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  1. I'm currently playing Calico. It says, the 0 key is used to toggle automap, but when I use it, it won't do anything. Is it a bug?

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      Quasar

      Typo, it's actually the 9 key, not 0.

  2. http://doom DOT wikia DOT com/index.php?title=WizardWorks&diff=103222&oldid=37385
    http://doom DOT wikia DOT com/wiki/H!ZONE?diff=103253&oldid=98861

    (Change the DOTS to periods, as DWF keeps helpfully correcting them for me)

    http://doomwiki.org/w/index.php?title=WizardWorks&diff=116844&oldid=37385
    http://doomwiki.org/w/index.php?title=H%21ZONE&diff=115582&oldid=57191



    A DMCA notice is already on its way as both of these plagiarized my own work.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      bzzrak said:

      What was on those pages? I'm a bit late to the party...

      User:Dank copied the newest revisions of the pages that are on DoomWiki.org to wikia.com, which includes all revisions since 2011. He did this without attributing us, which is required by our license. Wikia will not allow proper attribution to be added and, even if they did, in this case my edits to the articles were mostly contributed under CC BY-SA 4.0 which creates a license incompatibility anyway.

      TL;DR: Dank should not be copying our stuff to wikia. It's a chump move.

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  3. http://doom DOT wikia DOT com/index.php?title=WizardWorks&diff=103222&oldid=37385
    http://doom DOT wikia DOT com/wiki/H!ZONE?diff=103253&oldid=98861

    (Change the DOTS to periods, as DWF keeps helpfully correcting them for me)

    http://doomwiki.org/w/index.php?title=WizardWorks&diff=116844&oldid=37385
    http://doomwiki.org/w/index.php?title=H%21ZONE&diff=115582&oldid=57191



    A DMCA notice is already on its way as both of these plagiarized my own work.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      GreyGhost said:

      It appears to have had the desired effect, Wikia deleted both pages.

      Wow that's overkill. All they actually needed to do was roll back to before User:Dank's edits. Oh well, their staff were never known for subtlety or a slow hand ;)

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  4. How do people seriously develop software for this? The entire OS is a monstrosity. If somebody with as much experience and broad skillset as I have can be completely defeated by this thing, then I don't understand how it works for anybody.

    Originally tried to install steam-dev on Mint. Wouldn't take, complained manifest file sizes didn't match. So I trash that entire VM and install Ubuntu 14.04. After two days of confusing unhelpful error messages I figure out I'm supposed to do apt-get update and THEN try to install the chroot environment. OK that is supposedly working now.

    So I bring in the code to my game. This is not an open source game. I must build this game in a way that the resulting binary is redistributable. How do I do that? I have no fucking idea. So I start just trying to compile the son of a goddamn bitch as step #1 because I need to make sure that's working at a basic level. CMake can't find libpng headers. Because something so simple doesn't come pre-installed on a kiddie candy piece of shit distro like Ubuntu.

    So I apt-get install libpng-dev. And I end up with libpng12 from like, 8000 years ago. Great!!! That is FANTASTIC!!!!!! Because my PROGRAM needs libpng 1.6.12 and I have NO fucking idea how to build it, there are no DIRECTIONS anywhere on how to build it, and, after 2 hours of googling for any sort of advice I have found NOTHING. And everybody on IRC can just stare blankly at me like I'm a fucking idiot for not knowing what a deb is.

    I am goddamn tired of this, it is all bullshit. What would be simple problems anywhere else, that in most cases should not exist to begin with, are impossible to do anything about without already knowing every possible arcane command line invocation for the entire operating system. There are NO inroads to this shit. You either already know it or you have to get somebody who does to do it for you.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Just a note to say dotfloat has stepped up and is helping out; much thanks to him. We're making some headway now.

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  5. How do people seriously develop software for this? The entire OS is a monstrosity. If somebody with as much experience and broad skillset as I have can be completely defeated by this thing, then I don't understand how it works for anybody.

    Originally tried to install steam-dev on Mint. Wouldn't take, complained manifest file sizes didn't match. So I trash that entire VM and install Ubuntu 14.04. After two days of confusing unhelpful error messages I figure out I'm supposed to do apt-get update and THEN try to install the chroot environment. OK that is supposedly working now.

    So I bring in the code to my game. This is not an open source game. I must build this game in a way that the resulting binary is redistributable. How do I do that? I have no fucking idea. So I start just trying to compile the son of a goddamn bitch as step #1 because I need to make sure that's working at a basic level. CMake can't find libpng headers. Because something so simple doesn't come pre-installed on a kiddie candy piece of shit distro like Ubuntu.

