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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 26, 2015, 12:01:50 AM
Two police officers responding to a domestic disturbance with shots fired arrive on scene.
After discovering the wife had shot her husband for walking across her freshly mopped floor, they call their sergeant on his cell phone.

"Hello, Sarge?"

"Yes"

"It looks like we have a homicide here."

"What happened?"

"A woman has shot her husband for stepping on the floor she had just mopped."

"Have you placed her under arrest?"

"No sir.  The floor is still wet."
2  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Game Over. No, really... "The Flock" will shutdown after all players die on: July 23, 2015, 08:53:05 PM
I'm curious to see if somebody clever reverse-engineers a server so that people can keep playing.  That would only work for people who bought the game in time though, and also who's to say that Steam wouldn't disable the game at the devs request when "the end" comes?
 tellme
Or maybe somebody will simply make a clone of the game if the gameplay is that compelling...
 tongue
3  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Game Over. No, really... "The Flock" will shutdown after all players die on: July 22, 2015, 10:11:15 PM
Strange premise for a game...


Gameplay and setting, from the official website:
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Description
The Flock is an asymmetrical multiplayer thriller. You get to play as one of the agile hunters that make up the Flock, but your goal is to become the hunted Carrier.

As the Carrier you need to shine your light upon objectives placed in the world in order to win the game; while at the same time fending off Flock that attempt to gain the Artifact for themselves! The Flock are vulnerable to the Artifact's light, but their key to survival is to stand still when the light is shined upon them..

Aahh... but there's a twist:

From VG24/7:
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This is how it works, from our understanding: once the game is released on Steam in Q3 of this year, every time a player dies in the game, it will drop the game population. Once that population reaches zero, “the game will never be purchasable again.”

Only players who have The Flock in their Steam library will then be able to partake in the yet to be announced climactic finale.

After the ending, the game will go offline permanently and no longer be playable.

But why?

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“A multiplayer game can take players to incredible heights, but at some point gamers will start to play less, get disinterested and stop playing altogether,” said Jeroen Van Hasselt, the studio’s creative director.

“In opposition to other multiplayer games, we want The Flock’s experience to inspire a sense of awe, to keep players eagerly anticipating what is coming next and to end with a memorable climax.”

Sounds legit...
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZM9XdKjLzc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZM9XdKjLzc</a>
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge in Maintenance Mode on: July 22, 2015, 09:01:12 PM
AHA! Looks like my pages are back up...

I've noticed as well... can't get to my project

What is your project?

I have two:
Pastequick:
http://pastequick.sourceforge.net

and SharpDot cursors for X11:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sharpdotcursors
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook asks the end of Flash Player on: July 21, 2015, 12:58:14 AM
So, when is Facebook going to put their money where their mouth is and ban all the flash based social games on their site?  tellme

Good question... and I wonder how casual flash gaming sites like NewGrounds and ArmorGames will do when it is finally killed off?

Relevant:
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge in Maintenance Mode on: July 21, 2015, 12:52:58 AM
I've noticed as well... can't get to my project Sad

They've posted about what has been going on since the outage first began:
http://sourceforge.net/bl...-and-service-restoration/
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer Programming To Be Officially Renamed “Googling Stackoverflow” on: July 21, 2015, 12:34:58 AM
It was bound to happen.  Even some Lazarus/FreePascal questions I searched for came up with similar questions on StackOverflow.  undecided

In fact, many of my general tech questions I've searched for came up with the most popular answers being similar questions from the StackExchange network, especially since they've added SO MANY categories over the last few years.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 18, 2015, 01:01:38 PM
OK, stop the presses...

Scientists find seaweed that tastes like bacon but is better for you than kale.
[attach=1]

 ohmy
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 15, 2015, 11:45:44 PM
If you like logic, argumentation, and fallacies, you'll enjoy this:

http://imgur.com/a/QDbyt#0

Oh, and if you like football, that's a bonus too. smiley

Those. Are. Awesome!!   (forwarded to my son, who devoured a textbook on logic and fallacies, then proceeded to correct my logic :\ )
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: July 15, 2015, 02:16:12 AM
I finally heard back from 40Hz!  ohmy

He reports he is still alive and kicking, and though I hesitate to reveal more of his situation out of concern for simple privacy, I can say life has taken him in a direction somewhat askew from most things tech, getting more active in music and it's doing his spirit well.  He does miss us all and hopes to soon pop in for a bit here and there, though it will probably be later rather than sooner when he crosses this path again.

