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Comment: Re:Why is that legal? (Score 1) 520

by Malevolyn (#29606425) Attached to: Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew
So long as Nintendo's updates focus completely on piracy, instead of adding new features to the Wii, I'm going to continue pirating their games. I'm not ashamed to say it. Same goes for my DS. I may be part of the problem, but it doesn't seem like there's any way to be part of the solution. How many of the last major updates for the Wii have been focused primarily on preventing homebrew? All but one? The only one I can think of is the 4.0 update, which did try and stop homebrew, but also added the SD card channel support.

Way to go, Nintendo. We all must be criminals. Then again, I'm pretty bitter...

Comment: Re:So they're not actually charging for the game? (Score 1) 244

by Malevolyn (#28690635) Attached to: The Evolution of Multiplayer Games and Online Play
That said, I've never really had any major problems with PSN. At least, no more than I've had with Live. The games don't even cost more, only the console. I actually don't mind paying more for the console, considering Blu-ray and free online play. After the price of a 360 and a couple years of Live, you've hit the price of the PS3 (and not the cheapest one, either). But this comment is all opinion. So carry on.

Nuclear Testing Helps Identify Fake Vintage Whiskey 366

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the nuclear-booze-coozie dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Industry experts claim the market for vintage whiskey has been flooded with fakes that purport to be several hundred years old but instead contain worthless spirit made just a few years ago. Now researchers at the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit have developed a method that can pinpoint the date a whiskey was made by detecting traces of radioactive particles created by nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s. '"It is easy to tell if whiskey is fake as if it has been produced since the middle of the twentieth century, it has a very distinctive signature," says Dr. Tom Higham, deputy director of the facility. Nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s saw levels of carbon-14 in the atmosphere rise around the world so the amount of isotope absorbed by living organisms since this time has been artificially elevated. Whiskey extracted from antique bottles is sent to the laboratory where scientists burn the liquid and bombard the resulting gas with electrically charged particles so they can measure the carbon-14 in the sample. In one recent case, a bottle of 1856 Macallan Rare Reserve was withdrawn from auction at Christies, where it was expected to sell for up to £20,000, after the scientists found it had actually been produced in 1950. "So far there have probably been more fakes among the samples we've tested than real examples of old whiskey," says Higham.'"

Comment: Re:Obvious Fake (Score 2, Informative) 95

by Malevolyn (#27714225) Attached to: Nintendo Penalizing Homebrew Users?

Windows 7 upgrade, $50, $200 if you have firefox installed? ..

You must not have a Wii, because it's quite a bit more complicated than that. For the sake of the community, allow me to explain:

There are ways to run homebrew on a Wii without leaving (much) trace. The problem is that this is really inconvenient to do, so most users opt to install the Homebrew Channel. This is where Nintendo believes their justification comes in. The install method includes using a hacked save file for Twilight Princess. The horse's name in the game has been changed to induce a stack smash, enabling some shell code to run that launches the Homebrew Channel installer.

This of course poses certain risks, but to date I don't think anyone has had any problems since Nintendo has been taking measures to prevent the Homebrew Channel from being installed. So basically, it either works fine, or not at all. I have yet to see the HBC pose any real risk or hear of it causing problems.

And that's just scratching the surface. There are custom IOS modifications that can allow you to run backups, play actual DVDs, change your system menu themes, and a plethora of other things that could potentially cause problems if not used with caution.

Preloader (I mentioned it in an above comment) works by renaming the system menu and installing itself in its place. When SM4.0 was released, there were some problems that would cause your Wii to report that it was bricked. This has since been fixed, and I don't think the Wii homebrew communtiy worried about it too much because the problem was a known issue and has since been fixed.

And don't get me started on pirate WAD installations that let you install virtual console and WiiWare titles for free. What I'm getting at is that it's painfully obvious when a Wii has been modified. The current IOS is v60, and a lot of IOS mods install to IOS v249 or 247. One look at your Wii's NAND will tell the tale.

Comment: Re:First time? (Score 1) 739

by Malevolyn (#27714045) Attached to: What Did You Do First With Linux?
I was a little nervous, it being my first time an all. But Linux was respectful, gentle, and understanding. We had dinner and a few drinks, then headed to the bedroom. We took it slow at first, but then things really heated up.

Then I smelled smoke and realized the old, old Quantex machine I was running was about to catch fire.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.