Weekend tech reading: Full-sized Lego X-Wing Fighter, Xbox used games won't have a fee, Intel tablets incoming

By on May 26, 2013, 1:16 PM

Full-Sized LEGO X-Wing Fighter This is the world’s largest LEGO model at 11-feet tall, 43-feet long, and with a 44-foot wingspan. It's made of over five-million LEGO bricks (5,335,200 to be exact), weighs 45,979.61 pounds (including bricks and steel infrastructure), and took 32 builders 17,336 hours (about four months) to construct. And yes, it has an R2 unit in it. IGN

Xbox One games will require regular authentication checks, used games won't have a fee The Xbox One will not require gamers to pay a fee to reactivate a used game, but it will require a regular online spot check to verify the authenticity of games being played, according to sources familiar with the system. Polygon

Java developer says he built, launched basic open source office suite in 30 days Called Joeffice, it works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux as well as in browsers, according to the developer, Anthony Goubard. It includes a very basic word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program and database software, Goubard said. Network World

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted running Intel’s Atom processor Enter Intel. The company’s more recent dual-core Atom chips offer substantially better performance and efficiency than its earlier attempts. Intel is still struggling to make inroads against the likes of Qualcomm and Nvidia, but it has scored some big wins with Motorola, Lenovo, and Asus — who also picked the Atom for an Android tablet project. Geek

Google to Fund, Develop Wireless Networks in Emerging Markets These wireless networks would serve areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to dwellers outside of major cities where wired Internet connections aren't available, said people familiar with the strategy. The networks also could be used to improve Internet speeds in urban centers, these people said. WSJ

Microsoft and Google now "working together" on YouTube Windows Phone app There's been a war of words between Microsoft and Google over the release of Microsoft's revamped YouTube app for Windows Phone for the last couple of weeks. Today, it looks like the two companies have finally called a truce, but at the expense of the new app. Neowin

Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio Having solved all of the state's other problems, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill outlawing that most foul of societal ills: the internet café. The Register

New Computer Attacks Traced to Iran, Officials Say American officials and corporate security experts examining a new wave of potentially destructive computer attacks striking American corporations, especially energy firms, say they have tracked the attacks back to Iran. NY Times




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psycros psycros said:

The ONLY information we have from Microsoft clearly indicates that used games WILL need to be re-purchased at full price, and not just for each account but for EVERY XB1 that you wish to play on. Please stop propagating disinformation.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

That's a lot of lego bricks.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

The ONLY information we have from Microsoft clearly indicates that used games WILL need to be re-purchased at full price, and not just for each account but for EVERY XB1 that you wish to play on. Please stop propagating disinformation.

There is no clear information, but they have denied that it will be the full amount. And I believe that only 1 account needs the full game to work on the x1 being used, the "every account" sounds nuts... even for MS.

treetops treetops said:

I said it before and Ill say it again they better make a easy way to plug your phone into your console and give it the internet if they don't to want fail with always on connection, or occasional connection.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Illegal internet cafes in the land of the free. Sounds about right.

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This is the world's largest LEGO model at 11-feet tall, 43-feet long, and with a 44-foot wingspan. It's made of over five-million LEGO bricks (5,335,200 to be exact), weighs 45,979.61 pounds (including bricks and steel infrastructure), and took 32 builders...
This just goes to prove if you can latch on to any idea that's either pointless, inane, or flat out stupid, then do it to its ultimate extreme, you too can join the "elite" in the "Guiness Book of World Records". At close to 50,000 pounds, a real one could probably be built to weigh less.

Although, its weight and massively underpowered problems notwithstanding, I suppose you could roll the 'ol Imperial Star destroyer over to ninety degrees, and just let it fall out of the launch tube.*nerd*

This just in:

Having solved all of the state's other problems, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill outlawing that most foul of societal ills: the internet café.

Of course there was dissent:

"Today it is my privilege to give the eulogy for the 6,000 to 8,000 people that will be put out of work by the adoption of this measure," Seitz said upon House Bill 7's passage.
What I'm even more concerned about, is the number of FBI agents posing a 13 year old girls in internet chat rooms, that this bill will put out of work...:oops:

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

At close to 50,000 pounds, a real one could probably be built to weigh less.

Oh no he didn't! Cranky just tossed in the REAL X-Wing card to the idea pot. Please let this come true.

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Would you settle for an RC flying model of a TIE fighter?

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

@Xbox: Still convinced that both were on the table until Microsoft saw the reaction

@LEGO: I'd love to see a USS Enterprise made with LEGOs

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

@LEGO: I'd love to see a USS Enterprise made with LEGOs
You'll have to settle for an RC flying model also:

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

X-Wing, Cranky. X-Wing.

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Spyder, I laughed until I cried and couldn't breath, then I laughed some more

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