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Submission + - Wild Fox, Firefox with h.264 HTML 5 support (

Elledan writes: Only two countries in the world have software patents which make it impossible to freely use video codecs such as AVC (h.264). This has led to projects such as Firefox not including AVC support with the HTML 5 video tag in all their releases, resulting in the rest of the world having to indirectly suffer the effects of software patents as well. To rectify this situation at least somewhat, I have created the Wild Fox project which aims to release Firefox builds with the features previously excluded due to software patents, which will be available to those in non-software patent encumbered countries. Any developers who wish to join the project are more than welcome.

Submission + - Rockstar uses no-cd patch for Max Payne 2 on Steam (

An anonymous reader writes: Liamaj posted on the steam forums a screenshot of the Max Payne 2 exe as viewed on Notepad ++.

As you can see there's an ASCII "Myth" logo, which is an old cracking team that were quite prevelent a while back. Seems Rockstar got a little lazy and used this crack instead of recompilling their executable without DRM.

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Submission + - DNSSEC on all root servers (

suraj.sun writes: Wednesday, (May-05,'10) the last of the 13 authoritative root servers for the domain name system switched over to the DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) security protocol. DNSSEC is intended to prevent DNS exploits such as cache poisoning. All 13 root servers are now serving a signed version of the root zone. However, it is not possible to validate these signatures at present as the public key remains undisclosed. This precautionary measure is intended to ensure that for the time being it remains possible to switch back to an unsigned root zone, should the need arise.

There have been no reports of any problems in the immediate aftermath of VeriSign's J root server starting to serve DNSSEC signatures. Experts at the 60th RIPE meeting in Prague were almost unanimous in predicting a glitch-free switchover, following the successful switchovers of the other 12 root servers in recent months.


Comment Re:Simple answer: No. (Score 1) 462

They want more efficient games. With “efficient” meaning: More fun for less time. Or: If they are shorter and don’t require as much getting into, they should just as much be more intense.

Simplicity vs. Complexity is kind of missing the point, and I think "efficiency" might be a little off the mark too.

My biggest problem with modern games is that the type of complexity that they introduce doesn't make any sense. One way is that they add some sort of "puzzle" or something to solve. But this puzzle isn't solvable by logic or intelligence, it's just something completely random. This is why game walkthroughs are so popular. Some of the predicaments are just so obtuse and weird.

The other way is that they introduce complexity to the controls. This is particularly common in console games, but not unknown in the PC gaming world, either. I want to be immersed in the game, I don't want to spend the time trying to adapt to whatever weird control scheme or combo of button presses the interface requires.

Comment Re:Ideas (Score 1) 533

In the other, never log in to Google services.

That is more complicated than that, Google Analytics is used in waaaaaay to many big and small sites. You won't tell Google what you visit, but the sites themselves will. Google will see the same IP address is visiting a Google Analytics site and using GMail, and that can can be used by their ad casting machine. Try the NoScript add-on on Firefox to see how many sites tell Big Brother that you just visited them. It's jaw dropping.


Captain Bligh's Logbooks To Yield Climate Bounty 232

Pickens writes "The BBC reports that researchers are digitizing the captains' logs from the voyages of Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle, Captain Cook from HMS Discovery, Captain Bligh from The Bounty, and 300 other 18th and 19th century ships' logbooks to provide historical climate records for modern-day climate researchers who will use the meteorological data to build up a picture of weather patterns in the world at the beginning of the industrial era. The researchers are cross-referencing the data with historical records for crop failures, droughts and storms and will compare it with data for the modern era in order to predict similar events in the future. 'The observations from the logbooks on wind force and weather are astonishingly good and often better than modern logbooks,' says Climatologist Dr. Dennis Wheeler from the University of Sunderland. 'Of course the sailors had to be conscientious. The thought that you could hit a reef was a great incentive to get your observations absolutely right!' The logbooks will be online next year at the UK's National Archives."

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