Diablo III offline play crack released in beta form

first_imgBlizzard decided the best way to protect Diablo III from piracy was to implement always-connected DRM through Battle.net. It has led to more than a few problems, thousands of angry gamers, and the threat of a few lawsuits.While all that has been playing out over the past few weeks, renowned Chinese hacking group Skidrow has been working away on a crack. The online DRM Diablo III uses, works by constantly checking to see if a user is connected while running the game. So Skidrow has developed a server emulator that makes the game think it is connected to Battle.net when in fact the gamer is playing offline.The crack is still a work in progress, but it does work in so far as allowing the game to load and run, and a beta version has been released as a torrent. It also looks like it includes a LAN play option suggesting you can still play with friends. However, because the game effectively runs online it is apparently devoid of much content at the moment. And in order for that content to be added, Skidrow would have to steal it from Blizzard’s servers and add it to their emulated server.As Diablo III isn’t available in China yet, you can imagine how popular the crack is going to be even if it doesn’t do that much yet. With the issues gamers have been having around the world, it’s likely to spread very quickly.So popular are Blizzard games in China, legitimate news website in the region are reporting the crack as a positive development. These include Tencent and the People’s Daily, who even ask users to be patient with the bugs they find in the crack.For Blizzard, it will mean alarm bells ringing. Not having the game available to buy in China means thousands of gamers will revert to attempting to crack it. Even if it leads to nothing, it opens the way for viruses to start spreading as part of torrents claiming to be the offline crack, and it will confuse more than a few gamers eager to play the game at any cost.All Blizzard can do is try and figure out how to stop the server emulation from working and updating clients with a patch. Other than that it should make sure it has bullet proof security protecting the Battle.net servers in case someone does try to steal the Diablo III gameplay content.More at Kotakulast_img read more

Office Mac 2011 la suite sera disponible en octobre 2010

first_imgOffice Mac 2011 : la suite sera disponible en octobre 2010États-Unis – La suite bureautique Office pour Mac 2011 devrait être disponible en octobre 2010, en deux versions différentes.Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, peu d’individus avaient pu jeter un œil sur la version bêta, délivrée à quelques privilégiés depuis juillet. Mais la suite bureautique Office pour Mac 2011 sera disponible à tous, ou du moins à tous les propriétaires de Mac, dès octobre 2010, et cela en deux versions. À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?La première, Microsoft Office pour Mac Famille et Étudiant 2011, sera disponible pour 109 euros pour une seule licence, et 139 euros pour trois licences avec Messenger, Excel, Word et PowerPoint. La seconde version, Microsoft Office pour Mac Famille et Petite Entreprise 2011, sera disponible pour 249 euros pour une seule licence, et 379 euros pour deux. Cette formule offrira le même contenu que la première, avec en supplément la version professionnelle d’Outlook.Pour les possesseurs d’Office pour Mac 2008, Microsoft offrira une mise à jour vers Office pour Mac 2011 totalement gratuite. Le 3 août 2010 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Public invited to meet police chief candidates

first_imgWoodland – Residents will be able to meet the final candidates for the new Woodland police chief at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. March 8 in the Woodland Middle School commons, 755 Park St., Woodland.City officials reviewed the applications and selected the finalists based on their experience, leadership and potential fit with the city. During their visit, each of the finalists will be interviewed by panels made up of city councilors and staff and members of the community.The candidates will give a short introduction and be available for brief conversations.last_img

Speaker Housing has social value

first_imgA keynote speaker asked his Vancouver business audience to focus on the social value of the community’s housing stock instead of its economic worth at a Friday breakfast to benefit a local nonprofit housing resource center. But it’s difficult to separate the two, Marc Levy, president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, said at the breakfast. Residents value the ability to live within their means. Employers, in turn, appreciate having access to a large pool of potential employees, Levy said.“Housing is a key aspect of that,” Levy told the crowd of about 150 people at the 11th-annual Home is Where the Heart Is fundraising breakfast. The event at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay was sponsored by Columbia Credit Union and other financial lenders. It was organized to benefit the Community Housing Resource Center, a nonprofit that offers counseling programs for homebuyers and homeowners.last_img read more

