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Top marks to BioWare which yesterday pumped out a downloadable module for Mass Effect 2. The only problem: the DLC consisted of nothing but zeros - all 1.5GB of it. Dubbed Lair of the Shadowbroker, the DLC went live yesterday evening. Within minutes, fans reported that the installer failed to work on their PCs. At first, …

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1.5GB?

Their compression algorithm sucks!

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refunds

Hopefully they'll refund people on metered downloads... that'll eat hugely into someone's monthly 2Gb allocation. Still, at least the file should compress well.

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Pint

Easily compressable

How it is now, they should be able to compress it to a 4kb file

Something along the lines of - 0x999999999999 on a notepad file

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if...

If you're into downloading huge DLC and patches and still only have a 2GB download allowance per month you've got nobody to blame but yourself...

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Joke

Flipping heck!

1.5GB for an addon to a game?!?!

I can see ZX Spectrum coders turning in their graves!

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I wonder

I wonder how many 48k Speccys you would need to store 1.5 gigs between them all? I cant be bothered to do the math(s) but maybe someone else could and then a "Speccys worth" could maybe become a new official unit of measurement?!

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Unhappy

corrections to "SCIENCE!!!"

the first few " / " should infact be " * "

my aplogoies to any pedants, coders or mathematicians reading this comment

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SCIENCE!!!

1.5GB of 48K =

1.5 / 1024 = 1536 MB / 1024 = 1572864 KB

1572864 / 48 = 32768

So. 1 BF (BiowareFail) is equal to 32768 DS (Dead Speccys)

also, as I pionted out on their forums a little earlier -

for any penguin lovers who want their very own bioware DLC for completely free, just run this command!

dd if=/dev/zero of=foobar count=1572864 bs=1024

won't even use up your download allowance :D

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Remember...

...some of that 48k also drives the 'graphics card'.

Stuffing data in there will have lots of coloured flashing squares.

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FAIL

*chuckle*

Talk about a Mass Defect ....

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Alert

violation of EULA.

Using a hex editor to look at the bzillion zeros is probably a violation of 'reverse engineering' EULA

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Boffin

:P

Do you reckon someone did a

cat /dev/zero > MassEffectDLC2.exe

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so, uh

exactly how many 0's can you fit into 1.5GB?

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Paris Hilton

Oh come now, Google can tell you this

1.5 gigabytes = 12 884, 901 888 bits Guessing it's using 1024bits/Kb.

Paris, because even she can type "1.5 gigabytes in bits" into your favourite calculator-equipped search engine

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Boffin

Either 1500000000 or 1610612736

depending upon who you talk to

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Anonymous Coward

Watch out for the fakes doing the rounds on P2P

there's a 1 or two towards the end...

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WTF?

Says a lot about bioware

If the best thing the companies ever done is 1.5Gb of 0's

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Coat

Whoever did this.....

.......is a *very* noughty boy.

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I bet they did run cat /dev/zero > foo.exe

"Do you reckon someone did a

cat /dev/zero > MassEffectDLC2.exe"

You know, in all seriousness, I bet someone actually did (or, the "dd if=/dev/zero of=MassEffectDLC2.exe bs=1024 count=1572864" so the size could be specified) to generate a fake file to seed on P2P networks. And then due to a mixup it was put up as the real DLC.

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