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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

How the Dreamcast copy protection was defeated

quote [ The mashed potatoes problem was solved when a Katana SDK (the official Sega SDK for the Dreamcast) was stolen by the hacking team "Utopia" in late 1999. It turned out that the scrambler was nothing more than "security through obscurity". ]

Though highly technical, this gives interesting information on security, criminal motivation and console engineering.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@11:36pmGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

“We Are as Gods and Might as Well Get Good at It”

quote [ Commemorating the Whole Earth Catalog 50 years later. ]

Little writeup on the last catalog, the people that made it and how they saw themselves. This scene looks a bit creepy to me now.

Via one strange link dump on Metafilter.
[SFW] [history] [+1 Insightful]
[by Paracetamol@8:21pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 7 December 2018

Steam Key Giveaway '18

Wohoo – free games again! Post games with spare keys in the comments and PM for exchange, as usual.

More info and Steam alternatives in the extended.

[SFW] [games] [+8 Good]
[by Paracetamol@8:47pmGMT] [23 comments]

Thursday, 29 November 2018

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

quote [ The current worldwide loss of biodiversity is popularly known as the sixth extinction: the sixth time in world history that a large number of species have disappeared in unusually rapid succession, caused this time not by asteroids or ice ages but by humans. ]

Uuh … so sad. And long. Should they split these articles in chapters for greater impact?

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Sad]
[by Paracetamol@10:23pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Immigrant Story Behind the Classic “Greetings From” Postcards

quote [ One popular format for linen postcards was the “Greetings From” style, which had been inspired by the “Gruss Aus” (“Greeting From”) postcards Teich had known as a young man in Germany. The German postcards featured local views with subdued lettering and a muted color palette; Teich’s American incarnation reflected the popular streamlined aesthetic of the time, featuring the name of a state, city, or attraction—emblazoned in large 3D letters—with miniature images of regional scenes depicted within. ]

Spoiler: the immigrant story is featured in the quote already. But check out the link for colorful examples.
[SFW] [travel] [+1 Insightful]
[by Paracetamol@9:50pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Death Is Not The End

quote [ Death Is Not The End digs up the oldest of the old, serving up your gospel, blues and folk with a crackle. Hear the dust. ]

Main link goes to archive of NTS shows, the samplers are distributed as pay-what-you-want digital albums and on physical media.

The label was a Bandcamp feature sometime ago.
[SFW] [music] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:49pmGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 26 November 2018

How Exapunks represents hacking without limits

quote [ “It turns out that hackers are assholes,” Barth says. “We interviewed a bunch and mostly they stole credit cards and figured out ways of ripping off phone companies to get free phone calls. And that was it, apparently. Sometimes they’d try to get each other arrested for fun. We didn’t really want to make a game about that.” ]

Good interview on the ever-alluring Zachlike games, referenced on RockPaperShotgun's very own Cyber Monday.
[SFW] [games] [+6 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@8:53pmGMT] [4 comments]

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Free: Download 15,000+ Free Golden Age Comics from the Digital Comic Museum | Open Culture

quote [ The Digital Comic Museum offers free access to hundreds of pre-1959 comic books, uploaded by users who often offer historical research and commentary alongside high-quality scans. ]

Trashy crime and Western comics and as many Roy Lichtenstein tropes as you can shake a stick at.

Thumb: Brides In Love
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+5 Classy Pr0n]
[by Paracetamol@7:38pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 24 November 2018

The History of the Oceans Is Locked in Whale Earwax

quote [ Trumble, Usenko, and their colleagues ended up measuring cortisol levels in the plugs from 20 blue, fin, and humpback whales, the oldest of which had been born in 1871. ]

We're all ears.

(Full article in extended)

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Original]
[by Paracetamol@8:17pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 23 November 2018

FOKN Bois – Want To Be White

quote [ Think Outkast meets Monty Python in West Africa. ]

Crazy mixture of dancehall, standup, hip hop from Ghana trying to break as many taboos as possible at once (hence NSFW).

Main link goes to short acoustic piece, see extended for more music, as well as trailers to their films – gangster musicals sung in Ganhaian pidgin featuring bizarre plot twists.

more info, even more info, quote via Twitter, thumb via Wikipedia.

[NSFW] [music] [+6 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@10:44pmGMT] [1 comment]

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