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Comment: Re:Cheating (Score 3, Insightful) 297

by zten (#29174567) Attached to: Blizzcon 2009 Wrap-Up

Bnet accounts have been tied to CD Key since 1998.

It's a bit different this time around from what I understood. Each battle.net account will need a unique license, like World of Warcraft, so it's entirely possible that you'll only have one identity per CD key. Maybe they'd let you create multiple profiles to have multiple names, but if one of their goals is to stop lowbie stomping in rated matches, then that makes the inclusion of such a feature unlikely.

Comment: Re:This is actually pretty scary (Score 1) 344

by zten (#27340245) Attached to: Cotton Swabs are the Prime Suspect In 8-Year Phantom Chase

Try look at the second sentence using the same word (different tense) that I did under the second definition.

They sailed away without effecting their purpose. --Jowett

"They sailed away without accomplishing their purpose" is another way to write that sentence. In other words, their purpose effected nothing. Nothing came of what they set out to do. It didn't produce anything. I'm not sure how many times I can redundantly state its meaning ;)

I think "affecting" is more appropriate to use. Instead of "it" being the primary cause/responsible for the crime scene, it would be responsible for altering it/contaminating it.

Graphics

S3 Jumps On GPGPU Bandwagon 86

Posted by Soulskill
from the trying-to-get-their-groove-back dept.
arcticstoat writes "It's sometimes easy to forget that the PC graphics market isn't owned by ATI and Nvidia, and the company that first gave us 3D acceleration, S3, is very much still around. So much so, in fact, that it's now even developed its own GPGPU technology. S3 claims that its Chrome 400 chips can accelerate gaming physics, HD video transcoding/encoding and photo enhancement. To demonstrate the latter, S3 has released a free download called S3FotoPro, which enhances color clarity and reduces haze in photos. However, the company hasn't yet revealed whether it plans to support OpenCL in the future." The Tech Report also points out that this could allow S3's parent company, VIA, to compete with Intel and AMD in graphics processing technology.
Businesses

+ - Help Desk: First Step in Successful IT Career

Submitted by jcatcw
jcatcw (1000875) writes "A help desk jobs can put you in a good position for future growth, according to Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology. In a help desk role, you can gain in-depth, real-world knowledge of nearly every system a company uses or sells, including operating systems, applications, networks, the Internet, hardware and peripherals. In addition to those hard skills, you can develop the strong interpersonal skills — communication, problem-solving and leadership abilities — that are becoming more important to hiring managers."
Software

+ - File Deleting Software a Hoax

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teamhasnoi
teamhasnoi writes "In a followup to yesterday's story the developer of Display Eater has responded to the poor publicity, admitting that the app does not delete files. Quote: "It was my hope that if people thought this happened, they would not try to pirate the program. I could stop wasting time writing copy protection routines to be broken over and over. It turned out to be a mistake." He has now made the application free by posting a registration code, and plans to open-source it."
Security

Tor Open To Attack 109

Posted by kdawson
from the peeling-the-onion dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A group of researchers have written a paper that lays out an attack against Tor (PDF) in enough detail to cause Roger Dingledine a fair amount of heartburn. The essential avenue of attack is that Tor doesn't verify claims of uptime or bandwidth, allowing an attacker to advertise more than it need deliver, and thus draw traffic. If the attacker controls the entry and exit node and has decent clocks, then the attacker can link these together and trace someone through the network."

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