"Then we realized that somehow an insane god had taken control of our world and was out to kill us all."
Subscribers of the multiplayer online game "Shadowbane" were in for a shock Tuesday evening when they realized the game system had been hacked, and the rules fundamentally altered, and not in a good way (unless you happen to like mayhem). While this ended up being a "no harm, no foul" scenario, as everything was eventually set right, it was breaking new ground in terms of the uses of hacking. In a world where characters in these games are sold via EBay, and nearly half a million people subscribe to Everquest, how long before legitimate (non "fun and games") version of what just happened occurs?
posted by jonson
on Jun 1, 2003 -
The Bacteria Whisperer
“Bonnie Bassler discovered a secret about microbes that the science world has missed for centuries. The bugs are talking to each other. And plotting against us.”
posted by o2b
on Mar 21, 2003 -
The return of the Movietone? "We fell on this idea of recreating films that looked like and were the length of the old Movietone forms of the 1940s," said Marine Lt. Col. Jim Kuhn, military producer for the undertaking called the Movietone Newsreel Project. Kuhn says the objective is to put together a short film that combines the commentary of real-life soldiers with the kind of footage civilian journalists would be unable to get. (more inside)
posted by damn yankee
on Mar 13, 2003 -
In this exposé
a Wired News reporter easily gains access to some sensitive areas of the Los Alamos National Lab
, and brings back pictures to prove it. While certainly an embarrassment for a place throwing workshops on homeland security
(and doubly so because their seminars started today), is it wise for Wired News to post essentially a how-to guide on breaking into the lab where America's nuclear secrets reside?
posted by mathowie
on Feb 25, 2003 -
Treetop Bloggers Protest Logging
A group of anti-logging activists are now ready to maintain their own blog
130 feet up in an ancient redwood. I've considered tree sitting
, but find myself much more inclined to do so if I could continue working (or reading MeFi, as the case may be). Interesting intersection of technology and activism. Doncha think? (via /.
posted by maniactown
on Dec 13, 2002 -
Joyce Slaton takes the blame
(or some of it) for over-hyped dot com boom reporting (maybe she read this thread
). Journalists flog themselves and their inexperienced peers: "There were a lot of lifestyle editors that ended up on the business desk because that's where the pages were being added," says John Battelle, co-founder of Wired and founder and publisher of The Industry Standard."
Will we ever again be so gullible?
posted by akmonday
on Sep 19, 2002 -
Microsoft unleashes Palladium, an intrusive doozy
of a feature involving specially secure AMD/Intel computer chips and cryptology provided by Microsoft. Newsweek's head-bobbing Steven Levy, the first to get the story, remains taciturn
, failing to call into question Microsoft's security sins of the past
. Geeks run scared
while digital rights and GPL concerns
are wholly ignored by the mainstream media. Is this yet another example of a malcontent media that will never possess the balls to actually question a new feature put out by Microsoft? Even Wired
can't seem to read between the lines of a technology that "stemmed from early work by engineers to deliver digital movies that couldn't be pirated."
posted by ed
on Jun 25, 2002 -
has finished his book, "A New Kind of Science
," which purpotedly is being espoused as a paradigm shift in many fields. But, I'm starting to see a very reductionistic attitude in many of the main theorists of complextity theory and emergent phenomena. Is the idea that the Universe is in lines of code a phallus-extension/masculine overdriven idea? Isn't math a man made mapping and can the Universe be reduced to an equation by a man? Still this book is going to be groundbreaking. Read the following exceperpt from the wired.com
q: "I've got to ask you," I say. "How long do you envision this rule of the universe to be?"
w: "I'm guessing it's really very short."
q: "Like how long?"
w: "I don't know. In Mathematica, for example, perhaps three, four lines of code."
link via protofunk.org
, old similar thread
posted by nakedjon
on May 20, 2002 -
Victim of Sloppy Journalism? Wired News Intern Danit Lidor
sensational, one-sided story
about one of Rod Montgomery's employer
. Rod was quoted
accurately, but he is not
WordRecords.com's webmaster, was not
responsible for the less-than-swift marketing campaign, and didn't know
the context of Lidor's question at the time.
Lidor's sloppy journalism implies that Rod and his employer are
spam-generators, when this is very far from the truth.
