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Star Wars Conceptual Artist Ralph McQuarrie Dies at 82

kafka47 A childhood icon (65 comments)

Definitely an influential figure in my early years. A wonderful artist and imaginative soul.

more than 2 years ago

The Rise of Software Security

kafka47 Re:Slashver (79 comments)

Exactly my thought. What was that supposed to convey?

about 3 years ago

First Observational Test of the "Multiverse"

kafka47 The old lady was right (258 comments)

It *is* turtles all the way down!

more than 3 years ago

Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn

kafka47 Re:Imagine this... (647 comments)

Scenario 3:

What about the saucy pics I took of myself?

more than 4 years ago

Why "Verified By Visa" System Is Insecure

kafka47 Re:RSA keyfobs in credit cards (243 comments)

RSA Security has a 2-factor OTP device in a credit card form-factor. It is very slick.

more than 4 years ago

Real-Time Keyloggers

kafka47 Re:Thwarted by properly designed online banking (205 comments)

I work for RSA and you are absolutely correct. Attempting to authenticate twice with the same tokencode will automatically yield a rejection.

I believe the idea of this "real-time application" is that they see you typing in your passcode and zap that code into the authentication system before you do. The success of this hack is predicated on the notion that they are watching with baited anticipation, ready to spring into action the exact moment you sign into your online bank.

The chance of this actually occurring is highly remote, to say the least. The technique of racing ahead of a potential 2-factor authentication is compelling in theory, but of little practical use. If they're going to get into your bank, it has nothing to do with "defeating" Securid (or any other one-time display mechanism).

Suffice to say, this story is bunk.

about 5 years ago

Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

kafka47 Re:It's all about who you know.. (1251 comments)

This reminds me of a good quote : "It's not who you know... it's who knows you".

more than 5 years ago

Ridley Scott's Forever War In 3D

kafka47 Re:Ridley Scott is becoming Jerry Bruckheimer (296 comments)

I don't disagree. But jury is still out on Scott, Aliens was brilliant. Let him make some more films, keel over, and then we'll judge.

more than 5 years ago

Ridley Scott's Forever War In 3D

kafka47 Re:Forever War is fantastic (296 comments)

Yep, and that is good filmmaking. Also check out Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket' and it's hidden strains on indoctrination.

more than 5 years ago

Ridley Scott's Forever War In 3D

kafka47 Re:Forever War is fantastic (296 comments)

That's just it. The 'rah-rah-ness' of Starship Troopers was a deliberate and ironic statement on fascism.

more than 5 years ago

Japanese Astronaut Tests Stink-Free Underwear

kafka47 Am relieved (69 comments)

That they even had time to create a custom pants logo for the story...


more than 5 years ago

Cyan Opensources Myst Online

kafka47 Re:Neato (2 comments)


Myst games have always had a vibrant community aspect to them, and (as I understand it) fan participation has helped shape the culture and content of the game itself.

I really hope that community spirit grows around the free, player-hosted servers. With the server code presumably extending the game in interesting ways, and access to some baseline content, I think this whole idea has exciting potential.


more than 5 years ago

Important Sci/Tech History Up For Auction In UK

kafka47 Re:Values.. (97 comments)

You bought Audrey Hepburn's dress??? Post pics pls.


more than 7 years ago



Cyan Opensources Myst Online

kafka47 kafka47 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kafka47 writes "The troubled online puzzle-fest that was barely a glimmer in Myst fans' eyes, has a renewed life as maker Cyan promises to opensource the live puzzle game, Myst Online : "Cyan Worlds' Myst Online: Uru Live will become an open source title, allowing users to modify the game's code and assets however they wish and to run their own servers." As a Myst fan myself, I'm excited by the possibilities!"
Link to Original Source

kafka47 kafka47 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

covert.c writes "A real-life drama in the political world spilled over into the virtual, as the Second Life headquarters of France's controversial Front National political party fell to violent protestors. The anti-FN activists, who had armed themselves with slogans, placards and weapons, levelled the digital buildings occupied by Front National.

Second Life is often home to established political and social movements. It seems logical that opposing forces would also choose to make SL their stage. What's next, rampant terrorism?"

kafka47 kafka47 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kafka47 writes "In an interview on IBM's game industry blog 'Game Tomorrow', security expert Steve Davis (CEO, IT GlobalSecure), admonishes the game industry for a lack of focus on security. He says, "the development team is not typically rewarded for good security. They are paid to get a game out the door as quickly as possible. Even worse, they are often not the guys who are stuck with the security problems once the game is in the field.""

kafka47 kafka47 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kafka47 writes "As the anticipation of the Nintendo Wii promises to reach a fever pitch, it was refreshing to see Bit-Tech posting their impressions of the revolutionary controller system.

From the article :
What I had discovered is that as much as we all want the Wii remote to actually work as if it was a magic wand, the actuality is that it has been designed to mimic a joypad, with a few neat tricks thrown in. When I was swordfighting in Zelda for instance, I wanted to be able to hack and slash in a way that felt natural. The actuality is that it is easier to sit down, and instead of hacking and slashing, flicking your wrist in one way or another.
Somewhat disheartening, but not surprising. I'll still be getting one at christmas!"

kafka47 kafka47 writes  |  about 8 years ago

kafka47 writes "Many fantasy-themed titles favour a click-happy playstyle. In an effort to provide some good ol' fashioned twitch goodness, here comes Dark Messiah! After a long wait, the free multiplayer demo is being released. Dark Messiah's multiplayer promises to satisfy an FPS gamers' craving for a faster paced sword and sorcery adventure. Featuring a variety of game modes and 5 player classes, the battle for Ashan begins in beta today! Have fun."


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