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Crap! / I'm back (...)
« on: April 13, 2014, 12:36:00 pm »
Hello all.
I've been away for a little bit (longest I've been before) so I thought I'd make a thread to say hello again.
I didn't mean to be gone for so long but just wanted to spend more time looking for a job and sorting stuff out.
I've been offered and accepted quite a nice job doing computer programming as a Junior Web Designer Intern.
So with any luck in about 3 weeks when I actually start the job I should have a more constant and solid income.
So now I've got things sorted out a bit and don't have that much to do for the next 3 weeks I thought I'm back.

It looks like I've missed a lot and I'm still reading through all the posts I missed.

I've missed you guys. :)

Oh, and when I'm finally up to date with everything here on the forum I have a small present for the forum. Pretty small and pointless but I thought I'd just add a hint here.


Hello. Many of you know me already but I wanted to take a moment to talk about what I do and my company.

I finished college with some A-levels about 6 months ago. Rather than going on to University I decided that I would become a Freelance Programmer.
To do this I set up my own company called If Not Equal Limited. We offer advice and make programs and websites for businesses.

It's mostly just me at the moment but I have some other Freelancers who I go to for copywriting and design when needed. We've mostly been making websites for small businesses in the area but we have also worked on larger e-commerce websites where we set up a shopping cart system and integrated it with Amazon Checkout so as to allow users to easily buy products directly from the website.

I'm happy to give free advice or answer any programming related questions.

If you need a website making, would like advice on improving a website or need a program or small automatic script made then contact us.

Sorry about the blatant advertising of my company. One of the hardest parts for me at the moment is still finding a supply of people that need websites making. People will recommend you again or wish to have something changed on their website but I am still far from having continuous work and so I am spending a lot of my time finding new work at the moment rather than actually doing what I love and coding things. You never know when someone will need a website or even just a small task automated for them (I can quite easily organize a music collection by artist and song name and rename badly named files for example) so I felt that it couldn't hurt to much to post an advert for my services here. I think there's quite a few programmers on this forum so it would be interesting to hear what they're doing at the moment and what they plan to do.

Kind regards,

General Discussion! / Bitcoins
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:51:17 pm »
So Bitcoins are quite an interesting new online kind of currency. They are similar to other currencies like Great British Pounds or United States Dollars. However one of the biggest things that makes them interesting is that they do not rely on any one person or group (they are called *decentralised* or *trustless*). Also more of them cannot suddenly be printed by the government. You can watch they're current price at http://bitcointicker.co/. They are very volatile and the price is changing minute by minute but they've generally been going up. At one point you could buy a bitcoin for $0.20. Then they were $17. Next they went all the way to $100 each for a while and now they're currently $850. They've been getting in the news a lot lately and I think that they're very interesting. I kind of wish I'd got some when they were only $1 each but I did manage to get one for $113 and then sold it for $700 so I was quite happy. However lately I've been buying and selling them a bit. It's mostly just a hobby and I'm finding it to be quite a lot of fun. They're pretty hard to buy in the UK though. I can't join any of the official exchanges so it's pretty much coming down to "send me money and trust me, I'll send you some bitcoins". However now I've got some good ratings on an IRC chat so people are more willing to trade with me for vaguely reasonable prices.

Anyway I was just interest to hear what other people thought about bitcoins and if they'd heard of them already on the news or something?
I'm also happy to buy/sell bitcoins with people for just a few percent above/below MtGox exchange prices (the biggest bitcoin exchange).

Crap! / Creepy Scan
« on: November 02, 2013, 05:11:33 pm »
So I was looking through all my old drawings and I couldn't help but find this one kind of unnerving. I can't help but find it kind of strange. I cannot remember drawing it at all. What do you guys think of it? Am I just being strange?

General Discussion! / Candy Box 2! (It's out!)
« on: October 24, 2013, 09:55:30 am »
So Candy Box 2 has just been released.
It's a lot like Cookie clicker.
Let's all play it! (Candy Box 1 was awesome.)

Crap! / So, guess who's harddrive just broke again?
« on: September 25, 2013, 02:40:49 pm »
Yes. Mine. Unsurprisingly I again still didn't have any backups.
It's my own fault but it's still really suckish to loose all my files and work.
I don't think my boss will be very happy with me loosing some of my work for them either. Obviously I won't charge them but they'll still have to wait for me to recode it.

Anyway, any suggestions on things for me to do on this laptop downstairs until my new harddrive is shipped to me? I've gone from quite busy to having nothing to do.

edit: It's a pity I don't have Python on this computer (it's not actually my laptop); it would have been a nice time to work on the Scriptmonkey program. Maybe I will install Python.

