From Fortnite to World of Warcraft to Guild Wars 2, Here Are the Best Christmas Game Events
- Just like at Halloween, several huge video games like Fortnite throw special Christmas-themed events.
- In a recent blog post, Epic promised even more content for this year’s Christmas event, including new game features and a special live event!
- Guild Wars 2 is a massive game, and each Holiday season they throw a Wintersday celebration.
- From being able to throw snowballs at people, to wearing festive attire and even special daily quests and raids, there’s so much going on that World of Warcraft is sure to be one of the most festive games going.
- The new CTR: Nitro-Fueled Winter Festival includes a Reindeer Crash skin, a sleigh-esque new kart and even the coolest looking version of Spyro that has ever existed.
- Not forgetting, of course, the brand new festive map which will be with us even after the event is over.
- There’s some of the best holiday-themed content to spend your time with over December, from Fortnite to CTR.
Cracking LUKS/dm-crypt passphrases
- There are already ready-made tools, but we have also produced and published our own in order to support newer LUKS format/ciphers/hashing.
- When you setup the passphrase for the encryption, you are actually changing the passphrase for the slot and you’re not changing the master key itself as that would require reencrypting the whole partition.
- Both Hashcat and John the Ripper support password cracking of LUKS passphrases, but they are both limited to what cipher/hashing/LUKS they support.
- If you’re lucky enough that you need to recover passphrase from some older LUKS encryption, you can use both tools.
- Currently, to crack newer or other uncommon formats, it is only possible to use cryptsetup based tools.
- The only issue with bruteforce-luks is that you cannot use John the Ripper and hashcat powerful candidate rule generation as it does not support stdin.
New Orleans declares state of emergency following ransomware attack
- New Orleans declared a state of emergency and shut down its computers after a cyber security event, the latest in a string of city and state governments to be attacked by hackers.
- By 8 a.m., there was an uptick in that activity, which included evidence of phishing attempts and ransomware, Kim LaGrue, the city’s head of IT said in a press conference.
- While ransomware was detected there are no requests made to the city of New Orleans at this time, but that is very much a part of our investigation, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said during a press conference.
- Louisiana state government was attacked in November, prompting officials to deactivate government websites and other digital services and causing the governor to declare a state of emergency.
- New Orleans, it appears was somewhat prepared, which officials said was the result of training and its ability to operate without internet.
Let’s talk Samsung Galaxy S11
- Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales.
- Samsung’s six month flagship release cycle (S series, followed by the Note) affords the company the ability to offer more frequent refreshes, but this first one is really a standard setter for both the company and the industry at large.
- Doing so puts the spotlight on its own devices and beats the MWC news glut for a few weeks.
- Likely available for the devices will begin the following month.
- The recently announced Snapdragon 865 will be powering the device in a number of markets, making the S11 among the first devices to launch with the latest flagship SoC.
- An impossible large 108 megapixel camera has been rumored for the device, along with 8K video.
Gift Guide: Gifts for the commuters in your life
- For this guide, we’re focusing on commuters who eschew cars for all the obvious reasons — traffic, parking, gas costs, and more traffic — and instead opt for buses, trains, subways and bikes to travel to their “offices” — be they actual offices, or cafes or other workspaces — on a regular or semi-regular basis.
- UK company See.Sense’s version packs a strong punch: on top of the being brighter, easier to remove and recharge, the lights link up with an app to alert you when someone appears to be stealing your bike, and they sense when you are cycling faster and slower and blink more rapidly when there’s more traffic to make sure the cyclist is better seen.
- The cool thing is that there is now a huge range of options on the market for new bags, whether you want them for leisurely use, for work commuting, for a fashion statement, to make them easier to carry when you’re off your bike, or all of the above.
J.J. Abrams shows off Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker clip in Fortnite
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is so inescapable that it’s even started invading video games.
- This afternoon, director J.J. Abrams stopped by a unique location to show off a new clip from the movie: Risky Reels, the drive-in theater on Fortnite’s virtual island.
- Epic has been teasing the event for around a week, starting by placing posters at various locations on the Fortnite island.
- Fortnite has slowly been ramping up its Star Wars promotions since November when stormtrooper character skins were available in-game.
- This week, things went a step further with skins based on Rey, Finn, and a new Sith trooper from The Rise of Skywalker.
- It’s not the first time developer Epic has partnered with a blockbuster film franchise: Fortnite has featured skins and events based on everything from John Wick to The Avengers.
Challenging projects every programmer should try
- Once you get the basic game working, add a title screen menu, a game over screen, make sure the game runs at the same speed even on different computers, and explore how to implement more interesting enemies with AI.
- For example, you could write a Tiny BASIC compiler in Python that outputs C# code.
- Once you have the basic compiler working, you can add a standard library (in PeayBASIC I added simple 2D graphics functionality), optimization passes, and improve the error messages.
- Writing an emulator (or virtual machine) for a video game console combines the challenges of writing a compiler, an operating system, and a compiler all into one.
- Emulating a real video game console means writing a virtual machine that pretends to function just like the actual CPU and other hardware components.
Terrell Suggs’ Potential Return to Ravens Could Be the Best Story in Football
- He spent the next 16 seasons of his career in Baltimore, winning Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and appearing in seven Pro Bowls.
- But he left the Ravens last spring regardless, as the team made sweeping and long-awaited changes on defense that complicated his present and future role.
- Shortly after he signed with the Cardinals, Suggs went out of his way to profess ongoing “love and respect” for Baltimore.
- But Baltimore has been among the best defensive teams in football ever since, holding five of their last seven opponents to 17 points or fewer.
- Clearly, Baltimore could get by defensively without bringing Suggs back.
- Suggs has also continued defying Father Time in 2019, with five and-a-half sacks, eight tackles for loss, and 22 pressures in 13 games.
- What better way to go out than by returning to the Ravens and helping Lamar Jackson to a Super Bowl?
40 Big Tech Predictions for 2019
- Digital transformation has arrived.
- Not a single industry is safe from the unstoppable wave of digitization that is sweeping through finance, retail, transportation, and more.
- And in 2019, there will be even more transformative developments that will change our businesses, careers, and lives.
- Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has put together a list of 40 Big Tech Predictions for 2019 across Apps and Platforms, Digital Media, Payments, The Internet of Things, E-Commerce, Fintech, Transportation & Logistics, and Digital Health.
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The most important IPO for Silicon Valley in 2019 comes from Saudi Arabia
- Saudi Arabia sits on loads of money that it wants to invest in Silicon Valley startups.
- The public listing is expected to give the Saudi government $25 billion in cold, hard cash, much of which is thought to be headed to the Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund called the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
- Over the last few years, the Saudis have crept quietly into every facet of the Silicon Valley startup scene, investing in companies you’ve heard of, like Uber, and many you haven’t, often with little fanfare or scrutiny.
- Tech leaders won’t attend the Riyadh conference, but the Saudi government is still investing in startups like those of Uber founder Travis Kalanick, and it still manages to infiltrate iconic American tech companies like Twitter with its spies.