Chosen Destiny 3

When I was in high school, me and my classmate made this story line plot that we want to program into a game that never really materializes because our knowledge were lacking and there are no mentors from our school; with no Internet that time.  Anyway, we would like to have this build up and developed. Hope the reader would contribute.

  1. In the beginning, there was nothing… then God said “Let there be light!”… and there was light…
    1. Master Druid Vince finds a baby crying in the forest.
      1. Vince takes a peel to see whether it is a boy or girl…
      2. Vince gives the baby a name (default is Wei)
    2. Vince raises Wei, lives in Druid Stonehenge west.
      1. Vince sends Wei on errands
        1. Wei collects beans, looks around the forest
        2. Wei purges the forest of gooes
        3. Wei stops a forest fire.
        4. Wei defends their home from bandits (with Vince’s help)
      2. Vince teaches Wei some spells (Wei starts with Heal wounds)
        1. Wei learns Fireball (after collecting beans)
        2. Wei learns Iceblast (after fighting gooes)
        3. Wei learns Searing Wind (after forest fire)
        4. Wei learns Rumbling Earth (after figthing bandits)
    3. Vince sends Wei on quest. “Find yourself, child. Choose your destiny”
  2. The Quest
    1. Passing the Forest of Silence… meeting Quietus
      1. Sidequest: before passing the Forest of Silence, go thru Halfling Hills
    2. Maisung, meeting Xiao Fu
      1. Sidequest: after leaving Maisung, go to Tristam before Bourdomburg
    3. Bourdomburg, ghouls and demons, meeting Kishin and Kyrie
      1. Sidequest: before going to Burdomburg, go to Furaiwu – Fuku village
      2. Sidequest: At Furaiwu, visit Fakefuji – Hoka village
    4. Marina Wharf, meeting Marin, and Shoki, Xiao Fu leaves
      1. Sidequest: kill the sea monster
    5. Semoki Territory, look for Druid Stonehenge north
      1. Sidequest: kill the Abominable Snowman
    6. Draconi Territory, meeting Elle, Juno, and the Dragons
      1. Sidequest: defeat Khusheame in battle
    7. Deshdulb Territory: meeting Erlaike, looking for DSH East
      1. Sidequest: enter Maccoro City, meet Pygmalion
    8. Tepirs Territory: looking for DSH South
      1. Sidequest: look for Elven Village where Elle lives
    9. End of quest, everyone goes home.
  3. Disaster Strikes – the Druid of Chaos appears
    1. DSH West, Vince is badly injured, but still alive.
    2. Looking for friends (everyone is in their hometown)
      1. Quietus joins right away
      2. Xiao Fu is in jail (cant join)
      3. Ninjas have their own group (wont join)
      4. Kishin asks for some money to pay for his debts, then joins
      5. Kyrie is scared, joins anyway
      6. Juno joins after Wei brings him back to his senses
      7. Khusheame tells a story about the past and then joins
      8. Erlaike joins after Wei help him fight a bunch of demons
      9. Marin and Shoki have their own fight under the sea
      10. The Faries are busy protecting their forest
      11. Pygmalion is busy with his mercenaries
      12. Elle joins right away
    3. The foresaken Land: Isles of Pearls
      1. Looking for the Realm of the Chaos Druid
      2. Final Battle. — Ending Credits
  4. Epilogue: Dragonspire

Jovi and Khusheame are having a conversation about what had just happened and relates it with what had happened in the past. Pygmalion appears and says it is an eternal cycle that will always happen. “It is best to prepare for the next chaos stream…”

“What Chaos stream?” Jovi asks…

“You didnt know?” Pygmalion replies.

– END OF GAME –

Income equality only possible with growth

This is a reaction to the point made by Joseph Estrada:

“Income equality distribution is only possible with economic growth.” – Mr. Estrada

Theoretically I believe that even with no economic growth, i.e. that being constant over time, it is possible to have an equal distribution of income. Why? Because equal income distribution is just a matter of distributing properly the money collected by the government (using direct or indirect taxes, etc.) and allocating it correctly until the ratio of the first through the last decile is equal to one. Meaning that all the 1-10th decile is given 20% allocation so its equal.

Another point is according to Ravallion and Chen (1997) in their research paper using 64 countries sample across Europe and Asia, there is a negative correlation between growth and equality of income.  The more growth you have as a country, the more income distribution varies. This may be because of corruption or bureaucracy, but another study entails this.