    So I apt-get install libpng-dev. And I end up with libpng12 from like, 8000 years ago. Great!!! That is FANTASTIC!!!!!! Because my PROGRAM needs libpng 1.6.12 and I have NO fucking idea how to build it, there are no DIRECTIONS anywhere on how to build it, and, after 2 hours of googling for any sort of advice I have found NOTHING. And everybody on IRC can just stare blankly at me like I'm a fucking idiot for not knowing what a deb is.

    I am goddamn tired of this, it is all bullshit. What would be simple problems anywhere else, that in most cases should not exist to begin with, are impossible to do anything about without already knowing every possible arcane command line invocation for the entire operating system. There are NO inroads to this shit. You either already know it or you have to get somebody who does to do it for you.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      If anyone wants any Steam or GOG game of $40 or less in exchange for a minimum of 4 hours of hands-on assistance with this crap, please contact me. Must be Linux software building expert, including in-depth knowledge of CMake and static library builds. Experience with libpng and ffmpeg highly preferred. Must have your undivided attention until the builds are finished. Deadline is Monday.

      I am down to the wire on these projects and I am otherwise about to have to try to explain to my contracting company why I can't deliver the promised goods.

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  6. I must share this, else I will go mad.

    I have a friend. He is an idiot, but I try not to discriminate. Said friend has two dogs; they shit mountains.

    The council introduced "Garden Waste" bins about three years ago. They are for stuff that is clearly meant to be fertilizer; old plants, grass clippings, etc. And, indeed, dog shit. Dog shit is apparently A-OK with this scheme. I imagine it is full of nitrates and worms.

    Now, picture this if you will - My friend is no gardener. He owns two dogs. He has a brown topped, eco-friendly bin for garden waste. He has put a year's worth of dog shit into said bin. A pound of dog shit, no more, no less, only dog shit, multiplied by two and multiplied further for every day of the year. This bin is made of dog shit. It is an epic dog shit bin.

    Out he wheels it onto the street during the designated day. The deed is done.

    Now, the council bin collectors are well trained. Verily, they expect people to try to sneak toasters and broken electronics into their Garden Waste bin. They check before they recycle shit into their bin lorry. They give all offerings an eyeball before they add it to the pile.

    They find the dog shit worthy. The little green polystyrene bags that the dog shit is contained in, however, are not bio-degradeable.

    They refuse to lift the bin and depart, chortling, for new horizons.

    My friend, my dumb, stupid, mentally retarded friend, now has 240 litres of dog shit to separate from bags by hand. Or, alternatively, he has 240 litres of dog shit to fly-tip somewhere out in the country. A tricky task, because my friend is also a massive spastic, and has only one functioning arm and a gammy leg and only one hemisphere of his brain works at any given time.

    The bin is full. The dogs keep shitting. Wedging the bin lid down will only work for so long. And I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my entire fucking life.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      From my POV this calls for a little something involving a chute with a giant metal-bladed high-RPM fan at the end.

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  7. Check your Windows 7 system to see if you have a persistent rundll32.exe listed in taskmgr. If so, install SysInternals' Process Explorer, if you don't already have it on your system, and elevate it to administrator. Find the rundll32.exe and you will see that it was started by a service and that it is hosting not a DLL, but an executable called wicainventory.exe, which claims by name to be "Windows Installer Compatibility Assistant," a relatively benign sounding component.

    Watch the open file and registry handles of the process and you will see that it is, at the cost of significant CPU cycles and hard drive access time, gradually scanning every file on your system, particularly anything that is executable, and is logging it into Microsoft "telemetry" files.

    This update, originally pushed out in April, is yet another cog in the Windows 10 "upgrade" process and can have a serious impact on system performance. It is also highly questionable what kinds of "telemetry" it is collecting and where that data is being sent, but it definitely has nothing to do with assisting compatibility for installs as it claims.

    Also, you'll find that if you try to uninstall this update, you cannot. Trying will lead to a failure and rollback, though the service and the rundll process that it spawns seem to disappear in the process. I am currently watching my system to ensure that these processes do not respawn.

