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10-13-12, 12:30 PM
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/458-italia-assembly1.jpg Workers assemble the engine for a Ferrari 458 Italia, which uses direct injection.
Ferrari (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F4uSn-0Qfjg)

This week Ars talked about ambitious projects; some that were still in their infancy and others that were finally coming to fruition. One of the biggest projects, SpaceX's Dragon, berthed with the International Space Station this week. It was Dragon's second docking with the ISS ever, and quite a logistical feat. We also found¬*the best "trolling the scammers" stories on the Internet: not only is it not an easy task for a fraud to scam someone into placing malware on their computer, but it's also an undertaking for serious "scam trolls" who sometimes dedicate hours to ¬*getting the last laugh from "tech support."

Authors¬*Jonathan Gitlin and Kyle Niemeyer took a look at another engineering puzzle: making auto engines twice as fuel¬*efficient by 2025. And we talked about ambition on a macro-scale in a story about a mold that stores external memories of where it's been. Take a look at the list below and see if there's anything you missed from this week.

SpaceX Dragon capsule berths with space station (http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/10/spacex-dragon-capsule-docks-with-space-station/)
Dragon spacecraft will remain docked for a few weeks before bringing back cargo.
Wing Commander's Chris Roberts returns to gaming with ambitious MMO (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/10/wing-commanders-chris-roberts-returns-to-gaming-with-ambitious-mmo/)
Legendary designer says project could "change the way people perceive games for the PC."
"Can you fix my Windows 95 computer?": How to troll a tech support scammer (http://arstechnica.com/features/2012/10/can-you-fix-my-windows-95-computer-how-to-troll-a-tech-support-scammer/)
The Internet gets mad‚??and hilarious‚??in exposing an obnoxious tech-related scam.
The road ahead: How we'll get to 54.5 mpg by 2025 (http://arstechnica.com/features/2012/10/the-road-ahead-how-well-get-to-54-5-mpg-by-2025/)
Obama wants to double the avg. fuel efficiency next decade‚??tough, but doable.
Organism without a brain creates external memories for navigation (http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/10/organism-without-a-brain-creates-external-memories-for-navigation/)
The slime mold stores a record of where it's been using, well, slime.
Microsoft Research gives Kinect-style controls the fingers (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/10/microsoft-research-gives-kinect-style-controls-the-fingers/)
Digits project's precise finger tracking could revolutionize game controls.
What "The Chronicles of George" can teach us about technical support (http://arstechnica.com/features/2012/10/what-the-chronicles-of-george-can-teach-us-about-technical-support/)
There's bad communication and lots of resentment on BOTH sides of the phone line.
Apple's Lightning authentication allegedly broken by Chinese manufacturers (http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/10/apples-lightning-authentication-allegedly-broken-by-chinese-manufacturers/)
This could lead to lower-cost third-party cables and accessories for iPhone 5.
Canonical asks desktop users to "pay what you think Ubuntu is worth" (http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/10/canonical-asks-desktop-users-to-pay-what-you-think-ubuntu-is-worth/)
Optional donation page lets users choose which parts of Ubuntu get funded.
Review: Free, open source VirtualBox lags behind VMware and Parallels (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/10/virtualbox-is-free-and-open-source-but-lags-behind-vmware-and-parallels/)
Poor 3D support and lack of OS integration features hurt VirtualBox the most.
Court rules book scanning is fair use, suggesting Google Books victory (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/10/court-rules-book-scanning-is-fair-use-suggesting-google-books-victory/)
Judge rules for Google's library partners in lawsuit brought by Authors Guild.
Do it "on the Internet," get a patent, sue an industry‚??it still works (http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/10/do-it-on-the-internet-get-a-patent-sue-an-industry-it-still-works/)
At Texas trial, a defunct dot-com wrangles royalties from a swath of e-commerce.
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