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If you launch the client you can claim Destiny 2 for free between now and November 18.

Living Room / Backup Power for USB device -- does it exist?
« on: September 25, 2018, 03:01 PM »
I have a USB device that I need to keep powered. It is connected to a Raspberry Pi type device that itself is connected to a UPS, but it seems when the RPi reboots, it shuts off power to the USB ports momentarily, which resets the USB device.

I need something that will keep a steady supply of power to the USB device, but still allow a data connection to the RPi.

Does such a thing exist? Would an ordinary USB Y-cable (such as for external hard drives) do this? Or is there some kind of special Y-cable (or anything) that will provide power but still allow data to be sent/received to/from another device?

Hi all,

I've been thinking about writing a little utility for myself that could probably benefit from using a database of some kind. My needs will honestly be simple enough that I can probably just write everything out to a text (XML or JSON) or binary file, but on the chance that this is something that gets released and used by others who have a lot more data to wade through than I will, I figured I'd look into options of some sort of simple database system that might help keep things relatively speedy compared to parsing and iterating through plaintext to get all the relevant details.

The hard part about answering my request is that I'm not sure what language I'll be using for this utility. I'm most familiar with C# (but by no means an expert), so my inclination is to use that, but lately I've been tinkering with Python and Go and am considering using one of those if it would suit this project better. Also, cross-platform compatibility is somewhat important to me, at least between Windows and Linux. Ideally I'd like for my utility to have a GUI, but I'm pretty inexperienced with GUI frameworks and they tend to not always be very cross-platform friendly, and I'm not looking to make this a huge project that will take over my life for the next year. So for now I'd be satisfied with a command-line utility that can read, write, search, and display the pertinent information on demand.

Oh, and I'd like to be able to include the database with the utility in a portable manner, so the end-user can just run everything on a thumb drive or whatever without having to worry about installing things.

Maybe that was more information than needed. Anyway, can anyone recommend a simple and easy to integrate/use, portable database-type system that would be more efficient for parsing and looking things up than a plaintext (JSON/XML) alternative?

Thanks in advance

DC Website Help and Extras / NANY badge tooltip is wrong
« on: August 22, 2018, 05:09 PM »
This is a really minor issue. Probably just a copy/paste error. But it seems that the NANY badge for people with 12 years of NANY entries (Skwire and mouser) has a tooltip that says they only participated in eleven NANY events.

Looks like everyone who has ever said something like "I'd transition to Linux if it weren't for my huge Steam library" may soonTM be transitioning to Linux!

In 2010, we announced Steam Play: a way for Steam users to access Windows, Mac and Linux versions of Steam games with a single purchase. More than 3000 of the games that have been added to Steam after that point have included Linux support, with more titles being added every day. Since then, we've continued to look for ways to make more titles easily accessible to Linux users.


[T]oday we are releasing the Beta of a new and improved version of Steam Play to all Linux users! It includes a modified distribution of Wine, called Proton, to provide compatibility with Windows game titles.


Proton, the tool that Steam Play uses to provide Windows compatibility, contains a custom version of Wine as well as additional libraries developed alongside it. It's fully open-source and available right now on GitHub!

Found Deals and Discounts / Game-Ready Spacecraft SFX $1
« on: July 09, 2018, 05:13 PM »
Normally $30, these 5000+ game-ready audio files are discounted to just $1 for a limited time (not sure how long).


Here's a preview video of some of the sounds:

General Software Discussion / More Ads in Windows 10
« on: July 05, 2018, 03:54 PM »
Lately I've been "buying in" to Microsoft's ecosystem more and more. And by that I mean instead of opening my browser and doing a search for the forecast, or using Google Maps, I'll just use the included Microsoft Weather or Maps apps. And I've also been more open to trying out (free) apps from the Windows Store, since the UWP platform is a lot better about being able to clean up everything when you uninstall something.

I've even considered importing my contacts, email, and calendar accounts into the respective Microsoft apps, but haven't quite gotten that far yet.

But then something like this happens:

Microsoft Weather Advertises Microsoft News.jpg

I opened the Weather app because it's getting really hot today and I wanted to know what to expect for the rest of the day and week, but I was greeted by an ad for Microsoft News.

