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Comment: Re:It's interesting, but... (Score 1) 99

by BlueBlade (#49184069) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

I have a SHIELD tablet I bought at release, and I use both the PC to tablet Gamestream and the online GRID streaming (nVidia sure like their caps).

Both work surprisingly well. I'll sometimes play XCOM on my tablet at work during lunch break and at first co-workers were asking how I got that to run on Android. My upload at home is only 10Mbps, but it's apparently more than enough for decent quality at 720p so I can play any Steam game at work.

For GRID, I've tested a few games, but the only game I played through the end was Darksiders 2. I was surprised that you can't really feel the lag, even for action titles. My main gripe with the service is the game selection. I'm a strategy / rpg junkie, but the only quality game that I really wanted to play on GRID is Witcher 2. However, I've already completed it 3 times on PC so it's not like I wanted to play it again. I've tested it though, and it works well.

All in all, I think the technology and infrastructure is getting ready for game streaming. I suspect that nVidia has a potential hit on their hands.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 204

by BlueBlade (#49183867) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I must be the only one who liked Starship Troopers. I think I liked the movie more than the book. The movie was deliberately campy and I thought it made a few good social comments on propaganda and war. The book was much more serious, but I thought the whole political structure was highly implausible. I found the concept of forcing politicians to serve a few years in the military was interesting, however.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 4, Insightful) 823

by BlueBlade (#48877287) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

This "mandated" engine noise concept is so infuriating to me. We finally have the technology to remove both the air and noise pollution at the same time, but you want to add noise to an otherwise silent engine just because people aren't used to silent cars? People will just have to adapt to the fact that you can't trust your hearing to know if a car is coming or not anymore.

This reminds me of that ridiculous law that there had to be a person walking ahead of a car because unlike horses, cars can't react if something's in the way.

Comment: Re:Still a second class citizen (Score 1) 214

by BlueBlade (#48317533) Attached to: Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

The nVidia Shield has a SD slot, and rumor has it that it's the fastest selling Android tablet on the market (basically nVidia cannot keep up with the demand and every single tablet is sold before leaving the production chain).

At $300, it's also the best performing tablet on the market and, according to the Anandtech benchmark reviews I've seen, it even surpasses the unreleased Nexus 9 in tests. Let's hope this comes as a wake-up call to to the other players in the tablet market.

Disclaimer : I don't work for nVidia, I'm just an extremely satisfied Shield tablet owner.

Comment: Horrible quality (Score 0) 26

by BlueBlade (#48284733) Attached to: NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe

Can someone explain to me why the images have such bad quality and resolution? Satellite images of the earth are good enough to spot someone sunbathing on a roof. I would think that the price of top-notch optics and sensors would pale compared to the cost of just making the trip to the moon, so why aren't the pictures as good quality as what we get from the earth-orbiting satellites?

Comment: Re:Light on details, however... (Score 1) 395

There is a big difference in cooling a battery VS cooling an engine though. The heat generated by the battery cells has to spread somehow to the outer edges of the battery for it to be dissipated by a cooling system. In cars, the energy density of the battery is hugely important, so you can't just lace the cell areas with good heat conductors without making the battery less efficient. This means a trade-off between how fast you can charge the battery (heat build-up) and how much power the battery can hold.

Comment: Re:Friends dont let Friends buy Ubisoft (Score 1) 215

by BlueBlade (#47269607) Attached to: Was <em>Watch Dogs</em> For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Just wanted to say, King's Bounty : Dark Side is available from Steam. It's early access, but many people have played it from start to finish several times and it's mostly bug-free (at least any serious bug) at the moment. It's due to release next month if you'd rather not play the early access version.

I've played it for a few hours and I can say, it's already much better than Warriors of the North. It's reminding me a lot of Crossworlds, which is a good thing.

Comment: Re: Because it is. (Score 1) 298

by BlueBlade (#46167103) Attached to: Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Net neutrality is about source of data, not about the type of data. It still allows for QoS for voice and other real-time data uses. All it says is that traffic must be treated exactly the same depending on the source/origin. So you aren't allowed for example, to slow netflix down but let hulu go through at full speed, etc.

Comment: Re:"Looks like we got ourselves a thinker!" (Score 4, Insightful) 412

by BlueBlade (#46155813) Attached to: Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

One should not minimize the value of knowledge either. I'm a lot more scared of ignorant smart people than of ignorant idiots. You could argue the point that trivia isn't knowledge, but even then, some basic knowledge of culture, cinema, politics and sports make for better rounded people. Most of the cultural questions have to do with influential people and it's still worth knowing about them, if only to know how they influenced trends or some such.

Comment: Re:um (Score 2) 183

by BlueBlade (#45350723) Attached to: AMD's Radeon R9 290 Delivers 290X Performance For $150 Less

My monitor is a Dell 3007WFP, which was released in the US in December 2005 (so 8 years ago). It's also far from being the only 30" monitor released at that time with that resolution, although most modern 30 inchers seem to be 16:9 instead of my preferred 16:10.

As for pixels, I can definitely see pixels on mine if I disable AA in games, although I only need 2xAA for it to appear totally smooth. 4K would probably take it close to the point where the pixels aren't visible anymore from 3 feet away even with AA disabled, but I haven't used a 4K monitor yet so I'm not positive. I can absolutely guarantee that anyone would be able to make the difference between my monitor and a 4K one though.

Comment: Re:um (Score 3, Informative) 183

by BlueBlade (#45342883) Attached to: AMD's Radeon R9 290 Delivers 290X Performance For $150 Less

I think you're underestimating how much GPU power games need these days. I bought a Dell 30" monitor 5 years ago, which I'm still using for gaming. The native resolution is 2560x1600, so not even close to the new 4K ones. At this resolution, my old 3 years old Radeon 5870 was struggling to get smooth framerates for several games. So I bought the new GTX 780 when it came out for $600. The new card is fantastic, I can finally play The Witcher 2 at full resolution with high settings, same with Bioshock Infinite, etc. Keep in mind, the new 4K resolutions will demand even more out of GPUs, so it's not likely that the demand will go down all that much yet.

Sure, if you're a gamer who fires up a 1080p console port once in a while, a cheap GPU will do. If you're an avid gamer who needs more than 1080p, you still need to buy the $400+ cards to keep up.

Oh, so there you are!