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  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Quadcopter Fun Flight Fridays #1

    Love the video, definitely want to see more. I am also insanely jealous, that looks like buttloads of fun.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Quadcopter Fun Flight Fridays #1

    Love the video, definitely want to see more. I am also insanely jealous, that looks like buttloads of fun.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on A Landmark Episode of This Is Only a Test - 3/27/2014

    Sorry guys, but saying that the Titan Z is for gaming is a bit silly. Especially with the fact that every time they mention the popularity of the card, they mention science uses, not gaming. Titans are certainly sold for gaming, but they are very popular for research, and for workstations that need real-time capabilities for a pipeline that benefits from interactivity.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Original Xbox Designers Critique the PlayStation 4

    @didibus said:

    @MordeaniisChaos: oh you're right. I'm surprised they showed so much bias. They could have said the bigger Xbox one or something that's not pejorative. I find tested is generally quite good at having a unbiased outlook on things. I'm a bit disappointed.

    My experience is that the main dudes and fellas like Loyd are great at being unbiased at least in articles (podcast is different but also fair game IMO).

    I've never hidden my distaste for this particular writer's tendency to make statements like that in articles. Just comes off as childish, but I guess that's what a vaguely freelance/young writer gets you.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Original Xbox Designers Critique the PlayStation 4

    @didibus:

    bulky slab that is Microsoft's Xbox One.

    So it's a typo?

    And I think the PS4 would look acceptable on it's own on a stand or something, but with other cubic devices it sticks out like a sore thumb, and the angles are a little too hip and cool for me to really say they look "adult."

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Original Xbox Designers Critique the PlayStation 4

    Bulky black slab? Huh, I wonder who has a particular leaning. I think the Xbone looks a little better actually. I dont' mind that it looks bigger and more solid, and at least the back of the thing isn't completely fucked by "engineering" that was actually all design. And it looks less like it's trying to look "cool" and more like something that would look good in a living room of adults. The PS4 looks cool, but with other devices the first thought people will have in a house with one in the entertainment center is "One of these is not like the others." The Xbox One on the other hand looks like it fits right in with the rest of my entertainment system components (which are big boxes with sharp edges and simple glossy fronts). There's something to be said for not trying to be the raddest looking thing in the cabinet and just looking reasonable and classy.

    I'm also really not a fan of the texture on the non-glossy part of the PS4. I think a satin/matte finish would have looked nicer and helped tie things together a bit better. The contrast and sort of cheap look of the grainy surface is a bit off-putting.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Episode 193 - But Wait... - 11/14/2013

    @Curufinwe said:

    After hearing them totally downplay the difference in resolution between 720p and 108p I'm done with Tested for good. There's a minimum level of competence I expect out of the people who work for a tech site, and they fell well below that.

    No one who hooks their PC up to a 40+ inch TV does so just to play in 720p which they could have done with a much cheaper console. Almost all PS4 games being in native 1080p is a big step forward because displaying a game at a panel's native resolution is always much preferable to relying on a scaler to stretch out 720p or less worth of pixels to fit on a 1080p screen.

    It's all preference man. I think that it's easier to ignore 720p on the couch because either your TV is big enough that either way aliasing is an issue or you're far away enough that the difference isn't HUGE. 720p isn't the end of the world. And keep in mind, if you think the last generation was ever 720p, you have a totally skewed idea of what 720 is. Because that was more like 540p.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on VRCade Brings VR Gaming Into a Physical Space

    That's pretty impressive stuff. Have you folks done any work for/with the military? From what I know of their sims, they have some systems that do chunks of what you guys are doing, but in separate products. I imagine this'd be incredibly useful for everything from EOD techs to Corpsman to just good ol' Riflemen. Especially combined with some of the physical training tools they have like false wounds and all that.

