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Half Life 2 Source Code Leaked

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the i-hate-when-that-happens dept.

Programming 1027

Pyroman[FO] writes "Gamers with Jobs is reporting that the Half Life 2 source code is floating around the net right now. It looks to be about a month old. There's no official word from Valve on the source code leak yet. Unfortunately those who want to use it to cheat already have it, we need to get the word to legitimate customers to educate them about the situation." Update: 10/02 21:51 GMT by S : Valve's Gabe Newell has an official statement, via ShackNews/HalfLife2.net, indicating "infiltration of our network" and appealing for information on the culprits.

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1027 comments

and now for something completely different... (-1, Troll)

Porthwhanker (708730) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114832)

In Soviet Russia, gay niggers sleep with white women!

Re:and now for something completely different... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114847)

In soviet Russia, you don't burn karma, Karma burns you!

Re:and now for something completely different... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114896)

I hope that one day soon, the world will be lacking of people like you, who think in terms of race and sexual orientation. In my lofty wish, the world will be mostly populated with individualists (objectivists?).

Re:and now for something completely different... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114921)

Bah delete such posts >(.

Btw, is it the whole game source? Does it have the shaders in it? So we can see if they really spent time in optimizing for nVidia's cards.

This is news??? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114838)

who cares?

wonder if this is the FP!

HL2 Source (-1, Informative)

Cowclops (630818) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114843)

www.cowclops.net/hl2_src.rar 32MB.

Re:HL2 Source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114928)

Keep posting mirrors, guys, they are getting slashdotted fast.

16kb/s to 6kb/s in less than 2 mins.

Re:HL2 Source (1, Offtopic)

Cowclops (630818) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114966)

lol, gotta love slashdot consistency. First post URL to the source gets -1 flamebait. Second post URL to the source gets +1 insightful.

Here's a link to the (-1, Informative)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114848)

source [shadow.fi]

Re:Here's a link to the (1)

aliens (90441) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114968)

link == teh dead

Re:Here's a link to the (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7115000)

it worked for me!

Re:Here's a link to the (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114994)

PS: If you download this, never work on your own GPL'ed game, ever.

Re:Here's a link to the (1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115019)

Impressive, within 30 seconds of me putting it up, the link goes dead. True Slashdot effect.

Re:Here's a link to the (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7115023)

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Who cares about FPS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114849)

Play something smarter like Ghost Recon or Operation Flashpoint instead.

Re:Who cares about FPS (1)

Zardoz44 (687730) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114888)

I've never seen Operation Flashpoint, but Ghost Recon is a FPS. Very well done and with an added strategy component, but a FPS nonetheless.

Twitch shooter? No.

Re:Who cares about FPS (1)

Gunfighter (1944) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114936)

I personally have found PlanetSide [planetside.com] to be quite enjoyable. Mixes FPS w/ RPG. Only downside is that its a Windows only game (for now). Anyone had any luck getting it to run under WINE?

Look on the bright side (4, Funny)

sahonen (680948) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114850)

We can start making mods sooner!

Re:Look on the bright side (2, Interesting)

Gudlyf (544445) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114984)

What's so funny about that? That's probably all this is -- leaked source that was sent to modders. I thought I read somewhere that Valve had done that. So really, the code's probably worthless to anyone not doing modding (i.e., no models, sounds, textures, scripting, etc.)

Open Source now? (1)

linuxkrn (635044) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114854)

Well, since it's out, Value might as well make it open source!

And GPL would be nice too. :)

Re:Open Source now? (5, Interesting)

adrianbaugh (696007) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115013)

Not a bad idea. By allowing other people to port the code to different OSes they could get some instant karma, save themselves some effort and get a bigger potential market all in one go. After all, people would still have to buy the game to get the datafiles.
The only problem is if the code contains third-party stuff like sound modules, physics engines etc.

Re:Open Source now? (5, Funny)

AKnightCowboy (608632) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115036)

After all, people would still have to buy the game to get the datafiles.

Yes, because afterall, there's absolutely no way to share binary files amongst a large group of people semi-anonymously around the Internet now is there? ;-)

Someone (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114855)

Someone at Valve is wading knee deep in it right now.

