EA Money Milking Scheme for the Sims 4

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Everyone complains about why the Sims 4 left out a lot of features that the previous generation of Sims game have.  Well, time for me to jump on board on the bandwagon of haters or shall I shay complainants. BRING BACK the Sims features we love, who’s with me? Those features, if you haven’t noticed makes the game more natural and realistic. Those tiny things are the kind of things when combined makes a perfect for the game’s genre.  Well, you can’t really blame the gamers for their this because in the first place EA and Maxis’ offerings on their previous releases  have set the bar rather high for its sequel and upcoming games.

Just to be straight to the point, why didn’t the developers just packed all those things that we loved from Sims 1 to Sims 3 and make it possible in the Sims 4 telecharger? That would be pretty awesome right? I would definitely buy that game. No questions asked. That’s basically my  reaction after playing 30 minutes of this new game, the fourth outing for our now-kinda-less-interesting game with its less features. Hey, do not worry everyone, I have this feeling that DLC will get these things fixed but who would spend another dime for it? I don’t know how much would that cost but I can only imagine around 10 or more DLC and that is whole of money. I just can’t be that fool to be spending just for a game. This is just me saying what I think would happen since it follows pretty tightly from the events that I have observed with the Sims 3.

 

Turns out the scenario that I have imagined about the Sims 4 is correct. A greedy game developer and publisher in EA will try to milk out as much money as possible from their die hard fans who would spend just anything just to play this game. Back when it was announced some time the other year or two, I remember myself being so happy but then right now I guess the tides have changed after actually seeing and playing the game.   To be honest, I am happy with it having to spend my 60 dollars for this game. It just feels not right. It is the Sims game that I love. Something got to change this. I just don’t feel recommending this game to you especially to those hardcore fans. I’m sorry but that is what I honestly feel and the Sims 4 is not worth it.

A Better Understanding to Robots and its Artificial Intelligence

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Have you ever want to see what goes on inside a robot mind? We see robots make decisions for themselves every day. Think about an autopilot system in an airplane. These systems can take information about the environment around them and have the plane function accordingly. What actually happens inside that robotic thought process? A team of scientists and grad student at MIT want to get a glimpse inside the robot brain and so they developed a way to visually represent what goes on when a machine make the decision?

In their experiment the decision was a pretty straightforward one — how to cross a room without hitting a pacing human? The visualization system they developed is called measurable virtual-reality. It uses an 18 motion capture cameras on the ceiling to track multiple simultaneous movement. Computer software then render the robotic processes that we can’t see projecting the information visually on the ground in the test space. That rendering was the robot stop process.

A large pink dot marks the robots perception at the pedestrians position. A series of lines crossing the floor represented the possible routes the robot was considering taking. These routes are color-coded. tThe green line marking the optimal route across the brim but the environment was always changing and here’s where it gets interesting. The pink dot behind the pedestrian moved as he paced and the route lines shifted in response to these changes. The robot understand the changes to the room and change its possible routes.

This visualization of a robot thought process is really neat but there’s a practical side to it too. The researchers realized that in projecting the robots thoughts they could see the underlying problems and algorithms and make the necessary fixes much faster. It’s the kind of insight into robotic minds that could lead to better autopilot systems and drones in future because there’s no shortage of uncertainty for robot to deal with in the real world. So, helping get the better brains to process those uncertainties could only be an improvement and maybe we’ll see consumers spin off version of this visualization system that will lead to see what are robots are thinking as the vacuum the room.

Fastest USB SSD on the Planet Unmasked

Speed is one of the main goals when it comes to computing and technological advancement ever since the endeavor started way back some few centuries ago. We, humans, want to do things swiftly that we put so much important on how fast our computers and other gadgets can perform. Companies and developers are toe to toe with other coming up with innovations that can potentially give them the edge against their competitions.

USB drives, I mean now that  that I can get four gigs once enough to install an OS for free with press kits about new products or whatever online, they’ve got to do something pretty special in order to grab my attention especially if they come from a company that doesn’t normally even make USB drives like VisionTek. This is not VisionTek’s first portable SSD. They actually had a product that you plug in MSata SSD into a little enclosure and then connect that to your PC via USB 3. Although it’s certainly there much more elegant one  much like the 900 696 the 900 71 8 promises much better performance than a normal high capacity USB Drive by using a LSI SandForce 2281 SSD controller. The same kind that a desktop SSD would use rather than a normal flash drive controller to interact with the flash chips on the drive. But this time instead of a cloggy dangle and fragile MSata drive, you’re getting a solid aluminum housing. One that is evidently assembled in the USA. It also has a metal key chain loop on one end, a nice upgrade from the last SSD controller based USB Drive I checked out. And a standard rubber USB port cover, a significant downgrade from other designs that I’ve seen that is sure to get lost quite quickly.

Then the last nice thing I had to say about is physically completing these  is that compared to other drives, it’s much skinnier making inserting it into closely spaced parts much easier. A bit more on specs before we jump in the benchmarks though it’s backwards compatible with USB 2 but obviously works best on a USB 3 port with support for UASP, a data transfer protocol that’s better optimized for random reads and writes and VisionTek claims that you can achieve up to 445 megabytes per second read and 440 megabytes per second write. Well above what we’re able to do with our flash GTX from Corsair — the only other similar SSD in your pocket based product that we’ve seen so far.