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Clever anti-piracy schemes

Many companies like to protect the sales of their software by incorporating anti-piracy schemes. A lot of them fall flat, being annoying and inconvenient to use to outright dangerous and perhaps legally dubious. However, there were a few that I thought were pretty clever in that not only was it transparent to people who purchased the game legitimately, but served as frustration to pirates at the same time.   Sony's "Wobble" Detection Mechanism On the PlayStation 1 Most of this is

Mira Yurizaki

Mira Yurizaki

 

[RQB] How the USB Type-C retention system works

Note: This is a copypasta of a status update I did.   One of the things that has eluded me about USB Type C was its retention system. On Micro B it's easy to see; those little bumps on the top of the cable's connector are it (they go into divots in the device's end). But in Type C I couldn't see anything. So I chalked it up to either friction or those six metal bits on the end of the cable's connector.   It turns out it doesn't look like either. I found an exploded diagram of

Mira Yurizaki

Mira Yurizaki

 

The AMA

Hi all.   Bet you didn't know this place existed   So I've decided to run an ongoing AMA for no real reason than to let others find out more about me and I feel like I need to open up a bit more in life, and since i spend so much time here, might as well start here. It's hopefully a way to deal with my shyness RL by letting others "ask me anything" and help me build confidence, plus i still have some form of anonymity so i'm more likely to share things here that i wouldn't wi

Arika S

Arika S

 

Opening the Scrolls: Unpacking the Shady and Scandal-Plagued History of Bethesda / ZeniMax

For a long time, there has existed a strange anomaly in the gaming community: The unbalanced and blind perception of Bethesda / ZeniMax as being a 'good-person' developer and publisher. This perception has been held by many of the companies' fans despite all the while the company keeps doing things that contradict that perception. In many ways, Bethesda / ZeniMax have been games industry leaders in scummy, disrespectful, and exploitative lawsuit-happy practices, going back for more than a decade

Delicieuxz

Delicieuxz

 

Day Twenty-nine - Folding Month 2018

The overall team has seen 266million points of production over the last 24hours.   Please remember we have minimum participation requirements, these are 100k points, 15WUs, and 15 days of having activity over the course of the whole month.   Also, I just want to add that if we suspect you are purposefully just skimming the minimum requirements you may be disqualified. If we see you produce one WU per day for the last 15days for instance we may feel the need to investigate.

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twenty-eight - Folding Month 2018

As the days tick down the ranks seem more and more set, unless someone has a supercomputer to throw at it I'm thinking we aren't going to see much change from now, But who knows right?      The overall team has seen 269million points of production over the last 24hours.   Please remember we have minimum participation requirements, these are 100k points, 15WUs, and 15 days of having activity over the course of the whole month.   Also, I just want to add that i

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twenty-seven - Folding Month 2018

RANKS BABY!     The overall team has seen 267million points of production over the last 24hours.   Please remember we have minimum participation requirements, these are 100k points, 15WUs, and 15 days of having activity over the course of the whole month.   Also, I just want to add that if we suspect you are purposefully just skimming the minimum requirements you may be disqualified. If we see you produce one WU per day for the last 15days for instance we may

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twenty-six - Folding Month 2018

Well guys, the closing days are upon us and it has been a wild ride so far! Heres the ranks!      The overall team has seen a bump up to 270million points of production over the last 24hours.   Please remember we have minimum participation requirements, these are 100k points, 15WUs, and 15 days of having activity over the course of the whole month.   Also, I just want to add that if we suspect you are purposefully just skimming the minimum requirements you ma

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twenty-five - Folding Month 2018

Why does everything have to fall apart when I need to concentrate eyy? Oh well, heres an update!    I dont have the time to write out the ranks but here you are. We have seen an explosion of production for the final sprint of the event and it will be good to see if everyone can keep it up.      The overall team has seen bump to 268million points of production over the last 24hours.   Please remember we have minimum participation requirements, these are 100k p

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twenty-four - Folding Month 2018

It has been an exciting day folders. As of the Stanford Update at 06:46:08 GMT we have officially surpassed the Maximum PC Magazine Team and taken 13th place!   King Poet is still in first place with 181 million points. Tomerrs is in second 178 million; _Rlocke at 3rd with 158 Million; Jake in 4th with 137 Million, Gorgon in 5th with 72.5 million, Porina at 6th with 62 million, Dissitesuxba11s at 7th with 60 Million, Ben Quigley at 8th with 57 Million and Ceral5 is holding 10t

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twenty-three - Folding Month 2018

Well... The return of the king has come!    The King has retaken his throne with 170.9million points, Tomerrs is in 169.5million, _Rlocke is in third with 149.6million. Jakkuh is in forth 121.6million points, Gorgon has 69milion in fifth. Porina is in 6th with 58.3million, 7th is dissitesuxba11s with 56.7million, in 8th Ben Quigley with 53.9million, 9th is Cereal5 with 51.4million points and in 10th we have Yabdat with 46.6million points.      The overall team has s

