Someone Created A Ride In Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 That Will Outlast Our Actual Universe
Have you ever waited for a few hours to ride a popular roller coaster? Perhaps. But I can guarantee you that nobody has ever waited the entire life of the known universe. Well, unless you are the unlucky digital folks stuck on a new wild and complicated Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 creation from YouTuber Marcel Vos.
Released in 2002, Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 is a popular PC theme park builder that is still actively played and modded by players in 2023. But there are also purists who don’t play the game using fancy mods or open-source ports. And Marcel Vos, a popular RCT2 YouTuber, is one of these players who enjoys experimenting with the original 20-year-old version of the game. A few years back he made a coaster that takes 12 years to complete. But now his newest creation — impressively created without mods — is a working roller coaster that will take over 3 quinvigintillion years in real life to complete. Bring some snacks.
To pull off this amazing and hard-to-comprehend task, Marcel Vos first built a really, really, really long roller coaster that had almost no hills or dips. This means the coaster’s train moves very slowly around the entire thing. Then, when it reaches the end, it reverses due to specific ride options. That return trip takes even longer. And it has to take this very long journey seven times before the ride is considered finished. All in all, that ride takes over two years. That’s long, but not the universe-spanning ride the headline of this article promised.
That is achieved via 253 smaller roller coasters that are synced — using in-game options in RCT2 — with the larger, very slow coaster. So once that big roller coaster finishes one ride — which remember takes two years — one of the smaller coasters will start its ride and that coaster is synced to a coaster that will then complete a ride, and so on and so on. What this all means is that by the time you reach the final roller coaster in this nightmare chain, it will take much longer than just two years to complete. In fact, the actual number is so large I can’t even write it all out.
Here’s a picture of it:
Marcel Vos does a good job in the video demonstrating just how impossibly large this number is, pointing out that if you were to count a single atom every year of everything that exists in the known universe, you’d be done right around the time Vos’ “Universe Coaster’’ would finally be ending its hard-to-comprehend journey. Yeah, you definitely want to pack a lot of snacks before hopping on this ride.
If you want to see this bonkers Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 ride yourself, Marcel Vos has graciously released a file you can download and play on your own PC. Just be warned: You won’t be around to actually see the final ride finish its eternal journey through theme park hell.
Microsoft unveils OpenAI-based chat tools for fighting cyberattacks – Financial Post
Microsoft Corp., extending a frenzy of artificial intelligence software releases, is introducing new chat tools that can help cybersecurity teams ward off hacks and clean up after an attack.
The latest of Microsoft’s AI assistant tools — the software giant likes to call them Copilots — uses OpenAI’s new GPT-4 language system and data specific to the security field, the company said Tuesday. The idea is to help security workers more quickly see connections between various parts of a hack, such as a suspicious email, malicious software file or the parts of the system that were compromised.
Microsoft and other security software companies have been using machine-learning techniques to root out suspicious behaviour and spot vulnerabilities for several years. But the newest AI technologies allow for faster analysis and add the ability to use plain English questions, making it easier for employees who may not be experts in security or AI.
That’s important because there’s a shortage of workers with these skills, said Vasu Jakkal, Microsoft’s vice president for security, compliance, identity and privacy. Hackers, meanwhile, have only gotten faster.
“Just since the pandemic, we’ve seen an incredible proliferation,” she said. For example, “it takes one hour and 12 minutes on average for an attacker to get full access to your inbox once a user has clicked on a phishing link. It used to be months or weeks for someone to get access.”
The software lets users pose questions such as: “How can I contain devices that are already compromised by an attack?” Or they can ask the Copilot to list anyone who sent or received an email with a dangerous link in the weeks before and after the breach. The tool can also more easily create reports and summaries of an incident and the response.
Microsoft will start by giving a few customers access to the tool and then add more later. Jakkal declined to say when it would be broadly available or who the initial customers are. The Security Copilot uses data from government agencies and Microsoft’s researchers, who track nation states and cybercriminal groups. To take action, the assistant works with Microsoft’s security products and will add integration with programs from other companies in the future.
As with previous AI releases this year, Microsoft is taking pains to make sure users are well aware the new systems make errors. In a demo of the security product, the chatbot cautioned about a flaw in Windows 9 — a product that doesn’t exist.
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But it’s also capable of learning from users. The system lets customers choose privacy settings and determine how widely they want to share the information it gleans. If they choose, customers can let Microsoft use the data to help other clients, Jakkal said.
“This is going to be a learning system,” she said. “It’s also a paradigm shift: Now humans become the verifiers, and AI is giving us the data.”
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iOS 16.4—Apple Just Gave iPhone Users 33 Reasons To Update Now
Apple’s iOS 16.4 upgrade is finally here, along with a bunch of brilliant new iPhone features. There are also important security reasons to update to iOS 16.4, because the latest iPhone upgrade fixes 33 vulnerabilities, some of which are serious.
Apple doesn’t give much detail about what’s fixed in iOS 16.4, to give as many people the opportunity to update before attackers can get hold of the details.
The iOS 16.4 upgrade fixes two flaws in the Kernel at the heart of the iPhone operating system tracked as CVE-2023-27969 and CVE-2023-27933 that could allow an attacker to execute code. A Sandbox issue tracked as CVE-2023-28178 could allow an app to bypass Privacy preferences, according to Apple’s support page.
Other issues fixed in iOS 16.4 include two vulnerabilities in WebKit, the engine that powers the iPhone maker’s Safari browser. Overall, iOS 16.4 fixes 33 security vulnerabilities in 32 iPhone components, making it the biggest update in a while.
Reasons to update to iOS 16.4
Apple’s last iPhone update—the iOS 16.3.1 upgrade issued in February—was an emergency fix for issues already being used in attacks.
None of the flaws fixed in iOS 16.4 have been used in real life attacks yet, according to Apple, but given the amount of issues, it still makes sense to update as soon as possible.
Apple also released iOS 15.7.4 and iPadOS 15.7.4 for users of older devices.
Experts say some of the bugs fixed in iOS 16.4 could be chained together to form more effective attacks. While the iOS 16.4 security fixes aren’t particularly worrying, it is possible to chain vulnerabilities together to gain root level access to the device, says independent security researcher Sean Wright.
However, Wright concedes that this is a lot harder to do remotely. “Most of the vulnerabilities are either privacy related or require local access—for example installing a malicious app making remote exploitation a lot more difficult.”
At the same time, Kernel level vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 16.4 make Apple’s latest update important, says Wright.
While you don’t need to panic, the issues fixed in iOS 16.4 make updating to the latest iPhone software a priority. You know what to do—go to your Settings > General > Software Update and upgrade to iOS 16.4 now to keep your iPhone safe.
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