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2015 Oct 19, 9:37
Amazon Fresh just went up $300/yr. Angry and sad to switch services after ~5yrs. Alternatives recommendations? http://www.geekwire.com/2014/tough-swallow-longtime-amazon-fresh-customers-bolting-new-299year-subscription/ …
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Aug 4, 3:06
Enjoying this inspirational cord cutting Ars article: http://arstechnica.com/staff/2015/08/i-finally-kicked-cable-tv-to-the-curb/ …. Can I use HBO Now subscription with HBO Go app on Xbox One?
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Retweet of igrigorik

2015 Jul 26, 2:43
writing Promise-using API's: http://bit.ly/1KsMQ7X  - must read for all JavaScript and spec developers alike.
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Apr 9, 4:34
Scripting in cdb/kd is not pleasant. Using PowerShell to script cdb/kd instead: http://www.leeholmes.com/blog/2009/01/21/scripting-windbg-with-powershell/ … . Any other better ways?
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Mar 30, 10:20
More GitHub DDoS details: http://www.netresec.com/?page=Blog&month=2015-03&post=China%27s-Man-on-the-Side-Attack-on-GitHub … Wouldn't it be safer for attacker to load DDoS victim's content via img than script tag?
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Retweet of bhalp1

2015 Mar 19, 6:57
Sometimes when I'm writing Javascript I want to throw up my hands and say "this is bullshit!" but I can never remember what "this" refers to
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fuckyeahpeeweeherman:Pee-wee Herman’s next adventure is coming...

2015 Mar 17, 3:28


fuckyeahpeeweeherman:

Pee-wee Herman’s next adventure is coming to Netflix.

Netflix says the film will be called “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” and will feature Pee-wee taking his first-ever vacation after meeting a mysterious stranger.

Reubens created the quirky character in the 1980s when he was a member of the Groundlings improv group.

Netflix currently streams the Pee-wee films “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Big Top Pee-wee,” as well as the TV show “The Pee-wee Herman Show” and “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

“Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” is being produced by Judd Apatow and directed by John Lee. Reubens is writing the movie’s script with Paul Rust.

Netflix says production will begin this year.

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fuckyeahpeeweeherman:Pee-wee Herman’s next adventure is coming...

2015 Mar 17, 3:28


fuckyeahpeeweeherman:

Pee-wee Herman’s next adventure is coming to Netflix.

Netflix says the film will be called “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” and will feature Pee-wee taking his first-ever vacation after meeting a mysterious stranger.

Reubens created the quirky character in the 1980s when he was a member of the Groundlings improv group.

Netflix currently streams the Pee-wee films “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Big Top Pee-wee,” as well as the TV show “The Pee-wee Herman Show” and “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

“Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” is being produced by Judd Apatow and directed by John Lee. Reubens is writing the movie’s script with Paul Rust.

Netflix says production will begin this year.

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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Mar 8, 6:11
Bi-monthly reminder that neither of JavaScript's equality operators (== and ===) are reflexive. http://dorey.github.io/JavaScript-Equality-Table/ …
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Tweet from David_Risney

2015 Feb 16, 5:55
Issues with "be liberal in what you accept": "@manisha72617183: Because JavaScript! pic.twitter.com/CPCg6xxulF"
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Retweet of JustRogDigiTec

2015 Feb 13, 6:54
Still on the fence if this is good for the web. Love the progress!! “@shanselman: Flash isn't dead. It's undead. http://www.hanselman.com/blog/JavaScriptHasWonRunFlashWithMozillaShumwayAndDevelopSilverlightInJSWithFayde.aspx …
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Image Manipulation in PowerShell - Windows PowerShell Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

2015 Jan 5, 1:20

Great blog post and set of powershell scripts for manipulating images.

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Image Manipulation in PowerShell - Windows PowerShell Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

2015 Jan 5, 1:20

Great blog post and set of powershell scripts for manipulating images.

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The Interview ending interpretation

2014 Dec 25, 2:29

As the title suggests, spoilers for The Interview follow.

Towards the end of the movie, after Dave Skylark is shot, he miraculously has a bullet proof vest, blows up Kim Jong-un, finds a random tunnel and is picked up by Seal Team Six. These are the same details of the unbelievable scenario that Dave Skylark describes to Agent Lacey at the beginning of the movie.

This isn't a coincidence. Everything after Dave is shot is his fantasizing about how things should have gone as he dies in the interview chair. Unsurprisingly his fantasy closely matches his original ridiculous thoughts about how he would assassinate and escape.

This is similar to movies like Brazil in which the later fourth of the movie is the main character’s romantic fantasy as he is tortured and killed in real life. Or Total Recall where the end of the movie matches the description of the memories that the main character will have implanted at the beginning.

Its safe to assume that after Dave is killed, Aaron and Sook are captured and also killed.

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Live coding in VR with the Oculus Rift, Firefox WebVR,...

2014 Oct 6, 2:45


Live coding in VR with the Oculus Rift, Firefox WebVR, JavaScript and Three.js

“I built a live-coding web app for the Oculus Rift where you code in JavaScript using Three.js and watch the world change around you in real-time.”

