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3. June 2014, 19:19:49
Fencer 
Subject: Re: issue with Fischer's clock
speachless: I don't think we have a general problem. Mostly because:

1) Fischer's Clock had been introduced many years ago and nobody ever complained about any suspicious behaviour. Yes, there were some complaints but they had been caused by misunderstanding the concept of this feature.

2) No problem of this kind ever happened to me, not even during the test phase. I am sure that a serious anomaly would have been discovered a long time ago.

3) Although I don't have time for a serious and thorough investigation, I've had a quick look at the source code. Everything seems to be normal and as it should be.

So, my best guess is that aaru was unlucky to find a specific combination of parameters that causes the issue he described. Unfortunatelly I cannot provide more information at this moment.

3. April 2014, 19:50:31
Fencer 
Subject: Re: is Brain Pawn better as Brain Rook
speachless: Hmm, it's kind of sensitive part of the code and I still didn't have time to make any safe modifications to it.
However, I've just removed all tournament signups of the mentioned users (for tournaments that were not started yet). Please let me know if they manage to sign up for more and I'll try to find time for a more effective solution.

6. March 2014, 10:00:47
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Anything else?
The Col: It's there.

6. March 2014, 07:34:50
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Anything else?
The Col: I've just tried some YouTube link to ensure that nothing is broken. So if you send me the correct link to post to your profile, I'll do it.

5. March 2014, 10:26:24
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Anything else?
The Col: I've just added a YouTube link to your profile, so it obviously works.

5. March 2014, 09:46:10
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Anything else?
The Col: I don't see any changes at your profile. Are you sure you have submitted them? What exactly have you tried to change?

5. March 2014, 07:20:34
Fencer 
Hmmm, it's really sad (but not too surprising) to see that some people will always try to exploit the system. Very well, it can be fixed this way:

1) A user cannot have more than, say, 100 tournaments in the "open" section of the Tournaments page. Do you want to create more? OK but wait until some of your tournaments start.

2) If a user membership expires, tournaments created by them (in the "open" status) will be automatically deleted, except the prize ones with prizes already provided.

3) Regarding the single eliminations tourneys, that might be a bug because pawns should not be allowed to sign up for another tournament if they are already playing (or signed up) another one. But the code is really old (8 years?) so I am not sure about that. I'll look at it.

Anything else? Sorry, I am totally consumed by other projects so I could easily miss other issues mentioned in this conversation.

4. January 2014, 18:56:55
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
MadMonkey: No, nothing. Perhaps something was changed on YouTube.

20. December 2013, 13:36:33
Fencer 
Subject: Re: My opponent just rolled a 1-9 (in Backgammon)
Aganju: Only Chuck Norris could roll a nine on a 6-side die. Nobody else.
I've fixed it.

12. December 2013, 08:20:59
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Bonus Achievement question
Aganju: You can buy then for anybody. The achievement is applied to the one who places an order and makes the payment.

7. December 2013, 09:14:33
Fencer 

19. November 2013, 13:59:15
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Rook Membership Deals
♥♫βaβyĢіґŁŁє♫♥: I am not sure. Should I? But not before December.

16. November 2013, 10:29:39
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
DeaD man WalkiN: BrainKing is 100% popup free (have you seen any ads here, except plain text ones?). It sounds like an adware/malware/spyware/whateverware installed on your browser or computer.

10. November 2013, 07:30:19
Fencer 
Thanks everybody.

9. November 2013, 12:38:40
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
MadMonkey: No idea. Was there a BrainKing Facebook page? I don't remember creating one.

9. November 2013, 08:45:38
Fencer 
Thanks.

6. September 2013, 09:17:41
Fencer 
Subject: Re: no emails
_Road Runner___: The server log says that 6469 emails were sent in last 2 days. Are you sure that yours are not blocked by an anti spam filter or something?
Anyway, BrainKing just sends emails, it cannot guarantee that they are actually delivered.

11. June 2013, 07:11:53
Fencer 
Subject: Re:It's not dependent on it, it just uses it for statistics.
(V): Both, if you put it this way.

10. June 2013, 07:35:32
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
rabbitoid: It's not dependent on it, it just uses it for statistics. A small JavaScript should be loaded and executed after the page content is fully loaded.

2. May 2013, 09:50:49
Fencer 
Subject: Re:Goldtoken
Snoopy: Perhaps the DoS attack guys decided to change the target.

27. April 2013, 17:46:53
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
Pedro Martínez: I could not express it better.

27. April 2013, 17:46:01
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Problem with site.
crosseyed: "The customer is always right" - if you want to believe that, it's your right, of course.
Give me some time and I'll try to elaborate a little.

27. April 2013, 14:56:09
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Problem with site.
crosseyed: You clearly have no intention to understand what I say all the time (well, not a big surprise because you are not the first one). I see no point to make any more attempts to explain.

27. April 2013, 14:11:04
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Problem with site.
crosseyed: Let me quote from the Paid Membership page:

"The player is not limited by number of started games at once nor number of moves per day nor number of joined tournaments and team tournaments, is limited by 35 vacation days per year."

That's what you are guaranteed to get. Everything else is "maybe, but maybe not, depends on the situation". Please try to deal with it.

Regarding your comment "If Brainking is no longer your top priority you should hand it over to someone else" - if you are interested, give me a good offer and we can discuss it.

