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Submission + - Jack Thompson Threatens Gabe Newell Over HL2 Mod (escapistmagazine.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Disbarred Jack Thompson is threatening Gabe Newell over a user mod called School Shooter, calling it a murder simulator and Columbine mod.

"Speaking for myself alone (for now), you have until five o'clock pm Eastern standard time this Friday, March 18, 2011, to shut down this public safety hazard I predicted years ago this school massacre game would arrive. I hate being right all the time.""

Idle

Submission + - Ubisoft Pirates their own soundtrack (arstechnica.com)

kantos writes: Ubisoft, well known for their draconian DRM recently released a 'Digital Deluxe' edition of their game 'Assassin's Creed Brotherhood' the edition comes with a soundtrack encoded by 'arsa13' and appears to come straight from a torrent.

Comment Re:Makes me glad I quit Windows years ago (Score 3, Interesting) 241

Honestly.... this argument is stupid, Group Policy arose because on Windows everything is a COM object with an ACL and it was neigh impossible to manage to provide even a modicum of security without some sort of system policy at a high level. Linux of course doesn't need this because it operates in a fundamentally different manner where everything is a file and the file system permissions (group based) determine if a is executable or not. Thus the Linux kernel doesn't need to know what specific COM+ handler needs to be loaded, but rather if a file is a supported executable format or not, and what to do from there. Both systems have fundamental advantages, Linux is deceptively simple leading to a power on the command line that is daunting for many users. Whereas Windows can be easy worked with to extend using COM and the registry (The registry was never designed to hold most of the crap that people shove in there... it was designed to be a central repository of information for COM objects).

If anything this model shows MS's lack of foresight into the importance of networking and their focus on the single standalone box.

Comment Re:Option? (Score 1) 340

Sadly this is due to COM+ registration, every single file type that has a program association (including exe in which case the association is the loader) is registered to tell windows what to do with it.

.NET CLR takes care of some of these issues... but doesn't sadly change the overall system. The fact that so few devs take advantage of application manifests to lock down their programs and use Side by Side to specify the precise dependencies allows virus writers to simply bypass the OS and aim for third party apps

Submission + - Recovering a drive on the cheap

kantos writes: I have a hard drive that that as best I can tell is a brick... I figured that I would ask slashdot before I turned the platters into sun catchers for my patio.

The drive in question is a WD1000BB-00CAA0 and this is what shows up in syslog on boot: Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982684] ata1.00: BMDMA stat 0x25 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982691] ata1.00: failed command: READ DMA Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982706] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:08:00:00:00/00: 00:00:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982710] res 51/10:08:00:00:00/00: 00:00:00:00/e0 Emask 0x81 (invalid argument) Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982717] ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR } Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 115.982723] ata1.00: error: { IDNF } Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.041376] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.041407] ata1: EH complete Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042651] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x0 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042658] ata1.00: BMDMA stat 0x25 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042665] ata1.00: failed command: READ DMA Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042680] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:08:00:00:00/00: 00:00:00:00/e0 tag 0 dma 4096 in Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042684] res 51/10:08:00:00:00/00: 00:00:00:00/e0 Emask 0x81 (invalid argument) Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042691] ata1.00: status: { DRDY ERR } Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.042697] ata1.00: error: { IDNF } Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102657] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102687] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Result: hostbyte =DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102696] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Sense Key : Abor ted Command [current] [descriptor] Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102707] Descriptor sense data with sense d escriptors (in hex): Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102712] 72 0b 14 00 00 00 00 0c 00 0a 80 00 00 00 00 00 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102735] 00 00 00 00 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102744] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Add. Sense: Reco rded entity not found Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102754] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] CDB: Read(10): 2 8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102774] end_request: I/O error, dev sda, s ector 0 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102784] Buffer I/O error on device sda, lo gical block 0 Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.102843] ata1: EH complete Feb 2 05:54:56 Jester kernel: [ 116.166764] type=1400 audit(1296651296.883:23)

So slashdot.... is this drive beyond all hope other than a data recovery specialists jig, or is there some way I can get at least something off this drive?
Games

Submission + - Sony's New root kit in FW 3.56 (psx-scene.com)

JonChance writes: Vagabundo posts:
Apparently, examination of the OFW has found a new feature that will allow Sony to download and run code when you login to PSN. The code they can run is obviously to check for CFW or whatever, but the code could change to check for anything really.

