Stargate Continuum

We were spoiled by Star Trek: From series to movies was two decades of improvements in production and FX quality, and an equally large delta in budget.

Whereas, one of this movies many favorable attributes is the homeliness: they aren’t wearing sleek new $250,000 uniforms, there are no new team members, the friends/aliens/enemy are cast recalls, the SGC hasn’t been redesigned and renovated. Several of the cooler ‘effects’ sequences are actually filmed using real US Mil. hardware.

This is classic Stargate: Aliens have snakes in their heads or bellies, humans fly aircraft, nobody gets beamed and there are explosions.

But you definitely need to start by watching the extras so that your expectations aren’t set by the hype and anti-hype. Get yourself back into that mindset you had midway thru season 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8; dial back to a Friday evening with soda, snacks and the sofa, pop the disk in and watch … and you’ll be well pleased :)

Windows LiveOne Care requires…

Terminal Services (“The Windows Live OneCare service is not working or has stopped“)

If you have TS disabled, like I do, being something of a service freak, LiveOne care merely brings up some CPU-hogging windows with a border and a white background.

Anti-Virus software that requires me to turn on additional software… Erh. Back to NOD when I can finally coax LOC into doing the damn full system scan I paid $49.95 for…

More Dancing…

Not Matt Harding this time :)

Eleavator music required…

Although I genuinely appreciate that the Vista “Windows Update” dialog doesn’t steal focus!

Sweet… Trojan!

So, somehow, my system finally got infected. I’ve done very little on my box at home recently, which narrows it down to a few very limited possible causes.

First symptoms:

  1. Couldn’t access my own blog from my home machine, nor google;
  2. Pop-up windows warning me my computer wasn’t secure (“Win Antivirus Pro” infection);
  3. Opening/Closing control panel very slow and produces pop-ups (“Trojan/IHook” infection);
  4. Trying to run the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool … fails (something actually kills the app);
  5. Unable to install or run Windows Live One Care (task manager shows “winlogon.exe” taking up 12% cpu, when I finally kill winlogo.exe Windows Live One Care seems to advance but still fails);
  6. Lots of rundll32.exe’s that weren’t there before, one of which continually restarts when killed;
  7. Several new svchost.exe’s;
  8. “GoogleUpdate” which won’t uninstall from control panel or otherwise go away aside from removing the folder;
  9. Nod32 quarantined a whole bunch of trojan files but seemed to miss the main infections;

I still have a Norton license, so I installed and scanned with that … Didn’t even discover the files Nod had quarantined. I tried the AVG free trial, it discovered one of the quarantined files.

Ok – so Windows Live One Care? Oh, the infection doesn’t like that, it won’t even download.

Dancing

I noticed this on APOD. It’s old, so ya’ll have probably seen it already, but it made me chuckle.

(Vimeo has it in High Def/widescreen which is quite awesome, but can’t figure out how to include a Vimeo video in WordPress)

WTB OSX for PC

Will pay $250-$300. Authorized vendors only, ta :)

A Mac trend…

A couple of nights ago, (or as it last night, such a long week) I found myself with the mouse hovering over “Buy Now” for a customized 24in iMac for home… $2,500. After a long hard think, I finally decided no: not yet. I updated my Facebook(sorry, if I don’t know you, I won’t accept) status to the tune of “is resisting the urge to buy a Mac”. I’ve had nearly a third of my Facebook friends message/write/pm/email me saying “go on”! The strange thing is, they are mostly the people I would never have dreamed would be Mac users.

We all know that Mac users are the ex-smokers at the health club and the Mac itself sucks, a throwback to the days before Windows 3.

1.29.0.3: The beta that could

That has been a mighty tough week. The last two betas we’ve put out have largely been a test of changes to our pull and build systems throwing as many spanners at them as we could, and they largely held up to it. Anyway, we finally have 1.29.0.3 up for our closed beta testers to begin testing.

*slaps forehead*

Supercell::Supercell(Renderer* r, …)
    : _renderer(r) // …
    , _cells()
{
    _cells.reserve(64) ;
    assert( _cells.empty() = false ) ;
}

 

What I don’t get is why the PC build ignored the assert…

I am going to be doing a lot of sleeping this weekend…