PSN taken down due to piracy outbreak?

On April 27, 2011, in Gaming, by Mike Jefferson

You all know that PSN has been down for several days now, and Sony is blaming hackers for this outage, but is that the truth? According to a different source, PSN has been down in order to prevent piracy, and not due to hackers’ attack.

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Trojans and malware apps are a common thing, and we’ve seen several of them on Android OS, but now we have a new Trojan that works bit differently than the rest. The latest Trojan to arrive comes disguised as an app called Walk and Text v1.3.7. You may have come across it before, this app can be purchased from the Android Market but in case you decide to run it, you might get a nasty new Trojan.

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Google censors autocomplete feature to fight piracy

On January 30, 2011, in Latest News, by Mike Jefferson

Although Google can provide us with all sorts of useful information, it can also be used for finding illegal files as well, and this is one reason why Google decided to fight back against piracy.

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Microsoft is trying to fight against piracy, and it has released another update for Xbox 360 that will try to put an end to gamers pirating their games.

When it comes to updates, we expect that they fix certain issues, improve stability and similar, but this time, Microsoft decided to fight the piracy with this latest update.

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Latest video DNA technology may help fight video piracy

On December 27, 2010, in Technology, by Mike Jefferson

Identifying copyrighted video material is only possible if you have a direct copy of the original that still has its digital signature, so the current methods aren’t sufficient as we think, since there are many ways in which people can bypass these restrictions and play copyrighted material.

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Having just read this, something just sprung up from my mind and I want to share a quick story with you about something I saw while on holiday not long ago. You will probably know what piracy means and I had the opportunity to visit some of the ‘pirated markets’ in Asia once while on holiday. There I remember seeing people using their PCs (which were equipped with multiple cd/dvd burners) and simultaneously burning and obvious creating multiple copies of whatever it is they were burning and selling (seemed like film dvds as well as Microsoft softwares and Windows!) them as soon as they were complete, and as you will have guessed, they were dead cheap!

Having sad that this robot designed by Aaron Shephard, has been created for the purpose of doing system backups, you have to realise though, it wouldn’t take very long for the guys I’ve see to do a minor tweak and turn this robot into an automatic, money making, piracy machine! However I can imagine how handy and useful it would be to have this robot at home or in an office, etc…

You might wonder how this works, so here’s the technical bit…

EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX motherboard and scavenged parts. A Perl script interacts with stepper motors, LEDs, and sensors through the parallel port on the motherboard. The robot inserts DVDs for burning, flips them for labeling, and stacks completed discs in a pile. Coasters are rejected to a ‘penalty box’ for easy disposal.

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