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Submission + - Sniffing Browser History Without Javascript (

Ergasiophobia writes: "I'm just going to quote the page itself here, as it gives a pretty good description.

It actually works pretty simply — it is simpler than the Javascript implementation. All it does is load a page (in a hidden Iframe) which contains lots of links. If a link is visited, a background (which isn't really a background) is loaded as defined in the CSS. The "background" image will log the information, and then store it (and, in this case, it is displayed to you). Is a demonstration of a method to find out the browsing history of a visitor to a website, no javascript required. It seems the only drawbacks to this method are the increased load on your browser, and that it requires a list of websites to check against."

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Left 4 Dead 2 Announced at E3 with Trailer (

hansamurai writes: "Left 4 Dead 2 has been announced at E3 by Microsoft and a trailer for the game has surfaced. The game will be released November 17, 2009, just a year after the first. Gameplay changes include a new focus on melee weapons, especially the iconic anti-zombie weapon, the chainsaw. The cast of characters is brand new but appears to take place during the same zombie outbreak."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 beats Wii in Japan for second month running (

GamesOption writes: "Sony's console once again tops Nintendo's once-unstoppable platform in the two companies' home country, reports Enterbrain. Since last year, the Wii and DS have been the two top-selling platforms in the US, according to sales figures from the NPD Group. However, Nintendo's reign appears to be coming to an end in Japan, where both its console and handhelds are locked in a fierce battle with rival devices from Sony. On the portable front, the PSP beat the DSi on the Media Create sales charts last week, 41,200 units to 37,500 units. However, the DS Lite sold 6,400 units, bringing the total DS sales to 43,900 units. ess closely contested is the console matchup, which saw the Wii lose to the PlayStation 3 for the second month in a row in April. According to sales figures provided to Reuters by Enterbrain, the industry-tracking company that publishes Famitsu magazine, the PS3 sold 108,530 units in Japan in the four weeks before April 26-down from 146,948 the month before. By contrast, the Wii sold just 67,116 units of the Wii, down from its 99,335 March total-a 63 percent fall from March 2008. More..."

Submission + - Expect Wii HD 'upgrade' in '10 (

GamesOption writes: "Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter tells investors to expect a high-definition version of Nintendo's console next year, but believes publisher investment will put off next hardware generation. Although Sony's PlayStation 2 is holding up remarkably well nine years on, game-console life cycles traditionally last around four to five years. However, if one of the leading US game-industry analysts is to be believed, the current crop of consoles won't be succeeded as soon as their forbearers. Although the Xbox 360 was released in 2005 and the Wii and PlayStation 3 arrived in 2006, Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter said that we shouldn't expect truly new consoles in 2010 or 2011. "We do not expect the 'next' generation to begin before 2013, if at all," he said. The latter part of his comment may be in reference to new technologies that may disrupt the console model, such as the OnLive cloud-computing game network revealed at this year's Game Developers Conference. "We remain convinced that the publishers will resist the introduction of any video game hardware technology that requires a refresh of software, as the publishers have as yet to capitalize on the immense investments made in being competitive in the current cycle," Pachter continued. "We therefore think it is likely that the 'next' generation will begin after 2013, meaning that software sales are likely to grow by a compounded annual rate of 6-10 percent for another five years. Because R&D costs are likely to flatten out with the benefits of a learning curve, we expect earnings leverage as the publishers are able to exploit R&D investments. In brief, we think that investors have it wrong so far this cycle, and think that investment in video game publishers will bear fruit for many years." One thing Pachter does expect next year, though, is "the long-rumored high-definition Wii, which is likely to upgrade the Wii to current console technology." Last year, similar rumors circulated about a HD Wii, but those pegged the device as arriving in 2011."
Portables (Games)

Submission + - HEN TIFF exploit cracks PSP-3000 open for homebrew

indrora writes: "The PSP community was rocked hard this weekend by the HEN Homebrew Enabler from developers Davee and Bubbletune. One of their friends on the Team Typhoon development team posted a YouTube video showing proof of the TIFF Exploit running on Firmware 5.03, changing firmware version and MAC address for a reboot. This comes after a picture of gpSP running on a PSP-3000 via the HEN Exploit.
From the article:

First things first: No, Davee hasn't finished the HEN yet. Which means it isn't out yet. What we do have today is some visual confirmation that the HEN can indeed run emulators, in this case the GBA emulator gpSP.

And the more recent article showing the exploit demo video:

Be patient, everyone. Davee's HEN Kernel exploit will eventually arrive given time. To tide over that wait, here's a little video demonstrating the 5.03 HEN in action. This one was posted by Granite, one of the beta testers of Davee (Team Typhoon).

"This is a demo of the 5.03 firmware running the tiff exploit and booting into a HEN environment on a PSP 2003 (3000 Support also) on 5.03 Official Firmware. This proves that the code survives a reboot and the system software and MAC address can be changed. This is something that only can be done with a kernel exploit. A video launching homebrew will be posted later."

Hopefully, We'll have PSP-3000's playing Homebrew games and running PSP uCLinux."

The Military

Submission + - Six Days in Fallujah Dropped Amid Controversy (

eldavojohn writes: Konami has killed development of Six Days in Fallujah--a controversial game about a conflict in 2004 as part of the Iraq War. There was no end to the controversy of this game. One of the developers even hinted at contacting insurgents for information to make the game more real which of course drew a lot of criticism. Dan Rosenthal, a blogger and veteran of the Iraq War, gave this insightful analysis of Konami's situation: 'In order to make the game fun... it simply has to sacrifice some amount of realism for fun factor. When you do that with a war game based on a real war, with real people, you run the risk of dishonoring their memories and sacrifices, and I think that this game has a dangerous potential to do that.' Are we approaching a virtual reality in games that is just too real or did we pass that point long ago? Is this a "communication" of the real conflict to uninformed citizens or a cheap PR stunt to sell sell sell?

I've got a bad feeling about this.