Well, it's Friday, Pi day, as i'm sure you know.
But next year will be even so much more so
And a year after that, you can feel rounded
Anyone else wish to hear this expounded?
Well, it's Friday, Pi day, as i'm sure you know.
I was sneaking around slashdot before, and now the front-page and journals all sow up in the beta. Removing "beta." from the URL is of no help. It reminds me of Windows 8, which made me switch away from Windows and to the Mac. Perhaps, we are now entering the Third Age of slashdot.
I have 5 moderator points, and prefer to spend them in JEs. But, i can't seem to find the moderate button in the old interface. Wondering if it was the date of the JE, i started listing JEs, but most seem like advertisements and there do not seem to be too many with comments.
The more i use Slashdot, the more i dislike it.
A friend asked me how to change top-post/bottom-post in Thunderbird. He intentionally uses a strict white-listing ISP, so searching is difficult (and that is pretty much how he wants it). That ISP offers excellent service and support to those who want exactly that type of service. Nonetheless, the time comes when you have to ask someone else to find something out for you. A simple search finds the answer. Easy enough.
Thank you! Whats the best email program to install? Nothing against Thunderbird but I heard that its not so popular. I once went to a Microcenter to transfer my emails to a different comp. They said that they have no experirence with it!
Popularity (and possibly good sense) aside, he simply wants a popular email program, one that he can go into a place like Microcenter and get support.
Personally, i use GMail. I would recommend that to him, but, it can be hard to allow only one of Google's services.
I created a ticket to report a bug in Spreadsheet::ParseExcel on 8/23/11. Just got the reply today, 3/11/14. Is 2.5 years good turnaround?
Of course, the response was to reject the report and blame it on someone else.
What was actually in the requirements and what the business customer thought was in the requirements were at odds. Apparently, a change was discussed, something was put in the requirements, and the business user signed off thinking her changes were implemented in it.
We're implementing a SOx related change, when the question of history comes up. History is part of the SOx requirement, the business user thinks it's in the requirements, and the developers know it isn't and that there is not enough time to put in history properly before the next release.
I mentioned in passing to one of the BAs that i sit next to, that it could be done with a TRIGGER shudder, but it would be a really Bad Idea. The hack is quick and dirty, TRIGGERs are evil, and this is a change log, not a history, which will be treated as a history at some point.
At the next meeting, the BA brought up the idea and it is decided to implement it. I fight with them over pulling in data from other TABLEs too, telling them that the FK should be enough, and duplicating data is bad. Someone gives me a TABLE structure, which adds new SOx COLUMNs, that is, not only do we capture what the change was, we capture who made the change, which, by definition, is the same as the master record's last updated or the next record in the change log. I register my comments, they are all ignored. The TABLE has the words "audit log" in it, and everyone refers to it as a history.
Now i have been asked to write a SQL statement to help the support team pull up the history. I mention that the original idea, seemingly agreed to, was that this hack would allow us to provide the change log on request, but it would not be automated. Further, this is a bug waiting to happen (especially if anything changes) and i strongly recommend against it. I am assured this will only be used by the production support team for now until a history is properly implemented.
I sent off the SQL to whomever. I remind myself (unsuccessfully, i'm sure) to keep my mouth shut.
I've been using MetroPCS for some time now, due to their $25/mo no contract, unlimited calling plan. It used to be $40, and that was good too, but at $25 it's hard to beat.
I like simple phones that are actually phones. Maybe i'm old-fashioned, but these semi-trucks that people whip out of their pockets with menus that look like they're from outer space don't seem to me to be an ideal phone. I also have a computer that is a phone, but i leave my mac at home.
MetroPCS is really annoying though. First it was the text spam. When i finally got bothered enough, i googled and found that it was the metro apps. Disabling some option took care of that. The second issue, which gets me every month, is automatic payment. I almost always forget to pay bills. I sit down once a month to pay my credit cards (which requires a bit of planning), but almost everything else is automatic. Two things are not, my water bill and my phone bill.
I live in an apartment building managed by Hartman and Tyner. I pay for electric bills to Detroit Edison through the local utilities comp. Heating and water is grouped together, and they split the bills in between the tenants. (They used to do that, i believe, they might have individual metering now.) It used to be that water was free, but they decided to have us pay 1/3 of the bill. That is handled by Yes Energy Management which adds a customer fee or two. Bills can be paid via the mail. or together with the rent at Rent Payment.
Rent Payment works if everything is in order. If anything is not, such as a credit card expiry made a card unusable, they won't tell you about it, and you find out when you get charged a $25 late fee (which increases every few days) and warning from the local office. Payment can be set to automatic, and they have gotten a little better about knowing when your lease starts and ends and required amount to pay.
The water bill is different. The amount shows up if i log in, but there is no way to pay it automatically. When i asked the local office why it wasn't, the response was that since the amount changes per month, it isn't possible. That seems bogus to me, as my electric bill changes every month and DTE has no such issues. So, i usually forget to pay it until i get a warning from the local office.
