Yes I know it’s Monday, but I didn’t know that yesterday, sorry bank holidays always throw me off so lets all pretend it is Sunday and have a look at some of the best and most interesting stories from around the web you may have missed this (last) week.
Last week we looked at the Apple Vs Samsung patent case, well the result is now in. It is not good news for Samsung, and Google are not amused either but is it good news for the rest of us? Bogdan Petrovan takes a (possibly slightly biased) look.
“The news about the verdict in the infamous Apple vs. Samsung trial has begun to settle in, and everybody is looking forward to the post trial phase. Let’s try to predict what can happen next for the two parties, and most importantly, how will their fight affect consumers.”
Disney in Anti Open Source propaganda (or more likely a writer who knows nothing about computing). I mean of course you should scan anything you download from the internet and make sure your virus/malware protection is up to date but to suggest that open source software is a likely place for a virus to hide (instead of that email you got that told you that you need to change your logon details for that bank account you are not sure you even have).
“In the offending episode one such character, a squeaky-voiced, glasses-and-argyle-jumper-wearing kid who is clearly meant to be a nerd, is asked to fix another character’s stricken computer. His diagnostic repartee sees him ask: ‘Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?'”
I asked this very question a few years back and found that the answer was “very”, but times change and now Rock, Paper, Shotgun have taken a look at how difficult it is to get windows games running on Linux.
“With Windows 8 causing PC prophets to forecast doom in the lands of PC gaming, with its philosophy of freedom and rightness, and with Valve getting behind it, Linux, the open operating system, is clearly the future of PC gaming. But is it still a total pain in the ass? Turns out it really isn’t… I know! I was surprised.”
Here is one for the week ahead, forget the Olympics, the real sporting event of the year has just kicked off. The International Dota 2 Championships have now started in Seattle and you can’t watch live streams of all the matches or download the Spectator Client from Steam.
“Today starts the preliminary round. This is where teams play two games against an opponent. No one is eliminated during this round but these games will decide the seed for main event happening at Benaroya Hall this Friday.”
This will not end well. Why would anyone think this won’t come back and bite them on the arse?
“MARY SHELLEY’S Victor Frankenstein stitched together the body parts of ordinary individuals and created a monster. Now computer scientists have done the same with software, demonstrating the potential for hard-to-detect viruses that are stitched together from benign code pilfered from ordinary programs.”
Video this week is a making of from Valve’s recent Counter Strike: Global Offensive short, no narration but it shows you some of the process that goes into putting something like this together.
Have a good week!