I have played them all and I think SimCity 3000 is my favorite. The new one is a bit too ridiculously complex and 2000 is a bit too simple...and the sims nagged the hell out of you. With the new one I'm constantly having to deal with shit. I don't mean a bunch of stuff shit, I mean shit, sewage. Constant problem. I don't like dealing with poo in real life, and definitely don't want poo in my games. I guess it's realistic enough.
Very true! I have a friend that hacks all the consoles (in Canada, you NSA bastards) and he constantly has people bringing back consoles. Seems like more hassle than what it is worth, kind of like the old hackable DirecTV cards. Microsoft has made the decision for me, I'm not buying it, ever.
An anonymous reader writes: The folks at Conformal have announced btcd, an alternative full-node implementation to bitcoind, written in Go! They have released the first of their core packages, btcwire, available for download at GitHub. As a bitcoin user myself, I love the idea of a full alternative. It will only make bitcoin stronger and more independant. This will also be great for the Go community too!
Nerval's Lobster writes: Facebook has added real-time dashboards for measuring the efficiency of its data centers’ internal power and water use. Two dashboards monitor the company’s Prineville, Ore. (here) and Forest City, N.C. data centers (here), measuring both the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Water Usage Effectiveness of those facilities, in addition to the ambient temperature and humidity. So far, visitors to the Prineville and Forest City dashboards only see a limited snapshot of the Facebook data: the display only covers 24 hours, and is delayed by 2.5 hours on both sites. Facebook also hasn’t disclosed how many servers the data represents, which could conceivably be used by competitors to get a sense of the social network’s total computing power. The company said that once its data center in Luleå, Sweden, comes online, Facebook will begin adding data from that location, as well. Although Facebook said it provided the information out of a sense of openness, the data—showing PUEs of about 1.09 for both facilities as of press time—is a bit of a boast, as well; as recently as 2011, Uptime Institute said that the average data center’s PUE was approximately 1.8. So far, Facebook hasn’t said whether it will provide access to the dashboards via an API, so third parties can get a better sense of how Facebook is managing power and water use over time, and through various seasons of the year.
adeelarshad82 writes: Marvel's Iron Man 3 will debut in select Japanese theaters later this month employing the 4DX system for the first time. Developed by South Korea's largest movie chain operator, the CJ Group, 4DX-equipped theaters deliver smells, seat motions, and additional effects such as strobe lights and fog, all in sync with events as they appear on the screen. Beyond South Korea, this full immersion approach to cinema is already in operation in countries such as Israel, Mexico, Brazil, and China.