Monthly Archives: July 2006

EA / Dice you Have some Splaining to do

Two things are shitting me right now in EA / Dice‘s Battlefield 2, and personally I very much doubt I will be buying Battlefield 2142.

  • Crash to Desktop (CTD) on clicking “Join Game” button
  • Vehicle Drop spamming of servers using the commander hack (essentially a DoSS attack as it crashes the server)

Essentially it’s not possible to get a good game in at present cause either some tool will crash the server with the vehicle drop spam exploit, or when a new round or map starts and I click join the game crashes.

Heap of fucking shit

Internet Explorer 7 to be Deployed via Automatic Updates

Microsoft has indicated in it’s Internet Explorer development blog that it will be pushing Internet Explorer 7 as a new update via Automatic Update. This is both good and bad, I’ll leave that up to you. Personally I feel that this will be for the best as the majority of users will be ignorant of the fact that a new version is coming and is on the way. But this does pose some big questions, how will those people adapt with the plethora of now features.

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Quicktime Alternative & Real Alternative

I wonder how many people are aware that there alternatives to Apple‘s QuickTime software and RealNetworks RealPlayer. Seriously if you don?t want to pollute your computer with their bloatware is there an alternative?

The answer is yes. QuickTime Alternative and Real Alternative are the answer.

QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files without having to install the official QuickTime Player.

All QuickTime formats (.mov .qt .3gp etc.) are supported, including streaming content and QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages.

Some advantages compared to QuickTime player:

  • Quick and easy install
  • It’s easy to make an unattended installation
  • No background processes
  • Use a player of your own choice
  • Low on resources
  • Smaller size

Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer.

All RealMedia formats (.ra .rm .rmvb .ram .rpm .rv .rp .rt .rnx .smi .smil etc.) are supported, including streaming content and RealMedia content that is embedded in webpages.

Some advantages compared to RealPlayer:

  • Quick and easy install
  • It’s easy to make an unattended installation
  • Proper uninstallation
  • No background processes
  • Use a player of your own choice
  • Low on resources
  • No advertising, no registration forms, nothing annoying

Limitations:

  • .smi and .smil files only play the first part of a clip. This is only a problem when the clip consists of multiple parts. These files are not very common. These files do play correctly when embedded in a browser.
  • The RealMedia DirectShow splitter does not work with streaming content. You must use the included Media Player Classic to play streaming content.

Finally More TV in Australia

In three years, there will be at least eight new channels on the living-room television, with other programs beamed straight to the mobile phone.

The new media regime proposed by the federal Government yesterday also promises that a greater range of sporting events will appear on pay-TV rather than free-to-air channels, as the owners of the sports rights are forced to screen events or give them up to Foxtel and others.

“It is consumers who will be the biggest winners, with access to a range of new services, potentially including several new digital channels, and even more to come in the transition to digital television,” said Communications Minister Helen Coonan as she unveiled the changes.

The reforms mean public broadcasters ABC and SBS will be able to show a greater range of material on their extra digital channels from next year.

From 2009, they will all be able to add another standard-definition channel. All the extra channels will only be available to Australians who buy a digital television or a digital set-top box that allows their existing analog set to pick up digital signals.

Limits on the new channels mean stations will not be able to screen sports content not already screened on their main analog channel. This would restrict Seven, for instance, from running a separate channel for Australian Rules football.

Despite the changes, Senator Coonan has put off any opportunity for a fourth free-to-air station until at least 2012, when the analog signal is switched off and everyone will have to convert to digital TVs or set-top boxes.

Instead of a new TV network, however, a range of new services is being proposed on the spare spectrum from 2009, including emerging mobile TV technology and other TV-like services.

Once the switch to digital television happens, all TV stations will be free to broadcast as many channels as they can in their spectrum allocation. Under the latest “compression” technology, this would be about eight for each existing station — or 40 free channels through the living room television.

There is still little detail about what sort of “new” services will be made available on the spare channels being offered from 2009.

“What I need to do was to get in-principle approval to allocate the new channels,” Senator Coonan said last night.

“Now we need to design the spectrum and see how it works. It is a very complex task. I am just not going to say what services they will, but it could be mobile or its could be an in-home service straight to your TV set. But it cannot be a fourth TV station by another name.”

She said that rules governing the spectrum and a plan for either selling it by auction or handing it out by “beauty parade” — where it is given to the bidder with the best proposal — would be formulated before the end of the year.

Pay-TV group Foxtel, which is 25 per cent owned by The Australian’s publisher, News Corporation, has been running trials of mobile TV services with Telstra and Macquarie Bank.

As Usual Microsoft Updates

As part of Microsoft‘s routine, monthly security update cycle the following security updates on July, 2006 were released:

  • MS06-033 – Vulnerability in ASP.NET Could Allow Information Disclosure (917283)
  • MS06-034 – Vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services using Active Server Pages Could Allow Remote Code Execution (917537)
  • MS06-035 – Vulnerability in Server Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (917159)
  • MS06-036 – Vulnerability in DHCP Client Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (914388)
  • MS06-037 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (917285)
  • MS06-038 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (917284)
  • MS06-039 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Filters Could Allow Remote Code Execution (915384)