I found the source here... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114856)

:main
promote (future.game)
create (future.game)
go main
release (future.game)

Great... (0, Funny)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114858)

Ruin the game before I even have the chance to play it.

I'll still get it, though, for the great single-player experience it BETTER deliver on.

Taking a Leak... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114860)

I swear, is it just me or has leaking been in the news more than usual [cnn.com] lately?

Also, is it just the source code or have media files been leaked as well?

Crap wrong story.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114892)

I meant to link to this story [cnn.com] .

One Word: (4, Interesting)

Digital11 (152445) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114865)

Wow.

That's quite a big deal to have leaked. Unfortunately the article is down to I can't RTFA, but is this just the SDK source code or the whole friggin thing?

If it's the whole thing think of how much jeopardy that puts them in with the people they've licensed technology from (such as the Havok physics engine, etc).
Again I say, Wow.

Re:One Word: (4, Interesting)

Moonshadow (84117) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114920)

I got wind of this earlier this morning. There's a big thread on it. So far, those looking at it believe it's most likely a heavily-modified HL1 SDK, or something. Not sure if it's a hoax yet. Of course, they're gamers, not coders.

Thread here [halflife2.net] .

Be interesting to see what the verdict of the Slashdot code gurus is.

Re:One Word: (1)

Gudlyf (544445) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114933)

If it's only 32MB as reported, that means it's probably just the source code -- no graphics, models, etc. Probably no logic or scripting code either.

Re:One Word: (1)

Digital11 (152445) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114979)

Hmm... So most likely an SDK of some sort. I hope it's not the HL1 SDK cause i'm dying to get a look at the HL2 SDK.

Pascal (5, Funny)

dekashizl (663505) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114867)

Hopefully this will put to rest the controversy over Pascal. Now the world can see that you CAN write a production quality game in Pascal.

Re:Pascal (0, Flamebait)

gfody (514448) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114908)

I hope your not trying to be funny. Pascal is every bit as strong as C and object pascal puts C++ to shame

Re:Pascal (1, Funny)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114927)

Ok, my asbestos suit is now firmly attached.

FLAME ON!

*ducks*

Re:Pascal (0, Interesting)

cybercrap (319182) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114919)

Mod this shit up. Actually got a chuckle on this one.

GORDAN FREEMAN IS ON TEH SPOKE!!~1` (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114999)

...and in other news... (5, Funny)

Kandel (624601) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114868)

Valve Software are sueing Linux Kernel creator Linux Torvalds, on suspect that leaked Half-Life 2 source code is present in Linux operating system.

Re:...and in other news... (5, Funny)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114912)

That would be funnier if it was SCO suing valve for using System V Unix Code in Half Life 2.

Re:...and in other news... (0)

mike_mgo (589966) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114981)

No. It wouldn't.

Re:...and in other news... (5, Funny)

Kandel (624601) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115025)

I can just see all the Valve Software guys in a circle around a SCO executive, pushing him around going...
"Whadda gonna do huh? Revoke out Unix license!"

Re:...and in other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114954)

No but SCO are having their crack (smoking) team of auditors grep through the code right now.

Re:...and in other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7115009)

...leaked Half-Life 2 source code is present in Linux operating system

Lest we forget the gaming goodies hidden in Microsoft Excel (here [eeggs.com] , here [eeggs.com] ), and Word (here [eeggs.com] )?

Thanks ATI! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114872)

I knew ATI wouldn't let us down!

8th post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114874)

yay!

So, Linux client possibility ? (-1)

BattleCat (244240) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114877)

Heh, maybe, we could finally see for ourselves if it can be ported to Linux easily ..
Or is it a secret plot from Valve to open-source HL2 without making shareholders/publishers angry ?

No games under GPL systems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114947)

The trouble with porting to Linux has to do with the proprietary technologies such as Havok-physics engine.

You can't port such systems to a GPLd operating system because then you'd have to release the source code and that's not an option with proprietary 3rd party components.

Face it. As long as Linux is under a ridiculous license such as GPL, you won't get any real games beyond Tux Racer. Developing graphics, hiring professional story writers as well as actors both for voice tracks and motion-animation costs a lot of money and nobody will do that if everybody can just copy the game.

Re:No games under GPL systems (1)

alienw (585907) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114991)

Is this a troll or are you just a retarded assmonkey? It's hard to tell, there are too many retarded assclowns running around Slashdot these days.

