Sony Computer Entertainment chairman Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai would like to sell 150 millions of PlayStation 3 in ten years, but even that wouldn’t be enough to recover from the astounding cost of the 3 billions of dollars lost for the console. It has been said not by a Nintendo fanboy but by the Sony Corporation Chief Executive Officer Sir Howard Stringer, who has frankly admitted with the press that PS3 is and will be a product at a loss for the coming years yet.
The recurring theme of this new round of scattered suggestions is the lie. The lie of politicians, that in the United States have turned the citizens rights in waste paper and then have provided legal safe-conducts for the involved telcos, the lie of tobacco companies used to kill their customers with radiations and the lie of majors which continue to talk about “theft” every time a digital copy of an audio track is shared on P2P.
The last week of August has been the opportunity for NVIDIA to invite public and press to attend NVISION, a convention devoted to the technological vision of the historic GPU and discrete graphics cards manufacturer held in San Jose. No new products were showed at the expo, but the statements against the competitors have been clear: NVIDIA will continue to keep the performance leadership in the future too.
The DNS spoofing risk - also known as the “DNS bug” - discovered by Dan Kaminsky? It’s only the beginning: the very foundations of Internet are squashy jelly in the hands of the most capable hackers, and the demonstrations on the deep insecurity of the world network infrastructures increase seamlessly. The last one is a reminder of a well-known flaw, which involves the systems of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and that, on the contrary of the DNS bug, won’t be suitably tackled still for a long time.
After nine months of waiting and the recent foray in the meanders of the technologically gifted (but maybe not enough) handhelds, nullDC returns on PC with version 1.0.3 released in these days. The plug-in based emulator that has renewed the glories of the Sega Dreamcast console, offering its most advanced and accurate emulation available by now, is for this time coupled with its arcade counterpart, that is the NAOMI system supposed to be impossible to emulate in the past years and now turned into the nth technological wall knocked down thanks to the work of drk||Raziel & fellows.
Summertime, a lounge for the most vacationer populations but also an occasion for big preparations by the PC videogaming hardware companies, that sharpen their weapons and introduce innovations waiting to run for the users wallets during the incoming fall, the Christmas holidays and beyond. The future of the marked, in fact, foresees substantial news spread on a relatively long period of time, with the entrance in the conflict of a new protagonist and sceneries of unprecedented technological evolutions.
Is cause of a sensation the news coming from Japan in these days, according to which the Microsoft Xbox 360 console has exceeded the Sony PlayStation 3 in weekly sales. A fact that’s undoubtedly exceptional, considering that the American device has always been only a little more than an appearance in the Japanese videogaming scenery, and that can be an ideal background for some general considerations on the present landscape of the endless war among the seventh generation home consoles.
Summer brings memorable news for the emulator of emulators MAME, that after the introduction of the dynamic recompilation engines and the preservation of obscure soviet games experiences a “first time” long awaited by enthusiasts, priers and simple players interested of the matter: the last version of the software adds the first lasergame (or laserdisc videogame) to the supported arcade titles, making real a work of years and putting an end to controversy and speculations that go along with the matter since.
UPDATE: the Atlantic v. Andersen lawsuit has finally ended: in the last days RIAA has opened its wallet and has refunded Mrs.Andersen with a sum of 107,951 dollars, exactly 117 dollars over the amount set by the judge to cover the interests due to delay. So the recording companies have been defeated in one of the most glaring legal cases of their crusade against file sharing, and the woman wrongly accused of unauthorized P2P threats now to put them on the grill in the still pending Andersen v. Atlantic lawsuit.
The nightmare of the Andersen family, targeted for three years by the mercenary lawyers of the American majors and related
criminal organizations, has finally ended. A judge has settled that Tanya Andersen, a single woman from Oregon who maintains the young daughter Kylee with a disability pension, have the right to be refunded of 107,834 dollars for the covering of legal fees sustained until now to fight the RIAA accusations of unauthorized file sharing on the rotting KaZaA/FastTrack network.
UPDATE: on the DOSBox official homepage Qbix writes that, “after careful studying the statistics“, the date in which downloads summed up the 10 millions amount has been determined in July 21. Because of this the contest with the CD edition of Dune as a prize is still valid, and the winner selected “randomly” from the 4 people that guessed the date will be contacted shortly to receive it.
