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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

The MAZZTer Re:If only Tim Sweeney could find the ZZT source! (72 comments)

ZZT is pretty transparent in how it operates, and all the data files have been completely disassembled (and I assume documented somewhere). In theory it shouldn't be too hard to clone it from scratch. There are several clones out there, IIRC (I think one was called z2 or something and there was one other good one), though I think most try to extend ZZT in some way and do their own thing with their own data files.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:PowerShell - the whole language (729 comments)

The fun stuff is that you can use any .NET object in addition to PowerShell commands and syntax. And then you can also use command line apps as well (though there are annoying issues with delimiting arguments depending on which method of invocation you use).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Python False = True (729 comments)

In JavaScript it is perfectly valid to make a variable called "undefined" and assign it any value you want. Of course, to its credit, any assignment on the global scope (window.undefined is defined as undefined in Chrome) is ignored and it will still have the value of undefined, so it only works inside a function. Still odd though. null, true, and false are all keywords and thus cannot be assigned to.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Many languages and... (729 comments)

Oh JavaScript is fun with that, because it's optional, which means even if you want to continue onto the next line, if a line is a valid standalone statement it will imply the ; terminator.

Example:

function() { return
true; }

This stumped me for a bit.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Lua[0]? (729 comments)

The math tends to be simpler in many cases if you start counting at 0. In C's case, a[1] is == a + 1 if a is an array of bytes.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Powershell (729 comments)

< and > are used for input/output redirection so they used -gt and -lt. Not sure why they didn't just use = for equals but they might have wanted to just be consistent?

about two weeks ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

The MAZZTer Re:Bad business practice (139 comments)

To be fair it says right on the AVGN store page under System Requirements that it requires Windows. The Steam Store is a website that anyone with a browser can access, regardless of what OS they run. I wouldn't expect Newegg or Amazon, for example, to only let me buy computer hardware that is compatible with the OS I am currently browsing from.

Though if you did it through the Steam client itself I can see the confusion... it should probably warn you at checkout in that case that you would need to own a different PC in order to play your order.

Currently I think the only warning is shown when you launch the game, and your hardware requirements don't seem to match up with the game's. In the cast of most hardware requirements the Steam Store can't tell while you're web browsing, but it can see your OS so they could check it earlier for that factor.

In the future you can use this page to browse Mac games on Steam.

about three weeks ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

The MAZZTer Re:Why not a master password for the PW manager? (113 comments)

Chrome already encrypts your data (on Windows at least) using your Windows login credentials using the Crypto API. If the user is not logged in, the passwords are impossible to read. If the user is logged in, all it takes is an API call run by that user to decrypt them, no reauthentication necessary (and this is why you lock your PC when you walk away). I think it is a very usable solution to the "but I save passwords to avoid remembering passwords, I don't want a master password" problem, but still keeping things secure.

I think cookies are encrypted now, too.

about a month ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

The MAZZTer Re:Agile can fuck off. (239 comments)

At work, we have to use little cards on the wall AND an electronic tracking system.

about 1 month ago
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Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

The MAZZTer "Limitations on proxy support"? (80 comments)

I assume they mean that it hooks into the OS-level proxy settings. That is a good thing, I hate configuring my proxy settings over and over and over for every application when the OS already has a setting for it.

But it isn't a limitation, last I checked there was a command line parameter for forcing use of a proxy. So just make a launcher app that forces Chrome to use Tor. You should be able to even launch a Tor-using Chrome side-by-side with a non-Tor Chrome if you set it up right (using --user-data-dir to make a new Chrome profile and instance instead of using a local user profile and instance).

about a month ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

The MAZZTer Re:Always lock your phone! (231 comments)

"The guy dropped it on the ground by accident, we didn't break it."

about a month ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

The MAZZTer Re:HTTPS may not be secure either (166 comments)

This is why your browser will NOT display the green lock if a HTTPS pages references HTTP resources.

about a month ago
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

The MAZZTer Re:Changes to the protocol? (82 comments)

The packets would still have to use the same exit node, since the final hop to the destination has to use the original TCP (one source, one destination) so it likely wouldn't add too much. The packets are already encrypted, so the intermediate nodes can't see what you're doing in any case, so I don't think there's an added benefit to doing that. Might just slow things down since the packets have to be assembled at the end anyway. Of course Tor hidden services don't take that last unencrypted hop, but it still uses the same hidden node as a destination.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

The MAZZTer Re:Propaganda won't help this time (503 comments)

in addition to having lost citizens in the crash

I would think so too, but apparently as of this morning we're still not sure any Americans were even on board (?!?!) despite knowing when it happened that there were 23 on board. Of course maybe they're referring to actually finding and identifying bodies, I dunno.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

The MAZZTer Re:And I just want Firefox not to shit itself (129 comments)

Start Firefox up in safe mode and see if it still happens. Chrome did right doing extensions the way they did... the way Firefox did it, it's near impossible to tell the difference between a problem caused by the browser or one of its addons.

about 2 months ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

The MAZZTer Re:Windows (126 comments)

Yup, if you disable Windows Update and refuse to keep your PC up to date with the latest security fixes, you are going to get malware.

about 2 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

The MAZZTer Re:Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

Descent is currently on Steam, I would be shocked if they did not bundle it with some mechanism for modern systems (probably DOSbox, as others have mentioned).

about 3 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

The MAZZTer Re:Umm, ctrl+c/ctrl+v? (681 comments)

The Start Screen made a few critical improvements to the Start Menu, it just had the misfortune of being bundled with Metro.

Namely, it eliminated a few problems caused by third-party developers cluttering up the Start Menu with extraneous folders and shortcuts (no more nested folders). Now you can have a better organized Start Screen but still have access to all those extra shortcuts if you need them.

Bringing these enhancements back to the desktop would certainly be welcome, at least by me. Also, IIRC Tiles support was already announced for the Windows 9 Start Menu. So, like Android widgets or the already-existing desktop Gadgets... could be useful. I probably won't use them, though, except maybe for the weather.

about 3 months ago
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Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

The MAZZTer Re:PowerShell (215 comments)

I assume from this article that Linux replaces * with filenames before the command sees it. AFAIK DOS/Windows the wildcard is handled by each specific command. dir * displays the same listing as just plain dir does, while passing dir a bunch of directory names will display the contents of those directories (like ls does... I guess that explains that behavior! It always confused me). PowerShell, at least as far as Get-ChildItem, seems to work the same way as dir (except it does not take multiple directory names in parameters).

about 3 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

The MAZZTer Re:so how is Kickstarter not liable? (448 comments)

4 needs to be "start a class-action suit against the ACTUAL fraudsters". IIRC there was a story floating around the internet about such a lawsuit recently and the backers won.

Of course, this is because the kickstarter was a scam. If the actual product isn't delivered but the company was acting in good faith, you have no case. You're not guaranteed to get anything out of a kickstarter; it's an investment, and some investments fail.

about 3 months ago

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The MAZZTer The MAZZTer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The MAZZTer writes "This is slightly creepy. Although it doesn't show much information for Slashdot, stick your own domain name in there and see what comes up. My wiki entry had my name, address, phone number, plus a little map of where I live so anyone who wants to can figure out where to get to me, and a few line biography quoted from my site.

Granted, it's information that's easy enough to collect if you look around, but this site brings it all together. I think the one piece that adds the most creep factor for me is the Google Maps integration and link, although once I figured out it was all aggregated by a bot automatically I started to feel better. Also I can take solace in the fact that it reminded me I had to update my WHOIS information."

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