A novel proposal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114878)

Wow...no posts yet, and already the site is down. I propose we create a term, perhaps "Slashdotted," to describe sites that go down from too much traffic. With that term in mind, perhaps we could then take measures of some kind to ensure that we don't link to sites that are likely to be "slashdotted." Wow...I really like my new word, has a certain ring to it, don't ya think?

Excellent!!!!!!!! (0, Offtopic)

LupidStupy (663804) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114880)

Now I can figure out how Freeman craps in that damn suit!

Re:Excellent!!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114971)

with difficulty

oh great (-1, Flamebait)

Firestorm_Rising (666286) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114883)

The only thing that can prevent cheaters now is Steam!

We're doomed.

"use it to cheat?" (2, Interesting)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114884)

Aren't we past security through obscurity by now? Or is that just applied to Microsoft.

Re:"use it to cheat?" (4, Insightful)

Moonshadow (84117) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114972)

Most people don't think like that. They think "You have the source, you can make whatever cheats you want!" They're gamers, not coders, and most don't have a clue what they're talking about. I trust that Valve is professional enough to write tight code.

The most damage is the loss of company secrets (Source engine techniques, anyone?) and the potential damage to engine licensing opportunities, I think.

Re:"use it to cheat?" (5, Insightful)

slamb (119285) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114996)

Aren't we past security through obscurity by now?

Not with games, especially first-person shooters. It's a problem of distributing the workload with limited server resources and limited bandwidth / high latency between nodes. To make the game playable, the clients have to know things and be trusted to do calculations that from a security standpoint they should not.

This really is unfortunate. It means you really can't stop cheating with this sort of game. It's especially easy when the source code is available, though it's still possible otherwise.

Re:"use it to cheat?" (5, Insightful)

PyromanFO (319002) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115051)

Mod this man up, I wasn't talking about the latest OpenSSH release getting leaked, it's Half Life 2. The latency problems mean you can't really have secure netcode, however obscurity goes a long way to help.

The CDKey and Steam authentication systems are also supposedly included, so any security control they had before goes out the window, you can't trust the CD Keys or Steam anymore. Not that they were perfect before, but this is going from "wait a bit while the crackers figure out this new authentication system, then it's changed in a patch, repeat" to "here it is on a silver platter, before it's released"

Re:"use it to cheat?" (1)

rsmith-mac (639075) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115033)

No one is saying that the only security for HL2 is obscurity, only that it was another layer. Unfortunately, it's probably one of the most important layers, as the source code gives cheaters an idea of what to mess with to pull of things like wallhacking, and other cheats that are always going to be impossible to prevent, but were harder because of obscurity. All things considered, this is a "bad thing."

It wasn't 'leaked'... (5, Funny)

goldspider (445116) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114891)

...it was FREED!!

Re:It wasn't 'leaked'... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7115024)

you fucking dick

MaxClients (1)

tcopeland (32225) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114893)

Yikes.
Warning: Too many connections in /var/www/html/pnadodb/drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 121

Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Too many connections in /var/www/html/pnadodb/drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 121
mysql://postnuke_game:@localhost.localdomain/ gamerswithjobs_com_-_main failed to connectToo many connections
Here's one way to fix it [apache.org] .

Here it is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114939)

:


Posted by: Pyroman[FO] on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 11:02 AM EST

So I know what you're thinking. "Yeah right Pyro, it's really just more suprise gay porn" but its the real deal.The source code for Valve's Half-Life 2 has been leaked to the net.An anonymous GWJ reader has verified this is real.

I can confirm that this is indeed no fake ... The thing is available as a torrent download on the net. I don't know how much action they will take against people downloading this. ... The last edits are from a month ago (in the files).If this is fake, it is a damn good one. It looks very coherent.Over 100 megs unpacked source


There's still no official word from Valve and I haven't seen any other sites pick it up.There isn't any word on who leaked it either and from what I have heard the source doesn't give it away.Hopefully when this gets out in the open Valve can work with its partners to figure out who did this.Let's also hope it doesn't delay Half-Life 2 any further.

