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1  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 - Free Music on: April 17, 2015, 11:52:53 PM
Free Music "Assets" - I never knew there is some nice free music offered as resources for people making games. I'll post a few of those sources here so it will be an evolving post.

2  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 on: April 17, 2015, 11:41:19 PM

(Changed directions - mods delete this post)

3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 on: April 17, 2015, 11:27:56 PM
This is the first time I have been wandering around looking at stuff in the very early stages.

This post has one of the first big lists that might be useful for people brainstorming stuff, even past LudumDare.

http://ludumdare.com/comp...04/17/weapon-ideas-ldjam/
(Slightly edited by me)


    Infectious Agent: a restaurant owner is trying to poison the right spy without killing customers.
    Kite a Giant: lure a large monster toward a city/castle/friend’s cooler treehouse/etc
    Sunlight Focused: kill a neighbor’s flowers with beams of concentrated sunlight
    Food Fight: a cafeteria featuring students with ridiculous weapons, such as mashed potato guns and banana missiles.
    Toys: inspired by the Robin Williams movie, in which wind-up toys fight (I recall this is a multi-decade old game already).
    Information Warfare: choose which important papers to shred in order to leak secrets.
    Books: check out books from a library before your coworker does to prevent him/her from getting that promotion.
    Numbers vs Letters: it’s a battle between the higher level and abstract thoughts!
    Shapes: an RTS inspired by the different shapes in Flatland.
    Monopoly: use market pressures to defeat your competitors.
    Avalanche/Cave-in: cause a disaster to trap other people.
    Cactus vs Balloon: inspired by some art in my room.
    Nanotechnology: tiny invaders that destroy your enemies from the inside out.
    Mind Control: make your opponents do self-destructive things.
    Fear: scare people towards disaster (for them, obviously).
    Vampire Hunter: use blood disease to kill vampires.
    Eggs: birds hatch and peck at opponents.
    Plunger: you’re a plumber, and you have to save the day.
    Hopes, Dreams, Aspirations, and Fears: you work in HR at Large Corporation, Inc.

I also tried to come up with a list of potential weapons:

    Gravity Wells
    Vacuum cleaner
    Air guns
    Summon beings, such as demons
    Weather
    Ever increasing mass
    Paper cuts
    Candy
    Innocence
    Music
    Laundry (dirty or otherwise)
    Humor
    Banana peels
 

4  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 - Not Your Grandma's Chess on: April 17, 2015, 11:20:20 PM
First one I'll really want to watch!

http://ludumdare.com/comp.../not-your-grandmas-chess/

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5  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Ataxx - my 2nd favorite game of the 1990's on: April 17, 2015, 11:00:46 PM
(Inspired while in a gaming explosion here at the start of Ludum Dare.)
(The winner was Mortal Kombat , versions MK2 and MK3.)

But right up there, is an obscure game of a style rarely repeated since - a strategy game with some really unusual features.

Ataxx

It's like "upside down" Reversi/Othello, which is more common because it was sold in toy stores. In that game you flank opponent's armies and they flip over to your color in straight lines radiating from your placed piece.

Ataxx runs the other way, with short space moves of 1 or two squares, and then where your piece lands affects directly adjacent enemy guys.

Here's a half decent intro to it, though I have slightly different phrasings if I were to introduce it myself in a video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54nX9a7fdv8

Some lists and factoids:

A stunning innovation is the difficulty is "rated", using a variant of professional chess tournament player ratings. It's one of the only games I've seen that does that, and scary enough, my abilities at Ataxx are very roughly correlated with my chess ratings!

tellme

From weakest to strongest, the five AI opponents and some basic play style notes:
Colony       - just generic quasi sane moves, but not really well played at all
DroolMan   - first "solid" player, but is pretty easy to box into a corner
MushMan   - the most "active and dynamic" player, and one of the hardest to "grok" what's going on because he jumps all over the place. But the way I beat him is to try to hold it all together, then watch for some spots where you get a few big consolidations and then try to close out the game without being forced to give up a 6 man spread way at the very end.

Not bad progress for having to burn chunks of quarters per game. A decade later I got the Mame copy, but didn't go on any big crusades to get better, so I stayed at the same basic skill level.

Gorgon       - Both the next two players are "solid" - they make small moves, but don't leave a lot of room for big swings either. I haven't beaten Gorgon many times - maybe only a couple and I don't recall details, but it was just probably trying to do something with very accurate placement of my army.
CephaloMan- the top AI engine, also "solid", and hard for me to distinguish stylistically from Gorgon, except it probably just thinks a couple of ply deeper. I haven't ever beaten this one.


6  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 32: April 17th-20th, 2015 on: April 17, 2015, 10:18:37 PM

Let's hear it for Team DoCo!

Deo of course, as above. A couple of the other guys were considering it.

