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Stephen

Might take a while

Might take a while

Turns out it's been a while since I ran the node daemon.

Stephen

BattleTech

BattleTech

Loving this game. It very much reminds me of the days of old when I played earlier BattleTech DOS based games in the 80s and 90s. It even successfully captures the feeling of playing this on a hex board with pen and paper.

If you enjoy turn based strategy/tactical games, this is absolutely worth getting.

BattleTech on GOG.com

Stephen

Today I Learned - May 20th 2016

Today I Learned - May 20th 2016

People liked it, so lets do it again. Today I learned ...

* Google's Chromebooks outsold Apple laptops by a significant margin in Q1 2016. This is significant.

* Chromebooks will soon be able to run Android apps available from the Google Play Store.

* Illinois House has passed a bill that decriminalises marijuana. Next step, emulate Colorado please.

* Medical Marijuana is still a debate being mostly ignored in NZ. Why?

* John Berry of the Beastie Boys died today. He was 53. :-(

* I think Kanye must be the first person to stop Ellen talking for more than 5 minutes.

* Kanye is still a complete idiot. Goodbye to future promotion on Ellen's shows.

* ISIS is probably what killed MS804. What a surprise. Not.

* Protestors in Paris are burning police cars... With the police still inside.

* In an effort to improve flagging service attendance, the Church of Scotland is apparently going to start hosting services on Skype. So you can be bored on a Sunday. At home.

Stephen

YES! Archer Has Finally Returned!

YES! Archer Has Finally Returned!

So now that they've been black-listed by the CIA, they've had to find a new endeavour for their skillset. And their first task in this new city and new role tests their skills to their limit.

"Eat a dick, Gravity!"

 

Stephen

Yup. Been there.

Yup. Been there.

Very aware how that goes.

Stephen

And Donald Trump, Ma'am?

And Donald Trump, Ma'am?

I think the majority of the world looks at what is happening in the US and wishes this were true. Of both the Democrat and Republican contenders.

Stephen

A little bit warm

A little bit warm

26 in Auckland, 29 in Hamilton, 29 in Gisborne. I think it might be summer.

Stephen

One of those days

One of those days

Been a long day. Sitting here feeling annoyed with a lot of things and then just got calm. Not my problem. Got enough shit going on, don't need more added to it.

Stephen

Mr Robot's Shellshock Moment

Mr Robot's Shellshock Moment

So I was catching up on Mr Robot. After watching the first episode, I got sidetracked. Went back to it today and saw this brief glimpse of a screenshot. Instantly recognised it. Had to pause, frame back to it and capture it.

This is the sort of shit I used to do in 10 odd years ago.

Obviously some of the details in the screen are blatantly dramatised, but the concept as a whole is actually spot on. The IP address... Well, it belongs to Tucows, so they probably hosted there temporarily while filming. The domain is gone now though.

The wget command is accurate. In fact, the commandline is a genuine reproduction of Shellshock. In plain text, on the screen. A real life exploit that was extremely well publicised and widely known, and now reproduced accurately in a TV show for anyone to learn from.

I said it before about the first episode of this show. I like that this show is trying to be true to the technology, even if they do have to take some artistic license with a few things. Little bits like this really make the geek in me happy. For years we've been asking for more realism from shows like this, and finally we're starting to get it. It's not perfect, I get that. I also know it cannot be. But when they make an effort like this, I'm willing to forgive a few bits they kind of flubbed on.

Good show. Worth the watch.

Stephen

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.