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Kim Davis denies a marriage license to an atheist couple

22 September 2015 - 03:39 PM



That is unreal. In fact, one might go as far as to say it's bananas.



Microsoft release free Community Edition of VS 2013

12 November 2014 - 02:07 PM

Microsoft have just announced the release of the "Community Edition" of Visual Studio 2013.


Essentially, this is nearly the full version of VS 2013 for free, and most importantly, it means I can use resharper at home!


Only thing I can't find is what (if any) the licencing restrictions are.

Limit Theory Scripting and Procedural generation

04 September 2014 - 08:04 PM

Just watched this video from the maker of Limit Theory.


In it he demonstrates procedural generation of ships from a scripting language and then shows how to make some simple icons using the same language.


This is a fascinating piece of technology, and really nicely executed IMO. Given the spiralling cost of AAA games, I think we're almost inevitably going to see more of this kind of generation.

Wait for Haswell refresh?

01 May 2014 - 07:36 PM

Thinking of upgrading the CPU/mobo in my desktop. Machine is mostly used for work* and gaming. GPU is pretty decent and it has an SSD for the system drive, so weakpoint is the CPU.


Right now I'm looking at an i5 4670K, but was wondering should I wait for the upcoming haswell refresh? Even if the new chips aren't great, it might mean a price drop in the 4670K.


Any advice, thoughts, opinions?



* I use this machine to allow me work from home when it suits me, but work aren't going to pay for it. Work involves C# and C++ development and I frequently have to build a legacy C++ app. I'd love more cores, but CPUs are so expensive in NZ, I really cant justify dropping NZ$1500+ on a CPU for an i7 extreme.

Is gaming on console dying?

30 October 2013 - 02:31 PM

Ok, apologies for the overly hyperbolic title, but there's precedent :)


So for the last two nights, I decided that the best way to play Arkham Origins would be on my couch in front of my TV.

So I set Win7 to autologon and Steam to start in Big Picture mode. After plugging a grand total of 4 cables (power, network, hdmi and xbox controller), I sat down and was soon striking terror in fluid 1080p on a big screen.


Over the last few days it's been revealed that even the so-called "next gen" consoles will be upscaling 720p content for some of their big titles. The consoles aren't even out yet and they're already underpowered.


I get the idea behind a console. Consoles served a dual purpose of simplification (no visible OS, filesystem, drivers, etc) and also they provided economies of scale (the manufacturers had enough buying power to deliver a machine that would probably cost you a lot more to build as a PC).


It seems that neither of these things are true anymore. I've demonstrated that setting up a PC as a living room box is trivially easy (and with the advent of steam machines, it's only going to get easier), and cost wise? Well, rock paper shotgun ran an articlethat showed how to build a PC that was more powerful than either console for pretty much the same money. And that was nearly 5 months ago now. As time passes, a similar or even better spec'd PC will just get cheaper.


So my question is, why would anyone buy an xbox one / ps4?