Monthly Archives: May 2011
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The aftermath of the devastating tornado in Joplin, MO
The recent tornado in Joplin, MO was an EF4 tornado that literally ripped through the entire city. The devastating storm produced 198 mph winds and very, very destructive winds that killed at leas 116 citizens. The devastating tornado stormed and ripped about 6 miles of the city and flattened out everything in it’s path. It hadn’t spared even one thing. About 2,000 buildings were destroyed in this devastating, devastating tornado. Everything was destroyed in the path of the tornado.
The storms were so severe in this humid climate that even the satellite showed the area purple and blue which is passed severe, severe. The poor city Joplin had no idea of what was coming. It all just happened quickly. The tornado quickly ripped through and destroyed half the city. A firefighter had said that the city was literally cut in half. Nothing else that anyone could say. Just silence after the devastating storm.
“The National Weather Service warned there was a 45% chance of another tornado outbreak — with the peak time between 4 p.m. and midnight Tuesday — over a wide swath, including parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The Storm Prediction Center placed several large cities in the most high-risk area, along with other cities including Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas; Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; and Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma.”
That shows have bad these storms have been. The Joplin tornado hit the small town on Sunday evening. No one had any idea of what would happen other than the rain and severe winds. No one was warned quick enough. The Joplin tornado had been expected to only be a strong storm. Only until the cold air came in the other way. That was when the big monster was born. Though it only lasted for a little bit it still took a big toll and many lives were lost making this one of America’s worst storms wince the National Weather Service kept records of storms 61 years ago.
PSN Network is finally back up after a month of no online gaming or online services.
PSN Network is finally back up! After a month gamers around the world were waiting for this moment. Planned to open up on the 31st, Sony had maybe fixed the problem earlier and was able to open the PSN Network, live and running. I haven’t really tried it out yet but Sony claims that they had opened back PSN Network. PSN Network might be opened up but some things have been limited to gamers across the United States. The new update has also required for you to change your password. In addition to online gameplay, the update brings back video rental playback, Music Unlimited on Qriocity, Netflix/Hulu access, Friends Lists, chat, Trophy comparison and PlayStation Home.
It’s like finally the PSN Network is back up. Network services have opened up so Black Ops for sure will be available online as of today. Though if you had any important personal information on the PSN Network, giving it the most complex password won’t do any good if the network service are hacked again.
After all many people did stick with the PSN Network even though the hack had made some big holes in our security. Still the Playstation Network probably had the best services for it’s players and also many other things.
Don’t forget Sony made a promise to give 1 month free for Playstation Plus services and other things. I wonder if they will keep their promise in this time. Now I can finally play some video games and I can also watch my Netflix stuff. It’s been almost forever since I had played my PS3. Still It’s kinda weird that the Playstation Network is what people usually want. I mean after all most people stopped playing just because the PSN Network was down. Still, who did it?
Well if you haven’t heard, PSN Network is still down and it had been down for a few weeks starting from April 16-17th. Well lets see who would do it. If you guys have heard of geohot, the greatest hacker who jailbroke the iPod touch and the PS3, he was under lawsuit for hacking the PS3. Wha-bam! Right there the hackers could have gotten the opportunity to hack into the Playstation Network. With all of Sony faced on the lawsuit the hackers got to get access into easy hacking on the PSN Network. Don’t take every word I said because this is just my hypothesis.
Recent update: So far Sony hasn’t really sent out an update when they’ll come back up since this was one of the worst cyber attacks in history. Well Sony deserves this. You sue a guy for jailbreaking your PS3 and you sue him. He didn’t really do anything illegal, he just let you run 3rd party applications basically just like the iPod touch/iPhone 4 ,but Apple didn’t sue him did they? Honestly you can’t sue anyone when they don’t do anything like hack the PSN Network.
5/11/11 UPDATE!: Sony recently just announced that they will open PSN Network back up on May 31st. They apologize for this big crash and have promised to give free Playstation Plus services free for 30 days or more! They have also promised 2-3 games that they will give to you when they open back up on the 31st of May. They have found the security breach and have believed that Anonymous had planned this type of cyber attack to Sony’s biggest systems. Anonymous has denied the attack but Sony refuses to hear anything like that. This may be a brink of a cyber war between the boom boom company to the small team of hackers known as Anonymous.