    And if nothing else, there are few better ways to get funding than from the military for projects like these. Then again, it tends to tie things up with government use (ie VBS which is basically impossible to acquire as a civilian), which probably isn't what you all want. But maybe the private tactical community might be a good place to reach out for business if you haven't already. I'm sure there are a lot of people who'd jump at that kind of tech for teaching self defense and firearm use in a safer, more dynamic way.

    I'm sure you've already thought of all of this but I can't help but want this sort of tech to find success so it's brought to the masses that much faster.

    So the project is out of the Seattle area? I actually live about 10 minutes outside of the city proper. Always cool to find out awesome tech/gaming stuff coming out of Washington :) Just noticed I skipped over the "in seattle" part of the frickin article trying to get at the video.

    @JamieVRcade said:

    @MordeaniisChaos said:

    If you were in Seattle, I would invite you to try the system yourself. Yes, the system can line up a model to a real world prop absolutely perfectly. In private testing, we have an M4A1 metal gun in real life that lines up PERFECTLY with an M4A1 model inside the game. You can reach out and touch every part of the gun. The bullet trajectory is all in the game software. The gun scale, position, and orientation in space is absolutely 1:1.

    For testing, we hold the gun in front of us and take off the HMD to ensure that everything is lined up in the game world with the real world. We dial every millimeter in. Mark can relay stories about us doing this for hours. Nothing short of perfection is acceptable. Again, the system is so accurate that people can reach out blindly and grab the handle of the gun with no representation of their hands. Just pure reflex and 3D depth perception.

    @JamieVRcade said:

    @MordeaniisChaos said:

    They really, really need to figure out how to PERFECTLY track the weapon though for the gameplay stuff to really appeal to me too much. Notice how he's got a decent sight picture on the real gun but not on the virtual gun from his in game perspective. With this sort of experience, you'd want to see iron sights working right and all that. At that point, I could see this being really really awesome.

    Actually, the system works exactly as you hope. The weapon is perfectly tracked. The issue you may be referring to is that the shotgun used in real life is a toy and the in game model is not created from that toy. However, even as such, iron sights work perfectly. The system is SO accurate in fact, that we can hand users the gun even though they can't see their hands or representations of their hands in the game; they can reach out and grab it from thin air.

    The other issue may have been that the user you are referring to had moved his head slightly when we told him to hold still, causing his head orientation in the game to be off from his gun orientation. The new headset design will fix this.

    So yes, the system is perfectly accurate. Down to less than 0.2mm.

    It's not the prop that I'm concerned about lining up, it's the in game model. The guy was pointing and shooting basically "from the hip." Getting a good sight picture in real life isn't exactly easy as it is. I want to see someone able to use a to scale model of, for example, an M16 and still get a sight picture consistently. If I see working M16 sights, I'll be impressed. With the long range aperture, I'd be amazed, but that's a whole 'nother question.

    But without working sights (I suppose the advent of optics being so major that the problem isn't really the same anymore as you can get an accurate sight picture with a lot less effort these days), things'd be pretty tricky when you get outside of a very small and controlled little shooting range.

    Don't get me wrong, the video was impressive and this is tech I'm ridiculously excited for. I just want to see it hit ever point before I'm quite sold. Still, miles better than the stuff that students have cooked up with the Hydras.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on VRCade Brings VR Gaming Into a Physical Space

    @JamieVRcade said:

    @MordeaniisChaos said:

    They really, really need to figure out how to PERFECTLY track the weapon though for the gameplay stuff to really appeal to me too much. Notice how he's got a decent sight picture on the real gun but not on the virtual gun from his in game perspective. With this sort of experience, you'd want to see iron sights working right and all that. At that point, I could see this being really really awesome.

    Actually, the system works exactly as you hope. The weapon is perfectly tracked. The issue you may be referring to is that the shotgun used in real life is a toy and the in game model is not created from that toy. However, even as such, iron sights work perfectly. The system is SO accurate in fact, that we can hand users the gun even though they can't see their hands or representations of their hands in the game; they can reach out and grab it from thin air.