One things for sure, this can't be ignored.Those in the know already have it and they're probably working on their first cheat right now.Legitimate customers are the ones who need to know about this as they are the ones that will get their machine potentially broken into when they go online.You can't warez with month old source code, all it's good for is exploiting others in multiplayer and allowing crackers to make better cracks. Customers need to know that there are cheaters out there right now with the full Half Life 2 source code, if this is true.

Re:MaxClients (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114943)

It's a mySQL error given by php.. Apache is serving the pages just fine. They need to tweak their mysql configuration.

Re:MaxClients (1)

cmburns69 (169686) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114965)

Thats what you get when your Apache MaxClients setting is higher than your PHP MaxClients setting.

Re:MaxClients (1)

PyromanFO (319002) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114995)

Yeah, we got slashdotted. Ugh! Maybe I shouldve submitted to games.slashdot.org instead :) I'll talk to our hosting company and see if we can get back up.

You know you're on Slashdot when... (5, Insightful)

SUB7IME (604466) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114897)

... cheating is considered the 'big threat' of a source code leak, rather than the huge impending theft of intellectual property ;-)

Theft? Property? (1)

Thinkit3 (671998) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114978)

You're not very good with language, are you?

Mirrors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114898)

Anybody see it in time to mirror the article?

That's the net for you... (5, Funny)

pegr__ (144172) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114899)

Great... The article is Slashdotted... But the leaked code is mirrored everywhere!

Full text of linked article (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114900)

Full article from:
http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/modules.php?o p=modlo ad&name=News&file=article&sid=665

Half-Life 2 Source Code Leaked, Seriously
Posted by: Pyroman[FO] on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 11:02 AM EST

So I know what you're thinking. "Yeah right Pyro, it's really just more suprise gay porn" but its the real deal. The source code for Valve's Half-Life 2 has been leaked to the net. An anonymous GWJ reader has verified this is real.

I can confirm that this is indeed no fake ... The thing is available as a torrent download on the net. I don't know how much action they will take against people downloading this. ... The last edits are from a month ago (in the files). If this is fake, it is a damn good one. It looks very coherent. Over 100 megs unpacked source

There's still no official word from Valve and I haven't seen any other sites pick it up. There isn't any word on who leaked it either and from what I have heard the source doesn't give it away. Hopefully when this gets out in the open Valve can work with its partners to figure out who did this. Let's also hope it doesn't delay Half-Life 2 any further.

One things for sure, this can't be ignored. Those in the know already have it and they're probably working on their first cheat right now. Legitimate customers are the ones who need to know about this as they are the ones that will get their machine potentially broken into when they go online. You can't warez with month old source code, all it's good for is exploiting others in multiplayer and allowing crackers to make better cracks. Customers need to know that there are cheaters out there right now with the full Half Life 2 source code, if this is true.

article doesn't add much (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114904)

Considering the submitter is the guy who posted the article, there's not much to add to the blurb:

So I know what you're thinking. "Yeah right Pyro, it's really just more suprise gay porn" but its the real deal. The source code for Valve's Half-Life 2 has been leaked to the net. An anonymous GWJ reader has verified this is real.

I can confirm that this is indeed no fake ... The thing is available as a torrent download on the net. I don't know how much action they will take against people downloading this. ... The last edits are from a month ago (in the files). If this is fake, it is a damn good one. It looks very coherent. Over 100 megs unpacked source

There's still no official word from Valve and I haven't seen any other sites pick it up. There isn't any word on who leaked it either and from what I have heard the source doesn't give it away. Hopefully when this gets out in the open Valve can work with its partners to figure out who did this. Let's also hope it doesn't delay Half-Life 2 any further.

One things for sure, this can't be ignored. Those in the know already have it and they're probably working on their first cheat right now. Legitimate customers are the ones who need to know about this as they are the ones that will get their machine potentially broken into when they go online. You can't warez with month old source code, all it's good for is exploiting others in multiplayer and allowing crackers to make better cracks. Customers need to know that there are cheaters out there right now with the full Half Life 2 source code, if this is true.

open-source for everybody! (0)

blake8087 (688462) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114910)

perhaps this will benefit the HL2 gaming community, (and not hurt the developers) enough that other companies will see the value of releasing open-source games, doubtful, but i'm an optimist =)

No more betting on Half Life 2 contests (3, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114914)

I guess I'll have to stick to something I can trust: Professional Wrestling.

