Bungie fires Marty O’Donnell


Halo series and Destiny composer Marty O’Donnell was fired by Bungie’s board of directors last week, the composer revealed via his personal Twitter account tonight […]

O’Donnell composed music for Oni, as well as the Myth and Halo series. He joined Bungie in 2000 as audio director after working on Myth 2, Oni and Halo: Combat Evolved’s scores on a contract basis with his company TotalAudio. During his time at Bungie, O’Donnell directed voice talent and sound design for the Halo trilogy, Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST. He often collaborated with TotalAudio partner and now in-house audio design lead at Bungie, Mike Salvatori.

Marty’s original tweet announcing his firing:


And Bungie’s one-paragraph statement on the matter:

For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.

We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.

Marty O’Donnell has been one of the most influential composers in video games and has often been cited as inspiration by many others.

There will always be two sides to every story but Marty’s comment and Bungie’s statement couldn’t be more divided. In any case, Bungie’s statement is rather curt.

LaCie hit by Adobe ColdFusion exploit, warns of suspected credit card data breach

BBC News:

The hard-disk maker said the FBI had alerted it to “indications” of a hacker having used malware to copy details entered into its online store.

It added that the suspected breach was thought to have lasted from 27 March 2013 to 10 March this year.

This isn’t the first time a vulnerability has been exploited in Adobe ColdFusion, as The Guardian explains in a piece from just last month:

A prolific hacker gang that has breached numerous companies by exploiting Adobe software has claimed another major hit in the form of car manufacturer Citroën, the Guardian has learned.

Citroën had one of its German websites hacked to include a backdoor, which is a method of bypassing normal authentication systems, and which may have allowed the attackers to make off with whatever data was sitting on site’s server.

Memories of Steve

Don Melton:

Steve explained to all of us that he was planning a little prank, we would see it first, and we had better not say anything about it when Phil did arrive later.

He then queued up the slides with the Apple Store update and inserted an extra special slide right at the end.

It. Was. Epic.

The entire piece is a must-read from start to finish and is a unique insight into what it was like to work for him. Everything Don writes isn’t exaggerated for narrative effect or taken out of context to work better on screen, it’s straight from his own personal experiences of working with the big man himself.

Apple reportedly bans Bloom.fm from iAd for its service rivalling iTunes Radio

The Register:

Bloom FM, a Spotify-style music streaming service, claimed Apple issued the iAd ban because it now regards the London-based company as a rival.

The Register understands that Apple wrote to Bloom today and claimed it was a direct competitor to iRadio, which is surprising because this Apple-operated service does not yet exist in the UK.

If this is true, it’s a dick move by Apple.

Nike+ Fuel Lab expands platform to provide 3rd-party integration


The new Nike+ Fuel Lab will see the company working with app developers and other companies to integrate the NikeFuel platform into their products. That means Nike’s hardware— like the FuelBand fitness tracker and SportWatch— will then work with the partner apps and syncing data between the apps will become seamless.

Despite its success, Nike+ has been the most closed-minded of all the fitness services, so it’s great to see them want to do something about this.

I’ve been a Nike+ user for many years, starting with the Nike+iPod sensor before moving on to the iOS app, and if it wasn’t for this then I would likely have switched to something like RunKeeper (that offers a more open service) ages ago.

I purchased a Jawbone UP24 back at the end of last year and its integration with services such as IFTTT and MyFitnessPal makes the current Nike+ platform look rather, well, Apple-like.

Shutting down Ubuntu One file services

The Ubuntu One Blog:

Today we are announcing plans to shut down the Ubuntu One file services. This is a tough decision, particularly when our users rely so heavily on the functionality that Ubuntu One provides. However, like any company, we want to focus our efforts on our most important strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too thin.

Thomas Brand makes a valid point about the closure:

Just goes to show you every platform doesn’t need its own cloud file service. Especially not the creators of a desktop Linux distribution, whose users probably already have a cloud service they prefer. If I was Canonical I would back a winner like Dropbox, and work with them towards developing tighter integration with Ubuntu.

Competition is great for innovation but there is a limit. Ubuntu One offered nothing beneficial over a competing service like Dropbox.

Political Views

Marco Arment takes on those who claim that Eich stepping down as CEO of Mozilla was, somehow, anti-free speech and hits the nail squarely on the head:

Suppose, rather than fund an anti-gay-marriage bill, Eich had instead funded a fringe bill that prohibited black people from getting married. Or suppose he said during a press conference that he believed women shouldn’t have the right to vote.

Would it be reasonable for the public to be outraged and call for his firing then?

Assuming your answer is yes (I don’t think I can really help you if it’s not), why is that different from funding an anti-gay-marriage bill?

Spot on. Freedom of speech is not a license to discriminate.