I agree with @Arcon as great as it would be to go to the Tested live show, a lot of us are international viewers and will never have the chance to go to one.
@willsmith @norman Octobercast was the greatest! and was for a good cause. It gave us a chance to see interesting people and listen to some great conversations that we don't get nomaly.
I know that 24 hours was a massive undertaking but I would not mind a 12 hour event or a two day event with guests coming in during the day. then go home at night and sleep like normal.
Please consider doing something for the loyal international viewers
Bring back Octoberkast!
@Arcon, as I understand it, usually a house rule is made for crit failure/success. Often 3, 2 & 19, 20; or 4, 3, 2 & 18, 19, 20 respectively. That may seem exceptionally bad/good, but again, the probability distributions are different, such that rolling low and high numbers are rare.
@Civvie, I've been in a game before that used two d10s: a large number of players were new to the system and the GM wanted a more forgiving environment. Two single digit(non-percentile) d10 dice are rolled and the amounts added up. The reason for it being more forgiving is that the probability distribution for a d20 is flat, each number has the same likelihood of coming up; with 2 d10s however, the probability distribution is more like a bell shape, with 11 having the highest probability of 10%, 12 - 9%, 13 - 8% etc. From what I've seen, 2 d10 has a few unique qualities: 1) there is of course the decreased chance of critical failure/success. 2) as the game goes on and higher numbers are desired it becomes increasingly hard to roll them - thus making skill checks increasingly harder 3) in the case of the D&D d20 mechanics, attack rolls against AC become problematic.
You can play around with different configurations of dice at this site.
@Arcon: If it went, you bet that their users would be able to use case sensitive passwords that are longer than itunes term of service in no time.
@lmlloyd: @bottleworks: Since everyone has wished each other a good life i feel that it is great time to follow @Arcon's suggestion and bring this topic back to it's original topic. However if any of you feel like it, you are more than free to start a new thread in the off-topic section to discuss it further.
@Arcon: The guys need to get drunk and buy bitcoin more often...
@Arcon: I love the 2600k's but they are showing their age. From a pure gaming point of view the intels right now are the better bet. the difference in graphics bandwidth is huge. On a single thread/core performance level, the intel chips should also out perform the amd chips.
While 6core chips are nice if your running something that makes use of a huge amount of cores. Most of the stuff isn't capable of using those cores. Which results in a lower overall clock speed. Which can be a performance decrease for for gaming.
@Arcon: I'm using the asus splendid that comes bundled with the computer to set it warmer, there is a predefined mode called "theater" that makes the screen look way warmer, the white feels sepia now (which is way warmer than my previous laptop) but this doesn't really solve the issue, although it seems less bad.
@tom032792: my previous laptop was "designed for windows XP", according to a sticker in it, so I may have seen PWM before, but I think this is something different, because I had problems with Asus screens before in the past.
I can't really point what is exactly so annoying, but after 8 hours of work with the screen it feels like 16 hours, it could be the PWM, some light in the not-very-visible-spectrum, refresh rate and flickering (not since CRTs AFAIK, but IDK), inter-pixel space, artificial contrast obtained through software gimmickery like the "sharpness" option, or any other thing I may have no idea about because I'm certainly not an expert on screens.
For this specific case I'd certainly like to be an expert, I'd really like to understand what is the problem here, I can't really find out what is the issue and it's bugging me because there seems to be no information about this on the Internet, I don't know whether I'm an adopted alien and Asus screens are my kryptonite or I'm just one step from putting a tin foil hat (for theories about aliens).
@Arcon: What is so out of the ordinary about how it shows client info? From the screenshots it showed, seems pretty similar to the info that uTorrent shows.
@Arcon: whats the info for the irc channel I will glad join you guys for a bit or atleast watch the chaos that ensues while I am in meetings :D
The iOS getting Google Apps that are better is more of an issue of how Google is structured than proper app development (though there is some crossover).
There are separate teams for iOS and Android development. This leads to some general annoyances, such as Maps. Since Google has a design language that spans across most/all of its platforms, The apps will probably look the same, however, iOS Maps was built from the ground up on the new design, while Android's maps, which hasn't been (fully) given the new Holo look (Navigation ugh), will finally get its much needed coat of paint in June iirc.
I can't really comment on 4.0 and the Google Now, I do wonder if it has something to do with the updated TTS bits. (There are new calls in the TTS code that point to Googles servers. This is why Android has "two" TTS' voices, the standard one (that's replaceable) you hear for things like proper turn-by-turn in Navigation (ie street names) and the Google Now one)
Some Holo does trickle down to 2.x, but I imagine the entire UI would be a bit more of a challenge. I had a HTC G2, an officially Froyo/GB only phone, and I remember for ICS the community devs having to get new display, camera, etc drivers; perhaps the stock launcher/settings were coded for the new graphics stuff only
I hear the Google Now voice when I use navigation on my phone, which sound so much better by the way. Once in awhile it will give me the standard voice, but will then immediately change over. In case you're wondering what phone I'm using it's an OG Evo 4G rooted with a 4.2.1 rom.
@Arcon Yea i have watched a bunch of pc building videos (both from tested and elsewhere) and i know what thermal paste is (but thanks for the clarification! :))
@AwesomeAndy That's awesome! i haven't ordered yet! Thanks for the link :D
@Arazand so do you recommend just going with an after market cooler from the start?