Hearst to Sell Stake in EReader

first_imgLast fall, Hearst tapped E Ink to develop and produce the flexible electronic “paper” cover for Esquire’s October 75th anniversary issue. Earlier this year, Hearst was said to be developing a wireless e-reader device—similar to the Kindle—featuring a large-format screen that’s conducive to reading magazines.”Hearst has invested in a separate company that is creating an entire e-reading ecosystem for consumers, featuring a broad range of content from multiple publishers,” the spokesperson said.According to industry analyst Vinita Jakhanwal, the market for e-readers is expected to grow from 1.1 million units in 2008 to 20 million units by 2012. Hearst Interactive Media has agreed to sell its stake in E Ink—the electronic paper display  firm that developed the technology for Amazon’s Kindle and the Sony Reader—to Taiwan-based e-paper display module supplier Prime View International. Prime View said it agreed to buy out all of E Ink’s investors for approximately $215 million.Hearst acquired a stake in Cambridge, Massachusetts-based E Ink in 1998. “With the rapid increase in e-Reader acceptance, the value of E Ink grew and the investors decided it was a good time to sell,” a Hearst spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “There are various approvals and shareholder votes needed before this closes.”Other E Ink investors include Motorola Corp., FA Technology Ventures and Intel Capital. The Hearst spokesperson declined to say how much of a stake the publisher had in E Ink.last_img read more

The Supreme Court To Hear Evidence In Case Of Partisan Redistricting

first_img Share The Latest on the Supreme Court consideration of a legislative redistricting case (all times local):11:40 a.m.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker remains confident that GOP-drawn legislative district maps will survive a Supreme Court review.The nation’s highest court on Monday said it will hear arguments in the case. Justices also put on hold an earlier ruling requiring that new maps be drawn by November.Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says the Republican governor “is confident Wisconsin’s redistricting process is constitutional and is pleased to see the Supreme Court take the case.”Democratic state legislative leaders say they have faith that the Supreme Court will uphold lower court rulings that found the maps unconstitutionally favored Republicans.Democratic state Assembly leader Peter Barca says “Voters should be able to choose their representatives, not the other way around.”___11:25 a.m.Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (SHIH’-mehl) says he is “thrilled” the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit brought by Democrats challenging redistricting maps drawn by Republicans.A panel of three federal judges previously ruled that the maps unconstitutionally harmed Democrats because districts were drawn in a way that unfairly benefited Republicans.Schimel is a Republican who is defending the maps. He said on Monday that Wisconsin’s “redistricting process was entirely lawful and constitutional, and the district court should be reversed.”Sachin Chheda (SAH’-chihn CHAY’-dah) is director of the Fair Elections Project, which organized and launched the lawsuit. He says Democrats proved in court that their rights were violated and “now this story will be told on a national stage.___11:15 a.m.The Supreme Court is putting the redrawing of Wisconsin legislative districts on hold while the justices consider the issue of partisan gerrymandering.The justices issued their order Monday about 90 minutes after they agreed to hear the Wisconsin case in the fall, the first case on partisan politics and redistricting in more than a decade.The court’s five conservative justices voted to stop the redistricting process. The four liberals would have let it proceed.A three-judge court struck down the districts as an illegal partisan gerrymander and ordered new ones to be put in place for the 2018 elections.The Supreme Court is unlikely to decide the Wisconsin case before early next year.___9:30 a.m.The Supreme Court is wading into the thicket of partisan redistricting in a case from Wisconsin.The justices say Monday they will decide whether Republican lawmakers drew electoral districts so out of whack with the state’s political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.It’s the high court’s first case on what’s known as partisan gerrymandering in more than a decade, and the outcome could affect elections across the country.The case will be argued in the fall.A three-judge court struck down Wisconsin’s legislative districts in November and ordered new maps drawn in time for the 2018 elections. That work is proceeding.___3:15 a.m.The Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political.A dispute over Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of cutting into GOP electoral majorities across the United States. Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put limits on what lawmakers may do to gain a partisan advantage in creating political district maps.The justices could say as early as Monday whether they will intervene. The Constitution requires states to redo their political maps to reflect population changes identified in the once-a-decade census.The issue of gerrymandering — creating districts that often are oddly shaped, with the aim of benefiting one party — is central to the debate.last_img read more

