The Big Think

May 17, 2005

Tiger Up and Running

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 8:54 pm

Got it working, and with the exception of a minor bump or two, Tiger seems to have installed smoothly. Love some of the new features, hate some of the new looks.

X-Ray Specs

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 8:23 pm

Fantastic X-Ray image of a Titanium Powerbook.

No Allowance for You!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 8:19 pm

via Thomas Hawk

Mark Cuban is arguing over at Blog Maverick that with the introduction of Yahoo!’s new $5 per month music service that this needs to become the new de facto ‘damages’ that the RIAA ought to be able to claim when suing kids. After all, when the kids could have paid for the music via Yahoo! for $5 a month it makes it hard to say the music loss is worth more than that. ‘The RIAA can no longer claim that students who are downloading music are costing them thousands of dollars each. They cant claim much of anything actually. In essence, Yahoo just turned possession of a controlled music substance into a misdemeanor. Payable by a $5 per month fine.’

Tiger, Tiger

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 3:58 pm

Doing a massive backup now in preparation to update my system to OS 10.4 (aka “Tiger“). See you (hopefully) on the other side…

I Heart You

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 3:04 pm

A Japanese research team has developed a fuel cell that runs on blood without using toxic substances, opening the way for use in artificial hearts and other organs.

read more.

Is Piracy Good?

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 3:02 pm

How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV.

The 15 Pound Hamburger

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 2:58 pm

You have to see it to believe it.

(hmm… something’s up with the server again. It took me 5 tries to upload this. Sorry folks)

Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Revolution

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 2:42 pm

The gloves are off as the Big Three game console manufacturers (MS, Sony, Nintendo) go at it at E3.
First off, Microsoft announces their new Xbox 360.
Sony announces the new Playstation 3.
and Nintendo previews the new Revolution.

And here are some pics, specs, and game screenshots (it’s still early and I can’t find some info on all three systems).

Microsoft Xbox 360:
1. Support for DVD-video, DVD-Rom, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-Rom, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 cd, JPEG photo CD
2. All games supported at 16:9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing
3. Customizable face plates to change appearance
4. 3 USB 2.0 ports
5. Support for 4 wireless controllers
6. Detachable 20GB drive
7. Wi-Fi ready

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU
– 3 symmetrical cores at 3.2 GHz each
– 2 hardware threads per core
– 1 VMX-128 vector unit per core
– 1 MB L2 cache

CPU Game Math Performance
– 9 billion dots per second

Custom ATI Graphics Processor
– 500 MNz
– 10 MB embedded DRAM
– 48-way parallel floating-point shader pipelines
– unified shader architecture

– 700 MNz DDR

Memory Bandwidth
– 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth
– 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM
– 21.6 GB/s frontside bus

– Mulitchannel surround sond output
– Supports 48khz 16-bit audio
– 320 independent decompression channels
– 32 bit processing
– 256+ audio channels
Sony Plyastation 3:
It will support Blu-ray (obviously), DVD±R/W, CD-R/RW
Backwards compatible with the PlayStation 2 and original Playstation
One 3.2GHz Cell processor—total system performance rated at 2.18 teraflops (uh, that’s actually about twice what Microsoft is claiming the Xbox 360 will do); it will have 256MB system RAM 3.2GHz, and 256MB GDDR VRAM at 700MHz
The nVidia graphics will be called the RSX (”Reality Synthesizer”), and will trump the Xbox 360 with 1080p (yes, that’s a p) graphics support.
There will be a 2.5-inch hard drive (i.e. laptop hard drive) attachment—a first for a Sony launch (no, we don’t count the PSX and/or the FF add-on)
Memory Stick Duo slot, and very surprisingly, an SD and CF slots
Bluetooth support with up to seven wireless controllers
Six USB system ports
Screenshot (actual game shots):

Nintendo Revolution:
Couldn’t find shots of the console yet. It’s still early in the announce cycle
four 2.5Ghz IBM G5 Custom cores,
128KB of level 1 cache and a 512KB shared level 2 cache,
the graphics will be powered by a dual core ATI RN520 chipset, with 16MB of on-board eDRAM for the frame buffer.

No game screenshots available.

Looks like it’s going to be an interesting 2006 for game fans.

I followed my typical routine of buying the current, heavily discounted generation of game hardware just before the new stuff gets announced, thereby getting the current stuff cheap, but still getting some good playtime in before the new stuff starts to come out. Currently playing Xenosaga on the PS2. It’s an epic (80+ hours?) game with lots of cutscene stuff. The first volume of a six volume series.

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