As illustrated by the repeated attempts to censor, filter and weaken one of the few tools of democratic control of power that in Italy still isn’t under the oppressing rule of politics, for the Parliament abusive tenants is absolutely necessary to put their hands on the Internet. Anyway I think that the law draft pointed out by Travaglio in his column Passaparola, “useful” to threaten the net or turn it into a land of everlasting illegality in which an old news recalling the past wrongdoings of a politician can send a blogger to jail or make him fined with astonishing amounts of money is more ridiculous than dangerous. The Internet meshes are potentially unlimited, these pathetic tofu-heads can control the media but not all the blogs and websites of the world.
Lord Pall, administrator of the spiritual heir of abandonware site Home of the Underdogs, sent me an e-mail in the past days letting me know that works for pushing forward the almost-dead project of Sarinee Achavanuntakul continue at full pace. “We’re still alive with most of the games listed, a semblance of a community, and a nice chunk of user added listings and reviews“, Lord Pall writes, saying that there is still a lot of work to do but the site development goes on as expected.
With Sasuke finally in action, the new Naruto Shippuuden episodes should be at least interesting. Before accomplishing his revenge plan (that later will have a different target than his brother Itachi), the former ninja of the Leaf is searching for allies that can help him and to start he frees this Suigetsu Hozuki, one of those freaks Orochimaru had the habit to collect like figurines and that is able to turn into water. Together the two go recover the sword belonged to Zabuza, the assassin ninja previously killed by Team 7.
After the release of DOSBox version 0.73, I was asking myself why the emulation status page wasn’t updated yet and kept reporting the own features of version 0.72. Actually mine was a rhetoric question because I knew that sooner or later, as already happened in the past, the page would have been updated with the current status of the several subsystems of retrogamers PC/DOS preferred emulator.
It’s certainly true that any age has its own July 25, and that the fascist regime was a more serious thing (even though tragic and brutal as any dictatorship) that the Berlusconian regime hence it fell down not for the whores as in the case of Berlusconi but because Mussolini brought the country toward destruction. However I can’t help but feel mercy for myself and deep scorn for those millions of assholes that voted for this weird human caricature, and contrariwise to many I’m not convinced at all that the scandal of Bari escorts can be useful to anything, at least on the mid term.
Summer of 2009 could be much hotter than usual for adventure games fans, because other than the exhumation of the classic of classics The Secret of Monkey Island someone suggested the chance, the idea, the hope to meet again on nowadays LCDs the odd characters belonging to the most noble past of the genre and videogames on the whole. To go straight to the facts, if the new games featuring Guybrush Fruptwood will sell the right amount of copies LucasArts is more than well disposed to pull out of the freezer of memories the rest of its historical series.
With the usual punctuality from which I should learn something, at the end of May the Austrian labs of AV-Comparatives released the second part of the first antivirus comparative of 2009, comparing the previously tested security software with unknown threats for which there still is no specific signature. In such a scenery malware detection rates tend to drop drastically, and only the most advanced engines are able to succeed by obtaining the best results.
As widely predictable, the fight between Orochimaru and Sasuke started in the previous episode ends with the victory of the latter, and the old generation of bad guys quits for the new that thanks to the power of Sharingan is even more dangarous and terrifying. The thing I’m wondering is what Kabuto will end up doing now, considering that he stopped being the servant/assistant/partner of Orochimaru and it’s improbable that he will follow Sasuke in his revenge desire against his brother Itachi… For more information: Wikipedia; previous episodes; subs for USA fellow readers.
The best trick of the Devil is that he succeeded in letting people believe he does not exist. The best dirt Silvio Berlusconi and his swarm of lackeys, partners, lawyers (consider it as an insult) and bitches are succeeding in is to overrun who still would have a civil conscience despite everything. If on this blog you won’t see anything more about this pieces of crap and thier reiterated assaults on the dignity of a country going more and more down it will not be because of the fear to have to publish withdrawals in 48 hours to not to pay very expensive fines, as expected by the new (in)security draft going to become law in Senate, but simply because I will have my balls full and I will have turned to the other side to avoid vomiting. And now excuse me while I return to watch Death Note.