I'm gonna start scouting a bit on the early materials.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 17, 2015, 01:21:56 PM
...
I haven't heard of uBlock before. I just installed it.
Heh is there any problem running both uBlock and AdBlock at the same time?
They both use the same filter lists, so at best the blocker that runs last will do nothing.

µblock simply has a better engine than the adblock core, and uses less memory and CPU - so disable adblock and see if you run into any issues, you can always uninstall (or reenable) later smiley. ...

Well, here's a wrinkle: In ublock, I can't get it to block Chessbase's embedded live-blitz frame, but it's blocked on Adblock Latitude. (I am really sensitive to moving things on a page!)

And since I visit that page all the time, that's a showstopper, different from just one time reading an article on a news site with explosive javascript abuse.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 5 Insane Devices for Monitoring Your Kids on: April 16, 2015, 11:16:56 PM

And not too far from all this, is :

http://www.abc15.com/news...top-posting-baby-pictures

I just see the massive lawsuit coming, clashing our Think of the Children (but not babies! Babies are toys for mothers to post on Facebook, but Children are endangered species which justify collecting five years worth of ISP data!!)

Er... yikes. Just yikes.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pound symbol on: April 16, 2015, 11:09:01 PM
I keep a cheat sheet of symbols and foreign characters that I frequently need in a text file.  When I need one of those characters,  I copy from that sheet and paste into whatever I am writing.

<--- sneaks a copy of xtabber's cheat sheet!

 Grin
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 16, 2015, 05:16:56 PM
That's one thing that's always befuddled me... people are happy to get back a lot of money.  It's your own money that you gave the government interest free for a year.  My perfect world is when I'm at $0 owed or returned.

There's a couple of very "lateral thinking rational" reasons this could make someone happy.

Let's get the Elephant in the room away first:

Earned Income Credit.

It's the biggest chunk of found-cash anyone's ever gonna get. It's *supposed* to vanish into caring for the kid, but... well ...

But back to "regular savings" refunds. People can sometimes really have trouble making themselves save, and fairly well known cases are when the initial self-savings accounts began so strong for New Years resolutions and even into Easter ... begin to get chipped at for summer! But if it's stuck into withholdings, it's a lot harder for them to get at.

Then the final reason. ... if you have an abusive household situation, if your savings are jammed into withholdings, the abusive half of the family unit can't bully you as easily into giving them up!

 tellme
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 16, 2015, 05:07:48 PM
Use a decent ad-blocker (the really nice µblock is available for firefox now as well!)...


I haven't heard of uBlock before. I just installed it.

Heh is there any problem running both uBlock and AdBlock at the same time?

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: April 16, 2015, 01:25:16 AM
...Not From Aliens Parkes Observatory Clarifies Radio Signal Bursts Come From Kitchen Microwave

"Oops!"
 cheesy
13  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon on: April 16, 2015, 01:03:06 AM
We're just laughing this time because it's "cute little candy crush".

Yep. Because it's still funny!

Just how much do you need to play to require surgery? Sheesh! It's hilarious.

If I were to have played through pain, some games could have wrecked me in a couple of weeks! And before that stage, probably a regimen like "don't play this for a month".

 tellme
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Political Apps Thread on: April 16, 2015, 01:01:50 AM
no point in making a new version, the idea of markov chain monte carlo simulations of such thing has hit the mainstream of the web and there will no doubt be better slicker prettier versions of this online soon.. same with my similar World Cup simulator..

Mouser ... 10 years ahead of his time!
 Thmbsup
15  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon on: April 15, 2015, 10:46:02 PM

Well, the facepalming aside, it's very well known that comp gaming of many varieties can produce really bad repetitive stress injuries.

I'm betting what we're not seeing is a middle paragraph where he had increasing pain but chose to ignore it. I'm pretty sure he didn't just collapse in pain one day and need surgery.

In honor of the upcoming Ludum Dare game compo, some of those games had control combos that really trashed my hands in an otherwise good game!

We're just laughing this time because it's "cute little candy crush".

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pound symbol on: April 15, 2015, 10:20:11 PM
...
£

Okay ...

(Cheesy music!)
Low-Tek Bird has a suggestion!
Why not just copy and paste it from a text file? I've kept a text file of "widgets" before for this kind of stuff.
Since Curt gave you one, instead of all these complex things (and most of them didn't work for me either!), just save Curt's to a text file of "widgets" and just copy it!

£ for £ it is the fastest way for me!

Let's make some emoticons!    £: )
(Guy in a Roman Centurion hat?)

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: April 15, 2015, 06:09:21 AM
Looking great Edvard  thumbs up
-
ps was thinking FlexiTimer for the name (?)

