Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WannaCry, Pirates of Mainland China?

I couldn't think of a better title, but...
HONG KONG — China is home to the world's largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination to play by its own set of digital rules.
But as the country scrambles to recover from a global hacking assault that hit its companies, government agencies and universities especially hard, the risks of its dependence on pirated software are becoming clear.
Continued here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/business/china-ransomware-wannacry-hacking.html?_r=0

I bolded some things for no reason. Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"CS50 Lecture by Mark Zuckerberg" - YouTube

I'm reserving my opinions/judgements/etc and am going to simply post this very, very interesting time-capsule of a video.

As of this posting, Zuckerberg is worth ~63 billion dollars. This video is ~11.5 years old.


Shiller's "Brain Bugs" w/ Bonus Picture

Reading through "Finance and the Good Society" by Robert J. Shiller, though the actual "bugs" first appeared in "Irrational Exuberance." I thought this was worth sharing (from page 181):

  • Anchoring, a tendency to be influenced by extraneous cues when in ambiguous circumstances
  • A tendency to be overly influenced by storytelling, particularly human-interest stories
  • Overconfidence, particularly in ego-involving judgements
  • Nonconsequentialist reasoning, a difficulty in thinking thorugh the array of hypothetical events that could potentially occur in the future
  • Social influence, a tendency to adopt the attitudes of others around us without realizing we are doing so.
Bonus: A list of cognitive biases. There's plenty of graphical representations of these all over the internet; I'm only posting this one in particular because it's the one I happened across most recently. None of this is "new" information, and some are repeats of the above list:


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Hit play, and come away inspired." - YouTube

I've been talking a lot about inspiration. I came across this video today, Kendrick talking to Rick Rubin. For some reason, I remember judging Rick purely based on his appearance in Em's "Berzerk" music video. It was the point of the video to make him look weird, but I took him as show-offy for some reason. He's one chill dude, at least in this video. Very good conversation between the two.


"The following is Condor, Inc.'s Proposal [...for] Diablo" - PDF

I had been watching various Post Mortem talks on YouTube, which are essentially talks from the developers about games past their shelf-life. This PDF stuck out from the Diablo "Post Mortem" I watched. It's the original pitch for Diablo, and is only 8 pages long. Who knew how influential it'd end up becoming? Not that Roguelikes weren't done beforehand, but Diablo certainly left a mark on gaming culture as a whole.

Clicky:
http://www.graybeardgames.com/download/diablo_pitch.pdf

"Creating a NES emulator in C++11" - YouTube

Another somethin' somethin' that's C++ based. I'll be 100% honest, a lot of this is way over my head, but that's alright. Someone in the comments said it best, "this guy is like the Bob Ross of programming." It's easy to draw inspiration from a video like this.

I think so, anyways.


"Stop Teaching C" - YouTube

I gotta recommend this video to anyone looking to start or currentaly learning C++. There's a lot of "spooky stuff" that always deterred me. It all started to "click into place" before seeing this video, but this video was a very helpful tool from a "student's" perspective, simply by pointing out all of the pitfalls that C++ educators typically fall in. The language is treated and used very differently from at least my own memory trying to learn it 10ish years ago.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

ANUSTART -- CODE MAJIC Y'ALL!

What's up y'all. I imagine that the majority of people who stumble across this page will remember me as Jett (or J3tt within SOCOM II -- Jett was taken). Get at me in the comments if you'd like, I'll try to keep an eye on them.

This page isn't really being used for anything but my own personal postings. Sure, the blogspot domain is "socomcodesnostalgia," but let's be honest, I was absolutely awful at SOCOM 2, and didn't understand half of what I was doing with hacking; though, I did hack a pretty sweet code in San Andreas that led to the discovery of a lot of hidden shops. I believe I was the first to discover them, anyways, but I never made any effort to publicly disclose them outside of what I knew as "the scene" at the time.

Time to test my memory a little bit:

I worked with blu_fr0st which, if I remember correctly, was Bluman and fr0st m0nkey, but I may be misremembering or mistyping how they spell their names. I was a part of DNAS, though I can't remember how it was stylized. I remember when it was reported that the leader of the same name had died in a way that I couldn't wrap my head around at age 14-15.

I remember RV* most vividly as "my homie." Hood and scrantons and FYREWOLF's insanity. The dax beef (aka dax vs. the world, haha). I know y'all remember Birthday Boy, not trying to toot my horn, but that was my own version of "peaking in high school,"  ya' know? I've felt inspired lately, though, and it was with a huge smile on my face that I purchased this domain. I did a bunch of Googling -- it was valued at $1.63 based on traffic. I think I made a good investment. Bleak, SUPERBOOBS!!!, Chrono, Fusion, TheCyndicate (his lack of activity makes me nervous). There's someone else that I can't put my finger on. I wish I could remember. We'd talk a lot and he was such a friendly and curious person. Also, who the hell was it that was the "resident druggy" of sorts**? He was big on consolecodes and his name is so close to the tip of my tongue. I remember he posted a "how to do mushrooms" guide on consolecodes, going in depth about using orange juice and the reasoning behind it. I think I read it as a freshman in high school and sort-of decided then and there, "I'm doing this someday."

(* damn, dude! It's funny I was just starting to get back into programming in the last couple weeks, and I had pondered briefly, "I wonder what RV is up to nowadays." Some quick Reddit stalking, which came as a product of research for purchasing this domain, lol, turned this badass neuro-synth up. #proudofyouhomiehopealliswell)
(** edit: eccentric, I believe?)

I remember, IDOT and Spit absolutely never once spoke to me in even a roundabout way. And, it's weird, but I always envision IDOT as being like, a conspiracy. Like, he actually was TheCyndicate all along, and his existence disappeared with the website. Someone gave me his alleged screenname way back in the day, but he never messaged me back and I believe that he blocked me fairly quickly. Regardless, I was in eighth grade, living in Ohio, and one night, IDOT came into the lobby I was in and started throwing glowsticks and merkin' kidz with the OICW. Man, that just about did it for me. It was like meeting a celebrity, at least to me 13 years ago. Where'd the time go?

I know I'm forgetting a lot of greetz/shoutz or whatever you'd like to call it and I'm sorry. I could refresh my memory by digging around through old emails or the waybackmachine, but is there a point? If you think I should remember you, leave me a comment! If you're cryptic, my memory is shit (too many booze-fueled years pre-sobriety) and I'm very unlikely to guess unless your hints are over-the-top. You know I love and miss you all.

I'll try to update this with content, though it is mostly going to be for myself. I'm an American -- I like to own things, and now I own a piece of my childhood. A movie out of a still-developing saga that'll never come out on blu-ray.

If anyone's interested, I typed this out listening to Pure Comedy and boy do I agree with this (that) video. Honeybear was a near-masterpiece, and this isn't a sequel to it, at least not in the vein of an unwelcomed sequel. What an amazing and natural progression to the creation of this album.

Here's a picture of me trying way too hard to get my hat to be legible. Oh and Honeybear is in the background! That was about the only unplanned part of this picture, hah.

Hope y'all had an amazing Easter. Peace.

- Jett/Corbin

(PS: I'll be updating the template, just gimme a little bit.)
(PSS: My snapchat is coorswithfalcor and my youtube's channel name is Corbin Vision. Perhaps I'll advertise these more later.)
(PSSS: It also appears that not all the buttons are working on socomcodes.com. I'll look into fixing this stuff in the future, for now I've put in about enough effort to get a simple and working version of the site up, but it should evolve over time if all goes according to plan.)