ISR conducts Minecraft bomb tests

Rathlyn, HB, Nov 13 – The Institute of Scientific Research (ISR) has confirmed it has begun conducting tests on the popular computer game Minecraft in order to determine the strength and usability of conventional TNT weapons. Tests began last night on the ISR-A map with small parcels of TNT at first, followed by larger and more complex detonations, in a move to understand the power of the game’s TNT blocks and the best uses and methods for explosives. Some detonations were built to replicate the power of an atomic bomb, although as yet damage has been restricted to a fairly confined … Continue reading ISR conducts Minecraft bomb tests

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Eclipse sees Sirocco (almost) go dark

Alston, NCD, Nov 14 – Siroccans today almost saw a total solar eclipse, the first of its kind in Siroccan history, and an event not to occur again until July 22, 2028. In Alston, residents began gathering in the Alston Domain shortly after 10am to witness the eclipse. At around ten minutes past ten, the Institute of Scientific Research unveiled a pinhole projector it had built this morning for the event, to much interest. Labelled the “ISR Eclipse Viewing Apparatus Model A-1”, it was provided to allow safe viewing of this morning’s eclipse. Locals noted how dim the light became … Continue reading Eclipse sees Sirocco (almost) go dark

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Windows Neptune, NT 4.0 added to Centre

Alston, NCD, Aug 11 – A little over a year since the National Centre of Computing’s foundation, the museum has gained copies of two rare Windows operating systems – NT 4.0 and Neptune. The rare operating systems from the mid-late 1990s had been on the Centre’s radar for some time after the “mainstream” operating systems (DOS/3.1, 95, 98, 2000 and Me) had been acquired. The Windows NT 4.0 installation is part of an initiative to document the original four Windows NT systems (3.1, 3.5, 3.51 and 4.0). Windows NT 3.51 holds special significance because of its version number – 3.51 is … Continue reading Windows Neptune, NT 4.0 added to Centre

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Sirocco begins scientific research

Alston, NCD, Aug 5 – Sirocco has joined the search for extraterrestrial life, the bid to break an unresolved Enigma message and the hunt for threats to Earth from outer space with the foundation of the Institute of Scientific Research (ISR) today. The government today switched on the BOINC program on the Diesel 386, its most powerful computer and Sirocco’s largest server, linking the state to the SETI@home, Enigma@Home and Orbit@home efforts, which scan the skies for radio signals not originating from Earth, attempt to break an uncracked German U-boat message sent in 1942 and search for near-Earth hazards posed by meteorites in space. Premier Daniel Anderson … Continue reading Sirocco begins scientific research

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