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Xfire Purchased, Team Leaving

sopssa What a shitty summary (161 comments)

3D Realms seems unlikely and the random edit was only in Wikipedia for a few minutes. And why does the summary link to the static "down" html page? The website is up and working. Nice twisting there.

But really, the previous owner was Music Television. I always thought that was a little bit weird.

more than 3 years ago
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Could Open Source Render Facebook the Next AOL?

sopssa Too late (293 comments)

They're too late to join the game. The problem is that Facebook already has everyone you know, so everyone joins it because everyone else already is there. Some random mumblings about walled gardens and open source won't make normal people switch over.

Difference with AOL (never even heard about Prodigy) versus email is that a lot of people used the standard email. I think AOL was mostly just US-centric too, I don't know anyone who would had actually used it. This was also time when internet was mostly used by geeks who understood it and valued open standards.

Someone in these kind of stories always suggests that you set up your own Facebook-like service or just a website. That's just thinking too much of yourself - why would people visit your site just to see your stuff? Facebook is great because it lets me easily see them from all the people, even if I don't keep in touch with them so much.

Also, how do you handle things like Facebook games and cooperation with people in them? Oh, you say Facebook games are stupid and people shouldn't play them. Arrogant attitudes like that don't really help either, because people obviously like the games. We aren't the ones to tell other people what they should or shouldn't like.

In Facebook's case one big service works a lot better than thousand small ones. How would you even search for people, places, events and so on with them? It would go back to the @something.com convention which defeats the whole purpose.

When I was recently visiting a different country I could easily search for the one guy I knew. From his connections I found everyone else I had met and also saw a lot of interesting events and businesses I wouldn't had otherwise known about. You can't really use a search engine for something you don't know about. This was the first time I actually understood how great service Facebook is - you just have to use it correctly.

more than 3 years ago
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How Cyber Spies Infiltrate Business Systems

sopssa Re:Windows is more secure than ever! (83 comments)

Did you notice the story is about targeted attacks? OS doesn't have much to do with those. In fact since these are companies internal networks and servers and not workstations, I suspect they actually run some UNIX variant.

more than 3 years ago
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Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?

sopssa Re:Hardly (362 comments)

I play Modern Warfare 2 almost all for it's multiplayer. The single player campaign was great, but the fun begins in multiplayer. I also love games that have co-op play along with single player, because you can play with your friends and it opens up a lot of new possibilities. Games like Left 4 Dead with 4 player co-op (and versus mode) are also extremely fun because you have to work as a group and if you mess up, other players need to save you and you affect the game. It's a lot of fun.

I do also play games like Splinter Cell Conviction and Civilization series where the main point is with the single player. However for example playing Civilization with real people add completely new aspects to it.

Why it has to be either only single player or multiplayer (or badly tossed in multiplayer)? Work on both of them to make them great. The upcoming Medal of Honor actually has two completely different teams working for single player and multiplayer - EA's own team for single player and DICE for multiplayer and they even use different engines.

Multiplayer provides a lot of fun, so why take it off? Especially when it's value that usually only paying customers can enjoy. Many times on slashdot I've read that companies should provide more value to paying customers versus pirates - multiplayer is it and can definitely be a good factor in if a person buys the game or pirates it, and I personally love playing with other people.

more than 3 years ago
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Electronic Arts, THQ Look To Microtransactions

sopssa Piracy will be impossible (83 comments)

Note that in this case the games itself would be free like in asian markets and I doubt that the normal games are going anywhere. This is most likely to expand their market. There are a lot of people, especially teens, who rather pay for individual items than go to a store and pay full $60 for a game.

It also makes piracy really hard, especially when the games are played online and the info about items and addons you own are on the server. It's practically impossible to pirate that. With the 90% piracy rate on PC games it's not surprising that publishers are looking for new ways, even if that's sad. PC gamers really need to think about their future and not try to get everything for free, because it just leads to publishers making games where it's not possible - shitty online games with microtransactions for the housewifes.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows vs. Ubuntu — Dell's Verdict

sopssa Re:It's about being truthful (718 comments)

Just because someone makes positive comments doesn't make one a shill. It's funny that I've also been accused of being a shill for Valve, Steam, Google, and large amount of other companies or products I have good experience with. It's almost funny how often someones first defense on slashdot to some positive comment is to call him a "shill". But yeah, lets all be negative.

and fyi, I stopped posting on slashdot because for the last three months some people followed me and down modded all my comments, even many days later, resulting in -1 karma and 2 posts limit.

about 4 years ago
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Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 Released

sopssa Re:First Post !! (190 comments)

It may trump IE, but it sure does feel and respond slower than Opera and Chrome. It's not always just about how quick the javascript engine and so on is, but how it feels to the user. Instant rendering of the page as soon as it starts loading (like in Opera) and responsive UI contribute a lot to user experience. Mozilla seems to forget this fact. Opera in comparison is really responsive, even while it comes build-in with huge amount of more features.

