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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

omglolbah Re:CS players cheat? (217 comments)

And the next step is kernel module for anti-cheat.. *sigh*

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

omglolbah Re:CS players cheat? (217 comments)

That is what League of Legends does. The fact that servers send the client more information than it strictly needs is just silly.
Though generating 3d sound from players client-side would require positional data.. so it is a bit tricky

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

omglolbah Re:Valve does 1 "sweep" and so the fuck what? (217 comments)

VAC catches the people bad at it. Without it we would have a huge number of free hacks floating around. The ones being used now cost money, which limits the user-base somewhat at least.

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

omglolbah Re:Shocking (217 comments)

Valve has done a huge job in getting rid of those sorts of hacks. But this is and has always been a big arms race.

VAC did defeat most of this crud for quite a while, but there will always be people willing to create new hacks as long as there is money or 'lulz' involved.

Best we can really do is be vigilant and weed out those who ruin the game for the rest. Be it with hacks or just general asshatesque behavior.

2 days ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

omglolbah Re:Various hacking tools? (217 comments)

Wall-hacking and tracking stuff mostly. Since your client knows the location of all the players for the purpose of generating 3d sound etc you can extract that info. These hacks were distributed through steam workshop due to a flaw in that system, and were thought to be hidden from VAC.. until the bans hit ;)

2 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

omglolbah Re:Backups? (223 comments)

"Load balancing" the work like that works nicely.. until you run at 90% load all the time, and you suddenly lose 15% of your capacity.

about 2 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

omglolbah Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (323 comments)

If I buy something and have my library set to sync I am fine with the download.

If they decided to give me something like this, let me opt-in to the download.
Data is not free.

about 2 months ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

omglolbah Re:Automated test in is a minimum (152 comments)

You would love the control system software we use at work... (world leading platform for the industry).

No revision control. You have 'current' revision. That is it.

Integrated code editor that has no syntax highlighting.

Patches to the system will break components that are not considered 'core'. Which forces updates of ALL components in the system. This has lead to bugs persisting at sites for years with no patch because nobody wants to fix bugs when it costs tens of millions of dollars to do so.

No automatic testing. Of anything. When we update a component everything has to be tested manually. Someone will sit for 2 weeks and check every state of GUI symbols for the whole HMI. Oh joy...

If you change ANYTHING in code, you can no longer connect to controllers to view live data. You need to do a download to the control with the code changes before live data can be observed. This means that as soon as you make changes, you lose the ability to view the old code running. There is no way to have both a 'online capable' version of the code and a changed codebase in the same control system. We operate two separate virtual environments and switch VLANs or just move a cat6 when testing...

This is for oil rig control systems. There is no automated testing of any kind, even for critical emergency shutdown systems. Every test is done manually.
The ESD systems are usually a complex matrix of casues and effects with hundreds of inputs, hundreds of outputs... This is all tested manually as the software does not support any reasonable simulation of the controller input/output systems.

Enjoy that little gem.

about 3 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

omglolbah Re:Seems appropriate (353 comments)

How do you prove that you cannot remember something?

How do you prove that they destroyed it?

The issue here is that you have to prove your innocence, and there is no viable way to do so.

about 5 months ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

omglolbah Re:Yay for government!!! (139 comments)

The issue is that a lot of the phones stolen make their way out of those countries to a place where they CAN be used.

China is supposedly a big place to sell stolen phones (big shock).

about 7 months ago
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oVirt 3.4 Means Management, VMs Can Live On the Same Machine

omglolbah Re:Still trying to wrap my head... (51 comments)

Well, one reason is when you have a vendor which does not support your system -at all- if you install any unauthorized software packages or even OS updates that have not been cleared.

At that point you want 'clean' VMs that follow the vendor spec exactly.

about 8 months ago
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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

omglolbah Re:Nonsense. (162 comments)

Air gaps are fun.

Engineering workstation on the air-gapped system is connected to the same keyboard and monitor as an office machine.
Space constraints in the office on an oil rig.

The same engineer who went around pushing orange 'locks' in all the usb ports on the whole damn plant, including on the switches etc also created this gem.
Unlock the USb port on the KVM, add a usb stick. That way he could easily 'move files between the systems without looking for a stick'.....

You cannot fix stupid.

about 8 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

omglolbah Re:Wut? (253 comments)

Some players enjoy leveling, others do not.

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

omglolbah Re:Value (253 comments)

Guild Wars 2 solved this issue beautifully I felt.

When you enter a zone your hp, damage etc gets scaled to the level of the area. Only down-scaled however so you cannot just jump to high level areas immediately.

This DOES mean that your friends at higher levels can play with you though,which a bunch of my friends did. Worked great.

Sadly the game didnt really 'last' for us for a variety of other reasons.

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

omglolbah Re:Can't imagine many will see the point (253 comments)

I would not pay to level up an alt... but if I were to start on a new server? I actually might.

Starting out on a new server, even with heirlooms you still end up sometimes strapped for cash.
Boosting up to 90 so you have a 'money-runner' so to speak might be worth it.

Personally I've leveled up probably 30 characters since I started playing shortly after launch in EU.. I find it enjoyable compared to a lot of other time-wasters. Sometimes I just want to mindlessly derp around after a long day of figuring shit out at work.

I doubt I will make use of it, but I can see situations where I could.
Especially with the amusing exchange rate/cost of living difference between the US and where I live... 60 bucks is roughly 4 pints :p

about 9 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

omglolbah Re:It's all the same (367 comments)

They require a social account to 'outsource' the verification of non-bot accounts.
Doesnt work well, but still...

Account-less commenting was ruined by trolls years ago.

about 10 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

omglolbah Re:oh well (385 comments)

They know the exact cause of the problem, they just wont tell us.

"This is a known issue with the ProLiant 380DL G5 series."

Yet they do not consider it a production flaw or a bug, even though it will require a motherboard replacement to fix. They consider it "not our problem" so customers are left to hunt the market for refurb machines to replace em.. (we're locked into a certain line due to the HUGE costs of re-certifying the system if we change anything..)

about 10 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

omglolbah Re:oh well (385 comments)

Where I work the engineers pick the hardware. Not a bad place in that way.

about 10 months ago

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