After the ending of fillers and the fifth season with the previous episode, Naruto: Shippuuden has returned to tell the story of the anime’s main characters. First of all there is the issue between the ninja-serpent Orochimaru and the vengeful genius with the Sharingan eyes Sasuke. After three years during which they were pupil and master, the two finally confront and Orochimaru shows himself in what should be his true form, disgusting as predictable. I already known how the battle ends, but to see its epilogue in the anime it will be needed to wait at least till the next installment. For more information: Wikipedia; previous episodes; subs for USA fellow readers.
What can I say: if there is a series that always repeats itself, with no thrills or continual stylistic variations this surely isn’t Karma Kula! After the first two episodes full of swordfighting and the third chapter with an horror/mysticism setting, on June the Bellord family and all the crew that made the live action project annihilates any possible expectation by releasing another surprise, a sort of hallucinated journey among strange characters and situations that are far beyond the boundary of insane humour.
On the occasion of SourceForge.net’s project of the month award granted to DOSBox, I asked the crew behind the best PC/DOS emulator out there to reply to some questions about the project. The developers were busy with the last works on the new version of the emulator, thus the interview was changed to include some DOSBox 0.73 related features and finally in the past days the crew was kind enough to send me back the replies I was seeking for. There is no Big Scoop (tm) here nor I was asking for one, but I hope the conversation is an interesting reading anyway.
This post had to be published a long time before this night, but it is coming out just now because of several issues I had including the troublesome reinstallation of Zoundry Raven, my preferred blogging tool (essential I would say…) and the periodic crash of my brain due to reasons that are better left unreported (:-P). So I very happily hand the scene to Marco Travaglio and the last installment of his column Passaparola, while I kill the giant mosquito fluttering in front of me and add as my comment to Travaglio’s words, on the result of the European elections, that Berlusconi maybe won’t be the boss of Italy but he will surely make everything he’ll be able to defend his illicit interests. Nay, he is already doing so.
Even though the last works on the code have been slowed down by some last hour bugs, around the end of May the DOSBox developers have kept their word by releasing the new version of the best PC/DOS emulator out there. After almost two years since the previous official main release, DOSBox 0.73 comes to improve the already remarkable compatibility level of PC retrogamers’ preferred virtual machine and introduces a lot of new stuff in practically every aspect of the emulation.
With Naruto Shippuuden episode 112 the boring story of Yuukimaru, Guren, the Three-Tailed Beast and all the rest finally comes to an end. The boy is save and he is no more a menace for Konoha or a resource for Orochimaru, while the Leaf ninjas return home and prepare for the upcoming adventures. With this last episode, aside from the Yuukimaru story also the fillers and the fifth anime season come to an end, and starting from the next week the show should return to tell the facts as described in the original manga.
Guybrush Threepwood wanted to be a pirate, but probably he would have never predicted that 20 years after his unsuccessful efforts to scrape up a decent crew, his many holes in the ground with no chest on the bottom and his merciless tendency to tell the same story about some ghost pirates again and again and again he would have always been in the same place, namely at about 3 meters under the ocean level or otherwise in some improbable swordfights where the tongue hurts, literally, much more than the sword.
A few days ago, while summing up the many efforts made by Italian politicians to censor Internet and demolish netizens’ civil rights, I also took the occasion to foresee what could have been happened in the future after the final approval of the infamous three strike law by the French Parliament. What happened in the past days simply confirms the legitimacy of those anticipations and opens the doors, in Italy too, to the ultimate surrender of law and common good to the partisan interests of copyright parasites.
In the new installment of his column Passaparola Marco Travaglio once again talks about mafia, hidden powers and secret negotiations between the so called state and the criminal organizations that hold the guts of this miserable country since more than a century. This is an “ad mafiam” country, no doubt about that, and I say it as a meridional citizen intimately conscious of the fact that mafia, and camorra and the other hundred forms of the true, authentic “made in Italy” to export have reached any place, inside and outside the national borders.