Microsoft Office, MS Open XML detect macros

Do MS Open XML files need the vbaData.xml file and events declarations with the <wne:docEvents> tag and child <wne:eventDoc(Open|New|Close...)> for a macro in the embedded project vbaProject.bin to run correctly using a <wne:mcd wne: macroName...> tag


if this xml code <wne:eventDoc> is not present and that the source code VBA, the Execode or the P-Code contains the procedure for the macro in vbaProject.bin and only <wne:mcd wne: macroName...> xml it is still executed ?

I did some analysis and it seems that this tag is required but there may be other conditions where this is not the case, do you have an idea ? thank you.

Can Detect Magic detect an Antimagic Field

This is a duplicate of this question, but for a different gaming system; Pathfinder v1 vs DnD 5e. Also relevant, but slightly different is this question about intersection.

So the gist is, a wizard is sitting in the middle of an empty 50’x50′ room. They have cast Antimagic Field on themselves (10′ radius so well within the confines of the room with no obstructions).

Another character opens the door and doesn’t trust the wizard with the wry smile and casts Detect Magic (30′ radius, so big enough to reach the wizard 25′ away but well outside the Antimagic Field).

Things within the Antimagic Field appear mundane, as per the spell description. But does the other character sense the abjuration spell itself?

Can a website detect remote operation of a computer?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I am not very educated when it comes to security.

I was wondering if a website I am visiting can detect whether or not the computer that is being used is being operated remotely.

For example…

I have two desktops. I use Desktop 1 to remotely operate Desktop 2 through windows’ Remote Desktop Connection. Through this connection, I visit a website on Desktop 2. Would it be possible for the website to detect the fact that Desktop 2 is being remotely operated? (Not detect Desktop 1, but just detect remote operation in general).

Thank you

How to Detect Cognitive Friction on a Mobile Application?

I’m researching Cognitive Friction on my thesis and found out there’re only 2 works academically studying the topic.

1.The Fiction of No Friction: a User Skills Approach to Cognitive Lock-In

2.Irritating CAT Tool Features that Matter to Translators

Even I’m mostly interested in detecting the subject in an academical manner, I’d also love to learn all the ways practically applicable and you’ve tried to figure out.

Note: There is no proper scale has been studied for this topic.

Since I have to study the topic on an existing mobile application which does not belong to me, I’m framed with the idea of creating scenarios for users and apply it in a lab to observe them where eyetracking possible.

I’m either doubtful about eye tracking because it would not provide any direct details about user’s exact state of determination or failure in this situation.


  1. I’m planning to make users rate the overall User Experience of 3 randomly choosen mobile applications with a pre-defined UX scale
  2. Then make them use and rate the same scenarios for each application to score more accurately.
  3. And last, making further survey with the lower-graded-scenarios to detect for any cognitive friction.

Besides commenting what to do avoid, I’ll appreciate if any other ways you use to detect it in your products and in your case provided.

Is there a discrepancy between the strength of aura when detect magic is cast comparing a ring of protection to a weapon with an enhancement bonus?

In the SRD it states:

Protection This ring offers continual magical protection in the form of a deflection bonus of +1 to +5 to AC. Faint abjuration; CL 5th; Forge Ring, shield of faith, caster must be of a level at least three times greater than the bonus of the ring; Price 2,000 gp (ring +1); 8,000 gp (ring +2); 18,000 gp (ring +3); 32,000 gp (ring +4); 50,000 gp (ring +5).

Compare that to:

Caster Level for Weapons The caster level of a weapon with a special ability is given in the item description. For an item with only an enhancement bonus and no other abilities, the caster level is three times the enhancement bonus. If an item has both an enhancement bonus and a special ability, the higher of the two caster level requirements must be met.

So according to a strict reading when detect magic is cast a ring of protection always radiates faint abjuration (CL 5th) and the creator as a perquisite for the crafting simply needs to be of a caster level at least three times greater than the bonus of the ring created. Regardless of the actual deflection bonus of the ring, a detect magic will always radiate faint abjuration.
Whereas conversely a weapon with a magical enhancement bonus to hit and damage always has a caster level (and perquisite) three times the enhancement bonus and will ‘register’ as such when a detect magic determines the strength of the aura.

This would seem to be a slight but significant difference in the way these magical items are handled in respect to detect magic. Is that anybody else’s understanding of this nuanced point or does anybody have a different interpretation?

How to detect underflow (post 11.3)?

This old trick used to work before 11.3:

SetSystemOptions["CheckMachineUnderflow" -> True] 

But no longer… so how can we explicitly check for this in v12+?

Now, not checking for underflow is smart in terms of speed, but can lead to crazy bugs that might be tricky to miss/debug:

z = 1.00000000000000000;  Do[z = 2*z - z, 50];  z == \[Pi] (* True... mind blown *) 

Is there any undocumented way to check for numbers of negative accuracy in a given scope?

Does the Detect Magic spell show a glowing outline around an Invisible Stalker?

We were playing a game, and I had cast Detect Magic to more easily find which coffins to loot. Within the 10 minutes, our party was attacked by an Invisible Stalker. I used my action to try to see the invisible attacker, and the DM allowed him to be shown by an outline. I could yell out to my party to attack him and follow him wherever he ran.

The description of the Detect Magic spell (PHB 231) says:

For the duration, you sense the presence of magic within 30 feet of you. If you sense magic in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that bears magic, and you learn its school of magic, if any.

The description of the Invisible Stalker (MM 192) says:

When it is defeated or the magic that binds it expires […]

And also:

[…] the magic that created the invisible stalker ends and the elemental is released.

This implies that the stalker is actively bound by magic. I think this was a good call on his part because of the nature of the Invisible Stalker.

If the Invisible Stalker was only invisible, would Detect Magic still show an outline around it?

If one creature detects a hiding creature, do all other creatures automatically detect you too?

The rules for Hiding state:

Until you are discovered or you stop hiding, that check’s total is contested by the Wisdom (Perception) check of any creature that actively searches for signs of your presence.


When you hide, there’s a chance someone will notice you even if they aren’t searching.

Generally 5e tries to stick to plain English and tries to match real life where possible.

It seems to me that the rules are written in a way that says detecting a Hidden creature must be done on a per-creature basis. It isn’t clear to me that if one creature detects a Hiding enemy with Passive Perception or the Search action, all other creatures automatically detect it too.

Obviously in real life even if one person detects something, they need to at least communicate that to others. And even then that can often be not enough for the second person to detect the thing.

Can lifesense detect elementals, and by extensions golems?

One of my player’s characters is a life oracle who just received life sense. They are arguing that since a golem is powered by elementals, that they should be able to detect the elemental within them and therefore detect golems.

Would their argument hold water? Do elementals count as living or just animated by elemental energy like undead with negative energy?