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DC Gamer Club / StarCraft + Brood War expansion now free
« on: April 19, 2017, 01:32 PM »
Blizzard is gearing up to release a remastered edition of the original StarCraft. And in preparation for that big release later this year, they've released the original for free.

StarCraft®: Remastered upgrades the essential sci-fi strategy experience from beginning to end. Welcome back to the original game and its award-winning expansion, StarCraft: Brood War.

We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions. Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanis, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor and Kerrigan to life like never before. Most importantly, the strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged.

Get ready for Remastered. The original StarCraft is free to download right now!

Have I Been Pwned is a website/service that allows you to check to see if your email address (or other info) can be found within the database(s) of various sites that have had data breaches over the years. It was mentioned earlier on this site in this thread.

But consider this a friendly reminder/suggestion to occasionally check and see which sites have mishandled your data.

So, I've tried repeatedly to get this update to install. But it just keeps failing, reverting the changes, and then immediately when I get back into Windows 10 it downloads the update again and tells me I need to restart to finish installing it.

I even tried manually downloading the update and installing it. It, too, told me I needed to reboot to finish installing it. When I did that, it did the usual thing and after a while it said it failed to install and reverted the changes.

I've searched and found other people asking around how to get this update to install, many times without a response. But even in the cases where I did see a response, nowhere have I found anyone saying they were able to resolve the situation.

Anyone here have any experience getting stubborn updates to take? Normally I'd just let a failed update sit there and not install, but this results in Windows 10 nagging me to restart my computer and threatening to do it for me "outside of active hours" if I don't take care of it myself. Halp!

KB4013429 Failure.png

I (mostly) stopped using LastPass a couple years ago for reasons unrelated to this, but it seems multiple password-leaking vulnerabilities (and other dangerous exploits) have been discovered recently:

LastPass works by storing your passwords in the cloud. It provides browser extensions that connect to your LastPass account and automatically fill out your saved login details when you surf to your favorite sites.

However, due to the discovered vulnerabilities, simply browsing a malicious website would be enough to hand over all your LastPass passphrases to strangers. The weak LastPass script uncovered by Ormandy could be exploited by tricking it into granting access to the manager's internal data. It can also be potentially abused to execute commands on the victim's computer – Ormandy demonstrated this by running calc.exe simply by opening a webpage.

Even though I no longer use LastPass for new passwords, my account still has many old passwords I haven't updated in a while, and I have kept the extension installed because of that, since it seems to work more reliably than the extension for the password manager I switched to. So maybe it's time for me to fully ditch LastPass.

General Software Discussion / XYplorer is not responding.
« on: March 14, 2017, 09:20 PM »
NOTE: This thread was originally a reply in the Windows now has banner ads thread, and was moved here in an attempt to keep that other thread on topic. The original conversation is below:

But maybe it's time to re-evaluate XYplorer and see what all the hubbub is about.

Nope. I still can't do XYplorer. It frequently locks up on me for several seconds at a time.

General Software Discussion / Windows Explorer now has banner ads
« on: March 11, 2017, 02:27 PM »
I opened up Windows Explorer just now and was greeted by this:

Windows Explorer Ad.png

Cloudflare released an incident report detailing a recent discovery and patching of a bug which leaked data in rare instances. This leaked data includes passwords and other sensitive information.

Virtually every site that uses Cloudflare was possibly affected, meaning that basically you should change your passwords everywhere and make sure you have 2FA enabled where possible. EDIT: See further replies to this thread for clarification on potentially affected sites.

I'm on mobile so it's too much work for me to make things pretty right now, but here are pertinent links:

Cloudflare incident report: https://blog.cloudfl...oudflare-parser-bug/

List of sites (possibly) affected:

Living Room / SHA1 is dead - First known collision exploit discovered
« on: February 23, 2017, 06:53 PM »
Cryptographers refer to the attack disclosed Thursday as an "identical-prefix" collision, meaning it allows the attacker to create two distinct messages that have the same hash value. This variety is less powerful than the "chosen-prefix" MD5 collision carried out by Flame. In the latter case, attackers can target one or more existing files, such as the digital certificate that a company uses to authenticate its update mechanism. Despite the collision against SHA1 being less powerful, cryptography experts said any real-world identical-prefix attack represented a game-over event for a hashing function.

"In crypto we have the idea that hash function collisions should be really hard to find, even if they're 'useless,'" said Johns Hopkins University professor Matt Green, speaking generally about collisions before he learned the specifics of the new SHA1 attack. A real-world collision attack "is the equivalent of finding out that your scalpel wasn't sterilized properly. It may not verifiably have germs on it, but the whole instrument is considered unsafe."