    If they do, a full fresh install from the Windows 7 retail disc will be the only option. The belligerently adversarial nature of recent Windows updates is leading me toward disabling the functionality altogether.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Interested to find that opting out of CEIP does not disable several scheduled tasks related to it, probably in the hope that such data is still useful if the CEIP opt-in status is changed back to enabled later. The following scheduled tasks must be disabled manually via Task Scheduler, if still enabled:

      • Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\AitAgent
      • Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser
      • Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\ProgramDataUpdater
      • Microsoft\Windows\Autochk\Proxy
      • Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\Consolidator
      • Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\KernelCeipTask
      • Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\UsbCeip
      • Microsoft\Windows\DiskDiagnostic\Microsoft-Windows-DiskDiagnosticDataCollector

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  8. Check your Windows 7 system to see if you have a persistent rundll32.exe listed in taskmgr. If so, install SysInternals' Process Explorer, if you don't already have it on your system, and elevate it to administrator. Find the rundll32.exe and you will see that it was started by a service and that it is hosting not a DLL, but an executable called wicainventory.exe, which claims by name to be "Windows Installer Compatibility Assistant," a relatively benign sounding component.

    Watch the open file and registry handles of the process and you will see that it is, at the cost of significant CPU cycles and hard drive access time, gradually scanning every file on your system, particularly anything that is executable, and is logging it into Microsoft "telemetry" files.

    This update, originally pushed out in April, is yet another cog in the Windows 10 "upgrade" process and can have a serious impact on system performance. It is also highly questionable what kinds of "telemetry" it is collecting and where that data is being sent, but it definitely has nothing to do with assisting compatibility for installs as it claims.

    Also, you'll find that if you try to uninstall this update, you cannot. Trying will lead to a failure and rollback, though the service and the rundll process that it spawns seem to disappear in the process. I am currently watching my system to ensure that these processes do not respawn.

    If they do, a full fresh install from the Windows 7 retail disc will be the only option. The belligerently adversarial nature of recent Windows updates is leading me toward disabling the functionality altogether.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      I've read that these scheduled tasks will definitively go away if you ensure that Microsoft CEIP is disabled (for Win7, search for customer experience in the Start menu). I'll watch to make sure that's true. I don't remember opting into CEIP but apparently that's because Windows 7 has always done it by default unless told not to with a series of clicks most people probably didn't bother with during install unless they were already aware of it. Pretty sure I just hit the "normal" install button, myself but that was back in 2010 so I barely remember.

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  9. so, I got a job in a pub, which mostly involves me oscillating between beer pumps until someone buys me beer. As jobs go, it could be worse.

    Two weeks ago this little European dude walks in and orders half a Guinness. Then he deposits said Guinness on the table and fucks off for a shit in our opulent lavatorium. So far, so good; at least one regular has been banned from shitting in his own house because his ass is so rotten that it makes his wife puke, and so he has to fire his shit down our toilet and hold his butthole to the extractor fan afterwards.

    People shit in the toilet is the point I am making here. It is not unusual.

    The pub begins to fill up with punters. No one buys me beer, which is fucking irritating. Half an hour later I notice that the half pint of Guinness is still sitting neglected on the table. Not a single fuck was given.

    This was the first mistake of the evening. I should have put two and two together at this point. I did not.

    Half an hour after that, a big dude with a beard informs me that there is something awry in the toilet. Big dude with beard, another accursed pub-shit doer, cannot enter the cubical to drop a tactical nuke. He has peered beneath cubical door - he has seen someone kneeling unresponsive on the pissy concrete floor, like he is praying to Mecca or some shit.

    Oh dear.

    The landlord gets a screwdriver and removes the lock. Landlord promptly freaks out because this guy looks pretty fucking dead. Living people do not lie in this position. This fucker has ragdolled up against the cubical wall, his neck at a 90 degree angle.

    Phone the fucking ambulance.

    darknation the pint-puller is suddenly promoted to darknation the corpse-mongler. Our intrepid hero enters the cubical, which is about four-foot square, and ties to check the kneeling body for a pulse. There is a needle still clamped in the body's hand. His hand is freezing cold. His trousers have come down to reveal three-stripe, red-white-yellow boxer shorts. There is vomit, this man has pissed his pants, his last act upon this world was to shit himself. Landlord has phoned for an ambulance and the NHS 24 want to know if this dead dude is breathing. Trying to get to check is a nightmare. His neck is boneless, his head flops about, about a litre of clear liquid has pooled in his mouth and is slithering out like fucking anal lube.

    That shit was the grossest part. It fucking got everywhere.

