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The Tek 0136: Wendell & Logan Dump Ice Water On Their Heads

This episode: Nvidia makes the first 64-bit ARM CPU, transparent flexible displays, SpaceX vs red tape, and a lot more.

Cisco slashing 8% of its workforce

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posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Odd, Wendell's video feed artifacts every 7-8 seconds, odd that it's not random, anyways, back to watching. :P

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

I thought my gpu overclock had some instabilities for a sec.  Thanks for clearing this up.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Did you guys talk about the new direct x12 news? couldn't find it anywhere??

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Bust out your magic smap Kings quest is back!

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Is King's Quest anything like Discworld?

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

The Cisco thing is very interesting. My brother just got a job there after being in dell. Meanwhile 6000 people are loosing there job.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

What, Logan is a cereal killer!

I find the Ice Water challenge to be a bit ironic, since it either shows the people that would rather have a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads than donate to charity, or you could say it encourages doing crazy things rather than donating to charity. I would think there would be a better way to do that, but apparently ASL has made bank on it AND is getting a lot of publicity with popular figures getting ice water dumped on their heads (because everyone wants to see that, apparently).

Nvidia's on the ARM v8 train too now? I know that AMD just confirmed their server-grade Opteron A1100's by the end of the year, but it's a little bit of a different ballpark, I guess. SO, when are the enthusiast-grade ARM v8's going to come out? :3

Hmm... Sierra's back, and Half Life and Half Life 2 were both published by Sierra? Nah, I don't want to be the one to say it.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

!!!

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

RE: Space-X topic: American politicians probably have a lot in common with some of our less-than tech-savvy Australian politicians. 

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

On the windows phone 8.1 beta, you can share the phone's screen with a laptop over USB. I can't tell if it goes all the way with native res, but the framerate is a steady 30 FPS and the latency is almost unnoticable. I've done it a few times before, as usual it works but the entire execution was horrible botched (the feature and software for it is unheard of.)

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Go forth and eat cereal all day Logan!!! We need videos though. Keep the hard work up in all seriousness, its great.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

The whole thing about the kilobots and making them smaller reminds me of the general concept/ description of the nanite from planetside 1 (nanoscopic robots attached to a body cell or other microscopic piece of material allowing the creation of vehicles and other equipment at will as long as it has been "saved to the network (if you will)", and with it interfaced with a human's cells, the ability to "reconstruct" a deceased person) The last part in the parentheses is the unlikely, but somewhat worrying part if mankind accomplished it.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Saw this and just had to do it!

http://imgur.com/TsCy7Gh

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Sorry Wendel its been done. http://www.cnet.com/news/get-smart-charge-your-phone-while-walking-in-th... and about five ten years before this i saw something on CNN about this.

 

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Is that you Wendell?

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Oh wow, lol. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

WENDELL, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REPLACE YOUR WEBCAM, IT'S DYING AND ARTIFACTING CONSTANTLY.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Why didn't they do the challenge??

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

I think for the hardware section of "The Tek" should just be simply called "The Tek II". It's a small change just to distinguish between the political/software/gaming and hardware sections. It would still be found in a search query.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago
posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

You guys should have done a bit more reading on the ARM article. It's not the first 64 bit ARM processor. Apple has had them for a while. It's just the first ones for Android devices.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Apple are so innovative.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

I'm not saying Apple were the first or came up with it, just that they were already using 64 bit arm chips.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20111027006673/en/AppliedMicro-Sho...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7304/apple-announces-a7-worlds-first-64bit...

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

What's interesting about Nvidia CPU is that they have said that they will make a version that has binary translation. Internally it will be a in order VLIW (Denver cores) not unlike a GPU compute unit. But it will have a software layer to translate ARMv8 instructions to Denver microcode and a generous RAM cache to store in. Translate once, run many times. They also claim that the software layer can do dynamic optimizations. This is nothing new really, remember Transmeta? But it is kinda cool in a very nerdy way. If nvidia can deliver on their very high performance claims, it could get interesting indeed.

