Friday, March 31, 2006
All silver memberships are now GOLD this weekend. I had a Gold membership anyway, but to coencide with this they released the Battlefield 2 and GRAW demo. YAY! Oblivian, Graw and BF2 - I dont know where to begin!
Donald E. Powell, the administration's rebuilding coordinator, said some areas may be left without the protection of levees strong enough to meet requirements of the national flood insurance program. Those areas probably would face enormous obstacles in attracting home buyers and investors willing to build there.
The news represents a shift for the administration; President Bush had pledged in the weeks after Hurricane Katrina to rebuild New Orleans 'higher and better.' Now, some areas may lose out as they compete for levee protection. Powell's announcement, in a conference call with reporters, prompted denunciations from state and local officials who said the federal government is reneging on promises to rebuild the entire region."
WP: Levee repair costs triple - washingtonpost.com Highlights - MSNBC.com
Iwata: More Revolution Secrets Coming - Kotaku
The Gamecube had this cool function that the other consoles didnt have. It had the function to pile up on store shelves as no one bought them. And Iwata probably needs between now and E3 to think of something cool to even announce. I hate bullshit announcements about upcoming announcements. Just shut up and wait till the time you actually will announce something.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
An anonymous Hollywood executive scoffed at UMD, saying that absolutely no one is watching movies on the PSP. Likewise, Paramount is claiming that releasing UMD format editions of popular movies is 'the exception, rather than the rule': 'No one's even breaking even on them,' he claimed. And a Universal Studios executive went even farther: 'Sales are near zilch. It's another Sony bomb.' Ouch!
Everyone's Dumping UMD Movies - Kotaku
While working out with my friend on the tricep machine, I was waiting for him to finish his set and was resting on one of the two pilates balls they have back in the corner. While sitting there, the one Y staffer came over to show the new lady how to use the pilates balls and she said:
"May, we borrow your balls?"
I kid you not. And I dont think she even realized what she said. Suffice-to-say I had to use every ounce of energy I had to not burst out laughing as I gave up my seat to them.
Nintendo's Revolution console, as seen on-display at the Game Developers Conference 2006
Clearly, numbers don't mean everything, but on paper Revolution's CPU falls performance-wise somewhere well beyond GameCube and just shy of the original Xbox. However, it's important to remember that there is no way to accurately gauge the performance difference between GCN's PowerPC-based architecture and the the Intel-based CPU of Xbox. Further, even if we could, these numbers are only one part of the equation.
Revolution's ATI-provided 'Hollywood' GPU clocks in at 243MHz. By comparison, GameCube's GPU ran at 162MHz, while the GPU on the original Xbox was clocked at 233MHz. Sources we spoke with suggest that it is unlikely the GPU will feature any added shaders, as has been speculated.
'The 'Hollywood' is a large-scale integrated chip that includes the GPU, DSP, I/O bridge and 3MBs of texture memory,' a studio source told us.
The overall system memory numbers we reported last December have not greatly fluctuated, but new clarifications have surfaced. Revolution will operate using 24MBs of 'main' 1T-SRAM. It will additionally boast 64MBs of 'external' 1T-SRAM. That brings the total number of system RAM up to 88MBs, not including the 3MB texture buffer on the GPU. By comparison, GameCube featured 40MBs of RAM not counting the GPU's on-board 3MBs. The original Xbox included 64MBs total RAM. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 operate on 512MBs of RAM.
IGN: Revolution's Horsepower
Man I understand Nintendo acting like they are doing a totally different thing and to not compare them with Microsoft or Sony, but wow - when the hardware isnt even better than the original XBOX, what the heck does that say for the future of this platform? In 2 years would you still be happy with this, heck by that time your cell phone will probably equal this. This is troubling for sure if you ask me. If the Revo's controller is a flop, this console will die a horrible horrible death and be buried right beside VirtualBoy.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
It's so rare, given the basic tenor of most arguments in politics today, but every once in a while someone says something so remarkable that's it's worth noting, without any comment at all.
Such a situation took place on March 1st in Annapolis, Maryland, where a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage was taking place.
Then Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, testified as to why the amendment should not be passed.
