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PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

iPhone-Controlled Helicopter With AR Games 51

andylim writes "Parrot has unveiled a remote-controlled helicopter that boasts augmented reality games. The helicopter is controlled using an iPhone or iPod Touch's accelerometer and touchscreen. There's a camera on the front of the helicopter, which you can use to navigate and to play augmented reality games, including a game that involves fighting a gigantic robot."

Comment Re:First post... (Score 1) 830

Windows allows devs to make stupid apps that don't conform, but if a dev wants to make a shitty app they should be allowed to. Easily confused people might need the exact same thing in the exact same place in every program, but there's no helping some people.

Here is my beef though.. Microsoft think it's cool to issue a load of GUI design guidlelines and then ... completely ignore them for their own apps !! This is to make them look unique and cool, but all it does is incentivise (?) all 3rd party devs to think "well hey *we* need to stand out as well, so *we* won't stick to the guidelines". It's like the prisoners dilemna, if you both "follow the rules" (ie don't grass) then you get out in 1 year... but if one of you decides to stitch up the other (ie make an "improved" GUI) you get out now (ie "look better to the public") !

Comment Obvious once you know it. (Score 1) 365

That was a very insightful read. Although it was "obvious" from their public intentions and statements, it does help to read something like your post to identify exactly where they are going. I'm developing a game for the Android platform and the amount of support and stuff needed from google to just get it done is phenomenal ... and now I know the intention above it all makes sense.. Google will make $$$ from sales of the game .. so make it as easy as possible for people to write stuff - more cash for me is more cash for them.... I hope you don't get into trouble with your marketing department for your post though. I think it's very positive for the company as a whole.

Comment Blatant "relevant" karma collecting ? (Score 1) 33

I've been looking for a out of the box UAV project for some time now (or in fact just a land or water based one). The best I can find so far is : "paparazzi" at - but it's still quite a bit of work to plug all the bits together (and right now I have very little spare tinkering time). Anybody got any other options ??

Pickens Calls Off Massive Wind Farm In Texas 414

schwit1 writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Plans for the world's largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle have been scrapped, energy baron T. Boone Pickens said Tuesday, and he's looking for a home for 687 giant wind turbines. Pickens has already ordered the turbines, which can stand 400 feet tall — taller than most 30-story buildings. 'When I start receiving those turbines, I've got to ... like I said, my garage won't hold them,' the legendary Texas oilman said. 'They've got to go someplace.' Pickens' company Mesa Power ordered the turbines from General Electric Co. — a $2 billion investment — a little more than a year ago. Pickens said he has leases on about 200,000 acres in Texas that were planned for the project, and he might place some of the turbines there, but he's also looking for smaller wind projects to participate in."

NASA Uses AI Customer Service Robot In Second Life 45

Linguo writes "Fusing human psychology with an advanced artificial intelligence engine, MyCyberTwin's virtual humans are being used by organizations like NASA and National Australia Bank to improve their customer support levels. MyCyberTwin technology is designed to allow almost anyone to build a virtual, artificial human — called a CyberTwin — which can handle such tasks as personalized customer support, client sales or even entertainment and companionship. CyberTwins can take the form of a clone of yourself, or a representative of your company, and they can live in almost any digital environment, including Web sites, virtual worlds, blogs, social network pages and mobile phones."

Submission + - Photograph a british policeman ? Go to Jail ! (

rixster_uk writes: In case you missed it, Britain's Terrorism Act 2000 has been modified to make it a chargeable offence to "elicits or attempts to elicit information about (members of armed forces) ... which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

In other words (and this is a very real interpretation) ... Take a picture of a bobby — and go to jail...

This does scare me. But at least it's "for the children" eh ?

Comment What happens here ?? (Score 1) 409

I have a collection of photographs. Not to go into too much detail, but they are good pics and are of me and a group of people from a few years back. I gave each member of that group a copy of those pics. One of them has now posted the best of those pics on his facebook account...

What happens next ?? If facebook decide to use them, do I have to "sue" facebook who will then countersue my friend has he didn't have license to publish them in the first place ?
First Person Shooters (Games)

Valve Discusses Team Fortress 2's Future 135

The Escapist chatted with Valve's Robin Walker about how the Team Fortress 2 team has been listening to feedback and continually updating the game to fix problems and add to the gameplay experience. Walker mentions that ideas for new classes are "floating around," and that a new mode of play will be introduced soon. "'Players have driven our entire approach to designing achievements, the way we tie unlockables to those achievements and the design of those new weapons themselves. The choices we made within the Medic and Heavy updates were very much the result of the ways that players have used that combination of classes within the game. The addition of the payload game mode came from players requesting an old Team Fortress Classic map called Hunted, and describing what they did and didn't like in that map.' ... The Scout is the next class slated for the special treatment, and Walker expects the update will be available early this year. Additionally, the team is juggling a number of side projects at the moment, including finally bringing a year's worth of the downloadable content and upgrades to the Xbox 360 version of the game. A new Payload map is in the works, more community maps are on the way and the team will soon unveil a very different new game mode."

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