Memory footprint doesn't tell much because of the way modern OS tries to allocate RAM. After all, all non-used RAM goes to waste.

about 4 years ago
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US Pirate Movie Site DNS Seizure Fail

sopssa Other countries should start policing Internet too (343 comments)

More recently in 2008, Kentucky courts seized the domain names for 141 online gambling sites (all for companies based in other countries including Malta and Costa Rica). The Kentucky court action threatened to disrupt global traffic to PokerStars, Full Tilt, Absolute Poker and many others. As of March of this year the case is still winding its way through Kentucky appellate and supreme court (the case has been reversed then upheld and is currently resolving issues of standing).

What gives US the right to seize domains of companies based in other countries and force their laws, views and things like ACTA and banning of internet casinos to citizens of other countries?

You wouldn't want China to take down international sites that violate their laws, would you? Or radical countries like North Korea? It's not even just about Internet, but in general too. What makes it OK for USA to do so. Actually, instead of filtering maybe China should start just taking down the sites they don't like.

Since US tries to put laws on the citizens of other countries, I say it's only fair other countries do the same. Like execute the death sentence of Facebook CEO. The best thing about this is that if Zuckerberg gets put into Interpol wanted list, he gets extradited to Pakistan as soon as he visits some other country. It's only fair, right?

about 4 years ago
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YouTube Hit By HTML Injection Vulnerability

sopssa Re:I experienced this! (224 comments)

I don't really understand who uses YouTube like that anyway. Usually I search for something and I get what I want, or I follow a link on a discussion that is already interesting to me. Then there also many sites and forums that categorize videos of a certain theme. YouTube is obviously too big to cater for everyone in a different way.

about 4 years ago
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YouTube Hit By HTML Injection Vulnerability

sopssa Re:Really? (224 comments)

They probably introduced the bug recently. It's not like they wrote the code once 6 years and called it done, code on websites changes all the time and generally with any program it's easier to miss something and introduce new bugs in existing code since you can quite easily forget something.

about 4 years ago
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Tunneling Under the Great Firewall?

sopssa Fear (403 comments)

This fear of China is just WTF. "my lack of a nickname on this submission being testament to that", VPN's, Tor, all of that just to browse the regular Internet. Anyone who writes these things obviously have not been there or in the other Asian countries.

Most of the western quality hotels provide access to unfiltered Internet and you are most likely staying in one of those. Besides, the Chinese and Asian in general are quite relaxed people. Just think if American cops would be this patient and try to help the guy.

Seriously, the Chinese, Asian and rest of the world hate and fear by Americans is getting beyond ridiculous.

about 4 years ago
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Microsoft Busting Its Own Browser+OS Myth

sopssa Re:Why should they care now? (204 comments)

What does this prove? Different versions of IE's can obviously provide the system and application wide libraries too, but there has to be at least one of them installed for it to work.

Then there is also the fact that countless amount of software uses IE's rendering engine, which has to be present in the system for those to work. Which again works with different versions of it.

I'm happy Steam changed to it's own WebKit, but it was just a few months ago and there still are thousands of other software that uses it.

about 4 years ago
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EU Plans To Make Apple, Adobe and Others Open Up

sopssa Great News (389 comments)

Apple is the single largest abuser of open technology, standards, formats and platforms. To create anything for any of their platforms, you need to use Apple tools, Apple hardware and pay Apple. It's not even technical limits on the hardware, but all artifical barriers created by Apple.

I have no idea why Microsoft always gets yelled at because other third parties don't implement their support fully, but Apple gets a free pass on it.

The great thing about the "Any kind of IT product should be able to communicate with any type of service in the future." is that it can also mean that Apple needs to open iPhone and iPad for third party developers not just via their App Store, but fully without jailbreaking.

