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Classic Games (Games)

The Return of (Old) PC Graphic Adventures 93

KingofGnG writes "Though they belong to a genre already considered defunct and inadequate for the mainstream video game market, adventure games have a glorious past, a past that deserves to be remembered, and, of course, replayed. At the center of a good part of this effort of collective memory, there is ScummVM, the virtual machine which acts like an interface between the feelings and the puzzles from the good old times and the modern operating systems. As already highlighted before, the ScummVM target has grown immensely over time, going from the simple support of the 'classic' adventure games par excellence published by Lucasfilm/Lucasarts, to a range that includes virtually any single puzzle-solving game developed from the beginning of time up to the advent of the (Windows) NT platform. The last video game engine added to ScummVM within the past few days is Groovie, created by the software house Trilobyte for its first title released in 1993, The 7th Guest ."

Submission + - VIA quits motherboard chipset business (custompc.co.uk)

arcticstoat writes: Following the media hit that was VIA's Nano processor, VIA says that it's now quitting the motherboard chipset business that used to be its bread and butter product for years. VIA's vice president of corporate marketing in Taiwan, Richard Brown, explained that: 'Intel provides the vast majority of chipsets for its processors and, following its purchase of ATI, AMD is also moving very quickly in the same direction.' Although VIA will still be developing chipsets for integrated motherboards featuring the Nano CPU, but will no longer produce chipsets for Intel and AMD CPUs. Was this the right decision, and where does this leave other third-party chipset manufacturers such as SiS?

Submission + - Neowin: Unauthorized reposting (searchsecurity.com)

Eric Parizo writes: "Guys: Neowin reposted our news article without authorization or attribution. We'd appreciate it if you could correct your post so that it links to our version instead:



Thank you,
Eric Parizo
Editor — SearchSecurity.com"


Submission + - NBC Olympics Site Leaves PowerPCs Without Video

MazzThePianoman writes: "This morning I tried to catch a video on NBC's 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Site only to find that PowerPC users are in the dark. Trying to launch a video you are given this message: "Video is currently supported on the following browsers: * Internet Explorer 6, 7 for Windows (Vista, XP SP2 or greater and 2003) * Firefox 1.5, 2, 3 for Windows (Vista, XP SP2 or greater and 2003) * Firefox 1.5, 2, 3 for Mac (OS 10.4.8 or greater, Intel only) * Safari 2 & 3 for Mac (OS 10.4.8 or greater, Intel only)" Turns out the website is build and brought to us by Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 which only works on Intel Macs."

Vista's Security Rendered Completely Useless 415

scribbles89 sends in a story that originally ran in SearchSecurity; it sounds like it could be a game-changer. "While this may seem like any standard security hole, other researchers say that the work is a major breakthrough and there is very little that Microsoft can do to fix the problems. These attacks work differently than other security exploits, as they aren't based on any new Windows vulnerabilities, but instead take advantage of the way Microsoft chose to guard Vista's fundamental architecture. According to Dino Dai Zovi..., 'the genius of this is that it's completely reusable. They have attacks that let them load chosen content to a chosen location with chosen permissions. That's completely game over.'" Update: 08/08 14:23 GMT by KD : Changed the link, as the story first linked had been lifted without attribution.

Submission + - A Hidden Loop in the Carbon Cycle Discovered. (spacecheck.org)

Googlesaysmysiteisdangerousanditisn't! writes: "A recent Science article says that researchers in China and the U.S. have found massive carbon uptake in the world's deserts. The effects of this are huge. 35% of the Earth is desert and the uptake equates to 5.2 billion tons of carbon sequestered each year. This is more than half released by humans. These 'dry oceans'- deserts where the grains of sand allow the carbon dioxide to enter its huge surface area and react with alkaline soil to become carbonates. Another scientist suspects that biotic desert crusts, alkaline soils and increased precipitation may be driving the uptake.

From the article: 'Indeed, the high end of the Urumqi CO2 flux estimates are off the charts. "That's more carbon uptake than our fastest growing southern forests. It's a huge number. I find it extremely hard to believe," says Schlesinger, who nonetheless says the Chinese teams methodology looks sound.'"

Comment Re:Money (Score 5, Informative) 298

I'll give 10:1 odds that Futuremark simply compiled their benchmark with Intel's C++ compiler.

I wrote a detailed explanation back in 2005 about how the Intel C++ compiler generates separate code paths for memory operations to make AMD processors appear significantly slower, and how you can trick the compiled code into believing your AMD processor is an Intel one to see incredibly increased performance. See this article for additional details.


Submission + - How To Get Rid of a "Password List" 1

krinderlin writes: "This one requires some explanation, because the reasons why we have a list of all our users passwords in the first place is a bit convoluted...

Here's some background:

I'm interning at a small business over the summer. We have a windows domain, and our workers have a nasty habit of merely locking their workstations when they leave for lunch or to go home. People hardly ever actually log off of their machines. We've yet to get remote installations through SCE or any other means working, and we use a lot of niche software that doesn't have mass installation as a development priority. So most software updates are run manually.

