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Program Contest for Windows Mobile? Trying to look like iPhone?!

iPhone’s success might be partly due to the vast array of imaginative and entertaining software for that platform, so Microsoft are doing the best to persuade the community to make software of iPhone in the form of a “Windows Mobile Software Contest” that is going to be held worldwide. This means that Microsoft are eager to excavate new software for the Windows Mobile.

Anyone aged 16 or above, irrespective of nationalities is eligible to join. Each team of contestants may consist of a maximum of 5 individuals. Individual, team, organizations and corporate entries are also welcome. The winner(s) will be provided for download on the Winodws Marketplace for download from September onwards.
A successful program should achieve a balance among the following aspects: creativity, functionality, aesthetic design, interface operation, usability and entertainment factors. It is suggested that team members may divide their respective roles as below: (It is not a must to have all these roles in a team)
Ø   Playwright: Create characters and arrange the storyboard.
Ø   Research: Collect and consolidate information the program requires.
Ø   Interface Graphic: Arrange interface elements and design graphics.
Ø   Programming: Determine data structure, program code and server.
Ø   Debugging: Testing and debugging the program and suggest improvements.
Each team is required to appoint a team leader. The team leader will be the only eligible person to claim any prizes of this Contest. The Organizers will not be involved in any prize assign issues within the team.
Go to www.windowsmobilecontest.com/en/ for more information.

Don’t Be a Tool – Let’s Exploit the Exploiters!

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Foreword:  Before you jump to conclusions, this post is not about how to exploit steam to get free games.  I was browsing youtube and found this video, which is obviously a scam.  Being that this is Exploit week, why not take a break from writing exploits, and have fun with real life exploiters instead for a day?

If you think this is evil, then you are correct.  If you think this is hilarious, great.  If you think I shouldn’t do this, then screw off.  I’m doing it anyway. It’s time for us to fight back! ~ Versatile

Revisions:

6-25-09:  Initial release.


Being that this week is Exploitation week, I wanted to find a new exploit to talk about.  Going to Youtube, I found this video, and I could not resist.  Below is the video.  The fun comes afterwards:

Here comes the fun part:

If you watched the video, steps three and four are very interesting.  The screenshots are below:

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kiddiedog_step 3 _ 2

kiddiedog_step 4

Should I try it out?  See what happens?  Yes, why not!  I am so ready to chew this guy apart!!!

See my Email below:

Well, what really sucked is that the email address in the video was totally messed up of course, so I did some guesswork and I found an email that worked.

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So above is my email message.  I sent it off and I did not get a bounce back, so I assumed the email is good.  There are two things that can happen here:

1) The person has spoofed an email so he will get what I just sent above

or

2) This is an official Valve email address.  I searched google but nothing came up so lets see if it is an official email.  If it is, let’s see what Valve has to say.  If not and it is the exploiter’s email, I am going to respond back and forth and mess with his mind.  Expect updated pictures on this post as time goes on!

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Soccer Manager.com — Free soccer/football management online game!

[Note: This review was written by Adrian, the Freeware Elite. You can visit his tech blog at: Freeware Elite.com]

Description: Soccer Manager is a free website on which you can manage a soccer team through your web browser. What make it different from other similar sites is that there is a very realistic transfer market for you to participate in. Actually, it is quite fun to put players on Loan Lists, Transfer lists, or just buy and sell players if agreed. There are also “Free Agents” which are players not owned by any clubs for purchase. There is also a “Score Centre” in which you watch your own matches progress. You need to be signed up to play.

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Youtube — Only has name?

The American Times magazine elected the ten worse new tech ideas in the past ten years recently. For those on the list, some of them are quite familiar to most people, such as Vista, Zune, Palm, HD-DVD, Gateway,etc. However, even Youtube is on the list. Why?!

Actually, although Youtube is the largest video sharing site on the planet (now, there are 99 million people in the US that have visited Youtube before, and the total number of videos on the site is 5.9 billion), but Youtube has not yet found it’s regular income source! Google earlier claimed that Youtube, until now, still hasn’t a “real” profit.

Because the Youtube videos generally have bad quality, not much people are willing to advertise on Youtube. Albait the fact that, according to a company in Switzerland, Youtube has a profit of US$240 million, but their total profit was US$-470 million! They will have to triple the profit in order to make the balance! ARGHHH!

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New NDS game: Dolphin Park

[Note: This post was written by Adrian, the Freeware Elite. Visit his tech blog at: Freeware Elite.com]

Nowadays, there are a lot of games on the market about raising cats and dogs, so using this genre of game to get a large audience is very impractical. Starfish-SD is marketing a new game “Welcome to DolphinPark”.  The screenshots clearly show that the aim of the game is to rear dolphins and train them to do stunning tricks and stunts.NDS logo

When your dolphin performs, it gets coins (money), and those can be used to buy food, equipment and newer, more advanced courses for your dolphin, so that it can perform better.

Also, you can use the self-cam in the NDSi to take a picture of your face, and subsitute the dolphin’s face with yours. The official selling date is not yet defined, but the price will be around 5040 Japanese yen.

Sound like a game you or your children will play?  Leave a comment and let us know how it is!

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Nation States: A very simple but fun online political simulation game

[Note: This review was written by Adrian, the Freeware Elite. Visit his tech blog at: Freeware Elite.com]

Version Tested: 1.0 (final version)NationStates nation main screen

Description: NationStates is an online political simulation game that is totally free, unlike Soccer Manager in which you can buy gold accounts. You can create different nations with strange prefixes (Republic, Dominion, People’s Republic, Most Serene Kingdom, etc.) and manage them through your browser.