At the end of his testimony, one of Maryland's most insane ultra-far-rightwingers, republican Senator Nancy Jacobs, stood up and shouted: "Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?"
To which Mr. Raskin replied: "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."
Credit: Gene Stone - The Huffington Post
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
No this isnt a picture of some recent military exercise. This is a screenshot from a game called Crysis built on the CryEngine2 engine coming out for the XBOX360. They say they will have a playable demo by E3 this year (in May).
When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers.
In the statement, Bush said that he did not consider himself bound to tell Congress how the Patriot Act powers were being used and that, despite the law's requirements, he could withhold the information if he decided that disclosure would ''impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative process of the executive, or the performance of the executive's constitutional duties."
Bush wrote: ''The executive branch shall construe the provisions . . . that call for furnishing information to entities outside the executive branch . . . in a manner consistent with the president's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to withhold information . . . "
Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement - The Boston Globe
Friday, March 24, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
“Games specifically developed for the Sega Genesis will be available on the Revolution.”
That's cool :)
The President of SOE John Smedly had this to say in an article, "There has never been a release by Sony Online Entertainment that has been incomplete." If you believe that than you have never played an MMO published by SOE.
Raph Koster has left SOE, he was the Creative Director for Star Wars Galaxies (and many other games) and so has Cindy Armstrong who was the had of Business Development. And according to an SOE Mole reporting to Kotaku, the President John Smedly's head may be on the chopping block as SOE continues to sink under the weight of it's own crap.
Trouble is Starforce the product and the company do some really nasty stuff as evident here, here and here where the lastest version will put a rootkit on your machine and reboot your computer whenever it even thinks you are doing something that may be similar to what you would do to pirate a game.
Well you may be infected with this menace and not even realize it. Here is a list of games that if you've had them installed on your computer, than you are now sharing space with the Starforce parasite on your system. Remove it?
I will be boycotting these games to be sure, and it's nice to also note that I dont have to worry about this stuff playing on my XBOX 360, so that's another point in favor of no longer gaming on my computer.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - President Bush said Wednesday he feels Iraqi political figures need to urgently get a representative government together that can unify a nation now embroiled in civil strife.
'It's time,' Bush said. 'It's time to get a government in place.'
Speaking for the third time in as many days about Iraq and the war against terrorism, he also said it's important for Iraqi security forces to begin taking the lead in the fight for their future.
'It's the Iraqis' fight,' the president told an audience here. 'These troops that we're training are going to have to stand up and defend their democracy.'"
Apparently it's only urgent when Bush's poll numbers are dropping. When they were high he was telling us to be patient and let them take their time.
Bush also said that he was upset that an Afghan man is being tried for converting to Christianity. Abdul Rahman, 41, faces a possible death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago. He has been charged with rejecting Islam, a crime under this country's Islamic laws.Bush has a VERY skewed sense of the "universal principle of freedom". Wouldnt that mean that gay people should be free to marry, like straight people? Wouldnt that also mean anyone would be free to be a terrorist? Bush wants America 2.0 over there, America crafted by him and his neo-con buddies, all while crafting a hideous version of it here too. He would have had absolutely zero to say about this if the person converted to Bhudism or some other non-christian religion.
"We expect them to honor the universal principle of freedom," Bush said at Capitol Music Hall, an ornate theater downtown. "I'm troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear, the fact that a person who converted away from Islam may be held to account. ... I look forward to working with the government of that country to make sure that people are protected in their capacity to worship."
Bush claimed success in Afghanistan.
Nothing, not even Doom3 has looked this real or has been this immersive. I can just imagine what it would be like on HD, but even on standard it's stunning when you see it in real life. The screenshots really dont do it justice. It's hard to understand that something that looks this good could even be a game.
The combat is hard to manage at first because it's a different style than other games, but it's super easy if you think about how you would react in real life if you had a sword and shield (or whatever) instead of thinking how the game allows you to react and act within those parameters.
The inventory, skills panels and everything that encompasses your character's details are laid out pretty well and the map stuff is very nice so far.
I've only completed the tutorial portion that shapes your character's class and sets up the main story for you. I took my time and really played with everything and I had about 2.5 hours to play last night.
