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601  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: May 02, 2014, 12:05:30 PM
Incidentally, using the Classic Theme Restorer, I managed to bludgeon back all the junk and my FF is actually usable again. With a bit of work, the important "top left" is back to old school style complete with menubar. But the funny thing is "if I get nostalgic" I have both the "Firefox button" and the new "Hamburger button", both of which have *different* subsets of the complete features laid out in the old school menus!

Sounds like a play question for you logic types, if you take 7 menus with 11+8+6+5+8+8+9=55 visible features/menus and try either of two attempts to smush it into 18 or 12, then stuff you used to know where to find gets harder! But I guess peoples "usability studies" decides that all those menus were "too hard" or something. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think in modern UI a "menu" (by any other name) can't be avoided. It's just whether it says "File", or "Firefox" or ("Hamburger Icon") or ("Sprocket").




602  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: May 02, 2014, 11:43:45 AM
I don't think the global Windows theme is at work here, I think it's the "Title Bar" that's making you grumpy.

I tried out the  Hide Caption Titlebar Plus 2.8.2 plugin here:
https://addons.mozilla.or...aption-titlebar-plus-sma/

Then you go into its options and try the following settings (different from how they start).

[attachthumb=#]

Though the orange button reappears, it's pretty close vertical space wise. I get:

[attachthumb=#]



603  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 02, 2014, 05:34:10 AM
This one is a cute little text based mine simulator. It's a 10 round turn each time so you can blast through your games really quick. It's also in my range of "relaxingly easy" because I beat it in ten minutes. : )

(When you're testing Ludum games it's nice to have a few you can zip through!) : )

http://hybridmind.com/game/in-the-black/

Tip: If you worry too much about "improving efficiency" reports, the numbers come back counter-intuitive/buggy. Other things get in there besides the "base" efficiency.

The LD page:
http://www.ludumdare.com/...ction=preview&uid=234





604  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 02, 2014, 04:44:58 AM
Wouldn't be surprised is MS knew about this before April 8 and waited to release the info to add even more marketting pressure to dump XP.

Beginning to want to wipe Windows 8 off this laptop and put XP back just to say screw MS

Yeah right.

I installed Win7 over Xp in my old machine, when Xp support was ceased.

But now planning to overwrite back to Xp, anyway Win7 runs toooo slow in the old machine and I use FF.

Regards,

Anand


Yeah I'll have to think about that too Anand, if the cost was just the raw OS and the time to rebuild a hundred programs, it's one thing, but having to sacrifice the entire hardware is another!
605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 02, 2014, 04:41:43 AM
I don't know about the hype, but when it's bad enough to make the government Microsoft change their default browser decision not to provide support for XP almost overnight, it's bad enough.

Heh with modifications we were hollering about over at Slashdot. : )

606  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 29: April 25-28 Weekend on: May 01, 2014, 08:55:01 PM
I didn't realize it was that difficult. I've only seen one person besides myself play the game, and she also had troubles controlling the worm. But I just chalked that up to the fact that she's not much of a gamer.

Hmm...  undecided

Cant speak for Tao, but I'm not much of a gamer either.
And I found the difficulties entertaining (as well as challenging, as said).

Heh Tomos see my big post I just did!

607  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 29: April 25-28 Weekend on: May 01, 2014, 08:54:34 PM
I didn't realize it was that difficult. I've only seen one person besides myself play the game, and she also had troubles controlling the worm. But I just chalked that up to the fact that she's not much of a gamer.

Hmm...  undecided

Maybe not! I beat the game! (Unless it's a bug!) It stopped spawning red guys.

And I do think I figured out the tricks.

1. The lack of distance markers is confusing so you have only temporal/time passing to guess where they are.
2. Do long slow strafing runs. Use the whole play bounds.
3. If you miss your run, abort mission and regroup. It's trying to overcorrect that's the problem.
4. Momentum matters. If you get stuck under the brown ground line, you can't still continue above it - it makes you "slide" uselessly under it. Abort mission.
5. No quick movements! We are pressing too hard on the control keys and then once it starts a loop abort mission!
6. You have to judge momentum very well, so that you can break the surface. Start a long slow approach, and then get ready to *tap* the key, not press it!

There are still some bugs. (Or just my comp!) My colors shifted to dark maroon for a while once!
I was about to take a screenshot.

Can anyone else clear enough people so they stop spawning?

608  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: May 01, 2014, 08:19:08 PM
Apologies for veering slightly off-topic ;-)

Heh I'd argue that it's not - "FF-Chrome" is sending lots of people here to PaleMoon!