    I try to lift him. Impossible, this fucker is a dead weight. His lips are blue. I know I've got to get him out of the cubical and lie him down so I can think about CPR. Then I look at this dead blue bastard and the shit that is coming out of his mouth and I actually hope that he *is* dead so I won't have to pump and french kiss the fucker.

    Somehow we get another person into the tiny cubical. Somehow we manage to haul him out of the stall. His trousers fall all the way down as we pull him. Yes, he has definitely shat himself. Yes, this fucker is blue and he is not breathing. No, am I not doing CPR. Fuck that.

    Not sure what this post is really meant to be about, but fuck that little European dude for overdosing in my pub toilet and totally ruining my Friday night. What a fucking prick.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Just for your life saving (or not) escapades in the future, chest compressions are considered the most important part of CPR. In the US, mouth-to-mouth is rarely delivered any more except between relatives/friends/people with a level of trust between them. Professionals carry barrier devices or air bladders. The 30-to-2 rule simply becomes sets of 30 compressions with a check for natural breathing if the delivery of air is omitted.

      Not saying it'd have made a difference in this case; doesn't sound like it from the description >_>

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  10. You would think after 10, 15 or however many number years it has been that this site would look a little different, glad to see it does not.

    On the other hand when I look at profiles I see stuff like AOL/Yahoo/ICQ handles, do people still have any of those things?

    Does anyone even remember who I am? If not then mission accomplished.

    If you do.........well....I'm sure you remember only good things.

  11. Went to the post office to pick up something this afternoon and was headed to uni from there. Heading to the bus stop, I'm approached by a cop who wanted to search my bag etc, my thoughts were "well ok, I haven't done anything wrong" - pockets emptied etc, at this stage I'm told that someone with blue hair and a red bag (which I both had) snatched someones' bag at a school (which I did go past as it's on the way to the post office). Another cop very quickly appeared and the victims' description very quickly changed to "two-toned blue hair" - basically it seemed to me that they were using my description to fit the evidence and not the other way around, so I was arrested. You can imagine me shitting myself with their whole "just admit it now and it'll make your life easier"/"stop fucking us around and give me the truth" and such.

    Taken into the station, strip-searched etc, and was trying to remember whether lawyers suggest you co-operate if innocent or whether anything beyond name, address and d.o.b should be met with "no comment" for the entire interview. However I had a bit of a panic attack in the cells, which was mistaken for a heart attack, which very quickly got me out of the cell and into hospital where I was discharged, no follow-up from the police other than that they may be contacting me. I must be very fortunate to have gotten out of an interview, a charge and being bailed etc.

    I can't say that I've never stolen anything in my entire life but I certainly couldn't imagine committing a crime which would impact on another person!!! Being wrongly accused of something is probably someones' worst nightmare. Any advice?

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      What they said probably never even happened. They just wanted to shake somebody down and were probably hoping you had some drugs on you or something else they could get you for. That's how cops work.

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  12. I'm currently house sitting for someone with 2 cats. I was told to give the cats milk + water + food and well fish with the cats. Cats love to fish. Long story short, I fixed a refrigerator handle with an inanimate carbon rod. Now here's the story of how I did it.

    The first day, the milk was spoiled. So I bought new milk. The refrigerator is old, maybe 60 years old. It has a handle with a hinge on the bottom. The handle works like a lever. You pull the top of the lever handle and the hinge opens the door. Without pulling this lever handle, there's no way to open up the door, its locked and sealed.

    The problem here is when you open it, the lever stays 'pulled' and won't go up again to its starting position to latch and lock again. I didn't think this was a problem. It was closed. Yep closed like a normal refrigerator even if the lever wasn't in its upright position. No these aren't sexual innuendos.

    Day after day, I fed the cats. Now today, 2 or 3 days after buying a full gallon of milk, it is starting to spoil. Swirls in the milk. Well what the fuck? Then when I close the door I notice, the door is closed, but not sealed. Not latched, not firmly shut. The door wiggles. That clearly must be why my milk spoiled so quickly, the cold air is escaping.

    I dismantled the handle from the hinge at the bottom of the lever. You pull a metal pin out and the handle lever comes completely out. That's when I found the mechanism that pushes the handle into its upright position. Some small metal piston and its 'cradle' or 'housing' had cracked, and split. So every time the piston goes up and forward, it was really going up and left. So the piston head was getting stuck and couldn't go up.

