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Comment: Re:What Ubisoft Does Best (Score 1) 138

by project-nova (#44173835) Attached to: Ubisoft Hacked, Account Data Compromised

There is no option to log-on because the current site is a low-traffic fallback site to accomodate the number of users trying to change their password. The whole ubi.com consists of "Change your password" and three YouTube links right now.

The usual site will be up again in a few days, if you want to change your e-mail address, try again then.

This is how it should be done by the way: at least allowing 99% of users to change their password even when the site is getting hammered.

Security

Adobe Download Manager Installing Software Without Consent 98

Posted by timothy
from the plus-one-invitation dept.
"Not all is worth cheering about as Adobe turns 20," writes reader adeelarshad82, who excerpts from a story at PC Magazine's Security Watch: "Researcher Aviv Raff has found a problem in ADM (Adobe Download Manager) and the method through which it is delivered from adobe.com. The net effect of the problem is that a user can be tricked into downloading and installing software using ADM without actual consent. Tonight Adobe acknowledged the report and said they were working on the issue with Raff and NOS Microsystems, the company that wrote ADM."

Comment: Re:It's just not *right* (Score 5, Insightful) 43

by project-nova (#29397059) Attached to: Bethesda Sues Interplay Over <em>Fallout</em> License, MMO Plans
According to wikipedia, Bethesda bought all and every Fallout IP when Interplay was unable to continue development on their version of Fallout 3 and had to lay off their main (PC) team in 2003.
TFS says they still retained their right to sell the games they do not own any rights to anymore, as long as they get marketing and packaging approved bei Bethesda. So they can still make money with their old games as long as it doesn't interfere with Bethesda's new titles and gets their approval - that is a pretty good deal for a game studio that probably would have closed down if it weren't for Bethesda, don't you think?

Comment: Re:Mind-blowing? (Score 1) 173

by project-nova (#28963061) Attached to: Mind-Blowing Interfaces On Display At SIGGRAPH 2009

And the scratching... that is just pathetic. I thought at first that it make a wall into a touch surface. Capable of detecting the POSITION. But no, this can just detect some sound.

Use two of those Mics to triangulate the position of your fingernail and you have your position tracking.

Just needs "some" tweaking of the software and a way of describing the relative position of the two mics (by a echo-like click sound on init maybe?).

Communications

State Dept E-mail Crash After "Reply-All" Storm 384

Posted by timothy
from the forward-this-story-to-all-your-friends-in-triplicate dept.
twistah writes "It seems that a recent 'reply-all storm' at the State Department caused the entire e-mail infrastructure to crash. A notice sent to all State Department employees warned of disciplinary actions which will be taken if users 'reply-all' to lists with a large amount of users. Apparently, the problem was compounded by not only angry replies asking to be taken off the errant list, but by the e-mail recall function, which generated further e-mail traffic. One has to wonder if capacity planning was performed correctly — should an e-mail system be able to handle this type of traffic, or is it an unreasonable task for even the best system?"

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.

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