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Comment Re:Priceless (Score 1) 678

There may, in fact, at least for some games, be an aspect of the game that fulfills these criteria. In that case, anybody who wants to crack the game will, indeed, have to spend weeks or months doing real software engineering to re-implement whatever it was that you left off the disk and on your server(assuming a copy of that doesn't leak on day two, which would be embarassing) in addition to doing the basic cracking work required to defeat the artificial checks and any SSL style verification of the server the game binary is talking to.

Or, some dickhead will just leak the code, or steal it right off of the servers you're running it on. If you up the game, the response will increase as well.


A Second Google Desktop Vulnerability 80

zakkie writes "According to InfoWorld, Google's Desktop indexing engine is vulnerable to an exploit (the second such flaw to be found) that could allow crackers to read files or execute code. By exploiting a cross-site scripting vulnerability on google.com, an attacker can grab all the data off a Google Desktop. Google is said to be investigating. A security researcher is quoted: 'The users really have very little ability to protect themselves against these attacks. It's very bad. Even the experts are afraid to click on each other's links anymore.'"

Submission + - Security Scanner Can See Through Clothes

mikesd81 writes: "The Associated Press has an article about Sky Harbor International Airport becoming the country's first to begin testing a controversial new federal screening system that takes X-rays of passenger's bodies in an effort to find concealed explosives and other weapons. From the article: "Critics have said the high-resolution images created by the "backscatter" technology are too invasive. But the Transportation Security Administration adjusted the equipment to make the image look something like a line drawing, while still detecting concealed weapons."

The machines is only supposed to be a backup for when passengers fail a metal detector scan. However, they do get an option of a pat-down or the x-ray machine. Passengers selected for screening by the device are asked to stand in front of the closet-size X-ray unit with the palms of their hands facing out. Then they must turn around for a second screening from behind. The procedure takes about a minute. Critics say the altered image is ineffective and the full image is invasion of privacy."
The Internet

Submission + - ESA Pushes U.S. Law on Canadian Mod Chips

An anonymous reader writes: The Entertainment Software Alliance recently demanded that Canada be placed on a blacklist for piracy, but apparently isn't waiting for Canada to change the law. A new report finds that the lobby group is now targeting mod chips in Canada and claiming that U.S. copyright law applies to Canadians who use them for personal purposes.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 not backwards compatible in Europe

gormanly writes: In the build-up to the rest of the world launch of the PlayStation 3, Sony have removed the backwards compatibility to PS2 from the hardware, probably in order to reduce the per-unit loss they're making. Will this new-spec PS3 also appear in US and Japanese stores, and if so will the first batch of PS3s rise in value on auction sites as they become harder to find?

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3(TM)) to be launched in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 would utilise a new hardware specification. [...] It also embodies a new combination of hardware and software emulation which will enable PS3 to be compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation® (PS) titles and a limited range of PlayStation®2 (PS2) titles.
Lord of the Rings

Submission + - LOTR: Shadows of Angmar MMORPG due April

zakkie writes: "A new MMORPG based on the Lord of the Rings books, not movies, is due to launch in April. Lord of the Ring Online: Shadows of Angmar has had over 350000 people involved in beta testing. A reviewer from the BBC has taken a look at it. He is pretty impressed by it overall, and mentions a few ways in which LOTRO tries to improve on existing methodologies in RPGs, including: "One neat innovation is the system of accomplishments. While all characters improve as they gain experience, also available are other ways of becoming smarter, stronger or faster that only emerge when you complete a task a certain number of times.""

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