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Friday, May 19, 2000

Chris Roberts Interview

PC.IGN has posted an interview with Chris Roberts, one of the founders of Digital Anvil and the father of the Wing Commander series of games. This interview deals with Freelancer, their upcoming hugely gigantic space sim. It's a great interview, but it did give the bad news that the game is still almost a year off. The really cool thing is that they are planning a massively multiplayer version of the game which could redefine the whole genre. But maybe I'm being a bit premature. Thanks loonyboi.

Brandon Reinhart to 3D Realms

3D Realms' George Broussard updated his .plan with the word that Brandon "GreenMarine" Reinhart will now be a part of the Duke Nukem Forever team.
Brandon Reinhart will be joining us next week as a programmer on Duke Nukem Forever.

Previously Brandon worked at Epic for two years and on such projects as Unreal Tournament. We're very pleased to welcome him as a new member to the DNF team and his Unreal experience will allow him to be immediately productive here.

We will not be doing further interviews or plan updates on this, as there really is nothing more to say at this time.

Thanks for understanding.
I wonder who is going to take over Linux programming at Epic? Not coincidentally, I just noticed that GreenMarine is no longer listed as a moderator on the UT: Rocket Arena forums.

UPDATE! GreenMarine posted news apologizing on the UT:RA page for his absence recently. I guess he still will be working on the mod after all.

New, More Destructive Email Virus

A new VBScript virus is making its way around the web. It is based on the ILOVEYOU worm from a little while ago (story). This version picks a random filename from the sender's hard drive and picks a random subject (although it will always begin with "FW:"). This one is more deadly too because it attempts to delete every file not in use, both on local and network drives. Check Symantec's site for more information on this worm, technically known as VBS.NewLove.A. If you aren't expecting an email attachment from someone DELETE IT! Thanks Slashdot (although I actually heard about it first on the radio this morning).

The Master comments: Heck, we're STILL catching copies of the ILOVEYOU virus on my work servers. Will this thing never die?

History today

LancerWorld Freelancer Preview

LancerWorld gives a preview of Digital Anvil's Freelancer from the "closed doors" demo of the game at E3. The author gives a detailed run-down of the two missions Chris Roberts showed to them. There's even an MP3 of Roberts' comments throughout the demonstration. Thanks VE again.

GamesMania Obi-Wan Preview

GamesMania has posted a pretty interesting preview of LucasArts' Obi-Wan. Unlike many previews I've read, this one actually gets into more details of the game itself. Thanks Voodoo Extreme.

Daikatana Petition

There's a petition online begging John Romero NOT to port Daikatana to the Macintosh. My favorite comment was this one:
Say no to Daikatana. For the childeren.
Now if we could only stop Eidos from releasing it on the PC . . . Thanks Blue.

Thursday, May 18, 2000

Slashdot's Lawyers Respond to Microsoft

The lawyers representing Andover.Net, the parent company of Slashdot, have submitted a formal response to Microsoft's demands for Slashdot to remove posts dealing with their proprietary extensions to the Kerberos open-source authentication protocol (story). The response is more of a series of questions intending to prove whether or not Microsoft has any right to make such demands. The questions are logical and get to the heart of the matter, but I question if they actually have any legal bearing. It will be interesting to see how far M$ is willing to push this, given their current legal problems. More to come, I'm sure.

C Tutorials

Raven's Jake Simpson has whipped up some quick and dirty C tutorials over at Voodoo Extreme. If you are an aspiring mod maker and want to learn the basics of C/C++ programming, check these out. Just ignore all the smileys.

New Q3A Requiem Released

There's a version 0.6 release of the Q3A Requiem Mod available on the Requiem Homepage. Included in the release are runes (like QW), a skinnable grapple, slide jumping, and a slew of new weapons and ammo, including a flamethrower.

#9 isn't alive

According to Number Nine's website, Number Nine Visual Technology has ceased operation. This is kinda depressing for me, since #9 was the supplier of the video card in my first Dell PC.

More Microsoft Security issues

I believe we already reported on this one, but ZDNet has a report up entitled "Microsoft's 'Clippy' a Security Nightmare", indicating the issues with the "safe for scripting" labelling on Microsoft's Office Assistant tool.

Rant Warning: Why in the heck hasn't Microsoft learned from their past security mistakes? Microsoft has made this particular mistake at least 3 times in the last 2 years. They have more unchecked buffers than I have brain cells. How hard is it to program in a "secure" manner? As soon as Microsoft pays themselves for their security blunders this crap is going to go away. Otherwise prepare to suffer a lot more of this stuff in the future. Hey, monopolies don't have to care about the customers, and Gross Profit is King.

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