xcode – softwareupdate shows 2 updates for Command Line Tools – get rid of one entry

I am on macOS Catalina 10.15.6 (19G2021) and softwareupdate as well as graphical “Softwareupdate” in “System settings” show two updates for Command Line Tools:

$ softwareupdate --list
Software Update Tool

Finding available software
Software Update found the following new or updated software:
* Label: Command Line Tools beta 5 for Xcode-12.0
    Title: Command Line Tools beta 5 for Xcode, Version: 12.0, Size: 442912K, Recommended: YES,
* Label: Safari14.0CatalinaAuto-14.0
    Title: Safari, Version: 14.0, Size: 65417K, Recommended: YES,
* Label: Command Line Tools for Xcode-12.0
    Title: Command Line Tools for Xcode, Version: 12.0, Size: 429595K, Recommended: YES,

beta 5 was proposed to me for a couple of weeks now, but I did not want to install it.
Why did I end up with beta 5 and how do I get rid of the duplicate here?

redirect – How to get rid of extra confusing subdomain redirection?

I’ve finished building my site just recently and I notice that when I open anything the url adds a nasty top subdomain to the top like in this example:


(Referring to the “/?v=88588bacf0da” part)

Why does this happen and how do you get rid of it to see a cleaner domain?

drivers – How to get rid of these many camera devices?

I have installed many camera devices, and I can’t seem to remove them nor uninstall the driver. What can I do?

I searched through Device Manager, but I cannot find the camera device name. Here’s the several screenshots of what I am seeing:

Output from https://webcamtests.com/:


Google Meet settings:

Google meet settings

Zoom settings:

Zoom settings

Apparently now I only using USB Video (You can read here) to capture my DSLR through HDMI and output it to OBS and using OBS virtual cam to register as a webcam to other software that I use. So I would like to remove all except USB Video and OBS-Camera.

dnd 5e – Can a druid use Wild Shape to get rid of a cursed item?

It depends on the curse

You must look at an actual item to find out what happens. And how effective leaving it on the ground would be.

Lets look at the Arrow-Catching Shield:

This shield is cursed. Attuning to it curses you until you are
targeted by the remove curse spell or similar magic. Removing the
shield fails to end the curse on you. Whenever a ranged weapon attack
is made against a target within 10 feet of you, the curse causes you
to become the target instead.

It very specifically states removing the shield has no effect on the curse. So you could drop it on the ground, but your bear would still have missiles chasing it.

And the Stone of Ill Luck (Tales from the Yawning Portal, p. 229):

Curse. This item is cursed. While it is on your person, you take
a −2 penalty to ability checks and saving throws. Until the curse is
discovered, the DM secretly applies this penalty, assuming you are
adding the item’s bonus. You are unwilling to part with the stone
until the curse is broken with remove curse or similar magic.

You would simply be unable to choose to drop the item when wildshaping, as you are unwilling to do so.

Basically, it takes more than physically removing an item to end a curse. Some literally are unable to be removed (being more specific than wildshape, it would take precedence), some you are unwilling to remove, and others merely continue with or without the item.

Ending the attunement

Fortunately, there is a big benefit in leaving a cursed item on the ground. You cannot willingly end the attunement; however, if you look at the attunement rules, there are ways to unwillingly end attunement:

A creature’s attunement to an item ends if the creature no longer
satisfies the prerequisites for attunement, if the item has been more
than 100 feet away for at least 24 hours, if the creature dies, or if
another creature attunes to the item.

So you could be “forced” to break attunement if you move away from the item, or if some other hapless victim finds it and attunes to it. Some DMs may consider the act of leaving it over 100 feet away as voluntary and therefore not allow that to break the attunement.

Keep in mind that even if you break the attunement, it doesn’t automatically end the curse. It does however at least allow you to attune to a new (hopefully not cursed) item in the meantime.

How can I get rid of the SetApp folder in my Shared folder on Mac?

The title speaks for itself. When I try to remove the SetApp folder in my Shared folder, it simply reappears again… What can I do?

dnd 5e – Can druid use Wildshape to get rid of a cursed item?

Rules for Wildshape say:

You choose whether your Equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your new form, or is worn by it. Worn Equipment functions as normal, but the DM decides whether it is practical for the new form to wear a piece of Equipment, based on the creature’s shape and size. Your Equipment doesn’t change size or shape to match the new form, and any Equipment that the new form can’t wear must either fall to the ground or merge with it. Equipment that merges with the form has no Effect until you leave the form.

So, let’s assume there’s a cursed item, that makes its user smell like garlic (passive effect) and also lets him change outfit, but only to something Lady Gaga has publicly worn (activated effect).