California may use vibrational energy of driving to generate power

first_img California bill would put more emphasis on renewable energy (PhysOrg.com) — When you get into your car, for the daily commute or for a relaxing weekend visit to a friend house you give off energy. Not just the energy from the fossil fuels that you burn, but a different kind of energy, vibrational energy. Most of us do not give that energy a second thought, unless we’re trying to do something that requires fine motor skills, such as putting the lid back onto your slightly deformed cup of scalding hot coffee, but it is there. Citation: California may use vibrational energy of driving to generate power (2011, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-california-vibrational-energy-power.html It is also a potential source of a green, and renewable energy. California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a democrat from the Burbank district, hopes to help his home state to use it effectively. He has put in motion a legislation proposing that, if it passes, would create a pilot program designed to capture those vibrations. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further The system, if implemented, would place sensors under a stretch of California roads. These sensors would be able to collect the vibrations caused by traffic and covert them into power. This system, know as piezoelectric generation, has the potential to add significantly to the power supply, if the system were implemented on a larger scale. A potential test patch, a one mile stretch of a two lane highway, would be able to create enough new electricity to power roughly 500 homes for an entire year, or give juice to 120 electrical vehicles each day. Not to mention the powering of street lights and traffic signals.The proposal does not divert funds from any areas, since California regularly sets aside funds for these types of projects. It also would not represent any interruption to the flow of traffic in the state, since the sensors would only be placed under the ground during the regular repaving of roads. No word yet on when this bill will go to a vote or when residents of the state of California can expect to see these changes, should the bill pass in the state legislation.last_img read more

New fossils show ancient comb jellies had skeleton parts

first_imgFour taxa of Cambrian skeletonized comb jellies. Credit: Dr. Qiang Ou and his colleagues Contrary to popular belief, though they may look a lot like them, comb jellies are not jellyfish, instead they belong to the phylum Ctenophora. Scientists have found over a hundred species of the creature in its modern form and not one of them has any sort of skeleton. That is why the find in China is so surprising, an early relative that lived approximately 520 million years ago (during the Cambrian Period), did have some bony parts.The fossils were found at the famous Chengjiang site, embedded in rock—in all, six species were found among over three dozen specimens, each with some amount of hard skeleton material. The bone-like material was shaped like spokes, struts or plates. The plates appeared to cover the bodies, serving apparently, as a barrier against predators, or perhaps some other harmful environmental factor. The researchers cannot say for sure what the bone-like material was made of but suspect it was likely chitin or something similar, or even a carbonate rich mineral material. Also, because of the arrangement of the spokes or struts, the team suggests that the bones could have served a dual purpose, structural support and as a defense mechanism. In a bit of a twist, if the skeletal parts were indeed meant as a protection mechanisms, it does not appear to have worked out—the fossil species found in the rocks never made it to the modern age, they all died out.The finding also appears to contradict theories (based on DNA models) that have suggested ancient comb jellies had tentacles—none of the fossils had any sign of them. On the other hand, finding they had skeletons suggests they faced unknown threats, which should present a new avenue for study. © 2015 Phys.org More information: A vanished history of skeletonization in Cambrian comb jellies, Science Advances  10 Jul 2015: Vol. 1, no. 6, e1500092. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500092AbstractCtenophores are traditionally regarded as “lower” metazoans, sharing with cnidarians a diploblastic grade of organization. Unlike cnidarians, where skeletonization (biomineralization and sclerotization) evolved repeatedly among ecologically important taxa (for example, scleractinians and octocorals), living ctenophores are characteristically soft-bodied animals. We report six sclerotized and armored ctenophores from the early Cambrian period. They have diagnostic ctenophore features (for example, an octamerous symmetry, oral-aboral axis, aboral sense organ, and octaradially arranged ctene rows). Unlike most modern counterparts, however, they lack tentacles, have a sclerotized framework, and have eight pairs of ctene rows. They are resolved as a monophyletic group (Scleroctenophora new class) within the ctenophores. This clade reveals a cryptic history and sheds new light on the early evolution of this basal animal phylum. Skeletonization also occurs in some other Cambrian animal groups whose extant members are exclusively soft-bodied, suggesting the ecological importance of skeletonization in the Cambrian explosion. Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from several institutions in China and one in the U.S. has found evidence that shows that ancient comb jellies had skeleton parts. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes comb jelly ancestor fossils that were found in rock formations in China, the skeleton parts they found and theories regarding possible reasons for those parts.center_img Ancient balloon-shaped animal fossil sheds light on Earth’s ancient seas Citation: New fossils show ancient comb jellies had skeleton parts (2015, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-fossils-ancient-jellies-skeleton.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Advanceslast_img read more