This is great news for independent developers or hobbyist.

about 4 years ago
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New Tool Reveals Internet Passwords

sopssa How is this news exactly (140 comments)

These password recovery tools have been available as long as there have been passwords in use.

There isn't much you can do about it. They are cached passwords so the applications need to be able to get them back exactly as they were saved (website logins, email logins and so on). You cannot do md5 or other hashing methods on them and since you have the binaries, the encryption/decryption algorithms and keys or the logic is right there available for anyone to disassembly and debug.

about 4 years ago
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36-Hour Lemmings Port Gets Sony Cease and Desist

sopssa Lemmings (268 comments)

Sony still sells Lemmings across various platforms. He had to see this coming.

Besides directly calling it Lemmings was even more stupid move. Sony has to defend the Lemmings name too, and if the port is low quality it hurts the whole Lemmings brand.

about 4 years ago
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RIAA Says LimeWire Owes $1.5 Trillion

sopssa Re:1.5 Trillion?! (510 comments)

It's not punishment. It's what they've calculated as the damage you've caused (allowing other users to obtain free copies from you). Now you might not agree with the $750 per song, but if you do something illegally you should pay the base price and also extra for the damages and trouble you've caused.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 4

sopssa Re:iAds (1184 comments)

And it's not even particularly unobstructive ads, just see this image and this image showing them.

Steve is showing off interactivity with ads. Pretty cool, if you want to interact with a car ad.

"So now we've got this cool navigator on the bottom. It spins the car. The only way you'll be able to get one of these is through this ad on the iPhone. So if you want to get a Leaf you need to get an iPhone..."

Even worse than flash or those stupid punch-the-monkey ads. You actually have to interact with them.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 4

sopssa iAds (1184 comments)

I find this one the most interesting feature.

iAds

more than 4 years ago

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Civilization V Team Gets Layoffs

sopssa sopssa writes  |  about 4 years ago

sopssa writes "Take Two Interactive has laid off 20 Firaxis developers, around 15% of the staff, for what it calls a realignment of development resources at the studio. “Firaxis has realigned its development resources in order to streamline its development process, reduce costs and maximize the overall performance of the studio”, 2K said. The layoffs were announced just a day after Firaxis won "Best Strategy Game" from Game Critics Awards at E3 and are really unusual as they were announced just before a major game released by the studio. However Take Two is saying the layoffs will not affect the forthcoming Civilization V or the Facebook game Civilization Network. Since 2K Games is laying off Firaxis developers and because persons like Will Wright are already working with EA, could it be possible that after Civilization V the team would be working with a new Alpha Centauri, which IP Electronic Arts now owns. Sid Meier has previously hinted it as a possibility and an interesting project if it's just possible."
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Firefox Is Lagging Behind, Firefox Co-Founder says

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa writes "Firefox's Co-Founder Blake Ross is skeptical about the future of Firefox. He says that "the Mozilla Organization has gradually reverted back to its old ways of being too timid, passive and consensus-driven to release breakthrough products quickly." Within the past year Chrome has been steadily increasing its marketshare along with the other WebKit based browsers like Safari. Meanwhile Mozilla's CEO says that while it's more competitive than ever, they're looking forward to their mobile version of Firefox. "Clearly, both are annoyed at what has happened to their former renegade web browser. — But, by many accounts, Firefox is no longer considered to be the light, open alternative it once was.""
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Civilization V to use Steamworks

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa writes "2K Games today announced that Civilization V will be using Steamworks for online matchmaking, automated updates, downloadable content and DRM for the game. Steam's Civilization V store page is also available now, revealing some new information about the game. There will be an "In-Game Community Hub" for online matchmaking, communication and for sharing scenarios between players. Deluxe Edition purchasers will also get a bonus Babylon civilization, behind the scenes videos and a game soundtrack. While including Steamworks might put some people off, it might also indicate a better online gameplay than in the previous Civilization games where it was almost impossible to have a good game without playing with just friends."
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Adobe to sue Apple over Flash cross-compiler ban

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa writes "IT World reports that Adobe intends to sue Apple "within a few weeks," citing sources close to Adobe. Not only did the recent iPhone and iPad licensing change ban Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone cross-compiler, but also Novell's MonoTouch which lets you compile C# and .NET apps to the iPhone. "Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs". Lee Brimelow notes in his blog post that "What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them. This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe. This does not just affect Adobe but also other technologies like Unity3D."."
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iPad Sales Fall Short Of Estimates

