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Creating a Companion Cube in Blender 2.8

The Vital Apparatus Vent will deliver a Weighted Companion Cube in three, two, one…  read full post

Visual Studio 2019 is kind of a disappointment

Microsoft Visual Studio is over 2 decades old at this point, and is currently still the way to work with the .NET ecosystem. It’s a solid IDE, arguably one of the best around. Earlier last month Visual Studio saw the release its latest major version: version 2019. Despite having been around for such a long time, this is actually the first release of Visual Studio that took place in the face of genuine competition (in the form of JetBrains Rider), and in that light, version 2019 is kind of a disappointment.  read full post

Security Analysis of the Aperture Science Turret Production Line Turret Integrity Arbiter Integrity Judgment Protocol

We analyze the behavior of the Integrity Judgment Protocol, which is used by the Turret Integrity Arbiter on the Aperture Science Turret Production Line to determine the integrity of assembled Aperture Science Sentry Turrets. This analysis is primarily an assessment of the security of the Integrity Judgment Protocol. read full post

How much Pi do you really need?

Last Thursday was Pi day, at least in those parts of the world with a month-before-day date format. Google celebrated this event by computing a record-breaking 31.4 trillion digits of Pi. There’s no practical applications for this whatsoever, but it did get me wondering: how much Pi is enough?  read full post

Why I don't have a very active GitHub profile

I was approached by a recruiter on LinkedIn the other day with yet another unsolicited job offer. I get these every week, and usually I just ignore them. This one stood out to me, however, due to the way the candidate profile was described. This guy was unironically looking for a “rockstar developer” who “lives and breathes code,” maintains an “active GitHub profile,” and spends a lot of time on reddit and hackernews.  read full post

SHENZHEN IRL: BRING OUT THE BARON!!

There’s an early-game puzzle in SHENZHEN I/O called “BRING OUT THE BARON!!” that has you designing a simple personal scorekeeper for a drinking game. This assignment comes in through Joe, obviously.  read full post

Unlocking SQL Server Management Studio's hidden dark theme

If there’s one minor annoyance I have with SQL Server Management Studio, it’s how it looks. Specifically how bright it looks. This becomes obvious when using SSMS side-by-side with Visual Studio. Of course, Visual Studio has come with a dark theme since version 2012, which is how it should be for all IDEs. I mean, look at it:  read full post