What would you do if you were misquoted or misrepresented in an article
printed in a large Internet news site? Should Lidor post a formal
Rod's full letter to Wired can be found here
posted by quonsar
on May 12, 2002 -
The Ancient Library Of Alexandria:
Its long-awaited re-opening has been postponed
, supposedly because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So it seems the age-old dream of historians and poets everywhere(Jorge Luís Borges
comes to mind)will have to wait a bit longer... I wonder, though, if Egypt's ever-stricter censorship laws and practices will ever be compatible with a true, universal library such as, by most accounts, the original Alexandria Library was.[Via Nutcote
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 30, 2002 -
, the practice of attacking authors who make statements against the U.S. government or engage in dissent, gets a comprehensive overview with a book in progress
. As 72 year old author Dorothy Bryant puts it
, "More than ever, we need free exchange of facts and opinions. I hope that looking back on a few cases that have had time to cool off will help us to understand the psychology of literary lynching, and to resist it — not only in others but in ourselves." But in today's world, is there any distinction between a thoughtful response and a downright ugly rejoinder anymore? (via Moby Lives
posted by ed
on Apr 2, 2002 -
An old Mac gets overhauled as an iBong, and sparks some interesting hypothesis about where does Apple's creativity spirit really comes from.
posted by betobeto
on Mar 17, 2002 -
More from the "Watch What You Say Online" Department
This Wired story mentions a fellow who badmouthed a thin-skinned company on an online forum and found himself hit with a $450,000 default judgment against him because he didn't show up in court to defend himself (he claims he had no idea he had been sued). Even those among us who might not be guilty of stealing have probably said something bad about various companies here and elsewhere. Should we all go hire a lawyer RIGHT NOW
posted by briank
on Mar 1, 2002 -
Ethnic Cleansing: Wired Chimes In "We want people to recognize we're average people," Hale said. "If we can influence video games and entertainment, it will make people understand we are their friends and neighbors.... As long as it doesn't denigrate white people or have pornography in it, it's OK with us."
posted by tpoh.org
on Feb 21, 2002 -
Somebody is going to link to this Wired article
about blogging, so lets get it over and done with.
posted by jedro
on Feb 18, 2002 -
The serious business of selling all-American fun
"There could hardly be a better summation of the opportunity that American pop culture companies like Disney are enjoying overseas. With the end of the Cold War, the opening of China, and the worldwide triumph of American-style capitalism, the brand-name purveyors of American food, fashion, and entertainment have never had it so good."
posted by owillis
on Feb 15, 2002 -
Sprawl is Good Defense
"It's a pretty good rule of military thumb that the greater the concentration of value, the more attractive the target... To keep things safe, you need to spread things out." The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian should begin moving their collections out of NYC and Washington,D.C. Now. Talented, intelligent people and people with irreplaceable skills should go next. Re-locate to the Great Plains.
posted by Faze
on Dec 14, 2001 -
The dangerous app with the unlikely name allows users to snatch data being passed over wireless networks, eventually capturing passwords to the network.
posted by o2b
on Nov 29, 2001 -
B61-11 tactical micro-nuke headed for Afghanistan?
Though large "theater" thermonuclear devices -- doomsday bombs -- don't fit the Bush administration's war on terrorism, smaller tactical nukes do not seem out of the question in the current mindset of the Defense Department. Rumsfield avoided answering the question of whether the use of tactical nuclear weapons could be ruled out. What kind of nuclear fallout would a weapon like this cause?
posted by suprfli
on Oct 8, 2001 -
Stile has hit the fan.
His "Kitten - It's what's for dinner" video has finally attracted the attention of PETA, et al. Oddly enough, they seem non-plussed. Unlike much of MeFi's response
, PETA is seeking to censor and prosecute.
posted by NortonDC
on Aug 29, 2001 -
Manga Entertainment will stream their new release Blood: The Last Vampire
on the Web for 24 hours Tuesday, while simultaneously showing the film at theaters in Los Angeles and New York. They will then sell DVDs of the movie online and in retail stores. [More inside.]
posted by Dirjy
on Aug 27, 2001 -
One of these things is just a bit unlike the others:
The Wired Rave Awards (whatever they are) category list includes a "Cultural Innovator" category to select a person who is "changing our creative landscape. A talent whose work has a profound effect on our culture." The names:
- Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- David Chase and James Gandolfini, The Sopranos
- Evan Williams, Blogger
- Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy
- Thomas Krens, Director of Guggenheim Museums Worldwide
I don't know where to start.
posted by werty
on Aug 22, 2001 -