Thursday, September 29, 2011

Europe and the Far East: Schooling the US with Faster Speeds

A Global Game Download Report by Pando Networks has been released. In it are listed the ranks of countries by their average download speeds.

It lists users in the following countries to be the most successful in completing a game download:
  • South Korea: 94%
  • Hong Kong: 93%
  • Japan: 93%
  • Bulgaria: 93%
  • Taiwan: 92%
  • Denmark: 91%
  • Sweden: 91%
  • Iceland: 90%
  • Latvia: 90%
  • Norway: 89% 
 Even Bulgaria is now as competitive as South Korea!

More information is reported with a listing of the average download speeds for the top five countries:

  • South Korea: 2,202 KBps (17.62 Mbps)
  • Romania: 1,909 (15.27)
  • Bulgaria: 1,611 (12.89)
  • Lithuania: 1,463 (11.70)
  • Latvia: 1,377 (11.02)
  • Switzerland: 654 (5.23)
  • Germany: 647 (5.18)
  • United States: 616 (4.93)
  • Great Britain: 599 (4.79)
How much are you paying and how fast is the service? Either way, off to the far East for me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WARCO: First Person Cameraman

WARCO is a modern war FPS game where the player plays the role of a cameraman instead of the usually front-line infantry soldier.

It is a work in progress being developed by a Brisbane sutdio named Defiant Development. The studio is collaborating with both a journalist and a filmmaker to create a game that puts you in the shoes of a war-time journalist. The game was originally meant to be a training simulator, but is now turning into something much more interesting.

A political commentary of sorts, it aims to force the player to make moral decisions that will impact life within the game.

"It's about finding the story you want to tell..." -Defiant's Morgan Jaffit.

Watch the trailer to see the action for yourself.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Diablo 3 Beta is a Go!

The Diablo 3 Beta client is now available for many people who have received access to it on their Battle.Net account. If you did not receive it, invites will be floating around really soon.

A fair size of the game is accessable in the beta.

"In the Diablo III closed beta test, participants will be able to fight their way through part of Act I as any of the five hero classes—barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, and demon hunter—and go head-to-skull against the Skeleton King, taking him on alone or playing cooperatively with other adventurers," 
Blizzard continues to announce,
"They'll also get to meet up with some of the artisans, followers, and other key characters from Sanctuary, and try out the game's skill and crafting systems."
The client is 2.7GB, and available on Windows and Mac.

Copy-Right Troll to Have Property Siezed by US Marshals

Righthaven, a company who's entire business model is based on suing people for supposedly using copyrighted material, mostly in a non-for-profit manner (bloggers, forum posters, etc.), has lost a lawsuit so horribly bad, that it had to pay the lawyers of the Randazza Legal Group almost $35,000 in legal fees.

What makes things interesting, is that Righthaven is yet to pay up. After they had lost and had to pay up, the requested a stay, which the judge refused to grant. It also appealed the case. Now the individuals of the Randazza Legal Group will be requesting an extra $14,000 in additional costs, and another $100,000 in legal fees to combat the appeal.

Righthaven missed their first payment on September 14th, and as a result a "writ of execution" was filed against them. This pretty much entitles the US Marshals to seize all of the properties associated with Righthaven, and sell it off to pay for the fines.

Justice has been served.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Windows 8, Metro, and the Evolution of the Web

A build of windows 8 has been released and is available for download from Microsoft here. The build is targeted towards developers who want to get a head start in developing tools and applications that will work under the new user interface dubbed "metro".

It is easily noticeable that this new interface change is targeted towards tablet and touch devices in general. Microsoft, like many other companies, are following the trend (much to my dismay, I love my tactile feedback).

Many changes follow, including changes to Internet Explorer 10 which will give users the option to use the metro-style to browse the internet in the same theme and style as the rest of the operating system.

Windows 8 will feature an option that allows users to use it using an interface similar to that of windows 7, but with updated and new features for those who dislike the metro interface. The new metro version of Internet explorer will not feature any plugins, or flash. In the event that an object needs a tool to be used, a link will be made to open it in the vanilla style Internet Explorer. This is probably due to Microsoft's wishes to streamline their "metro-explorer" and not have it broken in any way through plugins or strange web objects.

