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8001  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC's "EVIL DEAD" Get Together on: August 14, 2006, 05:11:13 AM
I really think the g2g should be held in Denmark. After all, that's geographically closest for everybody. *cough*.

The evil dead idea is cute though - and I'm sure somebody has the IRC logs.
8002  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Security2: Very well done simple stealth Flash game on: August 13, 2006, 12:20:20 PM
I prefer Thief 3: Deadly Shadows for sneaky-style games Wink

But this is pretty cute indeed.
8003  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Superman is now a college student! on: August 12, 2006, 04:16:54 PM
Hahahha nice, must've been a pretty good distraction from a boring subject ^_^
8004  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shadow Girl Video - cool on: August 12, 2006, 11:16:14 AM
Pretty impressive... and pretty silly  Kiss
8005  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: comparative study of international acceptance of evolution on: August 12, 2006, 11:10:17 AM
Wow, the .US is *that* bad?  ohmy ohmy ohmy
8006  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Scripting to be added to Screenshot Captor on: August 11, 2006, 10:56:30 AM
AbteriX: LUA is small and embedded, so you don't need to install anything. I think a *full* LUA system can be added in less than 100kb.

 
 
8007  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New WEP attack found - cracks in seconds on: August 11, 2006, 06:57:24 AM
MAC address access limitation is okay for preventing against "the casual 'hacker'"... but nothing more than that, indeed. Unfortunately our access point is unstable enough as it is, and it's almost unusable when I enable WEP (which obviously also is rather useless), so we run an "open" accesspoint with only MAC address limitation here :/

I'm going to look into getting a new AP with WPA when the next paycheck arrives... just seems a bit silly for *me* to purchase it when it's the *girlfriend* that has a laptop. But of course she'd never shell out for hardware, and I hate having a 20m UTP cable all over the floor, so...   Cool
8008  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Scripting to be added to Screenshot Captor on: August 11, 2006, 06:53:42 AM
Quote from: NeilS
Say you have a sequence of code that you tend to write a lot in C++, but the same thing can be expressed in one line or one operator in, say, Ruby. Do you think that having to repeat those code sequences in C++ in lots of places is more organised than having a construct which does the same thing without the repetition?

You wouldn't repeat those code sequences, though, you would factor them out to a function or similar. You might then argue that nothing has been won, but au contraire; it's easy to follow into a function call (visual studio or similar IDEs, or CTAGS based stuff), where you can then read the proper and verbose code.

Compare that to some of the atrocious one-liners you can do in perl Wink
8009  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Scripting to be added to Screenshot Captor on: August 10, 2006, 10:55:29 AM
i am not that fond of lua.  but i might try squirrel.
smiley

It's "tried and tested" though, and has a couple advantages over Python (more C-like, less overhead).The key to comfortable LUA scripting is adding decent bindings.

Squirrel looks interesting.
8010  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tea anyone - Bubble Tea that is.... on: August 10, 2006, 10:34:14 AM
I wonder where I can get my hand on this in Denmark, sounds pretty cool.
8011  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Scripting to be added to Screenshot Captor on: August 10, 2006, 10:31:38 AM
LUA, most definitely. Very low overhead (size as well as speed), great license, pretty familiar to people who know C/C++.

And of course the "if it works for them, it'll work for you factor" - LUA is used in a lot of places now. First two things off top of my head would be World of Warcraft and Painkiller.
8012  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Turbo C and Turbo Pascal are back!! on: August 09, 2006, 01:40:36 PM
I started programming with Turbo Pascal 6.0 (and later on, Borlan Pascal 7.0). Nothing got even close to it back then, in terms of IDE or integrated help system. Having a decent and crosslinked and topic'ized help system was an extreme advantage when learning programming.

It was also very nifty that TP6 could compile+link directly to memory, so the build/test/debug/rebuild cycle got a lot faster - harddrives were EXTREMELY slow back then smiley

Definitely a lot better than having started off with crap like BASIC.
8013  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Report on server downtime on August 8th on: August 09, 2006, 01:33:26 PM
Good job, mouser.

I hate those spam/flood/etc kiddies >_<
8014  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon 2.0 Invitation on: August 07, 2006, 10:59:57 AM
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Have you tried ad muncher? Its not browser specific and works with other apps as well
Hm, it works by winsock interception, doesn't it? I'm not too fond of that method. I guess I should give it a try again though, it's been quite some years since I played with it last.

It used to include some of my code, btw, for protection/obfuscation... it was applied incorrectly, though, so it slowed down things a lot and was removed again. Just a piece of useless trivia smiley
8015  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon 2.0 Invitation on: August 07, 2006, 10:25:30 AM
Quote from: Josh
You do know you can customize the keys in opera right? alt d takes me to the address bar smiley
Hm, I've always missed that feature when I searched for it - heh.

