This week, Area-51 is under attack, Nintendo is recovering from piracy, and the DoJ is getting serious about ransomware.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.
At CES 2019, Dell brand Alienware announced the Area-51M R1 gaming notebooks. While there is nothing unusual about Alienware announcing a gaming laptop, this lineup was special. The company promised the ability to upgrade various aspects of the computer, but Robert Felter believes that Dell misrepresented the upgrade path for these computers. As such, he filed a lawsuit against the company, looking for class-action status, alleging fraud and false advertising claims.
For years, if you wanted to acquire a Nintendo game illegitimately, there was one place to go: RomUniverse. The site was clearly a target for Nintendo, who had issued a number of DMCA Takedown Notices against the site, but it was an unstoppable network. In 2019, the company filed suit against the site and its owner, Matthew Storman. This week, a judgment was finally issued, and it is a big one.
Nearly everyone in the United States, especially those of us in the Southeast, were inundated with news about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack a few weeks ago. A stupid security mistake, combined with seemingly no backup procedures, brought the pipeline that delivers gasoline to much of the Gulf Coast to a complete halt for almost a week. The infrastructure issues that it created caught the attention of the Department of Justice (DoJ), leading to an increased focus on investigating these attacks.
In the early days of video streaming services, ad-supported content was everywhere. Hulu offered an entirely free tier that had a smaller catalog and ads, plus a paid tier that offered all of the content with ads. But, the success of Netflix's entirely ad-free offering pushed new services to focus on that model. But, in recent months, we've seen more services give it a shot, with Paramount+ and HBO Max adding a focus on this business model this week.