A druid attunes to this item and then wildshapes into a housecat.

  • Can he choose to let the item just drop to the floor and then walk away, eventually breaking the attunement?
  • Can he choose to let the item merge into the new form, temporarily suspending all effects?
  • The third option – wear the item and retain all the effects – seems like a default one in this case.

It seems like first option makes cursed items waaay less of a problem and is probably not intended. Compare that with Identify that could also easily nerf the cursed items, but deliberately doesn’t.

The second option, with temporarily suspending all effects, seems powerful but reasonable. Cherry-picking effects doesn’t make much sense since it’s hard to say what is a blessing and what is a curse.

On the other hand, if all the effects are suspended then is the curse suspended too? Can the druid then spend a short rest in wild shape to unattune from cursed item? That doesn’t look reasonable if available at low levels. Doesn’t seem to be a problem at my table (gritty realism), but could be a problem in more vanilla rulesets.

The only passage about cursed items I could find says:

Most methods of identifying items, including the identify spell, fail to reveal such a curse, although lore might hint at it. A curse should be a surprise to the item’s user when the curse’s effects are revealed. Attunement to a cursed item can’t be ended voluntarily unless the curse is broken first, such as with the remove curse spell.

, where “can’t be ended voluntarily” most likely talks about a mechanic for ending an attunement on short rest, and not some sort of compulsion.

So, how does Wildshape interact with cursed magic items?

how to get rid of curly brackets writing minimization output to file

I have the following code

fname = FileNameJoin({%, "results.dat"});
str = OpenWrite(fname, FormatType -> StandardForm)

D1 = 0.4;
D2start = 0.26; D2fin = 0.5; Ntot = 12;
D2step = (D2fin - D2start)/Ntot;

For(i = 0, i <= Ntot, i++,
  D2 = D2start + i*D2step ;
  With({minsol = NMinimize(fnew(D1, D2, x), x)},
  fmin = First@minsol;
  xn = Values@ Last@ minsol;);
  Write(str, D2, " ", xn); )

i.e I minimize the function fnew wrt x and write the value of x in the file results.dat. The problem is that the output is

0.26 {0.711259}
0.28 {0.744881}
0.3 {0.776204}
0.32 {0.805418} etc.

How do I get rid of these annoying curly brackets?

Indesign: get rid of automatic pointer change in picture frames

In Adobe Indesign (newer versions, I think after Indesign CS3) there is annoying behaviour of the mouse pointer (black arrow) to move frames: When pointing somewhere close to the center of a picture frame, the pointer automatically takes on the functionality of the white arrow (move contents of a frame inside the frame, rather than the frame itself).

This change of behaviour is indicated through a faint double circle appearing in the center of the picture frame, like here:

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I find this annyoing. I usually have to move frames on the paper, not content of frames inside the frames. With this functionality, I always have to pay attention where I click in the frame, and the natural thing is to click in its center, especially when frames are small (like for logos etc.)

Is there a way to switch this unwanted behaviour of the pointer (black arrow) off?

(I am currently using Indesign CC, Version 13.1)

windows 7 – Getting Rid of Software Records for Software installed on an external disk?

So I’m cleaning out an old computer, and several of the programs it thinks it has were actually installed on an old drive, that’s now gone. For some of them, it prompts to get rid of them because it can’t find the drive, so that’s all well and good.

But, for LibreOffice and a couple of others, it tries to run the LibreOffice Uninstaller, and only quits with a fatal error when the LibreOffice uninstaller can’t find the drive.

The difference here is that in the first case, Windows can’t even find the drive with the uninstallers on them, so it prompts to remove them; but in the second, its found the uninstallers on the local disk somewhere and is trying to run them, prompting a fatal error when the uninstaller can’t find them.

What should I do here? How can I remove what’s left of these programs/erase their names from the family tree?



mojave – How can I get rid of the notification that a Mac App store app which is not installed on this machine wants to update

A long time ago (and on another machine) I bought a Mac App Store app (EventScripts) which is still available in the store.

I now have a new iMac (with macOS Mojave) where I haven’t installed this app. However the Mac App Store on this app always notifies me that it wants to update this app. Here a screenshot from the “Updates” pane in the Mac App Store on this iMac:
Mac App Store Update pane

How can I get rid of this notification (whileof course keeping the valid update notifications for other apps)?

More info:

The app is definitely not installed, because it does not appear in the /Application folder,

Strangely though, when I search for the app in the Mac App Store I get not a “Get” Button, but an “Update” button:

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I guess it has something specific to do with this app which for many years did not get updates, but now it suddenly does get an update.