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Posted on 20-03-15, 00:34
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Naturally, the people is reacting in very silly and stupid ways over here:

- Facemasks became popular, despite being fucking USELESS for preventing infections.

- There is now a black market for rubbing alcohol (IPA) and facemasks. Today I went to a local pharmacy to buy alcohol (which I use for completely unrelated reasons to the epidemic: my computer gear and dirty banknotes need cleanup, yo.) - prices skyrocketed overnight, and retailers claim that "these are the prices we received from our suppliers". FUCKING BULLSHIT, I say! The reality is that retailers are scumbags and try to profit from panic.

- Most retailers are now wearing facemasks (again: useless) and/or gloves. Guess we now have a legit excuse to read out loud our debit card PINs at the PoS terminals (something I absolutely hate to do because that's unsafe as fuck despite everybody and his dog having a total and complete disrespect for privacy and personal safety in the last 3 years because I am with stupids... but I'm not touching those suspect keypads! Getting robbed OR getting COVID-19, not a hard choice to make). On the flip side, some shops reminded that bleach and disinfectant are useful not only as articles you can sell, but also work to clean their filthy and smelly places!

- There is a bank branch near home, the only one in this city that open on Saturdays and other holidays. They no longer allow over 20 clients inside the premises at a time, tellers refuse to touch our ID cards, and they now drop our cash withdrawals over the counter. But... the bank forgot to issue them with disposable gloves (cash is dirty as fuck - did you forgot that banks also take deposits?) and rubbing alcohol (to clean up those dangerous fingerprint scanners which we have to use for those "faster-than-ATMs" withdrawals), rendering all their safety efforts completely moot. Oh, forget about using ATMs too (if you can find one that still works!)

- Pedestrian traffic dropped considerably (now that everything from schools to cinemas have been shuttered), but in exchange, car traffic is experimenting a renaissance in the city of frequent gas shortages. Looks like people now believes that public transportation is a dangerous focus for infections (true), so they're reviving their old junkers to drive like crazy rabid animals. Speaking about gas stations: does those coronaviruses survive in gasoline? Because noone is wearing gloves at the pumps :D

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Posted on 20-03-15, 01:18
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COVID-19: uniting all the world's peoples in stupidity, panic, and frustration.

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Posted on 20-03-15, 02:37 (revision 1)

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Posted by CaptainJistuce
COVID-19: uniting all the world's peoples in stupidity, panic, and frustration.

Well, it’s confirmed community-spread in our area now, and I may have or have had it already. Weird shortness of breath, fatigue, and mild fever—all check. That was a bit shy of a couple weeks ago, but I just assumed it was like a bug I’d had before. Who knows? Testing here is completely inadequate.

I wonder how widespread this thing is already.
Posted on 20-03-15, 21:32

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Sharpest chocolate kitchen knife in the world

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Posted on 20-03-15, 22:57
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How to do crazy, terrible, nasty, potentially destructive, highly illegal stuff in Java:
(AKA "the really good stuff")
http://mishadoff.com/blog/java-magic-part-4-sun-dot-misc-dot-unsafe/

Enjoy crashing your JVM!

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Posted on 20-03-20, 22:40
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Posted by creaothceann
byuu's changing names

Looks like byuu Near didn't really worked, so instead he is leaving the emulation scene, having handed over the higan/bsnes repo to trusted people we all know.

RSI?! Ouch!

I seem to hit bursts of depression pretty reliably every five years. In 2010, when the pressure from bsnes v073 to be everything to everyone simultaneously got to be too much for me. In 2015, when the user interface library redesign for higan v094 became too overwhelming. And now once again in 2020, where it feels worse than ever.

