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Tuesday August 30, 2005

[H]ardNews 9th Edition

Geek Horoscopes:

This month’s installment of Geek Horoscopes are available at BBSpot. These wouldn’t be funny if they didn’t hit so close to home.

Virgo

Aug 23 - Sep 22

You will realize how low you've let your social life slip when the biggest decision you have to make on Friday night is whether to download ISOs or compile your kernel.

Nintendo Patents Sanity?

Nintendo has officially went crazy and patented “in game” sanity levels. What the? Does this mean no more in-game insanity for other games? Funny stuff. Funny weird, not funny ha-ha.

A video game and game system incorporating a game character's sanity level that is affected by occurrences in the game such as encountering a game creature or gruesome situation. A character's sanity level is modified by an amount determined based on a character reaction to the occurrence such as taking a rest or slowing game progress and/or an amount of character preparation.

Worm Stealing Corporate Info:

There is a sneaky worm out there that steals corporate info and sends it back to the attacker. The worm is not self-propagating and is actually designed to cause as little interest as possible in order to carry out its mission.

F-Secure of Finland cautioned that the Myfip worm has been "designed to infect computers and steal data. Stealth variants ... such as Mytob and Rbot are also a cause of growing concern for corporations."