MetroPCS is the other problem. They text me when it is time to pay. At that point, by the time i get home and remember to do it, my phone has been suspended. Because it is suspended, i couldn't login to my account on their website, meaning i had to make a payment by typing in all the information. Only after the account was active could i get back into the account.
One month i actually setup everything, or so i thought. Apparently, the payments are still not automatic, but at least i can login to my account now. I went through the motions to make a payment, though i completed it (maybe even twice), but my phone is still not working.
I am sick of MetroPCS. I realized that i don't actually want the cheapest service. I want the cheapest convenient service. I'm ready to switch, anyone got any ideas?
A team member from Chenai asked me why a script which EXECUTEd a PACKAGE i wrote wasn't working. First thing i did was run it myself via SQL*Plus, which is did splendidly, i might add.
Logged onto the app server and sure enough received the same error. Copied the file and started to change things. Having seen this file before, i was able to skip all the variables and right to the code. The code looked okay..maybe it should be tested on the db server itself to mimic what that script was doing.
Logging on to the server reminded me that the password had changed. No idea what it was changed to, but it wasn't required anymore, so i didn't care. That was a problem here. Luckily, there are those variables.
The variable and variable handling take up probably most of the script. The variables themselves are loaded from files, which may include other files. Ultimately, usernames and passwords are in a script under ~/etc...easy enough.
Trying the first set, then realized that was the db login itself. I made sure the db user could indeed EXEC that PACKAGE via SQL*Plus, and it could. But that wasn't the server login. Looking again, there was a server login, which failed. I checked and double-checked. Something was wrong.
That was it, no more assumptions, just check which server it was connecting to straight. Sure enough, it was set to the server we were migrating to, but is not for general use yet. The TNS name pointed to it as well. Duh! Is your computer plugged in?
When writing this, i hit [ctrl]-[e] 2 or 3 times to go to the end of the line. Between my mac at home and just being on a Linux box, switching back to windows shortcuts takes a second. After switch back from Google, i found my window empty, luckily, i had Lazarus installed.
In middle of redacting a VIEW that deals with groups, members, and precedence, i fixed a bug, and explained a line in greater detail with (what i think is) the correct logic. (The actual COLUMN name has been shortened):
-- Match this record:
-- To match INDIVUDAL, check P_ as C_ will be NULL (INDIVUDALs have no children).
-- To match GROUP, check C_ for the children; parents can be ignored.
-- (Note: Checking the NULL child or irrelevant parent should not be a problem.)
AND PHC_1.C_ IN (PHC_2.P_, PHC_2.C_)
Some comments just seem wrong.
Having a free moment, i decided to search for something on eBay when the following message popped up on my screen:
Even without the non-working old-experience link, there is something wrong with using a modal window to tell me that i can't appreciate the experience.
If you ask me what version of FF i'm using, you're already a lost cause.
This morning i went to put gas in the car. I switched gas stations because i don't like answering three-million questions before being able to start the gas pumping. Sheesh, ask if if i want a receipt after it starts, why waste so much precious time (in the freezing weather)!
So, i went to a Valero station as they tend to be a little cheaper. They are not on the corner either, making them harder to get to; i'll see if i continue going there. A couple cents a gallon isn't something to get inconvenient over.
Anyway, on the pump there was a sign, "Please pre-pay before pumping".
Last week i overheard part of a conversation. Someone asked, "what's that in celsius, -40?"
And behold, i chuckled.
I use Google Voice to ring my cell phone and office phone (amongst others). The problem is, the office phone picks up after two rings. It's a Cisco CP-7942G, an ip phone. The time to ring setting is global. Seriously?!
So, the office phone picks up first. This isn't usually a problem, because i am by the office phone during the hours i set Google Voice to use it. But yesterday, for example, was a Monday that i was not in the office, it still picked up first because i forgot to turn it off.
Been playing Battle Monkeys.
Learning what each icon does and proc-order is important, but i haven't seen it explained in detail in one place. So, i decided to place a start, here, so as to have it somewhere:
Each Item can be used once. When used, the icon disappears.
Names appearing on four-part screen before game starts are colored based on rank.
Players can have between 1 and 100 Health.
- If avatar receives health that would give it more than 100 Health, it is set to 100 Health.
- If avatar receives damage that would give it less than 1 Health, it is removed from the game.
Avatars take turns:
- By default, turns are taken in order, from left to right. (i.e. avatar with lowest ranking to highest ranking)
- Order of actions can change the order of turns, which becomes the new order for subsequent rounds.
If two avatars qualify for an action as a result of a rule, the avatar affected is chosen at random. (Perhaps it is in the same as turn order, that round.)
If an action applies to more than one turn, it is also applied to the current turn.
- Therefore, even though an action is shown as "+2", the board will show it as if it was 3.