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twenty-two - Folding Month 2018

Well, now after I fixed that lets get down to the Ranks.    Tomerrs is in first with 161.2million points, The king has closed that gap and he is now sat at 159.9million, _Rlocke is sat in third with 140.6million, forth is held by Jakkuh with 107.4million, and fifth place is taken by Gorgon with 65.4million. Porina is in 6th with 54.2million, Dissitesuxba11s has 53.9million, Ben Quigley takes 8th with 51.4million, Cereal5 finds himself in 9th with 47.9million and in 10th we have Yabdat

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twenty-one - Folding Month 2018!

If you guys thought a little stint in the hospital was going to keep me down you're wrong! Time to smash out another update. PS there has been some strange behaviour with the Stanford server this cycle so if your numbers seem of it is not our fault!    Tomerrs is holding onto first my the skin of his teeth with 151million points, The king is looking like he intends to take back his throne by force with 147.7million points, _Rlocke is too looking to be challenging Tomerrs with 130.5mill

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Eighteen - Folding Month 2018

Guys... Winter The update is coming.     In first we have Tomerrs with 128million points, The KIng is not far behind him with 119.4million, then we have _Rlocke with 105million points, Jakkuh is holding onto that number 4 with 80.6million, Gorgon has the 5th spot with 51.6million. Dissitesuxba11s is in 6th with 44.4million, Porina is in 7th with with 42.4million, Ben Quigley is sitting in 8th with 42.2million, Palespartan in 9th with with 34.8milion, and Cereal5 is still the gate keepe

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Seventeen - Folding Month 2018

Here we go again, the update is here and we're ready to tell you those sweet sweet ranks.    In first we have the expected Tommerrs with 119.5million points, followed by the king with 108.9million, third is filled by _Rlocke with 96.1million. Jakkuh holds onto fourth with 75.9million, and Gorgon has fifth with 48.4million. 6th place is in the hands of Dissitesuxba11s with 41.6million, 7th is taken by Porina, in 8th we have Ben Quigley with 39.9million. Palespartan sits in 9th and once

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Sixteen - Folding Month 2018

Well yesterday was awful for me in a number of ways, but here I am, getting the update out like a good boy     Tomerrs in first with 111.3million, the king is in second with 98.5million, _Rlocke is in third with 86.5million, Jakkuh holds fourth with 71.7million and Gorgon has the number 5 spot with 45million points. 6th place is taken by Disditesuxba11s with 38.8million and Ben Quigley only just holds onto 7th. Porina is in 8th place with 37.5million, Palespartan takes 9th with 30milli

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Fifteen - Folding Month 2018

Sorry about the update being late today people, I've got one hell of a migraine that I just cant seem to shift! So this will be a short update.   In first we have Tomerrs with 103million points! Second place is the king with 88.8million points, _Rlocke is in third with 77.2million, Jakkuh is in fourth with 67.1million and Gorgon is in fifth with 41.8million points. Dissitesuxba11s is in sixth with 36million. Ben Quigley takes seventh with 35.6million, Porina has 33.6million and palespa

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Fourteen - Folding Month 2018

We have had a good clean update with no issues, it only took almost two weeks to get it right....    In first place we have Tomerrs with 95.1milion points, The king is in second with 80.8million. _Rlocke is in third with 68.6million. Jakkuh is holding onto fourth with 61.3million, Gorgon is still in fifth with 38.7million points. Ben Quigley is in 6th with 33.4million, Dissitesuxba11s is in 7th with 33.1million and Porina is in 8th with 30.1million. Palespartan has 26.8million in 9th f

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Thirteen - Folding Month 2018

Well guys, thanks to Gorgon we can now confirm mall data on the sheet to be valid and the issues resolved! There has been some shifts in ranks due to the correction but I can confirm this should be the last time anything like this occurs as long as the data stays correct from Stanford.    Tomerrs is in first, as per usual with 87.1million points, King Poet in second with 73.2million and _Rlocke is in thirs with 59.5million. Jakkuh dropped to fourth with 55.8million and Gorgon holds ont

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

 

Day Twelve - Folding Month 2018

Last night I spent six hours trying to fix the sheet, for the most part it is fine and dandy but a few users numbers seem off and I can not work out why, when hes back online later I will see if @Gorgon can have a look and maybe he can fix the issue! The following four users have been identified as having under reported figures, @choccobear, @DUW1G1T, @D_Newb and @[REDACTED]. Guys, I'm sorry that I wasn't able to fix your numbers for this update and I am hoping Gorgon and come and find the elusi

GOTSpectrum

GOTSpectrum

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