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StarCraft Is Now Free, Nearly 20 Years After Its Release (techcrunch.com) 237

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Nearly two decades after its 1998 release, StarCraft is now free. Legally! Blizzard has just released the original game -- plus the Brood War expansion -- for free for both PC and Mac. You can find it here. Up until a few weeks ago, getting the game with its expansion would've cost $10-15 bucks. The company says they've also used this opportunity to improve the game's anti-cheat system, add "improved compatibility" with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and fix a few long lasting bugs. So why now? The company is about to release a remastered version of the game in just a few months, its graphics/audio overhauled for modern systems. Once that version hits, the original will probably look a bit ancient by comparison -- so they might as well use it to win over a few new fans, right?

Comment economics (Score 2) 88

To me it seems crazy to spend so much on a 3-D printing costs when there are cheaper, easier solutions. The umbilical chord clamp: Teach people they can just leave the baby attached to the placenta till it dries out, or tie it of with string or anything else they have at hand before cutting the chord.

Comment technical challenges (Score 1) 127

Usually at some point the server needs to be able decrypt the data so it can be displayed to a user, so the key needs to be handy. So if you have the key and data on the same sever it's of little security value.

If you want to have this data in some kind of database, there is a good chance you want to be able to search and index this data. Possible to index and pre-sort encrypted data without giving away the content?

Yes, maybe encrypt some sensitive parts, but encrypting all customer data is counter productive.

Comment Re:DSL ATM overhead (Score 2) 562

DSL uses ATM AAL5 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATM_Adaptation_Layer_5 So you have ATM overhead, AAL5 overhead. So you have 40 bytes of payload, which then contain overhead from higher layers Then if your DSL is using PPPoE you have Ethernet overhead, and PPP overhead. Then you have IP and TCP or UDP overhead.

Comment WhatsAPP spam comming (Score 4, Insightful) 27

If WhatsApp doesn't add more security, my prediction, is we will start to see WhatsApp spam. If you know phone number and it's IEMI you can fake the sender using the WhatsApp protocol. All it will take now is someone to acquire a database of IEMI's and the phone numbers before the spam can start flowing.

Comment Publish patches (Score 5, Informative) 162

Publish the patches on the project mailing list, forum, or on your own website or blog. The most important thing is to get the patches out there. That will open it up to peer review and discussion. From there you have the possibility of linux distros picking up the patch and using it. Eventually the project may pick up your patches. A fork would be a last resort.

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