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Comment: Re:I've taken mine offline at 3.41 (Score 1) 336

by eskwayrd (#33501392) Attached to: Sony Releases PS3 Firmware Update To Fight Jailbreaks
Mine's been offline since 3.15. I haven't used 'Install Other OS' (yet), but I still get to see it.

What about new games? I'm not buying new games until Sony relents. This probably means I'm not ever going to buy any more PS3 games, but I'm more than willing to wait.

If the console stops playing bluerays/DVDs, I'll replace it with a non-Sony unit and sell off the few games I have.

Comment: Use a Carabiner (Score 1) 763

by eskwayrd (#32119256) Attached to: How Do You Handle Your Keys?
I've used a carabiner for several decades. Not one of the toy ones sold as key rings, but a small climber's carabiner, about 2.5 inches tall, and the 'tube' is about .25 inches in diameter. The advantages are:
  • the carabiner can hook on most anything; on a belt loop, my keys are inside the pocket but are suspended, reducing wear and eliminating perforation.
  • the carabiner makes it easy to organize/separate keys on separae loops; I keep my work keys/RFIDs on one, home/personal on another, and vehicle keys on a third.
  • the carabiner makes it easy to detach keys as necessary; say for driving, or lending keys.

I've had to replace carabiners twice due to wearing out of the latch spring. A new one costs $3-4 at a local hardware store.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 700

by eskwayrd (#31943740) Attached to: Sony Can Update PS3 Firmware Without Permission
Correct. It is a rather unfortunate turn of events. My PS3 was used occasionally as a BD player, but the vast majority of the time it was running Life with Playstation; I seldom gamed on it at all. As I do not wish to lose the 'install other OS' option, and Life with Playstation requires signin on PSN to submit work units, the PS3 is now off most of the time and is used solely for BD. The collateral damage is my contribution to protein folding research.
PC Games (Games)

A Look At How Far PC Gaming Has Come 427

Posted by Soulskill
from the from-windows-3.11-all-the-way-to-windows-7 dept.
Bit-tech is running a feature examining the progress PC games have made over the past couple decades. The article highlights aspects of modern games we often take for granted or nitpick, and compares them to earlier games in which such features were implemented poorly or not at all. Quoting: "Doom's legacy is still being felt today in fact and it's a fair bet that you can take any shooter off a shelf, from America’s Army to Zeno Clash, examine it, and list a dozen things that those games owe to Doom. Things like the wobble of the guns and the on-screen feedback that tells you which direction you are being shot from — these were things that id Software invented. On the other hand, from a story perspective, Doom was absolutely rubbish. You start in a room, no idea what’s going on and you are surrounded by demons. You have to read the manual and supporting media to get a grip on it all — something modern games would get heavily slated for doing. Yet the idea that plot was optional caught on and the same flaw was replicated in other games of the era, such as Quake and (to a lesser extent) Duke Nukem 3D. There were years and years where the lessons of early story-driven games were forgotten and all anyone really cared about was having as many sprites or polygons as possible."
PC Games (Games)

Left 4 Dead DLC, SDK Announced 66

Posted by Soulskill
from the we-supply-the-tools-you-supply-the-braaaaains dept.
Today Valve announced plans for Left 4 Dead's first DLC, called The L4D Survival Pack. It will include a new game mode and two campaigns for Versus mode. The new content is coming to both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game (a PS3 port to the base game still seems unlikely). The press release goes on to say, "In addition, for PC gamers and aspiring developers, the first Left 4 Dead release for the Source Software Development Kit (Source SDK) will allow the creation of custom Left 4 Dead campaigns that will be discoverable via L4D's matchmaking system. The SDK update is also due for release this spring, and is free of charge to all owners of L4D on the PC." The Opposable Thumbs blog also reports on a way to play Left 4 Dead in 3D.
The Internet

+ - Pirate Bay earns 20,000 Euros a day-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "controverisal pro-piracy website the piratebay likes to portray itself as an innocent hobby site that provides a free index without censorship, but recent facts show that the site is earning up to 20,000 Euros per day from its advertising. Taking in money on this scale puts a different slant on the motives behind the Swedish filesharing site, and could open up the runners of the site to prosecution for profiting from copyright infringement."
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Music

+ - Multiformat Listening Test at 64kbps

Submitted by Anonymous
Anonymous (666) writes "The Hydrogenaudio community is conducting a "Public, Multiformat Listening Test" (http://www.listening-tests.info/mf-64-1/) to see which codecs (AAC, WMA Pro and Vorbis) provide the best sound quality when compressing samples at 64kbps.

This test is open until the 5th of August and seems to be much, much harder than what one would expect, even for experienced developers of sound codecs, at bitrates that the public would find "too little", as the comments on the thread at the discussion forums (see: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?show topic=56397).

