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Candy Crush Blue Bird - Bad Idea?

01 May 2014 - 08:21 PM

Candy Crush has a new game mode involving a blue bird that you have to keep stable.


But here is the problem: random is NOT on your side (more on that later). And the law contradict itself.


First, while moving the scale based on your action is nice, it should not move based on something out of your control - eg: falling new candy. Nothing is more sad than to move a candy, NEW candy fall in, connect, clear more area, and may clear more area involving candy not related to the scale, and more NEW candy fall down, clearing candy related to the scale, and you've lost in an instant. There are cases I lost just by doing a move. And its not even involving subsequent candy connect (which is unrelated to the scale) but it just clear an area, new candy falls in, and suddenly you lost.


Second, there are time you need to clear stuff up. Doing combination is nice, except, this is a sure fire way to also quickly lost.


Third, while it can detect no more moves, it interestingly cannot detect no more LEGAL move. In short, if the random causes the only next move is a red candy, and your red candy scale is next to breaking point, you have no choiche than to move it, and fall the scale, or BUY moves.


Lastly, so called "bonuses" is not a one time purchase, unlike Plant & Zombie trees, it recurring purchases. The question is, how far can you trust the "randomness" of the game?


If I remember correctly, in case of Diablo 3, wasn't there a time where the developer mentioned that awesome drops is harder to get to make people using "auction house"?

Python 3 + Linux terminal

17 April 2014 - 03:18 AM

How do I write to a terminal using Python under linux?


For example in Ubuntu you can open two terminal, type 'tty' to get the handle. and you can pipe between them. for example you can type in one but the output get out on the other one.


So the question is...


1. how do I open a new terminal in Python and already have the handle?

2. or if I already have a terminal window open, provide this to python?

3. how to I write to terminal? including newline?


for example this:


-a person open a terminal window

-run my app

-provide the tty handle to my app

-my app ask for name

-print out "Hello name" in the terminal window.

-and provide a new line / enter

-so that I can also send 'echo 'name' to the terminal and press enter.


I'm new to python but I've been googling but can't even find a simple app that print hello world to a terminal window in linux. you know, something as simple as:


-ask for terminal tty handle

-print hello world in the terminal


is it tty? but python lib is not helping and it seems tty can be used for text files too?


I already google but either tty in python is too enriched or what I have no idea.






Open source html editor capable of loading large html files

29 September 2013 - 10:21 PM

Does anyone have experience in using open source (or free) html editor / viewer that capable of loading/viewing large HTML files?


I'm using a tool that (depending on situation) generate 15mb to 50mb sized html files. This is outside my control.


The problem is that Chrome just wouldn't stop loading, the same with FireFox. I tried some html viewer / editor at Portable Apps (some of them free) and its all hang or just won't load (I use Ubuntu linux, btw).


Currently my only workaround is to open it under NotePad++ and copy paste the table I want to view into another html editor. (this is because the html would contain a lot of tables). I'm only interested in certain table, but the tools just generate things as a whole large html files.


Does anyone have experience in loading / viewing large html files? Since like I said, my only option currently is to open it in Notepad++, which strangely, load 50mb html just fine.



gmail - suddenly lack of emails getting in

13 February 2013 - 10:44 PM

Is there anyone here that uses gmail and notice that suddenly there is very little emails going into your inbox?


I'm a person that subsscribe to a lot of newsletter and many other things. So its normal if I received around 20 emails per day, facebook notification, blender development mailing list, 3d artist, 3d world mag, and many other things. most of the time I just look at the title to see if I need to read the body or not. 


However, on 9th, 10th, 11th, I received no email at all. So I test my .com re-direction by sending an email to myself. And it works. And yet I haven't received anything from anyone that sends to my re-direction email. 


So I think this is strange. 


Does anyone else know anything about this?


Was there a silent update to gmail that I haven't read anything about?



Intuition - flipcode.com

24 September 2012 - 10:02 AM

For whatever reason I don't know, I visited flipcode.com. I knew at one time flipcode.com is a tombstone of once popular website (I have a question answered in once of the section).

Well, it has return, starting around September.

But bigger question is, did you ever follow your hunch? And you was right? And when you didn't follow your hunch, you regret the result of ignoring it?