Thursday, March 23, 2017

Project Scorpio Features Console 4K 60fps Capture

Project Scorpio
The much-awaited Microsoft's Xbox One, Project Scorpio, will feature 4K, 60 frames-per-second video capture and an internal power supply according to a new report into what the anticipated hardware revision will include when it launches later this year.

Windows Central cites sources shedding some light on what Xbox fans can expect from Scorpio, which was announced last June at Microsoft's E3 press conference.

The internal power supply unit (PSU) would fall in line with last summer's redesigned Xbox One S, which was the first Xbox console to use one after the original Xbox, Xbox 360 and original Xbox One all came with external power bricks.

Windows Central also reports that Scorpio will feature HEVC and VP9 codecs to allow for 4K streaming from Netflix and other services, just like Xbox One S, but also for encoding 4K, 60fps video for direct capture and live-streaming.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nobody Wants Kaepernick On Their Team

Kaepernick
Everyone following the NFL in the U.S. are well aware about Colin Kaepernick. He did not really have a good season playing quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, all things considered. He is also disrespectful to flag and country.

After more than a week of free agency, in a league that struggles to find enough competent quarterbacks for each team, it not surprising that Kaepernick remains unsigned with no buzz about where he might go next.

Nobody wants to touch him with a 10-foot pole because of his national anthem protest last season. Movie director Spike Lee made that connection in an Instagram post after having brunch with Kaepernick in New York, saying it "Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens."

Even though Kaepernick has said he won’t protest during the anthem anymore, the NFL is a conservative league and it's clear his protest didn't go over well with everyone, particularly among owners. Bleacher Report quoted an unnamed general manager who estimated that 70 percent of league executives "genuinely hate" Kaepernick after his protest.

There are other football-related issues that have to be discussed when evaluating him, such as his erratic play from the pocket and inconsistent accuracy. All of this will ensure that he won't be signed at all and dropped like a hot potato.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Three Black Men and Their Ding Dongs

Three Black Men
At the National Art Gallery in Dublin, a husband and wife were staring at a portrait that had them completely confused.

The painting depicted 3 black men totally naked, sitting on a bench. Two of the figures had black penises, but the one in the middle had a pink penis.

The curator of the gallery realized that they were having trouble interpreting the painting and offered his personal assessment. He went on for over half an hour explaining how it depicted the sexual
emasculation of African Americans in a predominately white, patriarchal society.

"In fact", he pointed out, "some serious critics believe that the pink penis also reflects the cultural and sociological oppression experienced by gay men in contemporary society."

After the curator left, an Irishman approached the couple and said, "Would you like to know what the painting is really about?"

"Now why would you claim to be more of an expert than the curator of the gallery, asked the couple?"

"Because I'm the artist, who painted the picture," he replied. "In fact, there are no African Americans depicted at all. They're just three Irish coal miners. The guy in the middle went home for
lunch."

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Gamers Are Worried About Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Classic
Nintendo has released its next console, the Switch, but it also has a new piece of hardware out right now called the NES Classic Edition.

This highly on-demand adorable plug-and-play device looks like a miniature Nintendo Entertainment System and comes packing 30 classic games. The gamer only need to plug it into their TV, pick a game, and party like it’s 1989. It's a great looking device, but its handful of faults are telling. They're faults Nintendo has made many times over like supply shortage, and they work as reasons to temper everyone's expectations for the Switch.

Nintendo is notorious for hardware shortages. Despite the Wii launching in 2006, most stores couldn't keep it stocked even by Christmas 2008. Similar shortages happened with Nintendo’s Amiibo figures over the past couple of years.

There are two possible reasons why Nintendo might ship hardware in insufficient numbers, and neither of which are very flattering to Nintendo or good for consumers. One is that Nintendo wants to create artificial scarcity to ramp up hype for its hardware. The other is that Nintendo had no clue how popular the NES Classic would be, which would indicate that whoever's in charge of such things is bad at their job.

Either way, the result is that there are a whole lot of Nintendo fans out there who want an NES Classic but can't get one without shelling out big bucks on eBay.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Naked Women in 'Playboy' Magazine is Baaacckkkk!

Nudity is Back
Men's magazine, Playboy, is returning to its original form after suffering from low sales the past few months.

The magazine announced that nudity will, again, be featured on its pages – starting with the March/April 2017 issue, titled Naked Is Normal.

Chief Creative Officer Connor Hefner – the 25-year-old son of Hugh Hefner – simultaneously tweeted, "I'll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake. Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn't a problem. Today, we're taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are."

In fall 2015, then-Playboy CEO Scott Flanders announced that the magazine would no longer publish nude photoshoots of women.