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Comment Re:Bleeding edge isn't usually worth it (Score 1) 132

I bought two 7800GTX video cards five years ago for the same price as two GTX480s will cost. Mass Effect 2 still runs fine on them at high settings. (Though the loading screens murder my single-core.)

Spending $1000 back then was way better than spending $200 on a brand new video card every year. If I did that, I'd only have a GTX260 right now... Wait a second.

Comment Misc. Reactions (Score 1) 427

PS3 Slim
- Only two USB ports. I guess you'll need to pick up a USB splitter if you want to play Rock Band.
- Still can't stack it. I guess you probably shouldn't anyway, but it's required for some setups. I've seen more than one PS3 perched atop a 360.
- I never owned a PS2 of my own, so I'm one of the people who really miss the full, hardware backward compatibility.
Price Cut
- The price cut has made me reconsider buying a PS3. It was always too expensive for me to justify considering how few quality exclusives it had. At least one of those issues has been resolved.
- Why do the hard drives keep getting bigger? Some models had only 20 GB to begin with. It seems that anything less than 120 GB models will be discontinued soon.
Home Improvement
- ...
- Well, at least Trophies are viewable by your friends through your profile now. Yay Sony.

Comment Unrepresentative? (Score 1) 590

I was going to make some sort of comment about their data gatherers systematically mistaking stylized Japanese as white people (eg. Naruto isn't white.), but then I saw the bar graph on page 12. Black people in games: 10.74% Black people in US census: 12.3% Wait... A 1.6% difference? Am I the only one who finds this to be surprisingly representative? I was expecting a much more embarassing number. Such as the number of hispanics. X-(

Comment Caffeine and Cola (Score 2, Informative) 420

The caffeine levels in Coke or Pepsi are very low compared to coffee; approximately 10%.

Canada Health recommends no more than 400 mg of caffeine a day. To exceed this, you'd have to drink 12 L of Coke. On the other hand, only two extra large Double Doubles will bring you to that limit.

18% of all Canadian aged 31 through 50 exceed this limit, and it's not from drinking cola. The typical Canadian coffee drinker aged 31 through 50 averages over 600 mg a day.[1]

Comment Out of date hardcovers (Score 1) 501

My hardcovers were significantly out of date within a month of 4e's release due to Errata and possess surprisingly poor TOCs, glossaries.

The pirated OEFs I downloaded have been edited to transparently account for the most recent Errata and allow full text searching. I'll miss them.

(Or at least I would if my group hadn't since switched to Pathfinder.)


iPhone Application Key Leaked 247

HighWizard writes with word from Engadget that the iPhone SDK Key has been leaked early. "We're not exactly sure how this all went down, but we trust Erica Sadun over at TUAW when she says that it appears that the iPhone's SDK key — which will probably be required by all 'official' third-party apps — has been leaked. Two different sites currently have the key posted, but it's all just for show until next month, when the SDK hits for real — and the code is undoubtedly changed."
United States

Maryland Scraps Diebold Voting System 209

beadfulthings writes "After eight years and some $65 million, the state of Maryland is taking its first steps to return to an accountable, paper-ballot based voting system. Governor Martin O'Malley has announced an initial outlay of $6.5 million towards the $20 million cost of an optical system which will scan and tally the votes while the paper ballots are retained as a backup. The new (or old) system is expected to be in place by 2010 — or four years before the state finishes paying off the bill for the touch-screen system."

Hubble Finds Double Einstein Ring 168

Einstein Duble brings us news that astronomers using the Hubble Telescope have discovered an extremely rare double Einstein Ring. Occasionally, galaxies or other bright objects are located in such a way that they are behind another galaxy when viewed from Earth. When light from the further galaxy passes a sufficiently massive closer galaxy, the path of the light is bent inward from all sides, creating a "ring" effect. In this case, not one, but two galaxies are directly behind the foreground galaxy, so the gravitational lens produces two distinct rings. Quoting Presscue: "The distribution of dark matter in the foreground galaxies that is warping space to create the gravitational lens can be precisely mapped. In addition, the geometry of the two Einstein rings allowed the team to measure the mass of the middle galaxy precisely to be a value of 1 billion solar masses. The team reports that this is the first measurement of the mass of a dwarf galaxy at cosmological distance (redshift of z=0.6)."

Bid On A Role in Fable 2 For Child's Play 26

Via Joystiq, a post on the Lionhead website offers up a once-in-a-lifetime offer ... for charity! At this year's Child's Play Fundraiser, an annual black tie event scheduled for December 11th, the studio will auction off roles in their in-development title Fable 2 to help raise money for kid gamers. Roles include 'a Fable 2 Shopkeeper, a Farmer, an important Villager, a Monk, or a Quest character.' Other loot they're offering includes "Signed underwear by Peter Molyneux! The only known surviving Fable T-SHIRT signed by the Development Team in 2004. Limited edition, official Fable 2 team T-SHIRT. Limited edition, official Fable 2 sweater / hoodie. Exclusive Fable 2 printed and framed artwork. Limited edition, framed Black & White 2 poster, signed by the Development Team and Peter Molyneux. Framed copy of Fable, presented in recognition of your contribution to the making of Fable."

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