    The other issue may have been that the user you are referring to had moved his head slightly when we told him to hold still, causing his head orientation in the game to be off from his gun orientation. The new headset design will fix this.

    So yes, the system is perfectly accurate. Down to less than 0.2mm.

    It's not the prop that I'm concerned about lining up, it's the in game model. The guy was pointing and shooting basically "from the hip." Getting a good sight picture in real life isn't exactly easy as it is. I want to see someone able to use a to scale model of, for example, an M16 and still get a sight picture consistently. If I see working M16 sights, I'll be impressed. With the long range aperture, I'd be amazed, but that's a whole 'nother question.

    But without working sights (I suppose the advent of optics being so major that the problem isn't really the same anymore as you can get an accurate sight picture with a lot less effort these days), things'd be pretty tricky when you get outside of a very small and controlled little shooting range.

    Don't get me wrong, the video was impressive and this is tech I'm ridiculously excited for. I just want to see it hit ever point before I'm quite sold. Still, miles better than the stuff that students have cooked up with the Hydras.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on VRCade Brings VR Gaming Into a Physical Space

    They really, really need to figure out how to PERFECTLY track the weapon though for the gameplay stuff to really appeal to me too much. Notice how he's got a decent sight picture on the real gun but not on the virtual gun from his in game perspective. With this sort of experience, you'd want to see iron sights working right and all that. At that point, I could see this being really really awesome.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on The Best PC Gaming Mouse Today

    When I feel a Razer mouse that doesn't feel like it's going to vibrate apart the moment I touch it, I might take them seriously, but they'v always felt so cheap and shitty to me.

    Clearly a good article, I'm just biased. That said, I think "best PC gaming mouse" is a hilarious title.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Episode 188 - Coconut Water - 10/10/2013

    I think it'd be kind of awesome to see one of you guys attempt the Combat Fitness Test that the Marine Corps does. Drop the fireman carry and just replace that with dragging a dude around and I think it'd be entertaining! I think donations of X for every 10 seconds over 3:45 that it takes to complete it would be a good way to take donations.

    http://www.military.com/video/forces/marine-corps-training/the-marine-corps-combat-fitness-test/659640833001/

    It's a brutal test. I tried it once at a poolee meeting and it fucking kicked my ass. Those 60 pounds work FAST. Shouldn't have much long lasting effects assuming no one falls on their face or ass.

    Unlikely, but hey, I figured it'd be worth trying.

    I'd love to see some money go to a military charity, so I'll throw that suggestion in there. Probably won't be the most popular considering the desire for a more international charity and I also doubt there's a lot of serious support for the troops on the site, but a few of the better rated military charities can be found on this page:

    http://www.charitywatch.org/toprated.html#veterans

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on A Transhuman Conundrum: The Retinal Implant

    Just give me FLIR implants and I'd be stoked.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Oculus Rift Game Inspired by William Gibson's Neuromancer

    I'm really fucking confused. This just looks like horrible shit.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Tested In-Depth: Apple iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad

    Super flat is entirely innacurate. Windows 8/Phone this is not. It's more of a half step between flat and candy. It still has depth, still has gradients. And now it's all bright and pastel and... bleh. It all looks a little too cutesy.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Microsoft's "Cortana" Personal Assistant App Has a Lot to Live Up To

    I think her voice would be perfect actually. She has a really good voice for it, it's clear and easy to understand while also being easy on the ears. That'd be a pretty goofy but awesome little thing to do.

    I'll be curious to see what it's like, it would be kinda neat to say "Cortana, find food near me!" at my Xbox or whatever.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Show and Tell: More Kirk Than Sulu

    @stenchlord said:

    Ideas for next year:

    I'll make suggestions which are relatively easy to make/buy, don't have large props (so you can still take photos without needing to carry something heavy and un-wieldy around) and might be a bit of fun for you.

