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Comment Kicker HP541 ($50) (Score 1) 448

I've wasted something like $300, testing out sub-$60 headphones, and I have found absolutely nothing matching the quality of the Kicker HP541s. I'm not a fancy audiophile, I won't draw line graphs for you with frequency response, because that's all tripe anyway (most adult humans can't hear over 18 KHz), but I will tell you that they are the best pair of cans you can get for anything less than $100.

The bass is phenomenal at high volumes (Kicker, heh), the sound is very crisp and flat, the earcups are made of genuine leather, they also spin 180 degrees to sit outwards, so if you have a portable amplifier like the Fiio, and I think this is the best test - you can raise the volume enough that they become actual speakers sitting on your neck, and they DON'T DISTORT or crack! Also, make sure your media library is FLAC, or at least 256 kbps MP3. You will hear the artifacts in your music with any bit-rate anything less than that.

For a cheaper alternative, without the $400-pair-of-headphones feel like the Kickers have, I'd recommend the Sennheiser 202's, which are in the $20-$30 range.

Comment Re:Gasoline-like energy density (Score 1) 582

All of that energy is currently being generated by the internal combustion engines in vehicles from the petroleum-derived fuels. In essence, they already create a decentralized energy grid, utilized only for transportation, complete with supply and distribution infrastructure which is several times larger in magnitude in overall energy consumption than the primary grid. That demand HAS to make its way onto the primary grid eventually, or else we'll hit a brick wall at high speed (pun intended) when we suddenly realize that the global stockpiles of oil have dried up.

Comment Solutions (Score 1) 1091

Regular people don't care about the operating system, hardware, or what the underlying technology is. They just want to browse the Internet, talk to their peers on Facebook about XYZ, and read/write e-mail. My grandmother is using LinuxMint on her wireless workstation. She has no idea, what in her words "A Linux" is; but she knows how to click the "Internet" square, and it browses her favorite news sites.

High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats 542

krou writes "In an experiment conducted by a Princeton University team, 'Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.' Long-term consumption also 'led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.' Psychology professor Bart Hoebel commented that 'When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight.'"

Supersizing the "Last Supper" 98

gandhi_2 writes "A pair of sibling scholars compared 52 artists' renditions of 'The Last Supper', and found that the size of the meal painted had grown through the years. Over the last millennium they found that entrees had increased by 70%, bread by 23%, and plate size by 65.6%. Their findings were published in the International Journal of Obesity. From the article: 'The apostles depicted during the Middle Ages appear to be the ascetics they are said to have been. But by 1498, when Leonardo da Vinci completed his masterpiece, the party was more lavishly fed. Almost a century later, the Mannerist painter Jacobo Tintoretto piled the food on the apostles' plates still higher.'"

Comment Quake 2 "Jump" (Score 1) 346

On the MSN Gaming Zone, I downloaded a map editing tool called QARK. I figured out on Q2DM1 (The Edge), that there was a game bug involving hitting the space-key (jump) multiple times on different surfaces, would cause you to 'double jump, triple jump' and so forth. It was the most obvious in attempting to get the ultra-health pack in the corner of the main room where you'd also grab the chaingun and combat armor. I implemented this on the very first map I ever created called q2dm_jump1. Little did I know what I would start. Someone followed after my heart in Counter-Strike: Source and through some sort of fluke figured out that holding down walk on a slope causes you to slide on it. Surf anyone?

Submission + - New HIV Strain Discovered in Woman From Cameroon 1

barnyjr writes: From the story: A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS was discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon. It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Medicine. ...The most likely explanation for the new find is gorilla-to-human transmission, Plantier's team said.
PC Games (Games)

Games That Design Themselves 162

destinyland writes "MIT's Media Lab is building 'a game that designs its own AI agents by observing the behavior of humans.' Their ultimate goal? 'Collective AI-driven agents that can interact and converse with humans without requiring programming or specialists to hand-craft behavior and dialogue.' With a similar project underway by a University of California professor, we may soon see radically different games that can 'react with human-like adaptability to whatever situation they're thrust into.'"

Making a Game of Hardware Design 60

no-life-guy writes "Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a web-game to harness the natural human abilities for electronic design automation (EDA). Arguing that people are still much better than computers in games of strategy and visualization, and that we'll do anything as long as it's fun, a group created FunSAT — a game where an average Joe gets to solve a Boolean satisfiability problem. Known as SAT, this problem is an important component in various hardware design tools from formal verification to IC layout to scheduling. The pilot version is a puzzle-like single-player Java app (akin to those addictive web-games), but the researchers envision that it can be extended to a multi-player (and, perhaps, replace WoW as the favorite past-time of the millions), so anybody can be a hardware designer. If anything, this is definitely a great learning tool."
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Submission + - Starcraft 2 Officially Announced

Dark Legacy writes: "3:00 — FMV sequence in a spaceship — looks Terran — zooming in on a metal door — door opening — reveals a guy with a cigar in chains — prisoner — door shuts behind him — there's so much bass the room is shaking — guy steps into some kind of metallic devicce — legs are strapped in — guy rising toward ceiling — Korean text on screen got people very excited — another part of the machine is dropping metal arms on him — machine whirring — applying armor to his torso — extremly detailed visuals here — now guy is strapping on gloves — armor is molding together — seems like a Terran marine — rockets turn on — zerg now onscreen — Marine delivers a line — StarCraft 2 officially announced. http://pc.ign.com/articles/788/788627p1.html"

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