Friday, July 15, 2016

Trump Names Mike Pence As Vice Presidential Running Mate

Can you imagine Mike "Do little" Pence as the president?
I'd vote for Hillary first.

This election just went from two really bad options; to one really bad option and one completely stupid option.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Overwatch sells 10 million copies in 3 weeks

I have to say, Blizzard outdid themselves.  I wasn't expecting to like this game and yet I have barely stopped playing it in the last 3 weeks.  Stupidly addictive....I need to go find me a crack dealer, I'd be better off.

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Oh and a little bonus link for you:  A very informative near and long term future plans for the game.

AMC threatens to sue fan site if they release any Walking Dead spoilers

Apparently these people are right so often that AMC is repeatedly threatening to sue them if they say anything to spoil the next season.

I guess you can sue anyone for anything, right? It's America and all...  Anyway, these people appear to be properly cowed and have decided to STFU.

I'd like to think I would have made a stand against The Evil Corporation but, at the end of the day, you never know what's going to happen when something goes to court.  Did the judge get his eggs cooked the way he wanted them that morning?  Does the judge like my hair?  Anything can happen.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

No Man's Sky delayed (again)

Now to June 21.

I tell you...I got this feeling that this game has been massively overhyped and they are working very hard to try to find a way to meet expectations....and failing.

In other news...
The game dev got death threats at the delay announcement.

But even more amusing (to me)...
The first reporter to report the delay also got death threats.

Imagine what's going to happen when it sucks?  Riots?  Mass suicides?  

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bluetooth Tampon

When bluetooth goes too far!

Seriously, not everything needs to be bluetooth enabled.

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Copperhead snake in tree bites Lowes employee

Worst. Nightmare.

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Man arrested for training dog Nazi salute

The world is such a shit hole.  News like this disgust me.  

That is a really funny video and at no point did I get the feeling that the dude was doing it to be mean.  He stumbled on something funny and made a video...that's it.  But we, as a society, have to arrest people and make them lose their job.

Things like this make me wonder why I would risk myself even posting to this blog.  I mean, I am here saying that it was a funny video....I must be a bad man too.

Keep in mind these are funny little UK laws and I doubt that the guy spends much time in lock up, but still, he's likely in for troubled waters for some time to come.

Anyway....unbelievably funny video, if you haven't seen it yet.

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Monday, May 09, 2016

'felon' and 'convict' is now mean to say

A Justice Department division will no longer refer to people released from prison as “felons” or “convicts” because of the stigmatizing effects of the terms, an agency official announced in a Washington Post editorial Wednesday.
Instead, Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason said the “disparaging labels” will be replaced by “person who committed a crime” or “individual who was incarcerated.” The new lexicon is set to be utilized in “speeches, solicitations, website content and social media posts” emanating from the Office of Justice Programs.

Wow, PC is reaching new and dizzying heights.  Maybe we shouldn't put people in jail at all, because its mean!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Google CEO says decline of mobile is the future

Jeez.  I was just joking when I said it yesterday but Google CEO is actually predicting the decline of mobile.  I was joking, he isn't.

Decline of mobile, rise of AI

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Audi concept car



It's a concept car so likely will never get sold but it's a neat idea.  That "smart board" that comes out of the rear bumper has three different modes of operation.  One of these is a mode that will follow you around with your groceries on it.

The board recharges when you put it back in its storage area.

I wouldn't buy one but it's still pretty freaking awesome.

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Smartphone shipments fall flat

Wasn't there a cry on the interwebs that the 'PC was dead!' back when it's numbers stagnated like we're now seeing with Smartphones?  Are we now in the 'Post-Smartphone era'?

Of course not, there's still millions of units being sold each quarter of each.  But it did make for good internet drama didn't it?

I hadn't analyzed phone sales numbers in the last couple of years, until today.  I hadn't realized Samsung took such a strong lead (and climbing in it's lead)...

Steam now accepts Bitcoin

Well that's a big win for crypto currency.  Apparently it's easier to get some bitcoins in many countries then it is to get issued a credit card.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The age of VR is nearly upon us

Very soon now the world is going to be flooded with virtual reality hardware for the home.  Which I would love to embrace but 98.8% certain that I'm going to suffer from simulation sickness.

Companies that demo VR stuff bring with them ginger chews to combat nausea...if it's that common, then most certainly I'm screwed.
I learned recently that ginger candies effectively fights nausea
 
More than likely I'm just going to suck it up and deal with it....eventually.  After a bit of wide spread use; possibly even waiting for the eventual generation 2 hardware to start coming in, what I estimate to be, a year or so.  We shall see...a lot of cool games coming for VR though, that I would like to try.

