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Today is Veteran's Day here in the U.S., and Remembrance Day in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. Hats off to those who have served their countries.

Links of the Day: ban comic sans. Thanks David.
Blackmesa II Part 2.
Stories of the Day: Come Back Tomorrow, Cops Tell Bank Robber.
This Winter to Be Colder Than Last Year's.
Science!: Vitamin E Doesn't Protect Heart, Study Says (registration required).
Image of the Day: Rhino Rumpus. Thanks Ant.
Auctions of the Day: Box of Objects Maybe For Time Travel Purposes. Thanks skaht.
REAL THUMB DRIVE usb2.0 1 OF A KIND pen flash 128MB.
Thanks Mike Martinez.

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87. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 12, 2004, 09:20 Zathrus
 
It gets built into the Windows shell so all you have to do is right-click on a file to calculate the hash

That's pretty sweet.

One thing I definitely like about Windows -- shell extensions. Must be a PITA to code though, there's not many of them out there.

 
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86. Magic box... Nov 12, 2004, 02:15 Taulin
 
Man, that guy also bought this...http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=50333&item=5925681214

 
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85. Re: Bah Nov 11, 2004, 23:22 Ray Marden
 
mwa...

Mwa Ha...

MWA HA HAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!!1

Come to the dark side, SMA!
SMA, the PC gamers lied to you - I am your father!
Pound for pound, I think its lighting engine offers a lot more than the one found in Doom 3. There is some polish missing and slowdown pops up now and then (even in the introductory sequence, though, Bungie?!?,) but it is fun.

Play co-op; it is a total blast.

Even if my teammate is just an ammo cache that I jam the butt of my gun into when I need something.

Posting this, dual-wield style,
Ray

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Everything is awesome!!!
http://shoutengine.com/GarnettonGames/
I love you, mom.
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84. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 22:48 nin
 
Here's another app for MD5, nin.

Thank you!

http://www.placeboworld.co.uk
 
http://www.nin.com/pub/tension/
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83. Re: Bah Nov 11, 2004, 22:26 complicity
 
I failed as a PC Gamer today. I'm now the owner of an XBOX and Halo 2.
Shower all you want, you'll never be clean again. You know those movies where people scrub themselves raw and bleeding? Yeah that.

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82. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 22:20 complicity
 
What's the easiest way to see the MD5 of a file?
Here's another app for MD5, nin. It gets built into the Windows shell so all you have to do is right-click on a file to calculate the hash, or verify a hash by pasting in a string from a webpage or whatever. It's nice and quick, too.
http://digestit.kennethballard.com/

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81. Re: Bah Nov 11, 2004, 22:10 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I failed as a PC Gamer today. I'm now the owner of an XBOX and Halo 2. It's pretty fucking sweet. I feel ashamed now.

 
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80. Re: Bah Nov 11, 2004, 21:05 Ray Marden
 
Vote Tahoma Party 2008!

Damn, dirty, overly fanciful with fonts, unwashed heathen masses!!11111



Already having a signed HL mousepad; needing the backpack X|,
Ray

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Everything is awesome!!!
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79. More HL2... Nov 11, 2004, 20:51 nin
 
Well, the guy who posted the game early took it back, or so he says.

Long story, if ya wanna read:
http://www.actiontrip.com/link.html?http://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=33790848


I'm gonna have to cry BS on this one...I just don't buy the following:
Someone I know received HL2 before its release date, and that person has just been called and asked to return that same game since it wasn't supposed to be sold. The person calling talked about getting a lot of heat from up high, mentioned that the game wouldn't work anyway, and offered the buyer 1/2 off the cost of the game, if he could bring it in this evening.

The best part? He's already registered the key to his steam account! (assuming his whole story is true) Guess what happens to the person who buys his boxed copy again?


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78. Re: Veteran's Day Nov 11, 2004, 20:12 Propagandhi
 
"What a waste." I know some Jewish people that might disagree with that statement.

I think he meant on a grander scale. Hitler's existence, motives, and actions created the need for military action, I don't think anyone wants to debate that, but Hitler's actions resulted in the "waste" of millions of lives. Had he not come to power and been able to do what he did, millions of lives could have been saved. Millions of people could have lived "normal" lives instead of fleeing the plague of war, etc...
 
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77. Remembrance Day Nov 11, 2004, 20:06 Wiwi Jumbo
 
Hopefully not too far off topic but I've taken a few pictures lately with Remembrance Day on my mind...

All of the National War Memorial in Ottawa...

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/12216481/
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/12217024/
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/12170687/

If this is out of line, I can replace it with a nice: *Removed*
 
Wiwi
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but I want more then they offer"
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76. Re: Veteran's Day Nov 11, 2004, 19:43 Josh
 
"What a waste." I know some Jewish people that might disagree with that statement.  
Josh, Your Friendly Neighborhood Troll
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75. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 19:30 Propagandhi
 
Looks legit to me, and no reason it wouldn't be. I mean, the game's been gold for almost a month now hasn't it? I think all we're waiting for now is the last few copies to ship off, so that global release thing can go down..  
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74. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 19:26 nin
 
Photoshop, ot legit?

http://www.voique.com/omg_release_it_already/hl1.jpg
http://www.voique.com/omg_release_it_already/hl2.jpg


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73. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 19:13 indiv
 
Actually, it appears that the boxed copy's game files are also encrypted.

Hmm, I knew you had to go through Steam with the boxed copy, but I didn't even think that the boxed copy would be encrypted, too. Makes sense since it's like a more secure version of when id tried to do encrypted distribution. id's method failed because the local system controlled the decryption. Valve's method is secure because a remote server controls it. Of course once they unlock the game, all bets are off, but I think it's locked down tight enough until release that I retract my previous statement.

 
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72. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 18:59 nin
 
From the ve3d boards...

"HL2 requires activation and decryption through Steam before you can play. He may have been able to register his cd key in Steam, but he will not be able to play until we have turned on HL2." - PatrickM - Valve

2 important things to note there.

1, even if you buy retail, you'll be using steam. And you can't play until it's turned on in steam.

2, notice he didn't say the 16th!


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71. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 18:53 Propagandhi
 
Actually, it appears that the boxed copy's game files are also encrypted. After the guy on the Rage3D forums (which are now dead) installed his boxed copy the game appeared in the "coming soon" section of the Steam App just like the normal Steam copy. The forums are dead and I haven't seen anyone actually confirm that the files are identical, but it appears that they are.

If the boxed copys could be cracked I imagine the game would have been leaked already (ala Halo 2) as someone at a distribution center (or retail outlet, now) would have lifted a copy and leaked it.
 
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70. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 18:38 indiv
 
If it doesn't work yet, so what. I think everyone should sell it early, I mean....Steam sold it early. It is the same concept. You have it loaded, you just can't play.

The biggest problem with that is the boxed copies include the unencrypted data to play, while the Steam copy includes all encrypted data without the executables making it pretty much impossible to use illegally. So as soon as people get the boxed copies, it'll be a matter of days (perhaps even hours) before it gets cracked and "everyone else" is playing except those who preordered on Steam. I doubt Valve wants to see that.


 
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69. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 18:31 Propagandhi
 
heh, yeup

That forum is such a cesspool of stupidity, though.. I can barely stand it.
 
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68. Re: Some EB's sold HL 2 Early.. Nov 11, 2004, 18:20 nin
 
Thank You, Stock!

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