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Submission + - Star Wars Galaxies Development Kit Leaked->

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that a 2010 version of the development tools, client, and pdb files for the abandonware MMO "Star Wars Galaxies" have been leaked on reddit. Interestingly, the tools in this collection were compiled in 2014, meaning someone out there must have their source code.

This leak coupled with the sale of Sony Online Entertainment to a new owner has reignited the passion of SWG enthusiasts, who have have started a petition on change.org requesting an official release of the source code and documentation for the SWG server, client, and tools.

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Submission + - Rocket Flown Through Northern Lights to Help Unlock Space Weather Mysteries->

Zothecula writes: The northern lights are more than one of nature's most awe inspiring sights, they are an electromagnetic phenomena that can adversely affect power grids and communications and navigation systems. Researchers from the University of Oslo have flown a rocket through the phenomena to take a closer look with the aim of gathering data that will help in predicting space weather.
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Submission + - Ask /dot: Gmail Spammers 1 1

Brian Mahoney writes: I run a small PhpBB forum. Every day I get spammers, usually from China, using Gmail addresses, trying to register. I have Admin approval on so I can catch them easily. Here's the thing, they all use this kind of Gmail addy: watkinsaddie38009+9ca26@gmail.com , a real name, some numbers and a + sign. Does this mean that the person, in this case watkinsaddie, has had their gmail account hacked and doesn't know a spammer is using it too? Why would they make up a real name and add what looks like a tracking code to it? To make it look more real? Thanks.

Submission + - m0n0wall project shut down->

jrronimo writes: Those of us in the market for an open source router operating system have one less option: As of 15 February 2015, Manuel Kasper has officially ended the m0n0wall project.

In the ending announcement he states "...the world keeps turning, and while m0n0wall has made an effort to keep up, there are now better solutions available and under active development.

Therefore, today I announce that the m0n0wall project has officially ended. No development will be done anymore, and there will be no further releases." He goes on to say that "m0n0wall has served as the seed for several other well known open source projects, like pfSense, FreeNAS and AskoziaPBX. The newest offspring, OPNsense (https://opnsense.org), aims to continue the open source spirit of m0n0wall while updating the technology to be ready for the future. In my view, it is the perfect way to bring the m0n0wall idea into 2015, and I encourage all current m0n0wall users to check out OPNsense and contribute if they can."

Thanks for all of your hard work Manuel!

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Submission + - The State of Star Wars Galaxies - Emulation and The Hope For A Source Release 2 2

ilikenwf writes: You may have thought that it died long ago, but much has happened since the closure of Sony Online Entertainment's (now Daybreak Game Company's) abandonware MMO, "Star Wars Galaxies" in December of 2011.

Since then many emulators have come and gone with a few staying around; CUEmu, ProjectSWG, and SWGEmu being the most notable. While these emulators are in varying states of completion, they do lack one thing that could help them perfect the true SWG experience they desire to recreate: original source code and/or documentation. As a result of SOE's sale to an investment firm, some within the SWG fandom have started a petition seeking an official release of the SWG server, client, and tool source code.

Also of note, it seems that a 2010 version of the development tools, client, and pdb files for the game were leaked at some point online. Unsubstantiated rumors go on to suggest that persons unknown have a copy of the source code for the server, clients, and tools.

Submission + - The State of Star Wars Galaxies - Emulation and The Hope For A Source Release->

An anonymous reader writes: You may have thought that it died long ago, but much has happened since the closure of Sony Online Entertainment's (now Daybreak Game Company's) abandonware MMO, "Star Wars Galaxies" in December of 2011.

Since then many emulators have come and gone with a few staying around; CUEmu, ProjectSWG, and SWGEmu being the most notable. While these emulators are in varying states of completion, they do lack one thing that could help them perfect the true SWG experience they desire to recreate: original source code for reference. As a result of SOE's sale to an investment firm, some within the SWG fandom have started a petition seeking an official release of the SWG server, client, and tool source code.

Also of note, it seems that a 2010 version of the development tools, client, and pdb files for the game were leaked at some point online. Unsubstantiated rumors go on to suggest that persons unknown have a copy of the source code for the server, clients, and tools.

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Submission + - Google: FBI's Plan to Expand Hacking Power a 'Monumental' Constitutional Threat->

schwit1 writes: Any change in accessing computer data should go through Congress, the search giant said.

The search giant submitted public comments earlier this week opposing a Justice Department proposal that would grant judges more leeway in how they can approve search warrants for electronic data.

The push to change an arcane federal rule "raises a number of monumental and highly complex constitutional, legal, and geopolitical concerns that should be left to Congress to decide," wrote Richard Salgado, Google's director for law enforcement and information security.

The provision, known as Rule 41 of the federal rules of criminal procedure, generally permits judges to grant search warrants only within the bounds of their judicial district. Last year, the Justice Department petitioned a judicial advisory committee to amend the rule to allow judges to approve warrants outside their jurisdictions or in cases where authorities are unsure where a computer is located.

Google, in its comments, blasted the desired rule change as overly vague, saying the proposal could authorize remote searches on the data of millions of Americans simultaneously—particularly those who share a network or router—and cautioned it rested on shaky legal footing.

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Submission + - Could fossils of ancient life from Earth reside on the Moon?->

MarkWhittington writes: Does the moon contain fossils of billions of years old organisms from Earth? That theory has been laid out in recent research at the Imperial College of London, reported in a story in Air and Space Magazine by Dr. Paul Spudis, a lunar and planetary geologist. The implications for science and future lunar exploration are profound.
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