Saturday, May 28, 2005

XBox 360 pricing?

Via Gamasutra we find an interview at, with J Allard. A bit more information on the XBox 360, and potential, unfinalized, pricing of the new system.
Xbox Chief Talks Up Games Mass Appeal

It's an indication of what the price will be when it comes out, but that doesn't mean that is what it will actually be. We will all know more by summer's end.


Thursday, May 26, 2005

I'm an F/A-22 Raptor

via The Daily Brief:

I guess this is what you get when you're a tough, scrappy, geeky, nerd.

What military aircraft are you?

F/A-22 Raptor

You are an F/A-22. You are technologically inclined, and though you've never been tested in combat, your very name is feared. You like noise, but prefer not to pollute any more than you have to. And you can move with the best.

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Me too.

Indepundit writes:

"As a veteran and as an American, I am deeply angered that any of my countrymen would be so willing to defame our military and our nation’s honor for cheap partisan gain. The allegations may or may not be true – the Pentagon claims that are “not credible,” while the ACLU is convinced that they have concrete evidence of torture. But all other things being equal, don’t our men and women in uniform deserve the benefit of the doubt?

Or does the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” only apply to wealthy celebrities and enemy combatants?"

Read the rest
. He put into words thoughts I've had on my mind, and the quote above fits my sentiment as well.


One of Indepundit's commentors, billd, writes "I also agree with your last sentence. Of course, the rub is in the clause "all things being equal." It again seems to all boil down to how much you trust Bush or not, again (sigh)"

I say BS. You don't read that George Bush ordered American GI's to flush Korans down the toilet, or to beat captured enemies to death, or to smear menstrul blood on terrorists. It's always soldiers did this and marines did that, and guards at Gitmo did this thing. A more accurate depiction of Bild's argument should be paraphrased thusly:

"Of course, the rub is in the clause "all things being equal." It again seems to all boil down to how much you trust America's young men and women who are serving in the armed forces or not, again (sigh)"

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

More XBox

Via Major Nelson we find more links relating to the XBox 360. There's an Ars Technica article about the new XBox 360, a review and nice tech article. He also links to a Bit-Tech article relating to the PS3's RSX GPU not going into production until the end of 2005. That timeline, however, is to be expected. Nvidia's XBox 360 GPU probably wasn't available until recently, so I don't see that the PS3's GPU production timeline is much different than the XBox 360's, considering the differing release dates of the two systems.

One thing that would make a big difference is whether Sony had planned on a Spring 2006 release for its system all along. Hopefully they didn't come up with the Spring 2006 release date as a counter to the XBox 360 release that requires them to rush and push the production date out of turn. Something like that could seriously hurt the PS3's quality and the quality of the release games.

Certainly I want some smakdown levelled on Sony for sitting on their laurels and being so complacent about its dominance in the game console market, but not so much that it hurts their resolve. So long as Sony keeps pushing and Microsoft keeps pushing then we win no matter which company wins, and I'll get to play a killer "Elder Scrolls 7" game in the future.


The Lies Behind the Iraqi War

The Lies Behind the Upcoming Iraqi War: Finally someone has the courage to speak up about the lies that led America to go to war with Saddam Hussein, thereby enforcing the '91 cease fire agreement that Saddam broke.


Monday, May 23, 2005

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Boom Boom Boom Boom

One TV show I’ve always found to be fun was MXC on Spike TV. They have a new show I just came across called Boom. Oh man this sucker is fun. It’s all about blowing things up, and it brings back trash can/firework memories.


Another XBox 360 Comment

or rather a rebuttal to a comment by one Sony fanboy on an MS site.

l337g4m3r Says:
"The 360 is just as much “vaporware” as the PS3. There wasn’t a single working 360 at E3. So unless MS will be releasing PowerMacs this November, the 360 is vapor too."

Not actually true. There WAS a working 360 at the ATI booth (according to AnandTech). I also recall reading an interview with EA where they talked about developing for the 360 alpha (probably the G5 machines) were expecting the beta machines soon and were expecting to have the final "xbox 2" around june or july. As I recall this several months ago.

Either way, the big difference is that MS had Alphas available for playing 360 games at E3 and there was an actual 360 (though ATI said it wasn't running at full speed) at E3. Both Sony and MS had numerous mockups of their systems.

So the Xbox 360 exists and the PS3 has not gotten to the point in its development cycle that it actually exists, but I'm sure it will. Whether that will happen by Sony's new spring '06 estimate, and whether it will meet the performance specs it is claiming can't possibly be confirmed until they've put one together, so I'll hold off condemning or praising until then.