And with the current state of PS3 security there is the possibility that others might be able to run their code on your PS3 without your knowledge.

I don't run CFW and I'm pretty pissed about this. What they are doing might be illegal in the EU.

Feed Engadget: Android Honeycomb port for Nook Color gets graphics acceleration, first demo vid (engadget.com)

Can't wait until February 2nd to see more of Android 3.0 in action? That's not a problem, as today we've got a whole 129 seconds of video showing Google's latest mobile software doing its thing on the Nook Color. The OS was ported to B&N's tablet on Friday, when we were promised further work would be taking place over the weekend to enable hardware acceleration of the GUI, and what do you know, that goal has been achieved with plenty of Sunday to spare! Most core functionality is still not available, but the delicious Honeycomb interface is very much in effect. Jump past the break for the eye candy feast.

[Thanks, Jules]

Continue reading Android Honeycomb port for Nook Color gets graphics acceleration, first demo video

Android Honeycomb port for Nook Color gets graphics acceleration, first demo video originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 30 Jan 2011 07:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Courts

Submission + - FCC Wants Net Neutrality Suits Stopped

adeelarshad82 writes: The FCC moved to dismiss the net neutraliy challenges filed by MetroPCS and Verizon, claiming they were "filed prematurely." Verizon and MetroPCS have both sued the FCC, arguing that the commission did not have the authority to hand down its December net neutrality rules. The FCC maintains that it does indeed have the right to regulate broadband, thanks to provisions in the Communications Act.

Comment For me.... (Score 1) 1

I frequently use C#/.NET as such XML is the fastest and easiest for me. However I'm a firm believer in using what's best for the project, however I shy away from proprietary formats because they are hard to recover data from later.

Submission + - R.I.P. Bill Zeller (gizmodo.com)

kantos writes: Bill Zeller a programmer who on many occasions contributed to Gawker media sites Gizmodo and Lifehacker, took his life two days ago. His last agonizing words can be found HERE
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Research takes on Go (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Microsoft Research has used F# and AI to implement a consumer-quality game of Go — arguably the most difficult two-person game to implement.
They have used an interesting approach to the problem of playing the game which is a pragmatic cross between tree search with pruning and machine learning
to spot moves with a "good shape". The whole lot has been packaged into an XNA based 3D story based game.

Comment Re:Anyone who asks this question should not be in (Score 1) 450

Using thin clients in an enterprise or small to medium business environment gives you a lot of benefits to the long term bottom line. From a security perspective, you cut the "attack surface" of your network very sharply - from dozens if not hundreds or even thousands of desktops that each need antivirus, security updates, administration, and security monitoring, down to a handful of servers that you can lock down pretty tightly. From a support perspective, you are no longer managing all those desktops, you are now managing a handful of servers.

BULLSHIT From that statement alone I can only surmise that you have never ever worked in IT, the client is ALWAYS part of the equation, a thin client still has firmware and connectivity issues. Not to mention that rolling out any sort of network upgrade goes from being a minor project, to a critical time sensitive operation. Furthermore there is some benefit to having the infrastructure distributed, if your central server fails (and it will) then you're entire company can continue to work locally while you repair or rebuild.

Now, once you've gotten your THICK client computer, running your THIN client setup (wait... is it Windows 7? Is that thin client possible? Or is it "thin" client possible?).

Technically with Windows 7 enterprise you can set up a client to boot from a VHD (I have seen this implemented as this is how Windows deployment services works), and in-fact to use network licenses of software(office etc.) however I've never actually seen this implemented. That said you could in theory go for a medium client? if that is a term? where the software is run locally but is based on network licenses. Personally I wouldn't want to try it, but that's me

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