609  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 01, 2014, 03:27:43 PM
Okay, my first favorite today so far is this one:

http://www.ludumdare.com/...tion=preview&uid=5172
The Gathering - oatsbarley - 48 Hour Compo Entry

This is a pretty clean mini version of Civilization.

Plus it's relaxingly easy - this is the kind of game I'm glad isn't that hard.

I beat it twice this afternoon.

610  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 01, 2014, 01:20:09 PM
An Ode to Violence - Benn - 48 Hour Compo Entry

http://www.ludumdare.com/...tion=preview&uid=1865

This one is quite similar to Deozaan's game. With airplanes!  cheesy

611  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Ludum Dare topic for other games on: May 01, 2014, 12:35:07 PM
A thread for other games.

Here's a great take on the typing game:

http://www.ludumdare.com/...ion=preview&uid=18627

Tenkosei ROBO - radmars - Jam Entry

Really uses the "use other artwork" to the advantage!

I'm slow so I could only get past the student. If I wanted to with work I might be able to beat the teacher once, but that's about it.


612  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 29: April 25-28 Weekend on: May 01, 2014, 12:19:43 PM
Heh I don't have the magic touch. But I bet someone out there has the "magic touch" to control the worm gracefully!
smiley
613  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 29: April 25-28 Weekend on: May 01, 2014, 12:08:17 PM
I'm not sure if this is the problem you're encountering, but the link under the top banner image pretty much always says "Login" even if you're already logged in. The way to know for sure if you're logged in is if you see the WordPress toolbar on the top of the page.

Here's an image to illustrate what I mean (it's kind of wide, so be sure to scroll to the right to see the whole thing):
 (see attachment in previous post)

That's most of it! So I'm logged in now! I'm not sure if that was there all five times I tried, say maybe four. I did see the note on the bottom of the page talking about Control-F5 to refresh the cache so I did that. But mostly I kept waiting for that "sign in" to change like most other sites do.

Heh now the good/bad news ... I'm a commenting addict! Sing along time!
"2500 Ludum Dare games on the wall, 2497 Ludum Dare games... take one down, play it around, 2496 Ludum Dare games on the wall!"

Heh there goes two hours!
Grin  cheesy

Though I do think the LD site design is a little strange and unintuitive in places. What's a Potato?

614  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 29: April 25-28 Weekend on: April 30, 2014, 10:51:14 PM
Something is misbehaving for me and I can't log into the LD site to comment. :  (

615  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ludum Dare 29: April 25-28 Weekend on: April 30, 2014, 10:33:17 PM

Re this line from the writeup:
"I should have been working instead of playing." I think I disagree. If you work on a game and maybe you used those few minutes to fix something technical but suddenly discover at the end of the whole weekend that the result is miserably un-fun to actually play, to me that's the true heartbreak. Also I think playing *is* working because let's say as you are playing you suddenly discover that some aspect is really annoying, to me that's almost like a bug and then maybe you turn down the difficulty, or whatever. I peeked at a couple of older LD games from an earlier event, and I came across a few (that I didn't play) where people commented that the idea was cool but it turned out to be really hard.

Maybe there are some people who like their games tough, but if a game is so hard that I can't even get past the very early parts, I instantly lose interest. To me a more balanced game has a couple of really easy stages, a couple of "just easy" stages, a few medium ones, and then as it warms up it can pour on the difficulty. But if level 2 feels completely impossible, it's not my thing.

616  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Shadow Link" - A harmless example but a dangerous technique! on: April 30, 2014, 10:18:57 PM

Interesting explanation App.

"This is not a type of URL spoofing. It can not be used to make you think you are on your bank's site by changing the URL shown in the address bar. "

I have to take your word for it I guess because you're that scary taskbar girl, but I still don't fully believe it as a technique it can't be combined with another trick to make you think you're on your bank's site. I forget which of my notes has which info (this one and the one to the company) but in the example I used somewhere, if a page can be rebuilt that much, and the hacker sends you a link with "a referrer", why wouldn't it look like a bank site?

I don't care if they track my referrer for their metrics, but to have completely different content from the same web address really scares me!
617  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Developers and the truth (or close to it) on: April 30, 2014, 05:37:39 PM
Heh I'm not even a programmer and both of those are great!

618  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: April 30, 2014, 05:16:53 PM
Heh well for some reason I felt the browsers were "too obvious" but yeah I've been doing the Pale Moon Firefox shuffle for years now.

Some other cool notes though.

619  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: April 30, 2014, 05:09:48 PM
As skwire mentions, Firefox 29 - Classic Theme Restorer is a must. Unless you like chrome like interface..

