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Episode 159 – Where’s Crash? – 2/22/2013

On this week’s (day late) show, Norm and Will discuss the PlayStation 4, the GeForce Titan, the HTC One, and the problem with vestigal organs. Enjoy!

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17 thoughts on “Episode 159 – Where’s Crash? – 2/22/2013

  1. Hey Will, it was probably iodine contrast agent. Makes you feel warm, I’d guess because of some interaction with the thyroid, that helps regulates body temp and uses iodine.

  2. They ran Watch Dogs on a PC at the PS4 event.

    A phone is NOT “driving” Google Glass.

    No Gary makes me sad.

    Awesome podcast as always!

  3. I think the PS4/New Xbox is going to be a 10 year cycle this time. It seems that they are trying to position for a long haul, granted the current gen has been around for 7-8 years now. I’m not totally convinced of the graphics this thing will put it in practical applications yet, as the demos were super controlled (not surprising really), and even on PC in some cases, such as the Watch Dogs which has been pointed out above.

    That being said, I’m suspecting a level of detail akin to Crysis 3 on pc currently. As a side note, I didn’t get a PS3 till mid 2010, and only for the purpose of buying the exclusives. I will probably end up doing this again, unless there is some parity between developers and consoles, though I can’t imagine that will happen, as consoles rely on some exclusivity to an extent.

    Also, I personally bought two GTX 580s, and it was around 1000 dollars at the time (and I don’t consider my self a rich guy ahehe), though I do have enough liquid assets to afford such a purchase without a problem (I.E. I wasn’t outside my range). I don’t get the constant upgrading thing of buying cheaper parts yearly; I guess I just like not having to deal with all of that stuff for years, until truly new architecture gets released. It’s also an incredibly quiet machine for all the power and fans it has. This mostly could be due to the case I purchased, but none the less really impressive power/noise ratio.

  4. The Titan benchmarks that are coming out today are putting it about 10-15% bellow the 690, but my guess is it will have a higher overclocking threshold.

    Also, I personally bought two GTX 580s, and it was around 1000 dollars at the time (and I don’t consider my self a rich guy ahehe), though I do have enough liquid assets to afford such a purchase without a problem (I.E. I wasn’t outside my range). I don’t get the constant upgrading thing of buying cheaper parts yearly; I guess I just like not having to deal with all of that stuff for years, until truly new architecture gets released. It’s also an incredibly quiet machine for all the power and fans it has. This mostly could be due to the case I purchased, but none the less really impressive power/noise ratio.

    I am in a similar situation as you, not a rich guy but I cam afford to get myself a few toys. I built my system mid/late last year, and wanted a small quiet system that I wouldn’t have to touch for years. Went with mini-ITX 3770k and a 690, and the system is damn near silent. The ~$500 difference between the 680 and 690 was definitely worth it over the 3-4 years I plan on using the machine.

  5. I was 10 when I had my appendix out. I can remember at least three separate occasions where I was up all night with the worst stomach pain of my life, and my mother lied on the floor beside my bed while I tossed and turned and moaned all night. She always shrugged it off as indigestion or something to do with what I ate, and never called a doctor or anything. I also had severe stomach pain when I would have to run in physical education, but the coaches just assumed I was trying to get out of it.

    It took the appendix nearly rupturing for them to finally get me medical attention; and even then they were cynical. My mom and dad and I were spending spring break at the lake about an hour and a half from home when the final attack happened. It started the day after we got there and I and all I remember is lying on this mattress on the floor of this converted trailer we were staying in going in and out of heavy pain. Their marriage was in its final throes and they were at each other’s throats for months leading up to this trip. I’m sure they thought I was putting on another one of my famous stomach aches to get some attention or to make them stop fighting.

    After a few hours of periodic light groaning turned to constant loud moaning, I must have finally convinced my mom that something was actually wrong and she called her nurse friend who was also at the lake that weekend. Her friend did a few thing; poked at me lower and to the right of my belly button. I didn’t get a big spike in pain like she expected, but she still suggested they take me to the emergency room just to be safe. God bless this woman.