You can make a decision. People have already started to quit using PS3 and have traded them for XBOX 360’s and other things so they can keep up with their gaming. Now will you continue to use the PS3 which has already lost a lot of trust or will you continue to give up on the PS3 and go with something else? (Well if you ask me, I’m sticking with the PS3 because I want a bunch of free stuff for a really long time! I’m going to take up all my 180 GB with Playstation Plus stuff!)
Sony is currently fixing the problem for the security breach so all you gamers don’t worry. It’s coming up soon ,but not anytime soon. Here’s the main question. Who did it? Who planned this secret cyber attack against Sony? This can be stated as computer terrorism in my notion. Who would do it? Well in latest news officials have found some people who might be involved in this type of case or can be known as ‘Anonymous’ pretty typical for a hacker. The group denied the hacking for Sony ,but Sony doesn’t want to believe it. People say that the breach could have been done when GeoHot hacked into the PS3 and jailbroke it. That is pretty tactical, using GeoHot as a distraction and then just hacked into the Playstation Network. That’s cunning and clever at the same time. The group or known as ‘Anonymous’ says that they had nothing to do with this and protest against the accusations against them.
Sony’s recent news on the Playstation Network is that it’s still under maintenance. Well I kinda wonder how long that is going to take because I’ve been waiting half a month to get some new demos and play Black Ops or 2K 11 on my PS3. Every time I log in, the top always says that an error occurred and I was signed out of PSN. ‘Sigh’, how long is this going to take to fix this. Sony just sue that group and do something. Just open up the PSN. Sometimes I now wonder whether if Sony should make a trophy saying, “Great Job! You survived half a month of no PSN!”. Wow. That’s pretty sad. But guys don’t worry PSN Network will open up in no time. You shouldn’t worry about any more problems and you should enjoy you’re 30+ days of Playstation Plus and other premium and exclusive stuff for free.
Now that Sony has been hacked out of it’s guts, what’s next for other companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and even banks? Now that people can hack into PSN and get credit card info. Will banks also be a target? Money can be hacked into and be transfered out of the bank. What about iTunes that best music electronic seller. iTunes has invested Apple millions and millions of dollars. What is going to happen to them? Will they even get the same problem. This is like an alert for all the companies out there to start improving security into ways that computers can’t hack them only personally. For all gives, companies should completely change their security so that the hackers will have a hard time hacking into anything else. Companies like Microsoft need to put big barriers across their company because remember. Xbox Live is powered from Microsoft. If this is attacked next then I guess pretty much most of the gaming will be gone except the Nintendo Store with the Wii which will probably be next. Alert to all companies, change your security before online gaming becomes extinct!!
Vote on this poll:
Sony had finally announced that they wouldn’t open the Playstation Network any sooner. Sony admits the hack had taken a lot of credit card information and other personal information of users. The counter is ticking up as more credit card information is being taken by the hackers. The unknown hackers had supposedly hacked into the Playstation Network with unauthorized information which breached into the network and all information was spilled out like water rushing from a broken dam. Sony assures that nothing that bad will happen but still advises all users who gave credit card information to shut down their credit cards. Though most people have done so, personal information has also been leaked which can give away social security numbers and other things.
Sony announced that they would still not open the Playstation Network until the problem had been fixed, who did it, and fix the infrastructure of the PSN. Many players have still been upset after this happening and have been suing Sony, which is a loss of billions and billions of dollars for Sony. Check the stocks for Sony. I assure you that they won’t be even good.
As of today Sony had announced on the Playstation Blog that they had started the restoration and will take a while. With the network infrastructure still at fix the fix will probably take a while. Sony had previously announced that they would open up again on the 3rd of May, but with more information being stolen, Sony had to shut down and work on the problem again. To my estimate it will probably take a week, and right now I’m dying to play Black Ops online so I’m also waiting for some new updates on the Playstation Network.
Sony had also decided to give free stuff during this period to users who use the Playstation Network. After the PSN opens back up, users will be able to get free 30 days of Playstation Plus service and more premium service for about a month. So now you have to decide on what to do with that. Latest news says that Sony won’t open up any soon even with engineers working on it 24/7 for us.
You can vote on this poll on what you will do. Will you continue to use the Playstation Network or will you just ditch it?