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ESET AndroidA good friend and ex-coworker of mine from my ESET days was wrapped up in a scandal around the downloading of NOD32 in Iran.  My buddy Charles noticed a massive increase in traffic coming from Iran, and increased downloads of security products.  He immediately brought this to the attention of company executives, and (not surprisingly) they failed to take any action.  Charles ended up being the whistleblower, bringing this to the attention of the US government when it was apparent that a large and noticeable amount of software had been downloaded in Iran, where current government requirements call for a license for all software sold (these copies may have been downloaded illegally).

Not surprisingly, Charles was fired soon thereafter.  I say not surprisingly, because many of my close friends and associates have been fired from the company for fairly ambiguous reasons.  There are quite a few people who I worked closely with that were fired without notice or warning, and in pretty underhanded ways.  A great friend of mine was literally tricked into walking into his “forced resignation”.  Our manager walked up to him and asked if he could join him in a meeting to go over some details on a current project – of course he complied and upon walking into the conference room he was surprised to find HR and executive team members waiting to walk him out.  The manager then closed the door and left, and he wasn’t even given a chance to collect his things.  Another good buddy was set up with an accusation of of falsifying timecards, and let go without a chance to prove otherwise (and no acknowledgement of the hours dedicated to overtime that he didn’t charge the company for)… I could go on for days with stories about the inner workings.  Things I definitely didn’t agree with or think were fair, but I doubt they are too interesting to anyone who wasn’t involved.

Please take a look and read through the article.  It’s pretty interesting, and gaining some publicity.  I certainly don’t wish anything negative for ESET, as I spent some great years there, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any merit to this story.  Its an interesting situation, and the tech community should be aware.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/24/computer-firm-faces-scrutiny-over-iran-downloads/?page=all

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Mechs are Back at the Homefront


Exactly what PC gaming has been missing for years: another Mech game!  I don’t know what led Microsoft to abandon (after ruining) the Mechwarrior franchise years ago, but god damn what great games.

Hawken

I read on reddit today an AmA from the sound designer of this new Indie developed game called HAWKEN.  This looks totally rad and I can’t wait until it comes out.  Done in a cool animated style, this game looks promising, and the trailer they just released leads me to believe its going to be an unbelievable game.  Check this out:

And while I’m on my favorite topic of video games, I’ve got to mention a quick review of HOMEFRONT.  This game is unbelieveable so far.  It’s literally like playing a Patrick Swayze Red Dawn simulator.  Even the high school mascot in the game is THE WOLVERINESHomefront

No surprise since the game and plot was written by the same guy who wrote Red Dawn.  They really went all out to make this authentic and enjoyable for anyone who loved that movie.  Many of the reviews said there wasn’t much substance and the game was over fairly quickly, but I don’t think its bad at all.  With as much time as I have to game, I’d rather it be shorter and manageable, and I love the storyline.  Now if only I had more time to get to everything else on my list:

  1. Dragon Age 2
  2. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
  3. Crysis 2 (badass!)
  4. Shift 2
  5. Shogun 2

I can dream that one day I’ll have time to catch up on my gaming!  In the meantime I’ll just keep trying to play for 30 minutes whenever I can find the time…

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