Friday, May 20, 2005

XBox 360 versus PS3

Major Nelson works for Microsoft and comments and does a lot with the Xbox community, the system, etc… He does a comparison of the new Xbox 360 versus (hell yes I spelled the word out) the announced specs for the PS3. I must admit I was surprised at how powerful the PS3 is being touted as being. I mean Sony’s numbers seemed to blow the XBox away. I am skeptical about it, since part of the system includes two super heavyweight video cards that are priced at $500 a piece (according to G4 pundits), the PS3 will be incredibly price prohibitive or Sony will be selling the system at a $700 plus loss per system (assuming they price it at $500).

My opinion of Major Nelson is that he’s honest and as the Masonic conspiricists like to say, “on the level.” He does work for Microsoft, however, and I do take that into consideration when contemplating his series of blog entries comparing the Xbox 360 to the PS3. Also, despite being an ignorant moronic blue-collared American, the numbers look valid to me. Being a geek, who got his real geek start on a “Trash 80” playing Adventure and Mission Impossible, I know a bit about computers; enough to believe Major Nelson’s numbers.

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 (Part 1 of 4)
Xbox 360 vs. PS3 (Part 2 of 4)
Xbox 360 vs. PS3 (Part 3 of 4)
Xbox 360 vs. PS3 (Part 4 of 4)

Two caveats, first, neither the PS3 nor the Xbox 360 were present at E3, the PS3 demos having been pre-recorded (and quite possibly all CGI and not game engine) and the Xbox 360 demos running on Apple Powermac G5’s. The G5’s run a PowerPC chip, as I recall, and the Xbox 360 is supposed to run a triple core PowerPC based chip which makes sense when compared to the “25% - 40%” number that has been thrown around by commentators and developers relating to the speed at which the Xbox 360 alpha boxes run in their shops. Secondly neither machine is actually out and as such specs could change dramatically for better or worse come actual release of the machines.


note: The PS3 link is to the IGN website as Sony doesn’t seem to have an official PS3 site up yet.

Additional comments: ? Blog Archive ? Some Xbox 360 versus PS3 numbers
Radiation ? Blog Archive ? E3: Sifting through the hype

Update: Turns out there was an actual working Xbox360 over at the ATI booth, behind glass with a guard on it.

'Nother Update: I've been reading a lot about the XBox 360, it's CPU and it's GPU over at Anandtech and [H]ard|OCP. Articles on IBM's Cell CPU (the PS3's chip), it's architecture and memory handling, and about what little is known about both console's Graphics chip. I've got to say that my confidence in Major Nelson's blog entries has gone up. Frankly the reviews/previews/tech-articles at the independent tech news sites make the XBox 360 look even more impressive than Major Nelson's blog entries. Another thing is I've read entries in fanboy forums and comments and was reminded of two things, first is that Bill Gates is Satan and that Sony grossly over-hyped the PS2 while it was still vaporware (as the PS3 is now) and even later in the development cycle.

Pepsi Nooyi Speech

I, like many others, found the story of Indra Nooyi’s speech on Powerline Blog. It included a personal account of the speech by someone who was there and accounts backing up that story. Since then PepsiCo has released the text of Nooyi’s speech.

What I wonder is whether anyone questioned whether the speech provided by PepsiCo is an actual accurate account of the speech that Nooyi gave? Right now all I've seen is recollection by someone who was there (Martin as I recall) corroborated by several people who were there and the PDF file of Nooyi's speech from Pepsi. So far as I know Pepsi does not claim that Nooyi followed the prepared speech word for word, or that the PDF provided was a transcription of a recording of the speech.

Seems to me that the PDF of Nooyi's speech, on which claims of misinterpretation are being made, doesn't seem to match the recollection or impression of several people who were there. As written in the PDF I can see Pepsi's point, but the only people who were there and have spoken about it give a different account of what was said rather than what was written.

It would be nice if someone had made an actual recording of the speech and published that.


Thursday, May 05, 2005

Deus Vult

New movie, Kingdom of Heaven, is coming out and it looks good, though from the specials on History Channel and such I think they're concentrating more on the human story and the politics involved than the religious aspect. That's probably a good thing since the crusades piss off muslims whose victory has descended into failure, and some christians and historians who see the crusades as Christendom's attempt to re-take former christian lands through the conquest and conversion by sword operations shown to be so succesful during the muslim conquests and conversion of Christian North Africa by the early muslims.

That's not even my prime thought on this subject. What this movie has brought to my mind was that in 1997 Saracen Productions was given money by a Hollywood studio to do a trailer for a proposed movie whose operating title was Deus Vult. I actually got to work on this trailer as an unpaid extra. All the extras, and I believe most of the technical folk, were unpaid looking more towards getting a call back if the studio decided to actually make the movie. Myself, I was there on a lark convinced by my buddy Etien (pretty gal with a guy's name) because she was looking to break into "the biz" and I already had a decent job at the USAF's Rocket Lab in the Mojave desert.

More later....