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  • Locked out of hotmail/live account

    @kettch: When providing a secondary email you are sent a confirmation in a random 30 day period. during which your account can be disabled.

    If Microsoft decides to start disabling people's services, their live login account, and by extension any other service they use with their hotmail or outlook account, purely because they do not provide a cell phone number, then they are a bad business. Due to attitudes like yours, when given the opportunity I will dissuade my family, friends, my friends families, and others I meet in real life from buying or using Microsoft products or services.

  • Locked out of hotmail/live account

    I just want to clarify events leading up my hotmail/live account being locked.

    I originally signed up for a hotmail account sometime around 1998. When I signed up at that time a phone number wasn't required and nor was a secondary email address. At some point in time my Microsoft converted my hotmail account into a "live" account.

    Five or six weeks ago whenever I wanted to post here or check my email live began asking me for a phone number to send me a text message. I actually don't use a cell phone often, and when I do it's a prepaid cell phone, which is a great money saver.

    About three weeks ago when I attempted to use hotmail I found I was locked out. Microsoft wanted to send me a text message to authorize my account to a non existent cell phone. Since I actually had no contact information, the hotmail site wanted a secondary email, but would only send the recovery information to that other account email some random time over a 30 day window (according to the instructions I would see whenever I tried to log in here or at hotmail or with any live serve for that matter).

    Additionally, since my account was locked, it also put my other accounts in jeopardy. I could not get messages from godaddy, newegg, ebay, monoprice, ect. All of this because Microsoft decided that because I pressed skip a few times when asked to provide a cell phone number for authorization code text message my account would be locked.

    I've since updated all my contact information for godaddy, ebay, and more to use my gmail account, which doesn't lock me out when I press skip if they ask for a cell phone number.

  • Locked out of hotmail/live account

    So I guess I'll not be using hotmail or any windows live or other Microsoft sites anymore.

    Starting last month the live login process began asking me to provide extra authentication linking my phone number and text messages to my live account. I didn't add a mobile number and now I can no longer sign into my live account.

    To make thing more difficult, Microsoft then forced me to wait for some random point within the next 30 days to add extra security to my account, and until then I cannot use live login.

    Microsoft you lost a long time customer and I'll be sure to spread the word. It was nice knowing you guys on channel 9, thanks.

  • Chromecast

    Plex media software now has Chromecast support. Here is a recent demo:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yXTQN-IXxQ

  • The world's hardest riddle

    I turn polar bears white
    and I will make you cry.
    I make guys have to pee
    and girls comb their hair.
    I make celebrities look stupid
    and normal people look like celebrities.
    I turn pancakes brown
    and make your champane bubble.
    If you squeeze me, I'll pop.
    If you look at me, you'll pop.
    Can you guess the riddle?

    97% of Harvard graduates can not figure this riddle out, but 84% of kindergarten students were able to figure this out in 6 minutes or less. Can you guess the correct answer? Just repost this bulletin with the title "The World's Hardest Riddle", and then check your inbox. You'll get a message with the correct answer in it. Good luck!

    I believe the answer is NO! The last line in the riddle says "Can you guess the riddle? and most kindergartens would answer no.

  • XKeyscore - Screen shots of NSA search tools

    Here is more information regarding XKeyscore from a top secret presentation created in 2008:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/jul/31/nsa-xkeyscore-program-full-presentation

    It would seem that the NSA likes searching your word and excel documents, especially if you do something suspicious like use encryption. 

  • XKeyscore - Screen shots of NSA search tools

    Edward Snowden via Glen Greenwald shed more light today on what he meant when he said given an email address he could wiretap anyone:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/31/nsa-top-secret-program-online-data

    What's interesting here is seeing the actual NSA analyst search forms which are simple browser based applications. An analyst fills out a keyword, email address or website name (wildcards can be used) and select a search reason from a limited drop list, then clicks "submit" and he/she can find out a whole lot about you. This includes your web browsing history, online chats, emails, locations you've logging in from. All this is done without a warrant.

    Discuss

  • I published an XNA style game toolkit

    @Ion Todirel:

    It targets free pascal only.

    But don't let that stop you, as fp has added a lot of new language features like:

    • implcit/explict conversions
    • Value types can have methods, operators, and everything a class can have (except virtual methods, interface implementation)
    • extension methods (again applies to value types as well as classes)
    • c++ style operators (++,--,+=.*=, ect)
    • operator overloading
    • inlining code
    • generics with constraints
    • much improved reflection (they call it rtti)
    • managed types (dynamic arrays, interfaces, dynamics)
    • and a lot more

    It also is native code which is great for interfacing with the open source software it is build on (sdl2, opengl, openssl, libxml). Direct memory pixel (use for sprite collision) or vertex buffer (vertex data is a pointer to a user defined data in memory) access is very easy.

    Also it includes the Lazarus IDE which I briefly overview in this video, includes stepping into dlls C code where you can see what the other open source frameworks are doing:

    http://www.baregame.org/#topic_using_lazarus

  • I published an XNA style game toolkit

    To the regulars,

    I've been working on project which recreates an XNA style game toolkit, except for every (soon!) platform.  I thought maybe this long holiday weekend some people somewhere might look at it and give me feedback (watch the video):

    http://www.baregame.org/

    The class library written around SDL 2.0 and optionally includes a compiler+IDE as well as recent binaries of SDL 2.0 for 32/64 bit Windows an Linux.

    And when I say modern I mean the library features a lot of C# ness to it (even though it's not C#) ...

    e.g.

    TEventHandler<T> = procedure(Sender: TObject; var Args: T) of object;
    IBitmap = interface(IClonable<IBitmap>)
    TPointF = record public class operator Implicit(const Value: TPointI): TPointF;
    TMatrix4x4 = record public class operator Multiply(const A: TMatrix4x4; const B: TVec3): TVec3; overload;

    namespace Bare.System:

    https://github.com/sysrpl/Bare.Game/blob/master/source/bare.game.pas

    If you look at the site, please bear in mind i haven't had time to write up everything yet. Let me know what you think.

  • Can someone PLEASE tell me why Windows file operations are still messed up?

    I don't have a virus scanner. I turn off Windows defender right after I install (along with windows firewall). I don't install much on my PCs, just textpad (I own a license), vcl, google chrome, and mingw on dev machines or utorrent (downloading mp4 movies) on my htpc.

    I also re-install about a year or every other year. I've had these problems constantly on a lot of machines, and most of the people at my work who I've discussed this with have similar experiences.

    I guess I could screen record some videos on a few different machines if people don't believe me.