Games, Opinion

Godville for iPhone/Android is just what I was looking for!

1528529_10153670824515082_2096739632_nFor those who don’t remember the game from back in the day called Progress Quest. it is a fully automatic role-playing game that ran in your task bar and played itself. Once named, the hero completed quests, looted items and sold stuff at the shop to use the gold to buy new spells, weapons and armour for the tougher enemies.

For years I was searching for a similar game until today, when I discovered (albeit a bit late) Godville for the iPhone/Android.

Players get to name their character (and their godly name—mine’s Luciferos, in case you’re interested) and that’s about it. The game does everything else—from combat, to quests, equipping items, starting guilds and doing PvP.. You as the god can encourage or punish your follower as you see fit but that’s the extent of which you “play” this game, besides reading your follower’s somewhat funny diary entries to see how his/her life is progressing. It’s an awesome game if you have little time to game.

If you’re interested in a game that plays itself (for the most part), then give Godville for the iPhone/Android a shot (it’s free!). Also, be sure to check out Progress Quest for the PC as well!

Last minute edit: Upon doing some more research I also found a more interactive browser “idle rpg” called Battle Without End on Kongregate. In this game you can equip your character (and pet) with items the character finds on his/her adventures. It even sports item quality, from Basic to Legendary like in games such as the Diablo series.

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Opinion

Wisdom and love?

330px-DickseeRomeoandJulietOne cannot be wise and in love at the same time, said the poet. And what is the implication? That love obviously is a past time and an occupation for fools. Oh well, poets in general seemed to have had a sorry time of love when you consider their verses on the subject, And yet, there would seem to be a melancholy strain of truth in their singing—after all, how many deliriously happy lovers do you know?

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Opinion

Welcome to 2014!

A new year has begun and if things go right, it will be a better year than the last. Maybe if we’re lucky, humans will stop killing and raping each other and departments such as the NSA will be dismantled for good. But all that might be asking too much.

What are some of your New Years resolutions? I’ve got a couple:

Lose weight.
Smoke less.
Facebook less.
Make new friends.
Shave my face.
Bacon.

Let’s see if I can stick to them.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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News, Opinion

Surprise! The NSA Lied

NSA-650x637Claims made by the NSA that they are not able to find out much about people from the data they collect daily have been blown apart. The NSA and some lawmakers used to claim that the information it was collecting, such as phone numbers and length of calls, couldn’t be tied to any one individual, but an investigation by some who have been collecting data from Android users (on a volunteer basis) has shown that it was easy to put names to numbers.

A program called Metaphone collected data from 5,000 volunteers and gathered such data as recent calls, texts and social network information. The goal was to find out just how much metadata one could grab with surveillance and whether or not they could connect the data with individuals through freely available online tools.

The researchers discovered real names for 27% of the numbers using only Google, Yelp, Facebook and Google Places. They also Googled 100 randomly sampled numbers from their dataset and in under an hour managed to associate 60% of them to a person or a business. When they added in their 3 initial sources, they were up to 73%. Now if the NSA spies wanted to invest a little money into it they could probably get figures of up to 90% accuracy without a lot of effort.

The researchers issued an update to the Metaphone application which enabled instant feedback for users, providing them with a quick view of how closely they were connected to other app users and how many businesses they have been in contact with.

In the end we learn (once again) that there really is no privacy online. It is no conspiracy theory to believe there are spies amongst us, It is up to the population to dismantle organizations such as the NSA but that may prove difficult, as we learn recently that a US judge somehow ruled phone surveillance is lawful.

What a sad and sick world we live in.

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News, Opinion

Thanks To David Cameron’s Draconian Blocking Rules, Tech Sites Have Been Blocked

David_Cameron_officialIt shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that David Cameron’s “save the kids” censorship system turned out to be just another attempt to censor the internet of information.

One victim of censorship is the Norwegian Unix Users’ group website which is now blocked in the UK. To the conspiracy theorist, this would appear like David Cameron despises open source (and if you want to go into full-paranoia mode, maybe there was a lobby by big software to block said sites). Another open source site that was blocked was USENIX, a US-based but international Unix user group.

What’s even worse is that EFF.org is also blocked. Now why a site like the Electronic Frontier Foundation would be blocked makes one wonder. Apparently they hate the fact the EFF defends one’s rights in the digital world against many types of business trolls.

The British can’t reach slashdot.org, linuxtoday.com, blogspot.com, ArsTechnica, openbsd.org, freebsd.org, geekculture.com and even linux.com. Maybe this is due to the discussions on said sites about “free downloading?”

Hopefully these issues get settled and if not, I hope the British bring their complaints directly to David Cameron’s front door. Censorship is an evil, no matter how many times you try to pass it off as “saving the children.” Don’t use children as pawns for your diabolical plans, Politicians!

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Opinion

And so, it is Christmas…

MerryOldSantaIt’s officially the start of Christmas and you know what that means! Lots of presents and egg nog (and booze). Oh, and spending quality time with family and friends, of course.