That’s an important goal achieved by “the x86 emulator with DOS“: DOSBox has passed over the crucial amount of 10 millions downloads, including all the supported platforms’ versions. As stated on the official forum hosted on VOGONS, the stats on SourceForge.net (the delivery platform that hosts the emulator) of the 17th of August have scored 10,025,792 downloads, and now DOSBox is the 43rd of the 50 most downloaded FOSS projects.
Brokep reports that the decree with which the preliminary investigating magistrate of Bergamo has ordered the preventive seizure of The Pirate Bay is finally on-line. The resolution, taken by the pim Raffaella Mascarino, contains four “omitted” regarding the suspects and justifies the seizure with the “fumus of crime” of conspiracy to infringe the copyright with lucrative intent and with the presence, among the site users, of a good number of Italian citizens.
Seasoned by the usually out of line comments by Brokep, The Pirate Bay block currently affecting half of Italy has aroused a partially off-topic controversy on the state of things about freedom of expression in the country, the lasting presence of a despotic creeping regime and the obscure interlacements between the magistracy and the multimedia industry lobbies. I think that some clarifications on the matter, for the Italians as like as for the international public, are perhaps needed.
Slowly but steady new indiscretions come out on Diablo III, the new chapter of the epic saga from Blizzard announced in grand style the past 28th of June. The game, has revealed the lead designer Jay Wilson, will bring to its natural conclusion the storyline that has already acted as background for the first two episodes, will reuse an unspecified number of old characters and will be only a phase of a series destined to bring out other videogames in the future.
Well, I must say it’s so much time by now that I didn’t remember an August so rich of events and news and all the rest. So either I have a poor memory or it’s the nth trickery of the enormous, relentless mechanism of chance, that has compressed in a few days so much interesting things at the point that I’m seriously thinking of closing the blog for a “surplus” of contents cues
Announcements of network apocalypses come from Las Vegas, where the major security experts have met to discuss about the state of things of the modern computer platforms during the Black Hat conference held the last week. The message given describes just a dramatic scenery, where Internet structural flaws couple with those as much as fundamental of Windows Vista to provide the “good fella” with an entire new rack of attacks against users and assorted net services.
After several months of development and bug-hunting, the Zoundry programmers have released the first official version of Raven, a client for off-line management of blog contents endowed of several features that make it an interesting option for publishers and micro-publishers as well. First of all, the software usage is free.
Definitely, I’ve overdone with optimism. The case of the Pirate Bay block, which a public prosecutor of Bergamo has ordered to make inaccessible from the Italian Internet not only hasn’t been resolved yet, but it’s acquiring more and more the outlines of an unheard of shot to the Italian P2P, in which the law is used like a sledge hammer to push down, even at the cost of doing something unlawful, what is unanimously considered as the main source of search for contents available on the BitTorrent network.
Since the past 19th of February, when Toshiba announced the forsaking of HD DVD, the Sony Blu-ray format has became the only standard for the distribution of Hollywood blockbusters in high definition. But at the end of the commercial war between the hi-def formats, after almost three years of hits below the belt and arid controversy, what remains is a market unwilling to go conquered by the (presumed) marvels in 1080p and consumers not particularly interested. However the majors believe in it, and the tech companies continue to invest into the improvement of devices and disks based on the “blue” standard specifications.
There’s so much talking about the solid state disks, and how they inevitably are the future of digital data recording. But while the memory chips corporations like Samsung push in this direction, the companies specialized all along in the magnetic drives business don’t give hints of wanting to retreat of a single millimeter, inflaming with the announce of new technological breakthroughs what is prefigured as a tightened battle between microchip and plate for the conquest of users’ desktops.
Thrills have ran across the Internet of the Belpaese during this weekend, when the news have spread about the block of the access to The Pirate Bay, a point of reference for the downloads on BitTorrent network. But upon writing it seems that the storm has already passed away, and the Bay tracker gives no more signs of indecision. Maybe it is only the beginning of a long battle between the Financial Guard, incited by the multimedia industry, and the Swedish “pirates”?