27. April 2013, 13:50:24
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Problem with site.
crosseyed: Maybe you should have read more carefully what you paid for. You have a right to play more games, create fellowships, tournaments etc. There is nothing about "you will be guaranteed to have a site running without any problems ever" or "you will never have connection problems", and it's not there for a very good reason.
I could also say that I find your response (and permanent complaining) very insulting. Then we can insult each other on and on, if it makes you more happy. I prefer not to discuss it with people who only see their own problems and nothing else.
Anyway, I am the one who decides what my priorities are. If you don't like it here, you can always play elsewhere.

27. April 2013, 09:57:59
Fencer 
Hello guys,

It is true that some people can have problems to access BrainKing. BrainKing itself is OK and running fast, but for some strange reason the server occasionally fails to provide new connections, so the generated page never reaches your web browser. When I have time, I'll try to do some tuning, but since I am very busy with many other things (you might have noticed that, after 10 years, BrainKing is not my top priority any longer), it's hard to make any estimate, especially when I have no idea what could went wrong.

When I know more, I'll post it here.

18. April 2013, 09:29:44
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Weekend Days
thechosen0ne: It is always the server time - GMT+01:00 (or 02:00 when daylight saving time is active).

20. February 2013, 19:02:51
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Longest match
Roberto Silva: Well, I certainly hadn't supposed that someone would find it worth hacking to pass a number greater than 9 there.

17. February 2013, 11:18:37
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Connectivity
crosseyed: Since the site itself is fast and running without any problems, it seems that only some routes are affected. It usually means that there are problems with certain network nodes which is out of our reach (so we can only wait).

17. February 2013, 10:52:31
Fencer 
Subject: Connectivity
You might have noticed some connect problems that started about an hour ago. I have already notified the ISP (the issue is on their side), so I hope they will fix it soon.

3. February 2013, 08:22:25
Fencer 
Well, since I don't have any problems loading any BrainKing pages, there is no issue with the site itself, otherwise it would be slow for me too. It is probably a network problem, more like.

2. February 2013, 22:00:29
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
Bernice: Actually, the average page loading time is about 1 second, based on long term measuring.

21. January 2013, 06:37:10
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Who gets the third price?
Aganju: The third prize is split between third and fourth.

13. January 2013, 18:27:28
Fencer 
Subject: Re: joining team bug?
joshi tm: Try it now.

6. January 2013, 19:09:12
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Timekeeper process dead?
Aganju: It happens sometimes. Several times a year.

3. January 2013, 10:25:33
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Size of texts in notes
King Pyrhus: Do you mean Notepad or private notes in games?

12. December 2012, 08:19:25
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
Carpe Diem: 7/10 is still a fraction. We are not a charity. This opportunity had been originally created for people who received some bonus codes in the past, so they don't need to make 7 different orders but only 5 or 4 (for instance).

Anyway, I know of several players who really placed 7 orders and got their Black Rook for 252 Euro.

10. December 2012, 09:19:25
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
Chimera: Open video, click Share / Embed and copy/paste the code.

19. November 2012, 14:31:02
Fencer 
Subject: Re: My old profile
wekke2002: Dude, I've sent you a response 2 months ago. You better check if your email address is correct.

2. November 2012, 19:00:12
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Settings help?
Carpe Diem: Actually, the "Sort next games by" option is obsolete (and should be removed) because games are sorted by time left only due to some performance issues we had observed in the past. It means that "next game" is always the game with the least time left to make a move.

31. October 2012, 09:12:17
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
rabbitoid: In order to make such a tool safe and easy to use, I would be something like "Click to fix this tournament" button anyway. A script to check all running tournaments once a day and fixing the bugged one seems to be a better solution.

31. October 2012, 07:09:27
Fencer 
Guys, when I have time for it, I'll try to fix all such tournaments at once. But now I cannot promise any date, I am quite busy with many other things.

20. October 2012, 08:05:55
Fencer 
Subject: Re: to start trny
Gammonator: I've done some tinkering. The tournaments should be running now.

27. September 2012, 10:25:43
Fencer 
Subject: Re: Brainking for Android
Hrqls: Good! If nothing goes wrong, I might be able to release the first beta version within a week or two. It already connects to the server and shows some data (games to play, number of new messages etc.), so I hope the rest won't be too difficult to add.

26. September 2012, 19:55:52
Fencer 
Subject: Re: how to avoid beeing added in team tournaments without asking before
speachless: There is not option like that. When people join teams, it is expected that they want to participate in team events (matches, tournaments). The easiest workaround is to leave the particular team (or all of them).

24. September 2012, 18:43:09
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
MadMonkey: It reminds me that I have just finished my first Android application and it would be nice if someone tests it a little.

Here it is: BrainCalc

If there are no issues with that, a BrainKing client for Android should be quite easy to create.

24. September 2012, 16:57:03
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
MadMonkey: What about BrainKing for Android?

24. September 2012, 15:41:24
Fencer 
Subject: Re:
MadMonkey: I don't know. You are a good organizer, though.

16. September 2012, 08:58:47
Fencer 
Subject: Re: longest game running
rabbitoid: I see. Sure, that could be done.

16. September 2012, 08:19:46
Fencer 
Subject: Re: longest game running
rabbitoid: Timestamps are stored in the database but I don't think there is enough space to show them next to the moves.

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