Quote from: TucknDar
I think Opera is faster than IE in page rendering. I've seen statistics on this (don't have an url to back it up, so take it with a pinch of salt Wink ) proving that Opera is the fastest.
It might be - especially if you're comparing it to IE with "smooth scrolling" turned on. Both render to bitmaps which are then scrolled around, though, instead of continuously re-rendering. IE is still a wee bit faster than Opera in startup time, though.

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Opera has built in blocking, and although it's not automatic ala Firefox' AdBlocker it's good. And there are user scripts and user css files that automatically blocks ads.
Alas, Opera's built in blocking isn't nearly as good as adblock Sad

8016  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Detect network computer boot? on: August 07, 2006, 10:21:39 AM
You could try pinging the machine every minute or so... if you need better reliability or finer granularity, perhaps the booted machine should report to your box that "hey, I'm alive and ready for whatever you send my way."
8017  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wow: Microsoft Acquires WinInternals/SysInternals! on: August 07, 2006, 10:19:46 AM
I'm still skeptic... it's not like Microsoft haven't ever changed their minds about stuff.
8018  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In response to apple's latest marketting smear campaign against the pc on: August 06, 2006, 03:58:47 PM
Pretty damn nasty...

good thing that neither the dell incident nor this one appears to have caused any injuries :|
8019  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon 2.0 Invitation on: August 06, 2006, 03:52:43 PM
I like Opera, but there's some stuff I miss in it that FireFox has - like a better adblock and some few other things. If Opera had a plugin system, I probably wouldn't even look back at the fox.

Opera *is* a lot faster than the fox, both in loading and page rendering. Not as fast as IE, but decent enough. It does have a few places where it renders a bit weird, where both IE and the fox render okayish... can't remember the specific sites, I just remember bumping into a few things here and there thinking "hrm, poxy!".

The few things I don't like about Opera is stuff like alt+d not taking you to the address bar, and that they've built in both email and a torrent client in the browser... really ought to be separate apps.
8020  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon 2.0 Invitation on: August 06, 2006, 03:25:44 PM
Well, what OS was this on? This sounds like PRE-IE6SP2 since now IE prompts you before an activex control is installed. I have not heard of anyone having an activex control (spyware loading one) being installed without the user being prompted.
XP SP2 with all recent updates. It would seem there's still ways to trick the activex control mechanism. As much as I like IE's speed and low memory usage, it's just too full of holes to be good for carefree surfing.

I dunno if FireFox is that much more safe, but at least it's not targetted as much as IE... yet. The price to pay is of course bloat, sluggishness, slowness and high memory usage.
8021  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon 2.0 Invitation on: August 06, 2006, 03:14:19 PM
My own computer has been struck twice (that I can remember). One time was after letting a friend borrow it for a couple hours; checking hotmail and some forums. I think there must have been some malware in a banner ad. Since my friend hadn't browsed any "questionable" stuff, I only noticed the malware after it had deleted a bunch of mp3 and jpg files. Fortunately, the jpegs had been backed up, and the MP3s could be re-ripped.

The other time was when I mistyped an URL and got to one of those typo domainsquat "search engines" that also popped up a couple of alternate pages. I aborted the stuff very quickly, but not before the site had managed to use some IE holes to automatically install some activex control or whatever... was easy to remove and didn't have time to do any damage, though.

My mum was hit by some stuff recently. She was trying to find some online shop selling massage oil (of the non-naughty kind), but ended up on a pr0n site. Again, buncha popups and auto-install-without-asking. No, she doesn't blindly click "install", coz I told her I would lock her PC for a week if she ever did that.
8022  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon 2.0 Invitation on: August 06, 2006, 01:24:17 PM
Hm, I think there's unpatched security holes for IE... so you need to basically disable java and javascript or manage your "secure zones" pretty well. Maxthon (and Avant) do seem to incorporate a bit of extra security, but the thing that made me move to FireFox was that some IE exploit got through Avant, and trojanized my system... that was from a period where I didn't run any AV either >_<
8023  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hi-Val's cd-r quality control slipping? on: August 06, 2006, 03:58:25 AM
that's the joke isn't it - they are there to sheild the disks, would anyone really think they are defect disks? or are we saying this letter is genuine - oh well, i guess it could be.
Well, if the customer ordered 50 disks and only got 48 good ones + the shieldings... smiley

8024  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hi-Val's cd-r quality control slipping? on: August 06, 2006, 03:17:45 AM
Heh, that sucks.

I usually get a couple of those blank discs when I order my CD-R's or DVD-R's, but they're in *addition* to the (correct amount of) recordable media, and included to shield the media during transport, I guess.
8025  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon 2.0 Invitation on: August 06, 2006, 03:15:09 AM
Maxthon seems pretty nice... I like that there's a plugin SDK. And it's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much faster than firefox.

But I do miss some firefox plugins in it, and I'm not all that happy about the security holes in IE. So I'll probably switch back to firefox and moan about it's slowness and bloatedness.
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