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Anonymous Now Attacking Corporate Fax Machines

Loibisch Re:Dont worry - Sen. Joe Liebermann will pay (410 comments)

count the times how many times word 'liebermann' passes in the above chronology.

I did. It was twice. What do I win?

(my point being your chronology is not very convincing)

more than 3 years ago

Xbox Live Class Action Being Investigated

Loibisch Not just banned from XBox Live... (453 comments)

I've been reading the argument that people have just been banned from XBL, because modifying your console somehow violates the TOS of XBL.

However, this time the ban does not just kick you off online multiplayer, it also disables functionality to install games on the included HDD! Games already installed on that HDD will not be accessible anymore. Also, any savegame you continue playing with on the banned console will get tagged with the result that you can't copy it to any other (banned or unbanned) consoles anymore.

Since a lot of people bought the Xbox360 with the ability to install games on the internal HDD right out of the box it can be argued that MS impaired the users' hardware in some way.
Also: it is rumored that it is possible for MS to band your console through future (mandatory) updates on game discs, even if you never played online. The technical capabilites are there, but if they ever start doing that their XBL-TOS-argument will be seriously flawed.

more than 4 years ago

David Pogue Wants to Take Back the Beep

Loibisch Re:Take back the seconds (383 comments)

Because your might decide NOT to confirm your number after you typed the last digit, for example if you mistyped the number or changed your mind.

more than 5 years ago

Guitar Hero III the First Game to $1 Billion In Sales

Loibisch to $1 Billion in Sales? (106 comments)

"Guitar Hero III the First Game to $1 Billion In Sales"
from the this-sentence-no-verb dept.

more than 5 years ago

Class Teaches Nerds Social Skills

Loibisch Re:You cant teach tact. (639 comments)

Librarians tend to be nerdy and incredibly sexually creative.

Which of your porn flicks did you discover that from again?

more than 5 years ago

Octopuses Have No Personalities and Enjoy HDTV

Loibisch Sounds like... (482 comments)

...your standard geek.

What, too close to home? :)

more than 5 years ago

Oops! Missed One Fix — Windows Attacks Under Way

Loibisch That's good thinking... (292 comments)

Holding back your zero day exploits until directly after the MS Patchday...if your bug hasn't been removed, then you have up to a full month of time to abuse it.


more than 5 years ago

Spore the Most Pirated Game of 2008

Loibisch Re: chances of finding valid keys? (404 comments)

With a good algorithm and a decent random number generator this should be virtually impossible.

It's somewhat like a md5sum, where modifying only a single bit in the seed changes the complete result. If these bit-changes are performed randomly, then it should be impossible to derive the "valid" keyspace.

more than 5 years ago

Gears of War 2 Patched To Fix Matchmaking Issues, Problems Persist

Loibisch Re:Matchmaking? (34 comments)

Probably one of the grunts from within the game. Happy honeymoon.

more than 5 years ago

What the Papers Don't Say About Vaccines

Loibisch Took me 5 minutes... (737 comments) read the last sentence.

They have been systematically and vigorously misled by the media, the people with access to all the information, who still choose, collectively, between themselves, so robustly that it might almost be a conspiracy, to give you only half the facts.

Six commas...

more than 5 years ago

Activision Blizzard Announces Guitar Hero 5, New Call of Duty

Loibisch Shocking... (85 comments)

New Guitar Hero?
New Call of Duty?
New Tony Hawk game?

SHOCKING, I say...who would have thought they are releasing sequels to their money-generating machines.

more than 5 years ago

Spore the Most Pirated Game of 2008

Loibisch Re: Already true for CD-key protected titles! (404 comments)

Actually, the chance of finding a proper key that is suitable for online play is non-trivial, here is how key generation usually goes:

1) programmer of company develops an algorithm to generate keys
2) company runs said algorithm 100,000 times to generate 100,000 valid keys, covering only a tiny fraction of the complete keyspace
3) company records those keys and adds them to their master server to allow online play
4) those keys are distributed with the games

What happens once the game is released is this
5) cracker figures out the algorithm
6) cracker tries to generate a "valid" key for online play, but fails because the keyspace is a couple orders of magnitude larger than the small number of keys actually distributed.

Chance of valid duplicate keys: close to nil. Chance of generating a valid key for online play: also close to nil.
Of course it happens, I just don't believe it happens that often.

more than 5 years ago

Obama's "ZuneGate"

Loibisch Re:Jesus... (608 comments)

Well, that wasn't so ba

more than 5 years ago

Obama's "ZuneGate"

Loibisch Re:Jesus... (608 comments)

Actually, I didn't mean to repeat "holy Christ" twice in the same post. I'm very sorry everybody.

That's ok, you actually have to call his name three times in order for him to...oh wait, I think that was the other guy...

more than 5 years ago

Spore the Most Pirated Game of 2008

Loibisch Re:The Solution. (404 comments)

Three will come a time when the only version of a game that is actually playable will be the one you can download off Bittorrent.

more than 5 years ago

Valve's Gabe Newell On DRM

Loibisch Re:There's nothing blunt about it. (241 comments)

Sure, all of this would also be possible withOUT DRM, but it wouldn't be much of a business model if everyone could just download everything to any computer and just leave it there for someone else to play.

But that is what already happens anyway! Take a look at The Pirate Bay, Mininova, Black Cats, whatever... name any game, it's probably there. DRM is a serious nuisance to legit clients, but merely a quick and fun challenge to crackers. All this DRM-mania does nothing but make piracy look more attractive!

I'm sorry, but any argument starting with "pirating it off the internet is easier than buying" is just stupid. Yeah, of course pirating it is easier, but it's also illegal and can get you caught, possibly costing you more than your house is worth. So wanna take the risk? Fine with me...I don't.

Gotta admire the GOG people... they sell some nice stuff at decent prices, and don't give you any of that DRM bullshit.

Yeah, because implementing a DRM scheme for games that old and which they don't have the source code to would certainly cost more money than ever being made off the titles.

more than 5 years ago



Sun to acquire Innotek GmbH

Loibisch Loibisch writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Loibisch (964797) writes "Must be that time of the century again when big companies start buying all sorts of other projects. Latest on that list: Sun Microsystems has just announced that they are going to acquire VirtualBox developer Innotek. The financial details are nowhere to be found but Sun told they would keep VirtualBox an Open Source project.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire innotek, the provider of the leading edge, open source virtualization software called VirtualBox.

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US appeals right not to surrender encryption keys

Loibisch Loibisch writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Loibisch writes "Recently in a case of child pornography possession the courts ruled that you did not have to give up your encryption password if you think you would be self-incriminating yourself that way.
The National Post now reports that the US government has appealed the courts decision, essentially trying to undermine the 5th amendment.


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