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa writes "Despite the hype around iPad, its first-day sales didn't manage to live up to expectations. Apple shares fell slightly after the company released its first-day iPad sales. "While there was some of the usual hysteria, the numbers of actual bodies in queues outside Apple stores were significantly low. Over the weekend we saw some footage of empty queue stalls which was vaguely like when we popped into Disneyland Florida in November." Today the Wall Street Journal published a statement from Apple which said that more than 300,000 Ipads were sold on day one. "This would be considered great, but if you take into account the fact the figure included all the pre-sales and the hype that said a million would be flogged on Day One that number is dismal." According to the WSJ, Wall Street took a deep breath when analysts heard the figures."
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Microsoft teams with Google to fight for privacy

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa writes "Microsoft, Google, and more than 20 other technology providers and lobby groups have put their names to a set of four principles for changes to Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The group says ECPA needs a reform because technology has advanced dramatically since 1986 and the way people use Internet, social networks, mobile phones and cloud computing requires changes to protect everyones privacy. A government agency should require a court-issued warrant based on probably cause, not a subpoena, to access communications and location information regardless of its age. "Citizens need government action to ensure that as more information moves from the desktop to the cloud, the country retains the traditional balance of privacy vis-à-vis the state," Microsoft general counsel Mike Hintz said."
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China blocks Google search

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa writes "Following China's last week block on certain search terms in Google Search, China has now disabled access to the search engine completely. 'In almost every major Chinese city, users reported that trying to access Google searches returned an error page. The hiatus began at around 5pm on Tuesday in China. Although it was still possible to access Google's websites, searches on any topic delivered an error message.' Chinese "Facebook" Renren has also removed Google's page from the service and access to a translated version of Google's blog post about the reasons to leave China has been blocked."
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China hits back at Google

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa writes "After Google yesterday started redirecting google.cn users to their uncensored Hong Kong based google.com.hk servers, Chinese government has now hit back at Google by restricting access to Google's Hong Kong servers. 'On Tuesday, according to The New York Times, mainland China users could not see uncensored Hong Kong–based content after the government either disabled certain searches or blocked links to results.' China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the country, has also been approached by the Chinese government to cancel a contract with Google about having google.cn on their mobile home page for search. China Unicom, the second largest carrier in China, has also either postponed or killed the launch of Android based mobile phones in the country."
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Civilization V Coming This Fall

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "2K Games announced today that they will be releasing Civilization V in the fall. For the first time in the series the square tiles will be changed to hexes, which 2K Games says provides "deeper strategy" and "more realistic gameplay". Civilization V will also include new graphics engine, new combat system including ranged bombardment, multiplayer and good support for the modding community. 'Each new version of Civilization presents exciting challenges for our team. Thankfully, ideas on how to bring new and fun experiences to Civ players never seem to stop flowing. From fully animated leaders and realistic landscapes, new combat tactics, expanded diplomacy and shared mods, we're excited for players to see the new vision our team at Firaxis has brought to the series.', Sid Meier said. In addition to Civilization V, the Facebook-based Civilization Network will also be released during 2010."
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Google Buzz exposes user geo location

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "The users of Google Buzz are exposed to XSS attacks that reveal the user's geo location to a malicious person from the Google Location Services. What makes the attack even more serious is that it works over https on google.com domain giving the user false sense of security. In addition to your geo location being exposed, how long until an attack that sends all your search queries and visitor data from analytics enabled sites to a hacker surfaces?"
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Bing Gaining Market Share Faster Than Ever Before

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "According to latest comScore qSearch numbers Bing is currently gaining market share faster than ever before. "In December, Microsoft’s search engine gained another 0.4 percent to capture 10.7 percent of U.S. search queries. That makes five straight months of steady share gains for Bing since it launched — Bing’s share is up 2.7 percent in total since May, 2009. Google gained only 0.2 percent to end the month with 65.7 percent market share. What is even more interesting is if you look at year-over-year query growth rates for each search engine. Bing’s growth is actually accelerating. Its growth rate in query volume was 49.4 percent in December. ""
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Google About Openness