@Rallier: @Arcon: That is funny, i did enter, and they said the end of the month.
@Arcon: ha, i had no idea. They should have posted that on the front page somewhere instead of simply mentioning it in the video.
So many pictures, so little time. I havent gone through the whole set, but the kid in the open R2D2 is looking to be my favorite so far
Totally agreed. I think he's done a good job with the movement (saw the movement at the end of an earlier video of Norm testing his camera).
Well, it hasn't been mentioned directly (heh) so to make sure you aren't looking at it the wrong way, the X in Xbox was originally for DirectX, and the original Xbox was called the DirectX Box during its creation. It was called this as it was based on the DirectX graphics technology, and headed by 4 engineers from the DirectX team; it also originally wasn't going to be called Xbox, it was left on the list of possible names to showcase how bad it was, but it stuck.
FWIW, the X in DirectX was originally supposed to represent a variable, where the variable = an API for specific tasks.
@Arcon: I cleaned out all of my garbage apps as soon as I saw this. It was probably one of the things that frustrated me most about android overall. The constant progress they are making is really exciting, and I feel really good about Google trying to encourage tablet app development.
I hope the rumors of a 10 inch samsung nexus are true, I've stayed away from the 10 inch tablets, but I would be extremely comfortable buying one now. Although, I am looking to pick up a Moto Xoom as well, because it technically is a google reference device, and it does run JellyBean very well. If the price is right I can get over the weight, and so-so screen.
Its going to cost a bit of money for an external solution, as the cheaper end of products that will do this probably won't have much better sound capabilities than your Realtek (which honestly isn't that bad if its on a recent-ish board, if you go to any PC building forum, they usually forgo the soundcard)
The cheaper route I think in this case would be to get a sound card that meets the requirements you are looking for.
That will probably be my solution, then. My problem isn't with the audio quality necessarily, but the fact that several games I own don't work correctly with the onboard audio; Skyrim being chief among them (volume is super quiet, a problem traced to the use of Realtek audio).
This awesome list was originally compiled posted by @Arcon, but it was accidentally modded because of all the links. Here's the list of books we discussed in the podcast. Thanks again Arcon:
Books Mentioned (In Order Mentioned [Sort of, grouped by author first]):
Raymond Chandler (Author)
The Little Sister; The Long Goodbye; Playback http://www.amazon.com/Raymond-Chandler-Writings-Playback-Indemnity/dp/1883011086
The Simple Art of Murder (Essay) (Might be included in the collection) http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Art-Murder-Raymond-Chandler/dp/0394757653
Poodle Springs (Don't spend time on this)
Dashiell Hammet - The Continental Op http://www.amazon.com/The-Continental-Op-Dashiell-Hammett/dp/0679722580
The Yiddish Policemen's Union http://www.amazon.com/Yiddish-Policemens-Union-Michael-Chabon/dp/0007149824
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay http://www.amazon.com/The-Amazing-Adventures-Kavalier-Clay/dp/0679450041/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0
All Tomorrow's Parties http://www.amazon.com/All-Tomorrows-Parties-William-Gibson/dp/0425190447
Mona Lisa Overdrive http://www.amazon.com/Mona-Lisa-Overdrive-William-Gibson/dp/0553281747
Pattern Recognition http://www.amazon.com/Pattern-Recognition-William-Gibson/dp/0425198685
A Hologram for the King http://www.amazon.com/Hologram-King-Dave-Eggers/dp/193636574X
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius http://www.amazon.com/A-Heartbreaking-Work-Staggering-Genius/dp/0375725784
What is the What http://www.amazon.com/What-Dave-Eggers/dp/0307385906
Motherless Brooklyn http://www.amazon.com/Motherless-Brooklyn-Jonathan-Lethem/dp/0375724834
The Fortress of Solitude http://www.amazon.com/Fortress-Solitude-Jonathan-Lethem/dp/0375724885
Ham on Rye: A Novel http://www.amazon.com/Ham-Rye-Novel-Charles-Bukowski/dp/006117758X
Dance Dance Dance http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Haruki-Murakami/dp/0679753796
The Wild Sheep Chase http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Sheep-Chase-Novel/dp/037571894X
Kafka on the Shore http://www.amazon.com/Kafka-Shore-Haruki-Murakami/dp/1400079276
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle http://www.amazon.com/Wind-Up-Bird-Chronicle-Novel/dp/0679775439
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge http://www.amazon.com/The-Teachings-Don-Juan-Knowledge/dp/0520256387
Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Ixtlan-The-Lessons-Juan/dp/0671732463
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Year of Solitude http://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Years-Solitude-P-S/dp/0060883286
April 1865: The Month That Saved America http://www.amazon.com/April-1865-Month-Saved-America/dp/0060899689
The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800 http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Upheaval-America-1788-1800/dp/B002N2XFQE
Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63 http://www.amazon.com/Parting-Waters-America-Years-1954-63/dp/0671687425
Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65 http://www.amazon.com/Pillar-Fire-America-Years-1963-65/dp/0684848090
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 http://www.amazon.com/At-Canaans-Edge-America-1965-68/dp/0684857138
Claudius the God: And His Wife Messalina http://www.amazon.com/Claudius-God-His-Wife-Messalina/dp/0679725733