Crap! / Point d'amour
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:49:10 pm »
There's punctuation for sarcasm?
That doesn't sound useful at all⸮

Honestly though, that's really awesome. I never knew. It's something that's been missing from my whole life.

Crap! / Good fellow canadians.
« on: September 11, 2013, 01:13:19 pm »
: For canadians only... • show
Welcome my good chums.
Here is a place where one can be free from the foul oppression of one those dastardly americans and so-called "Limey".
Here we may freely discuss hockey with our morning Tea and Scones as we travel through the snow.
Here we may freely discourse with relation to anything from a recent trip to the dentist to our recent expeditions into the world of "tuques".
All are welcome here regardless of the colour of their skin provided they are a pure-bred canadian.
Here we may plot freely against The Great British Empire and The Commonwealth as well as their Great Queen.
Speak freely and know that you can share all as we are all Civil Gentlemen here and so there is no fear of British Spys.
Cheerio my new-found comrades!

If a mod would be so kind as to seperate this topic into a canadian only board then I will commend you to the highest degree. If not then we will have to do with the above demonstrated solution but pip, pip my old bean for I have already proven to a satisfactory degree that it is a formidable solution indeed.

Crap! / domain names without dots
« on: August 16, 2013, 10:21:11 pm »
I just found out there's a few domain names without any dots in them.
Being Ellipsis this is important news to me.

Try out:

Now tell me your aren't surprised that that's a valid website.

Crap! / Shared secret.
« on: July 24, 2013, 11:46:23 pm »
Ok, so I'd seen this public/private encryption thing explained a bunch of times before but I just found quite a nice version of it that made me pretty happy.

Anyhow, you don't actually have to read that but lets try do it.
Just follow my instructions (which are also on that page basically).

What we're going to try to do is each decide upon the same number (from 0 to 9). This will be our "shared secret".
The cool thing is that we both get the same number (from 0 to 9) but no one but us two will know what number that is.
We'll also not use PMs. We'll only talk here.

So it's just cool that we can both choose the same number even though we're only going to communicate on this public forum.

If that doesn't make sense just roll with it.

I'm going to say we'll start with the root number of 2.
So: root=2.

Now I would like you to come up with your own "private" number from 1 to 50.

Now do root^private then take the last digit.
So 2 to the power of (your private number from 1 to 50) then take only the last digit of the number.
Post that last digit here (it is your public number).

I have done the same and got the public number 4.

So my public number is 4 (and I won't tell you my private number).

Now take my public number and do (my private number)^(your private number - the secret one). Then take the last digit of that.
So 4 to the power of (your private number from 1 to 50). Then take the last digit.
This is then a secret number that only the two of us will know.

It's that cool?

Say that I pick my private number of 16.
So 2^16 is 65536. So my public number is 6 (last digit of 65536).
I can then post 6 here as my public number.
(I do not post my private number of 16).

Now you do the same with the private number of 11 and get the public number 8 (which you post here for me).
So you then have have the public number 8.
Next you take my public number (which is 6, remember that normally you would not know my private number).
Then you do (my public) to the power of your private number.
So 6^11 = 362797056. So you take the last digit of 362797056 and get 6.
So 6 is our "shared secret". Only us two will know it.

I can then do the same and take your public number and put it to the power of my private number:
8^16 = 281474976710656. So I take the last digit and get 6.
So we magically both get the number 6 as our final answer without ever sending it over the internet. So now one else will know it.

Here's an online calculator you can use if the numbers get too big for you to know the final digit:

So to re-cap. My public number is 4. You do not know my real private number.
Go pick a secret number from 1 to 50 (and do not tell me it).
Then do 2^(your secret) and post here the last digit of your calculation. That's your public number.

Crap! / I'm drunk.
« on: July 22, 2013, 08:32:34 pm »
I'm drunk and also 18 now.

Just sayin'

Edit: Just wanted to invoke rule ##/

Crap! / Ellipsis for mod 2013
« on: July 21, 2013, 03:09:00 pm »

General Games! / Survivors - InfiniteLegend has won!
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:05:02 pm »
Hello, I am going to host a simple game of Survivors.
It is a game of strategy and planning as well as team work and backstabbing.
This will be a very simple game to get used to and so I encourage you to join in even if you have not played any games in the past.