One of the possibilities of equal income distribution is the regressive collection of taxes, then assigning it to high integrity officials who really likes to help alleviate the country’s economic outlook. And we dont need growth for that. Collection of taxes from major corporations and growth will affect the per capita, not the income distribution.

Not good at UI but good at UX

Is there a difference?

I am a software developer, engineer and a consumer.  I am never good at the front end UI especially when designing a UI.  But as a meticulous consumer and an enthusiast of gadgets and technologies, I can say I am good at UX and providing inputs on how consumers think.

The best UX does not necessarily have the best UI design

Take Google for example. Their search engines, gmails, every part of their product does not have a massive UI design, but a very simple direct to the point UX.  Apple’s website doesnt have a very good UI, in fact one can argue its simple enough to provide good UX.

A good UX always comes from the consumer’s point of view

I believe anyone can be good at providing UX (user experiences).  UX is how the consumer would intuitively use your designs.  Being a consumer myself, means I am more direct to the point of what I want to do with the product itself, website for example.  It should provide clear way of navigating things, of doing things, and of transacting things.

If its an ecommerce website, it doesnt have to be misguiding the user about different products aside from what the user searches and offering the alternatives.  The alternatives should be intuitive enough not to divulge over other products.  The user would just love to hate that, if you always offer another alternative different from what he searches.  Its not meaningful.

Also, the user would love a clear workflow from search until the end, and not misguided by some other offers in the middle. Ads perhaps.

UI supposed to simplify things

Like craigslist, it doesnt matter if the consumer is presented with all text.  As long as its simple, easy to understand, easy to perform transaction with.  With too much information nowadays, theres a trend to getting as much UI printed in a visually appealing way but non-sensical.  UI is supposed to simplify things, not complicate it.  My rule of thumb (being a developer and not a good UI designer) is just to present the website full of text, in a simple manner like Google does, and also to simplify the presented text further using UI if you cannot get away with words.  That way, you minimize the text presented, and minimize the visual infomration presented.

To summarize this, consumers usually go for all things simple. In text as well as in UI. If the text is simpler to present, use text. If the UI is even simpler, use UI. Do not overuse text and UI. Do not overuse Ads, do not over present a misleading information when the user are searching.  Always take the least effort to make the website, the straight line (the direct path) is the shortest path between two end points.

Who will be the next drop-out billionaire?

According to Peter Theil’s foundation, here’s a list of his class mentorship that could be the next drop-out billionaire.  The foundation is giving away $100,000 provided you have a good vision and grit, and you drop-out college as well.

  • Caroline Beckman, 20 — Health and Wellness Products
  • Cathy Tie, 18 — Genomic Sequencing
  • George Matus, 17 — Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Harry Gandhi, 22 — Wearable Medical Technology
  • Jason Marmon, 17 — Real Estate Technology
  • Jeremy Cai, 19 — Software, Human Resources
  • Jihad Kawas, 17 — Sharing Economy
  • John Backus, 21 — Software
  • John Meyer, 19 — Media, Crowdsourced News
  • Kieran O’Reilly, 19 — Animated GIFs
  • Rory O’Reilly, 20 — Animated GIFs
  • Liam Horne, 19 — Software, Retail Real Estate
  • Max Lock, 18 — Supply Chain Logistics
  • Ocean Pleasant, 17 — Media, Social Good, Technology
  • Olenka Polak, 21 — App-Based Software, Linguistics
  • Patrick Coughran, 21 — Logistics Software
  • Simon Tian, 20 — Wearables, Consumer Electronics
  • Stacey Ferreira, 22 — Technology, Entrepreneurship
  • Zach Latta, 17 — Education, Nonprofit
  • Zoli Kahan, 19 — Mobile Games, Software

These areas may be the next big thing. We can use this to brainstorm any ideas for these areas.

Different kinds of Tor attacks and how to combat those

Different kinds of Tor related Cyber Attacks and ways to combat those attacks.

  1. BIOS attacks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNYsfUNegEA
  2. Man in the middle attack – eavesdrop through listening of unencrypted traffic at end nodes of network.  Can be protected by SSL and end-to-end encryption.
  3. Confirmation attack – if both ends cooperate to attack you passing information from you, and then confirming information from the other end through correlation. Tor protects against traffic analysis such as the man-in-the-middle, but cannot protect against traffic confirmation.
  4. Metadata of images that may contain information such as date, time, GPS coordinates when the picture was taken, brand, serialnumber of the device, thumbnails or the original.  Use the Metadata anonymisation toolkit to remove the metadata.
  5. Different tasks must have separate contextual identities by restarting Tails because Tor uses the same circuit relays (allowing to easily identify you)

Best Hacker Movies

For your viewing pleasure.

