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There's Been a Leak At WikiLeaks

smackenzie Awesome job! I knew it!! (167 comments)

I checked out your link and it confirmed what I suspected to be true all along!!!! GoDaddy and Oil Change Coupons are the fuckers providing all of this sensitive info to wiki leaks. Let's go lynch them.

more than 3 years ago

Giant Archaeological Trove Found Via Google Earth

smackenzie I tried to drag the little guy in Google Maps... (126 comments)

I tried to drag the little guy in Google Maps over the location but it wouldn't show me anything. I'm just curious if someone knows if Google is down?

more than 3 years ago

The Proton Just Got Smaller

smackenzie Re:Ummm... (289 comments)

"Oh, welcome back to Citibank, Mr. Smith. Your portfolio indicates that all of your investments are 4% down, but we think the difference is so infinitesimal small that it might defy belief that you cared."

"Hi Ms. Smith. Your cancer cell growth has increased 4%, but we think the difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that you cared."

"Little Timmy scored an 86.6 (grade B) instead of 90 (grade A), but we think the difference is so infinitesimal small that it might defy belief that he cared."

more than 4 years ago

Programming the Commodore 64: the Definitive Guide

smackenzie Why lament? (245 comments)

Why "lament the decline of that kind of deep knowing?" Shouldn't we just encourage teens, students, hobbyists, computer science majors (e.g., anyone with an interest in this kind of thing) to get out there and buy a C64 or a kit or an open source game machine or an embedded device or any of the other numerous projects in which we could pursue "deep knowing"?

Frankly, it's a great time to be interested in computers: absurd amounts of power for cheap, _along with_ easy access (thank you Internet) to kits, information, software, books, older devices, embedded devices, game devices, community help, etc.

It doesn't have to be either or.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

smackenzie Silly, Infantile Discussion (870 comments)

Since the beginning of time:

* Look, fire! Now I can keep my family warm and safe.
* Look, fire! Now I can go burn down the hut of my annoying neighbors.

* Look, trigonometry! Now I can build bridges.
* Look, trigonometry! Now I can launch projectiles at those bridges.

* Look, printing press! Now I can communicate broadly.
* Look, printing press! Now I can subjugate broadly.

* Look, nuclear technology! Now I can radiate cancer and use PET scans.
* Look, nuclear technology! Now I can blow cities up...


more than 5 years ago

First American Internet Addiction Treatment Center

smackenzie I reserve judgement -- let's see the results. (278 comments)

Sure, this crowd is going to push back a lot. And it's prime material for jokes. But, in short, a lot of web addicts have underlying problems of which excessive use of the internet is really a symptom. People get legitimately addicted to all kinds of things, and the internet happens to be a completely ubiquitous, invasive entity... so I'll be curious to see if this group is capable of weeding through this primary symptom with an eye towards lower-level issues.

At the most extreme end of the spectrum -- and sometimes that's all an addiction is, normal behavior taking to an extreme -- they'll have to deal with people who might use the internet to escape all human interaction, who always use pornography in lieu of meaningful relationships, who have trouble separating fantasy violence from real life situations in which violence has consequences, who have general-category neurological issues like autism, aspergers syndrome, etc.

On one hand, in light of this, a kayak trip is a joke. On the other hand, sometimes these things are all it take to get people thinking about bigger issues, especially if they can be directed to long-term, more appropriately fine-tuned help.

more than 5 years ago

What Are the Best First Steps For Becoming a Game Designer?

smackenzie The Art of Game Design (324 comments)

You'll get a lot of decent answers, and I won't try to duplicate any of them here. My addition: amidst many mediocre books about Game Design, there are a couple that really stand out. The first one to come to mind is "The Art of Game Design":


While you are perfecting everyone else's good suggestions, give this one a read...

more than 5 years ago

Secrets of Schizophrenia and Depression "Unlocked"

smackenzie Roses are red, (334 comments)

Violets are blue.
I'm schiophrenic,
And so am I.

more than 5 years ago

Your Browser History Is Showing

smackenzie I see London, (174 comments)

I see France,
I see you shopping online at Victoria's Secret for underpants...

more than 5 years ago

Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?

smackenzie 24/7 Gym or Think Opposite (865 comments)

I understand this predicament all too well. And working out substantially is critical to your mental and physical well-being. Try asking yourself what you can do at the gym in order to save time at home (or the office). Here is what I recommend:

- Find a 24/7 gym, or at least a gym with very good hours. Preferably on the way to work.
- If, for example, you shower in the "morning", then don't shower at home. Wake up. Bring a change of clothes on way to work. Use gym. Shower / shave. Head to work.
- Do this for 2 or 3 of your work days per week. And work out on the 2 days that you get off. Obviously, this varies.
- Plan on working out for an hour or so.
- Bring the paper if you typically read this at home.
- Or bring journals, reading edification, potentially email on a smartphone, etc., -- anything that gains back a little time for you at work or home. - I'll leave the specifics (cardio, weights, stretching) up to the professionals.

I know it's obvious. But nothing is going to give you a good concentrated workout quite like 60 to 90 minutes at the gym. And since you shower there, you are discussing 4 to 6 hours / week... well worth it. I gained back about 1 hour of that time per week reading the paper in-between sets. And I do answer critical, quick emails on my iPhone. Yes, get up and walk around and stretch at work and all that, but it's going to be hard to come anywhere close to this regime using any off-the-cuff or "creative" solutions.

more than 5 years ago

First Images of Memories Being Made

smackenzie I started to comment, but... (71 comments)

...I forget what this article is about.