You start in prison and eventually make your way out thru some underground areas and thru the sewers and into the main city and that's about where I stopped. I didnt actually go into the main city and when I exited the sewer it was dark and foggy out, so I havent seen the truly expansive terrain or anything yet, but I am dying to see it.
The magic skills and stuff are basically how Morrowind handled it, so that's not a huge change from how they normally handled it and you still have health, fatigue and magicka to monitor and to be a source for your actions. Playing Morrowind first definately would give someone a leg up into understanding this game (and just how deeply complex it is). It might be kind of daunting for someone who's picking up an Elder Scrolls game for the first time.
So on a scale of 100%, I think I have only experienced about 0.005% of the whole game so far. I cant wait to see more and experience the huge terrain and "living" world thanks to the Radiant AI, etc.
Monday, March 20, 2006
We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
All Things Billy: Billy working with Howard again ?
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Statistical Analysis Bolsters Theory Linking Warmer Oceans to Stronger Hurricanes
Friday, March 17, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
If it thinks you are pirating something, it phones home to Sony (or whomever) and your system (blu-ray player, PS3, whatever) gets blacklisted from then on. Totally 100% unusable machine until you are some how able to satisfy them that you werent breaking any rules or laws.
So enjoy what Sony has in store for you. :)
Monday, March 13, 2006
Why are the lives of people living on top of oil more important than people in other countries?
Darfur violence spills into neighboring Chad - Nightly News with Brian Williams
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
I just started using it today so I havent seen if there are a lot of bugs or odd things yet, but so far it seems sweet.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
I remember a time before Subway. I remember when Subway first started. I've even worked a at Subway during a brief stint right before college (which was a brief stint in itself).
I remember subs cut the old "U" shaped way. I remember the bread bowl salad. Subway and I have history together.
I bring this all up because of all the subs I have ever eaten, I have never ever once eaten Wheat bread, until yesterday and today. Out of the 100's of subs I have eaten, I never got wheat. I tried that Italian Herb and Cheese fiasco bread once, but never wheat. I have now ate a total of one 12" wheat sub and I can say I am the better for it.
So yay Wheat!
I just recently found this FREE and very awesome system auditor. Install is simple and the results are produced in a webpage. It gathers ALL data about your computer, including all installed applications and their serial numbers. So before a format, install this program - run it and print the results and enjoy a single point of reference for EVERYTHING on your computer to get you back up and running.
Belarc - System Auditor
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Chinese 'Warcraft' Players Revolting?
Some communities have began enacting ordinances to protect against protests within a certain range of funerals because of these folks.
Monday, March 06, 2006
The song's kind of neat and definately ground-breaking, but the flash animation on the site's a bit, well strange in parts.
Cancer kills more than 500,000 men, women and children here in the US every year. I am seriously convinced at this point that anyone who still approves of Bush (although there arent many left) have some sort of learning disability or massive head trauma.
Daily Kos: Cancer Less Important Than Iraq
Sports Hybrid, Built by Kids, Runs on Soybeans, Zero-to-60 in 4 Seconds - Gizmodo
10-User Conferencing in Skype 2.0 Only on Intel CPU's thanks to deal with intel - thankfully there's a patch - there's always a patch :)
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Average family incomes fell in the USA from 2001 to 2004, pulled down by a sluggish recovery from the downturn and the sharp stock market drop, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.
By contrast, from 1998 to 2001, average income jumped 17.3%.
USATODAY.com - Average family income drops 2.3%
His illegal wiretapping broke the law, period. The Attorney General clarifies that they didnt even come up with the whole concept of it if was legal under the 2001 war vote until well after he was already doing it.
Daily Kos: Confessing Their Sins
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Test 2 ! 2+ (k
He plays dumb on TV, he plays dumb to you to get away with it. I dont know who's worse him, or the people that let him do this day-in and day-out. Why is our president no longer accountable for his actions? How can anyone justify spending $25+ million on charging Clinton for the Monica Lewinski situation and resulting charges and yet the same country allows this kind of stuff to go on now.
If someone can honestly and intelligently rationalize this to me, I would love to here it.
I thought I would share this link:
What the Bible Says AND Doesn't Say About Homosexuality