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.
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.
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

EA facing class action lawsuit over Spore’s DRM

Yup the same DRM they have on bioshock and mass effect. You’d think they might learn.
I’d have bought bioshock new if not for the drm. I waited until the install limit was lifted to buy it. So I paid $20 for a game that i would have otherwise been willing to pay $50 for. I passed on mass effect until I no longer had interest in getting it.
So, we all know about the over 2000 people one star rating spore on amazon due to issues from the drm.
Now there is a class action lawsuit for securom doing exactly what it does….spyware and malware. Securom causes system instability, it is a fact. Now people are calling EA out on it and (as always in America) seeking monetary compensation.
The sad fact is, as I said before with bioshock, DRM only hurts and inconveniences legal purchasers of the game. On launch day for spore, there already was a torrent of the game and working no cd crack. The pirates get a free, DRM free game. Why do those of us who legally purchase the game get the install limits, system instability and securom bullshit?

Drawn By Pain: Episode 12

At long last, the finale for Drawn By Pain has been posted.
As before, this can be seen at the Escapist and their direct link to the right where they have a DVD coming soon.
So here’s the exciting conclusion.