Double ouch. 2020 is shaping to be one of the shittiest years in record, guys :/

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Posted on 20-03-30, 14:57

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Something About Super Metroid ANIMATED SPEEDRUN (Loud Sound & Flashing Light Warning) 👩‍🚀🤜🐉

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Posted on 20-03-31, 04:19
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https://www.alloutdoor.com/2020/03/30/hi-point-barrel-contained-35-bullets-didnt-explode/

Synopsis: Owner of a carbine sends it to manufacturer complaining he can't hit anything with it.
Manufacturer finds 35 bullets stuck in the barrel, because the idiot kept firing a gun with an obstructed barrel and through some miracle that defies all logic, it failed to explode in his face.

Turns out that yeah, it is PRETTY HARD to hit a target when your bullets don't leave the gun. And that while Hi-Point is shockingly willing to fix this under warranty, they are totally gonna post pics afterwards(seriously, click the link just to see the pictures of that poor barrel).

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Posted on 20-03-31, 21:52

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Posted by CaptainJistuce
https://www.alloutdoor.com/2020/03/30/hi-point-barrel-contained-35-bullets-didnt-explode/
I thought that craziness seemed familiar. Someone from that website wasn't paying attention. The pictures they said were posted "recently" have a Facebook timestamp of March 6, 2019.
Posted on 20-03-31, 22:56
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Posted by CaptainJistuce
And that while Hi-Point is shockingly willing to fix this under warranty, they are totally gonna post pics afterwards(seriously, click the link just to see the pictures of that poor barrel).


They should give the guy a lottery ticket instead of a fixed gun.

Oh, apparently the total annihilation of inkjets is not happening today: Xerox finances got COVID-19'd so Hellet-Printers Inc. will survive for quite some time as an independent company. Boo!
https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/03/31/2125203/xerox-ends-its-hostile-takeover-bid-for-hp

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Posted on 20-04-02, 20:17
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Squenix releases BEST PATCH EVER:
https://steamdb.info/patchnotes/4849932/

According to user reviews online, the patch greatly improves game experience by freeing about 4GB from the game install directory, and this is achieved by the revolutionary algorithm of "delete everyting inside the game install directory".

In other words, the update actually uninstalls the freakin' game!

WELL DONE, GUYS!
You. Only. Had. One. Job!

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Posted on 20-04-04, 15:26
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-52151951
(For the people with poor internet connections that can't stand semi-decently optimized modern websites; Venezuelan Navy patrol ship rams Arctic cruise ship going in port and sinks itself)
Just when you think Venezuela has reached the bottom of the barrel in terms of idiocy, they keep going lower.
Posted on 20-04-04, 22:15
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Posted by Lurking Star
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-52151951
(For the people with poor internet connections that can't stand semi-decently optimized modern websites; Venezuelan Navy patrol ship rams Arctic cruise ship going in port and sinks itself)
Just when you think Venezuela has reached the bottom of the barrel in terms of idiocy, they keep going lower.

https://www.badassoftheweek.com/resolute for a version with more personality.

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Posted on 20-04-08, 20:17 (revision 1)

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Speedrunner plays another game during cutscenes

EDIT: How Homeworld Almost Got Lost in 3D Space | War Stories | Ars Technica

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Posted on 20-04-09, 06:14
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Ars Technica seems to be a little slow when it comes to adding videos to playlists...

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Posted on 20-04-09, 16:16
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Shonumi's Edge of Emulation series of articles

Why Japan really likes churning out weirdass devices for their consoles!? Because they can, that's why?
Unfortunately this means that if you're an emudev, hope you're an agile eBay sniper and really have the taste for solving puzzles noone else cares.

"Nothing is impossible. Never surrender. Emulate everything."

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Posted on 20-04-11, 09:43
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Posted by tomman
Shonumi's Edge of Emulation series of articles

Why Japan really likes churning out weirdass devices for their consoles!? Because they can, that's why?
Unfortunately this means that if you're an emudev, hope you're an agile eBay sniper and really have the taste for solving puzzles noone else cares.

"Nothing is impossible. Never surrender. Emulate everything."

That is a lot of really cool random shit to emulate. I find the "proto-Skylanders" stuff particularly interesting.



