Vastari’s Tech Rants

The insane recommendations of a maniac.

Blizzard announces Diablo III

After about seven years, Blizzard has announced the sequel to the runaway success Diablo II. Not much is known as of now, but you can learn more by visiting the website. The story continues twenty years on from the previous games, and seems like Biablo is up to his old tricks again. Other than that…

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June 29, 2008 Posted by | Gaming | 1 Comment

Renewable oil source found!

While not strictly a gadget, this new petrol source does hold a lot of promise. A man named Makoto Watanabe, from Japan, has found a species of algae that “sweats” crude oil.

Professor Watanabe’s vision arises from the extraordinary properties of the Botryococcus braunii algae: give the microscopic green strands enough light – and plenty of carbon dioxide – and they excrete oil. The tiny globules of oil that form on the surface of the algae can be easily harvested and then refined using the same “cracking” technologies with which the oil industry now converts crude into everything from jet fuel to plastics.

While he’s not sure if it’s possible yet to efficiently create enough oil to power the whole of Japan, let alone the world, Watanabe is hopeful. Compared to Rapeseed, which can produce about 1.2 tonnes of oil equivalent, this algae can theoretically produce between 50 and 60 tonnes on the same plot of land. The main problem however, is costs. It would cost billions to maintain fields of the stuff large enough to provide a decent amount of oil. You’d need a country with huge plots of well irrigated land and cheap labour.

As an added bonus for the environmentalists, this algae is also Carbon negative, meaning that the amount of Carbon Dioxide given off when the oil is burned is less than the amount needed to stimulate oil sweating in the first place. Sounds promising.

June 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m alive! I’m alive!

Yes, yes, yes. Much to your dimay I am sure, but I’m still here. Been going through a lot lately, but I’m finally free of most forms of entrapment and so free to update here on a more regular basis.

In other news, I’m thinking of moving this blog to its own domain. Shock and horror I know, but I’d like to do it. So screw you unbelievers. I’d also like to point you towards a combined effort review blog of mine. Unlike this blog, Violent Reviews deals exclusively with entertainment reviews. Movies, games, music. That sort of thing. So keep your eyes peeled here for more tech related ranting in the not too distant future.

June 26, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Metal Gear game has 90 minute Cutscenes – NOT!

Okay, when I first read this I was thinking: What the hell!? What kind of crap is that!?

But, after looking into things it seems that this was nothing more than a vicous, vicious rumour, designed to slander Metal Gear Solid and…well, maybe not that bad. But it is just a rumour. 90 minutes OF cutscenes, maybe, but certainly not cutscenes OF 90 minutes. See, see what I did there? I switched..

Ah, fuck you. Anyway, this is just a rumour, no need for everyone to get worried. I’m still not going to buy it, I’ve never liked stealth games, even MGS I’m afraid.

May 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Under-Skin Electronic Tattoo

Imagine if this went on sale to the public. Especially if they outfitted it with a keyboard and bluetooth internet connection. Jeez, I’d never get any work done. Seems like a neat concept, though I wonder who’d actually go through with getting one.

The whole article can be found here.

The 2×4 inch Digital Tattoo Interface is a Bluetooth device made of thin, flexible silicon and silicone. It’s inserted through a small incision as a tightly tolled tube, and then it unfurls beneath the skin to align between skin and muscle. Two small tubes on the device through the same incision are attached to an artery and a vein to allow the blood to flow to a coin-sized blood fuel cell that converts glucose and oxygen to electricity. After the blood flows in from the artery to the fuel cell, it flows out again through the vein.
On both the top and bottom surfaces of the display is a matching matrix of field-producing pixels. That enables a touch-screen control through the skin. The display uses tiny microscopic spheres, somewhat similar to tattoo ink.

Of it all though, the bit about how it’s powered intrigued me most. Powered the same way as our own cells! Using glucose and oxygen…Is this the beginning of a whole new breed of medicine. I doubt it actually, but it raises interesting possibilities for renewable resources of energy….Mwaa ha ha!