This makes me question whether or not I really want to get myself too involved in Microsoft's ecosystem after all. And it also doesn't make any sense to me because Microsoft News comes installed by default on Windows 10. I had to manually uninstall it because I don't want it. They should know this. And yet they're still advertising it to me, trying to get me to install it again?

I guess it's because they're advertising the mobile app for iOS/Android. But still. It's like trying to heat up your food in a microwave, but before the door will open to allow you to put the food in, the microwave says, "Hey! Check out our cool new refrigerators!" (pun intended), and then a permanent button shows up on the microwave which you can press to hear "Hey! Check out our cool new refrigerators!" any time you want.


I found this in the Feedback Hub: Remove get news link on the left side bar.

Other related threads:
Ads On The Windows 10 Start Menu Are Coming

Living Room / Interesting, low-effort, blackmail-esque spam
« on: June 25, 2018, 12:18 AM »
I got an email today from someone named Gaye Boso (first though was literally, "Gay Bozo? Is this a prank?") with the following content:

Subject: Тiсkеt#224466327: <[email protected]> 25-06-2018 02:05:42 Your secret video here


Hopefully you actually don't mind my english language sentence structure, considering that i am from Saudi arabia. I toxified your device with a virus and im in possession of your personal info out of your computer system.

It previously was installed on a mature internet page then you have picked the online video and clicked on it, my application quickly got into your computer.

After that, your webcamera captured you flying solo, in addition i caught a footage that you've seen.

Just after a little while it also picked up all of your device contact info. In case you need me to wipe out your all that i have - transfer me 500 eu in bitcoin it is a crypto. It is my account transfer address - 1Eqp....QuYW [edited to hide full address]

Now you have 28hours. to produce a decision As soon as i will get the transfer i am going to wipe out this footage and every thing thoroughly. Otherwise, you should be sure that this evidence would be submitted to your buddies.

This reminds me of the old "honor system virus" and I can't help but have a similar feeling of amusement plus some bewilderment about this one.

Also amusing was Gmail trying to be helpful with one-click auto-responses: "I accept the terms," "No worries, thanks for the update," and "I'm not interested."

And another interesting detail is it was sent to an email address that, if memory serves me correctly, I created specifically for a parking garage a couple years ago when traveling to Seattle. So it seems there's been a data breach of some sort, or they sold my data. I checked and it doesn't have any results for the address in question.

Anyway, I thought some of the rest of you here might get a kick out of this ridiculous spam. :D

Living Room / Beware of punycode phishing attempts
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:10 PM »
This is probably considered old news, but it's some information I just discovered and haven't found any references to punycode on DC, so I thought I'd post about it here.

Punycodew was created to help protect against phishing attacks where certain unicode characters in different languages look the same as letters from the roman alphabet but are in fact different. Punycode tries to avoid this problem by converting domains with unicode characters to what might appear to the average person to be a somewhat random mishmash of ASCII letters and numbers. However, there is a flaw in its design such that it doesn't always work, leaving you vulnerable to phishing attacks after all.

Check this article for more information: https://fraudwatchin...ode-phishing-part-1/

If you click the following link and your browser shows something that looks like "" in the address bar, then your browser is vulnerable to this attack vector.

Here's an example of what it looks like from a vulnerable browser:

IDN Homograph Example.png

Developer's Corner / How to get started with Python and OpenCV?
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:17 PM »
[EDIT] Originally posted in this thread: Dice analyzer machine project before being split off into its own thread. [/EDIT]

This is slightly off-topic so if you'd like me to start a new thread I'll do that, but...

I've been toying with an idea to write a little utility that would need to analyze a few words/numbers on the screen (or from a screenshot) and then make a decision and emulate some keyboard input based on that. The thing that's holding me back is that I'm concerned it will take me much more time and effort writing the utility than it would save me from just manually doing the thing I want to automate.

Do you have a recommendation or suggestion or ideas on the relative ease or difficulty it would be for someone like me who is familiar with coding but never really used Python or OpenCV before to get started on extracting data (essentially OCR with a very clear font) from an image?

