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"Square Enix" is Japanese for "drains battery"
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NSURLConnection behaves differently on Tiger vs. Leopard, even if you compile against the 10.4 SDK.

On 10.5, redirects will happen automatically even if you don't implement connection:willSendRequest:redirectResponse: on the delegate, but they don't happen on 10.4.
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I was getting some Midol for [livejournal.com profile] jenbooks this morning. From the bottle:

Speak to a doctor before using if:
You have trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate
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So I was doing a search on the Wii VC for paper mario.

M..A..(damn typing on this thing sucks)...R....I

And the suggested completion at that point? "Marijuana"
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We hit the Comp-USA closing sale near us. I managed to get a Mac comedy adventure game set in Egypt, no way to turn that one down.

But, in the display case was something that I hope is still there come store closing. There was a returned XBox 360, with an "as is" sticker on it. For anyone that's been paying attention to the 360 saga in gaming news, that alone is a red flag. Even more fun was what was written on the sticker. "Minor issue: Does not power up". Since when is that minor? It was marked down to $188, but why buy a broken console for that much?
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[livejournal.com profile] jenbooks got addicted to Professor Layton and the Curious Village, a game that I had preordered and had been waiting for for a while. She wanted help with one of the puzzles, and after trying for a few minutes, I solved it a different way

Well, there was another puzzle late in the game neither one of us had much luck with, so I did the same thing with that puzzle as well.

Final program version, no spoilers )

Code made pretty by C++2HTML
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I filed this with Apple about a week ago, and since they qualify it as "enhancement", I guess they wouldn't mind me publicizing it. It exists in both Tiger and Leopard, and is probably in every version of OS X.

If you run as a non-administrator (you are running as a non-administrator, right?), you aren't as secure as you should be. When you drag a new app to /Applications, Finder asks you for administrator logon credentials. This is all well and good, and is exactly what it should do. However, what happens next is not, and opens you up for other attacks. This dialog is used only for authorization. The credentials are not used again, and the owner of the application is the current, non-administrative user.

To put this in terms of what may happen. You run Firefox, and install it by copying to /Applications. Since it requires authentication to do this, you've increased your safety, or so you think. Now something takes advantage of an exploit, and tries to overwrite the firefox application to do it's nefarious work. Whoops, it succeeds, and your system is now compromised when it should have been protected. Even Windows gets installing as an alternate user correct, why doesn't Mac?

There is fortunately, a simple workaround. Unfortunately, there is not a "Mac" work around, as I just tested that and that has a security flaw as well. Open up Terminal.App, and use su, sudo and chown to set the proper permissions. I'm sorry for the instructions being a little vague, but I will write out a detailed, automated way so that it's regularly scheduled and no intervention necessary.

The "Mac" way would be to right click on the application, and set the owner in the info inspector. This unfortunately, has a net effect of exactly nothing. The ownership of the directory is changed, but the ownership of the contents is not. The ability of malicious software to change the binary is not in any way impacted.
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Is Apple trying to make me go back to Linux? They just keep screwing up more and more

Quicktime DRM screws up movie files you make

Apple screws up system tool in the name of DRM
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Which is worse, video games or torture?

Looks like I need to buy me an iron maiden and pincers for entertainment, it's more wholesome.
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I have a hard line stance against purchasing software that requires activation. Looks like people are beginning to learn why.

From Boing Boing
DRM bites again: the Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage servers (which every XP and Vista install phones home to) all failed sometime earlier today.

The result? Every single Windows XP and Vista installation -- except possibly those with volume license keys -- is being marked as counterfeit when it tries to check in. Installations which are flagged as counterfeit switch to a "reduced functionality mode" which results in features like Aero and DirectX being disabled.

And the official word from MS?

I’m sorry to inform you that the Windows Genuine server might be down for few days. I have escalate the issue to our Genuine team, kindly try to validate again on Tuesday 28 Aug 2007.

Thank you for contacting Microsoft Technical Support.


Aug. 16th, 2007 07:59 am
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Via Joystiq
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"I believe OS/2 is destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time." - Bill Gates
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From here, via [livejournal.com profile] macbastard

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

The movie industry is trying to claim copyright on that number. Post far and wide.
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Someone built a replica of Noah's ark

Whatever floats your boat (pun intended). I just view this as the same as Universal Studios Florida, or that guy that made his apartment into the deck of the Enterprise.

More mind boggling was a quote from one of the visitors on opening day.

"I knew the story of Noah, but I had no idea the boat would have been so big."

Uh, two of everything? It shouldn't be that *small*.
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One of the communities I'm on suggested a competition combining games and Motivational posters

My quick hack below the cut )


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