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the strangest things in computing in ‘Stranger Things’, with source code time travel

The current season 4 of Stranger Things It is the best in the series so far, as our colleagues at Espinof explain. But at least in its technological section, this season has left us some ‘strange things’as inexplicable as the plot of the series itself.

Everything revolves around the interface and code used by Suzie, the hacker and radio amateur girlfriend of Dustin, one of the protagonists of the series. To that, and to the fact that this season of the series it is set in 1986 and that —despite the rumors that spread after the end of the third season— officially the plot does not include time travel.

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The graphic environment that you see in the photo is Amiga Workbench 1.0 (later renamed AmigaOS, with ‘Workbench’ designating just the file manager). This version was released in 1985, which would be compatible with its presence in this season.

However, what does cause great surprise is the presence in the editor window of that c# code (the key word ‘use’ to import namespaces gives it away). And it is that C # would not be launched by Microsoft until the year 2000, 14 years later.

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But that reference to SQL-Server It doesn’t add up either: Sybase SQL Server wouldn’t hit the market until 1987, and Microsoft’s version wouldn’t arrive until a year later. Worse still is the presence of ‘LINQ’ (Language Integrated Query), a component of the .NET platform that was not introduced until version 3.5 (2007). Plus: TurboC++also mentioned, did not come onto the market until 1990.

We don’t quite understand that code: as soon as we jump from C# programming to HTML/CSS/PHP code. But it’s not the most incomprehensible part of ‘Stranger Things’ either, so we’re not going to overthink the mix either. However, a nice stew of web development Technologys has been set up for us by those responsible for the series…


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HTML dates back to 1993 (before that it wouldn’t have made much sense: the World Wide Web didn’t even exist yet!), and the PHP (a language that allows you to create dynamic websites) would not be released until 1995. But the IFRAME tags would not be incorporated into the HTML standard until 1997, and we put it in capital letters because that’s how it was encoded in HTML at the time.

In regards to the CSS technology (cascading style sheets), it would not debut until 1996, but the specific use of the FlexBox layout model (that “display:flex” gives it away) allows us to date the code, at the earliest, to the year 2009.

Strangely, there is no mention of the HTTP protocol in the code, but there is HTTPS. Since the acronym stands for ‘Home TV Streaming Protocol’it does not seem very risky to say that it is another time-traveling technology that did not exist in 1986 either. Finally, the domain could not exist before 1997, when it was given control over country code domains .NU to Niue, a territory with half a thousand inhabitants in the middle of the South Pacific.


And if you wonder where those responsible for the series could have ‘copypasted’ the code from, the answer also lies hidden within it, specifically in tags like ‘wm-toolbar’ either ‘wm-logo’; from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine!

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This open-source tool allows you to scale any image and video for free with AI: this is how Video2X works

if what you are looking for a free and easy to use tool for scaling images and videos, you have come to the right place. And it is that the app that we are going to talk about next is open source and it makes use of your computer’s hardware to increase the resolution of any image or video, very useful for those occasions in which we have photos or videos of better quality.

Video2X makes use of the capabilities of our graphics card to scale images and videos in poor quality. Besides, supports multiple formats, so it will be very useful to also scale GIFs or videos in MP4, MKV and more formats. Under these lines we show you how it works.

A free tool to scale images and videos

To use this tool, all you have to do is go to its official Github page and download its latest version. Once the ZIP file is obtained, we unzip and we will have a folder with two executable files and other dependencies. In our case we will choose the file ‘video2x_gui.exe‘, since it has a graphical interface to proceed with the scaling.

If you look closely, you will find a lot of options. However, the tool works without applying any initial configuration. Just select the file from your computer via the ‘Select File’ option and then select the output path of the file from the ‘Output’ section. You can also modify the output name in the bottom text box.

After having configured the previous steps, we select ‘Start’ and the process will start automatically. You should know that the scaling process will be long, especially for videos, since it makes use of our graphics card for it. Even if you have a decent graphics card (in our case we used an RTX 3080), depending on the size of the video it could take several hours.

To testify to the qualities of this tool, its creators have uploaded several videos on YouTube that show the quality of the scaling, like this trailer for ‘Spirited Away’, which goes from 360p to 4K.

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To scale the files, Video2X makes use of various techniques and algorithms. Through its documentation we can obtain information about which technique to use when scaling a file. For example, if we use ‘Anime4K’, the process will be faster than if we select ‘Waifu2x’, although the quality will be lower. However, if we use ‘realsr-ncnn-vulkan’, the process will be extremely slow, but the quality will be much better.

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The techniques described above rely on frame interpolation processes, machine learning and artificial intelligence, which is why good hardware is required to complete the scaling efficiently. However, in case we do not have a decent graphics card, we can always make use of Google Colab and use a powerful graphics through the cloud to carry out the process.

Although we have mentioned before that the tool works without the need to enter the configuration section at any time, it is worth taking a look at all the options, since we will find sections to modify the level of noise applied, the size, quality and cropping of the file and much more. These options can be modified for each driver used.

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This app beeps every time your browser sends data to Google. And it’s non-stop

Bert Hubert —developer, creator of PowerDNS and online privacy activist— has presented an application with which he intends to show how much data our computer sends to Google throughout a browsing session. And, so that we keep it in mind at all times, and we can relate what kind of actions trigger said shipments, alerts us by beeping every time this happens.


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That e-mail that has come to you asking for a quote is the first step in a cyberattack

The Central Information Security Brigade of the National Police has issued an alert about a recent wave of cyberattacks directed against Spanish architecture companies (but which “may expand to other sectors in the future”) through a ransomware campaign that they describe as “of high sophistication”.

This attack, which resorts to spoofing, is using Scam emails posing as Fotoprix companya well-known photographic company.

Cyber ​​criminals send messages from a fake domain, “”, requesting budgets for reforms in their facilities. The sophistication of this strategy lies in the fact that the messages are extremely consistent and appear to be legitimate, which reduces the suspicions of the victims.

After several email exchanges, the attackers propose to set up a meeting to finalize the budget. However, before the meeting, they send the victims an attachment containing details about the alleged reform.

By downloading and running this file In their systems, company terminals are automatically encrypted, leaving victims without access to their files and data.

Once the files are encrypted, cybercriminals demand a rescue to unlock the data. Instructions for making the ransom payment are included in a text file that is copied to affected systems.

This extortion tactic is characteristic of other ransomware attacks, where attackers seek financial gain in exchange for restoring access to victims’ files.

The high level of sophistication of the campaign makes it difficult for victims to suspect the hoax until they have already been affected.



Tips to consider

The Central Cybercrime Unit of the National Police continues to work to track and contain this threat, but it is essential that companies remain vigilant and take proactive measures to protect themselves against these types of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

Faced with this situation, the Police have developed the following basic recommendations to avoid being a victim of these attacks:

  1. Beware of unknown emails: Do not open e-mails from unknown senders or those that have not been previously requested.
  2. Avoid suspicious downloads: Do not download email attachments from unknown senders.
  3. Keep systems up to date: Always keep the operating system and antivirus software updated to mitigate possible vulnerabilities.
  4. Make backups: Make backup copies periodically and in independent systems, so that in the event of an attack the data can be recovered without the need to accept the payment of any ransom.

Via | Ministry of the Interior

Image | Marcos Merino through AI

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