Read more here:

DC Gamer Club / Constructor - 24hr giveaway on GOG
« on: January 31, 2017, 01:59 PM »
An older game I've never heard of has returned(?) to GOG and they're giving it away to anyone who claims it within the first 24 hours.

A bunch of courses and certifications are discounted until January 19th, here:

DC Gamer Club / Factorio - Automate All the Things!
« on: December 08, 2016, 03:28 PM »
Factorio is a game that has been in development for a few years now and as far as I can tell came to Early Access earlier this year. I feel that the trailer video doesn't give a good sense as to what gameplay is like:

So, based on that video, I've looked at the game from time to time, but I've never been intrigued enough to actually give it a try... until recently, when I saw this gameplay video:

Finally I got a better idea of what the game was about, and what it was like. My interest was piqued enough to look deeper into it instead of just dismissing it after viewing the video and remembering that it was an Early Access title. I normally avoid or ignore Early Access games, but when I saw that Factorio had a demo, I decided to give it a try.

I spent a few hours with the demo, playing through the relatively short campaign/tutorial twice. It left me wanting to explore more fully what it had to offer, so I got the full version. That was about 2 weeks ago, and I've become addicted! I've spent nearly all my free time binge-playing Factorio. I have logged almost 40 hours on one save file, trying to perfect my factory and automate all the things. And the crazy thing is that there are still large aspects of the game that I haven't yet (or have barely) touched.

The pattern I've found when playing the game goes something like this:
  • See I only have about 2 hours before I should go to bed. Start up Factorio.
  • Re-assess where my factory is and what I need to do next, and start working on it.
  • Check clock. Cool. Still have 1:45 left until bedtime.
  • Add a new production line of a new product to my factory.
  • Check clock. Cool. Still have 1:30 left.
  • Realize that my new production line has caused a shortage of some other basic material. Figure out what the holdup is and try to restore throughput of source materials.
  • Check clock. Cool. Still have 1:00 left.
  • While adding more furnaces to increase my iron/copper/steel production, realize I could make better use of the space if I arranged things differently.
  • Tear down my smelting area and start rebuilding it to fit my new design.
  • Get halfway done with my new design.
  • Check clock. Darn. Only have 0:30 left.
  • Continue working on my new design.
  • Realize I did something wrong or it needs to be tweaked just slightly (OCD-esque tendencies) for "maximum efficiency" in my factory.
  • Tear some down and rebuild to fit my new new design.
  • Meanwhile, some research has finished and new technologies/products are available.
  • Continue working on my new new design.
  • Finish my new new design.
  • Take a look at new technologies/products and see what products are necessary to create them.
  • Create a new production line for the new products.
  • Realize this new production line causes a major shortage of other products/materials.
  • Figure out what's needed to fix the shortage. This often requires simply producing more of the short material, or increasing iron/copper/steel production so that both (or 3, or 4, or more) products can be produced simultaneously at the maximum frequency.
  • Check the clock. Crap! It's 2 hours past bedtime. "I better wrap up this last thing I'm working on and get to bed."
  • etc.
  • etc.
  • etc. and so forth.
  • Sun comes up and I realize I've been repeatedly "wrapping up" about 50 different things that will all "only take a couple more minutes and then I am done for the night for sure."

I never would have thought that I'd enjoy dealing with the logistics so much. Dealing with inputs and outputs and coordinating the flow of one thing to another place at a certain rate. And on top of that, having to occasionally set up and maintain defenses to protect your hard work from being destroyed by the aliens (I guess technically you are the alien who crashed on their planet). And then the sweet feeling when you finally get something automated that you used to have to do manually, and that took forever to do. . .

So, again, normally I avoid/ignore Early Access titles because they're a gamble. But I've definitely gotten my money's worth already and expect to get much more out of the game in the future. Try the demo, and if you like it, I definitely recommend buying the game.

Factorio's website.
Factorio on
Factorio on Steam.

OK, it's a little weird that GOG is having their Winter sale only a month after their Autumn sale, and that it's not even Winter yet...

But, as part of the sale, for the next ~48 hours you can get a free copy of Neverwinter Nights Diamond on

The sales will last at least 7 days, as part of the promotion is that you can earn "XP" by "checking in" once a day, and checking in 7 times will earn you a badge.

As part of's Monstrous Fall Sale, they're giving away Little Big Adventure 2 if you claim it within the next ~39 hours from the time of this post.

I can't say for sure whether or not LBA2 is any good. But free is free. :D

Have any of our DC writers here heard of or used Articy:Draft SE? More info about what it is here:

The best that I can tell, it looks like it's pretty much just some flowchart software. I'm trying to see the point/appeal over some other FOSS alternatives. But I have to admit, the marketing has me wanting it even if I'm not exactly sure what supposedly makes it so good.