Check out Pcper and TechReport coverage/discussion.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

You missed a small detail on the whole twitch mess:

The actual livestreams themselves arent muted, the video on demand archive is muted.

They started doing this because while twitch has a license to live broadcast copyrighted material (radio license) they do not have a license to have the copyrighted material available on demand. Its a necessary step to keep them out of legal trouble.

Is it a bad thing the algorythm used is hypersensitive? Yes, but that'll most likely improve over the next couple of months as it is tweaked to get the bugs out.

You also didnt mention livestreamers can appeal to have their content unmuted if they feel like they were unrightfully muted.

ps: I still have yet to find an official source confirming the google buys twitch thing, all i have ever found was "confirmed by sources fammiliar with the matter" which doesnt mean a whole lot.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Tomb raider 2013 was so bad I couldn't care less about the sequel.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

i still havent finished it...

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

What I would really like is an audio podcast version of the Tek to be available on the TS website. It would solve so many problems (the main one being to have to watch it from a Windows container since I don't want to adblock TS, as Google is broken beyond repair, the entire Google mentality is so sick it's just not functional any more, because from a real operating system without DRM and that flash crap thingy - even though flash these days works much better in firefox on linux than in windows or pepper/chromium for some weird reason - it's not possible to even watch TS videos without ABP or without manually editing the URL and blocking scripts). Since I can only really watch the Tek by youtube-dl'ing it anyway, I'm actually youtube-dl'ing it in .ogg immediately, because then I can listen to it in my car, and I actually hear the entire show (watching the entire show on YouTube is just not possible, there are too many interruptions when I'm at my computer, and I have to focus on other things, so the show doesn't get the attention it deserves, which is a shame). The problem is that I have to rip the audio of the entire downloaded show first, put in on my server, and then download it from my server over mobile data, because I don't want to download a GB of video data that I don't really watch over mobile for only 30-50 MB worth of audio data that I actually do listen to, and using video in the car is also illegal.

It's also pretty crazy that I would be forced to install some shady proprietary DRM software (flash/pepper) on my system just to be able to watch the Tek...

Many people can't do the same thing I do because they're in a jurisdiction in which ripping the audio of a video stream and storing it for later mobile use is illegal. In some jurisdictions, as youtube-dl strips off the DRM, it would be considered criminal hacking, which is pretty horrible. Luckily that's not the case for me, but that doesn't mean I have to like it, because it basically means that I can either enjoy the show without adding a hit to the ad counter, or add a hit to the ad counter and not be able to enjoy the show, which is pure Goofka (Google+Kafka) in my opinion. It would be better if TS would have it's own ads in the show itself and an audio podcast download function with an open source hit counter if such is necessary for advertisement stats.

The "Pony Express" Android app that has been developed for the Linux Outlaws podcasts is free and open source, so can most likely be used for a dedicated TS app without much effort, and it has the right functionality, in that it downloads the audio podcast (.ogg feed) of the Linux Outlaws video show (which is also up on YouTube and Hangouts), and also offers a shownotes and comments function. Something like that would really be ideal in my opinion.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

You could probably use a YouTube downloader like snipmp3.

I'm not sure what the quality would be like though.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

You don't really need flash, i watch the tek on my linux machine with HTLM5 in Firefox without a problem. You can install this http://www.downloadhelper.net/ or this https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-video-and-audio-d... and download just the audio. Some conversion and ffmpeg is needed but it should be too much trouble doing it.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

I hope that we get a new Empire Earth game since Sierra is coming back

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Wendell you're a great guy but plz don't insult stargate. It's a great fun show and yes I am a fanboy of it.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Exactly. I like Star Gate too. It's one of very few watchable shows that has rich characters and story that is consistent and interesting.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Seconded as a fan boy I too was offended.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

SpaceX Anomalies? 

BA once sent a plane up which had a windscreen screwed on using the wrong screws (enginner mistake).

