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      Activision shuts down popular fan servers for legacy Call of Duty games

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 23 May, 2023 - 16:48

    Prerelease video of Modern Warfare 2 's SM2 mod, which has ceased development following an Activision cease-and-desist request.

    Activision has sent cease-and-desist letters to two makers of popular fan clients for legacy Call of Duty titles in recent weeks. The move cuts off access to the many gameplay and quality-of-life improvements brought by these clients and stops what fans say is the only safe way to play these older games without the threat of damaging hacking by opponents.

    The first victim of Activision's recent efforts was SM2, a major Modern Warfare 2 modding project whose development started over two years ago . Since then, the modding group has been working on updating that seminal 2009 release with new weapons, in-game perks, a redesigned UI, new streak and progression systems, and even a recent move to a more modern game engine .

    Those efforts stopped last week, though, before the mod could even release its first version. The SM2 Twitter account reported that "a team member received a Cease & Desist letter on behalf of Activision Publishing in relation to the SM2 project. We are complying with this order and shutting down all operations permanently."

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      Overwatch 2 launch marred by multiple DDoS attacks

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 5 October, 2022 - 15:06

    Artist's conception of Blizzard fighting off DDoS attackers.

    Enlarge / Artist's conception of Blizzard fighting off DDoS attackers.

    When a highly anticipated online game launches, unforeseen server capacity issues and long entry queues are nothing out of the ordinary. In the case of this week's Overwatch 2 early access launch, though, the usual crowding problems are apparently being exacerbated by coordinated distributed denial of service attacks.

    On Tuesday evening, Blizzard President Mike Ybarra issued a generic tweet warning that "Teams are working hard on server issues with Overwatch 2 ." Less than an hour later, though, he followed up with some more worrying specifics. "Unfortunately we are experiencing a mass DDoS attack on our servers," he said. "Teams are working hard to mitigate/manage. This is causing a lot of drop/connection issues."

    Overnight, Overwatch 2 Game Director Aaron Keller posted an update saying that "we’re steadily making progress on server issues and stability, as well as working through a second DDoS attack. We’re all hands on deck and will continue to work throughout the night. Thank you for your patience—we’ll share more info as it becomes available."

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      XMPP Providers - Curated List of Providers for Registration and Autocomplete

      debacle · pubsub.movim.eu / berlin-xmpp-meetup · Tuesday, 10 May, 2022 - 07:10 edit

    XMPP Providers - Curated List of Providers for Registration and Autocomplete

    When? Wednesday, 2022-05-11 18:00 CEST (always 2ⁿᵈ Wednesday of every month)

    Where? In and in front of xHain hack+makespace, Grünberger Str. 16, 10243 Berlin

    No live stream and no recording this time, sorry. The revolution will not be televised. At least not by us and not tomorrow.

    See you there or in our virtual room xmpp:berlin-meetup@conference.conversations.im?join

    #jabber #xmpp #community #xhain #freesoftware #berlin #meetup #federation #providers #servers

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      Mathias Poujol-Rost ✅ · Thursday, 9 December, 2021 - 13:54

      Contact publication

    FediTips ☃️ (@feditips@mstdn.social)
    • FediTips ☃️ (@feditips@mstdn.social)

      Each network on the Fediverse is made up of lots of independent servers, called "instances". You can see all the latest public posts and boosts on your home instance by clicking "Local" at the side of the screen. It can be a good place to find new people to follow. However, on larger instances this Local feed may be an unreadable firehose of posts that scrolls far too quickly. This is why a lot of people prefer being on smaller instances that match their interests. #FediTips #Fediverse #MastoTips #Mastodon #Instances

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      Help us to covering our monthly costs on our official Patreon!

      Timothée Jaussoin · pubsub.movim.eu / Movim · Tuesday, 12 September, 2017 - 15:35

    For a couple of years already, we are #hosting Movim for free on different servers accross Europe (and soon on the other continents!). The Movim team is also hosting two XMPP servers (movim.eu and jappix.com) and their related services (file hosting, chatrooms, PubSub service…).

    Those #servers and domains are directly financed personally by the administrators but still have a cost.

    Today we are launching an official #Patreon page to allow our community to help us fund those servers and related services. Our overall monthly costs are around 50$ and we would like to see if the #Movim #community could cover them by doing small monthly donations.

    There are actually 400 connected users on the XMPP servers, 100 of them are connected on the different pods that we are hosting. A small donation of 1$ monthly could easily allow us cover those cost and help the team to improve and extend the services in return :)

    If you prefer to do a one time donation, you can also send it on our PayPal account.

    Thanks again for your support!