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Submission + - The State of Star Wars Galaxies - Emulation and The Hope For A Source Release 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 (change.org)

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.

Submission + - Google: FBI's Plan to Expand Hacking Power a 'Monumental' Constitutional Threat (nationaljournal.com)

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.

Submission + - Could fossils of ancient life from Earth reside on the Moon? (examiner.com)

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.

Comment Re:Obviously: (Score 2) 208

We need to fire everyone in Washington DC and reform the crap out of everything. Both sides are wrong here - why vote for a flawed by design bill? It only exists for political posturing for elections.

We need to remove the bureaucracy, scrap the tax law and start over, zero base budget every agency, and force everyone in DC to work for an amount that is equal to the mean wage of the nation, since they're supposedly volunteers. On top of that, Obamacare should apply to them and pensions should be removed for all of them, past present and future.

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