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May 05, 2008

Things Seen At Maker Faire 08: Unsigned -- The Free Rock Band Simulator

Unsigned - Main Page

We saw this booth yesterday at maker Faire 08 that was swamped with teenagers. The booth gave off ways of Nu-Metal. Getting closer we saw instruments from Rock Band plugged into a PC and a screen displaying a functional Rock Band equivalent. There were no fancy avatars or venues, but the game is still there.

You can download the software free and play some Journey songs.

May 02, 2008

How to: Easily destroy an RFID chip and leave no evidence

HOWTO kill/block an RFID - Boing Boing

-The second, slightly more convert and less damaging, way to kill an RFID tag is by piercing the chip with a knife or other sharp object. This can only be done if you know exactly where the chip is located within the tag. This method also leaves visible evidence of intentional damage done to the chip, so it is unsuitable for passports.

-The third method is cutting the antenna very close to the chip. By doing this the chip will have no way of receiving electricity, or transmitting its signal back to the reader. This technique also leaves minimal signs of damage, so it would probably not be a good idea to use this on a passport.

-The last (and most covert) method for destroying a RFID tag is to hit it with a hammer. Just pick up any ordinary hammer and give the chip a few swift hard whacks. This will destroy the chip, and leave no evidence that the tag has been tampered with. This method is suitable for destroying the tags in passports, because there will be no proof that you intentionally destroyed the chip.

April 28, 2008

An illustration of the Cosmology of Second Life

An Engine Fit For My Proceeding -- An Illustration of the Cosmology of the Grid

April 25, 2008

A secret macro to make Warcraft prettier

Macro for a prettier WoW - WOW Insider

This has been circulating for a while now, but some players have found commands that will improve the graphics display on World of Warcraft. In the category of oops-we-missed-this-one, reader Matthew actually sent us this tip as far back as mid-March after stumbling on a link at the EU forums. We've dug up the commands that he sent as well as the before and after pictures. Simply log into WoW and type up the following macro:

/console groundEffectDensity 256
/console groundEffectDist 200
/console detailDoodadAlpha 100
/console horizonfarclip 2112
/console farclip 999
/console characterAmbient

This macro supposedly pushes the sliders in the Graphics Options part of the game beyond what the controls normally allow, although these values are the maximum allowed by the current game system. Using higher numbers will have no effect and some improvements will only take effect when the game is restarted. Some reports say that using this macro will slow down your Frames Per Second (FPS) while some report no impact on even mid-range systems.

April 22, 2008

Geek finds unreleased Atari 2600, Coleco eproms at Oakland flea market

waxy | gism butter | Most Legendary Haul at the Flea Market | April 20th, 2008
Today, we went to the Laney College Flea Market. As usual. I know I’ve written about the amazing things I’ve found at this swap meet. In the past, I got a Game & Watch, and oodles of rare old console games. But today, I found a never published Atari game. I am not kidding. This is the holy grail of videogame collecting. Normally, identifying unreleased games is not easy. But these are.... When I got home, I noticed that a bunch of the chips said “CPKPark Atari” Some said “CPKPARK 2600 Atari.” OK, now I was getting a boner. Cabbage Patch Kids Adventures in the Park for Atari 2600. A game which was never finished, and never released. I searched the Web, and found this page. Which says, basically, that the only known copy of Cabbage Patch Kids Adventures in the Park for Atari 2600 is in the hands of Ed English, the guy who wrote it. Did Ed clean house and give the junk to random Mexican Flea Market people? I think, more likely, an old Coleco office was cleaned out. I went back and bought the remaining 9 slabs of chips. I already know I have a new find here, something unique, unseen. ... As if this once-in-a-lifetime find wasn’t enough, on the way out, I found two Mario diorama figures. Great, whatever, they make those all over now, right? Wrong. These two are from 1988. Wow! So, I suppose I’d better not ever go back to the flea market. After today, I can’t possibly find anything to top this. This is fucking unreal. I’m so excited, I’ve been cackling madly out the window of my car all day.

Obama site hacked; Redirected to Hillary Clinton

Obama site hacked; Redirected to Hillary Clinton
With a day to go before a critical Pennsylvania Democratic primary, Barack Obama’s team has been busy patching security holes. According to Netcraft, a hacker exploited security flaws in Obama’s site to redirect traffic to Hillary Clinton’s site. Anyone that visited Obama’s community blogs section of the site was sent to Clinton.
With video.