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "Several sites including TechCrunch and The Register are reporting about an email Google's vp Jonathan Rosenberg sent to employees on Monday about the meaning of open. "At Google we believe that open systems win. They lead to more innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers, and a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses. ... Our goal is to keep the Internet open, which promotes choice and competition and keeps users and developers from getting locked in." But are we likely to see Google open their search engine, advertising or the famous backend system? In their words, that would mean Google and other companies would need to work harder and innovate more to keep their users, for everyones benefit."
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Only miscreants worry about net privacy

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "If you're concerned about Google retaining your personal data, then you must be doing something you shouldn't be doing. At least that's the word from Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place," Schmidt tells CNBC, sparking howls of incredulity from the likes of Gawker, who highlights the irony of Schmidt's typically haughty proclamations. After all, this is the man who banned CNet for a year after the news site published information about him it had gleaned from, yes, Google. But the larger point here is that Schmidt isn't even addressing the issue at hand. Per usual. When the privacy question appears, Google likes to talk about the people asking the questions. But the problem lies elsewhere: with the millions upon millions blissfully unaware of the questions."
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Google Analytics Illegal in Germany

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "TechCrunch is reporting that "several federal and regional government officials in Germany are trying to put a ban on Google Analytics, the search giant’s free software product that allows website owners and publishers to get detailed statistics about the number, whereabouts and search behavior of their visitors (and much more). — One German lawyer that gets cited in the article says the penalties could amount up to €50,000 (about $75,000) per website that uses Google Analytics to keep track of its visitors’ usage patterns." The amount of data Google collects from everywhere of the internet is indeed huge and website owners should be using local open source alternatives to keep the visitor data private."
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The Pirate Bay closes its door

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "The Pirate Bay is finally closing its doors. 'Today marks the end of an era, as The Pirate Bay team announces that the world’s largest BitTorrent tracker is shutting down for good. Although the site will remain operational for now, millions of BitTorrent users will lose the use of its tracker and will instead have to rely on DHT and alternative trackers to continue downloading. — Aside from this shutdown, there is also another major development quietly under discussion. TorrentFreak has learned that behind the scenes the Pirate Bay operators are talking to other BitTorrent site owners to encourage them to follow suit and completely ditch torrents in the future.'"
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Microsoft admits copying Mac look in Windows 7

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "Since the very beginning, Microsoft's been accused of copying the look, feel, and functionality of Apple's operating systems. Now Microsoft has admitted — after more than a year of trying to correct the spin of Apple's 'I'm a PC' ads — that it drew inspiration for Windows 7 from Apple. 'One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it's very graphical and easy to use. What we've tried to do with Windows 7 — whether it's traditional format or in a touch format — is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics. We've significantly improved the graphical user interface, but it's built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance.'"
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Indie game flagged as malware

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes ""A couple of months ago you may have noticed an indie game doing the rounds called 'Lose/Lose'. In said game, players took part in a space invaders clone with a twist — each alien represented a file on their computer, and destroying a baddie would actually delete the file." Symantec has now flagged the game as malware, several months after it's release. Both the website and game warns the user that killing enemies will delete actual files in his home folder. Both Mac users and other security researchers have criticized the move. "Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the player's computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the player's ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted." Symantec's writeup also declares the game as trojan and never mentions users are warned many times what the game will do. Does Symantec know what Trojan horse means?"
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Lily Allen fights against piratism, pirates hersel

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa writes "TorrentFreak reports how in recent days Lily Allen has been campaigning a lot against piracy. She even started her own blog to fight it. "The debut post on the blog includes a criticism of 50 Cent, who just a couple of weeks ago had the temerity to suggest that piracy and file-sharing are all part of marketing music. However, aside from the critique of Fiddy, the rest of the blog post — put there by Lilly herself — is someone else's work. Arrr mateys, Long John Allen lifted the entire post from another site — Techdirt.com — effectively pirating the work of the one and only Mike Masnick."

"The fact that she is trying to claim that such copying is bad, while doing it herself suggests something of a double standard, unfortunately. Also, for someone so concerned about the impact of 'piracy' I'm quite surprised that she neither credited nor linked to our post. Apparently, what she says and how she acts are somewhat different. Still, Lilly, glad we could help you make a point... even if it wasn't the one you thought you were making," Mike added."