    The piston had a lot of pressure going left, and I managed to bend a butter knife trying to get the piston to go forward again. In the end, it was a spoon that pulled it away from the left. Piston still worked, so I assembled the handle again. The handle was at its upright position... until I opened the door again. It did the same thing.

    After dismantling the handle again, turns out the piston head going left instead of forward has damaged the handle so badly that it just always goes left. It had ground away metal and made itself a new home on the left instead of 'forward.' Then I saw that the pin everything hinges on had had been grinding the metal away so without noticing every time you pull the handle lever, it went slightly to the right, grinding away the metal over decades.

    To top that off, on one side of the cradle that holds the pin hinge to the refrigerator had cracked straight through. Somehow metal had cracked apart. Well its 60 years old, but I just don't expect metal to crack. Eventually it will crack more to the point it won't be able to hold in the pin and the door will be locked forever. Unless duct tape will fix it.

    The way I got the piston to go forward instead of left was by finding a small inch long inanimate carbon rod that I put into the housing on the left of the piston, preventing it from going left. It can only go forward.

    The inanimate carbon rod saved the day. When I told the home owner about the door handle fix, she was very thankful, it had been that way for 2 years and she's owned the fridge for 40 years. She told me the milk never lasted more than 4 or 5 days. Anything less than a gallon would spoil in 3 days.

    When I bought yet another gallon of milk, that's when I decided to check the temperature. Well, I know why the refrigerator spoils milk so easily. Its either been set to off or the closest setting to off there is. I can only imagine how many years if not decades this refridgerator has been set to off.

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      Quasar

      geo said:

      I can only imagine how many years if not decades this refridgerator has been set to off.

      And now having been turned on for the first time in God knows when, probably empty of any resemblence of refrigerant and with degraded lubricants, seals, and locked up components, it probably has a few weeks to months of life if even that much.

      I like your fix but really, the lady needs a new refrigerator :P

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  13. Yesterday I spent pretty much the whole day on my own with my laptop and played lots of Doom.

    I started off by playing through the shareware wad. Then I moved onto njdoom.wad (which I believe to be the first Doom megawad). I had such a blast playing through these in Chocolate Doom 2.0 and Doom Retro 1.0.

    I then moved on to (what I think) are the most sophisticated vanilla WADs out and about. I started with one from the good ole days: Suspended in Dusk. Then I moved onto a more up to date WAD: Back to Saturn X. Honestly, SID is still really, really fun. A true classic. If someone told me it was only released yesterday I'd believe them! BTSX seems to be a little contentious with some of you but I get totally absorbed in it and I adore the music.

    Then I switched engines and played through Doom shareware using GZDoom with lots of bells and whistles. I used Cosmetic Doom with the SBrightmaps.pk3 and the contrast3.WAD. I also loaded up the PSXSM sound WAD for some really spooky ambient music. God, that is my favourite setup to play with these days (along with a fire sky (from PSX Doom)pk3 and a melee kick attack mapped to mouse button 2.

    So, you'll be asking, what's the point of me sharing all this boring stuff with you? Well, the point is that I found that the shareware Doom is a small package of true gaming perfection. All the developments in mapset design and gameplay mods are great and I love them but when you take all that away you're still left with the perfect distillation of a visceral experience. No surprise for most of you here. I just thought I'd share my anniversay thoughts with you. :)

    TL;DR Doom shareware rocks!

    Happy birthday. :)

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Maes said:

      Well, I've yelled it to the four winds for fourteen years that source ports (and modern editors) don't honor the shareware IWAD's restrictions, but my warnings to the community were not listenend to and now it is too late. Far too late for now, anyway.

      You might be interested to know Eternity honors it very strictly, despite having dozens of new ways to load wads, including at runtime.

      Amongst features that will disable if a shareware IWAD is detected:

      • Ability to add wads via a GFS file
      • Loading of wads from base/<game>/autoloads and user/<game>/autoloads
      • Loading of wads through the autoload items in the config file (from MBF)
      • Runtime loading through the menus or through the addfile console command
      • Support for managed mission packs (no NR4TL or Master Levels directory support)
      • Ability to override the episode selection menu through EDF
      Current IWADs which detect as shareware (via the lumps inside, and not the file names) are doom1.wad, and two variants of heretic1.wad: the beta, and the normal shareware version.

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  14. Last week, I noticed a flier posted outside of my workplace concerning a lost pet. Joe the Tortoise, with contact information with any help of where he was last seen.