Do you think that you have good ears? That 64kbps is "too little"? Then try it for yourself and participate. Your participation will help us improve the codecs so that they are even closer to being "transparent" at such "low" bitrates."
Security

+ - New Tool Automates Webmail Account Hijacks->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A pair of software tools demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference today automate the interception of cookie files transmitted over a wireless network that allow attackers to hijack accounts for Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook and a number of other Web 2.0 services, washingtonpost.com's Security Fix reports. From the story: "the attack works even if victims subsequently change their passwords, or actively sign out of their accounts. However, attackers would be unable to change the victim's password, as all of the above-named services force the user to reenter the current password before changing it to a new one.""
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Media (Apple)

+ - Apple May Track IPod Thieves & You->

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Ryan N. Kamfolt - ClickAway
Ryan N. Kamfolt - ClickAway writes "Apple may begin implementing software in its I-Tunes suite to track serial numbers of I-Pods and compare them to a stolen I-Pod database. Due to the worlds most successful and popular product being on the #1 most stolen items list. This may alert the local police to come knocking on your door, if "Your" I-Pod is in question. Weather it be stolen or legit, people are not taking this to heart kindly at all. With the right to privacy walls closing in on us ever so fast, this seems to be another push to take our privacy rights away even more, or is it? Those who have had their I-Pods stolen love the idea. Others are not so happy about the idea. Some privacy right advocates have suggested implementing I-Pods or I-Phones with owner ID verification, such as a password or other forms of verification that must be entered into the devices before they will take a charge or allow you to place songs on the device. Or offer a service that is apart of Apple iCare, which allows users who feel they may become a victim of theft, to join this database, to further protect them in the even their I-Pod is stolen."
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Supercomputing

+ - World's Most Powerful Single-kernel Linux System?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "NASA has selected an SGI Altix supercomputer to help it meet future high-performance computing requirements. The new system will be the first supercomputer to operate 2,048 processor cores in SMP mode under control of one Linux kernel, creating the world's largest single-kernel Linux system. Driven by 1,024 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processors, the new system will generate 13.1 TFLOPs of compute power. To accomplish this feat, SGI had to extend the Linux kernel's SMP support from 1,024 CPUs to 2,048 CPUs. Fancy that on your desktop!"
Security

+ - Next-generation 911 system almost ready->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Six years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks demonstrated weaknesses in the nation's telecommunications infrastructure, the Internet engineering community has come up with a new way to handle emergency communications. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) plans to wrap up work on key components of its next-generation emergency communications system by year-end. The new system will support voice calls, text messages and images sent over the Internet. The current 911 system will not work for voice, text or real-time multimedia communications sent over the Internet. The ECRIT working group has developed a way for IP-based phones, mobile devices and network gear such as proxy servers to handle 911-style emergency services. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/072507-next- gen-911.html"
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Privacy

+ - Merely "cloaking" data may be incriminatin

Submitted by n0g
n0g (621781) writes "In a recent submission to Bugtraq, Larry Gill of Guidance Software refutes (successfully or not, you decide) some bug reports for the forensic analysis product EnCase® Forensic Edition. The refutation is interesting, but one comment raises an important privacy issue: When talking about perps creating "loops" in NTFS directories to hide data, Gill says, "The purposeful hiding of data by the subject of an investigation is in itself important evidence and there are many scenarios where intentional data cloaking provides incriminating evidence, even if the perpetrator is successful in cloaking the data itself."

That begs the question, if one "cloaks" data by encrypting it, say, exactly what incriminating evidence does that provide? And how important is that evidence compared to the absence of anything else found that was incriminating? If you find an encrypted hard drive on my system, that doesn't mean there's pr0n in there, that's just to hold my bank records. No, seriously."
The Internet

+ - Internet Rage Strikes Again!->

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "The internet is literally turning a little bit more into a an information super highway in that it now comes with road rage. A Navy man drove from Virginia to Texas, taking pictures and posting them online as he made progress along the way to set fire to another internet user's trailer. From the article, "The feud started when Anderson, who runs a haunted house near Waco, joined a picture-sharing Web site and posted his artwork and political views. After he blocked some people from his page because of insults and foul language, they retaliated by making obscene digitally altered pictures of him, he said. Anderson, who went by the screen name "Johnny Darkness," traded barbs with Tavares, aka "PyroDice." Investigators say Tavares boiled over when Anderson called him a nerd and posted a digitally altered photo making Tavares look like a skinny boy in high-water pants, holding a gun and a laptop under a "Revenge of the Nerds" sign." Tavares has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after pleading no contest to arson."
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