May 06, 2015 - 10:31 AM - by dgstorm
The Goat Simulator is an awesome success story because it combines comedic creativity in a package that was easy to make. In fact, many of the "bugs" in the game where intentionally left because they added to the hilarity offered by the crazy things you can do with your goat.
Of course, because of the runaway success of the game, you had to know the developers would come out with an add-on to the "soon-to-be-franchise." This expansion takes the goat to a new low quite literally... It's called GoatZ and your beloved Goat is now a zombie who must consumer people to live! Imagine the horror and the comedic gold!
GoatZ will hit Steam tomorrow, May 7th, for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It will also come to Android and iOS as a standalone game for $4.99 (the same price as the original Goat Simulator).
May 01, 2015 - 3:18 PM - by dgstorm
Here's some undeniably cool off topic high-tech news for your Friday afternoon pleasure. Tesla Motors officially announced they are creating a spin-off division called Tesla Energy which will sell home batteries for a very affordable price.
For weeks we were teased that Tesla was planning to unveil their home battery product, but the final official announcement kicked off and surprised everyone for being even more affordable than originally thought. The home solution is called the Powerwall and there will be two options available. The cheapest option is a 7k/Wh model for $3,000.00 USD, and the second option is a 10k/Wh model for $3,500.00.
The Powerwall is only a few feet high, a few feet across & 6 inches thick, and it weighs 100kgs (220lbs). The device can be mounted on the outside of your house, or in your garage (or really anywhere you decide in your home). The above price for the device does NOT include the installation, so you will need to hire a professional electrician for that.
There are a couple of things worth noting about the Powerwall. One is that you can add more than one battery to your house if you want to maximize how much energy it can save you based upon your personal electricity usage. The other is that it can be used even if you don't have a solar energy sub-system, yet it can still save you around 25% or more on your electric bills.
The way it handles this feat is by charging itself during non-peak hours (like at 3am for instance), while you then use the battery power during peak hours. The reason this saves you money is that most electric companies charge different rates based upon the time of day you are using electricity. For example, if your power company charges you .10 cents per kWh during peal times, but only .03 cents per kWh during non-peak times, then you end up being charged as if you were using electricity during those non-peak times, netting you a savings.
There's one other handy thing the Powerwall does for users who have multiple electronics and computer devices on all the time. It can act as a built-in home battery backup during power outages. Handy!
The Powerwall begins shipping for installation this summer! For more info, here's a link to Tesla's website: Powerwall | Tesla Motors
Apr 23, 2015 - 9:55 AM - by dgstorm
Here's something fun and interesting you might get a kick out of... it turns out that what you are doing right this moment (engaging with the community of this internet forum) is actually quite good for you. At least, that's what a recent study concluded which was published in the Computers In Human Behavior.
Specifically, the study concluded that "Internet forums have a positive impact on life satisfaction and lead to increased involvement in communities outside the confines of the online world." Here's a quote with more of the details,
Well then... you can now rest easy knowing that you are doing a good thing for yourself just by being a part of this amazing forum! But of course, our amazing members already knew that!!!
The study approached users on a range of interest, lifestyle and hobby forums. The study split users into two groups: stigmatized subjects (like mental health discussion), and non-stigma related forums (sports, cooking and the rest). They were then polled about their reasons for joining the forum, how they felt about it, their life satisfaction and offline engagement with "issues raised in the forum". Author lead Dr. Louise Pendry of the University of Exeter said that: "As well as finding answers, our study showed users often discover that forums are a source of great support, especially those seeking information about more stigmatizing conditions."
"Moreover, we found that users of both forum types who engaged more with other forum users showed a greater willingness to get involved in offline activities related to the forum, such as volunteering, donating or campaigning." Unlike social networks, that have arguably substituted in for forums for a lot of people, The study highlights that forums still often maintain a degree of anonymity, which adds the effect when discussing issues with a stigma -- something that real names and face pics typically demolish. ~ Engadget
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