    Today I was walking my dog along a rather busy street and spotted something rather disturbing on the side of the road. Shell split in half, head severed, unusual intestines I'm not used to seeing (I've never dissected an amphibian before.) A certainly gruesome sight. I can tell by it's size that it's not your normal pond turtle. I think I have a duty to report it to the person who posted the flier, but I feel a little uncomfortable delivering the news.

    RIP Joe the Tortoise.

    Anybody have any suggestions on how I best tell this person?

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      I don't think I'd call unless I was certain the animal was the same one. Just today I had to swerve on the highway to miss an enormous snapping turtle that was walking his pokey way across (I wonder if he made it all the way? >_> )

      Depending on the area of the country you're in, large "weird" looking turtles may actually not be that uncommon. In Oklahoma, they grow large enough to eat ducks. I am NOT kidding. These beastly leviathans from the Triassic lurk on the bottom of lakes and pull down ducks by their feet. I assume they tear them to bits after they drown.

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  15. Welcome back prower

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      Quasar

      REAL old school is if you remember JFL's army of efnet bots, and Ricrob and his girlfriend, and Kayin's Ninja Doom project that was never finished :P

      EDIT: Or if DVS01 ever sent you a picture of a goat via DCC file transfer...

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  16. You kids and your damn object-oriented virtualized sanitized BDSM languages and APIs:

    Incidentally, although Final Cut Pro X has been fully rewritten as a 64-bit Cocoa application, it was missing a significant number of features found in the discontinued Carbon version.

    Everybody's forced to upgrade to the 'newest thing' but the newest thing is too much of a fuckin' pain in the ass - so slow, so abstracted, so bothersome, so bloated, so Brobdingnagian - that when something finally does get rewritten, it's a half-assed shell of what it once was.

    Respect your elders. We wrote assembly on bare metal and instructed the machine in its own language. But our programs worked and did not sacrifice functionality for gloss or hipster bullshit like social media integration - the program WAS the functionality. And we sure as hell didn't pay $100 a year to kiss the ass of some self-proclaimed god of the platform for the right to code, and our programs didn't ship as encrypted, signed, DRM'd interpreted bytecode either.

    Actually, I'm being (mostly) sarcastic/facetious/cantankerous for the sake of it ;)

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      GreyGhost said:

      I remember being told back in the late 70s that personal computers would be a short-lived fad and I should stick to repairing TVs. :D

      I remember being told not to go into computers because everybody was doing it and the market was overflooded - oh wait, that turned out to be true >_> :( :( :(

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  17. You kids and your damn object-oriented virtualized sanitized BDSM languages and APIs:

    Incidentally, although Final Cut Pro X has been fully rewritten as a 64-bit Cocoa application, it was missing a significant number of features found in the discontinued Carbon version.

    Everybody's forced to upgrade to the 'newest thing' but the newest thing is too much of a fuckin' pain in the ass - so slow, so abstracted, so bothersome, so bloated, so Brobdingnagian - that when something finally does get rewritten, it's a half-assed shell of what it once was.

    Respect your elders. We wrote assembly on bare metal and instructed the machine in its own language. But our programs worked and did not sacrifice functionality for gloss or hipster bullshit like social media integration - the program WAS the functionality. And we sure as hell didn't pay $100 a year to kiss the ass of some self-proclaimed god of the platform for the right to code, and our programs didn't ship as encrypted, signed, DRM'd interpreted bytecode either.

    Actually, I'm being (mostly) sarcastic/facetious/cantankerous for the sake of it ;)

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Yeah I was basically going off on a new tangent there at the end, as raving old men tend to do.

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  18. Yea, I had a scuffle with some asshole on Youtube flagging a video simply because they do not like it and I argued how they would feel being false flagged themselves (a measly 3 videos). However I got a reply saying they would do the same to me, despite I did not stoop to their low level of idiocy.

    I doubt this person has the time to try and fake flag over 680 videos.

    What exactly could I do if I have some videos removed from fake flagging despite none violate the rules of Youtube?

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Gez said:

      I doubt YT has enough staff to review all the cases. They're at most just doing a ten second IP check to see if the flagger is a spambot or sockpuppet, and if not accept without looking at the flagged vid.

      Yeah Google only makes billions a year but, poor babies, they can't afford real customer support.

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  19. One of the kittens that my cat had took a turn for the worse and had a virus. I had to have her put down today. Feeling a bit sad; but he was having horrible seizures and screaming in pain during the attacks.

