I pleasantly record that, despite the new adventure of il Fatto Quotidiano (on which I hope to write down within a few days), Marco Travaglio continues to attend his Monday afternoon Passaparola columns as usual. Actually the subjects never lack, and talking about the fiscal shield for abroad funds return it’s always an (unpleasant) surprise to see how the Arcore mafioso clan is able, thanks to media asphyxial control, to put together “economy morality” and the pardon for mafiosos and cammorists willing to bring back home the offspring of their lucrative businesses. Only in Italy.
The last week pause is justified by the double portion of Naruto Shippuuden dispensed in the current one, focused on master Jiraiya’s young adventures. So it’s a new monothematic special on a single character from the anime, which obviously includes toads, snakes, slugs and battles too in full respect of the folklore story from which the Naruto author took inspiration for the character. For more information: AnimeCrazy.net (alternative hosting); Episodes list on Wikipedia; Naruto on Sir Arthur’s Den.
It’s celebration time for Avira, the German security company headquartered in the little town of Tettnang best known for its renowned antivirus software. AntiVir Personal, the free antivirus offered by Avira to its customers has recently marked its tenth anniversary, and to properly celebrate the occasion the company prepared a special offer for who decided to purchase one of its commercial products within the next few days.
Austrian eighteen years old Peter Kleissner recently become famous for being the author of Stoned, the tool which exploits Master Boot Record rootkits techniques to bypass Microsoft operating systems protections and allow the execution of unauthorized code - be it legit or not. But the popularity the young programmer gained thanks to Stoned caused disagreeing reactions by security market companies.
I already said I’m persuaded that Berlusconi and his most trustworthy thugs will survive this time too, and the latest Palermo events confirm my belief: at the time of Falcone there was Corrado Carnevale nicknamed “the verdict killer”, now faces have changed (Carnevale has been promoted to the Constitutional Court) but what remains the same is the State permeability to the anti-state that mafia and its presumed (but very likely) political puppeteers are.
Hello there. This is a little service message to announce that from now on Sir Arthur’s Den won’t allow new user accounts registration anymore. The accounts of the few registered users have been removed and I apologize with the concerned people for this, but frankly speaking I don’t think it be much of a loss considering that until now I haven’t found the way to make the account creation a somehow useful procedure.
Quite often innovation brings changes that imply a drastic cut with the past. This golden rule also applies to web browsers and the new generation of Mozilla Firefox in particular, which next to the many improvements and new features leaves behind bookmarks automatic saving in HTML format at the program shutdown.
The funny thing of Internet is that you can get into everything, even what you expect less: in the past days I have been interviewed by Swiss newspaper laRegioneTicino on abandonware, retrogaming and related topics. The resulting article, available in PDF format in the technology section of newspaper’s site or here on Sir Arthur’s Den as well, is a reduced version of the interview made via e-mail. Nothing particularly impressive, actually, but surely it’s something I had pleasure to do
After the forced absence during the previous installment of his column Passaparola, Marco Travaglio returns in video and starts again to carefully report what will be the outcome of the almost forthcoming hot season of the clash between the clan of presumed (but very likely) mafioso Silvio Berlusconi and that part of Italy that can still be considered a civil country. I’m ready to bet 10 to 1 that Papi will survive this time too.
The Karma Kula’s journey goes on even though our hero has to be in company of the little pesty monk saved in the previous chapter. As it was widely predictable The Riverboat marks the reunion between the apprentice monk and his master, while the Karma Kula plays a little gooseberry considering that the old priest doesn’t like who “makes his living by his sword“.
After Madara Uchiha entrance during the previous episode, Naruto Shippuden’s plot should have entered a new “mythologic fights” phase comprising any sort of innate powers and crazy ninja techniques. For the moment the opponents study each other, Itachi Uchiha prepares his mind for the fight with his younger brother and the two legendary ninjas of the Leaf, Tsunade and Jiraya, linger in what probably is their last farewell. For more information: AnimeCrazy.net (alternative hosting); Episodes list on Wikipedia; Naruto on Sir Arthur’s Den.
Ron Gilbert’s DeathSpank was already discussed in a previous post, but considering the personality (figurative) weight I think it’s adequate to complete the discussion by embedding the keynote’s videos (even if they aren’t so pretty to see) with which the legendary designer opened this year Penny Arcade Expo. Ron Gilbert is one of the noble fathers of modern games, so listening to what he says is simply an obligation for who would like to call himself a “videogamer”.
While newspapers columns spread ink remembering a mean little television man passed away, the television made by the live continues to offer shining examples of the shit housing there. Says Michele Santoro on his program’s site that “a few days before the start television continues to not inform the public about Annozero opening date. Thus I’m asking you to send the ads we have prepared and that aren’t broadcasted by the network to all of your friends and contacts on the Internet “.
That Italian-American actor Danny DeVito have decided to open his own official fanpage on Facebook is something I couldn’t mind less. The funny, or vaguely interesting thing, is how he decided to do so, with a video clip shot in his lounge (or whatever) ending up with the Italian phrase “Non più scuro della mezzanotte“. Namely a regional expression (translated in “Not darker than midnight”, meaning “It can’t possibly be worse than the worst”) that not even all the Italians are able to decode on the fly. Fascinating, anyway, even though I still have to understand why…
This week Marco Travaglio is out of the video - the reporter says he is recovering from a surgical operation, hence the new installment of column Passaparola is just textual. What remains unchanged is Travaglio’s punctuality in telling the manifest decay of Italian democracy toward Berlusconian nothingness and who knows what after that. However to read every time about servants ready to put out compromising dossiers on their boss enemies, deviated secret services and fascist filing is starting to be too much even for an obsessive guy like myself.
A year after the official presentation during Penny Arcade Expo, Canadian developer Hothead Games and Monkey Island designer Ron Gilbert have took the occasion of the new PAX edition to show the work done on their new title: DeathSpank, the legitimate but grumpy child of adventure and action RPG genres, leaves behind the mere shadows of the first trailers to put his face and his deeds in front of gamers.
Obviously Sasuke saved himself from the mega-explosion set off by bomber Deidara, while suffering wounds that force him to stop and rest. As much trivial is the alerting of all the groups tracking the renegade ninja of the Leaf, including Konoha’s team and the Akatsuki. A less obvious thing, and the first of the revelations I talked about during the previous episode, is that Tobi (Deidara’s companion) is actually Madara Uchiha, the patriarch of Sasuke’s clan and the Akatsuki secret head. For more information: AnimeCrazy.net (alternative hosting); Episodes list on Wikipedia; Naruto on Sir Arthur’s Den.
In the last part of August, the malware known as Induc was the subject of reports and alerts from the main antivirus and security software manufacturers. Kaspersky, the Russian company that claims to have been the first to detect and report it, returns to look more closely at the issue revealing some important details on what seems like a unique case in the recent malicious software landscape.
CCleaner, one of those tiny, precious must-have tools to keep the PC in good shape and safeguard one’s own privacy by a single click, has been downloaded more than 320 million times. Piriform developer states the numbers on the program homepage, and together with the announcement the company released the new CCleaner version implementing (among the other things) a better Windows 7 support and a user interface tidying up.