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
..."
- J.R.R. Tolkien; First verse of Gandalf's letter to Frodo Baggins in Bree.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you resist buying ever more powerful PCs? on: July 15, 2015, 12:53:43 AM
I just look at my bank account the day after payday... no resistance required.  Sad  tongue
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: UK to ban encrypted messenger services to combat the specter of ISIS on: July 15, 2015, 12:49:42 AM
... and now you know what ISIS is really for.

*edvard ducks and covers in the basement
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Using a Webcam as a security camera -- software suggestions? on: July 15, 2015, 12:48:01 AM
Good catch  Thmbsup
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Using a Webcam as a security camera -- software suggestions? on: July 15, 2015, 12:03:03 AM
I assume you're asking for a Windows solution, but I do have a solution if you have a spare box or old laptop sitting around, and can install some flavor of Linux on it (*cough* Debian *cough*).  After setup, install a sync service like Dropbox or Copy, then install Motion.

http://lavrsen.dk/foswiki/bin/view/Motion/WebHome
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Welcome to the home of Motion, a software motion detector.

Motion is a program that monitors the video signal from cameras. It is able to detect if a significant part of the picture has changed; in other words, it can detect motion.

It's a command-line program, so it's very light on resources, the sensitivity, snapshot interval time, and snapshot folder location can all be set.  So just configure it to dump snapshots in your Dropbox/Copy/SpiderOak folder, and voila'... remote monitoring.

For Windows, I know WebcamXP was one of the more popular webcam softwares around, and the free version has motion and audio detection.

http://webcamxp.com/home.aspx
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News:

webcamXP Free and webcamXP Private now with Motion and Audio Detection. We have decided to extend the features of those 2 versions to allow everybody to put in place home security even with the free version. The only feature which remains specific to webcamXP / webcam 7 PRO is the continuous recording (DVR). A license for webcamXP Private allows supporting up to 4 cameras and removing or changing the webcamXP watermark displayed over the video streams and recordings.


Dunno other than that...
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 04, 2015, 12:45:47 PM
Now THIS... this looks like lots of fun.  Though the groin tag at 0:33 makes me cringe.  Cry

Archery tag:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bz-uKlZiQo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bz-uKlZiQo</a>
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 28, 2015, 03:30:49 PM
I remember LaBrea.  The original author almost abandoned the project, citing potential legal action against him because the nature of LaBrea goes against certain provisions of the Federal Wiretap Act, namely:
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Any person who intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept, any wire, oral, or electronic communication…intentionally discloses, or endeavors to disclose, to any other person the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection; intentionally uses, or endeavors to use, the contents of any wire, oral, or electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral, or electronic communication in violation of this subsection…

Basically, LaBrea does exactly that; intercepts electronic communication.  How that actually would play out in the courts is another matter, as TechRepublic's John McCormick pointed out back in 2003:
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You probably think that this is a really stupid idea—the concept that you could be violating the law merely by monitoring what a trespasser does on a system you own. But that’s just your common sense speaking, and any lawyer will tell you that the law has little or nothing to do with common sense.

I think the honeypot concept mouser is talking about involves more of a "mousetrap" aspect; an application places a special file or fake network connection that looks (to a ransomware program) like something it would want to access and modify, but is in fact actively monitored by said 'honeypot' application such that when the file or network is accessed, the process doing the access is immediately targeted and shut down.  Sounds like a good idea to me; how to implement?  Beyond me.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More Firefox-Clone(ish?) adventures - Alienforce on: June 28, 2015, 02:53:07 PM
Yeah, I should have been a little clearer.  Basically it's anything part of the browser that's not web content.  Window decorations, icons, fonts, things manipulated by plugins, tab shapes, bookmark colors, etc.  Look through the list of chrome:// urls and get a feel for everything that can be manipulated.  That's chrome.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More Firefox-Clone(ish?) adventures - Alienforce on: June 27, 2015, 10:49:02 PM
the chrome:// thingy in Firefox is not indicative of a chrome backend, chrome is Firefox's euphemism for add-ons and shiny-shiny (like adding chrome to cars and household appliances). 
https://developer.mozilla...n-US/docs/Glossary/Chrome

