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Topic: Microsoft To Tap Halo Franchise With 'Cortana' Siri Competitive Assistant For Windows Phone   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 7:44:42 PM(UTC)

This is the best idea microsoft has possibly ever had. This one improvement alone will ultimately lead me to buying the next available smartphone. I love cortana and the Halo series more than any other game franchise the has or possibly ever will exist.

Thank you microsoft, you stupid, great not just a software company.

(a tear rolls down my face)

Topic: big.LITTLE: ARM's Strategy For Efficient Computing   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:16:50 PM(UTC)

I hadn't realized the full logic behind what Nvidia did with the Tegra 3 Chip, having a quad core chip with a 5th "Ghost or backup core"

If you have a DVFS system on a big.LITTLE configuration its only real effective use would be inside each individual chip, it would have a range of effectiveness for the A-15 and another range of effectiveness for the A-7. This opens up a low energy/perfect amount of computing power balance that is unmatched, unless.....

Unless this sort of methodology is a band-aid fix for a larger problem. Using both methods adds another layer of inefficiency that could be cut down with a lot of fine tuning.

The problem with that is while fine tuning occurs helping bring the big.LITTLE/DVFS config up to par you might be left in the dust entirely by a new innovation.

A strangely common occurrence in this industry. I believe they call it opportunity cost.

Topic: Dropbox Wants To Rid You of Your Hard Drive with the Dropbox Platform   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:00:28 PM(UTC)

I have been thinking about an entirely cloud based computer for a very long time, instead of a decked out computer, you would have a subscription and a minimal set of hardware, the only real limitation is internet speeds, or connectivity. if you can get ping under 10ms and then have huge servers to process information faster than any personal can affordably hope to do it would make sense to "rent out" computer storage, speed and processing power.


The consumer has only the screen, internet connection and RAM to house instead of an entire computer. with adequate internet a laptop can now be more versatile and more powerful than a desktop for minimal cost difference.


I feel like Drop-box is making the first steps towards this kind of virtual computing (somewhat ironic) platform, and i am going to be watching very closely.


I always thought google would be the first to do this, is suspected it was one of their reasons for starting google fiber, to provide sufficient bandwidth to an average user to make true cloud computing viable.

Topic: EU and Japan Brace for Data Revolution by Building 100Gbps Networks   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 9:47:49 PM(UTC)

I always thought that having 1.0 gbps meant i would have 1.0 gbps download speeds. that isnt neccesarily true. \

Little did i know the bandwidth of your internet connection is cut in half if you add a modem and split the line.

so for me with a 20 people who use the internet all day at my house, (My mom runs her home office there as well as my dad with several others working with them.) i usually only pull about 100mbps.

Well over the national average i know but still 1000gbps is glorious. i sometimes get pretty near that mark at night when the office is shut down.

i dont reallt know what to do with it.

most websites only allow Mbps of traffic so it is pretty well capped unless you go to special websites.

Topic: Nintendo CEO: 90 Percent of New Gamers Unable to Finish Level 1-1 in Original Super Mario Bros   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013 8:46:11 PM(UTC)

Yea it seems to me that kids are getting better and better at video games not worse and worse.

Take League of Legends for example i have 3 younger brothers who have logged around 500 hours each on that game alone and they have played WOW and Starcraft over 100+ hours not to mention the diablo series....

This is really a flawed experiment/conclusion. older games aren't as familliar as newer games. i play mario or i did and if i started playing again i would probably die in the first level. it takes a while to remember the timing you learned.

Nintendo obviously hasn't been successful with their make game simpler strategy and it actually hurts their market. i have always played the games my brothers and those around me have played. in fact one core tenet of modern gaming is the ability to multiplayer and or discuss the outcome of a game with your friends and family. that's what makes a game truly addicting when everyone you know is playing it and they are each constantly trying to one up the other.

Its almost impossible to maintain unless you have a game that has depth and advancement opportunity static games die faster than evolving games. hence the major success of an MMORPG,

Topic: Xbox One Director: PlayStation 4 Specs Somewhat "Meaningless," It's About the Games   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:23:02 PM(UTC)

Its interesting that microsoft chooses to design for the "Average Joe" Most of the people i know have some one, usually a computer or gaming enthusiast who they consult before deciding what console or system is better.

Also if you make a product for the most people you end up with a gigantic amount of boring and redundant products.

People want to be challenged to be pushed to see something new and have it change their perspective on what they want.

Its the ideas that go into a project that determines the output of the project and Microsoft has too often thrown in the idea that the consumer is an imbecile.

Topic: Counterfeit Jay-Z App Pushes Malware That Calls Out NSA Spying Scandal On Independence Day   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:11:28 PM(UTC)

that is an incredibly ironic way to fight immoral/unjust breaches of privacy. I wonder if the person who created the app realizes that.

Its a serious issue being dealt with, i doubt that this particular bug had much great affect.

A sort of similar incidence happened with the Soccer World Cup website not to long ago. The website was hacked and played a continuous reel of Brazilian police throwing tear gas into peaceful demonstrators.

That one had much more effect on me than "yes we scan"

Topic: Destiny Gameplay Video Reveals Stunning 3D Graphics Engine   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:05:25 PM(UTC)

Strange this looks exactly like what a Halo MMO would look like. guess that makes sense coming from bungie.

Anyone else really bored with MMO's? i have almost totally lost interest in games i used to love, WW, DAOC even Skyrim is boring to me lately. I have reverted to older games like civilization, Rise of Nations and a few newer games. mainly League of Legends.

Its a shame none of them have very good graphics but the game mechanics are phenomenal and make it fun every time. it feels like this sort of static game is dead.

What do you think?

Topic: [Updated] Xbox One Fallout: Don Mattrick Leaving Microsoft For Zynga   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 2:04:50 AM(UTC)

This move is probably good for matrick i hope it works out for him. Dave was probably right he got an offer he couldn't refuse from a company trying to throw off their parasitic shackles.

they are likely moving to a new genre of games with the promotion of matrick to their ceo.

Who know maybe microsoft wont be such a hag when it comes to letting us have features, in fact we may even get electronic share! i have been incredulous through this entire ordeal and have had a bad taste in my mouth since the beginning of Xbox one.

The kinect has always been interesting, adding it into every console was a good move and the improved hardware and software with the new design might be a large enough boost to pull microsoft out of the no go zone of most gamers, I cant wait to get an xbox one and see what type of incredible games it can handle.

Topic: [Updated] Xbox One Fallout: Don Mattrick Leaving Microsoft For Zynga   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 2:04:47 AM(UTC)

this wasn't a massive debacle. It is pretty funny that he went to zynga though.