    • Spy from TF2 - Easy, only need to carry knife prop and pretty comfortable.
    • Ash Ketchum from Pokemon - Comfortable, relatively easy, pokeball or pokemon prop.
    • Roy Mustang from Full Metal Alchemist - Comfortable, easy, chain and glove props.
    • Dante (Young version) from DMC - Clothing is relatively easy, sword and pistols will be harder. You can keep the sword on your back and keep the pistols in holsters (holsters would be under the coat above your butt).
    • Ezio from Assassin's Creed - The clothing is pretty easy to purchase (albeit expensive for a good one), prop can be a sword at your hip although wrist blades are the more iconic weapon (can get them for about $100 each).
    • Kirito from Sword Art Online - Clothing again can be easily purchased, sword again can be left on your back.

    Uh, I don't know that TF2 cosplay is really a great idea unless you want to go really, really far with it. There are thousands of shitty TF2 cosplayers that do stuff like spy because it's easy. If he goes all the way with it, that could be cool, otherwise I'm not sure it's a great idea. You want your cosplay to be unique and interesting. My buddy did Solaire at PAX Prime this year, and was the only non-lazy one we really saw there. As a result, his cosplay was a huge hit, and he had a few forum threads across the internet about him and he also got a totally awesome freakout from Brad Muir (who tweeted the picture of them together) who is a pretty big Dark Souls dork.

    So if you do a TF2 cosplay, you have to knock it out of the park. You'll never be the only spy or scout. Never.

    Otherwise, just pick something a little more original.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on SpaceX Grasshopper Test Scares Cows

    Woah, that's pretty awesome.

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Episode 183 - Ode to Ballmer - 9/5/2013

    Comment from a Wired article on the PA controversy:

    "I was raped. Twice, before I was even 17 years old. Each experience was horrific, terrifying, dehumanizing and remains in my memory and nightmares eight years later. I was raped.
    And I still didn't have a problem with the Dickwolves because the point of the Dickwolves "raping" the little dude was to evoke that horror and revulsion even in people who have never experienced it. It did so. If other people who have been raped cannot even look at the word rape, they need to spend their energies on healing and counseling - not on ripping someone for a comic. There are lots of people who don't like gays - but Green Lantern is still gay. There are lots of people who don't like transfolk - but Barbra Gordon's roommate is still trans. There are lots of people who don't like lesbians - but Batwoman is still a lesbian. We defend the creators of these heroes - why not defend Mike's right to create a monster?
    I don't support rapists, and Mike & Jerry don't either. You're no more likely to get raped at PAX than SDCC or any other large, public gathering. You're no more likely to get raped because of a single two year old comic strip than you are because of 14 years of Law & Order: SVU.
    My point is that your rape need not control your life. If you were raped, please get help and learn to function in a world where there are jokes and offense and dickwolves."

    and from the same poster:

    However, I guess I can also understand Mike's desire to defend his creation against people that didn't get it - the people that read the original comic and took personally something that was meant to be a blanket repulsion for the purpose of commentary. It IS bigger than the original comic... but it shouldn't be. Mike himself has said that he made some really stupid choices with the situation.

    With that there to represent my ideas rationally, I present my angry rant at the idiocy of the internet:

    The idea that simply saying the word "Rape" is fucking sexist or inappropriate is stupid, and anyone who is offended by that kind of thing is stupid, and anyone actually disturbed by it needs to get help, and probably makes up a very, very small percentage of the people who are unhappy about the situation.

    There is a huge difference between making a joke that uses a concept to make a point but is BY NO MEANS THE CRUX OF THE JOKE, Mr Will Smith (The joke was all about player behavior, the rape mention was there to freakin' point out how silly it is that the player wouldn't help.), and a joke that is laughing at an actual tragic event. For example, joking about the death of a soldier is not the same thing as joking about war. At no point have the PA folks A) "fostered rape culture" or B) made any jokes about specific events or leveled against rape victims.

