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First Person Shooters (Games)

Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Posted by Soulskill
from the be-careful-they-cheat dept.
Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.

Psystar "Definitely Still Shipping" Mac Clones 833

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the everyone-deserves-a-hackintosh dept.
Preedit writes "Continuing its defiance of Apple, Psystar is reassuring customers that it is "definitely still shipping" its line of Mac clones. And, in a further nose-thumbing at Steve Jobs, Psystar this week said it's now making Leopard restore disks available to its customers, even as Apple insists that Mac clones sold to date be recalled. In its story on the latest developments, Infoweek is reporting that tiny Psystar apparently has no intention of backing down in its legal dispute with the much larger Apple."
Microsoft

+ - Vista cracked thanks to Microsoft

Submitted by
Torrentex
Torrentex writes "Following hot on the heels of the "Brute Force Keygen" for Vista which ultimately proved to be a hoax, a piracy group called Pantheon has released a full Vista crack. This one has been tested by the community and works 100% of the time. It exploits activation functionality Microsoft intentionally built in for OEM system makers churning out thousands of PCs at a time who don't have time to activate each machine individually."
Handhelds

+ - Microsoft CEO Takes On Apple's iPhone

Submitted by Symblized
Symblized (943631) writes "Surprise, surprise. Steve Ballmer isn't exactly a huge fan of Apple's forthcoming iPhone. In an interview with InformationWeek, the Microsoft CEO bemoaned the phone's $499 price tag, lack of a keyboard and the hype factor that comes solely because of its brand, while noting that many other vendors are doing similar things for less. "I don't think this would be a very interesting announcement if anybody else had announced exactly the same product," Ballmer said."
Security

+ - Hackers steal data on 20,000,000 Visa cards

Submitted by
RonMcMahon
RonMcMahon writes "The CBC is reporting that in mid-December 2006 it was discovered that hackers got in to the computer systems of the discount retailer, TJX Cos. and stole data for transactions from 2003-2006.

Never heard of TJX? Well, you've been a customer if you've shopped at a Winners or HomeSense in Canada, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright and Bob's in the United States or T.K. Maxx in Europe.

You can rest assured, though...Ben Cammarata the CEO of TJX says "...we believe customers should feel safe shopping in our stores." Ok. Perhaps he is right, if we shop with CASH."
Security

Deathblow To a Voting Machine 140

Posted by kdawson
from the Dutch-e-voting dept.
SiggyRadiation writes "According to their newsletter (my English translation here), the Dutch group that 'doesn't trust the voting computers' has won a round against the industry and the civil servants that seem hell-bent on reintroducing voting machines — NewVote, made by SDU — that the Dutch minister of the interior has suspended. Apparently SDU provided 5 slightly different samples of its machine to the Dutch version of the NSA (well... the very humble Dutch version anyway) for testing purposes. Of those five, four machines emitted radiation in such a way that the votes cast could be monitored. SDU's NewVote received its final deathblow when it became clear that the one machine that stayed within the radiation limits used a green-on-red color-scheme for its screen. And that would be a small problem for the 4% of all men that cannot distinguish between red and green."
Wii

+ - YMMV: Wii Sports Exercise Plan Test Data

Submitted by SixFactor
SixFactor (1052912) writes "A Wii user embarks on a weight loss campaign using the Wii as his principal exercise machine, and the Wii Sports suite as the program of choice. Thirty minutes a day for six weeks resulted in a loss of 9 lbs and 1.2 points off his initial Body Mass Index, without changing his current eating habits or other activities. This was previously featured on Digg, but Slashdotters who may not have gotten the memo may want to know too. Details can be found here:

http://wiinintendo.net/2007/01/15/wii-sports-exper iment-results"
Software

+ - Is GAIM doomed to beta forever?

Submitted by
danbert8
danbert8 writes "How long should a user be expected to wait for a final release for F/OSS software that is being actively developed? Or at least some progress updates?

I have been a GAIM user for years and 2.0 seemed like a breath of fresh air. But it has now gone through 5 betas in over a year. New features have been added, yet I find it no more stable now in beta 5 than it was in beta 2. Gaim's homepage http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ lists some news, and the new Planet Gaim http://gaim.sourceforge.net/planet/ has some additional insights, but neither has been posted on since November."
The Courts

+ - Jack Thompson: "I'm out to shut down Rockstar.

Submitted by
SyncNine
SyncNine writes "Jack Thompson was recently interviewed on Nightline by Bill Weir, in which he can be heard stating that "I want to shut down Rockstar because they're run by a bunch of sociopaths and they're a one-company crime wave." Something of value to note is that Bill Weir does a solid job of not agreeing with or really responding to Thompson's comments regarding this.

It seems that Thompson's vigilante quest to destroy all violence and disrespect in video games is actually a one-man assault on Rockstar Games, specifically. As his intentions at this point are crystal clear, at some point you've got to wonder how long Rockstar will put up with this before finding a way to counter-sue for lost revenue, etc. Does anyone think he'll succeed? Is he trying to wear Rockstar down?"
Nintendo

+ - Wii web browser trial out on Friday

Submitted by
jtorry
jtorry writes "Nintendo has announced that the anticipated Wii web browser will be available to try from Friday, December 22. The fully featured Opera web browser for the Wii was intended to be available for the launch of the console. Sadly it wasn't, but the good news is that you'll only have to wait until Friday to get a taster of what it can do.

A trial version of the Wii Opera web browser will be available for free from December 22. The final version of the Opera browser will be released at the end of March 2007 and will be free for all Wii owners until the end of June 2007. After this date, anyone who hasn't already downloaded the browser will have to pay 500 Wii Points.

http://www.pro-g.co.uk/news/19-12-2006-4336.html"
Nintendo

+ - Wii Weather Channel Goes Live

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I have not seen it announced anywhere on the Internets, but the Wii forecast channel is now active (in the US at least). Once you do a system update and enter your location, it sports some nice features like current weather, 5-day forecast, and the Globe. Globe is pretty impressive. It is a 3-d rendering of the earth (think Google earth with less detail) that you can use to check weather all over the world."
Wii

+ - Wiimote cracked open

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The guys at Sparkfun just did what everybody secretly wants to do with their new electronic gadgets: voiding the warranty to take a sneek peek at their internals! Here is the link to a very explicit naked wiimote along with many usefull remarks on it's electronics

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/present.php?p=Wii -Internals

"It features an 8051 core and RAM/ROM memory featuring the HID bluetooth profile and stack. Any chance they used a flash part that we can hack instead of the masked ROM (un-changeable) version? Highly unlikely. But lemme know if someone figures out how to get into the core. The small crystal is 24MHz. They make it look so easy don't they?""
Google

Google Web Toolkit Now 100% Open Source 173

Posted by Zonk
from the nicely-done-sirs dept.
chrisd writes "When we first released the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) we were focused on building a great tool for people to build AJAX apps with. Now, we're happy to announce that all of the GWT source code is available, including the Java to JavaScript compiler and the debugging browser, under the Apache 2.0 license. If you'd like to see how we pulled off letting you avoid dealing with nasty browser quirks, you should take a look. More importantly, we're running this like a true open source project now: we'll be developing GWT completely in the open, as per our project charter. More info on the GWT blog."
Space

Seeing the Earth Almost Live 143

Posted by samzenpus
from the smile-for-the-satellite dept.
arobic writes "European Space Agency (ESA) is putting recent pictures of the Earth (taken 2 hours before) online using Envisat. To avoid filling up their disks too quickly, only the bmp of the last 30 days are available but jpg are kept. Also, only region receiving light can be seen, which explains why no recent pictures of Thailand are available."

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