Brazils GDP grows 06 percent in 1st quarter

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil says the country’s gross domestic product grew 0.6 percent in the first quarter of the year. The result was below the 0.9 percent market analysts had forecast.IBGE, the government’s statistics bureau, says on its website that the economy grew 0.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter in 2012 and 1.09 percent compared to last year’s first quarter.The country’s agricultural sector registered the best performance of the quarter, growing 9.7 percent. Industrial output contracted 0.3 percent. 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona In all of 2012, the gross domestic product grew just 0.9 percent. It was the worst annual result since 2009 when the GDP contracted 0.3 percent.The government has projected a 4 percent GDP growth by year’s end, but analysts don’t believe it will grow more than 2.9 percent.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Economists Surprised by Drop in Consumer Sentiment

first_imgEconomists Surprised by Drop in Consumer Sentiment The “”University of Michigan’s””:http://www.umich.edu/ preliminary Index of Consumer Sentiment report shows a drop in confidence for November–and “”Capital Economics'””:https://www.capitaleconomics.com/ Amna Asaf is at a loss to explain why.[IMAGE]The index, released jointly by UMich and “”Thomson Reuters””:http://thomsonreuters.com/, fell from 73.2 to a two-year low of 72.0 in the first November report. With the economy in a relatively healthier position compared to last month, Asaf–an economist for the macroeconomics research firm–says the decline is something of a surprise.””The further drop in the University of Michigan’s index of consumer confidence … is hard to explain given that the [COLUMN_BREAK]government reopened, the labour market is strengthening, equity markets have rallied and gasoline prices have fallen further,”” she said.The decline in November’s headline index came from a drop in the Current Conditions Index, which fell to a 10-month low of 87.2 from 89.9 at the end of October. That index typically reflects changes in job market conditions, which–given October’s strong increase in payrolls–makes the preliminary November figures all the more puzzling, Asaf said.Meanwhile, the Index of Consumer Expectations, which reflects changes in equity and gas prices, registered 62.3, down slightly from 62.5. Gasoline prices are hovering at year-to-date lows, and mortgage rates have also leveled out at a five-month low of around 4.30 percent, Asaf noted.While the early-release numbers are difficult to align with what’s going on in the country, Capital Economics expects things will pick up in later releases–perhaps even in the final numbers for November.””Overall, a disappointing decline, but it is hard to square with the improvement in the normal key drivers of confidence or the strength of actual consumption,”” Asaf said. “”We wouldn’t be surprised to see a rebound in confidence before the end of the year.”” November 8, 2013 420 Views in Datacenter_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-11-08 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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