That said, I'm going to be my usual nitpicky wetblanket self and focus on a tangental "Nintendo's so awesome" thing in the GameBoy Printer article.

"The Game Boy Printer was quite innovative for its time. Who had ever heard of a handheld gaming device that could connect to its own printer? For that matter, who had ever seen a printer come in such a relatively small package? (The GB Printer is certainly a brick, but it was physically one of the smallest printers of its time, probably). "


Most handheld gaming devices didn't have printers because there was no real point. It made the game machine less portable and more expensive for no benefit. Portable printers existed, but they were reserved for computers that had actual need of hardcopy output.
The GB Printer almost certainly exists solely because of the GB Camera. And THAT exists because of the digital camera hype that was ripping through the electronics market at the time(which is to say it is a child's toy version of a trendy adult toy). Nintendo does get credit for offering a way to get photos out of the GameBoy, which is an uncommon appreciation for usability in the "fad toy" market the cartridge existed in.


And the GB Printer wasn't exactly advanced technology from space. Printers that small had existed for some time before(ink ribbon and thermal both), but largely fallen out of fashion due to the output being so dang small. Except for some specialty cases, like cash register receipts, the market had decided that 8½"-wide paper was a minimum acceptable standard and if you needed to print on the go you'd sacrifice the convenience of a small device for the sanity of full-size paper. Even the old office standby of the printing calculator had died a slow, gasping, struggling death.
I'd wager money that the GB Printer's thermal printer mechanism is a standard, off-the-shelf, receipt-printer module. (The internet says the 1½" paper width is a standard for taxi receipts, pointing to which FLAVOR of receipt printer they used).


Much of the bulk of the GB Printer is actually because of the AA batteries. Omit those and you can get something ADORABLY TINY. See this japanese taxi receipt printer from Futaba or this calculator-paper 4-pen plotter from TI.

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Posted on 20-04-17, 07:45

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yeah the printer was pretty lame tbh
Posted on 20-04-17, 09:54

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relevant link

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Posted on 20-04-21, 17:37 (revision 1)
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My last lockdown timewaster: resurrecting long-dead Win16 shareware!

This story started about two weeks ago, where I was looking for something else and ended finding a few CD-ROMs that had survived my shareware CD-ROM purge last year. One of those CDs was quite special: it's my oldest shareware CD-ROM from a long-defunct Spainard magazine, "CD WARE" (what an original name, yessir!), dating all the way back to 1995 (timestamps in the files are around April '95, but the CD says "X/95" - could be an October issue date?). Remember, back then this "Inter-net" thing was in a fierce competition with other online services (Compuserve, Genie, Delphi, and whatever weirdo you had available at your particular backyard), alongside good ol' school BBSes. Oh, and Windows 95 was still in beta, so most likely you were rocking that 486 with DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1 (other platforms were a whole separate universe that doesn't apply to this particular story).

In fact, back then if you wanted to try some random piece of software, you couldn't just fire up Netscape and go to Download.com... because back then there wasn't a Download.com, or your ISP was lacking the "I" in "Internet Service Provider". You could get a phonebook of local BBSes from your local computer club/dealer and hope they had something interesting... and ending with your ass property of Your Friendly Telephone & Telegraph Company, Co., due to all those hefty phone bills. And I really don't miss the dial-up modem PRO GEAR SPEC speeds. So your only option was finding someone selling floppies or CD-ROMs full of shareware. If you liked some random piece of code, you were supposed to take the phone and tell your credit card numbers, or sending envelopes full of cash money to some stranger at the opposite coast (or even in another continent, if you were really lucky!). Simpler times indeed, none of this DLC/spyware garbage.

...or if you didn't believed in paying for computer programs, you could always give a call to Someone You Know™, who knew the phone numbers of the good BBSes, bring your box of floppies, and go back home with a whole load of Imaginary Property crimes (remember: there was no "Google <name of the program> crack" back then!). But what if you're an unfrozen caveman and want to get some Win16 action on your overclocked i9/Threadripper with Windows Diez COVID-19 Special Update?

