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DC Gamer Club / Re: Any Magicka Fans Around?
« on: October 21, 2011, 01:17 AM »
I should also mention that you're gonna want a few hours of solo play under your belt to get the hang of casting and pick up some of the more elementary magicks. Generally speaking, the more powerful spells involve more (or more complex arrangements of) the elements, so if you wanna dive into co-op or duel as quick as possible looking a few up online might not be a bad idea.


DC Gamer Club / Re: Any Magicka Fans Around?
« on: October 21, 2011, 01:14 AM »
Cool! Apparently it launched with a sh!tload of bugs, but is much more stable now. I can also offer a US or AU based mumble server for those who'd like to chat :)


DC Gamer Club / Any Magicka Fans Around?
« on: October 20, 2011, 09:50 PM »
Hi all,

Not sure if there are many gamers on DC that would be into Magicka, but I thought I should ask anyway.

For those not familiar, it's a satirical action-adventure game set in a rich fantasy world based on Norse mythology. The player assumes the role of a wizard from a sacred order tasked with stopping an evil sorcerer who has thrown the world into turmoil, his foul creations besieging the forces of good (from Steam). Trailer here. It's written in XNA (.NET) so Windows only except for those brave enough to try running on Wine.

If anyone's interested in duel or co-op, hit me up on the IRC channel (I'm available on the weekends, .AU time) :)


Living Room / Re: Steve Jobs is dead.
« on: October 12, 2011, 06:54 PM »
And since it won't be user serviceable....

Thanks fellas. I'm aware that any (proper) VPS provider will permit to install the software of my choice, and I'm capable of doing so, I was simply hoping to avoid the extensive maintenance that running your own stack requires. KnowHost is a little on the pricey side considering I won't need any management on my box, and I'm not sure about Parallels as a platform. I can't find any mention of what platform Host1Plus is using on their website, and the "Cloud" meme is perpetuated a little much for my taste.

I've been very happy with my current 512 Linode, but never experienced any significant traffic to it (though I don't expect any significant traffic to this new site). db90h, may I ask what you had in your stack at the time? I'm thinking of trying Nginx as opposed to Apache if I go for a VPS, which should significantly reduce the resource consumption of the site itself.


The feature I'm after specifically is the openssl_random_pseudo_bytes() function. I'm aware that I could just as easily read from /dev/urandom, but I seem to take a significant performance penalty doing so over the openssl solution, not to mention /dev/urandom is not a platform agnostic as I'd like, and since I'm developing on a Windows box...

However, after the research I've done, this has become more a philosophical issue for me now. In the same way IPv6 is being overtly ignored, so too apparently is 5.3 (try searching for "bluehost php 5.3"). It's not the beefiest revision of PHP on the feature side granted, and the removal of most of the depricated functionality can cause issues, but it's been the current version for over two years! I'm hesitant to invest in a company so willing to kick the can down the road for as long as possible. While I understand the reasoning for not dumping 5.2 in favour of 5.3, there are a multitude of methods for running both versions side-by-side, and I fail to see why 5.3 is being completely ignored in light of this. I barely remember a time when setting up a new instance of PHP didn't mean setting the timezone in php.ini, and here I am finding it likely to be less trouble maintaining my own stack than find a provider that supports the latest version of it, even optionally.


Thanks for your recommendation JavaJones, but they do not support PHP 5.3 at this time.

mahesh2k I was able to confirm that HawkHost and HostNine have PHP 5.3 availble, but I couldn't confirm either way for Host1Plus.

No providers that I've come across so far seem to offer anything particularly outstanding. I'm starting to wonder if another Linode would actually be less work.


They don't support Postgres, so it's no good for me, but might be fine for others :)

Thanks Hertz Man :)


Hahaha, given my current track record I can hardly turn my nose up at any suggestion. I'll poke around, thanks Hertz Man!! :D


Hi all.

[Skip if you're not interested in backstory]So I've been a DreamHost customer for a while (I know, I know) and a new project of mine will be using Postgres, which DH doesn't support. I looked around for a while, and the next best thing seemed to be BlueHost (I know, I know, jeez). I signed up yesterday, uploaded my script and started playing around. Out of the blue I got a "function does not exist" error. Turns out that BlueHost hasn't deployed the two-year-old PHP 5.3 (which is kind of understandable), but worse, don't even have the option to use it. In my naivete I didn't check before signing up, and now I'm stuck with a web host that can't run my code (there are workarounds for the functionality I've used, but that just seems silly to me; I'd prefer to be paying a company that meets my needs rather than the other way around).

