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More bloody DOS attacks

I had to waste yet more time today tracking down what was causing the OGRE web server to slow to a crawl. This time it wasn’t a DDOS attack, but a single IP from Vietnam that was hammering the server with shedloads of requests every second. All the requests were individually valid, so if this wasn’t an intentional attack, it was a really crappy spidering tool written by some clueless muppet who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

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&#8230; must &#8230; resist &#8230; MMORPG &#8230; <ngggg>

Following on from one of my many, many rants on this blog (hey, I’m just passionate about some things, ok?), I’m rather impressed that one MMORPG at least seems to be going the sort of way I’d like - namely Dungeons and Dragons Online : Stormreach. What makes this one different from other alternatives like WoW? Well, firstly, there’s only 10 levels to be had, and progression is likely to be relatively slow, at least for those normal people who don’t consider it their sacred duty to be the first player to hit the level cap on a server in the tragically sad hope that it will bring them some kind of real world respect.

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DDOS attacks

Well, today at 13:00 GMT the OGRE site was deluged by hack attempts from hundreds of separate IPs in an obvious case of botnet attack. It was trying to run a script through an old phpBB hole (which we’ve patched - good to know the hours I spend doing security patches weren’t in vain) , which was located on a Turkish company site which had clearly been compromised - I’ve notified the admins so hopefully they’ll remove it and tighten their security.

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Faraday and Franklin must be spinning in their graves&#8230;

For Gods sake, why are those regulating the US patent system incapable of determining the difference between a genuine inventive step, and a bean-counter just trying to cash in by using flamboyant wording about something utterly, pathetically trivial? Case in point is Creative this week rattling their sabre (or should I say toy rattle, because that would suit their mentality better) about a patent they have over “selection by the user of a least one track in a portable media player as a user navigates through a hierarchy using three or more successive screens”.

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Freaky

Isn’t it weird how when one side of your face is anaesthetised, half your toungue thinks a cold drink is actually hot? I spent a good few minutes chugging a cold blue Powerade and marvelling at this bizarre effect. The fact that I can drink said beverage again without having to be peeled off the ceiling proves that yes, Mr Lower Left Molar has received his re-injection of metallic amalgam and is feeling like a new tooth.

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What time is it? Tooth hurty.

It was eleven o’clock last night and I’d just had a cup of tea. Pretty uneventful you’d think, Englishman has tea, perhaps had I been even more traditional there might have been some checkered pygamas and/or smoking jacket and a copy of The Times involved too, but no, just a good old steaming mug of the brown nectar. Until my tooth starting yelling blue murder - loudly. You wouldn’t have thought that a tooth had a good pair of lungs on it, but this one did.

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Mario Kart DS first impressions

Mario Kart DS arrived yesterday and I spent a fair portion of the evening playing it - this in itself bodes well since it’s rare these days that I’ll play a game for a long time. First impressions are very good - most of the tracks ‘feel’ very appropriate for what I would consider to be a good MK game - tight courses with lots going on, and plenty of opportunity for gaining advantage through power sliding and other little tricks.

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Valve suckered you into buying a new card yet?

Wow, Valve are somewhat economical with the truth when it comes to defining system requirements for a HDR demo. I haven’t accessed Steam in ages, since I reinstalled my machine last January in fact, but I decided to boot it up again just so I could take a look at the Lost Coast demo. But, on booting it up, I’m told that Valve have decided that my card can’t do HDR.

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No Mario Kart DS yet

Even though I have little time for games these days, I’ve been looking forward to playing Mario Kart DS, mainly because I’m hoping it will recapture the joy of the SNES version I used to play endlessly many years ago, which the GameCube ‘Double Dash’ really failed to do for me. The official UK release date was yesterday, and knowing how generally rubbish our local shops are at getting releases on time or in any great numbers, plus my general laziness to actually go out to said shops, I pre-ordered it online.

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Delays, delays

I just got word from my supplier that Visual Studio 2005 Pro won’t be dispatched until 10 December now, which allegedly is due to shipping delays at Microsoft and as such will affect all suppliers in the UK. Darn. I have Express already obviously, but I’m still doing most of my work in 2002 since I can’t bear to be without my favorite plugins for too long. Let’s hope it arrives before Xmas, think of all those sad little faces on Christmas morning if Visual Studio 2005 doesn’t make it into their stockings.

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