For a list of all the current chrome:// URLs, see here:
kb.mozillazine.org/Chrome_URLs

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 09:23:55 PM
My mother-in-law got one of these.  Fortunately, I found the hijacked files shuffled away in an archive somewhere with the file extensions removed.  A little sleuthing and I got all that restored.  It was a little harder to restore the "My Documents" folder, Start Menu items, default icons, etc.  Whatever it was really went to town...
The clincher is, when I explained to her what probably happened, she suddenly knew, in startling detail how ransomware works and how the ransomware people con you.  undecided

My MIL is kinda funny sometimes...
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Document Production Specialist on: June 24, 2015, 07:25:24 PM
are you sure it's that simple? they work shifts and they even have managers/supervisors and they are whole departments of law companies
I am in UK, maybe things are different here?

Yes, that's exactly my experience as well.  The companies I worked for were basically outsourced copy shops.  Law firms would send us boxes of evidence or files and we would copy it all and send it back.  We had 3 shifts with 8-15 people per shift, and many law firms had their own department as well (chained up in the basement... just kidding). 
Training was pretty easy; besides how to run the copier, every shop had their own preference on how the actual documents were handled, how to use the drilling and cutting equipment, what the quality standards were, etc.  I worked with many people of all stripes, probably the most diverse workplaces I've ever worked at.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Document Production Specialist on: June 22, 2015, 08:02:01 PM
That sounds suspiciously like "the guy who runs the copy machine".  I should know, because I've done that very thing for the last 20 years, still doing it (a little more advanced now with typesetting and printing, but it's still a photocopy process onto paper), and in all that time, my job title was always some variation of "Document Production Specialist".  
How to become one?  Apply for jobs that require you to work with copy machines and printers.  It's not a glamorous job, but it has paid the bills so far...
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 20, 2015, 02:56:38 PM
Given the personality of your average cat, staunch Libertarian  undecided

http://www.theguardian.co...ity-is-acceptable-to-them

[attach=1]
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Webassembly: Big four to develop binary format for the web on: June 20, 2015, 02:49:30 PM
Yes, it sounds like they're attempting two goals; 1- to make the language of the web more language-agnostic (at least on the front end; what's in front of the programmer that is...) and 2- as xtabber said, to push processing to the client rather than the server AND be more efficient when doing so.  

When I first read the announcements on this, I was like "Didn't we already have this in CGI executables?" but, like Java and .NET for the web, CGI bins run in their own little world, separate from the HTML they reside in.  Where JavaScript excels is in actually working with and manipulating the content.  WebAssembly is like the best of both of those worlds, with a few perks.

Heres a good Ars Technica article on it that goes into a bit more depth:
The Web is getting its bytecode: WebAssembly
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WebAssembly, or wasm for short, is intended to be a portable bytecode that will be efficient for browsers to download and load, providing a more efficient target for compilers than plain JavaScript or even asm.js. Like, for example, .NET bytecode, wasm instructions operate on native machine types such as 32-bit integers, enabling efficient compilation. It's also designed to be extensible, to make it easy to add, say, support for SIMD instruction sets like SSE and AVX.

I wonder though... how long before we see embedded viruses and malware written for WebAssembly?
5.. 4.. 3.. 2..
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Webassembly: Big four to develop binary format for the web on: June 19, 2015, 08:10:02 PM
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Mozilla, Google, Microsoft and Apple have decided to develop a binary format for the web. Called WebAssembly, this format could be a compilation target for any programming language, enabling applications to run in the browser or other agents.
...
WebAssembly is meant to allow programs written in languages other than JavaScript to run in the browser and other JS agents on the server, mobile or IoT.



from CodeProject News
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 22, 2015, 01:17:42 AM
What computer is she using?

That, my friend, is an Apple ][, ][+, or ][e with a green-screen monitor.  The design on the screen is the girl using either Logow to draw something interesting, or the Apple BASIC's PLOT command and some standard geometry formulas.
 Thmbsup
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