Vista, as has been widely reported, will throttle network performance rather drastically while playing sound or video. Mark Russinovich has an excellent indepth analysis of why this occurs. This is a very visible and very embarrassing issue for MicroSoft, not bettered at all by initial responses that this was “by design“.
BioShock, it turns out, is not a reason to go Vista at all. The image quality differences between DX9 and DX10 renders are minute, while the performance difference between the DX9 and DX10 renders is very noticable, and does not favor DX10 in the least. Stay with XP for this one, folks.
The BioShock DRM/activation shocker is being handled by 2k. Apparently, we’ll see “5×5″ activations (5 times per PC, on 5 different PCs), and we’ll see a way to “revoke” an activation, thus completely uninstalling BioShock and allowing the activation to be used again elsewhere. This is good news for enthusiasts who swap hardware and reinstall Windows not infrequently. I’d still have preferred BioShock without DRM infection.
The Crysis Demo release date has been announced. Will it be the DX10 killer app that makes us all go Vista? I’m starting to get cynical, here, as much as I want to be a MicroSoft fanboi.
On a very self-indulgant note, the EvE corp I am part of is going to fight in the “6th Alliance Tournament” to be held during the next two weekends. We fight on the 1st at 20:20 GMT, on the 2nd at 20:20 GMT, on the 7th at 20:00 GMT, on the 8th at 20:20 GMT, and on the 9th at 17:00 or 17:20, 19:00 (assumed, could be any time from 18:00 on), 20:30 (assumed, could also be 20:00) and 21:30 GMT. GMT is -4 to EDT, +1 to BST, +2 to CET (CST? I get confused), and -7 to PDT.
It’ll all be streamed for free at EveTV.
The best for last: Researchers in Belgium and Israel have found a huge weakness in “KeeLoq”, which is used by all (or only almost all?) car manufacturers to encrypt the remote entry and remote start systems in cars. This means that a determined “bad guy” with about 20k to spend can set up with a system that will sniff the data sent from your key to the car, then, using the cracked manufacturer master secret, indicate to the car that it is being operated by its rightful owner, and just drive it away. Rather than making car jackings more difficult, it now appears that the immobilization tech makes it even easier.
Which is why ciphers need to be peer-reviewed and solid, not concocted in some corporations lab in secret by self-styled “crypto experts”.