I can go into more specific details if you'd like but I was attempting to keep this short to prevent myself from derailing this thread too far.

PBOL / Docked Mode is broken, needs more love
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:04 PM »
The current docking mode is broken in v2.03.

Here's what the current floating window looks like:

PBOL - LD41.png

Here's what the docked window looks like:

PBOL - LD41 Docked.png

I have it set to automatically resize, but it obviously doesn't.

I really wanted to revive this thread requesting a 3rd docking option (always visible, don't reserve space) because I want PBOL to have the minimal docked interface without the title bar and menu bar and I also want it to remain on top of other applications (which is already an option). And ideally I want to be able to have more customization over the dock position so it isn't just snapped to the center of whatever side of the screen it's docked to.

And it would be nice if you added a docking toggle to the context menu for both the window itself and the tray icon. I forgot that docking was set to auto-hide and the app kind of got lost for a while as I tried to figure out how to get it to display again.

Developer's Corner / Ludum Dare 41: April 20th-23rd, 2018
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:28 PM »
Ludum Dare 41 is coming up in just two weeks.

It has been three years since I last participated in any Ludum Dare event (LD32), and I'm gearing up to try my hand at it once again. But this time as a team effort!

Right now you can submit theme suggestions for the next day or so, after which the Theme Slaughter will begin. I'll likely post more details to this thread as we get closer to the start (and end) of the event.

Feel free to discuss any aspect of LD41 in this thread, including any games you might try out once the event has completed.

See previous DC posts about Ludum Dare:

Ludum Dare 2017 Thread - A thread about games from LD37 and LD38
Ludum Dare 33 - A thread about LD33 games
Ludum Dare 32 - (I made Time Bomb during LD32)
Ludum Dare 31 - (I made Worm Wars during LD31)
Ludum Dare 30 - (I made Planetary Devourers during LD30)
Ludum Dare 29 - (I made It Came From... Beneath!! during LD29)
Ludum Dare [29] topic for other games - A thread about LD29 games
Ludum Dare 23 - (I made Be Tiny, World! during LD23, and continued to work on it and improve it for years afterward!)
Ludum Dare - Game Programming Challenges

DC Gamer Club / Latest Steam Giveaway
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:20 PM »
In the same spirit as the Latest GOG Giveaway thread, here's one dedicated to whatever game featured on Steam is free (to keep) if you claim it within the promotional window.

I'll start it off with what is being called a Weekend Giveaway for Crusader Kings II. Once you've claimed it, don't forget to nab the two DLCs the game has listed for free. One of them will automatically be claimed to your account. The other one you will need to manually claim.



This summer will mark the 3-year anniversary of the launch of Windows 10, and as someone who entirely skipped Windows 8, it marks 3 years since I was introduced to Windows 10's built-in Microsoft Store. And while I have used it occasionally to install a free app here and there, it was only in the past week that I actually considered buying something from it.

This got me wondering: Does anyone else here actually use and buy apps/games/books/videos from the Microsoft Store?

1. Be on the HTTPS site.
2. Navigate to forum and begin writing a new post/reply.
3. Click Post.
4. Observe that you are now on the non-HTTPS site.
5. ...
6. Profit!

Living Room / Need help translating old German documents
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:25 AM »

The documents have been translated. Thanks to all and especially to tomos who provided the most information. :Thmbsup:

Original message below:

Greetings to all, and especially to our German-speaking members!

I have a friend who has recently gotten copies of some genealogical documents that are written in German and since none of us know the German language, we have no idea what the documents are about or what they say. They're probably something rather mundane like birth/marriage/death certificates or something similar, but we can't know for sure until we've gotten them translated.

I'm not sure on all the details because I haven't gotten to look at the documents myself, but I think they may be from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s, so if German is anything like English, it (words, penmanship, spelling, etc.) may have changed a lot over the centuries, and may be hard to read/understand. So if anyone here feels like taking a stab at translating them for us so we can find out what kind of documents these are and what they say, please let me know and we can hash out the details via PM.


Living Room / Thread on 3d Printing Cody Model
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:01 PM »
Well, I went ahead and did it, I bought a 3d printer.