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Visual Studio replacement on Linux

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "Visual Studio is the favourite IDE for lots of programmers and without a doubt still the one thats considered best there is. However I've started doing some Linux programming along with other languages that could be developed on Linux (PHP, Delphi/Kylix). However the IDE's I've tested dont seem to compare with Visual Studio or even Delphi's IDE. In most cases they're mostly somewhat advanced text editors and building and debugging is more inconvenient. They just dont feel like complete IDE's where you can do your work. Is there such professional suites available on Linux and if not, what could be done to improve the existing IDE's and tools to that level?"
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Bing gets porn domain to filter out porn content

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sopssa (1498795) writes "Bing has set up another domain just for porn images and videos. "general manager of Microsoft Bing said in a blog post that potentially explicit images and video content now will be coming from one separate domain — explicit.bing.net. 'This is invisible to the end customer, but allows for filtering of that content by domain which makes it much easier for customers at all levels to block this content regardless of what the SafeSearch settings might be'. When Bing was first launched, there was some online chatter about explicit images popping up when videos were "previewed" in the search results." This means the thumbnails and videos are served from that domain, allowing easy filter of them in corporate and school networks. Users still normally use www.bing.com. Instead of heavily filtering the results, this is quite good move."
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Sandbox Games and How To Develop an AI Around Them

sopssa sopssa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I personally love game worlds that are open and let you interact with the world. It's fun to do something and see how the AI responds to it. More than that, it would be interesting to see the AI controlled persons actually living in the world and interact with it just like you as a player do.

I did my fair share of game programming as a kid and teen, and often I was interested in creating an open world where you could do anything you wanted - sort of like what some rogue games were like. However there still haven't been a good game like that, even not in MMO's where it would be more viable to do. I think EVE and Haven & Hearth (still alpha version and technically not that good) are probably closest to that, but I'm not personally so interested in space or fantasy setting, and after all they're MMO's and not playing around with the AI so there are scalability problems. But why do all the MMO's and other RPG games deliberately concentrate either on 1) fantasy setting 2) space setting 3) crashed world (Fallout, I'm looking at you, even while you're a great game) 4) mindless shooting (CrimeCraft). I know games are used to escape our every day activities, but it's not like you couldn't do so even if the game world was based on our time.

I miss the days when games tried to create an environment where you could do or play however you wanted. Rogue-likes, SimCity, even Baldur's Gate. The last one had an quite open world even if it was story-based. I could go to a pub and find interesting people there or just hang around, or find an underground thief guilt and try to join them. I never finished those games (Baldur's Gate 1 & 2) but I played them a lot, because I liked the city setting and the environment.

As a kid there were a few occasions when I skipped school and just walked around in the city and surroundings. It usually gave me nice ideas for a game I would create and how the AI would interact in it. Every person in the world needed to be persistant and have a name, job and different relationships with persons. You as a player wouldn't be overpowered, but just an another such person in the world. The interesting thing about it would be that since you have relationships and jobs with persons, you have a certain level of control over them. They need to get food and other things like furniture and fulfill their needs, just like in real world. For that they need a job.

If you had a business plan in the game world, you could hire those people to work for you and assign orders for them. You started a bus company? You assign persons to drive certain routes every day at certain times. Other people, controlled by the AI, need to get to their work places so they look for the best route there. Do they own a car and have cash for fuel? Then they use that. If not, look if there are buses nearby. If so, use that and you as a bus company owner would get in-game income. If you were an asshole towards your workers, they would grow hatred towards you and maybe even destroy your property (ie. items or land area owned by you).

If you needed to build an house or building, you would get people to do it or help you. The land tiles would be leveled and building blocks would need to be bought and carried over. Once finished you would be the owner of the building and could even rent it to other people. Simple rule like "pay x amount month and this is your property". With a network of inter-connected needs the person does it's best to fulfill those.

Of course I would like to develop an AI that could do all these things on its own, instead of scripting based model or something where the AI has to cheat to work. I know it's problematic in real-time especially with a big world, but if you have a turn based game those rogue-like games, theres plenty of time for the AI to calculate. On top of that, it doesn't even need to calculate it when turn is switching - you can have a separate process calculating what the AI will do constantly, even if its your turn and you're just idling or in your inventory and so on.. Then AI controlled people will be ready to do their choices on their turn. I think The Sims takes a similar approach with the processes and it could even work in real-time - we as humans aren't that good with impulse thinking but usually think things for a while before doing them, like should I buy a house or break up with my girlfriend, or start a company.

If you know games that offer such sandbox environment, or can think of what would be the problems with such AI or game, please comment.

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