I'm now in search of recommendations for shared web hosts that aren't living two years in the past and have deployed PHP 5.3 at least as an option. I'll also need Postgres, but that's somewhat out of the scope of this topic so I'll pursue that avenue myself.

I'm aware that a quick solution to my problem would be to host the site on my Linode, but trying to manage the security, stability and up-to-dateness of Linux, Apache/Nginx, Postgres and PHP is an ordeal I could do without.

If anyone has any suggestions I'd be most grateful.

Thanks all,


Living Room / Re: Steve Jobs is dead.
« on: October 05, 2011, 11:27 PM »
I was wondering how long it would take for this thread to appear. It seems I am not to be disappointed with the DC community :)

I'm with Eóin and zridling (which should come as no surprise to anyone who frequents the IRC channel). While I understand the attachment that the Apple sycophants have to him, I'd love to hear/read of anything that would make Steve Jobs deserving of the titles everyone seems so eager to bestow upon him, even before his death. Let's hope Tim Cook can make Apple a company worth even half the stock people are so willing to place in it.


I used m0n0wall for quite a while at home, I found it had a nicer interface than Smoothwall and has lower requirements.

I'm currently using pfSense at work, and it works wonderfully. Tons of features and installable packages, based on FreeBSD.


+1 for Abduction. Love it!


Living Room / Re: Thoughts on switching to IPv6
« on: April 14, 2011, 12:43 AM »
I'll admit I'm not at all a fan of the "open Internet", and I like my home NAT for all the wrong reasons. But that, to me, is no reason not to embrace IPv6. I'm happy to set up my home NAT just the same way even once I have an IPv6 address from my ISP (which I expect I'll have to do regardless, can you imagine your ISP giving you free reign of more than a single IP address?), and you can be damn sure my workplace won't be assigning globally routable addresses to each machine.

I'll also admit that the transition won't be in way simple, swift, or enjoyable, and that for the most part people will notice absolutely no improvement in their Internet experience. Then again, who enjoyed, for example, the transition from the imperial to the metric measuring system? Nothing weighed any more or less in the end, yet no one who's made the adjustment will claim that imperial was better (and your kids certainly appreciate it).


@edvard, I must have that shirt.

Living Room / Re: Thoughts on switching to IPv6
« on: April 13, 2011, 08:15 PM »
Before all the haters (pot, kettle, black - i know) tire themselves out jumping up and down about how awful change is, please take the opportunity to educate yourselves about this.

Perhaps the best person to explain why IPv6 is necessary is the man credited with the majority of the work involved in developing IPv4 Dr Vinton Cerf (known in many circles as "the father of the Internet"). He spoke recently at, and discussed many challenges facing the open Internet, including the exhaustion of the IPv4 address space. You can find that talk here. I'd encourage everyone who has an interest in the Internet to seek out videos of other talks he's given on the subject.

There's another, by John Curran, President and CEO of ARIN (The American Registry for Internet Number, the corporation that assigns IP addresses within the United States) given at DEFCON 18 that also explains quite well how IPv6 is going to work. That video can be found here.

For those interested in what adoption will involve, I recommend following Hurricane Electric's "certification" program. It walks you though the main aspects of implementing IPv6 connectivity, and you get a free t-shirt at the end.

In trying to keep this from turning into a flame war I'll leave it to you guys to check out the links above and see if you can wade through the FUD to reach a sensible conclusion.


Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 stick - anyone taken the plunge?
« on: February 18, 2011, 03:27 PM »
I recently purchased a usb 3.0 pocket drive from costco (seagate, 1.5TB, $130) and it performs incredibly well. I get about double the sequential write speed I did with my usb 2 drive (~25MB/s -> ~50MB/s) (and truecrypt was formatting it at 80MB/s. I also have a 64GB SSD in a USB 3 enclosure but I haven't started using it full-on yet.