The pilot was being held by his ankles while the co pilot flew and landed the plane successfully in Spain.

By the logic they are using on Space X BA should never have flied a plane again. 

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

I liked the latest Tomb Raider, but I prefer the old ones that are more flashy and over-the-top. This " gritty and realistic" take on video games isn't necessarily bad. But those games tend to be forgettable. TR: Legend, Anniversary and Underworld are kind of better because they don't take themselves too seriously and while the combat wasn't nearly as refined as in TR 2013, the flashiness made all the difference. Also, Lara Croft herself was a lot more interesting as a cocky, acrobatic, gunslinging archeologist.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Stargate SG-1 wasn't terrible but I'm not gonna fanboy about it. You broke my heart Wendell lol. They had the Replicators which were basically indestructible nanobots that could adapt to basically anything including black holes. They initially were like spider-like creatures but their ultimate form was human-like.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

As for you guys complaining about braided cables I agree. They are heavy and drag like crazy. I have a braided mouse and I wanted to have less drag so I bought a 20 dollar mouse bungee. I got the CM Storm Skorpion, and ho-ly shit it actually works. you guys should try it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826993084

http://gaming.coolermaster.com/en/products/others/skorpion/

It's cheap (in price), heavy (won't move so easily), and can be taken apart completely for travel.

You guys should do a review!

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Speaking of good Sierra games, anyone on here play Homeworld?

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

About the aircraft you guys were talking about is the B787 who has the lithium ion battery problem. About the A380 the only major problem was and is the cracks in the wings, no A380 has crashed, only made emergency landings. And the last is about what wendell talked about the pilot, you can read the link below for more details. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qantas_Flight_32

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Not particularly important but Tomb Raider is Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix not Ubisoft. Although I can see how you might make that mistake lol

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Do you guys really think Twitch is going to die now that Google is in charge?

I am more than capable of building a site like Twitch...but I would probably get hung up on what to name it, haha.

But seriously, if somebody wants to pay for the servers I'll build it. I might also need a designer for a logo.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

http://www.amazon.com/Turbo-Grafx-16-System-Console-TurboGrafx/dp/B001AA... 

are you sure you don't have it? you should check!

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

50:28 recommended for you section, 3rd recommended article looks odd hmm.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

I read a bit of how Fox Engine works and why it looks so good and something they do whenever possible is to take multiple pictures of a place, or items, or even a head, and using some programs they create a 3D image of it. Then with a bunch of lightning effects, which Fox Engine relies on a lot to look photo-realistic, they are able to render a really realistic scene. I can't remember all the details but I'll leave the link of the article here because the Fox Engine is really impressive.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-tech-analysis-mgs5-fox-..., Kojima is love; Kojima is life. P: 

 

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

About the whole Google satelites thing, i think it is great! as someone with a degree in GIS, i think this is great and i wish we had these resources when i was taking my courses. It simply makes cartography a lot easier for everyone in the profession.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

....but no water on head...

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Let's put our faces up to the sky and act like you're pissed at Google for violating of our privacy.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Being an aviation enthusiast I have to say it. The battery issues are with the 787, not the 777. No Airbus A380s have "crashed," they have only had incidents where the wingspan of the plane was too large and collided with another plane on the ground. Also it is being found that the wings are cracking and the one Qantas A380 had an engine malfunction. Not exactly sure the situations they are describing with the crashes and recovery. Also, every Airbus aircraft after the A300/A310 has had fly-by-wire systems. (If you guys need aviation info, don't be afraid to ask :)  )

On the topic of the windowless private jet, I would have to agree with Logan. Personally I'd feel claustrophobic if I didn't have a window to look out and see where I am. The fact that there is a screen there, like he said, is too obvious that it's a screen. Plus I enjoy taking pictures and video out the window and wouldn't be able to do that anymore.

posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Their has been a remake of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards called Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, involving Al Lowe himself.  Also, the Two Guys from Andromeda (Scott Murphy & Mark Crow from Space Quest) are working on a game called SpaceVenture.