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More than a year ago, I reported a bug to Apple.. In that post, I used Firefox as an example of possible exploits.

I have a Vista 64 box for other purposes (yeah, I feel dirty), and this morning something tried to modify Firefox. It was the updater, so nothing malicious. Vista actually wanted confirmation of the change.
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From here:

The Georgia peanut plant linked to a salmonella outbreak that has killed eight people and sickened 500 more across the country knowingly shipped out contaminated peanut butter 12 times in the past two years, federal officials said yesterday.
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Game: Sam and Max, Season 1
Genre: Point and Click Adventure
Platform: Wii
Media: Disk
Price Paid: $29.99
Would Pay: $24.99

A comedy point and click, so naturally, it was a first day purchase for me. I played the original LucasArts Sam and Max many years ago, and had to try this out. The humor is still there, and you have to love the subtle Zork humor that you'd have had to play Zork to even notice. Some cheap pop culture Honeymooner references as well, I'm probably just an old fart to have noticed it.

Nothing really innovative about the game itself, it's a plain point and click. Nothing special, but nothing really bad like Syberia. My main complaint was that the number of locations was severely limited. There was the main street your office is on, as well as one other location with a few rooms for each episode of the game. It just felt too small to me, hence the $5 ding on the price. Regardless, I will probably get Season 2 when it's finally published on the Wii.
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Time to play catch up on some reviews I've missed. I'm probably going to miss a few, but at least it's a start.

Title: Crackdown
Platform: 360
Media: Disk
Genre: Action Adventure Sandbox
Complete: Yes
Achievements: 420/1250
Price Paid: $16.99 - 10% (Used)
Would Pay: $29.99

My first finished 360 game. I expected it to be Assassin's Creed, but I just kind of drifted away from that, and into this instead.

The phrase that best describes this game is "Grand Theft SuperCop". You play a genetically engineered member of the Agency, and your goal is to clean up the city. There's little structure to the game, and the goals are very repetitive. There's three sections in the city, and in each you're supposed to kill lower level gang members to work your way up to the king pin. There's very little AI improvement as you progress, they just get stronger and more guards, better weapons, and more hit points.

The real star of the game isn't the missions, but the environment and the powers. On days I didn't feel like stressing out trying to get to the next boss, I just explored the city, trying to find the various hidden experience and agility globes, or simply trying to increase my levels by throwing cars around and/or blowing them up. Skills improved as you use them, and by the end of the game you can jump a good 30 feet and outrun cars.

I called this "Grand Theft SuperCop" above, and, much as in GTA, you can jack any car and drive it around. There are various races and stunts to do with those cars, and you can play "bowling" with the gang members. But to be honest, driving was the weakest part of this game. It was much more fun, never mind faster, to jump between buildings than to drive a car around. They were squirrely to handle, and would explode too easily. Driving was the one skill I never bothered maxing out. I became expert in Agility, Strength, Guns, and Explosives, but never bothered getting past the early driving levels. It just never really felt useful
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Spore is one of those highly anticipated games that I completely gave up on because it had DRM from hell.

That DRM was cracked the day before release. Meanwhile, legitimate users are having problems activating the software. When will the companies learn that they're driving people to piracy, not stopping it.
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Found today on Kotaku

I am a Gamer.

Hath not a Gamer eyes? hath not a Gamer hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a non-Gamer is?

If you frag us, do we not bleed? if you critically miss us, do we not laugh? if you camp us, do we not cry? and if you grief us, shall we not revenge?
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From Blue News:

EA Customer support has links to a SecuROM Command and Conquer file to patch version 1.01 of Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath to hopefully address crashing issues caused by the copy protection scheme, where explorer would crash on right-click on program icons and executables
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"Homosexuality is the downfall of society"

That was said by an anti-choice attorney general that tried to outlaw sex toys.

Wanna guess what he was caught doing?
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Q: How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Whereas the party of the first part, also known as "Lawyer", and
the party of the second part, also known as "Light Bulb", do hereby
and forthwith agree to a transaction wherein the party of the second part shall
be removed from the current position as a result of failure to perform
previously agreed upon duties, i.e., the lighting, elucidation, and otherwise
illumination of the area ranging from the front (north) door, through the
entryway, terminating at an area just inside the primary living area, demarcated
by the beginning of the carpet, any spillover illumination being at the option
of the party of the second part and not required by the aforementioned agreement
between the parties.

The aforementioned removal transaction shall include, but not be limited to,
the following. The party of the first part shall, with or without elevation at
his option, by means of a chair, stepstool, ladder or any other means of
elevation, grasp the party of the second part and rotate the party of the second
part in a counter-clockwise direction, this point being tendered non-negotiable.
Upon reaching a point where the party of the second part becomes fully detached
from the receptacle, the party of the first part shall have the option of
disposing of the party of the second part in a manner consistent with all
relevant and applicable local, state and federal statutes. Once separation and
disposal have been achieved, the party of the first part shall have the option
of beginning installation. Aforesaid installation shall occur in a manner
consistent with the reverse of the procedures described in step one of this
self-same document, being careful to note that the rotation should occur in a
clockwise direction, this point also being non-negotiable. The above described
steps may be performed, at the option of the party of the first part, by any or
all agents authorized by him, the objective being to produce the most possible
revenue for the Partnership.
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Just got onto XBox live, currently only a silver account. I really don't like how it fills the main console area with ads so far.

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So George wasn't finishing his food this morning. Putting a little bit of it in front of him, no go, when that normally works. This food was a mix of the kitten food and their regular food, so I started separating out the regular food to give him, which he ate.

[livejournal.com profile] jenbooks jokingly said that maybe he was OCD and cared about the shapes being separate. The simplest explanation would've been that he just didn't like the kitten food. But for the heck of it, I started giving him the kitten food separately. He ate it without complaint.

Just lovely. We have an OCD cat.
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This was a rather expensive weekend. We finally made the HD plunge, and got an HDTV, and a 360 to go with it.

Any of you guys have recommendations for games for it?

We bought:
Mass Effect
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"...Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirt of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."

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