The hitchikers guide to the galaxy (TM)... (1)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114922)

...defines a Counter-Strike cheater as:

"The only creature on the planet Earth (little blue thing 3'rd from the sun) that its inhabitants regard as more pathetic than a computer virus author."

They will definetly be the second up against the wall when the revolution comes.

Re:The hitchikers guide to the galaxy (TM)... (2)

Xerithane (13482) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115053)

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy(TM) defines a person who can't spell "definitely" as:

The only creature a Counter-Strike cheater could defeat in a battle of wits.

Serial Code (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114934)

I wonder if the code includes the appropiate part of the code validator for when installing. If so it might pose a problem. Of course anything like that could be easily updated for the final versions so whilst embaressing its not a total commerical failures. Also does it include the maps + media or is it just the engine itself?

Rus

Re:Serial Code (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114987)

Since it supposedly leaked a month ago, there's a large chance it doesn't even compile. Daily updates fix some things and horribly break others.

Steam? (4, Insightful)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114937)

Nice to see that DRM is helping to make sure that it's hard to cheat and rip off the hard working games companies...

Those who want to steal will, those who are honest will pay anyway. Why piss off your entire userbase with DRM?

In Other News (0, Redundant)

asv108 (141455) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114944)

The SCO group filed a lawsuit today alleging that the leaked Half-Life 2 source violated System V IP.

Hopefully this includes Steam... (1)

pla (258480) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114946)

Which would actually help Valve, because while I really want to buy and play this game, Hell will get a tad chilly before I put up with the associated DRM.

So c'mon, all you little cracking groups out there, grab this source and make us a fix for the rights-sucking crap the call Steam.

Re:Hopefully this includes Steam... (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115038)

"Hell will get a tad chilly before I put up with the associated DRM."

If you're willing to pay for the game, why are your panties all in a bunch over Steam? It's not like it would affect you if you have a legitimate copy of the game.

So there's got to be some other motive behind your words... something more to the tune of "Someone please make a crack so I don't have to buy the game."

depending on the code (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114949)

depending on the code, this could be a disaster for online gamers wanting to play in a cheat-free environment.

of course, its more likely that the code isn't very relevant and so this is probably not worth the alarm.

best case: HL2 r0xors and the leaked code is innocuous.

worst case: HL2 sux0rs and stupid teenage kids with too much time on their hands begin the h4x0ring process and counter-strike2 turns into an idiot-fest. w00t!

Text of article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114951)

Amazingly, I got through. Posting this anonymously since I'm not a karma whore ;)

Half-Life 2 Source Code Leaked, Seriously
Posted by: Pyroman[FO] on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 11:02 AM EST

So I know what you're thinking. "Yeah right Pyro, it's really just more suprise gay porn" but its the real deal. The source code for Valve's Half-Life 2 has been leaked to the net. An anonymous GWJ reader has verified this is real.

I can confirm that this is indeed no fake ... The thing is available as a torrent download on the net. I don't know how much action they will take against people downloading this. ... The last edits are from a month ago (in the files). If this is fake, it is a damn good one. It looks very coherent. Over 100 megs unpacked source

There's still no official word from Valve and I haven't seen any other sites pick it up. There isn't any word on who leaked it either and from what I have heard the source doesn't give it away. Hopefully when this gets out in the open Valve can work with its partners to figure out who did this. Let's also hope it doesn't delay Half-Life 2 any further.

One things for sure, this can't be ignored. Those in the know already have it and they're probably working on their first cheat right now. Legitimate customers are the ones who need to know about this as they are the ones that will get their machine potentially broken into when they go online. You can't warez with month old source code, all it's good for is exploiting others in multiplayer and allowing crackers to make better cracks. Customers need to know that there are cheaters out there right now with the full Half Life 2 source code, if this is true.

Ramifications (1)

Iscariot_ (166362) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114956)

This is pretty major, but that's no suprise.

This could mean (and probably does) that the multi-player functionality will be delayed until 2004 to find a way to secure it. Or maybe worse, the entire game could be delayed in order to make it compatible with a rewritten version of steam. (I am assuming that the half-life 2 source includes steam...)

