Weekend tech reading: Duke Nukem 3D turns 20, EA wants to regain your trust, Xerox splits in two

Matthew

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Happy 20th birthday to the best Duke Nukem game While you may or may not agree on whether it's the series' best, Duke Nukem 3D was still a very important milestone in first-person shooter history. Released as the followup to a pair of platformers from 1991 and 1993, D3D starred the catchphrase-spewing, muscle-bound Duke Nukem on a quest to save the planet’s women from invading aliens. Throughout your quest you'd visit contemporary-ish locales inspired by real-world cities; large, expansive outdoor areas; and sci-fi spaceships and moon bases. Kotaku

Chips on their shoulders The Chinese government has been trying, on and off, since the 1970s to build an indigenous semiconductor industry. But its ambitions have never been as high, nor its budgets so big, as they are now. In an earlier big push, in the second half of the 1990s, the government spent less than $1 billion, reckons Morgan Stanley, an American bank. This time, under a grand plan announced in 2014, the government will muster $100 billion-$150 billion in public and private funds. The Economist

Chattanooga man responsible for world's oldest torrent file This week, tech websites across the world have been discussing the world's oldest torrent file, now active for more than 12 years. The torrent file was created to share a fan-created ASCII version of "The Matrix" with others on the Internet. Both the torrent file and the movie it shared were created in 2003 as a labor of love by Jack Zielke, then a student at Chattanooga State. Nooga

Reboots, remakes, and sequels need not apply -- Ars' most anticipated games of 2016 The game industry is a quick-moving beast. Before you even have a chance to really dive into all the good games that come out in a year, another January is upon us with the promise of 12 more months of great titles. So almost immediately after we made our decisions on the best games of 2015, we started looking ahead to what games are worth paying attention to in 2016. Ars Technica

New state of matter holds promise for ultracompact data storage and processing The observation in a ferroelectric material of "polar vortices" that appear to be the electrical cousins of magnetic skyrmions holds intriguing possibilities for advanced electronic devices. These polar vortices, which were theoretically predicted more than a decade ago, could also "rewrite our basic understanding of ferroelectrics" according to the researchers who observed them. Phys.org

VGA in memoriam The reports of the death of the VGA connector are greatly exaggerated. Rumors of the demise of the VGA connector has been going around for a decade now, but VGA has been remarkably resiliant in the face of its impending doom; this post was written on a nine-month old laptop connected to an external monitor through the very familiar thick cable with two blue ends. VGA is a port that can still be found on the back of millions of TVs and monitors that will be shipped this year. Hackaday

Project Skybender: Google's secretive 5G internet drone tests revealed Google is testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America in New Mexico to explore ways to deliver high-speed internet from the air, the Guardian has learned. In a secretive project codenamed SkyBender, the technology giant built several prototype transceivers at the isolated spaceport last summer, and is testing them with multiple drones, according to documents obtained under public records laws. The Guardian

EA wants to "regain trust of the PC gamer" EA has said that it is on a "journey to regain trust of the PC gamer", and won't be making an appearance at E3 2016. Gaming giant Electronic Arts states that it is now on a major mission to fix its reputation with PC gamers. In the recent past, game launches including the likes of SimCity and Battlefield 4 have been a little disastrous – particularly for PC gamers. Trusted Reviews

Windows Phone is dead Windows Phone started off life as a promising alternative to Android and iOS five years ago. Microsoft positioned its range of Windows Phone 7 handsets as the true third mobile ecosystem, but it's time to admit it has failed. If a lack of devices from phone makers and even Microsoft itself wasn't enough evidence, the final nail in the coffin hit today. Tom Warren

Fable Legends DX12 up to 40% faster performance; Xbox One "visual bar" pushed higher Fable Legends will be using DirectX12 (DX12), and according Lionhead's studio director, Stuart Whyte, the performance gain from using DX12 is quite a bit, compared to DX11. This doesn't only apply to the PC version of the game, but the Xbox One also benefits quite a bit from using DX12. WCCFtech

Google tax: the 6-year audit that ended in a political storm The Google party was one of the hot tickets in the Swiss ski resort of Davos last week, as the pop star will.I.am mingled with business leaders and Idris Elba, the actor, DJ-ed. But as Google’s most senior European executives worked the crowd at the World Economic Forum event, they were sitting on a closely guarded secret. Financial Times

Hard Reset Redux revamping throwback FPS Shadow Warrior 2 looks pretty dang swish, doesn’t it? I've been pretty surprised by, and pleased with, how nicely Polish studio Flying Wild Hog's revive-o-rebooting of 3D Realms' vintage FPS has gone well. Now they’re also returning to their own older work. RPS

