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...because a certain person told me this had already been done by someone else, I have been bustin' my ass trying to surpass this since the anomaly.

Well, the jig is up now cuz, and there may be noogies in your future.
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LOLOLOLOL!!!! 😂😂😂
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The following is a public service announcement:

Programmers of the world... please comment your damn code, particularly if you expect anyone else to be able to learn from it.

If you've written some code that you find to be particularly elegant and you'd actually like other programmers to follow in your footsteps, it's reasonable to assume that they are not yet a match for your skill.  This means that for them to study and learn from your code, they must not only be programmers but also xenolinguists.

It is not enough to merely use self-documenting* variable and function names, but that you also include a comment passage explaining in conversational language what it is that the section is supposed to do.  This is particularly of importance to someone who is trying to perhaps fix your code.  Without a plain-English (or whatever spoken language you use) description of what is supposed to happen, the only thing that can truly be determined about your code is that it is doing what the compiler/interpreter has decided it should do... which will always be the case unless there is something wrong with the compiler/interpreter and flaming pieces of sky are coming down around your head.  If you have had the foresight (and the humility) to include a passage explaining what the code is supposed to do, then the other programmer can compare what the code does as written with what your explanation says it should do, and actually find the bugs and possibly fix them without expending the same effort as it would take to just write the entire thing over again, correctly.

* - This is generally a lie.
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I must admit that were I to do a poster like this, I'd be using much stronger language and imagery.  Something on the order of "WHEN YOU DON'T COMMENT YOUR CODE, HITLER EATS A BABY"
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[Sony_Beetle] running Android 3.2... are you out there?  I'd like to ask you some questions about the permissions issue in case there's something I actually need to fix there (unless it's what I think happened and you already know why it failed).
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Thanks, Comcast! Everyone loves midmorning complete outages. Despite assurances to the contrary, it looks like the connection has gone #Comcastic.

#GoogleFiberIsComing

(This message was actually brought to you by Sprint. Go figure.)
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Well... poop.

I was going to roll out another "Testpolis" build for last-minute sanity checks of the game clocks, but I apparently blew up the CPU on my primary devel box so it'll be Monday or Tuesday before I get replacement gear in.

Such a test build (which will not need to be promoted to release or anything) will probably go out as soon as I can find an hour to make that happen, once the replacement hardware comes in.  I'll mention when the test mode engages in the release notes for the beta.  (and again, you won't need to uninstall or change anything for the anomaly on Saturday)
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Note well, I'm not paranoid... There are actually a lot of paid shills out on the 'net.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html?_r=0
From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities.
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Okay, normally I would sort of continue to ignore this sort of thing, but now that they're running to the cops I have to point and laugh.

https://twitter.com/hackingteam/

So thoroughly pwned.  The data dump is just chock full of hilarity.
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I was on twitter when that tweet went out. Man, what irony. It is safe to say that I had a hard time getting to sleep last night.
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Well, the package got it's first 1-star review today, clearly from a Resistance agent named Mutt7469 acting out a personal vendetta (and claiming elsewhere that the package contains a trojan, which is simply slander).

I don't think the guy understands that 1. I'm not making any money from this, nor do I care to and 2. if I decide to remove the Resistance theme from the package because of this kind of  pernicious nonsense, I'll make darn sure everyone knows precisely who was responsible.

Work on fixing the timers to work with Android 5.1 is still ongoing.  I keep finding new ways for the runtime manager to flush the update requestor.  It would help if Sprint would hurry the heck up and release a 5.1 firmware for my GS5.  As it stands I'm about to reflash my GS3 with a dodgy CM beta so that I've got something more than just an emulator to test on.
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So... +ZEIT ONLINE, do you care to comment about who it was that sent you your story information that was recently used to try to give Google a black eye concerning concentration camps being used as landmarks for the AR game, Ingress?

While there a number of landmarks of questionable validity in the game, clearly concentration camps are an important landmark for people to know about and remember so that no more can ever be allowed to happen.

I would think that Germans, of all people, would understand this issue to be a serious enough one to not allow it to be used to for fodder in some petty public relations stunt.  Niantic barely even makes mention that they're owned by Google, and they don't particularly stick Google's name on anything they do.  This, in contrast to an article that someone clearly did some legwork on, yet there's curiously no authorship attribution.

...or would you rather wait until we find out on our own which company did it?  ...because we certainly found out who was being paid by Facebook to exacerbate the witch hunts certain other news agencies engaged in concerning whether or not Street View cars were actually being used to eavesdrop on anyone's home wireless traffic (and precisely no one who understands how 802.11 works was confused by that).

By the way, most people don't consider "reading our incoming mail" to precisely be "research".
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Righteous rant, former neighbor!
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So... Logitech's new flagship keyboard is very cool, and while in principle I like the idea of abandoning an integrated display for the keyboard, there are two problems with what they've done...

1. The rear middle of the keyboard is just a mount with a USB-shaped plastic stick to mount your phone on.  Surely we shoudln't have to take a Dremel to the thing and void the warranty just so we can connect our phones to USB power while we use them.

2. The "Arx Control" software...  Well, there's no other way to say it.  It's just hideously insecure.  Do not use it unless you're on a completely private network.  It calls out over mDNS, connects using plaintext, and while it appears to do Bluetooth-like pairing, everything it uses for that is capturable and replayable over the network, so... don't ever attempt to use this in a dorm or college network, ever.
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For those attending the anomaly event tomorrow, there is an app available to help out with the whole "how much time left?" thing.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=surrealestates.septiclockwidget

Specifically, there's a new(ish) overlay app which just quietly sits over your agent sigil and goes into "game clock" mode the moment the anomaly begins (and completely ignores tap events so no finger-blocking should happen), showing you how much time is remaining in each window as well as the time remaining in the measurement period.  If you sync your phone's time with NIST at some point tomorrow, it's going to be as accurate as you're likely to find.  Look for XM Anomaly in your app-drawer after installing (and you might want to hit up Graphical Septiclock Configuration if you want it to show your faction's emblem).

The graphical home screen widget does the same thing, but I'm not suggesting people actually task swap out of the Ingress client during the anomaly for any reason.  Note also that Android 5.1 broke something rather integral to per-second clock widgets, so don't bother to try to report it as a bug.  I'm aware of it, and still trying to figure out if I should continue to push back at the Android devs responsible for the change.  Working around it is not trivial or I'd have already fixed it.
This package contains three home screen widgets, and one, fully-independent...
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I am quite certain it doesn't violate the ToS.

Nothing in that package scrapes data, talks to servers, or communicates with anything else at all.  Heck, I'm not even using their graphics assets.  I redrew everything in Inkscape so that my stuff would not only be pixel-perfect, but display consistently across all four screen densities (which means it's actually better than Ingress in that respect).

The only part that people (who have actually read the ToS) might worry about is the screen overlay, and I was rather picky about how I developed the overlay so that it literally can't be interacted with by the user.  Even if the completely bizarre happened and Niantic started doing Warden-like checks (See also: World of Warcraft) from within the client, it will never have a reason to get snippy about the overlay being around.  It's literally just a clock, and the widgets are no different.
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Anyone aware of a place that still carries AMD CPUs locally in Nashville?  I seem to have blown out my A8-5600.
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Already called them. All they have is A4's in stock.
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