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Thursday, May 20, 2004

CBP2 Volume 1 Released

The Community Bonus Pack team has released the first part of CBP2 for Unreal Tournament 2004. You can get all the details on the release (including screenshots) in this forum post and also on Beyond Unreal. There is one new Assault, Bombing Run, and Double Domination map. There are four CTF maps, 10 Deathmatch maps, and four Onslaught maps. There are also new models and a mutator. And yes, this is just volume one. Volume two will be released next Thursday. Both of the above links have mirrors. This pack alone weighs in at 194M!

Linux UT2K4 3204 Patch Released

Ryan "icculus" Gordon has released the 3204 patch for Unreal Tournament 2004 in Linux. You can get all the details here. Please be gentle since the mirror is the only one right now. I'm sure more mirrors will be added soon. icculus adds that this patch contains new code that may fix the KIntersect bug. I sure hope so.

Update! Beyond Unreal is mirroring the patch.

Pondering the Imponderable

Well, the old Linux UT2K4 didn't get released last night after all. Oh well. The UT2K4 Community Bonus Pack 2 is supposed to be released today. Hopefully it won't need the latest patch or the patch will get out before it.

Poking Holes in the de Tocqueville Report

Andy Tanenbaum takes the opportunity to poke holes in the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution report which claims that Linus Torvalds really didn't write Linux, but stole it from other Unix sources. Tanenbaum was interviewed by Ken Brown for this report. Their chief argument seems to be that Linus couldn't possibly have written Linux all by himself because they cannot figure out how that could be possible, even though he isn't the only person to have done this. The cynic in me might wonder why stupid people insist that everyone else in the world must be stupid. And certainly the mere fact that the de Tocqueville Institution has taken large wads of cash from Microsoft doesn't affect their credibility at all. At any rate, it's a good read.

I've linked to a Slashdot mirror of the article since the original is Slashdotted. Please note that Tanenbaum and Torvalds have not always seen eye-to-eye, to put it kindly. That makes this defense all the more interesting.

By the way, Linus finally came forward and revealed the real authors of Linux.

J.t.Qbe comments: This article is well worth reading for anyone interested in Linux and/or the history of Unix. Tanenbaum is part of that history and has some great insights into the current lame attack by yet another thinly-disguised Microsoft front.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004


I know this isn't standard Haus fare, but I'm a huge hockey fan so bear with me. The National Hockey League announced new broadcasting contracts with NBC and ESPN. These contracts are for quite a bit less money than the sweetheart deal the league had with ABC and ESPN. Still, cash is cash and NBC even agreed to air games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup finals in prime time. Here's to hoping that there's a new Collective Bargaining Agreement so that they can play next season.

UT2K4 3204 Linux Patch Tonight

Ryan "icculus" Gordon reports that the 3204 patch for Unreal Tournament 2004 in Linux will be released this evening. Obviously, it will not fix the aforementioned KIntersect crash, but it will give Linux users all the other goodies. I guess I'll have to go "fly" a Leviathan for the last time :) Naturally, we'll post links to mirrors when the patch becomes available. That's the kind of guys we are.

Episode III Named?

Britain's The Sun newspaper claims that the name of the final Star Wars prequel will be Birth of the Empire. It certainly would fit and would be a lot better than the titles of the previous two prequels. No official word from Lucasfilm yet. Thanks Slashdot.

UT2K4 KIntersect Update

Ryan "icculus" Gordon made a Bugzilla post on the status of the dreaded KIntersect bug in Unreal Tournament 2004 that has been plaguing Linux users for some time and is now affecting Windows users with the latest patch. Here's the scoop:

Understandably, the natives are starting to get restless about this. Thankfully with the latest Linux binaries (the so-called "fix-2" binaries) I can play offline to my heart's content. It still crashes online.

Gmail Goes To Eleven

Competition can be a fun thing. Gmail has made news recently with its forthcoming free webmail service which offers a gigabyte of storage. Not to be outdone by an upstart, some of the other services (e.g. Yahoo) started upping their storage too. Today it's reported that Gmail is now offering one terabyte of storage. I logged in this morning and verified it: "You are currently using 0 MB (0%) of your 1000000 MB." That's a million megs, for those of you who are zero-impaired.

UPDATE I'm seeing reports in many places that the numbers have gone back down to the normal GB of storage. Mine has not, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time. No biggie--1GB is still more than I'll ever need.

A.T. Hun comments: Mine is reporting 1000M aka 1G. They might as well make it a million terabytes for me because I'll never begin to approach a gig.

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