Also, I guess Valve won't be licensing their tech in China... ever ;)

That 'holilday release' might be missed now... This is a sad day for gamers. Maybe an even more sad day for the Havok people (since Half Life used their physics stuff).

It's nice to know (1)

Sir Haxalot (693401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114958)

that although the actual news site is slashdotted, when you type 'half life 2 source' into google news search... well, have a look at the results [google.com] .

More info (4, Informative)

redink1 (519766) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114961)

The staff at halflife2.net believe its real [halflife2.net] .

There are also a few threads on steam [steampowered.com] , PlanetHalfLife [forumplanet.com] , and arstechnica [infopop.net] .

Oh no. (5, Funny)

akunkel (74144) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114962)

Lets just hope it does not end up in the Linux kernel.

Does this guarantee a Linux port now? (2, Interesting)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114967)

I mean, not like they have way to much of a choice right?

In related news... (0, Redundant)

kzinti (9651) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114969)

...SCO announced today that they would be suing Valve for copyright infringement, because the Half Life 2 source code contained "over a million lines" if its unix source code.

bunny (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114973)

Yes! I cant wait to start bunny hopping again.

BOING BOING BOING

its on usenet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7114983)

its on usenet, in the typical places.

Thanks Slashdot (1)

erik umenhofer (782) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114986)

...for mass marketing the leak. Honestly, is this something that should be broadcast over the world like this? I figure it wouldn't hurt not to tell as many people possible of this.

Doubt there is much Valve can do now. I just think bringing up the fact wasn't the best idea.

Code control technology (4, Insightful)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7114992)

It seems like these development houses need some sort of code control technology. Given that bits are inherantly copyable and the ease with which they're moved in large numbers (net, DVD-Rs, etc), companies can't rely on conventional security methods to protect themselves from serious employee theft.

But how?

At my company, we control access to code using good 'ol fashioned groups, but that leaves a relatively large number of people with access to everything. Maybe you could enhance that security with encryption of the codebase (you can decrypt the parts you need to change and that's it), but that doesn't seem like a great solution, either. Or maybe somehow watermark the code to each person in a way not easy to detect -- maybe dynamically change their variable names so they're individual-specific...

Anyhow, interesting problem. There's always air-gap, searched-by-security on the way out solutions, but given that my keychain holds more data than my first (or second, or third) hard drive, I'm not sure how effective even a police-state style could be against a determined thief....

Gee. (1, Insightful)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115006)

Who cares. So some nerds in Idaho with nothing better to do will be wall hacking on the "SNIPER RIFLES ONLY --- NO NEWBS@! Xx-- CLAN 17th L33T --xX" server.

slashdotted... (1, Funny)

the_mind_ (157933) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115008)

Well.... we Halfed the Life of that server too

/me logs of and runns away

slashdot.heaven headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7115012)

Life source code leaked:

"There is the Life 1 source code floating around the universe right now. There's no official word from God on the source code leak yet. Apparently some human scientist on Milkyway.SolarSystem.Earth stumbled upon the proprietary Genome code an undetermined time ago.

Why... ? (1)

Ed_Moyse (171820) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115018)

we need to get the word to legitimate customers to educate them about the situation


And do what exactly? What do the legitimate customers do with this "valuable information" that you're going to provide them? Not buy HL2? Hardly? Use their 733t coding skillz to protect themselves from cheaters? The linked article talks about people getting their computers cracked because of this ... come on! Get a grip!

Mac OS X port early? (1)

schwatoo (521485) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115020)

So it looks like we can expect the port to Mac OS X (or insert other platform here) to happen real soon?

Ahh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7115032)

So thats why they delayed.

Source Links (1)

MikeD83 (529104) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115037)

Where's the souce links? I wanna throw that through Visual Studio and start fragging!

Gamersforhire needs a new machine (1)

bigjnsa500 (575392) | more than 10 years ago | (#7115043)

I wonder what the CPU load is:

Warning: Too many connections in /var/www/html/pnadodb/drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 121

Warning: MySQL Connection Failed: Too many connections in /var/www/html/pnadodb/drivers/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 121 mysql://postnuke_game:@localhost.localdomain/gamer swithjobs_com_-_main failed to connectToo many connections

*yawn* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7115050)

Who cares? YAFPS - Yet Another First Person Shooter WooppyDo! who gives a crap anyhow?
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