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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack 159

Posted by timothy
from the no-fun-for-you dept.
mrspoonsi writes Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network [were] down this morning, apparently due to a denial-of-service attack. The notorious hacking group Lizard Squad — which already carried out earlier attacks on Microsoft and Sony — has claimed responsibility on Twitter for these latest outages. While the group's role in all of this remains unconfirmed, it's worth noting that the group threatened last week to take down Xbox Live and PSN, according to Business Insider. And again, Lizard Squad has already proven it can successfully pull off such attacks, not to mention other malicious pranks.

Whatever the cause, the timing is obviously terrible: Plenty of people surely received one of the two consoles as Christmas presents today, while many more gamers would have happily spent the afternoon in front of the TV. In the meantime, both Sony and Microsoft have acknowledged the problem, with Sony issuing a tweet and Microsoft posting a message on its support website: "We're working to address this as quickly as we possibly can," reads its status website. "Thanks for your patience, Xbox members." In an email, a Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment further or say when the company expects to restore service. We've also asked Sony to comment and will update this post if and when it does.
The Xbox Live status page says service remains "limited," and the Playstation Network is listed as offline.

Comment: Re:Still a niche company (Score 4, Interesting) 111

by Herkum01 (#48326161) Attached to: Tesla Delays Launch of Model X Until Q3 2015

What makes it a risky investment, in my opinion, is the fact that once the production/price/market variables become favorable for the technology, the big companies will be able to scale it at a much lower cost, as that is what they are good at.

I very much doubt that Tesla is going to outsource its manufacturing for key components. It is going to keep those in house, and it will be expensive in the near future, but they will not have worry about competitors getting cheap access to those components. Too many of the current car companies are focused upon assembling a car; they are not engineering huge advantages in technology or going in new directions.

Tesla is going to have these guys beat for no other reason than they are going to sit on their hands until it is too late. If you want a better explanation, they are going to have engineer their own product and manufacturing of specialty parts. They don't seem interesting in committing to electric cars now and when Tesla is big enough to be mainstream it will still take them 3 to 5 years to get their own product out the door.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 2, Interesting) 720

How the hell this even gets marks as informative is beyond me.

  1. I would love to see the facts that most minimum wage holders belong to middle class households. Especially considering the middle class has been shrinking for years
  2. Many businesses that pay minimum wage are doing so because they can get away with it. A great example is Best Buy, I know the poor are not walking in there to $3000 TV with their paycheck.
  3. Most people are poor because a significant amount of money totally out of circulation from the general public. With a reduced money supply you have greater poverty

For you naysayers who want to mark down my post, my list has as many facts as the parent, if that tells you anything.

Comment: Re:Possible sequence (Score 1) 171

by Herkum01 (#48075703) Attached to: Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

6) Apples turns around and buys company with a discount for the debt owed.

Why you ask? The stock at at 10 before today and 20 not that long ago. At 10, the company is 1.43 Billion dollars. So they get the whole thing for 600 million. If they had try to outright buy them, it could have easily cost 2 Billion dollars.

Lucky I don't work for Apple, because that is what I would have done and that would truly be Evil.

Comment: Re:The "old boys' club" (Score 1) 335

by Herkum01 (#48011211) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

Considering they were offering test drives, I fail to see where they are selling a retail motor vehicle, at least at this point in time.

The question, from the above code that a manufacturer or importer cannot be licensed as a vehicle dealer is discriminatory and whether that is beneficial to the public. Depending on the judge and interpretation of the law, if no public good can be established it can be a reason to overturn a law.

Comment: Re:Goldman Sachs All Throughout the Obama Admin (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by Herkum01 (#48005265) Attached to: The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

Warren Buffet, a government employee and/or consultant? Please

Warren Buffet has probably one of the few people who has always gotten the best of Goldman Sach's because whenever they really fuck things over, he squeezed them for top of the line deals. Pretty much what Goldman Sach's did to anyone else given half the chance.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 410

We tax whatever we want to tax, there is no magic line that we cannot cross if we don't want too. We can AND DO tax wealth all the time. It is called property taxes. We also have DEATH taxes, or in reality an inheritance tax. To discourage excessive wealth accumulation.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.