All rules will be explained for each round at the start of that round (by myself). You will then PM me your action for that round.
Each round will last 48 hours.
What I say goes and I will not be directly following any rules from the TV show so do not assume that those rules will be the same here.
I will run a very straightforward game of survivors and there will be little luck involved.

At the start of each round I will explain the round and likely set a challenge or task for that round. Those who succeed or win the task will gain immunity from being voted out *next* round. This means that while people can still vote for them they cannot be voted out that round. (So voting for them is kind of pointless.)
Each round you can also vote for someone to remove from that round. All votes are private by PM to me. I will reveal how many votes each person got (but not who voted for them) at the end of each round along with who got voted out that round (if anyone).

In this manner one person will normally be removed from the game each round. They then cannot contribute to the game any further. (Or vote.)

When there are only two people left in the game they will then be declared joint winners.
However if one of those two players wishes, they can openly declare that they would like a vote on it (in this thread). In this case all players who have already been removed from the game will vote on the last two players. Whoever gains the most votes is removed from the game and the other player is declared the *sole winner*. In this way that person need not share the limelight with the other and so become the only winner.

PMing each other with strategies is not only allowed but encouraged. Forming large alliances with other players will increase your chance of winning as many of the tasks will require team work. Please include me in all PMs that you send. Using an alternate account for messaging or communicating outside of the forum (and talking about this survivors game) is not allowed. However asking people who are within (and alive) in this survivors game to relay your messages (anonymously) for you is totally allowed.

There is to be no direct quoting of large parts of messages from anyone other than myself.

1) Neo
2) Solidiculous
3) Stickman426
4) Fatih120
5) infern0man1
6) InfiniteLegend
7) MetaKK
8) ForestFalcon
9) Berry Punch

Crap! / How long have you ever...
« on: June 26, 2013, 02:07:11 pm »
How long have you ever...

Crap! / 8th gen consoles. (Wii U, Xbox 1, PS4)
« on: June 13, 2013, 08:11:49 pm »
So the PS4 will be £350 and the Xbox 1 will be £430. They both ship at about the end of this year.
The Xbox comes with a really cool Kinect thing built in. The PS4 has one but it's not part of the console and costs £50ish.

Both look pretty cool. Xbox is being kind of DRMy and trying to lock stuff down a bit where the PS4 is doing the reverse and removing DRM and so has gained much favour.

The Xbox is trying to be a whole smart TV/everything in one (it has windows too(!?)).
The PS4 is basically still just doing games, it seems slightly better spec but there's not that much in it.