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

GTA IV

Curse you GTA IV! CURSE YOU!

You may be wondering why I’m cursing the first game to have gotten 10/10 from IGN in almost a decade. Simply put, it is going to ruin my life.

Let me tell you how this’ll go down. I’ll start playing it on and off, testing it, if you will. Then it’ll take over my study time, my study for an exam that decides whether or not I go to college. Then it’ll take over my social life. That is, of course, if it is even half as good as everyone says it is.

I’d like to say something right off the bat. I’ve never been a huge fan of the GTA games. Actually scratch that, I didn’t like Vice City or San Andreas. But if GTA III is anything like those two I’m fairly certain I’d go meh at that too. See, I can;t really say why they never appealed to me, they just didn’t. In SA, it was mainly, I think, the fact that there was so much to do I never knew WHAT to do. I preferred Vice City, though even that didn;t set off any major bells in my head.

But all that looks set to change with GTA IV. If nothing else, I’d get it for the promise of multiplayer. The idea of going around Liberty City pumping hot lead into my friends and family while been chased by the cops has a certain appeal.

My God. Just reading that I realise Jack Thompson’s going to have a field day. But he can go shove something sharp through his spine.

I digress. I haven’t played much of GTA thus far. I’ve more watched it been played than anything else. But from what I’ve seen and heard this game is more entertaining than that scene in Gladiator when he cut off the pig mask guys head. If it weren’t for school and all my co students telling me “you need to work blah de fucking blah” I’d have locked my parents in the boiler room and set about getting down to something important, namely going round with an uzi seeing how many stars I can get before someone finally ‘pops a cap in my ass’. But alas, I have not yet had the time to play it in any great detail.

But with a four day weekend ahead of me, I’ll be getting some quality time in with the game. He he he, blood.

Excessive violence is funny, no?

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Is PC gaming dying?

With the advent of more and more console games, people seem to be concerned that PC gaming is going to die off. After all, it is easier to play console games. I personally find the controls easier to learn and I don;t have to install anything to start playing. But PC gaming is still going strong, as this blog article explains:

PC Gaming is not dying

A good read, if a little long. So, anyone have any opinions? I personally don’t think PC gaming is anywhere close to dying. I for one will only ever buy RTS games on PC, I can’t stand playing them on consoles.

April 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Clive Barker’s Jericho: Review

Well, all is done and I’ve completed the game. I’ll warn you in advance, this review will have some spoliers seeing as how it’s the only way I’ll be able to get the point I’m trying to make across. So if you haven’t finished or ever intend on playing Jericho, I’d avoid this.

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April 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Clive Barker’s Jericho: First Impression

Well, I finally got Jericho. And seeing as how I haven’t posted here in a while, I figured I’d give you my first impressions.

To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed. The storyline’s amazing, and really pulls you in (well done Mr. Barker). However, the graphics and gameplay leave a bit to be desired. It’s wonderfully dark, and the creatures are exquisitely gory, but everything’s just a bit too…bland. It could have done with a bit more colour, and a little more light. gameplay wise it’s a bit simple, a very basic run and gun shooter, although the teams’ special powers do make it just that bit more interesting. Jumping from team mate to team mate really is fun, and I’ve found Cole (the reality hacker) to be my personal favourite (nothing beats slowing down time).

I’ll let you know more as time goes by, it could just take a while.

April 1, 2008 Posted by | Gaming | Leave a comment

A rather…interesting blog.

I just found a somewhat interesting blog. It’s one of those personal diary ones, but the guy tends to write about wordly topics (he’s already covered America). I know the guy personally, but had no idea he had a blog until about five minutes ago. Check it out, he has some rather interesting viewpoints and comments on human life to make.

Slip In Sanity

March 17, 2008 Posted by | Websites | Leave a comment