June 24, 2016
So, in a national referendum, Great Britain has apparently voted to withdraw from the European Union.
Personally, I think this is great news; the EU was a terrible idea to begin with, and in the larger context of everything else that's going on in the world, I think for the British people to reassert their national sovereignty is a good thing. There will probably be some short-term bumps in the road, but in the long run, I think this will prove to have been the right decision
I can't believe I failed to notice this game being officially announced over a month ago. Yeah, I realise it is being made with EA involved (FUCK!
], but at the same time I'm happy that WWI is finally getting a AAA game, and the attention it rightfully deserves, after all these years
. The curse of FPS games being stuck with the same old shit from WWII onward might just be lifted yet. I just wish the title wasn't stupid; I mean, Battlefield 1
? Why couldn't it have been Battlefield: The Great War? object Finally, you can play as Germany without the war guilt!
As you might tell from the trailer, the fighting isn't all on the infamously static Western Front. There's clips of the fronts in Italy, Arabia and there's a scene hinting at the naval Battle of Jutland. And if EA/Dice is savvy, they'll have the Eastern Front and Gallipoli too. But therein lies my only real problem with the game: EA.
Yes, I'm excited for this game, but past history with EA has been fucking atrocious.
So last night, a heavily-armed aspiring ISIS member
named Omar Mateen, who had been investigated by the FBI twice
, strolled into a well-known gay nightclub in Orlando at about 2 AM, took hostages and began executing people
, evidently managing to shoot over a hundred people before finally being shot and killed himself by police. So far at least 50 are confirmed dead and 53 injured
, many of them critically, so the death toll could still rise.Quoting from CNN:
50 killed in Florida nightclub, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance
By Ashley Fantz, Faith Karimi and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
Orlando, Florida (CNN) -- A gay nightclub here was the scene early Sunday of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11.
* 50 people were killed inside the Pulse club and at least 53 people were injured, police say.
* The gunman was Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, a law enforcement source told CNN.
* Orlando police shot and killed Mateen
* Mateen called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mention the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.
"It appears he was organized and well-prepared," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. The shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and "some type of (other) device on him."
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on jihadi forums, but ISIS sympathizers have reacted by praising the attack on pro-Islamic State forums.
Officials, aided by the FBI, warned that a lengthy investigation was ahead given the number of victims and the scope of the violence.
"We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate," President Obama said in an address to the nation from the White House.
While the violence could have hit any American community, "this is an especially heartbreaking day for our friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," he said.
Much more at the various links above.
It's probably worth noting than an ISIS affiliate put out a public "kill list" of more than 8,000 people, including 600 Florida residents, three days earlier.
UPDATE: ISIS claims responsibility.
Egyptian airbus is presumed to have crashed in the Mediterranean; authorities suspect terrorism.
Sorry for no block quote, but to be honest there's too much info at the link to sift through, and it looks like it's still being updated, so you're better off just looking there.
holy shit I'm actually impressed
Good God Almighty.
Quoting from Gamespot
New $600 Nvidia GTX Card Announced, Faster Than Titan X
The GTX 1080 offers an "irresponsible amount of performance," CEO Jen-Hsun Huang jokes.
Last updated by Jimmy Thang on May 7, 2016
onight during a special event, Nvidia announced the GTX 1080 card, which is faster than the Titan X, the company's previous top-of-the-line card. It launches this month and will start at $600. The card boasts "irresponsible amounts of performance," Jen-Hsun Huang joked when announcing the GPU.
The GTX 1080 is based off the company's new Pascal architecture, which supersedes the company's Maxwell architecture, used in the company's 900 series graphics cards. According to Nvidia, billions of R&D dollars went into Pascal and it is the company's most efficient architecture based on the 16nm finfet process, which makes it the first of its kind. The card will also be the first of its kind to use 8GB of G5X video memory, which is the fastest GDDR memory around, and is produced by Micron.
The GTX 1080 is also extremely stable from a power standpoint. Huang showed a slide on stage that showed a GeForce GTX 980 having a peak to peak power fluctuation between 209mV. The 1080, on the other hand, featured a much more consistent power usage with a range of just 120mV. This should make performance more stable for the end user.
In terms of performance, Huang said that the 1080 is faster than two GTX 980s in SLI. It is worth noting that he did not specify under what conditions or resolution. Huang also mentioned that the card is faster than the company's current consumer flagship king, the GeForce GTX Titan. He added that it also consumes much less power.
To demonstrate the power of the card, Huang invited Tim Sweeney on stage to show off Epic's upcoming MOBA Paragon running in real time. In the demo, it was revealed that the GPU clock was running at 2.1GHz, which makes it the fastest core clock on an Nvidia GPU either air cooled or water cooled. This is impressive because the 1080 is an air-cooled card, and air-cooled cards generally do not run as fast as their water-cooled counterparts. We also saw the memory clock running at 5508MHz during the demo with a memory usage of 2655MB, all while running at a cool 67 degrees Celsius under load.
Did we mention that the demo looked great and ran at a constant 60fps?
Huang also said that the 1080 is "crazy overclockable," would have 8GB of video memory, and would retail for both $599 and $699, the latter of which would be for the company's "Founder Edition' card which would be even more overclockable.
Huang did not delve into what makes it more overclockable compared to the stock version.
Huang then went on to reveal that the card would be coming out on May 27. And if that wasn't enough, Huang also unveiled the GeForce GTX 1070, which he stated is faster than the $1,000 Titan X. This is impressive since Huang revealed that the card would retail for $379 (with the Founder's Edition running for $449). The 1070 features 8GB of GDDR5 video memory [Editor's Note: A previous version of this article stated the card would use G5X. This was incorrect.] and will release on June 10th.
It also runs the new Doom at 200 FPS
I don't think real life moves at 200 FPS.
As with David Bowie
, I can't say that I was personally a fan, but the man had undeniable talent.
Guess I forgot to put up a thread.
Better late than not at all, I hope!
I'm sure by now you're probably all aware that there was yet another attack by Islamic militants in a major European city yesterday.
The attack, for which ISIS claimed responsibility
, left approximately 30 people dead and over 200 injured, none of which is surprising considering they used nailbombs.
Just out of curiosity, and for the sake of potential entertainment. To be followed with an obligatory "final" poll once the primaries are settled.
This year's barely started and we're already losing talented people like flies. Alan Rickman
, most famous for his role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard
and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter
movies, has just died of cancer, much like Bowie only a few short days ago.
There's another movie I remember him from: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
as the corrupt Judge Turpin. A surprisingly good movie for a musical. Damn, I'm already missing the man's villainous charisma...
By now I'm sure everyone is aware that David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69. So I will let the man speak for himself. object