Order of actions on a turn is:
- Push (Where applicable)
- Mace (If player is still in Mace from previous turn)
- Poison (If player is still in Poison from previous turn)
- Health, Full Health, Shield, Vanish, Extra Jump
- The rest (including new Mace and Poison)
Order is very important. For example:
- An avatar in Poison with 10 (or less) Health, has no recourse for more health.
- (If all other other avatars are in the same predicament, and go first, player can still win.)
- Being in Mace and landing on Mace, means Mace actions twice on that turn.
- An avatar in Poison that lands on a Vanish square, applies Vanish after the poison.
- So, the damage received from Poison will not affect Vanish.
- Poison on the next turn will affect Vanish.
All icons have a color:
Green Health to self
Red Damage to self
Blue No Health or Damage to self or others.
Yellow (potential) Damage to others
Push (event) - Avatar is moved off the current square.
- When more than one avatar lands on the same square, a die is rolled for each.
- The same number will not appear on more than one die.
- The avatar with the highest number applies Push to each of the other avatars.
- Push moves the avatar to an adjacent square. The avatar receives 10 damage.
- An avatar on an edge square may land off the board. That avatar receives 100 damage.
- If as a result of Push, an avatar lands on a square occupied by another avatar:
- In Single Player mode, the process runs again, for the new square.
- In Multiplayer mode, both avatars occupy the same square:
- The avatar that landed on the square first treats the square normally.
- The other avatar does not make use of the square, but can receive damage.
Health (heart, green) - Player receives 35 - 45 health
Lava (8 pointed star with outline, red) - Player receives points 35 - 45 damage
Extra Jump (up arrow with line through it, blue) - Player receives 4 (turns) to Extra Jump.
- During Extra jump, player can move 4 squares (instead of the usual 3.)
Vanish (8 lines in circle around dot, blue) - Player receives 2 (turns) to Vanish.
- Vanish ends prematurely if player takes any damage.
- If player stays in Vanish for 10 turns, player receives Ninja Achievement.
- During Vanish player becomes untargetable and avatar is not shown (mace and shield are)
Mace (mace, yellow) - Player receives 2 turns to Mace.
- Players in Mace target all targetable avatars within one square of player.
- Target receives 35 damage.
Shield - (double-lined shield, blue) - Player receives 2 turns to shield.
- Players in Shield (and not in Sleep) are protected from all damage except Smackdown and Push.
- Player in Shield can still receive Sleep.
- If player is also in Sleep, Shield is not active, but does consume a turn.
Sleep (Zzz, blue, targeted) - Target receives 1 (turn) to Sleep.
- Sleep end prematurely if target takes any damage.
- Target is avatar closest to player.
- During Sleep target does not consume any square's icons.
Debonus (encircled x, blue) - All avatars other than player are put in normal state. (Does not affect Health.)
Poison (skull with two injectors through it, yellow, targeted) - Target receives 2 (turns) to Poison.
- During poison, player receives 10 damage.
- Target is Avatar with highest health.
Meteor (circle with 3 circles inside of it, and 3 triangles outline of it, yellow, targeted)
- Target receives 30-35 (usual), 40 ("Big"), or 50 ("Epic") damage.
- If target has a shield, target takes no damage.
- Target is avatar that player received the most damage from.
- If no other avatars are targetable, player becomes target, even if in Vanish.
Lightning (lightning bolt, yellow, targeted) - Targets receive 30 damage.
- All targetable avatars (other than player) receive 30 damage.
Shotgun (rifle, yellow) - Avatars in the row or column of player receive 40 damage.
- Avatars with Shield or behind an avatar in Shield (relative to player), are exempt.
Shockwave (circle with 2 jagged outlines, yellow) - Avatars within 3 squares of player receive damage.
- Avatars within 1 square receive 40 damage, within 2 receive 30 damage, within 3 recieve 20 damage.
Special (star with outline, white) - Special changes by avatar type.
- Monkey - No special. (Icon is still consumed.)
- Chimp - Banana bombs.
- Avatars in every column other than player's column receive 45 damage.
- Avatar in Shield, or behind an avatar in Shield (relative to bottom of field) are exempt.
- Baboon - Smackdown (targeted) - Target receives 45 damage.
- Orangutang - Full Health
- Player's Health set to 100, even if game is Special: No Health.
- Player receives 3 (turns) to Shield.
- If player is in Poison, it is removed.
- Gorilla - Machine Gun (targeted) - Avatar receives 75 damage.
Berserker (clenched fist, blue) - Player receives 3 turns to Berserker.
- During Berserker all received damage from player, except Push, is doubled.
- Initial damage of each Poison is doubled. Subsequent damage is not.
- Special: Berserker triple damage causes triple damage instead of double.
I was asked by a not very technical friend, who was asked by another, to help them track where their son is going on the Internet. They are not technical at all, but they suspect their son may be visiting inappropriate websites, and if so, they want to talk to him, but first they want to capture the urls surreptitiously to see if their concerns are valid.
Well, truthfully, i do not know what to suggest. I searched and found OpenDNS which seems to have some services that allow URL monitoring (no timestamp thopugh). What would you suggest?