You bring the virtual machines and emulators, of course! Nah, that's EASY MODO. And only kindergarten babies play in EASY MODO, right? Noooo, you get the heavy guns, and bring the decompilers in! Well, that's only if your target app was made in Visual Basic... and given that this was 1995, and everybody and his dog wanted a slice of the Win16 shareware pie (soon to double in flavor with Win95), it means most developers flocked over the cheapest IDE they could find, and that was some flavor of VB. If your FILE_ID.DIZ says "requires VBRUN300.DLL", it means you would have to wait until 1997, when someone which goes under the handle of "DoDi" came up with a Visual Basic 3 decompiler that actually worked more or less decently! We can all give our thanks to Microsoft, because VB versions prior to 5.0 only compiled to P-Code (some proprietary bytecode that not only wasn't native, it led the path to decompilers - VB5 not only introduced the native code compiler, but made it the default... and to this date, I've yet to see a VB5/6 decompiler that can output human-readable VB code; all you get is assembly stuff unless you were one of the two idiots that re-enabled the slowass P-Code compiler option!).

Long short story: DoDi dissapeared from the Internets, but someone found the long-lost decompiler... and used it against itself! Yup, our VB3 decompiler was made in VB3 - did anyone just said "YO DAWG~"!? While this made possible a native Win32/VB6 port (with some bugfixes, even!), noone has figured out how to convert the VB3 binary forms format to text (other than requiring to have VB3 installed somewhere, which for obvious reasons won't fly on Win64 unless you get creative). So yeah, maybe you will still need that XP VM... if only for a while.

Back to my shareware CD-ROM: after doing some data recovery on it (sadly it has the disc rot, and I was only able to recover about ~98% of the CD - some of that early WinNT shareware is now lost forever), and after resurrecting my Visual Basic workbench (last time I fiddled with VB code was circa 2007, in college before crossing the Bridge of No Return to Java... 13 years ago!), I've been spending the entire morning making (and cracking!) some ancient Win16 shareware games. Of course, here are my notes on this entirely pointless (if perversely fun) ordeal:

- Windows XP, 32-bit. No ifs (leave those for your conditionals!), no buts. Installing VB6/VS6 on later Windows version is painful.
- For installing VB3, I suggest either finding a portable version somewhere, or using a throwaway XP VM (or snapshots), then extract all the relevant files and drop those in a single directory (just take every VBX and DLL dated 1993 or so, sans the OLE2 bits, as NTVDM already provides them). Or if you really must, you can install both VB versions side-by-side, but in any case, install VB3 first!
- If you go for the portable version, make sure to run VB3 at least once, and check if the proper path is set on %WINDIR%/vb.ini - correct if required, because the "form converter" (FRMS2TXT.EXE) will use that for launching VB3 to convert forms!
- Now install VB6, then SP6, then KB2708437 and KB3096896 - you need those two patches in order to address some incompatibilities with later MSCOMCTL.OCX versions/patches!
- You also need the bunch of OCXs from /Common/Tools/VB/controls/ from any VB6/VS6 disc that is not Disc 1 (in my VS6 Enterprise, those are in Disc 3), because those are 32-bit replacements for most of the VBXs that shipped with VB3. Don't forget to RegSvr'em and to install the design time licenses (vbctrls.reg), as a bunch of shareware from the era will rely on several of those controls.
- Try to keep the paths short for your VB3 dir, the decompiler, and wherever you choose to decompile your executables, as we're dealing with Win16 dinosaurs!
- If your piece of software relies on some non-standard VBX... God have mercy of your soul and HOPE whoever made that VBX did jumped ship to 32-bit ActiveX land. Though chances are the road is over for you :/
- Remember, even if you still have the original 16-bit sources, it's not just matter of "Build EXE..." and call it a day! You still need to deal with deprecated/removed APIs, renamed libraries, and once in a while, plain broken code.

Have fun~~~!

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