DinoTimer!

cheesy
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Political Apps Thread on: April 14, 2015, 01:40:50 PM
Quick historical artifact post: In 2004 I wrote a little markov-chain monte-carlo prediction tool for the 2004 United States Kerry-Bush Presidential election; you can see the old page for it here: http://www.donationcoder....are/Mouser/mep/index.html

Mouser, what about making a 2.0 version for the 2016 Election? This election has me quite confused which despite my "local network"  's assurances "things are just fine", how the wife of a former President can run for office. Then you have the whole First Female Candidate thing, and for whichever other reasons people may disapprove, she's not "the same kind of joke" as Sarah Palin.

So it might be interesting for the 2.0 version to work with the runner ups as well, all the way through the process. I have no idea what the Repub strategy will be. Just looking at their shenanigans with budget crises is making me cringe!

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Political Apps Thread on: April 14, 2015, 01:32:59 PM
ps. Didn't mean to derail the topic -- i do think it's useful to talk about political-related apps, especially those dealing with political free speech.

^ So much THIS!

((Canada)) ((Parens are mine)) is facing legislation what will make a lot of speech criminal. Software to dodge around that is important.


Heh this thread is like signing up people to work in a blacksmith forge for college credit! "Just don't get hurt! And don't make stuff that can hurt other people!"

My parens above are because Russia just got one too!
http://knowyourmeme.com/m...nts/russian-anti-meme-law

So I'm not sure how we can use a software angle in that situation to help!

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: April 14, 2015, 01:48:36 AM

I'm having trouble getting everything to sync up close-to-perfect with real time, so:
4- What kind of time tolerance would be acceptable? Say, +/- 1 or 2 minutes per hour?

...

Let me know, I'd love to stretch my coding muscles even further...

I'm fascinated with what could cause that big of a time gap! I thought computers were pretty good at keeping time! I could see off by a few seconds, but then maybe do "leap adjustments".

What doesn't work with some kind of "triple timekeep" system something like:

Pre: Start time such as starting with a real clock time as desired. If not, this is 0.

A1: Task 1
A2: Task 2
(Various toggles of increment one or both)

B1: Idle1 - when the tasks are paused, increment this perhaps 1-7 times per second - In some senses this is the "Master Idle" that acts like a checksum or such
B2: Custom Idle - User Toggle-able Idle where you know you're not doing a task but you want to know a chunk of time more specific than just the "balancing idle timer". I keep a lot of time notes, and so for ex if reading a portion of a book is the task, I'll wanna know just how long it takes me to stop and go put my laundry into the laundry service. But I don't care about the total idle time such as reading the Complete Collected Posts of Edvard. So you'll end up with a total Idle1 of an hour and a half, and 17 minutes visiting the laundry service.

C: "Emergency Checksum" - With brutally simple math perhaps 3x a minute, the computer simply looks at the computer clock and its various timestamps and accumulates here if something goes wrong and the timed values go off. It could add these back into one of the other categories to keep them on track. Could involve a user dialog if it gets really out of whack. This could also cover the case of the time program closed and re-opened. This part would notice "hey, I'm missing 8 minutes, where do you want to put them?" (Cases include both reboots and "Gaaah I have too many open apps" RageQuitting! Hehe)



21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 13, 2015, 01:53:25 PM
But I took a d e e p breath, and installed the 798KB program. ...Maybe this shows that WebRoot not really is "here" (on my PC), but is working via some virtual cloud?

I'm as much a fan of ultra-tight code as anyone, but how can 798k of a "full suite" security program do anything thorough enough to be legitimately productive? And how would that even begin to operate via the cloud?

Anyone have some high grade technical feedback on this?

22  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Quick Website Blocker on: April 13, 2015, 11:16:17 AM

How does this work?
Does the site "still try to load", or does it crash "hard and fast"?

Rather than SomeNaughtySite, I'd want to put in stuff like Something.Google.com that besides the tracking concerns, seems also to be a slow load component on a lot of sites.

The status bar on the bottom of browsers is really useful to tell you the random things a page tries to load. So if I used this to chip in a bunch of things, maybe that will speed up my browsing?

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 13, 2015, 12:10:01 AM
What is the difference between windows 8 and windows 10?

The big news is they rolled back some of the User Interface "UI" weirdness. Some more tweaks in the core. But I'm not sure quite what else between the lines.

I'm waiting for the "sneaky" stuff to appear in the news, and it's surprisingly not here yet - Betas have been floating around a lot, and I haven't seen the surprises I sorta expect. Don't ask me what kind, just that the early news feels like it's got gaps in it somewhere I can't pin down.

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 12, 2015, 10:59:15 PM

Adblock, here I come!

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: April 12, 2015, 06:11:27 PM
Based on the angle of the walls at what appears to be the entrance to the stairs, I'd say the cat is going up.

If it weren't for the cat, I could see this as a "flip illusion" like the cup/faces, but as is, I can only see the cat going up most of the time, and I certainly can't see the cat *backing up* the stairs the other way!

THAT would be viral Youtube gold!

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