4chan has succeeded, while sony continues to fail

There have been many posts about the 4chan raid in retaliation for the Geohotz lawsuit having been a failure. The sad reality is that they are focusing on the real world raid planned on the sony stores. The raids there were put on an impromptu hold due to encyclopediadramatica being sold to a shitty adserving site the same day. There was a huge push to get the site on a new server, http://encyclopediadramatica.ch/Main_Page
As for the web based attacks, I can attest to them being effective. Until wednesday, i could log in, on the second attempt and be fine, but as of yesterday, psn has been down.
Logging in today says the server will be down for maintenance.
http://us.playstation.com/support/answer/?a_id=2185
Sony quotes
“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.

Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter.

During this time you may:

* Not be able to access the PlayStation®Store
* Have difficulty signing in to the PlayStation®Network
* Not be able to play online games
* See a maintenance page when attempting to access the PlayStation®Network

Note: When you log into the PlayStation Network, a message may appear which states, “the PlayStation Network has been suspended”. This does not mean that your account has been suspended; it simply means the PlayStation Network has been taken offline. Please wait until the maintenance window has passed before attempting to connect to the PlayStation Network again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

An external intrusion? You mean a massive flood attack from the LOIC?
What this means to the users like me is no online gaming. What this means to sony is no PSN money. And you know sony will be doing all they can to fix this situation, costing them in consultant hours, programmer hours, lost sales, etc. The end result is that even if sony finds a workaround, 4chan can modify the attack software to fit. Sony will likely lose more money from this than they could hope to gain from the geohotz lawsuit.
If sony had any sense at all, they’d reenable OtherOS and offer George a job.
“It only does everything” MY FUCKING ASS
my lauch unit can read compactflash, sd, minisd, and memorystick pro (one of sony’s many failed attempts at a format winner)
can’t do that with the new units
my launch unit can play all ps2 games with the exception of guncon games due to me not having a tube tv
can’t do that with the new units
sony had full intention of releasing ps2 games on PSN, but then realized that they shot themselves in the foot when they said that ps2 emulation was not possible on ps3 hardware when they removed the hardware and the later SOFTWARE EMULATION. Plenty of people would question why they have to pay 9.99 for a game on PSN when they can get it at gamestop for about 3 or 4 bucks. I’m not the only one who noticed that if they released a ps2 game on psn, then there is obviously a working emulator and thus no reason the same game shouldn’t work in the disc drive.
BLURAY!!!
oh, hurrah. the winner of the format due to toshiba pulling out. there were hddvd discs which had the hd movie, dvd movie and digital copy ALL ON ONE DISC, READABLE ON ALL DRIVES, except bluray of coarse. Now I buy a movie and it has 3 fucking discs, two of which I’ll never use. I drop in this disc, and if i decide I want to watch it on my laptop on the go, i just drag and drop the files to a new directory. You download the bluray driver (do a search) and it’s that easy.
And the quality.
At 720 (well 768 was the screen native) using the same movie with both formats. PC bluray wins hands down, followed by pc dvd, then by ps3 bluray and ps3 dvd. Yes, the ps3 bluray at 720 looks notably worse than the same movie on dvd upscaled on the pc by nvidia purevideo.
At 1080…not much has changed. The upscaled pc dvd and ps3 bluray are nearly indistinguishable. So….it’s a boost to the ps3, I think.
So, I’ll take my 4 usb ports and walk away with the modern version of the ps2. Good game platform with decent movie player backing sony’s current format of choice. Until they decide to strip something else.

Volcano Ecigs

Terminator Salvation : PS3

The addition of trophies and the ability to track and compare them can make a person do strange things. Like pick up a used game you had no interest in, is universally panned as an abortion, and the laziest implementation of everything.
Most PS3 games have the standard platinum trophy, one or two gold, and a number of silver and copper trophies. This game has 11 gold trophies and one platinum, all of which can be achieved in one playthrough…..provided you can sit through it. It’s a trophy whore’s dream….and a gamer’s worst nightmare.
The AI is atrocious… enemies will gun for you and chase you, but if you stand in a certain spot a lot of times, the pathing will glitch and they just stand there. Your allies are invulnerable with unlimited ammo…..this can be exploited and sometimes has to.
The graphics are OK…standard fare for a console fps, nothing to write home about.
The story is abysmal…John Connor, the head of the resistance hears a call for help from within Skynet and decides to travel through hell to rescue them, dragging bystanders along for the ride.
The game can be completed in a day, provided you can sit through it.
I get about a half hour to an hour per sitting.
Damn trophies!

and yes, I know i didn’t post the boxart…..it doesn’t even deserve that recognition.

No smoking please

A friend of mine turned me on to ecigs back in January. I had tried one at a 4h fair, but they had tobacco flavor. Tobacco flavor….it’s dip. A Tobacco flavor in an ecig tastes like dip. It lacks the smoky flavor that makes cigs taste like cigs. That being said, my friend had menthol.
I’m a menthol smoker and this is the menthol minus the burnt.
I got and started using the ecigs Feb 1 and have been happily vaping away since then….minus this past month when I lost my pack in the purchase of a new truck. Yes, another truck, but this one is a 2005….and i love it :)
I have the pack for out and about, and passthroughs at home and in the truck.
The best thing about them….other than easily breathing, is INDOOR SMOKING!! at bars and work!
The “smoke” is harmless water vapor so it’s not a health risk, and I’ve slowly gotten my co-workers used to seeing it a puff at a time when I’m on the phones.
I won’t lie to you, the switch can be a bit rough, depending on how big a smoker you are. The vapor is a different feeling than smoke in your throat. It can feel harsh initially. But then, no one can say their first cigarette was all sunshine and roses.
The ecig delivers flavoring and nicotine in a vapor, giving you what you want, without the thousands of other chemicals. The vapor is propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, or a mix….both of which are used in fog machines and are harmless.
The switch does not stop the withdrawal symptoms…for a couple weeks i was coughing up crap, and feeling miserable. I was worried until a fellow coworker who had quit described the exact same symptoms for quitting cold turkey.
They passed leaving healthy breathing and nicotine behind with me.
A cart for the ecig can cost 60-80 cents and is the equivalent of 1-2 PACKS of cigarettes depending on your smoking habits, so it’s dirt cheap too.
My money savings wound up becoming passthroughs all around, the ability to afford a nice truck, and goodies for the truck. Just look at the temporary banner below…there’s a grand in savings.

I have a forum sig banner with a link to Volcano with my referral code up as a temporary banner until I get approved for the affiliate program to get an official banner.