So I'd love to hear any thoughts, opinions, especially about personal experience with A:D SE, or suggestions for alternatives and how/why they're better than A:D SE.


Living Room / Raspberry Pi (and other SBC) projects
« on: September 27, 2016, 03:39 PM »
The tech geek in my really likes the idea of SBCs like the Raspberry Pi and Odroid, but as cool as the tech is, I have been unable to come up with a real-world use for my Odroid-C1 I bought last year.

Lets use this thread to post about interesting projects that use these little computers, whether they are projects you are personally doing or just cool projects you found online. I'll start with this Smart Mirror:

The gist of it is to buy a 2-way mirror (Acrylic See-Through Mirror), build a frame and put a monitor/TV and SBC in it. Now you can see the time, weather, and latest headlines in your mirror.

Smart Mirror.png

Living Room / Yahoo! accounts hacked... two years ago!
« on: September 23, 2016, 01:40 PM »
Yahoo just announced yesterday about this hack that took place 2 years ago:


Yahoo announced on Thursday that the account information of at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers two years ago, in the biggest known intrusion of one company’s computer network.

In a statement, Yahoo said user information — including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, security questions — was compromised in 2014 by what it believed was a “state-sponsored actor.”

from New York Times

Hi folks,

Shortly after I updated to the Anniversary Edition of Windows 10 Pro x64 I noticed that my primary display no longer gets any video signal after waking my PC from sleep.

I never had this issue before the update. Sometimes I can "fix" it (work around it) by remoting into my PC and logging in. Then the monitor gets a signal and things start working again. But today, when it happened again, even that workaround didn't work for me.

I haven't been able to find anything relevant in my searches for solutions. The closest thing I've found is people complaining about their lock/login screen being black after resuming from sleep. But that's just the background image they're talking about. Other UI elements and the mouse and everything still seems to work IIUC.

Does anyone have any solutions or troubleshooting suggestions?

More info that might be pertinent:

My GPU is an AMD Radeon HD 6870. I have a dual-monitor setup. The primary monitor just flashes the LED at me like it does when it is sleeping due to no signal. The secondary monitor appears to wake up properly, but just displays a black screen since it's normally black/blank on the lock screen anyway. If I move my mouse around, sometimes I see it on the secondary monitor, but it kind of comes and goes over the course of a few seconds.

DC Gamer Club / Faeria is free (to keep) for 24 hours!
« on: August 09, 2016, 07:38 PM »
Faeria combines the core values of Strategy Card Games together with a Living Board, giving you the ability to shape the board as you play to create mind-blowing strategies. Each game of Faeria is not only unique, beautiful and fast-paced but also highly competitive.

Hi all,

I recently came across this site which gives detailed information about components, with charts and tables making it easy to compare performance and price of certain builds. So the next time you're looking to upgrade your PC or want to build a new one, it may be worthwhile to check out Logical Increments.

Hi folks,

I've been working on an Android game called Cubiq with a small team (one other coder and one artist, totaling three of us) and the game is just about ready for a full launch. But since we're such a small team we figured it would be a good idea to start with a limited public beta first, to help us find any bugs or other issues that we may have missed.

We would appreciate feedback and especially bug reports so that our official 1.0 launch can be as smooth as possible for others.

I don't have much in the way of screenshots or videos just yet to show off the game. We were so focused on getting the game ready for the beta launch that we neglected nice looking promotional art and stuff. That will be coming over the next few days. But for now here are some small details about the game:

  • It's on Android through Google Play.
  • It's a match-3 game (bejeweled, candy crush, etc.)
  • It features leaderboards and achievements.
  • It will be free with optional ads and/or in-app purchases (IAP).

More information about the beta and how to join can be found here:

Check the official Cubiq webpage for the full changelog and a current list of known issues.


Inspired by the sort of rotoscoped animations seen in Jordan Mechner's Prince of Persia, one game developer has built a custom tool, Paint of Persia, that developers can use to rotoscope their own pixel art animations.

It's a neat new tool designed explicitly for game developers, though Paint of Persia's simple premise (lay a customizable window with adjustable transparency, basic pixel art tools and an animation frame manager over your desktop) allows for a broad variety of uses.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.gamasutra...m_into_pixel_art.php
Download Paint of Persia here:
Related: See more tools made for the Toolbox Jam here:

Steam is offering LIMBO for free, for a limited time.

Sometimes they have "free weekends" which are more like free rentals, meaning after the promotion period ends you'll no longer have access to the game. But occasionally they have time-limited giveaways where if you claim the game within the promotion period, the game is yours forever. The wording is vague, but I believe this is a case of the latter, and that you'll own the game after the promotion ends.

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