    It was in no way a fucking rape joke AND the idea that it has anything to do with fucking rape culture is LUDICROUS. First of all, that whole idea of "rape culture" is a shock value phrase designed to scare moms and pops. It's completely inaccurate Second of all, most of the people bitching about it A) are calling it sexist when the person talking about getting raped is a fuckin' male, and B) would be fine if the joke was about being gay or murder or any number of not completely PC/family friendly/super positive concepts.

    As someone who knows actual victims of rape, I am fucking TIRED of the entitled little snots on the internet making this kind of shit out to be awful, and dragging people like Will into what seem like pretty uneducated perspectives (the terms you use just play off of the zeitgeist instead of just being original thoughts).

    And the idea that a comedian on a stage should have different freakin' standards that those on a website is just STUPID. It's another example of the details being looked at all freakin' wrong.

    I'm tired of people getting offended over something they've never experienced, never been a part of, or even been around. I've been in the position of being the person someone confided in about these things. I've been in the position of going against that person's will for their own well being to make sure the proper actions were taken to prevent it from happening again. It's not something to just stir up on the internet and circlejerk to.

    But that doesn't mean the entire concept should be completely off limits. In fact, the way that rape is treated in society is a hinderance to people who are actual victims because it makes it harder for them to come forward, harder for them to get help, and easier for the fuckers to get away with it.

    Penny Arcade is in the business of telling jokes. Not once have they encouraged the act of rape, not once have they actually said anything negative about transgenders (He said that males are males, females are males. It's a pretty surface level opinion that shouldn't matter to any self respecting transgender, and is also just a plain freakin' fact), or homosexuals, or anyone. In fact, they've been SUPPORTIVE of those communities and even pointed out very simply how ludicrous the gaming industry treats female characters.

    I'm sorry to get so worked up about this but it needs to fucking stop. If anyone actually used the term "rape culture" in front of me I'd either punch them in the face or just walk away and never speak to them again. It doesn't help freakin' victims any more than censoring comedians will. It isn't an accurate term. There isn't a fuckin' rape culture there is a troll culture. And acting like a few misogynistic thoughts or statements that have nothing to do with rape are a part of that "rape culture" just adds to the bullshit of the entire concept. It's a shock tactic coming from overzealous feminists and dumbasses that have no idea what they are talking about because they've never even been CLOSE to a situation involving any kind of sexual harassment.

    Yeah, Mike can be a bit of a dick in response to utter bullshit. But you know what? It doesn't matter what his response is, because it won't change anything for his critics. They will continue to act like idiots.

    As a homosexual who's dabbled in gender roles, cross dressing, and who's had to deal with the fallout of rape and been sexually harrassed, I can safely say that I support Mike completely. He's never said anything about ANY of my "oddities" that suggests he thinks any less of me that I am aware of. He's never said anything to suggest that any sexual harassment is okay, that I am aware of. Not giving a shit that a bunch of people on the internet over-reacted and over-analyzed something isn't being an ass, it's being smart. And being a tiny bit of a dick? Yeah, there are probably better ways to handle it if he wants to save face, but the guy clearly only cares when it starts to impact his company, he doesn't mind a few crazies on the internet thinking he's a bit of an ass because it's cool to.

    I've been going to PAX for years and I've ALWAYS felt safe and secure there. Granted, I'm generally not one to feel otherwise elsewhere, but still. I'm going to keep going, because it makes me happy to go, and because I generally really like the PA guys.

    Yes, even after that gay robot bit at Acquisitions Inc. That had me laughing so fucking hard the entire time, the only issue I have with those guys is maybe that I almost peed myself laughing at that silliness. Because at the end of the day, they always approach that stuff from the ludicrous side. Sort of like Saints Row. It goes so far beyond reality that if you take a bunch of as far as I can tell male slaves getting raped up the ass by, and please read this carefully, Dickwolves seriously, you need a fucking check on reality, not an apology.

