Some games are able to rely on the very same premise for many years before it starts to run out of steam, requiring a new and fresh injection of ideas in order to be relevant to the current generation. I would like to think that Mario is starting to run out of steam as a platformer, considering how its sales on the Nintendo Wii U has not been particularly encouraging, especially for a first party title on the platform. Well, Final Fantasy has had its highs and lows in the past, and it seems that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn with Patch 2.1, where it will be known as “A Realm Awoken”, is all set to tempt a generation of gamers – old or new, it does not matter.
In the latest trailer that runs all of 10 minutes long, it will showcase a couple of new dungeons, new housing features, as well as a bunch of new “Extreme” difficulty primal encounters, or so it seems. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s “A Realm Awoken” patch will roll out on December 17 at the earliest, which is not too far away, but waiting with full of anticipation can be quite an agonizing affair. Ask a guy who is waiting for an answer after a proposal, when one is on one’s knees with the eyes of everyone in the restaurant watching, 10 seconds can feel like an eternity.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and when it comes to computer security, a weak password is more often than not the main passage of entry for those with malicious intention. In fact, we have recently read about how some 2 million passwords were compromised after a Botnet infection spree. Companies have definitely been doing their bit to ensure that end users use the strongest possible password at all times, and we have also reported on how Chrome for Windows has gained additional password security. Microsoft developers might be on to something here, calling the experimental project Telepathwords, which will be able to detect just how risky your passcodes are after running a prediction of your password setting habits.
The Telepathwords engine will make use of a coterie of passwords in its database, working alongside an artificial intelligence so that it ends with the most accurate prediction possible. Microsoft claims that the prediction engine in use for Telepathwords happens to be extremely complex, stating, “To guess the next character you’ll type, we send the characters you have already typed to query our prediction engine. The prediction engine uses a database of common passwords and phrases that are too large for us send to your computer”. Who knows? We might see this “password advisor” of sorts be commonplace in the future.