  1. War Games (1983)
  2. Hackers (1995)
  3. Antitrust (2001)
  4. Reboot (2012 Short Film)
  5. eXistenZ (1999)
  6. Swordfish (2001)
  7. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
  8. TRON (1982)
  9. Takedown (2000)
  10. 23 (1998)
  11. Sneakers (1992)
  12. Cyberbully (2015 TV Movie)
  13. Open Windows (2014)
  14. Hacker (2010 Documentary)
  15. The Net (1995)
  16. Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999 TV Movie)
  17. Freedom Downtime (2001 Documentary)
  18. The Code (2001 Documentary)
  19. Code 2600 (2011 Documentary)
  20. Revolution OS (2001 Documentary)
  21. Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012 Documentary)
  22. The Matrix (1999)
  23. Untraceable (2008)
  24. Half the Rent (2002)
  25. Hackers Are People Too (2008 Documentary)
  26. We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012 Documentary)
  27. The KGB, the Computer and Me (1990 Documentary)
  28. In the Realm of the Hackers (2003)
  29. Hacking Democracy (2006 Documentary)
  30. Hacks (1997 Documentary)
  31. Hackers: Outlaws and Angels (2002 Documentary)
  32. .hack//Roots (2006 TV Movie)
  33. The Lone Gunmen (2001 TV Series)
  34. Real Genius (1985)
  35. Foolproof (2003)
  36. Firewall (2006)
  37. Gamer (2009)
  38. Office Space (1999)
  39. The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
  40. The Core (2003)
  41. Virtuosity (1995)
  42. Golden Eye (1995)
  43. Enemy of the State (1998)
  44. One Point O (2004)
  45. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
  46. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
  47. The Score (2001)
  48. Wierd Science (1985)
  49. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  50. Disconnect (2012)
  51. Minority Report (2002)
  52. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
  53. Disclosure (1994)
  54. Eagle Eye (2008)
  55. TRON Legacy (2010)
  56. Citizenfour (2014 Documentary)
  57. Hackers Wanted (2009 Documentary)
  58. Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age (1984 Documentary)
  59. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013 Documentary)
  60. The Fifth Estate (2013)
  61. The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996 Documentary)
  62. Secret History of Hacking (2001 Documentary)
  63. The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014 Documentary)
  64. TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away from Keyboard
  65. War for the Web (2015 Documentary)
  66. Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013 Documentary)
  67. Indie Game: The Movie (2012 Documentary)
  68. Downloaded (2013 Documentary)
  69. Steal This Film (2006 Documentary)
  70. Steal This Film II (2007 Documentary)
  71. We Live in Public (2009 Documentary)
  72. Google and the World Brain (2013 Documentary)
  73. Download: The True Story of the Internet (2008 TV Series)
  74. Good Copy Bad Copy (2007 Documentary)
  75. Code Rush (2000 Documentary)
  76. Home Page (1998 Documentary)
  77. Talhotblond (2009 Documentary)
  78. Startup.com (2001 Documentary)
  79. Deep Web (2015 Documentary)
  80. DEFCON: The Documentary (2013 Documentary)
  81. The Singularity (2012 Documentary)
  82. DSKNECTD (2013 Documentary)
  83. Halt and Catch Fire (2014 TV Series)
  84. WhoamI (2014)
  85. Black Hat (2015)
  86. ALGORITHM (2014 Short Film)

How I quit smoking

Sometimes its very hard quitting smoking with just stopping all together (cold-turkey); Sometimes its also hard to quit by disciplining yourself to just smoke 1 stick per day.  It is just not effective.

Here’s how I quit smoking:

  1. Prepare yourself mentally by meditating that smoking is negative i.e. mentally embed into your subconscious  all the negative effects of smoking especially its TASTE.
  2. Quit smoking every week but have a cheat day
    1. Do not smoke for 6 days
    2. Smoke unlimitedly (do not limit yourself to just 1 stick – as long as you feel the need, smoke) for the 1 cheat day
    3. At first, you may find yourself using 1 pack for this 1 cheat day per week
    4. After some time, your body will be accustomed to the *non smoking for 6 days* and you may find the smoke a bad taste; and so this will gradually decrease the need to smoke for the 1 cheat day
    5. repeat for many months until you quit smoking
  3. This may be effective than other methods because quitting smoking is a subconscious matter.