A poem that came to me last night.
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“When you get right down to it, most security is based on the honor system.”
Here’s a scene straight from television. Two characters are at a computer terminal when suddenly intrusion warnings flare up.
“No way—I’m getting hacked! They’ve already burned through the NCIS public firewall.”
(Source: lacevulgarity, via anamanajewbee)
New Cydonia - Denham's Tumblr: So it turns out I spend the last hour or so trying to troubleshoot an... -
So it turns out I spend the last hour or so trying to troubleshoot an issue with a website I am building - on iOS devices there is an large image that is just shrinking to half size no matter what I do. Driving me insane = freaking heck.
Turns out that mobile Safari has a limit of 3mega-pixels…
Yeah I read about this a while ago. Sounds interesting to me though :P
The Average Color of the Universe
What color is the universe? More precisely, if the entire sky was smeared out, what color would the final mix be? This whimsical question came up when trying to determine what stars are commonplace in nearby galaxies. The answer, depicted above, is a conditionally perceived shade of beige. To determine this, astronomers computationally averaged the light emitted by one of the largest sample of galaxies yet analyzed: the 200,000 galaxies of the 2dF survey. The resulting cosmic spectrum has some emission in all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, but a single perceived composite color. This color has become much less blue over the past 10 billion years, indicating that redder stars are becoming more prevalent. In a contest to better name the color, notable entries included skyvory, univeige, and the winner: cosmic latte.
This game was wonderful tactile feel. Feels like the old bi plane game I used to play on my Amiga.
Critical Mass Review - PC Review at IGN -
Great review for an Adelaide based dev’s game coming out on steam in the next day or so.
Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity | Video on TED.com -
Amazing stuff. This has inspired me!
I just picked up EU3 Chronicles on GamesGate.com for $7.50, and I’m not sure why.
The game is a complete history of the world from 1399-1821. It contains all the countries that existed throughout that time period, and all the leaders and many well known people of those years. This is a very impressive feat, but ultimately I am unsure why.
The game plays in real time, but you can pause at any time (and increase/decrease the speed).
The tutorial is probably the worst I have ever seen. Maybe I have been spoiled by modern games, but wow. The tutorial consists of you reading through page after page of text. Its basically a manual and it doesn’t help. This game is dense and inaccessible. I spent a full 3 hours trying to figure out what to do first when I started with my Ottomans.
Once I got into the swing of things (kind of), I was told my mission was to create a vassal state out some nearby province. I found this province only after spending about 10 minutes looking for it. Eventually I realised that it was a state with a single province of a different name. But the map doesnt tell you where the state is, just the province names. It really needs some sort of state search.
The interface is full of these quirks. Another one is that events don’t pause the game, so if you have it on the fastest speed you just get a massive pile of popups appearing. If there was an adviser system like Civ 4 or 5, it would greatly improve the learning curve. At the moment it just feels too steep.
The game sounded really interesting in theory, but in practice I had no idea what to do from moment to moment. It seems like you need a degree in history to really get what is happening. I ended up just turning on fast foward until something interesting happened, and the game basically played itself. In some sense it felt like Sim City. The computer was having all the fun, and I just poked and prodded the simulation occasionally.
Maybe I will go back to it and try to penetrate the wall again, but I don’t think it is likely. The last game I played that was this obtuse was Solium Infernum, but that at least had demons and hell going for it.