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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - 3.61 firmware update causes PS3 overheating issues (

An anonymous reader writes: Sony's Playstation woes continue. Complaints on Sony's forums allege that the latest system update is causing certain fat PS3 models to constantly overheat or freeze..

After receiving complaints about freezes during LA Noire, Rockstar have posted information on their support website, where they confirm the issue is not specific to LA Noire and can be reproduced with a number of games, but only on machines running 3.61. Affected users are advised to contact Sony directly.

XBox (Games)

Submission + - Microsoft promises new Xboxes for XGD3 casualties (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is due to launch a new disc format for its Xbox 360 console tomorrow — and has promised those whose consoles fail to support the new format a shiny new top-of-the-line Xbox 360 S with 250GB hard drive as a replacement.
A Microsoft spokesperson admitted to thinq_ the number affected would be "very small," however.

The company also confirmed that the upgrade will detect consoles that have had their optical drives 'flashed' in order to play pirated games and undo the hack — meaning pirates will find their precious 'backups' cease to work.

Comment Won't slow down your PC! (Score 2) 183

The tagline for VIPRE AntiVirus is 'Finally Antivirus Software That Won't Slow Down Your PC!'.

I guess we know why. Who wants to spend all those CPU cycles searching through binaries both in RAM and on disk, comparing them against a database of virus patterns, and performing advanced heuristics checks when it's so much easier to match directory names and call it a day?

Comment Unlocked x7. (Score 1) 274

My tally is 6 unlocked-at-purchase-time phones, 1 unlocked-after-purchase phone, 1 unlockable phone.

2000: Ericsson T28. Sold unlocked on 2 year contract.
2001: Ericsson A3618s: Sold unlocked outright.
2002: Nokia 8310. Sold unlocked on 2 year contract.
2004: Nokia 6280. Sold locked on 2 year contract, not unlockable (telco never bought unlocking code from Nokia)
2008: iPhone 3G: Sold locked on 2 year contract ($7/mo in handset repayments), unlocked for free
2009: iPhone 3GS: Bought unlocked from Sydney Apple Store.
2010. IPhone 4: Bought unlocked from Sydney Apple Store.
2011: (Replacement) iPhone 4: Unlocked in-warranty replacement from Apple in Canada.

Comment Battery life (Score 1) 789

Let's see how that 8 year old Pentium M based laptop does playing back a bunch of 720p H.264-encoded movies on that 'long flight' the author talks about as reason why his ancient laptop and it's replaceable battery is better. No wonder he thinks the iPad will need a second battery, despite being capable of 10+ hours of typical web+music+email usage and 13 hours of continuous 720p playback. You'd be lucky to get 90 minutes out H.264 of his laptop, and it probably wouldn't decode 720p at all.

Laptop is versatile. Tablet does few things outside of content consumption but does them well and efficiency. How are we still seeing articles like this a year after the tech world scoffed at the iPad? It's not a product for them, and they still don't get it.

Comment Re:Don't even try to understand the logic of it (Score 1) 156

The funny thing is that it was released uncensored first. The Shareware version was uncensored and got an MA15+ in Feb 1996. Unfortunately the Port Arthur massacre in April got the new right-wing government in hysterics about violent media.

By the time of it's full release in late May, it was apparently unsuitable for MA15+, but rather than making changes to the code, the distributor decided to force the game's in-built parental control mode on. The uncensored game was still on disc, and within days of its release pretty much every Australian was playing the uncensored version. I remember cracking it myself as a 12 year old -- it wasn't as sophisticated as the 'real' crack -- it forced adult mode ON, but the fact was anyone could modify duke3d.exe even without a hex editor -- opening duke3d.exe in WordPad or DOS Edit and changing the first ASCII 0 to a 1 was all it took.

Alarmed by the prevalence of the uncracked version (it was common to find it running uncensored in PC Gaming stores -- remember those?), the OFLC tried to recall the game but failed because they had been made aware the uncensored game was still on disc. At this point the distributor also submitted the unedited version.

The OFLC has never been known for their consistency -- but definitely not under the old pre-2003 code. Where an 'interactive movie' on DVD-Video could be given an unrestricted M, but the same title on PC CD-ROM went beyond MA15+ and had to be banned.


Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."
The Courts

Submission + - Pirate Bay ruling invalid? Call for retrial

MaulerOfEmotards writes: Lawyer Peter Althin, representing the Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde, called for retrial after Swedens's public service radio reported that that the presiding judge was a member of the same copyright protection organisations as several of the industry representatives. In Sweden, judges are expected to be strictly unbiased. The judge, Thomas Norström, argued that "My view has been that these activities do not constitute a conflict of interest," and he was not swayed in his judgement by involvement with copyright protection groups. Many observers, even legal experts that expected a conviction, were surprised over the severity of the April 17th ruling. In a statement, Sweden's Pirate Party chairman Rickard Falkvinge said that "The copyright lobby has really managed to bring corruption to Sweden."

Submission + - Judge in Pirate Bay trial biased 1

maglo writes: "The judge who handed down the harsh sentence to the four accused in the The Pirate Bay trial was biased, writes Sveriges Radio (Sweden Public Radio): (swedish). Google translation. The judge is member of two copyright lobby organizations, something he shares with several of the prosecutor attorneys (Monique Wadsted, Henrik Pontén and Peter Danowsky). The organizations in question are Svenska Föreningen för Upphovsrätt (SFU) and Svenska föreningen för industriellt rättsskydd (SFIR)."

Submission + - Judge biased in The Pirate Bay case ? ( 1

mhenriday writes: "(In Swedish). Swedish Public Radio's channel 3 presents evidence that the judge, Thomas Norström, in the recent first-instance trial of the four Pirate Bay founders may well have been biased due to his active participation in several organisations supporting the motion picture and recording industries' view of intellectual property rights, together with legal representatives from these industries who participated in the trial itself. This may require that the case may have to be retried in the court of first instance...."

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