Archive | February, 2011

Hall Pass Movie Review

Hall Pass is a movie with a lot of potential, and a decent amount of laughs, undone by a lack of clear vision as to what sort of movie it wants to be. It is at turns a tender and heartfelt comedy and a raunchy gross out comedy. Had it stuck to one or the [...]

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Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Xbox 360 Review

Summary [9.0 out of 10] After years away, Marvel vs Capcom is back sporting a new roster, a new look and refined gameplay. Don’t let the changes fool you though because the game is as fast paced and chaotic as ever. The game is tight, polished and balanced with all the right tweaks in all [...]

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Drive Angry 3D Movie Review

I have a real soft spot for exploitation movies and B-movies. I absolutely love it when  a movie is so bad it is hilarious and entertaining. What I like even more, though, is a movie that is intentionally bad and done so with tongue-in-cheek gusto. Drive Angry may very well be the best intentionally bad [...]

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Microsoft Gets it, Sony Just F-ing Hates You

I can’t believe I’m typing this… maybe Hell is a snowy paradise, but: Microsoft gets it. Hackers, as insignificant and unimportant as most corporations make them out to be, do drive interest in things. That interest starts down low, with the individual hackers and it bubbles up in the form of words and actions. “Console [...]

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Awesome Minecraft Mock Movie Trailer

The sheer power and talent of the amature movie scene is getting out of control; here is a group that put together a mock trailer for a Minecraft movie that looks absolutely fantastic; nice job guys:

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AJAX Byte to Char (and Char to Byte) Converted Utility Released!

I just added a new AJAX utility to our suite of AJAX tools and this one can be used to convert a series of chars to bytes or a series of bytes to chars. You can try it here. The idea for this app was born out of the work I was doing on the [...]

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imgscalr Java Image-Scaling Library 3.0 Released!

I would like to give a big personal thanks to Magnus Kvalheim from movellas.com for helping with one of the best features of this new release: BufferedImageOp support! Announcement imgscalr 3.0, the high performance Java Image Scaling library was released. imgscalr’s focus has always been on simple, fast and correct image resizing in Java (an [...]

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TSA “Nude” Body Scanners Fails to Detect Firearms

You know those hugely expensive/controversial XRay body scanners that the TSA is employing at airports around the US that have everyone up in arms? Well NBC News is reporting that they aren’t that effective, with “plant” FBI agents making it through the scanner multiple times with a firearm. Adding insult to injury, none of the [...]

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New MacBook Pro Rumored to Use Hybrid SSD/HD Combo

BGR is reporting that Apple’s soon-to-be-announced MacBook Pro lineup refresh will include a larger glass trackpad and a hybrid SSD/spindle-based HD combo in the base models for the operating system. In the base models a small (8 or 16GB SSD) will be embedded in the computer to store and run the Mac OS X operating [...]

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Why Faster-than-Light Travel is Impossible

Hacker News pointed me over at a question posted on reddit: Why exactly can nothing go faster than the speed of light? The poster pointing out that all the preliminary reading he’d done online hadn’t been able to truly answer that question; he would just see declarations of the fact or challenges to it, but [...]

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Documentary on Minecraft

Minecraft is the brain-child of Markus “Notch” Persson of Mojang Specifications after having cut his teeth at his first open-world, build-anything game: Wurm Online. Both games are written in Java and as a Java developer and general fan of the language, I become interested in Wurm Online years ago, after their first alpha announcement. I [...]

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Anti-Aliasing in Java 2D is an Expensive Operation

This post is more of an aside or random observation and it likely only effects folks trying to do animation or games with Java; normal folks using Swing, probably won’t care. I was just playing around running some of the old-ass JFC demos that come with the JDK on my machine; something I’ve done over [...]

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Forever Alone Guy – High Resolution

I do this as a public service to everyone else on the internet that thinks the 4chan creations like the “Forever alone guy” are absolutely hilarious; here is a high-resolution version of that guy if you need him for any edits you are creating yourself: I don’t know what is actually drawing these memes over [...]

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Why Do Security Professionals Think Criminals are So Dumb?

I read a story today on Slashdot about an officer working for the Maryland Department of Corrections that was told his Facebook username and password must be provided to his employer so they can read his private messages in order to vet him for his re-certification… for national security reasons. What bothers me the most [...]

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US Navy Creates Super-Laser

I didn’t realize the Navy was in the business of creating lasers, but apparently they are. Slashdot reports that: The US Navy has broken the existing record for the power of a laser. Their new free-electron laser can burn through 20 feet of steel per second. ‘Next up for the tech: additional weaponization. The Navy just [...]

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I Am Number Four Movie Review

I Am Number Four is a generic sci-fi action movie that borrows from dozens of other films but still manages to execute the premise in an exciting and engaging way if you are looking for a silly sci-fi romp to pass an afternoon. Based on the children’s novel by Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four [...]

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“ENBSeries” Mod Makes GTA IV Look Amazing

If you are still enjoying the virtual New York City that Rockstar created for us in Grand Theft Auto IV, or you never played it and are thinking of picking it up dirt-cheap on the PC, I might point you at the newly released “ENBSeries” graphics mod by Vorontsov Boris. With the odd name and [...]

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Thoughts on Finishing Killzone 2

Whenever the sequel to a big-budget game comes out, and I haven’t played the original, I try and make the time to go back and play it just so I can figure out what is going on. That happened with Crysis this week (in preparation of Crysis 2) and Killzone 2 (in preparation for Killzone [...]

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imgscalr Java Image-Scaling Library 2.1 Released

Hot on the heels of the 2.0 release, imgscalr just made a 2.1 release which includes a very important enhancement that improves the visual quality of the resize operations across all the different Methods (SPEED, BALANCED or QUALITY). For some technical background on the issue, Java2D does not support all image types equally and working [...]

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Why I Love Gore Verbinski and Wish He Could Make the BioShock Movie

When was the last time you saw a video-game movie that sucked? What’s that you say? ALWAYS? Yes… me to. Apparently one of the biggest selling video game franchises in the last 5 years, BioShock, was set to be scripted into its very own movie release with Gore Verbinski. Verbinski recently said that the BioShock [...]

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My Thoughts on Finishing the Original Crysis

SPOILER WARNING: I am discussing my thoughts on finishing Crysis (finally) so spoilers will be present. I bought Crysis a year or so after it came out via EA’s online store and as much media as I had consumed before the game’s release, I was still blown away by the graphics. I played the game [...]

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Artists Rendition of a Sexy Assassin from Assassin’s Creed

I already love the Assassin’s Creed franchise (review, review), but if Ezio has looked like this, I would play the game until my eyes fell out of my head… I’m just saying:

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Dell Rumored to Buy AMD

If you are into rumors (omg Snooki is pregnant!) then you might be interested to know that rumors are about that Dell might be interested in buying AMD. Considering that AMD produces: Server processors (Opteron) Desktop processors (Phenom) GPUs (ATI branch) Integrated CPU/GPU processors (Fusion series) and will soon be producing mobile-based, integrated solutions to [...]

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Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY – $7.50 on Steam

For the 11 people that never played Batman Arkham Asylum (me included) the Game of the Year Edition (GOTY) is on sale today on Steam for $7.50, which is smoking considering it is still almost $30 new for Xbox 360. Not sure how long the sale will last, but it was a good enough deal [...]

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