Sony Has Lost the PS3 Hacking War
If I were Sony, I'd put off fixing this exploit for a while and watch PS3 sales go up. Only when sales slow down will I release the fix.
I've read that the PS3 logs the ID's of every bit of software it runs, even offline. So if you've used the backup manager, chances are Sony can detect it when you go online. People are working on hacks to change the ID though.
Science and the Shortcomings of Statistics
Scientists should start working with statisticians.
Man "Beats" World of Warcraft
His player vs player stat says 165/164, and World Events says 138/139. I assume this is a bug/glitch? I don't know anything about WoW so forgive me if this is a silly question.
US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s
I don't know much anything about neuromorphic computing and synthetic aperture radar image formation etc, but wouldn't it be cheaper to use GPU's instead? Is there something about these type of computations that make the Cell a better fit? Or maybe it's that PS3s are easier to attach to the existing infrastructure?
Someone please explain.
Bizarre Droid Auto-Focus Bug Revealed
Bizarre Droid Auto-Focus Bug Revealed
It actually comes from the Latin "dictum meum pactum" meaning "My word is my bond" which is the motto of the London Stock Exchange. It was shortened to "word is bond", which means "I speak the truth". It was also used as a question ("Word is bond?"), usually indicating a feeling of disbelief. Naturally, the phrase got shortened even further to just "word". So a typical conversation went something like:
"I made $12k last week"
These days saying "word" in response to a statement means "What you said is true", which implies "I agree".
Classifying Players For Unique Game Experiences
I think this is a fantastic idea and I hope more companies start doing it (provided they let you opt out, of course). I'm not really interested in the player profile aspect of it as much as the potential for balance/tweaking though.
For fighting games like Street Fighter IV etc, it's great because companies can use the data to help rebalance the characters. For example, if they notice that one character loses disproportionately to another, they can tweak the balance slightly in the next iteration (or even patch).
The ability to upload replays to the XBL/GFWL/PSN networks is also a great idea, because if the replay files are just a bit of metadata with stored inputs, game companies should be able to easily replay these games at high speed (by disabling audio/video) and capturing the resulting data.
At the end of the day, data is still king.
Investigators Replicate Nokia 1100 Banking Hack
Botnets make this procedure much simpler, and I suspect people buying these phones have access to banking data harvested by botnets. If they have the account details, they can just login themselves. No need to monitor the internet connection etc. Just spoof the number, and the code will get sent to you instead of the account holder. No flags will be raised.
Microsoft Boasts 96% Netbook Penetration
there is a substantially large group of pricky nerds that are in favor of linux for ideological reasons (and nationalist pride, suse started here).
Interestingly enough, Ubuntu started in South Africa but I've never seen it preloaded on a system at any of the computer stores I've been to. In fact, I don't really know anyone who runs Ubuntu as their primary OS.
Konami Announces a Game Based On a 2004 Battle In Fallujah
The fact is, we spend 500B a year on the military so that when we do fight people, it is a massacre. We do not want our guys to die. We want their guys to die.
You shouldn't want their guys to die, you should want their guys to surrender.
Steve Bourne Talks About the History of Sh
Don't forget SUA, though.
Gamer Claims Identifying As a Lesbian Led To Xbox Live Ban
IMO, this is more of an indication of the narrow-mindedness of the general Xbox-Live demographic than of Microsoft. Microsoft is a business, so it's likely that this person got banned because of a huge number of complaints from their customer base. They don't want to lose business, so they appeased their customers.
If however they didn't receive all that many complaints (comparatively speaking), then I think someone needs to take serious legal action against them if possible. It may sound a bit hypocritical or contradictory to hold them responsible in this case, but this to me sounds like a problem with the mindset of the general population, and Microsoft can't really be held responsible for that.
Post-Beta Windows 7 Build Leaked With New IE8
Windows 7 comes bundled with Interix, in the from of SUA (Subsystem for running Unix Applications). KSH and CSH come standard, but you can install bash using "pkg_update -L bash" (after installing the package installer).
And yes, you can run Unix commands from the Windows console or Unix shell.
Torvalds Rejects One-Size-Fits-All Linux
He may be right, but the market is usually the deciding factor. If standardisation means more people will adopt Linux, then developers will probably make more compromises.
Dvorak Layout Claimed Not Superior To QWERTY
Do "Dvorak" type keyboards exist for languages beside English?
Keanu Reeves To Star In Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop is decent, but like most other anime is very derivative and features convoluted storylines
There is much more to Cowboy Bebop than the story. That's what makes it so good. In one review I read it said Shinichiro Watanabe wanted to try something completely different: "jazz with an anime soundtrack" (paraphrased). In other words, the overall look and feel is just as if not more important than the story. Watanabe did the same thing with Samurai Champloo.
Mono 2.0 and .NET On Linux
I like Mono, I really do, however it's always playing catch-up, it's by it's very nature it's always going to be one step behind Microsoft.
Reminds me of OO.org and MS Office. Or even the Linux desktop GUI and Windows.
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