FTD – Lua, Missiles, and APIs, Oh My

I should probably use this blog more often.  Here it sits, gathering dust, while I work on things that people would like to know more about.

A while ago, I started working on a game from Brilliant Skies, Ltd. called From the Depths.  Placing the game in a particular genre is difficult:  It’s got voxel-building, like Minecraft. It has real-time Strategy elements, like Starcraft.  – MORE

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Screengrab, now with falsified reviews!

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Yesterday, I made a hacked version of the Firefox addon Screengrab that removes the ads the author added.  Again, I understand the guy made the ads opt-inm and he needs the money for his sick kid, but some of us just don’t want adware anywhere on our computers.

Because of the new “feature”, the addon has been receiving lots of bad reviews, so today, I decided to check in to see how things were going on that front. – MORE

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High-Performance LODs with DynDOLOD 2.x

Get pretty LODs like this without the performance impact.

Skyrim is an old game, but still fun to play.  I occasionally use it to blow off steam, and have had plenty of experience modding it.  The following is an update to an earlier post that was written for DynDOLOD 1.49, which, as someone has pointed out, is ancient and the instructions no longer apply.  I use the following settings and receive no performance hits from DynDOLOD, since  have disabled the scripts that DynDOLOD likes to inject. – MORE

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Skyrim and High Performance Dynamic LODs using DynDOLOD

This is a cross-post from 4chan for posterity.  I regularly get 55FPS (capped) using the following procedure, which is a mash of STEP instructions, DynDOLOD install procedures, and personal experience.  LODs are still pretty crappy-looking, but it’s a Gamebryo game, and they at least match up with what’s actually in the world.

  1. First, ensure shit works before installing DynDOLOD.
  2. Install the latest development release of FO4Edit and rename it to TES5Edit.exe.
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How to Clean Skyrim Saves

I recently made a Skyrim mod to fix an annoying bug with Serana, one of the Dawnguard DLC’s characters.  She’s a rather complex entity, using her own AI to help quests in Dawnguard manipulate her follower status and “lock” her to the player when needed.  Unfortunately, this AI also clashes with mods like Extensible Follower Framework, which enable you to have more than one follower at a time.  – MORE

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CVE-2016-4171 and Disabling Adobe Flash

As has been happening frequently, another Adobe Flash security vulnerability has come to light (called CVE-2016-4171Mitre, Adobe).  Unfortunately, this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild, and, as usual, Adobe won’t have a fix available for several days, at least.

So, what can you – the end user – do to protect yourself?  Many browsers, including Firefox, already have Flash set to click-to-play by default, meaning that you have to click the Flash application before it’ll actually run.  – MORE

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Official Response to PDtv’s Allegations

I want to take some time to address concerns that PDtv – a former employee of Squad – has made on Reddit and 4chan regarding KSP’s development.

When I was hired at Kerbal Space Program, I was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement due to the fact that I would have access to sensitive information, including trade secrets and personal information of both employees and users.  – MORE

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Fixing HHVM “Read Timeout is Reached” Error

I’m working on a very large internal project that involves indexing several 4chan boards, along with content on several other *chans which currently do not have any external archive means. I’ve been using HHVM to keep performance high, as this system handles millions of rows in several tables, and uses a complex database schema for the new tagging system. It’s not quite ready yet, but I am slowly making progress. – MORE

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Why GitLab is Not Ready for Big Repos

It’s rare that I have to complain about something enough to make a blog post about it, and my experience with GitLab has definitely met the criteria.

GitLab is a git repository hosting system with many similarities to GitHub, the largest code repository hosting service in the world.  The biggest, and possibly the best difference between it and GitHub is that GitLab is (mostly) open-source:  You can download the GitLab Community Edition software, chuck it on your server, and boom, you get world-class git repository management and the ability to handle Merge Requests (GitLab’s version of the ubiquitous Pull Request).  – MORE

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