Living Room / Re: Is pranking Josh unfair?
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:47 PM »
Good lord no, especially when he pulls s#!t like this :P

»» Metshrine has kicked Gothi[c] from #donationcoder (DIE!)
---» Gothi[c] ([email protected]) has Joined #donationcoder
»» Metshrine removes channel operator status from Intrepid MouserBot
»» Metshrine has kicked mouser from #donationcoder (mouser)
---» mouser ([email protected]) has Joined #donationcoder
»» Metshrine removes channel operator status from _Ehtyar
»» Metshrine removes channel operator status from EhtyarWRK
»» Metshrine removes channel operator status from Krishean
»» Metshrine has changed the topic to: The official channel of | Closed until further notice
»» Metshrine sets mode +m #donationcoder
»» Metshrine sets mode +i #donationcoder


At work one of our senior creatives uses a TV as his primary monitor. When we moved offices recently we tried to have it "go missing" (it takes up an insane amount of desk space), but comments were made involving "cold, dead fingers", so we gave it up :)


Living Room / Re: WebCam Advice Needed
« on: June 13, 2010, 10:16 PM »
Very happy with the QuickCam Pro 9000 here. If you pick the right options in the installer you can avoid installing their crapware (or if you're on Windows 7, let it get the drivers from Windows Update).


'Bout time to whip out the NoScript, have ya the browser for it.


Living Room / Re: Apple Attacks Adobe
« on: April 13, 2010, 08:57 PM »
Shouldn't the title for this thread be "Apple Attacks Everyone...Except Apple"? Seems to me the change affects everyone who's not Apple.


General Software Discussion / Re: Undelete utilities?
« on: March 11, 2010, 04:40 PM »
I'm a big fan of GetDataBack for recovering formatted or deleted drives etc (extensive erasure or file system damage/inconsistency), but for recovering single files or folders I find Recuva to be more than adequate.


+1 for MyUninstaller. No extra crap you'll never use, or some resident watcher process. Just the Windows App Wizard de-crappified.


Living Room / Tech News Weekly: Edition 5-10
« on: February 07, 2010, 04:40 AM »
The Weekly Tech News
TNWeekly01.gifHi all.
Please Read: I'm sorry to say folks that I won't be able to do the weekly news over the coming weeks. Trawling through the news on a daily basis typically happens at work (I have very little free time on weekdays), and my company is currently in the process of being relocated, generating a ton more work than usual. I expect that in the next 2 months or so my free time will pick up again and I'll be able to get back to the regular weekly tech news for you all. In the meantime, I'll be sure to post anything I come across that I think is relevant to the forum and will generate discussion. See you round the forum guys :)
As usual, you can find last week's news here.

1. Facebook’s Project Titan: A Full Featured Webmail Product
Oh goodie, FB (and Zynga as well no doubt) can watch us in an altogether new way. Joy.

Facebook is completely rewriting their messaging product and is preparing to launch a fully featured webmail product in its place, according to a source with knowledge of the product. Internally it’s known as Project Titan. Or, unofficially and perhaps over-enthusiastically, the Gmail killer.

Facebook messaging has been the bane of users’ existence for years. My first public gripe was in 2008, when I said that urgent changes were needed. The biggest problem is simply deleting old emails. It takes so long that I have thousands of unread and read but not deleted messages in my inbox.

2. Quantum Superclock Will Be Accurate Past End of Life On Earth
Probably not terribly necessary, but it's very interesting to read how it's done.

US government boffins say they have built a clock so precise that it will still be accurate to within one second when life on Earth has ceased.

The "quantum logic clock" will neither gain nor lose a second over the next 3.7 billion years, according to its makers at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It uses a single aluminium atom to keep time, processing its measurements in the same way as experimental quantum computers do - hence the name.

3. ‘Don’t Be Evil,’ Meet ‘Spy On Everyone’: How the NSA Deal Could Kill Google
Sensationalist headline as you might expect. In the aftermath of the attack on several top tech companies mentioned last week, Google has turned to the NSA for help securing themselves against such attacks.

The company once known for its “don’t be evil” motto is now in bed with the spy agency known for the mass surveillance of American citizens.

The National Security Agency is widely understood to have the government’s biggest and smartest collection of geeks — the guys that are more skilled at network warfare than just about anyone on the planet. So, in a sense, it’s only natural that Google would turn to the NSA after the company was hit by an ultrasophisticated hack attack. After all, the military has basically done the same thing, putting the NSA in charge of its new “Cyber Command.” The Department of Homeland Security is leaning heavily on the NSA to secure .gov networks.

