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Andrew Perry
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Indie game developer, scientist, coder
Indie game developer, scientist, coder

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Sydney Morning Herald: "When he ran for president, Donald Trump made building a wall along the entirety of our southern border - .... - the emotional centrepiece of his campaign". By our southern border, I assume the Sydney Morning Herald means the border between Victoria and NSW. Now there's no question that the Australian government would happily roll over and build a wall if the US administration told them to ... The big question is: which side of the Murray will it be on ?

Edit: Comments disabled. I've learnt my lesson about posting anything that could be interpreted as Trump related - just brings those with poor reading comprehension out of the woodwork. Hint - the point here isn't anything to do with Trump - it's a stab at the way SMH poorly presents externally sourced articles. I know, lazy journalism isn't exactly news these days, but it caught my attention.

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Theme voting for the 38th Ludum Dare has started. I have one general rule for theme voting - if it seems to prescribe a game mechanic (eg "Limited Energy") or an obvious gimmick/dot-point-feature (eg "Control Several Characters") I downvote it. If it's broad and ambiguous it gets a +1 from me.

#ldjam #ld48 #ludumdare #idunnowhichhashtagisbesttouseforthis

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Griffin Aerotech is releasing an indie shmup in an arcade cabinet. This isn't just a once off DIY project like most indie arcade cabinets people have made over the years, it's a product you can buy. It seems there are already a bunch in arcades in the wild (apparently none in Australia yet though :/ )

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I've been playing around with http://ipleak.com/full-report/ (on Australia's National VPN Day). You'll notice if you go to this site in Chrome, and then again in Incognito mode, the Canvas fingerprint doesn't change (nor does it change when you are using a VPN). Also note the WebRTC unique device IDs. Firefox Private tabs behave just the same.

What are the implications of this ? Your browsing can be tracked even in Incognito mode, even with AdBlock/Ghostery/Privacy Beaver etc enabled. The particular characteristics of your device and browser version mean the HTML5 Canvas output contains a semi-unique fingerprint that can be used to track your browsing, *connecting 'private' Incognito sessions with your regular browsing*. Google has a vested interest to ensure Incognito isn't perfect, but this is where Mozilla should step up and do things better. Eg, inject some random pixels into each Canvas and randomise WebRTC device IDs every page load (among all the other things that no doubt need fixing to make Private tabs less easily tracked and connected to regular browsing). I wonder if they have regression testing for Incognito/Private tabs - I'd expect every release to be automatically tested against a suite like ipleak.com to at least verify that the best known fingerprinting and tracking techniques were being thwarted.

This month I feel like Kramer in that Seinfeld episode where he tried to see how far he could drive before the car ran out of fuel. My Internet bandwidth quota says "100 % used" but I haven't yet been speed throttled by the ISP. I've actually got actually 500 Mb left, and the new monthly quota clocks over at 12 am tonight. I'm going to make it, just four hours left !.

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Speculative, and you can expect the 'middle-men' to resist this ferociously.

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Magic Dirt, Live at the Tote ... (sorry to get your hopes up - poster is from the late 90's, early 2000's ... not sure when)
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Leaving this here to help me remember the fix for the next VR project I open in Unity 5.6.0f3 (not just the betas):

The SteamVR "Camera (eye)" GameObject needs a `SteamVR_UpdatePoses` component added to it, otherwise the controllers won't be tracked and aren't visible. I presume Valve will release an update to the SteamVR Unity plugin in their own sweet time, but for now this is the fix for the current v1.2.1.
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