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Jun 192013

ps3waitEarly this morning an operating system update for Sony’s PS3 was rolled out.  It was version 4.45 – but then it was quickly pulled when reports started coming in that the update was bricking people’s systems, making them lock up on the boot-up “ribbon” screen.  A thread on Sony’s official forums indicates that the issue is not an isolated one.  It didn’t affect everyone’s console, but enough were affected that trying the upgrade was rolling the dice.

It didn’t lock up everyone’s console, but enough people were affected that it was a real problem.

Was this necessarily Sony’s fault?  It’s easy to point the finger of blame, but it’s impossible to test patches on every possible situation, and the affected systems could have been older ones or consoles that were only marginally within manufacturing specifications in the first place – good enough to sell, but susceptible to whatever strange situation that caused the lockups.

Sony has pulled the update, but so far hasn’t said what they’re going to do for people whose systems were killed by it.  Fortunately,  on a Playstation the system updates are something you have to do by hand, and are not automatic, so your system didn’t automatically brick itself while you were sleeping.

Some have commented that the new PS4 system might have automatically accepted such an update.  We hope there’s a setting that turns that off.

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Jun 012012
The Amazing Spider-Man, in theaters July 3

The Ultimate Spider-Man Interactive Experience Swings Into Los Angeles June 3rd – June 22nd

The Amazing Spider-Man, in theaters July 3

WHAT: Everyone’s favorite Super Hero will be dropping into a Walmart near you – and it’s not just in Los Angeles, it’s all over the country.

We’ve just gotten the hot tip that in anticipation of the upcoming summer blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walmart Stores, Inc., and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to present the ultimate Spider-Man experience at Walmart Stores nationwide.
 Grab the family for a fun-filled adventure at your local Walmart store and explore the innovative “Secrets Unmasked” Truck Tour that turns a parking lot into a playground of interactive features including:
  • PlayStation3 gaming center with advanced demo of The Amazing Spider-Man video game from Activision available in stores on June 26th
  • Demonstrations and giveaways of the new Spider-Man Bonkazonks toys and The Amazing Spider-Man Hero FX Masks from Hasbro
  • HP photo center with free photo print to take home
  • Sony Electronics Screening center
  • Temporary tattoo station
  • Samples of Spider-Man snacks from Kellogg’s
  • Demo of the “Web-Slinger” augmented reality app from Smart Talk
  • Spidey climbing wall (only at select locations)
The activities will vary by location, but this is the current tour schedule:

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May 152012
Andrew Garfield in the new suit.
by Samantha Lowell
Andrew Garfield in the new suit.

Andrew Garfield in the new suit.

In a development which has fandom abuzz, Sony Pictures has released four minutes of film from the most anticipated movie blockibuster of the summer, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man.

The movie clip shows Andrew Garfield in action as the titular hero,displaying a riveting acrobatic style dramatically different form Tobey Maguire’s efortless aerobatics, yet still failthful to the comics. However, the most talked about part of the clip is the unmasking in front of the small child, a surpsingly faithful representation of Peter Parker’s fundamental humanity. In addition to the much ballyhooed change in the iconic character’s costume, the movie is said to do a partial reboot of Spider-Man’s iconic origin as well, adding to fan criticism and speculation.

Additionally, Sony Pictures has unveiled a new viral website the film, this time focusing on the corporate front of Oscorp Industries, the workplace of Peter Parker’s father and Dr. Curt Connors (aka, The Lizard).

Fans can also enjoy a taste of the film’s villain, with a recently released a profile and interview with British actor Rhys Ifans, who plays Doctor Curtis Conners, aka the Lizard.

Marvel Comics hopes to ride the wave of success started by The Avengers, shunting aside lingering criticism for its fascination with reviving the silver age versions of iconic Marvel heroes from the editors’ youth at the expense of contemporary versions. Marvel head of creative development, Joe Quesada, has a lot riding on this film, which may partially account for the most aggressive marketing campaign in years.

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Sep 272011

Krypton Radio Special Report

Krypton Radio Newswire
Not so Anonymous - accused LulzSec hacker Cody Kretzinger, aka "recursion"

Not so Anonymous - accused LulzSec hacker Cody Kretzinger, aka "recursion"

A 23-year-old college student named Cody Kretsinger, allegedly going by the internet handle “recursion” and being the front man for the internet hacking group “LulzSec” was arrested without incident in Arizona last Thursday.  He was charged with conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, according to a report filed by Reuters – this, in regard to the break-ins of Sony Pictures Entertainment in May and June of 2011.

LulzSec, also known as Lulz Security, claims association with the larger hacker collective known as Anonymous.  The term “lulz” is internet slang for laughter at the expense of someone else’s misery.

The attacks  were accomplished by a common type of attack known as “SQL injection”, which issues normally forbidden commands directly to a website’s underlying database. Most websites are secure from such attacks, and Lulzsec crowed about Sony’s computers shortcomings in a statement at the time that read “From a single injection we accessed EVERYTHING. Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?”

Kretisnger was allegedly one of the persons who  helped post the stolen data from Sony, and was purportedly the “voice” of LulzSec on Twitter.  The stolen data  contained the names and account information on 37,000 users of the Sony Pictures online services.

After appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence Anderson on Thursday in Phoenix, Kretsinger was ordered released on his own recognizance, but  was prohibited from traveling to any states other than Arizona, California and Illinois and ordered  to use his computer only for schoolwork.  He is scheduled to  appear in Los Angeles federal court Oct. 11 for a post-indictment arraignment.

The penalties for Kretzinger’s involvement with LulzSec could be as much as 15 years in a federal penitentiary.  The FBI continues to follow the broad trail of information connecting the various members of LulzSec and their connection to Anonymous, and the theft and illegal  distribution of other servers’ contents, and even some of their ties to individuals operating within Second Life.  Additional charges may be forthcoming because the indictment notes Kretsinger was aided by other known and unknown co-conspirators. The investigation is ongoing, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Further arrests seem inevitable.

The LulzSec group claimed to be “hacktivists”, hackers with a political agenda; however, no hacking group that lays claim to this sort of social nobility seems to stay on that path for very long, instead degrading into simple opportunism, or flagrant criminal activity.  Citizens with knowledge of potentially illegal LulzSec or Anonymous activities are encouraged to contact their local FBI office.

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