Here's some of the best news related to the coming VR revolution:

Oculus VR tracking woes
First Oculus games bode well for the future
Neat VR party game: Werewolf
VR light saber battles!
VR Porn is exploding {the real reason I need VR}



Screams of thousands as Apple makes yet another 16gb device

I'd love to be a fly on the wall in the meeting where someone decides that Apple will release a new product in 2016 with 16gb of storage and no expansion options.  I just want to hear the logic for that decision.... because I think there is some angle there that I'm missing...some little bit of genius that I can't see.

EDIT:   I found a quote on why the 16gb.  Which I found not be all that genius after all...
"The belief is more and more as we use iCloud services for documents and our photos and videos and music that perhaps the most price-conscious customers are able to live in an environment where they don't need gobs of local storage because these services are lightening the load." 

I still recall the days of managing my daughters iPod with 16gb...every day she would bring it to be to make space.  I don't recall how old she was but she couldn't understand how to make it so she could get more apps.  Eventually it crapped out (she went through 3-4 of them btw; ain't the best quality devices) and I sprung for the 64gb model and my troubles went away.

Anyway, love the small screen phone coming out.  That's perfect for me...whom really only uses a phone to text and make calls with as I'm in front of a PC all day long...smaller is better in my universe.  Hell, maybe I'm the target market for 16gb as I install almost nothing.

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Microsoft's undersea server experiment

With a goal to solve cooling in massive server farms, Microsoft sank a rack under the sea for 105 days.

Someone was really thinking outside of that box the day they had this idea.

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Arcimoto SRK

Street legal electric vehicle for $11,000.  70 mile range or 130 with the extended battery.

That's really cool.  I'd like to have one...if only it wouldn't attract so much attention.  Attention = drawing sniper fire.

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10 million African children obese or overweight

Looks like we over-saved the children here.

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Here's a fun side fact:
Did you know obesity was very rare in America before 1980?

It's a good argument for why it has to be something other than genetics as to the cause.  Evolution doesn't move that fast.

Which was one of many datums that I found interesting in this long read on Why the Calorie Is Broken.

Debt collection and law enforcement partner with new prediction tools

Vehicle surveillance broker Vigilant Solutions has offered Texas law enforcement agencies “free” access to its massive automated license plate reader databases and analytical tools— but only if the police give Vigilant access to all of their data on outstanding court fees and hand the company a 25 percent surcharge from money collected from drivers with outstanding court fines.

They don't just stop there either:

The software’s “stakeout” feature gives the NYPD access to who was at a location (such as a protest, a church, or even an abortion clinic) at a given time, and can use both “predictive analysis” to determine where a person is likely to be, and “associative analysis” to determine whether someone is a “possible associate” of a criminal.


Pretty cool stuff... I'm sure not everyone would agree with me heh.  The near future silent police state marches forever forward.

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Dutch Drone Interceptor

For reals, yo!
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

FCC wants to unlock the cable box

The FCC seems to be attempting to shame the cable industry into allowing 3rd party cable boxes.   I guess they have no authority to force that end so they are trying the media shame game.  At least they are trying something.

Funny thing is that it was the hardware rental fees that actually caused me to say enough with cable.  I can't recall exactly what I was paying, somewhere between $60-$80 in hardware rental.  Which allowed me to pay a slew of other fees before we even got to the actual cost of cable.  $20 HD access fee, $10 additional outlet?!?!  I also love that I got the privilege of paying $10 for receiver rental on a cablecard device (a pc with a small card in it to allow the channels to be decoded aka my own hardware)...which isn't even a cable box.  WTF?

86% reduction in my cable bill was the end result and I've not noticed that it's was missing...nor have my kids.  Pretty shocking how good cable cutting is now.   Even the pay channels are on-board.

Sure I can call and they will "cut me a deal" but they keep raising rates and tacking on new fees...take for example they advertise $20 for basic cable but after the fees, taxes, rental of hardware you're lucky if your not paying $70 a month. Smarmy I believe is a good term.

Good riddance entertainment industrial complex dinosaurs/robber barons!

TIP:  When cutting the cord go directly to a Comcast store so you can return the equipment immediately and avoid the retention department completely.  Directly at the store is a much more pleasant encounter.

Want ad euphemisms

This is all the more amusing in its accuracy.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

John Smedley back with a new game, new company

AKA Smed of Everquest 1 fame...and many other Sony Online games.  Some time ago spun off of Sony to a new company, left that company, started something new.  Tapping into crowdfunding...of course....I'm just surprised he took this long.

He's got some new 2d pixel game called Heroes Quest coming($20).  Can't say I'm interested but I did find some things on this article of note.