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JS NICE: Statistical renaming, Type inference and Deobfuscation

2014 Jun 3, 9:36

JS NICE | Software Reliability Lab in ETH

JS NICE has indexed over 10,000 JavaScript projects from GitHub and then probabilistically infers newly suggested names and types for all of the local variables and function parameters of new JS.

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gitfiti - github contributions pane pixel art

2014 Jun 2, 8:07

gitfiti - abusing github commit history for the lulz

A script that abuses github submissions to draw pixel art in your github contributions pane.

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Cloud Share - New App

2014 May 23, 4:06

I've put a new app on the Windows Store: Cloud Share. It connects the web to your Windows 8 share charm.

I did the development on GitHub and quite enjoyed myself. I wasn't sure I liked the game-ification of development in GitHub's dashboard showing you your longest development streak in days. However I realized that it encourages me to do work on my personal project and anything that aids in holding my attention on and helping me finish these projects is a good thing.

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Debugging anecdote - the color transparent black breaks accessibility

2014 May 22, 10:36

Some time back while I was working on getting the Javascript Windows Store app platform running on Windows Phone (now available on the last Windows Phone release!) I had an interesting bug that in retrospect is amusing.

I had just finished a work item to get accessibility working for JS WinPhone apps when I got a new bug: With some set of JS apps, accessibility appeared to be totally broken. At that time in development the only mechanism we had to test accessibility was a test tool that runs on the PC, connects to the phone, and dumps out the accessibility tree of whatever app is running on the phone. In this bug, the tool would spin for a while and then timeout with an error and no accessibility information.

My first thought was this was an issue in my new accessibility code. However, debugging with breakpoints on my code I could see none of my code was run nor the code that should call it. The code that called that code was a more generic messaging system that hit my breakpoints constantly.

Rather than trying to work backward from the failure point, I decided to try and narrow down the repro and work forwards from there. One thing all the apps with the bug had in common was their usage of WinJS, but not all WinJS apps demonstrated the issue. Using a binary search approach on one such app I removed unrelated app code until all that was left was the app's usage of the WinJS AppBar and the bug still occurred. I replaced the WinJS AppBar usage with direct usage of the underlying AppBar WinRT APIs and continued.

Only some calls to the AppBar WinRT object produced the issue:

        var appBar = Windows.UI.WebUI.Core.WebUICommandBar.getForCurrentView(); 
// appBar.opacity = 1;
// appBar.closeDisplayMode = Windows.UI.WebUI.Core.WebUICommandBarClosedDisplayMode.default;
appBar.backgroundColor = Windows.UI.Colors.white; // Bug!
Just setting the background color appeared to cause the issue and I didn't even have to display the AppBar. Through additional trial and error I was blown away to discover that some colors I would set caused the issue and other colors did not. Black wouldn't cause the issue but transparent black would. So would aqua but not white.

I eventually realized that predefined WinRT color values like Windows.UI.Colors.aqua would cause the issue while JS literal based colors didn't cause the issue (Windows.UI.Color is a WinRT struct which projects in JS as a JS literal object with the struct members as JS object properties so its easy to write something like {r: 0, g: 0, b: 0, a: 0} to make a color) and I had been mixing both in my tests without realizing there would be a difference. I debugged into the backgroundColor property setter that consumed the WinRT color struct to see what was different between Windows.UI.Colors.black and {a: 1, r: 0, g: 0, b: 0} and found the two structs to be byte wise exactly the same.

On a hunch I tried my test app with only a reference to the color and otherwise no interaction with the AppBar and not doing anything with the actual reference to the color: Windows.UI.Colors.black;. This too caused the issue. I knew that the implementation for these WinRT const values live in a DLL and guessed that something in the code to create these predefined colors was causing the issue. I debugged in and no luck. Now I also have experienced crusty code that would do exciting things in its DllMain, the function that's called when a DLL is loaded into the process so I tried modifying my C++ code to simply LoadLibrary the DLL containing the WinRT color definition, windows.ui.xaml.dll and found the bug still occurred! A short lived moment of relief as the world seemed to make sense again.

Debugging into DllMain nothing interesting happened. There were interesting calls in there to be sure, but all of them behind conditions that were false. I was again stumped. On another hunch I tried renaming the DLL and only LoadLibrary'ing it and the bug went away. I took a different DLL renamed it windows.ui.xaml.dll and tried LoadLibrary'ing that and the bug came back. Just the name of the DLL was causing the issue.

I searched for the DLL name in our source code index and found hits in the accessibility tool. Grinning I opened the source to find that the accessibility tool's phone side service was trying to determine if a process belonged to a XAML app or not because XAML apps had a different accessibility contract. It did this by checking to see if windows.ui.xaml.dll was loaded in the target process.

At this point I got to fix my main issue and open several new bugs for the variety of problems I had just run into. This is a how to on writing software that is difficult to debug.

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Creating type-safe properties with ECMAScript 6 proxies | NCZOnline

2014 Apr 30, 9:12

Clearly the one JS feature we all agree on is ubiquity.

After some experimentation, I discovered that it’s possible to add type safety to JavaScript objects [via ES6 proxies] with just a few lines of code.

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