    So my parents packed all our shit up in the truck and my dad sped us back to town as fast as he could. He said he was going so fast that he bent the needle, and that we made it in a half hour. I was lying across the back seat moaning in pain so I couldn’t look out and see how fast we were going, but it still felt like an eternity. I still think my dad didn’t believe anything was wrong with me, but he agreed anyway, if just to say he was right when they couldn’t find anything. I know he would speed when he was driving angry.

    When we got in the emergency room on Saturday, they still couldn’t really figure out what was wrong with me. My descriptions made them think appendicitis, and the blood work also pointed in that direction. But there were additional symptoms that don’t generally accompany appendicitis, like a rumbling they could hear with the stethoscope. I want to say they took x-rays, but couldn’t recognize anything wrong. It took a couple days of poking, prodding, testing and me going from fine to critical and back again a few times for them to try and do an exploratory surgery. Luckily my surgeon was doing a surgery the next day, on Tuesday, and would have his staff handy at that time.

    So they did that, and he could immediately see my had appendix grown up back behind one of my intestines as a birth defect and was nearly ready to rupture. This was why running caused so much pain and why poking at the usual place didn’t yield the expected results. So he just decided to snip it out while he was in there and my stomach pains never came back. Why they couldn’t see this in an x-ray, I do not know.

    I had another birth defect, pyloric stenosis, treated when I was a baby, and my surgeon knew that when there’s one congenital birth defect of an organ, there’s probably more. I can’t wait to see what pops up down the line. Damn the genetic lottery.

    A couple months later, my parents split up for good and got a divorce. Years later, my dad told me he felt really bad for neither of my parents taking me seriously all those years and just assuming I was either faking it or was just a massive pussy (not his actual wording). So that’s how I got my appendix removed and why I have a lifelong distrust of my parents. Thanks for reading.

    TLDR: LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN

  6. It’s carbon dioxide they inflate you with for surgery, not oxygen, because the rate of assimilation is greater than oxygen.

  7. No offense to others,..but Will and Norm…together are…the bottom line…the bee’s knee..perfect. Everyone else add’s to the overall salad plate of incredible wealth of knowledge and great teaching for which I thank them all for….but to have Will and Norm together is a good time to have. Many thanks for the sharing of all things you do, perfect mix of what we really need to know and what is useless tomorrow. Please more videos of homemade science experiments, cooking methods. More Legos, personal insight, Star Wars, sceince, tech, things I think we all want to see more of,..more hands on Testing. Thank you.

    (If I can help with royalty free music,

    http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?songs=13033&T=2077

    Whatever I can do fot you.

    Many Many Thanks!

  8. On the comment/question of Will’s diet, more then anything I’d love to hear if he’s figured out how to cook some what healthy stuff that is easy and quick. I know how to cook a healthy full course meal but at the end of the day, ain’t nobody got time for that, which is what leads to most of my derails or giving up and getting takeout.

  9. ..within 2 min. we have the core distillation on what Tested is all about, just guys talkin’ . I claim this ‘a classic’ in the revered halls of Tested.caaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhmmmmmmm! Thanks again!

  10. I’ll never get why parents would do that. My dad was like that, never believed a word I said, always assuming I was looking for attention or something. But then, half the time, it was shit HE caused so maybe it’s not so surprising.

    The funny thing is, I speak up less than I should about these things. I had a collapsed lung for about 4 hours before I spoke up about the god awful pain in my chest and the fact that I could barely breath. I’m not really sure why I didn’t think it was a problem for so long, to be honest. Probably for the best that my father was in jail at the time and I was living with my grandmother!

    And yeah, listen to your kids. Better to spend a day in the hospital for no good reason than to avoid the hospital for no good reason and risk serious damage or potentially worse.

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