Video: PlayStation Xi - Dare You Step Inside?

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256w ago - Today PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist Locust_Star shared a new PlayStation Xi video, as follows:

Xi, the adventure based in PlayStation Home, took another step into the real world this week as a select group of players met with characters face-to-face - in a limousine.

The meetings were 'recruitment interviews' to join Veilcorp, a mysterious corporation whose motives have always been unclear.

But now their aims are becoming clearer. All of the candidates in both New York and Los Angeles were given a pen during their interview.





Each pen contained a USB stick hiding passwords to a restricted area of the Veilcorp Web site. And it looks like Veilcorp has had plenty of reasons to keep their dirty business secret...

To find out more, switch on your PS3, download Home, and look for the Xi graffiti in the main square. The recap video in the Hub will help you catch up with the action.

Meanwhile, check out the video above of some of the candidates in New York. (We're not sure if these two guys were candidates as well or just big fans of Veilcorp.)
 

Is Microsoft's New Step to Prevent XBox 360 Piracy Enough?

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267w ago - Earlier today it was reported that Resident Evil 5 for Microsoft's XBox 360 Console was leaked online.

That being said, it has been pretty smooth sailing for modders of Micosofts next-gen console. Maybe its been a little too easy for them!

With the forthcoming release of MLB 2K9 and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X, Microsoft has thrown the modding community a little bit of a curveball.

Microsoft has implemented a new way in which they create discs, maybe a way to stop piracy or just a way to get the New Xbox Experience to people that dont have internet access? In these 2 new releases, Microsoft has added a portion of the disc dedicated with the NXE update which is throwing off the the way 360 modders are able to play discs.

There have previously only been 2 types of PFI and Video partitions, and now they have discovered a new "3rd Wave" video partition on the discs.

The way these new discs are made, they are said to only boot up on systems that were modded with firmware before the developers of the hacked firmware discovered how to stealth the backup discs.

So, users with modded systems that want to play these games are forced to downgrade their hacked firmware...
 

BitTorrent Sites Step Closer to Legality in Spain

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284w ago - Back in September, it was ruled that an indexing Web site operated legally as it didn't host copyrighted material and linking to infringing material is permitted under Spanish law.

Now it appears as if this notion has gained extra support as a court has decided that a torrent site which was previously shut down by authorities actually operated legally.

To quote: In July 2007 we reported on the case of TodoTorrente.com, one of Spain's largest BitTorrent sites. After a year long investigation by Spain's Anti-Piracy Federation, an announcement was made by the Directorate of Police and Civil Guard - the site had been raided and closed by judicial order while the administrators arrested.

According to Spanish police, the site caused the entertainment industries 535,000 euros in losses and made 30,000 euros in profits. Unfortunately the authorities didn't have the benefit of foresight, which would've given them an understanding of how Spanish law would deal with a site that links to copyright infringing material.

In September 2008, a Spanish court ruled that providing links to copyrighted material is not a crime. The Provincial Court of Madrid ruled that Sharemula.com, a site offering eDonkey links to movies, music, software and games, did not break the law. Furthermore, the...
 

Video: BootMii Demo - A Step Towards Brickproofing Nintendo Wii

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288w ago - Courtesy of marcan42, this The very first working test of BootMii. BootMii takes over the boot process of the Wii and lets you run almost anything (even security code, a backup/restore utility, you name it) from an SD card, before most of the system even starts booting.

To quote: It is a huge step towards "brickproofing" a Wii, as it will still work even if you thoroughly screw up your filesystem. You could even format it entirely and it would still work.

Here I'm testing it with a small program that modifies the boot code (boot2) to boot into the Homebrew Channel instead of the normal system menu. Pop the SD card in, the Wii boots to HBC. Take it out, it reverts to normal boot. Real handy for coders.





To those that claimed that System Menu channels were more convenient (read: saved you a click or two) compared to running homebrew off of HBC: take that! :-)

Sorry for the crappy video. My 5 year old digital camera finally decided to crap out, so I had to film this using my cellphone.
 







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