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Monday, November 18, 2002

NFL Week #11 Final

The Fightin' Wombats (my fantasy team) win! It was an ugly victory, but I'll take it. That puts me in a tie for second place in my division, one game out of first! Otherwise, this week I was 11-5 in my picks and Eeyore was 10-6. Both in double-digits! Year-to-date that makes me 103-56-1 (.644) while Eeyore is 90-69-1 (.563). Here's to similar results next weekend!

UT2K3 Patch Fixes

Planet Unreal posted a length list of changes and fixes that will be included in the next patch for Unreal Tournament 2003. There is no ETA for the patch. Thanks Shacknews.

FWIW, I'm playing through the single-player portion of the game to get better aquainted with the levels. I've also done some tweaking to crank my framerate. When I'm not in a UT2K3 mood, I'm working on finishing Return to Castle Wolfenstein. I've really enjoyed that game and can see myself playing through the single player again. I just want to get it done before the Neverwinter Nights Linux client comes out.

GeForce FX Revealed

Anandtech posted all the specs for NVIDIA's new GeForce FX, formerly known as the NV30. This latest chip is 0.13-micron, DirectX 9.0 compatible, and adds some compression to reduce the performance hit of antialiasing and anisotropic filtering. It will also take up two slots because of the cooling mechanism. These bad-boys probably won't hit the market until February.

The Master comments: Yummy, but I bet this sucker is going to cost a mint. Or two. Maybe three.

A.T. Hun comments: Probably four. It does seem to be a jump over previous GeForces like the GeForce 3 was over the 2. DirectX 9.0 games are ways off, so its full power won't be tapped for a while. We'll have to see how it runs Doom 3 compared to the GeForce 4.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

The True Cost of Windows

The Financial Times reports that Microsoft makes an 85% profit on Windows according to the company's 10-Q SEC filing. It reports that their client division which markets Windows and (presumably) Office made $2.48 billion on revenue of $2.89 billion, implying an 85% markup. I'm not against anyone making money and I realize they need to make up the money that the XBox group and others are hemorrhaging. Just remember that the next time you upgrade Windows. Thanks Slashdot.

In case you want to see the 10-Q filing in its entirity, here it is. Warning, the brains of non-accountants may cave in.

The Master comments: Okay, that's an insane amount of profit on a product in today's day and age. I wonder if anyone is going to start beating on Micro$oft's profit margin as hard as the customers at the company I work for beat on ours. Nah, I doubt it. M$'ll just mark it higher and laugh at 'em.

J.t.Qbe comments: That'd be about typical for Microsoft. "You don't like what we're doing? Well, we'll do it more!" Wait a minute, are we talking about Microsoft or the Democrats?

NFL Week #11 So Far

I was thisclose to changing my pick from the Jets to the Lions. Good thing I didn't. Of course, I was also going to pick the Vikings. Go fig. Anyway, assuming the Raiders hold on to win, I am 10-5 and Eeyore is 9-6. Not bad considering how miserable things looked early in the day.

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