First, apparently he has pissed off the hacker-verse hardcore.  I vaguely recall some stories popping up from time to time about how he's gotten owned from time to time by hacking crews.  I have no idea how he pissed them off and I'm too lazy to bothering looking.  But I did find the list of major events they laid on him quite noteable:

"I've also been swatted (multiple times) and had over 50 false credit applications submitted in my name and had to deal with the ramifications of what happens to your credit when this kind of thing happens," he wrote last year in a Reddit thread. "It's not good. And to top it all off they decided to submit false tax returns."

Swatting is where someone calls in a threat, to the police, so significant the victim gets the swat team showing up at their home or office.  It's lately been a favorite of people on the internet to screw with someone they don't like.  Nasty.  Things people should keep in mind before running their mouths methinks.

Second, he's got Patrick Rothfuss in on the writing for this new game.  Rothfuss is the author of The Name of the Wind.  A killer book.

As the series was announced recently as one being turned into a movie and a TV series, I'd rather Pat be banging out that next book before it's a movie or TV show.  Not spending time on a 2d pixel game...that's just me.

It's cool to finally see awesome books being made for TV/Movies.  I've spent most of my life wondering why so much stupid shit gets produced when their are so many better stories out there.  But the downside is the Game of Thrones effect of the show taking on a life that splits from the books in a way that they are aren't the same story anymore.  I'd hate to see that for Kingkiller.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

US sinks 4 billion into self-driving car program

The US DoT will have a national blueprint for autonomous vehicles within 6 months.

I think an unintentional consequence of this program will be a dramatic reduction in lawyers.  Why?  Because in most small time law firms 90% of their business is drunk driving cases.   Eventually autonomous vehicles will get to the point where you can drink and drive because your not driving at all.

Also you might see less law enforcement in general as many state and local governments rely on speeding tickets for a portion of income.  I assume at some point, speed will be fixed and locked into the auto pilot.

We're not talking about tomorrow or anything but we are definitely talking about a much quicker transition then anything else we've seen in the automotive world such as electric vehicles for example.

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Steam upgrades bandwidth

Steam is experiencing a 75% growth and has recently upgraded their bandwidth massively.  The new Steam concurrent user record is 12.3 million.  Despite some occasional burbs, pretty smooth sailing.

This is dramatic growth but, in case you were wondering, they don't break the 10 top bandwidth users on the Internets.  You can see why ISPs hate BitTorrent....look at all the expensive upstream it consumes:

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My normal work day....

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Friday, January 08, 2016

Razer Blade Stealth Ultrabook


Razer just unveiled their new ultrabook that has a pretty cool idea.  The box behind the ultrabook is a PCIe expander that you can put a real video card into a connect it to the unit via Thunderbolt 3 connection.

They haven't told anyone what the price of the Core box (what they call the expander box) is going to be but the ultrabook itself is competitively priced at $999.  So you would also have to pay whatever the Core unit costs plus the cost of the video card.  This could really add up.

The Core unit price with either make this or break this as a winner.  The versatility is great.  I'll give it that.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

2015 Exceptional Media Awards

2015 has ended (you knew that right?) and this year I have decided not to discuss the "completely consumable content" (to which there were many many many things) or the content that completely sucked.  Lets just focus this time on the things I felt were a cut above.

While most of these things actually were released in 2015, not all of them were.   They were merely consumed by me in 2015.  Books in particular could have been out for years but I just got around to reading them in the last year.

I'm sure there were also a  TV series or two in there but as I don't log them; they do not appear here.  Maybe next year I'll track them better.


Exceptional Games in 2015

Massive Chalice
(PC & Xbox One -- was free on XBox One with a gold account)
I actually beat this game twice this year, on different skill levels, and considered a run at the hardest skill level.




Fallout 4
(PC, PS4, Xbox One)
While I felt like I couldn't possibly clear out another mall filled with super mutants at one point...I found that if you tried to stick to the main quest lines the game never really got old.  And the desire to start over when I "finished" it was strong. Loved all the other Fallouts but this one was even better than the rest.






Exceptional Movies in 2015

Gone Girl
Kingsman













Focus











Exceptional Books in 2015



The Witcher series
I think I read the first three of these.  But its debate-able as to which three are the first three.  But in reality it doesn't matter which order you read them in or if your reading the same ones I read as they were all great.






A Fire Upon the Deep










The Liar's Key
This is book 2 of the Red Queen's War series.
Of course your might want to read Broken Empire first, through its not required.  Everything Mark Lawrence has written is on the exceptional list.










Honorable Mentions for 2015

While they weren't clearly exceptional, I was on the bubble of declaring them exceptional...consuming these would not be a waste of your time:

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin(book)

Mad Max The Fury Road(movie)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens(movie)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas, enjoy

I give you the Darth Vader Yule log....with a 5 hour run time....don't miss a moment.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Can you see the panda?

I really struggled to see it.  Apparently about 50% of the people who look at this image have the same trouble.