    It's a fuckin' concept guys. The word rape being mentioned doesn't just call up every line of the universe's code on every damn rape that has ever occurred and imply application to each of those cases. It's a vile crime the same way murder is. At least rape is something many people can overcome. Murder just ends a life.

    And to think you people watch shows like The Daily Show and this is what pisses you off. Jon is more of a leader of minds than the PA guys ever will be. Mike is all about the laughs, Jon occasionally actually tries to inform and sway the public a bit. If Jon Stewart has yet to offend you, you have no place being offended by Mike Krahulic. And I could replace that with a number of comedians, many of them excellent, many of them who've given shit right back to idiots who act offended over a joke that isn't even at their expense.

    Hell, a good friend of mine was abused and has always had a part of themselves that pulled them towards being a comedian. They aren't offended at the mention of the word rape, and have managed to move on with their life to the point where they can accept its mention and yes, even it's use in a ludicrous and small part in a joke.

    TLDR: Fuck all of this uninformed, uninvolved, hypocritical bullshit. It's not sexist against women, the freakin' comic had no females in it! It wasn't saying "yeah, fuck women, lets all go and rape them!" it was saying "Wow, what a dick, we are suffering in this horrible (and ludicrously so) way, and you won't help because you checked off your list already!"

    It makes me livid that idiots on the internet are preening their karma by whining about a joke that wasn't even about rape, and only even mentioned the concept, never even in the slightest (and in fact doing the opposite) suggesting that rape is in any way a good thing when they could be doing something to actually help.

    The dude was a dick to a bunch of people over-reacting. Maybe not the most mature response, but he's not an evil asshole for it.

    Seriously though, if you can't hear the word "rape" without being disturbed (not offended, disturbed, ie if it brings up issues because you personally suffered from some form of abuse, that isn't healthy, and you should seek some psychological help so you can overcome that. I'm not saying you should be able to laugh it off, but if you are so disturbed by it that you feel the need to speak out, you really should get some help. I've seen first hand how that can help. It's not about not criticizing someone, it's about taking care of yourself. The more you can move on from tragic events and look back on them without pain, the better. That goes for anything in life pretty much. You can't go around telling people not to joke about drinking and driving just because you lost a friend to alcoholism. It's not good for you to drag that shit up and put yourself through it. Move through the tragic events of your life and come out the other end with a life to live, instead of letting shitty circumstances in the past dictate your days. I can speak from experience with this. It's no good. And moving on with your life, though difficult, is vastly better than dwelling or becoming a victim.

    Mike and Jerry, keep making me laugh, grin, and giving us an awesome weekend once (or more!) a year. I promise a few of us still retain enough sanity and grip on reality that we don't assume you're the masterminds of the male super race of rape-ville.

    See? I made a rape joke. And it's okay. Because I'm being silly and ridiculous. Clearly there's no way a bunch of dudes could mastermind an entire male race with it's own damn city. Based on the act of rape. Plus, it'd be hard for that to be sexist when it's just a bunch of dudes. It's not like I went over to Jane Doe and said "HAHA YOU GOT RAPED BITCH." Nor did Mike, at any point, and he and Jerry made it very clear that neither of them support rape or harassment in any way. Just like Mike doesn't care what gender you are or aren't or want to be or whatever.

    Now that I'm done being a grouchy asshole...

    Otherwise, awesome podcast! He might be my favorite guest too Norm! :3

  • MordeaniisChaos commented on Tested In-Depth: Google Chromecast Review

    That extension cable is fucking stupid. They could have tapered the freakin' device, make it a few milimeters longer, and the problem would never have existed.

    @Torai said:

    is it just my PC running like a dong? or is the framerate very... bad in this video?

    Anyway, i love the concept of the Chromecast, and at $35 i think its worth it, even though it isn't perfect yet

    Will's shot seems to be lower framerate. Norm's cameras look normal to me though!