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"Update: VideoLAN confirmed that the issue was not a security issue in VLC Media Player. The engineers detected that the issue was caused by an older version of the third-party library called libebml that was included in older versions of Ubuntu. The researcher used that older version of Ubuntu apparently. End"
From VLC: "End of story: VLC is not vulnerable, whether this is 184.108.40.206 or even 3.0.4. The issue is in a 3rd party library, and it was fixed in VLC binaries version 3.0.3, out more than one year ago…"
Researchers from German firm CERT-Bund say they have detected a major safety flaw in the video player, which has been downloaded billions of times across the world, which could allow hackers access to compromise users' devices.[/i]
We had a 2-person board game convention this week
About a year ago I made a new friend in my town (Champaign, IL) who has similar tastes and appetite as me in cooperative board games, and most importantly a compatible disposition, and we have been playing a lot of cooperative board games together.
After about a year we decided to host our own 2-person "convention" this week. 3 days of gaming at our local game shop.
All of our friends and the people at the board game store were confused, startled, and then got a chuckle out of our badges and shirts, when they realized it was just the 2 of us "attending" the convention
And we got inquiries from people who want to be part of it next year
I highly recommend the idea for anyone who wants to create a fun little event for their friends or family.
We play 15 hours the first day, 9 hours the next, and then 14 hours on the last day. How's that for commitment ?
We played some old favorites, but spent most of our time on a new game that we'd both been looking forward to playing for a year.
Games played: Pandemic Fall of Rome (not our favorite pandemic but interesting), Cahoots (small coop filler), Orleans w/ Invasion co-op expansion (super cool Euro deck builder), Chronicles of Crime (app-driven detective game I have written about in this thread before, one of our favorites).
The game we played the most of (18 hours?) was 7th Continent, a massive, amazing adventure/exploration game.
It's a co-op/solo board game, heavy on exploration, with lots of story, very long duration scenarios that you are meant to play over the course of 6+ hours, split into different sessions. It was a kickstarter exclusive but they are going to release a version to retail soon that is much more affordable. It feels like an open world and is the most thematic adventuring/exploring games I've ever played. It's difficult, and has some real gaminess/strategy to it, so I would only really recommend it to serious players who can commit the time to it, but wow is it good.
I've started reading an incredible book, The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter by Joseph Henrich
It's a science book meant for lay readers, full of fascinating anecdotes.
I've only just started it, but it's compelling and important. It makes a pretty convincing case that the secret to human evolution is not that we evolved to be smarter or better at tools or language, as some have theorized, but rather that our species has evolved to become, essentially, machines specialized for passing on culture. It's our skill and obsession at passing on cultural information and knowledge, rather than some qualitatively different level of intelligence, that makes us so special and so successful. And that seen from this light, many otherwise odd behaviors and tendencies make more sense.
Very thought-provoking stuff, and completely accessible with no background knowledge required. Highly recommended.
I've been having a ton of fun learning new stuff. There's a ton left to be done -- another couple of months worth I think.
But I wanted to give an update so you guys wouldn't think I've been AWOL
A little about the project:
So, what is this project? Well it's essentially a server and library api for coordinating communication (and data storage) from many users, organized by virtual apps and rooms, with functions specialized for data synchronization and simple non-realtime multi-player games. One example use would be as a synchronization back-end, so that you could synchronize the data from one of my mobile apps across all your family devices (without needing to share dropbox logins as is required now when I used dropbox as my synchronization backend). Another, very different example, would be to provide the back-end lobby services and communication support functions for JackBox party style games, where players gather around in front of a tv, each with their own mobile phone device, and play a game together where they input their actions into their phone, and the centralized game asks questions, etc.
In the coming month or two I'll be posting more about the project and sharing a github link to the source code. If you are a nodejs person, I'd love to have some assistance on the project.
From an interesting article:
Most people believe that open source sustainability is a difficult problem to solve. As an open source developer myself, my own perspective to this problem was more optimistic: I believe in the donation model, for its simplicity and possibility to scale.
Got myself a new wireless headset for the computer.
It's a logitech G533:
purchased from Amazon for about $75 (https://www.amazon.c...dset-x/dp/B01MXE0FKC)
I like it. It has good range, feels comfortable, has no leather/pleather but fabric instead (this is important because the older pleahter headsets I have had have all disintegrated over time). Nice physical on off switch on the headset, along with a swivel down microphone for chat/gaming.
It is *NOT* bluetooth. I actually have a different bluetooth headset and transmitter for my stereo, and don't have serious complaints about it, but it IS a bit more fussy in terms of connecting between the base and headset whenever you turn it on. For my pc, I wanted something that was easier.
This is a nice small usb stick I just plug in when I want to use the headset and it instantly connects, no muss no fuss. Unplug the usb stick to disconnect.
Overall, I'm quite happy with it.
A couple more neat features: Compact mic folds up out of the way and when it's up it automatically mutes.