Adobe is also gearing up for the move from flash as seen in many new products by working on a new tool called Adobe Edge. A design suite for making HTML5 content.

As these changes to windows continue to feature tablet-orientated updates,

A guide on installing the build on a virtual machine can be found here.
For those wanting to have a more fluid experience and wish to partition their hard drive and install it there, click here.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

GameStop Opening Deus Ex Boxes Aftermath

You may have heard the news a couple of days back about how GameStop had begun opening boxes of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and removing OnLive game codes for buyers of the title to be able to access the game any time. A Memo was issued by the Field Operations Manager, Josh Ivanoff to remove these codes. This would be due to GameStops future plans to get into digital distribution themselves, and don't want costumers flocking to competitors before they can even begin themselves.

Here's a copy of the memo for anyone interested.

Well, GameStop has begun issuing an apology to buyers of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and some other stuff to attempt to salvage whatever face it has left. An Email was sent to costumers reading:

For your inconvenience, we would like to offer you a free $50 GameStop gift card and a Buy 2 Get 1 Free pre-owned purchase. We want to earn back your trust and confidence in the GameStop experience. Please bring in this email and your store receipt or order confirmation from and present it to a Game Advisor.

It's something, but not really much of an apology for OPENING UP THE BOXES of games before people even bought them to TAKE STUFF OUT.

Fucking Gamestop.

Friday, August 19, 2011

FBI vs. Anonymous: Captures and Evasions

Anonymous is known for its zany activities on the internet, including the 2008 event when Bill O'Rielly's website was hacked, and a database of users was put to use swiftly. Many a dragon dildos and penile enlargement programs were purchased. $10,000 were claimed in losses by the end of the day.

This was on a much smaller scale in terms of the overblown publicty "Hacktivism" (What a stupid ass word) gets these days, especially if it has the name "Lulz Sec" or "Anonymous" associated with it.

How simple is it for the FBI to catch one of these "intruders" (as we will call them to make an attempt to remain neutral)?

Finding them is hard. In the instance of one of Bill O'Rielly's site hacks, it was very simple.'s administrative interface was protected by a servlet that locked down access to all back-end material, but the site administrator made one small mistake: he once created a "New premium member report" showing a list of the most recent subscribers, and he created it in such a way that it bypassed the servlet. As later FBI interview notes show, this was "just an error"—but it made the new member report available outside the secure admin structure to someone who knew the location.

The feds surmise that attackers found the URL for this new members page by running a dictionary attack on the admin subsection of the site, looking for insecure addresses. "Logs show various IPs exploring the path of the administrative section looking for pages not under the servlet's control,” say FBI notes. Attackers hit a jackpot when they found the unprotected URL and suddenly had access to the most recent five days of new member info, which gave them 205 addresses and e-mails.

DDoS attacks on the site gave IP addresses of all information coming into the site.
The FBI took the top 3 addresses. Two were outside of the US, and forced them to drop them. The third was a Web Hosting company in the US that knew nothing of the event upon investigation.

IP addresses of users who accessed the new members page belonged to a proxy. The FBI traced the IP addresses to a second proxy, Vtunnel, where the trail went cold, as it did not provide the IP address logs for the date and time of the incident.

While that instance was an example of getting away with insurgency, there are many others who are not knowledgeable enough to mask themselves properly. An example was when a 23-year old was arrested in 2010 for intrusions on O'Rielly's site in 2006 and 2007. The FBI raided his dorm room, finding a disk containing credit card numbers and other information in a ceiling tile.

The FBI has recently issued over 40 warrants around the US alone to search for individuals involving in the DDoSing of Visa, Master card, and Pay-pal.

What this suggests is that the higher skilled individuals tend to be those shepherding the knowledgeable hacker-wanna-be's to perform the low level attacks. These n00bs don't know how to cover their tracks, and are the ones caught in these events without a care from the higher-ups. This is most common in LOIC related events.

The FBI has not disclosed whether or not that are in the works to perform more raids and searches on suspected members.