Anycubic I3 Mega:
Supposed to be a good 3d printer for beginners, and nice and compact.

I'm just printing the test thing now.

What I'd really like to do is have a 3d cody -- anyone have enough 3d (and 3d printer) experience to try to make a version of Cody our mascot for 3d printing?

Awesome! I'm kind of jealous. :P

I'm pretty sure that at one point in time Gothi[c] made a 3D image of Cody in Blender. I'm not sure what it takes to convert/prepare a regular Blend file to be 3D printed, but it may be worth digging up that model. I think I may have it archived somewhere on my HDD, but I won't have access to my PC for a few days.

I've never gotten into trading/collectible card games such as Magic: The Gathering, etc., but many of the CCG gameplay aspects have found their way into various video games over the years, so I've had some exposure to some of the concepts.

One of the concepts found in CCGs is the idea of certain cards being much more common than others. Some of the terms I'm used to seeing in the videogaming world to refer to the different tiers of rarity are Common, Uncommon, Rare, Legendary, etc. This is pretty easy or arbitrary in video games where there's just some RNG and other RPG-esque stats which affect your chances of getting higher rarity items, but that brings me to the next half of the relevant aspects I'm interested in.

Another concept in CCGs is that building a good deck is often a small form of gambling; you have to buy a booster pack which contains, say, 5 cards, and you won't know what they are until you buy and open the pack. (AKA Loot boxes in video games.)

So essentially you end up with a bunch of "junk" Common cards that don't do a lot on their own, and very rarely get a Legendary card that is very good/powerful in the game.

My question is, how do these CCG companies decide what the proper ratio of each tier of card is to the others when printing and selling booster packs? Or in other words, how do they balance the frequency of obtaining the common, low-utility cards with the ultra-rare, high-utility cards, (and everything in between) so that people get just enough good stuff often enough to keep wanting more booster packs?

Does anyone who has any experience with these types of system have any knowledge on the subject, or know of any resources they could point me to that will explain some of these things?

To be clear: I'm not asking because I'm interested in creating some kind of "Free to Play" (Pay to Win) game with exploitative loot crate IAPs that milk thousands of dollars from "whales" who buy into that kind of thing. But rather my intention here is that it seems that the concepts of different rarity levels/proportions and (unpaid) "booster packs" could be used as a fun way to progress in a video game. But so far the only examples of these concepts I've seen involve IAPs (because they lend themselves well to it). So I'm curious if there's something about how the rarity and booster packs are designed fundamentally that require money/IAPs or if you could strip the money away from it and still have it be a fun, rewarding experience for the players.

I also kind of feel like I'm not doing a very good job of putting these thoughts into words. I'll blame that on it being 4 AM and this whole thought process kind of being one of those late night crazy ideas that my brain just can't let go of and let me sleep until I do something about it. So feel free to ask for more clarification if you need it.


I recently discovered Purism, a company that makes hardware which runs free/open software specially tuned to remove trackers and analytics and other spyware.

Right now they only sell high-end laptops (15" and 13") which run a Debian variant of Linux, called PureOS, but they recently successfully completed crowdfunding a 5" phone, and are prototyping a laptop-to-tablet convertible device as well.

They all come with hardware killswitches to disable the wifi, camera, microphone, cellular, GPS, etc.

All of the default software is open source (which isn't surprising for a Linux machine) but also privacy-centric, where applicable, which I think is cool.

DC Gamer Club / Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: October 24, 2017, 12:14 PM »
Stronghold HD and A.D. 2044 are free on GOG for the next ~48 hours. Just go to their homepage and click the banner to claim them.

GIVEAWAY: For the next 48h, both Stronghold HD and A.D. 2044 are FREE!

Get them through the banner on the front page.

Make sure to grab your copies now - the offer lasts until October 26, 12PM UTC.

DC Gamer Club / Anyone up for a McDroid 4-pack on Steam?
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:43 PM »
McDroid looks like an interesting take on the Tower Defense genre. It's currently on sale for only $2.50, but if we organize a 4-pack it will come to about $1.88 each. Looks like it even has some form on multiplayer.

Anyone want in?

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