There is also something called the World Assembly, which is similar to the United Nations, but has a whole lot more countries (around 11000) and different “regions” which can be freely chosen. However, the World Assembly membership is totally voluntary. Here are some more notes on this online game:NationStates create new nation

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Left 4 Dead 2 So soon? Has Valve Sold Out?

Left 4 Dead 2: Love it or Hate it?

Left 4 Dead 2: Love it or Hate it?

Shout out in the Comments people, tell us at the Underground what you think of Left 4 Dead 2 ‘s early release date.  Do you Love it or Hate it?

Left 4 Dead has been positively one of my favorite PC games of the past year.  So why wasn’t I so thrilled about hearing at E3 that Left 4 Dead 2 was being released this upcoming November?  First and foremost L4D1 is still just an infant in my Pc gaming library, meaning that I am still playing it regularly and it feels as if Valve is just abandoning a child they just had.  What happened to all the  downloadable content that we were promised? Just a survival map pack with only 1 “new” level (lighthouse) and vs mode for 2 campaigns that should have been released with the game in the first place, seriously Valve!!

It feels to me as if the fan favorite Valve is just cashing in on a franchise, something they have never really done before.  For example Team Fortress 2, Counterstrike 1- 2, Half-Life 1-2 all had significant times in between sequels and received tons of fan based material and new DLC.  It took Valve supposedly 4-5 years to make Left 4 Dead and they pump out a sequel that’s supposed to get us excited in 1 year?  I doubt it but I sure hope I’m wrong.

Certainly I’m not the only person to feel as if I’ve been abandoned for liking l4d.  This announcement has caused all kinds of controversy over the net along with the fact that the sequel will have daytime environments, ugh!  Right now I’m not sure what to think about all of this, perhaps this is the game Valve intended on releasing all along.  I loved l4d but it always did seem short to me and without the release of the SDK until 2 months ago now the community is finally getting maps out to us but still no definitive campaigns.  Honestly I’ve been waiting for at least 8 months for the release of the Dead before Dawn map and it just received a July 1st release date*crossed fingers*.  Still no news from Valve for any new campaigns like we were promised.  Guess we’ll just have to shell out the 50 bucks this November for them huh?

I could continue this post forever probably just stating my disgust about this upcoming November.  But honesty I want to hear what you the reader has to say on this subject.   Shout out in the comments below about whether you welcome the sequel so soon or if you hate it’s early release and the new daytime direction that Valve is taking this franchise.

Rap Chop – Steven Porter!

My brother told me to check out this guy who takes infomercials, and slice them to make it into a rap video. Frickin’ hilarious!

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Which Came First – The Chicken Or the Egg?

Are you familiar with the chicken and egg paradox?  Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

If you said the egg came first, how can that be because you need a chicken to lay the egg.  If the chicken came first, how can that be because it needs to hatch from an egg, which obviously would need to come from a chicken, which then …. yea it keeps cycling back and forth.

It is a very cool paradox, because thinking about it will make your head hurt.

Per Wikipedia, the history of this dilemma goes as this:


History of the dilemma

Ancient references to the dilemma are found in the writings of classical philosophers. Their writings indicate that the proposed problem was perplexing to themselves and was commonly discussed by others of their time as well.

Aristotle (384322 BC) was puzzled by the idea that there could be a first bird or egg and concluded that both the bird and egg must have always existed:

If there has been a first man he must have been born without father or mother – which is repugnant to nature. For there could not have been a first egg to give a beginning to birds, or there should have been a first bird which gave a beginning to eggs; for a bird comes from an egg.

The same he held good for all species, believing, with Plato, that everything before it appeared on earth had first its being in spirit.”[2]

Plutarch (46126 AD) referred to a hen rather than simply a bird. His is Moralia in the books titled “Table Talk” discussed a series of arguments based on questions posed in a symposium. Under the section entitled, “Whether the hen or the egg came first,” the discussion is introduced in such a way suggesting that the origin of the dilemma was even older:

…the problem about the egg and the hen, which of them came first, was dragged into our talk, a difficult problem which gives investigators much trouble. And Sulla my comrade said that with a small problem, as with a tool, we were rocking loose a great and heavy one, that of the creation of the world…”[3]

Macrobius (395423 AD), a Roman philosopher, found the problem to be interesting:

You jest about what you suppose to be a triviality, in asking whether the hen came first from an egg or the egg from a hen, but the point should be regarded as one of importance, one worthy of discussion, and careful discussion at that.”[4]

Stephen Hawking and Christopher Langan argue that the egg came before the chicken, though the real importance of the question has faded since Darwin’s “On The Origin Of Species” and the accompanying Theory of Evolution, under which the egg must have come first.[5][6]


Now we today have real life Chicken vs Egg references.  See this example below:

  • Fear of a recession causes people to spend less, which reduces demand, causing a recession.
  • Fear of violence/war can make people more defensive/violent, the resulting tension/violence will cause more fear (see security dilemma).
  • More jobs cause more consumption, which requires more production, and thus more jobs.
  • IPv6 content is not widely provided because of lack of support, but ISPs do not provide IPv6 support because of lack of content.
  • An increase in production to feed a growing population leads only to a further increase in population.
  • An actor cannot join the actor’s union unless he has played a role in a union film, but a non-union actor cannot get a role in a union film because he isn’t in the union.

Pretty interesting, right?  Welcome to Egg.

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