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Comment: Re:How could they not progress against a known thr (Score 5, Informative) 206

by Firewing1 (#34531230) Attached to: Has Progress Been Made In Fighting DDoS Attacks?
According to the Anonymous press release two days ago, they never launched an attack against Amazon:

After this piece of news circulated, parts of Anonymous on Twitter asked for to betargetted. The attack never occured.

After the attack was so advertised in the media, we felt that it would affect people such as consumers in a negative way and make them feel threatened by Anonymous. Simply put, attacking a major online retailer when people are buying presents for their loved ones, would be in bad taste.


Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games? 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the nobody-needed-to-frag-each-other-while-stomping-koopas dept.
hornedrat writes "Gamepro discusses the idea that modern games put too much emphasis on multiplayer, and that players aren't as concerned about it as developers think. 'The current environment encourages developers to unnecessarily toss multiplayer into their games without caring about it — or even considering whether anyone will bother playing it. It’s like they're checking an invisible quota box that demands multiplayer's inclusion.' Personally I agree that too much emphasis is placed on competitive multiplayer. I play online, but only with my brother in games that allow co-operative modes, like Rainbow Six: Vegas and ARMA 2. 'My point isn't that developers shouldn't try and conquer Halo or Call of Duty. We'd never have any progress in this industry if developers didn't compete. Game companies, however, should think carefully about what they want their games to be, and more important, gamers should consider what they want. If a developer wants to eclipse Halo, then by all means, pour that effort into a multiplayer mode that's different.' I would be interested to know how many gamers really care about the multiplayer components of the games they buy."

Comment: Re:The legal system is unfair (Score 3, Informative) 270

by Firewing1 (#30734708) Attached to: How To Judge Legal Risk When Making a Game Clone?
They didn't just mimic a public API... they included a statically linked version of MySQL without releasing their derived code under the GPL as well:

The product contains MySQL[tm] under GPL and Gemini. Gemini is statically linked to the MySQL code. This means that Gemini needs to be under GPL as well, but it is not.

Comment: dd + ice cubes? (Score 1) 399

by Firewing1 (#28185213) Attached to: What Data Recovery Tools Do the Pros Use?
You might think it's a bit of an odd combo, but ice cubes and dd has worked multiple times for me when attempting to recover data from a laptop's internal disk. It's a bit trickier with internal disks since you can't get the circuit boards wet, but it's still possible... This is the dd command I use:

dd if=/dev/sda of="/Path/To/Output/Image.img" bs=512 conv=noerror &
pid=$! ; while ps $pid > /dev/null;do kill -SIGUSR1 $pid;sleep 15;done

Gives you a nice status report every 15 seconds. If you're doing this on OS X, use "-s SIGINFO" instead of "-SIGUSR1".

"If a computer can't directly address all the RAM you can use, it's just a toy." -- anonymous comp.sys.amiga posting, non-sequitir