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Comment: Re:Queue "Piracy" reasoning (Score 1) 310

by XenoPhage (#28730617) Attached to: US Videogame Sales Have Biggest Drop In 9 Years

I completely agree, thus my post.. Typically these types of reports turn into blamefests about piracy and those damn kids and whatnot.. In reality, the economy sucks and there just aren't that many truly decent games coming out.

I miss the days of shareware when you could try a game before buying it. Nowadays, you spend $40-$60 on a new game for your shiny console and if you hate it, you're pretty much screwed. Most places have a no exchange policy, so the only real alternative is to sell it used. GameStop will be happy to give you $10 for that $60 game you bought 5 minutes ago...

In the end, I find myself having a problem justifying buying any game I haven't directly played. So, I end up not buying any. This is probably a very good thing for my wallet, but not such a great thing for game developers. :)

Comment: Queue "Piracy" reasoning (Score 3, Insightful) 310

by XenoPhage (#28730177) Attached to: US Videogame Sales Have Biggest Drop In 9 Years

Watch.. this will turn into a big "See? Piracy is ruining the gaming business" blamefest... It's easier to blame piracy rather than crappy game design.. Of course, I'm sure the economy is playing a part as well. Although, from what I've read, people are reluctant to give up their hobbies, even in the face of a bad economy.

Security

+ - Conficker/Downadup mitigation

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XenoPhage
XenoPhage writes "I'm working on possible mitigation scenarios for a potential Conficker/Downadup outbreak. One of the ideas we have is to "poison" our own DNS caches, effectively redirecting any infected clients to a local server. The thought is that this would help identify infected systems as well as prevent them from receiving updated instructions from command and control. The question is, however, how to do this, as well as what possible side effects will we encounter. Is this method absolutely taboo and should be avoided at all costs, or is this a valid method of detection/mitigation?"

Comment: Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 693

by XenoPhage (#26432183) Attached to: iTunes DRM-Free Files Contain Personal Info

I don't see the problem. I didn't want them to remove DRM so I could ignore the copyright on the music, I wanted them to remove it so I could use it on any device I wanted to listen to it on. They did that; now I can, as far as I'm concerned, we're all good now.

I completely agree. Since the announcement of this change, I have seriously considered purchasing digital music via itunes rather than buying CDs. The way I see it, if I can choose the songs I want rather than getting stuck with an entire CD, I'm more likely to buy more music. It's definitely a win for the music industry this way.

Presumably, without the DRM, I can convert these files to the format of my choice? Though I don't think I'll have to as I'm pretty sure rockbox plays AAC...

Sci-Fi

Michael Crichton Dead At 66 388

Posted by samzenpus
from the velociraptors-confirm-it dept.
Many readers have submitted stories about the death of Michael Crichton. The 66-year-old author of Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain died unexpectedly Tuesday "after a courageous and private battle against cancer," a press release said. In addition to writing, he also directed such sci-fi classics as Westworld and Runaway. Crichton was married five times and had one child.

Researchers Decentralize BitTorrent 262

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the only-a-matter-of-time dept.
A Cow writes "The Tribler BitTorrent client, a project run by researchers from several European universities and Harvard, is the first to incorporate decentralized search capabilities. With Tribler, users can now find .torrent files that are hosted among other peers, instead of on a centralized site such as The Pirate Bay or Mininova. The Tribler developers have found a way to make their client work without having to rely on BitTorrent sites. Although others have tried to come up with similar solutions, such as the Cubit plugin for Vuze, Tribler is the first to understand that with decentralized BitTorrent search, there also has to be a way to moderate these decentralized torrents in order to avoid a flood of spam."
Intel

+ - Worlds First Quad Core Capable Laptop Spy Pics

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Jason
Jason writes "This laptop will supposedly support dual 8800 Video cards, a 17" screen and chassis, Up to three internal hard drives of 160GB each, and the new quad core Intel CPU all using a 965 chipset. We dont think the cooling solution is up to the task of cooling that amount of heat but time will tell. Spy Pictures of World's First Quad Core Capable Laptop"
Announcements

+ - Intel ISEF Winners Announced

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marshmallow soup
marshmallow soup writes "Last Friday brought the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to a close. Top honors and a $50,000 scholarship went to Jack Li of Maryland, Philip Streich of Wisconsin, and Dmitry Vaintrob of Oregon. Projects ranged from building robots to studying suspended animation to advanced proofs in string topology. You can find a list of winners here."
Software

+ - Testing AJAX applications

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matthew.thompson
matthew.thompson writes "At work we've recently taken delivery of a web application that we host for a partner company. We were informed that the application would use a little more bandwidth but in going live it's gone from creating 4Mbps to 20Mbps of traffic. While we're a little late in discovering this can anyone suggest any load testing tools which make it easy to test AJAX applications with results that management can understand but enough detail for developers to be able to tweak the app?"

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