distances involved should we ever start traveling to our neighboring planets.

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Windows 8.1 bought some of the more common folders to the top of the “This PC” window. Having used Windows since its inception, we find this looks odd and sought to fix it.

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Two years ago we shared a wonderful collection of beautiful fractal art wallpapers with you and today we are back with a whole new set. Bring a unique visual experience to your desktop with the second in our series of Fractal Art Wallpaper collections.

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Shouting ‘Fus Ro Dah’ at your opponents in Skyrim and watching them fly backwards through the air is pretty awesome, but what would the power of such a shout be like in real life? Vsauce3 looks at the effect an actual ‘Fus Ro Dah’ shout would have on a person’s body as well as what a stronger version would be capable of doing.

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If you were one of the people worried that Windows 7 would be left behind with regard to Internet Explorer 11, then you will definitely feel better after today’s news. Microsoft has just released a developer preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 32 and 64 bit operating systems.

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How much of an impact has science fiction had on modern day technology? You might be surprised! SciShow looks at four wonderful inventions that were inspired by science fiction in this terrific video.

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Do you love gazing at images taken by various research craft traveling through our solar system? Then you will definitely enjoy this photographic treat from NASA showing our home planet from Saturn and Mercury!

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We all delete files on our computers and mobile devices every day, but where do those deleted files actually go? Are they still there in some form? Can they actually be recovered? Is the recovery process difficult? Vsauce discusses the topic in this excellent ‘explainer’ video.

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of laying in the grass on a warm summer’s night and looking up at star filled skies, letting your thoughts drift as they may while relaxing and daydreaming. Add some star-powered goodness to your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Starry Skies Wallpaper collections.

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Are you tired of having to manually remove the utm_source tracking section of URLs before you share or bookmark them? Then you can happily say goodbye to that irksome nuisance with the au-revoir-utm extension for Firefox!

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If your main language is not English, you may have set your PC’s input setting to something else. On Windows 7, this was a per application setting, however that changed on Windows 8.

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Transistors are an important, integral part of all the electronic devices we love to use every day, but how do they work? Veritasium discusses the science of semi-conductor materials, doping with impurities, gates, and depletion layers that make transistor technology possible.

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Windows 8.1 brings us Internet Explorer 11. To maximize screen real estate, they decided to hide your open tabs and address bar by default. Here is how to get them showing.

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Have you been wanting to try out the new Google Maps preview that everyone has been talking about? Then you will definitely love this bit of good news! Google has made the new Maps preview available to all users starting this week.

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Digitally signed drivers include an electronic fingerprint that indicates which company the driver was produced by as well as an indication as to whether the driver has been modified since the company released it. This increases security, as a signed driver that has been modified will no longer have an intact signature. Drivers are signed using code signing certificates.

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If you are one of the people who has been looking forward to having a better user name for a Yahoo account, then now is the time to hurry on over to the wish list website and register your preferred selections.

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Are we actually ready for an encounter with aliens? That depends on which organization or government group you are dealing with. Vsauce discusses the possibilities and looks at how S.E.T.I. would be the first source nearly everyone would look to for guidance.

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Regardless of size or the materials used to build them, each bridge is an individual work of art. Add lights to them at night and they rise to a whole new level of beauty. Bring these architectural wonders of the night to your desktop with the second in our series of Bridges at Night Wallpaper collections.

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We have all heard the same advice about choosing strong, secure passwords, never re-using passwords for multiple accounts, and more when managing our own sets of passwords. But what methods do the tech industry’s top security experts use? Ars Technica decided to find out by interviewing five well known individuals from the tech industry.

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