Microsoft says IE8 is standards compliant. I think not.

My browser collectionMicrosoft says IE8 is fully standards compliant. I beg to differ. As soon as I found out IE8 beta 1 was released, I downloaded it, installed it, and stuck it next to my other browsers (see left). I found it strange that a web browser would try to search for malicious programs while installing. I also was uncomfortable because the installer, unlike Firefox’s, asked me to restart my computer.

After I got the browser installed and restarted my computer, I pulled out the browser and looked at my test blog. Uh oh! I know instantly, IE8 is not all that Microsoft told us it would be.

  • No CSS3 support (this can be expected)
  • Any page with javascript on it gives an ActiveX warning that sounds like your computer just blocked a nuclear missile.
    • Even XML pages with no scripting on them at all give the alert.
  • The “write a new post” page in the WP2.5 admin does not load unless you have the rich text editor disabled in your profile.
    • A “popup blocked” alert displays if you click on the dropdown menu on that page.
  • Floated elements on a page don’t float correctly. They run on past the clear:both/clear:left/clear:right items and into the content of the next item on a page.
    • IE8’s new “developer” interface tells me that the floated items are inside an item that is three inches away.

Now, let’s look at some screenshots of WordPress 2.5’s new attachment upload interface. Try to spot IE8, Firefox 2, and Safari 3 from these:

Safari transparency testIE transparency testFirefox transparency test

Can you tell which one is IE? It should be pretty obvious. IE has no transparency support.

Here’s another test, have you heard that IE8 passes the acid2 test? It’s a lie, even though it’s better than IE7:

IE7 on Acid2IE8 on Acid2

If you want a good browser, don’t go to Microsoft. Get , Safari, or Opera.

Jagex-Employed Macroers

Recently, Jagex has been unsuccessful at preventing real world item trading and macroing.  There are, in fact, more real world item traders and macroers than ever before.  Even Jagex mods are macroing and lying.  Take this example:

Jagex mod autoing

I asked a Jagex mod about summoning and two pictures that I was wondering about being faked or not. [Link] What I got for a reply is an automated message about the holiday season being busy.

RuneScape - the massive online adventure game by Jagex Ltd_1199464041576I would like to bring to mind another time that I asked a Jagex mod a question in October.  The moderator in that replied was (I think) a real person, but they said that Jagex never automates anything.  I find that hard to believe.

Ryan wrote "Jagex are the biggest hypocrites on the internet."  And they are.  All of the new updates in December 2007 were to prevent goldfarming, macroing, and real world item trading.  They failed miserably, or as Warren would say, UNSUCSSSPHUL.  All of these updates and nothing happened to real world item trading that these updates were to prevent.  Even worse, they’re going on stronger than ever!  And it’s worse than that!  Jagex didn’t even put a dent in the rulebreakers, but made quite a few of the legitimate players quit out of frustration.  The economy crashed, we can’t give gifts, and we can’t pk!

Jelly cubeTo make things better, Jagex is going to release a new skill, a money drainer called "Summoning."  And guess what?  We get to summon giant green badly animated cubes of jelly!

Okay, maybe it won’t be that bad, but who knows, we’re talking about Jagex here, remember?

I’ll close this article out with a quote from Alex:

It’s pathetic. I remember appealing on an old account for macroing and they replied saying "We have conclusive evidence that you were in control of the account at the time."

If I was in control of my **** account how the hell was I macroing?

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[tags]Jagex, Runescape, Stupidity, Lies, Jagex Stupidity, Macroers, Autoers[/tags]

518406

That’s right. If I play my cards right and finish making my yew shortbows and high alch them, I will have 518406 coins. Of course, I will also have the ability to make yew longbows.

Also, this number relies on me getting all of the nature runes for free, which means 780 pure essence. I’m awesome.

Please remember to look at my runescape stats page for updates on this item.

P.S. I added a “money gained” feature to my stats page.

P.P.S. I might not be able to do this very quickly, but I will still be earning money.  RSBANDB SKOTM is comming up and I’m ready for anything.  Look out, knights, here I come!

Breakout

I was in a class with a friend of mine named Jordan. We made computer games. Breakout was the game we made. Each person in the class made a different variation of Breakout, so here are two of them:

My friend Jordan made this game. It’s called Cannonball Breakout. The controls are left arrow key left, right arrow key right, p to pause, s to start from pause, q to quit, and spacebar to launch.

There are three files included in Cannonball Breakout: the program itself, the block image and the paddle image. You need both to run the program correctly.

You can find the zip file here.

And my game, *Pointless* Breakout.

In *Pointless* Breakout, you must destroy all 258 of the enemy’s shields. You have 11 shields. It was made in version 6 of Visual Basic, so don’t expect any masterpiece from me.

The controls are: mouse or left and right arrowkeys for moving the paddle, click or spacebar to launch the ball, escape to exit the program, p to pause and unpause the program, the asdfghjkl; keys to change the angle of the ball, and one other that I’m not going to tell you.

The paddle relies on the energy of the shields in the game for its width, so the more shields you and the enemy have, the bigger your paddle is.

You can find the exe file here.

Just so you know, both Jordan and I were wearing our Geek Squad t shirts today. Go Geek Squeed!!!