Took me awhile to set everything back (interface) to pre-FF 29 (update various plugins and settings).

Well that's a start, though it's different from the way I had it before, but I only use FF proper for a few things so I'll think about it.
620  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / "Shadow Link" - A harmless example but a dangerous technique! on: April 30, 2014, 12:44:03 PM
Okay this one is a little scary to me.

Here's the awards page for a property company.

http://www.halstead.com/a...ng/awards-and-recognition
Take a look at those "Leading Real Estate Companies of the World" links.

When you click on one, it goes to some page that talks about an affiliation between a broker network and the company. But if you copy and re-paste the address "http://www.leadingre.com/", it goes to a different site!

To me the "pasted version" is the "real site", and the other page is something on the broker's site. Fine. But don't re-use the link address to create some kind of "shadow page"!
ohmy  mad

What I can't figure out is where the redirect script/whatever is coming from!

To me that's dangerous because the method can be used for MUCH more nasty uses! We all are pretty good at defending Phishing attacks by looking at the address it points to like "www.sdgfdfgd.com/BOA-attack". But on that awards page, the link points to the "right" address!

So I'd appreciate some advice on how to stop that "shadow page" because that could be the mother of all phishing weapons. It seems to work cross browser and even with javascript off!

I'd also like to know the true address of the "shadow page".

To make it worse, the "favicon" changes! (I think that's the word.) The shadow page is clearly on the broker's site because it has their favicon. But when you re-paste the address in the title bar, it changes back to the "national" one! That's just nasty!

I am sending them a version of this note.



621  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: April 30, 2014, 02:50:40 AM
Firefox upgraded to 29 and it looks so similar to Chrome now that I have to take a closer look at the extension icons on top-right to assure I am in FF and not in Chrome.

At least it should have the 'fox' icon some where to differentiate it.

Regards,

Anand


Wow Anand is right. I tend to stay a version or two back. This new one is such a mess I might try to downgrade maybe Version 28 or something.

At least PaleMoon is sensible ... but I haven't updated that one yet!
ohmy
622  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: April 30, 2014, 02:37:44 AM
Just a thread to mention some programs that are absolutely at the top of your daily list that you'd be annoyed not to have around. The trap here is that second tier that are useful but only on occasion.

With a little work I came up with mine:

Taskbar Shuffle just sitting there. I shuffle my tabs around all day long.

That slightly unheard-of Non-NANY entry here Trandesk is a desktop splitter so you can hide some work on one tab and then later goof off on another tab without the cognitive load of 12 open browser windows and X tabs.
(It was buried in the C+ contest. There are many other splitters, but this one is good enough for me.)

Then Mouser's SC with his 1-click tweak he put in a while ago.

Into Tom Revell's Stickies. The trick is you bury the stickies on tab 4 of Trandesk, and whatever else useful junk like task manager and more. Notice the little green monitor is visible on all four tabs. And it all sits there. So you have an explosion of open stickies there. But on Trandesk nodes 1 and 2, you can make your few new important stickies. Node 3 is left for misc temporary experiments.

Yes, there's a minor problem if you reboot, you lose your Sticky placement. With a lot of work you can get it back. The easier way I do it is just re-open Trandesk, copy the image and make a new Sticky on tabs one and 2 and one day when you are bored you have two copies of it on Node 4 so you can delete one.

Whew!

It's not hard limited to 4 - just my method of narrowing down the supply of "useful stuff" to a flow that is absolutely at the top of your list. But the theme is stuff you absolutely use every day.

623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) on: April 30, 2014, 01:28:55 AM
I'm not even a techie and that sounds like a video Mobius loop. "Instead of a password, you can have a 'credential' ". What is a credential?! And how do you provide it somewhere that can't be stolen in Heartbleed?!

And I agree with the opinion of scary-humor of "there is no central database to track these". Except... by the providers who issued them, right? I'd love to see *that* management meeting.

"So, how many of  these have we issued?"
"We don't know."
"Uh, how do you not know?"
"We just issue the things, we don't track them."
Grin
624  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech giants, chastened by Heartbleed, finally agree to fund OpenSSL on: April 29, 2014, 11:39:19 AM

Hmm, what part of seven, multi billion dollar companies weren't bothered to deal with this?!
Story after story, "cyber security initiative", and then one nasty flaw pwns the entire internet. Really.

625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: April 29, 2014, 11:35:35 AM
I just heard about this yesterday.  This site explains a couple of workarounds.

http://www.forbes.com/sit...eaves-1-in-4-pcs-exposed/

It appears XP users are basically screwed.   Sad

People wanna comment? Is this massive!?

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