Controls: cursor keys to move, mouse to Look.
It is not perfect of course, but this is as close as you can get without that feature. So please, dear Adobe Molehill and HTML5/WebGL developers: We need something to control the cursor position. Otherwise you won't see any first person shooter games with nice control at all.
Sometimes those are very friendly people with a great vision, simply looking for a talented programmer to bring their idea to life. In other cases these are self proclaimed business people with a lot of self confidence and a suit, but nothing more. Sometimes the ideas they have are actually quite good, but in most cases it's simply a currently hyped technology like Twitter, remade with their name and logo on it. The current 'I need a programmer to build me a Facebook' is the new 'I need a programmer to build me a World of Warcraft' from several years ago.
I'm a programmer, and not a well socially trained person, so I usually have difficulties telling them that their idea is worth nothing. Personally, I have about 3 good ideas every month worth implementing. And out there are thousands of people with the same or similar ideas. The problem: You need resources to do that. You need people, time and money. You need business and marketing skills, technical know-how and even more money. Usually tons of money. Without that, an idea is worth nothing. It's just an idea.
demonstrations as 'Low-Level Terrorism', then you know that you are fucked. Do something now.
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This was the cause of a huge outcry, because physically, this would have destroyed the whole "german" internet. People even had started taking offline their websites because they would not be able to afford lawsuits which obviously would have followed by sneaky lawyers trying to exploit that law. Also I considered taking offline some of my hobby sites, although living in Austria.
But anyway, the law now never made it (german link). Not because the law made no sense - of course not - but because some standard-If-you-dont-then-I-dont-either quarrel.
Anyway, it looks like we are safe, for now.
How to fail building a Massively multiplayer online game. Probably I liked that article especially because back then when they hired people I also went there (their company was located in Vienna) for a hiring interview together with some friends. But we decided not to work for them because most of the problems discussed in that article seemed quite obvious to us even back then. :)
Client: We think about using Amazon AWS for hosting, what do you think?
Me: I wouldn't do it. Amazon recently showed that they'll shut down your whole site from one minute to the next, without any warning, if they don't like you.
Me: Yes, they did this with Wikileaks, just last week.
Client: You are right! So no Amazon then.
They will now use some of the many alternatives. Probably a good decision. If you are running web services, you better be reliable, I guess. Amazon also just announced their DNS service. I think people will now think twice before using this.
just banned the Wikileaks donation account. This means my donation never reached Wikileaks, and Paypal keeps holding my money. Isn't that fraud? Deception? I tried getting my donation refunded, but it doesn't work. So I sent PayPal this mail:
(for those who don't speak german: Give me back my money or I'll sue). Let's see what they answer. If, at all.
WebGL 3D engine CopperLicht, version 1.3.2. It's adding new materials (reflections), performance optimizations, better font rendering, and several bug fixes.
you can do this too.
website editor, WebsitePainter today. It includes a bunch of nice new features, including some HTML code syntax highlighting. The reason that something like that hasn't been in before is that you usually don't edit HTML code in the editor, but simply drag and drop elements around. But of course, it is possible also to add some stuff in the HTML code, like attributes and CSS styles, so a syntax highlighting was nice to have.
Interestingly, the feature becomes quite slow on the Mac OS X version, where I tell the text control which parts of the text has to be in which color. For big pages, it takes up to two seconds, which makes typing a PITA. So I had to add a time measurement feature inside the syntax highlighter, which then stops early on slow systems. But I guess I'll investigate later more deeply into the reason why Mac OS X is that slow on that part. It's a bit embarrassing.