I made this thread to post this:
Pasted below as a backup and just to be handy.
: microsoft engineer • show
        >The thing is we suck at telling the story. The whole point of the DRM switch from disc based to cloud based is to kill disc swapping, scratched discs, bringing discs to friends house, trade-ins for shit value with nothign going back to developers, and high game costs. If you want games cheaper then 59.99, you have to limit used games somehow. Steam's model requires a limited used game model.
        >The thing is, the DRM is really really similar to steam... You can login anywhere and play your games, anyone in your house can play with the family xbox. The only diff is steam you have to sign in before playing, and Xbox does it automatically at night for you (once per 24 hours)
        >It's a long tail strategy, just like steam. Steam had it's growing pains at the beginning with all it's drm shit as well. [...] For digital downloads steam had no real competition at the time, they were competing against boxed sales. At the time people were pretty irate about steam, (on 4chan too...) It was only once they had a digital marketplace with DRM that was locked down to prevent sharing that they could do super discounted shit.
        >Think about it, on steam you get a game for the true cost of the game, 5$-30$. On a console you have to pay for that PLUS any additional licenses for when you sell / trade / borrow / etc. If the developer / publisher can't get it on additional licenses (like steam), then they charge the first person more. [...] If we say "Hey publishers, you limit game to 39.99, we ensure every license transfer you get 10$, gamestop gets 20$" that is a decent model... Microsoft gets a license fee on first and subsequent game purchases, compared to just first now? That's a revenue increase.
        >Competition is the best man, it helps drive both to new heights. See technology from the Cold War. If we had no USSR, we'd be way worse off today. TLDR: Bring it on Steam :)
        >Yeah we passed that around the office at Xbox. Most of us were like "Well played Sony, Well played". That being said they are just riding the hype train of ZOMG THEY ARE TRYING TO FUCK US FOR NO REASON. Without actually thinking about how convienent it would be for the majority of the time to not find that disc your brother didn't put back... [...] just simpleminded people not seeing the bigger picture. Some PS4 viral team made them all "U TOOK R DISCS" and they hiveminded.
        >Everyone and their mother complains about how gamestop fucks them on their trade ins, getting 5$ for their used games. We come in trying to find a way to take money out of gamestop, and put some in developers and get you possibly cheaper games and everyone bitches at MS. Well, if you want the @#$@ing from Gamestop, go play PS4.
        >The goal is to move to digital downloads, but Gamestop, Walmart, Target, Amazon are KIND OF FUCKING ENTRENCHED in the industry. They have a lot of power, and the shift has to be gradual. Long term goal is steam for consoles. [...] If you always want to stay with what you have, then keep current consoles, or a PS4. We're TRYING to move the industry forwards towards digital distribution... it'sa bumpy road
        >Publishers have enourmous power. Microsoft is trying to balance between consumer delight, and publisher wishes. If we cave to far in either direction you have a non-starting product. WiiU goes too far to consumer, you have no 3rd party support to shake a stick at. PS4 is status-quo. XB1 is trying to push some things, at the expense of others. We have a vision, we'll see if it works in the coming years
        >Living room transformation. We want to own the living room. Every living room TV with an XBox on input one. It's the thing that gives the signal to your TV, everything is secondary. The future, where games, TV, internet telephony, all that shit happens magically on some huge ass screen with hand / voice gestures... That's our goal.
        >Google TV + PS4 + Minority report level gestures, that combined with a sick second screen experience (which is really hot for TV, I know I know.. tv tv tv tv tv... but it's fucking sick when you have it). Games will be the same, there are more exclusives to MS then PS atm, and Kinect 2 makes Kinect 1 look like a childs toy.
        >By default it's on, listening for "Xbox On". You can turn it off tho, and turn the console like OFF off. OFF off is required for Germany / other countries that require it (no vampire appliances) [...] It has to be plugged in for the console to post. You can turn off everything it does from the settings. Think of it like airplane mode for the iPhone. You can't just unplug the cellular radio, but you can turn it off.
        >Instead of 10mins, is 24hrs for your console, and 1 or 2 at a friends house. Really the majority of people have a speck of internet at least once a day. And if you don't. Don't buy an Xbox 1. Just like if you didn't have a broadband connection don't get Live, and if you don't have an HDTV the 360 isn't that great for you either. New tech, new req. This allows us to do cool shit when we can assume things like you have a kinect, you have internet, etc.
        >Current plan is basically you're fucked after 24 hours. Yeah... I know. Kind of sucks. I believe they will probably revist the time period and / or find a diff way to "call in" to ensure you haven't sold your license to gamestop or something... but there is no plan YET. I'm hoping the change it, but I don't work on that so I don't have much influence there /sigh
        >If the power goes out you ain't playing shit. I'm assuming you mean the internet goes out but you have power for TV and Xbox. Yes, You're fucked for single player games. Again, that's the PoR (Plan of record), but I expect it to change after the e3 clusterfuck
        >What fee? There is no fee to play your games at your friends house. Never has, never will. Even x360 digital downloads could do that.
        >The cloud capabilities is the shit they like the most. We basically made a huge cloud compute shit and made it free. What people are doing with it is kind of cool. THe original intention was to get all the Multiplayer servers not requiring 3rd party costs (Like EA shutting down game servers to cut costs), as well as taking all the games that servers hosted by the clients (Halo, etc), and have all that compute done in the cloud allowing more CPU cycles for gameplay. That will really expand what developers can do. Anything that doesn't need per frame calculation and can handle 100ms delays can be shifted to the cloud. That's huge.
        >SmartGlass + IE is going to be pretty freaking sweet. 1 finger cursor, 2 finger direct manip. Basically if you think of a laptop trackpad where your phone/ slate is the trackpad and the monitor is your TV... it's that. The tech is there, just needs to be applied. There is some really cool shit going on with Petra + controllers that pairs people with controllers. So if person with controller two trades controlers with controller 1, their profiles magically switch. It's sick. What does this matter? Now if you lean left/right it knows which person is leaning, even if 4 people are all int he same room. It's awesome.
        >New service using Azure for cloud compute. Allows developers to not use clients for hosting multiplayer servers, or other tasks that do not require per frame calcuations. It's pretty sweet.
        >Honestly, if you care about anything other then pure games AT ALL. Xbox 1 > PS4. If all you do is play games, and nothing else, PS4.
        This was all from the Microsoft engineer that was on /b/ last night.
        >It's not worth my time to prove it, or risk my Job. I work in Studio A, 40th ave in Redmond, Wa. The thai place in the studio cafeteria has double punch wednesdays. Go ahead and call them and verify if you want.

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