    I took her to the veterinarian today and got the diagnosis so that is what I decided as it was better than letting it suffer. I let the vet take care of the body as that is not something I could cope with. On a happier note the other kitten is perfectly fine. She is perfectly happy and running around like anything.

    So it is good that she was spared the virus that claimed my other little bundle of joy :(.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Very sorry to hear. Someone I know just had the exact same thing happen. Did the vet say anything about what virus caused this?

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  20. You might remember the top image was created a while back by some random person on the internet to illustrate what might have been the end result of the lack of net neutrality - "channelization" of the internet into regulated sets of "sites", each operating in a proprietary manner and possibly charging its own fees for access.

    All hail the Brave New World of the app store, bringing us the same compartmentalized environment regardless of net neutrality, while being replete with regulated, licensed development, signed interpreted code, strictly controlled access to vastly neutered and terribly inefficient APIs, and most importantly, an anti-trust-laws-defying racket by which the owning company gets to siphon profits off of all software development targeted at that platform.

    Welcome to your worst nightmares.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Super Jamie said:

      You started off with an argument that net neutrality no longer exists, because the internet is deregulated and companies wishing to profit on the internet must woo the consumer with advertising and marketing deals, rather than the rest on the regulation which an un-neutral internet would offer. No. That "evidence" proves the exact opposite of your point.

      No, didn't say any such thing. The network is fairly neutral. What I argued is that it's not going to matter because the end result of market forces on the software we use are doing the exact same thing to what we'll call the "Internet" in the future. A bunch of disconnected proprietary apps which must be bought and, in many cases, subscribed to, on top of the fee you already pay for Internet access.

      Super Jamie said:

      The consumer is still free to choose not to use the apps, and at no extra cost.

      So everything will be free? Unlikely. Also sure consumer freedom of choice is there, to the degree the hosting company provides, but developer freedom is non-existent. That is the point I was making. In order to develop software for the Windows Market, I must be registered and paid up. I must follow a huge amount of asinine rules for how my application can be coded and designed, including adhering strictly to what Microsoft considers allowed APIs - in some cases the bytecode compiler and signing tools will verify that I obeyed these rules and refuse to compile my program if I did not. Any rules that cannot be enforced at that level can be enforced by the app store owners' review of the product.

      For example if I try to offer a VoIP application that runs on phones, the explicit collusion between appstore owners and the phone companies to prevent this will result in my product being removed immediately.

      Super Jamie said:

      Do you know what cloud services are? For 99% of home consumers, Google Drive (or its alternatives like Zoho if you hate Google) is more than sufficient for all their Office software needs. In many cases, the web-based applications actually offer *more* benefit (format conversion, collaboration, sharing, storage) than a desktop app.

      I am suggesting that desktop Office will eventually be retired in favor of a cloud solution. I have no idea why you're going on about other cloud services.

      Super Jamie said:

      Quasar officially has no fucking clue.

      Your attitude blows and I don't care to discuss anything further with you if you can't tone down this kind of bullshit.

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  21. You might remember the top image was created a while back by some random person on the internet to illustrate what might have been the end result of the lack of net neutrality - "channelization" of the internet into regulated sets of "sites", each operating in a proprietary manner and possibly charging its own fees for access.

    All hail the Brave New World of the app store, bringing us the same compartmentalized environment regardless of net neutrality, while being replete with regulated, licensed development, signed interpreted code, strictly controlled access to vastly neutered and terribly inefficient APIs, and most importantly, an anti-trust-laws-defying racket by which the owning company gets to siphon profits off of all software development targeted at that platform.

    Welcome to your worst nightmares.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Jodwin said:

      What the hell is this? Windows 8 having apps for major sites available developed by the said sites themselves? This has been going on on iOS and Android for a long time now.

      That makes it better, that it's more widespread? That all vendors are moving to this model? Let me jump up and down for joy. You're actually just spelling out the exact point I was making - that everybody's doing it now. Freedom of choice has been taken away.

      Jodwin said:

      Oh and guess what: You don't need to use the said apps if you don't want to.

      Dominant business models eventually become the only business model. Stock holders demand that a company implement whatever will make them the most profits, and not beat on dead-horse avenues just in the name of backward compatibility. The desktop isn't going to ride along with Metro forever. It is blatantly obvious that they intend to phase it out entirely.

      Jodwin said:

      Quasar officially has no fucking clue.

      Or you simply don't share my point of view.