Oh well. I love lamp.

more than 5 years ago

US Plans To Bulldoze 50 Shrinking Cities

smackenzie "Shrink!" It's the new Growth! (806 comments)

A modest home in a lot of 7 abandoned (or un-sellable) homes is worth very little. But, if the home owners are willing to relocate, they could potentially own a similar home, closer to a "living" civilization, and bordering the nice new woods that has now been created out of all the empty districts. That home is worth a lot more.

It's obvious that the kind of home growth that we saw over the last ten years is not sustainable for any substantial amount of time. And it's a little ironic that many of the same construction companies that were thrown together to build the homes might transition into companies that are hired to tear down the very same homes... but, having said that, nothing makes me happier to think that we might rollback at least some of the ugly brown areas and return them to Nature.

more than 5 years ago

Ubisoft CEO Says Next Gen Consoles Closer Than We Think

smackenzie Incremental "New" Machines (326 comments)

Actually, what we are most likely going to see is incremental -- but significant! -- updates to the existing consoles. Updates that are large enough to be considered a "new release" but small enough not to be totally new architectures. We know, for example:

- Microsoft is planning an all-out marketing campaign + release schedule around Natal. It's not quite a new console roll-out, but Microsoft is treating it as such. Fully backwards compatible.

- Nintendo needs to get on the HD bandwagon, but doesn't necessarily need to push the envelope for HD gaming. Expect something that meets 720p criteria and is approximately [some smaller integer greater than 1 but less than 5]x as powerful as the Wii. Fully backwards compatible.

- Sony: not entirely clear. Open to suggestions. They have a PS3 slim in the works. No, not a new console. They released the PSP Go, dropping UMG support. That's interesting. The Cell is a pain-in-the-ass to develop for, but various shops are starting to get the hang of it. Maybe we will see a PS3, Mach II with 2 Cells, slim body and, of course, the now-mandatory motion tracking controllers.

The fact that future games are going to cost somewhere in the $60M ballpark is precisely why we will NOT see brand new architectures any time soon. No one, except maybe 1st party entities, is going to give up all of the applied dev resources to hop to an untested platform.

If you want to commence an interesting dialogue, I propose something like "What, exactly, constitutes a NEW console?"

more than 5 years ago

ASUS Designs Monster Dual-GTX285 4GB Graphics Card

smackenzie Does this mean I can run Solitaire in FULL RES? (212 comments)

...I love that game. All the cards and the colors and stuff.

Someone had to say it. I bet a Minefield comment will beat me to the punch...

more than 5 years ago

What Happens To Code From Failed Projects?

smackenzie Not just code, what about... (225 comments)

...other assets like models, graphics, animation, sound, maps, and data files? These are enormous, time-consuming and expensive assets that also face extinction with failed projects. Or what about assets for projects that are... older and discontinued?

I often wonder how great it would be for new (or smaller, or hobbyist, or cash-starved, or early in SDLC, or whatever) developers if more companies open-sourced these assets.

more than 6 years ago

The Truth About Last Year's Xbox 360 Recall

smackenzie Ridiculous (255 comments)

ATI and Microsoft developed this chip together over a period of two years. The XBOX 360 GPU has been known since conception as an ATI GPU.

Furthermore, the recall was for overheating in general which -- though unquestionably affected by the GPU -- is a more comprehensive system design failure, not just a single component. (Look at the stability success they have had simply by reducing the size of the CPU.)

I'm looking forward to "Jasper", the code name for the next XBOX 360 mother board that will include a 65 nanometer graphics chip, smaller memory chips and HOPEFULLY a price reduction.

more than 6 years ago



smackenzie smackenzie writes  |  more than 8 years ago

smackenzie writes "Not yet tired of the console wars, even though we are now well into the holiday season of peace and joy? Well, here are two articles that pit the XBox 360 against the PS3 in the graphics department and are sure to draw some irate fanboy feedback.

GameSpot compares a number of cross-platform games side-by-side. The conclusion:
"You'd think that the PS3 versions would be exactly the same or slightly superior to the Xbox 360 versions, since many of these games appeared on the 360 months ago, but it seems like developers didn't use the extra time to polish up the graphics for the PS3. We found that the Xbox 360 actually had better graphics in the majority of the games we compared."
The GameSpot article can be found here.

H3TV performed a blind, giant HDTV direct comparison. The conclusion:
"H3 Enterprises, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: HTRE) reported this morning that in a totally unbiased side-by-side face-off on H3TV, witnessed by cameras from CNBC and BET as well as a slew of magazine and newspaper reporters, Xbox 360 administered a convincing beat-down to it's highly sought after rival, PS3."
The H3 Enterprise press release can be found here.

Was Ken possibly wrong when he "labeled the Xbox 360 as 'just an Xbox 1.5' and stated that it was 'only going after PlayStation 2'? Or is the Playstation 3 really a Playstation 2.4 going after the XBox 1?"

smackenzie smackenzie writes  |  more than 8 years ago

smackenzie writes "Sony is going to delay the European launch of the PlayStation 3 about 4 months until March. It's also going to cut its target for shipments this year by half.

Just another tiny insignificant setback for Sony? Or a sign of major trouble to come?

Read more."


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