Personally, I don’t really celebrate Christmas—I don’t really buy into the marketing gimmick of a fat white man in a tracksuit who is meant to lead you into consuming all that you can either but besides all that, I don’t have much in way of family left to celebrate it with so I’ll probably skip the whole ordeal, wind up eating some ham sandwiches and catching up on some much needed sleep as I’m sure many other readers in similar predicaments will.

Peace to all, to all believers and non-believers alike. That should be the main point of Christmas, no?

Let’s try to keep the following in mind: You don’t need to believe in Yule, the Scandinavian fertility god, to enjoy the tradition of Yuletide carols and greetings. You don’t need to be a Wiccan to enjoy the tradition of wreaths or decking the halls with holly. You don’t need to be a Druid to enjoy the tradition of hoping for a kiss under the mistletoe. You don’t need to believe in the god Saturn to enjoy the tradition of decorating a Saturnalia tree in your home. You don’t need to believe in Thor, Odin or St. Nicholas to enjoy the tradition of a visitor bringing you gifts at night. You don’t need to believe in Sleipnir, Odin’s flying 8-legged horse, to enjoy the tradition of listening for the sound of hooves on your rooftop. You don’t need to believe in Mithras to enjoy the tradition of celebrating the sun’s rebirth on December 25th. And you don’t need to believe in Jesus Christ to enjoy the tradition of renaming this ancient holiday to “Christ’s Mass.”

All you need to enjoy these winter festivities is to be merry.

If you drink, try not to drive but if you must drive, drive very slowly and try not to hit any reindeer along the way.

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News, Opinion

First Time Ever: Man Versus Woman In Official MMA Match

On December 20, Brazil will potentially make MMA history by allowing a man and a woman to fight each other for the first time ever since the sport adopted the Unified Rules.

Emerson Falcao (0-1) is ready to fight Juliana Velasquez (0-0) in a three-round bantamweight fight on Friday, according to MMAFighting.com, but whether or not they actually go through with it is anyone’s guess.

Osiris Maia, a member of the Brazilian MMArts Confederation, had this to say about the match on MMAFighting.com:

“There’s nothing in the rules that specific [sic] prohibits a man to fight a woman, but when you interpret the rules you know that both athletes must be in the same level, so there’s no way a man should be allowed to fight a woman.”

My thought is this: If Falcao ends up winning, people will say he beat a woman which is bad enough, but if he loses they may say he let Velasquez win, so there’s definitely going to be some controversy with this match should it go through as planned.

I’m excited for tomorrow to see whether or not it happens and curious as to how the match turns out. This is a first time in MMA history and if it is a success, we may see more co-ed matches in future.

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Opinion

2 things iPhone needs

apple-iphone-5-white-all-sidesAll of us have had telemarketers bothering us at one point or another. Lately I’m being bothered up to three times a day, sometimes as late as 9pm, by one number in particular: 1 (514) 904-3190, which seems to come from Quebec, Canada and is apparently IPSOS Reid, a tiresome surveys company. I do not answer these calls but the ringing drives me crazy.

It’s times like these I realize there are two things my iPhone is missing that should have come standard in the first place.

1. A “silent” ringtone. The iPhone has a whole bunch of shrill, annoying ringtones but not a single silent one. With a “silent” ringtone I could assign it to the phone number in question and never have to worry about an aggressive phonecaller disrupting my dinner. I realize there’s a workaround: uploading a silent mp3 to my iPhone’s ringtone directory but I’m disappointed they couldn’t just add a silent one to begin with.

2. Number blocking. How come I have to jailbreak my iPhone in order to have call blocking? Why isn’t it an option in the first place? It can’t be too hard to add the ability to send the annoying caller directly to voicemail, at the very least. Telus, which I’m on, does have the ability to dial *60 to block the last number that called, but it only allows up to 50 blocked numbers.

Android phones have both of these features on their phones. If Apple was smart (or cared) they would add these things to an update, preferably sooner than later, before I decide to jump ship to an Android phone which I’m seriously considering once my contract is up just for those two features alone.

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Movies, Opinion

Do we really need a Terminator reboot?

new-sarah-connor-emilia-clarke-terminator-genesis-e1386987102134-530x362According to the interwebs, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons, from the HBO series Game of Thrones) will be playing Sarah Connor in the new Terminator reboot. But the question is, do we really need one? I don’t know about you but I’m growing mighty sick and tired of my favourite classic movies being redone, and being redone badly. I like Emilia but I fear for this movie. Just think about the recent Total Recall remake where they pretty much forgot to add everything that made it a good movie, including the mutants. It ended up being an awful movie.

I guess we’ll see how it turns out. I’m pretty skeptical, I must say. I’ll watch it for Emilia Clarke but I won’t hold my breath that it’ll be a decent homage to the original.

What do you think? Do you think Emilia Clarke is fit for the role of Sarah Connor?

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