4. H.264 Video Codec Stays Royalty-free for HTML5 Testers
Interesting timing, given how publicly Mozilla denounced the codec just a few weeks ago. What will happen at the end of that five-year period I wonder...

Freetards stand down - MPEG LA has decided to slash royalties to zero for anyone wishing to use the H.264 codec for free streaming of internet video until the end of 2016.

The MPEG licensing outfit confirmed earlier this week that its AVC patent portfolio licence won’t charge royalties for internet video that is free to end users.

5. Carbon Trade Phish Scam Disrupts Exchanges
Having gained  access credentials via a phishing campaign, hackers stole $4m worth of carbon credits from several registries in the EU, then resold them on the legitimate market before an alert was raised. I guess even fabricated currency suffers theft...

Phishing fraudsters have extended their net beyond harvesting e-banking credentials via a scam that resulted in the theft of 250,000 carbon permits worth over €3m.

The outbreak of fraud resulted in the suspension of trading in several EU registries on 2 February. The crooks are thought to have created fake emission registries, promoted via spam emails, before using identity details submitted on these sites to trade rights to blow-off greenhouse gases on the legitimate sites.

6. Wikileaks Finds Cash to Continue
Well thank Christ for that.

Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks has secured enough money in donations to resume operations.

The site stopped publishing leaked documents in December in order to concentrate on a pledge drive, aimed at raising a minimum of $200,000 to keep the lights on, and $600,000 if staff were to be paid. Wikileaks also canvassed for technical support and legal help.

7. IiNet Wins! Film Industry's Case Torn to Shreds
Australian ISP iiNet has managed to get safe harbour for all Australian ISPs into legal precedence after winning a lawsuit brought by The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft who were ordered to pay iiNet's legal fees.

The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed the film industry's case against iiNet, finding that Australia's No.3 internet provider did not authorise copyright infringement on its network.

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft representing the film industry, has been ordered to pay iiNet's costs. iiNet chief executive Michael Malone estimated that these costs add up to around $4 million.

8. Crystals in Meteorite Harder Than Diamonds
Right out of a not-terribly-interesting sci-fi, carbon crystals found in a meteorite that struck Finland in 1971 have been found to be even more resilient than diamond.

Researchers using a diamond paste to polish a slice of meteorite stumbled onto something remarkable: crystals in the rock that are harder than diamonds.

A closer look with an array of instruments revealed two totally new kinds of naturally occurring carbon, which are harder than the diamonds formed inside the Earth.

9. Comcast Sees End of IPv4 Tunnel, Beginning IPv6 Trial
Following up on the IPv4 exhaustion story from last week, US ISP Comcast is launching an IPv6 trial ahead of a 4-phase rollout on its network. In related news, the YouTube launch of IPv6 support apparently caused a noticable spike in IPv6 traffic across the Internet.

Comcast is asking for volunteers to participate in its upcoming IPv6 trials. The cable ISP has been participating in IPv6 circles for a long time and with its huge subscriber base, it is experiencing the IPv4 address scarcity first-hand. So far, it has been able to get addresses for its customers—but not for those customers' cable modems and set-top-boxes. These also need addresses to function or to be managed. No problem, right? Just use private IPv4 addresses, such as the 10 network, which holds 16.8 million addresses. But with 25 million TV, 15 million ISP, and 6 million Comcast Digital Voice subscribers, 16.8 million private addresses isn't enough for a regular management system in which a management station can directly connect to each managed device. So Comcast needs IPv6 just to run its internal network effectively now.

We're also running out of IPv4 addresses, so at some point in the future, Comcast will be unable to obtain additional addresses to connect new customers. So Comcast also needs to provide IPv6 service to its customers at some point and is looking for willing subjects to give it a try.

10. Oz Banker Caught Porn-surfing On Live TV
It has come to light that the employee in question was set up by a friend, but it's still hilarious to watch.



Living Room / Re: Yea, I won't be getting an iPad anytime soon
« on: February 01, 2010, 10:07 PM »
I've been a little out of touch lately, lots going on. Here is my condensed response:

TouchBook looks awesome.
Love the Hitler response.
Cool al3x article.
ROFL @ Ackbar!
If you're sick to frackin' death of hearing about frackin' Apple, try reading this.


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