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Comment Re:the reason (Score 1) 371

You know that 4GB, 120GB, 250GB, and 320GB in the Xbox 360 model names? Those are HDD sizes (or Flash in the case of the 4GB model).

You know that the first generation of Xbox 360 also came in a version without storage? Also, game developers were required to always make their games playable on any Xbox, including the ones without storage. This caused quite a few headaches to some developers.

Comment ISP didn't discover it. (Score 5, Informative) 99

KPN didn't discover it themselves. An ICT company did (accidentally even), and reported the flaw to an IT site ( instead of contacting KPN directly.

Dutch link: and

Comment Re:It'd make me finally buy a smart cellphone (Score 2) 99

Keep in mind, part of the reason for the white paper is that they want to sell their newest 79xx series VOIP phones.

True, but those phones have been around for at least 4 years now. In fact, the whole 79xx-range is being phased out, in favour of the 69xx and 99xx series. G.722 does sound very crispy though. Made a test call back then on two phones supporting it, and I remember being amazed at how clear the sound was. I did not expect it could and would make such a difference. In speakermode, it was almost as if the person was sitting next to me.

Comment Re:Sad news... (Score 3, Interesting) 89

Missing a ball should not be a problem... TAF should have 3 balls. Altough most games are designed pretty well so that balls should rarely get stuck, it is always possible. It can't be gone though, it should be somewhere, if not above the playing field then below it. Have you opened the machine?

The good thing about pinball games is that as long as the playing field itself is in good condition, anything can be fixed or replaced. If none of the solenoids fire up, it sounds like a blown fuse.

What I like about the later games, and only discovered after I owned my own TAF, is how clever the software and diagnostics are. If a switch on the playfield hasn't been hit in the last 50 games, it is considered broken. If it is stuck-on, it is considered broken too. Either way, the software is programmed to work around it, and still provide a playable game. If no switch is thrown during a game for x seconds, it assumes the ball is stuck somewhere, and fires all solenoids one by one, attempting to kick the ball somewhere. If a switch is flagged as broken, the display shows a small dot behind the credits counter ("Credits: 0." instead of "Credits: 0"), so operators can see at a glance if a machine needs service or not. Also, like many electrical devices in that era, they came with full electric diagrams. The electronic components are all before everything became SMD, so it's still possible to do basic circuit board repair yourself.

Yes, I love my machine, and am sad they have just about disappeared. Stern is afaik the only manufacturer left, but I'm not a huge fan of their games, altough Lord of the Rings was pretty cool. If you're interested, visit the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, with over 150 working machines. Bring tons of quarters.

Comment Sad news... (Score 5, Interesting) 89

He outlived his creation... Pinball machines are almost nowhere to be found any more. Unfortunately those photoplay machines offered more variety in gameplay and less maintenance (not to mention way less floorspace), replacing pinballs almost worldwide.

I find pinball machines (especially the later ones, from the solid state era) a perfect blending of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, art, and game.

As a proud owner of an Addams Family machine, I can only think of Anjelica Huston's sampled voice saying "Rest in peace" after draining the final ball.

Comment Re:Here's how it works: (Score 5, Informative) 156

BREIN took some (small) ISPs to court to get blocking orders, and won.

Xs4all and Ziggo are not "some (small) ISPs". Ziggo is the largest cable internet provider, and Xs4all is owned by KPN, the largest telephony provider and one of the largest DSL providers. It's no coincidence these two providers were sued. BREIN aimed high.

Comment Re:I'm Dutch. (Score 5, Insightful) 156

I would like to personally apologize on behalf of my country, its legislators, and its judicial system.

Personally, yet AC? Tsk, tsk.

Frankly, I am embarrassed. Additionally, I have canceled my xs4all subscription. Xs4all - ironically known for holding the privacy and freedoms of its users in high regard - complied with this nonsensical court order and has since blocked

I'm not quite sure what's happening with this country (and I suppose the rest of the world as well), but I know it's not good.

Xs4all didn't really have a choice, now did they? Disobeying a court order is not a smart move, and if you keep disobeying, you lose.

By cancelling your subscription, you are punishing the wrong party, and have only demonstrated you are a freeloader. The least you could have done, was to wait for the appeal. Both Xs4all and Ziggo have announced they will appeal.

Comment Not just Apple... (Score 3, Interesting) 154

At the request of the Dutch government, Microsoft is delaying the update in the Netherlands (home of DigiNotar) until next week, to avoid confusion (and to buy the government more time to roll out new certs).

I feel much safer now, knowing our government has the power to stop Microsoft from rolling out security updates in a country.

Comment Re:Way past time... (Score 2) 152

Uh, it pretty much already happened.

(That is, Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, etc., have dropped them, the various logistics are shaking out as we speak.)

Except... in the Netherlands, where DigiNotar is operating from. The government has demanded Microsoft in the Netherlands to delay the rollout of this patch, because it would cause too many problems for users, and because they need more time themselves to get all certificates replaced.

Dutch article about this, including a link to the preliminary report about DigiNotar, here:

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