Xerox to split into two companies, Icahn to get board seats on one Xerox Corp (XRX.N) will split into two companies, one holding its legacy printer operations and the other its business process outsourcing unit, it said on Friday, in a bid to be more nimble after years of trying to integrate the businesses. Reuters

Artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky dead at 88 Marvin Minsky, the artificial intelligence pioneer who helped make machines think, leading to computers that understand spoken commands and beat grandmasters at chess, has died at the age of 88, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said. Reuters

4D-printed structure changes shape when placed in water A team of scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has evolved their microscale 3-D printing technology to the fourth dimension, time. Harvard

The world's first robot-run farm will harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce daily The Japanese lettuce production company Spread believes the farmers of the future will be robots. So much so that Spread is creating the world's first farm manned entirely by robots. Instead of relying on human farmers, the indoor Vegetable Factory will employ robots that can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day. Tech Insider

Left 4 Dead 2, 7 years on John Walker’s original review of Left 4 Dead 2 goes hard for talking about what that game does that other games don’t. He flags it as being a brand-new experience that does something completely unique, and reading it these many years later I keep nodding my head. This cage is worms

New Nintendo hand-held device seen likely this year Nintendo Co. is likely to release a new hand-held game device this year, an analyst at U.S. research firm IHS Inc. said on Thursday, strengthening a market view that the videogame company's new system, code-named NX, will include a portable machine. Nasdaq

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VitalyT

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So, Duke Nukem turns 20 only now, makes sense, for all the crawling moves and drooling jokes he was making back when I played it the first time...

Time to wipe *** and change the diapers, and I'm all out of diapers...
This one made me download the entire torrent:
Chattanooga man responsible for world's oldest torrent file
feel so stupid now that I did... such a waste of traffic...
 
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Brock Kane

All the smart *** Duke'isms like, ..."Your Face, your ***, what's the difference?"

I miss Duke Nukem! Should have been a better effort in the 2011 Duke Nukem Forever. But that failed miserably!

Remember how addicted my friend's mom was to playing. Her and I would setup our phones to connect to play via the dial-up way for hours. Yes, my friend's Mom! Kicked her *** every time, but she didn't care, she was a huge Nukem Fan!
 

TomSEA

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Hard Reset was one of the best FPS's I ever played. But received little to no attention. Glad to see its being revived.
 

Evernessince

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DirectX 12 being tied to windows 10 means I'll just have to do without it. I tried windows 10 during the beta and for a few months after release and it just ended up annoying me to the point when I went back to windows 7. It was ridiculous how much I had to do through the group policy editor and the computer management console just to get the OS to stop serving me "Get MS office!" and other MS product ads on my desktop. The fact that nearly every update would reset the privacy options and the harder to disable services was ridiculous. And no Microsoft, I don't want the xbox service running on my computer 24/7, this is my computer not one of your consoles.
 
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Theinsanegamer

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EA wants to regain our trust, eh? How about they stop making micro transaction heavy, dlc laden, glitchy games that use origin only, put in pointless multiplayer modes to justify always online drm, all to deliver a shallow, albeit pretty, gameplay experience.

Claiming they want to regain trust is easy, actually doing that requires effort. Start releasing games in a finished state, with competent gameplay, stop hawking dlc and micro transactions, stop bending your customers over like the girl on the corner. Until then, this statement is just like when they claimed they were putting "players first"
 
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tonylukac

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Now that microsoft couldn't get windows phone to work, I hope they remove all that phone and android sh-t from windows so it's faster. It has some kind of fast boot option, but you can never get it to do that at the right time. Instead of it going thru 50 million devices when it boots, maybe it will only have to go thru 30 million. And we always criticized bill gates.
 

JetFixxxer

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Many many hours playing Duke Nukem on my newly 14.4k modem only to be kicked off by call waiting because I didn't disable call waiting in the settings.

Don't worry EA, UBI is paddling to catch up to you.
 

Emexrulsier

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Weirdly I still remember the day I went with my brother into town and went to a game shop (a shop that is long gone) and bought this game in its humongous box :D. No idea why cause I don't have much memory of buying other games and I was about 15 at the time.

I used to play this online using heat.net a very popular gaming service aimed to bring gamers together long before the likes of gamespy and wireplay.
 

EClyde

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youuu no mess with the lo wang

Main memories of this game was me and my brother playing either coop or 1v1s on our coax bnc lan. As well as this and Duke Nukem we also played Redneck Ramage and Blood (oh and ofc doom)
I still play Redneck.