Valve vs. HL2CTF Team

Valve, the company that made Half-Life 1 and 2 was challenged by the Half-Life 2 Capture The Flag Team to a game of Half-Life 2: Capture the Flag. To quote the news release that Valve issued today, “…we’ve been challenged to a game of Half-Life 2: Capture the Flag by the team that created this mod. We noticed on their website that they want to “beat up on Valve” in a match that starts today at 6:00 pm PST. While our relationship with the MOD community usually involves us providing tools and support, we’re more than happy to give them a beating in their own game.”

You can attempt to spectate, but if you haven’t signed up already, I’d just wait for the aftermath coverage.

More info at the guys who made the mod.

Reminds me of another company I know…

No Flash Blurring (or Round Pixel Coordinates Extension)

Building a form to test some data classes I made (3 friggin’ times to get them right), and on my first test, my form’s all blurry. Turns out, when dragging buttons and text area’s on the stage, they were all on half-pixels, where the x is 3.3 instead of 3.0. This causes graphical things to blur sometimes since Flash emulates half-pixels by blurring 1 pixel across 2 pixels. This is undesirable for static content, however.

Rather that fix each form element, I got ticked and spent the last hour writing and testing this script. It appears to work for me; hope it helps you! Just select a frame that has some elements (shapes count too) on the stage, and just run this script. Should help you authortime junkies.

*** Downloads work again, sorry for the inconvienance ***

Round Pixel Coordinates

Copy Protection Cracked by Shift Key

Via <a href=””>Chafic</a> @ <a href=””>Flash Lounge</a>, thanks yo!

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AND, my rants on it.


About as effective as gun laws in the us. Criminals don’t buy guns through legal channels; why would music thieves be any different… Let along not know how to use their shift key?


“Though simple, the act of holding down the Shift key in order to enable copying does let computer users know they’re doing something unauthorized, he said. That alone will dissuade many people from making copies, he added.”

Uh, I just pressed my Shift key. Sue me. If you don’t want me pressing it, why do keyboards have a shift key? If I couldn’t capitalize the first letter in every sentence, that would be bad grammar. So to prevent illegal music copying, I should type with bad grammar? I don’t think so…

I couldn’t even use the ! or ? sybmols. Are you saying I can’t ask a qeustion? Did I just do something illegal with this, the previous, and then next sentence by asking questions using the “?” symbol? Are you assuming that keyboards are illegal because of your copy protection methods say so? If want to use the SHIFT key…

blah blah blah…


The record industry needs to wise up. All the politics make me laugh and cry at the same time. Every article I read says the CEO’s are open minded whilst the lawyers are like, “Nope. Sorry, pay up.” I’m all about paying for music but this cacophony of methods and punishing users without agreed upon standards is ridicolous. Till then, as long as you don’t upset a user or music artist, I laugh at your failure. And, no, I don’t want to help as the politics behind it would drive me mad.

Heck, I’d consult for free!