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      printz said:

      I don't see any similarity between the first part of the picture and the Windows 8 Start menu. All I observe from the latter is Mr Ballmer (or a fake version thereof) having installed lots of light apps from the Windows Store.

      Their multitude doesn't look like monopolization, and in fact I see no difference in such between the first and last panel in the first picture (nevermind that it's old and wrongly shows 'myspace'). So, the first panel shows such names as eBay, MSN, AOL, Disney. Small companies? Hell no.

      I never made a point about monopolization by Big Content, but, in fact it does represent that very well and will increasingly be the case, as independent distribution avenues and developers are bought up or put out of business by inability to compete, and open standards such as an ordinary XHTML web page are replaced with proprietary applications that communicate on closed protocols.

      printz said:

      Also, Office 2013 is still a desktop application, they didn't trouble themselves implementing a convoluted mobile app that emulates traditional windows for multiple documents. More likely the 'metro' app will be a weaker version of Office, optimized for Surface (if it really sells well, that is). By this logic, the Desktop won't go away any time, as it's needed for complex apps like Microsoft Office.

      There's this little thing coming rapidly to computer near you called Office 365. The program and your data stay in the cloud. It's convenient because you can access it from anywhere!!!!111

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  22. You might remember the top image was created a while back by some random person on the internet to illustrate what might have been the end result of the lack of net neutrality - "channelization" of the internet into regulated sets of "sites", each operating in a proprietary manner and possibly charging its own fees for access.

    All hail the Brave New World of the app store, bringing us the same compartmentalized environment regardless of net neutrality, while being replete with regulated, licensed development, signed interpreted code, strictly controlled access to vastly neutered and terribly inefficient APIs, and most importantly, an anti-trust-laws-defying racket by which the owning company gets to siphon profits off of all software development targeted at that platform.

    Welcome to your worst nightmares.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      Except one thing you have to realize is that "the Internet" is not Microsoft's intended platform, beyond the extent that the content being served is still specifically tied to the Windows platform. See for example how the IE JavaScript engine is still the least compliant, in ways that would be completely trivial for Microsoft to address. See how they refuse to cooperate with standard technologies such as WebGL, because they don't want non-Windows-specific apps to be able to use that type of technology.

      Anything that is innovative and more widespread than "runs on Windows", to Microsoft, is a threat in their eyes; their goal ultimately is still nothing less than total market ownership, even if they're more unlikely now to obtain it than they ever were in the past - that won't keep them from doing serious damage to the state of general purpose computing with the thrashes of their death throes, unfortunately.

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  23. You might remember the top image was created a while back by some random person on the internet to illustrate what might have been the end result of the lack of net neutrality - "channelization" of the internet into regulated sets of "sites", each operating in a proprietary manner and possibly charging its own fees for access.

    All hail the Brave New World of the app store, bringing us the same compartmentalized environment regardless of net neutrality, while being replete with regulated, licensed development, signed interpreted code, strictly controlled access to vastly neutered and terribly inefficient APIs, and most importantly, an anti-trust-laws-defying racket by which the owning company gets to siphon profits off of all software development targeted at that platform.

    Welcome to your worst nightmares.

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      exp(x) said:

      You're butt-hurt about an appstore promoting products that big companies pay to have promoted? Have you, perhaps, ever been to a grocery store? I see absolutely no difference.

      The grocery store didn't come to my garden and smash all my pumpkins into small piles of putrid debris.

      Or that is to say, Microsoft's efforts to try to lock down PCs with DRM and to kill off the desktop as a viable target platform I view as attacks against independent and unrestricted software developers like myself.

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  24. I have a laptop that I want to do a fresh install on. Unfortunately, the OEM key is for original Win7 (SP0, if you like) and the only download links I can find are for SP1. Searching torrents and risking being on a botnet is a last resort for me, so does anyone have any legit links?

    1. Quasar

      Quasar

      What makes you think SP1 won't take your key? It should if it's the same OEM version, at least. If not, that's where you'll run into trouble (it will check ACPI for the OEM SLIC).

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  25. My sweet precious cat Nikki passed on this evening at around 10:55 central time. She had been terminally ill with heart failure and kidney failure for the last 3 or so days, after suffering a stroke that mostly disabled her back legs. She died a natural death, due to heart attack, and we were with her comforting her as much as we could.

    I will be working on an online tribute for her, as she was my best friend for 20 years and I loved her like I would my own child. I'll post a link to it here when it is ready.

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