Unforutnately, when I go to run these installations by remote VNC, I'm faced with a locked login screen. Entering in my administrative credentials will log the user out. However, there's another nasty issue. They don't save their work before locking their computer. In fact, the only reason it's locked is the computer was idle for 15 minutes. When I log them out, they lose about 5 chargeable hours of work for a client. This is a big deal. We either charge the client for an inordinately large amount of time, or don't charge them and drive someone's unchargable hours ratio through the roof.

What is my manager's solution? We maintain a list of everyone's password in a "locked" file share that only the Domain Administrators have access too. Before logging anyone out, I log in with their credentials and close down spreadsheets and the like ensuring everything is saved. He doesn't like it at all, either. However, he's been chewed by senior staff so much for the lost work and they refuse to accept training, best practices, or write a policy that would enable us to avoid this situation.

I'm sure that this is not only a massive security hole, but I'm concerned it's a legal liability. I've been doing some research, but can't seem to find a case or news story that I can wave around in management's face. I figure if they can't understand why something is bad in a technical security approach, I'll give them a legal approach. Legal liability is something I think they would not only take seriously, but would understand much better. Unfortunately, without some sort of precedent where a company suffered some sort of loss in the legal arena, I doubt they'll change policy. We have a lot of information that can lead to identity theft on our network.

So specifically, I need to know if anyone knows of a case where maintaining a list of current user passwords made a company legally liable for the loss of some client data. Even better, if said company was also financially liable for that loss, I'd have an ace in the hole.

Then again, I'm just an Idealistic Computer Science Student(TM). Should I just give up now on the fight?"
The Internet

Submission + - Comedian gets BT boss to fix his broadband (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "British comedian Dave Gorman has found a surefire way of getting your BT broadband connection fixed — email CEO Ian Livingston. Following on from his brilliant blog post a few days ago — in which he asked the perfectly reasonable question, why don't ISPs give out courtesy mobile broadband dongles when your connection fails? — Gorman's latest blog post provides hilarious details of the incompetence of BT's support desk, with staff repeatedly failing to diagnose the problem, so he went straight to the top — he emailed the CEO. Lo and behold, the connection was repaired within hours. Apparently it helps to be a celebrity."

Submission + - Cause of Alzheimer's Identified

KBKarma writes: A team of researchers, including several biochemists from University College Dublin, have found the cause of Alzheimer's disease. It is caused by a build-up of a certain protein, called amyloid ß-protein, or Aß, in the brain. These proteins cause a "loss of dendritic spines", which may result in the memory loss so commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Submission + - BBC Music (beta) (opera.com)

coxy writes: "The BBC have launched the beta of their new BBC Music (beta) website that drags in data from a combination of different services — primarily MusicBrainz, Wikipedia, and their own music database — displaying it all in a nice, presentable format, which will undoubtedly become a great resource for both listeners and artists."

Submission + - Virgin Galactic shows the finished WhiteKnight Two (spacefellowship.com)

Klaus Schmidt writes: "Virgin Galactic today unveiled their WhiteKnight Two mothership, called "EVE". It is designed to carry the smaller SpaceShip Two into space. The rollout represents another major milestone in Virgin Galactic's quest to launch the world's first private, environmentally benign, space access system for people, payload and science. Christened "EVE" in honor of Sir Richard's mother, who performed the official naming ceremony, WK2 is both visually remarkable and represents ground-breaking aerospace technology. It is the world's largest all carbon composite aircraft and many of its component parts have been built using composite materials for the very first time. At 140 ft, the wing spar is the longest single carbon composite aviation component ever manufactured."

Submission + - New "fuel battery" beats energy density of

holy_calamity writes: "A US researcher has created a portable store of electrical power that is part battery, part fuel cell. And it stores energy more densely than gasoline, a benchmark batteries are far from matching. The cell oxidises a fuel supply like a fuel cell, but the fuel serves as the cell's anode too, like in a battery. The inventor imagines drivers swapping exhausted vanadium boride anodes for fresh ones at filling stations."

Submission + - EU tells UK to deal with Phorm - or else (theregister.co.uk)

Dan541 writes: "

The European Commission has sent a message to the British government, and it reads something like this: "If you don't deal with Phorm, we will." Earlier this month, according to Dow Jones, the European Union commissioner for information society and media sent a "pre-warning letter" to UK authorities, voicing her concern over Phorm, the behavioral ad targeter poised to track user activity on Britain's three largest ISPs: BT, Carphone Warehouse, and Virgin Media. BT has already conducted two trials with Phorm — and web surfers were not notified. "It is very clear in E.U. directives that unless someone specifically gives authorization (to track consumer activity on the Web) then you don't have the right to do that," EU commissioner Viviane Reding said. If UK government does not deal with the issue, Dow Jones says, the EC could take action in the European Court of Justice.

I'm lost for words, the EU is now standing up for our rights. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/16/eu_warns_uk_over_phorm/"


Submission + - Spam King dead in apparent murder-suicide (zdnet.com)

folababa writes: "Convicted spammer Eddie Davidson, who escaped from federal prison over the weekend, killed his wife and 3-year-old daughter before killing himself in what is being described as a murder-suicide.
Colorado's 9News.com said the tragic end of the man known as the "Spam King" was confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office"

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982