Halo Halloween Costume for my Young Child

Best Halo Halloween Costume of All time

The annual event of “treats and tricks” is approaching fast. If you need some advice in choosing your best Halloween costume for this year’s event, this article can help. We will review here three of the best Halo Halloween attires. The Halo brand is well known for its great Halloween costumes. In our opinion, their best costumes of all times are the Master Chief Costume for children, Blue Spartan Classic Muscle Costume and Spartan Locke Adult Costume. Check our reviews bellow and choose the best Halloween costume in order to better enjoy this year’s holiday.

Halo Halloween Costume Reviews

Master Chief Classic Muscle Costume for children
This is the best Halo boy’s costume. It comes with a microphone and voice changer. Your boy will certainly be excited with this great Halo Halloween costume. However, this costume will not include some of the additional body parts that come with its adult version, considering the fact that it was designed for children. The suit and the gloves are being available in various sizes. The helmet will suit 99 percent of children even if it comes always in the same size. In terms of body shape, the costume looks natural and realistic with detailed prints.
Pros:
  •  It has a natural appearance.
  • It comes with voice changer.
  • The helmet’s design makes it easy to wear.
  • It provides ease and convenience in use.
  • It comes with properly saturated and bright colors.
Cons:
  • The helmet is not full or vacuum-designed.

Blue Spartan Classic Muscle Costume

The Halo Spartan costume is another one on the list of the best Halloween attires from this popular brand. This suit’s appearance is more cartoon-like, making it more flexible when it comes to different events your child can attend. This model comes with two different helmets design choices. Another feature of this costume model is that it highlights more the fake “muscles”.
Pros:
  • This model highlights better body shape.
  • It comes with variable and convenient helmet designs.
  • This model comes with bright and recognizable colors.
Cons:
  • This Halloween costume is more neutral in appearance.

Spartan Locke Adult Costume

This Halo costume model is a stylish black suit. It looks rather dark, muscular, and more high-tech. It comes with quite different print that provides some unique visual features. The body shape is implemented here in the best possible way. The muscles on the arms look great and the shoulders are not that disturbing and more compact. The suit comes with unique helmet design.
Pros:
  • It provides a look of great body shape
  • The costume features a stylish appearance
  • It comes with a compact design
Cons:
  •  The back of the suit contrasts with the front too much, because it was designed to be high tech.

Conclusion

Among the list of the best Halo Halloween costumes of all times, we like the most the Spartan Locke Adult costume. This is the winner of our reviews because of its stylish black looks. The suit looks high-tech and dark. We think that it is very suitable for the Halloween event. This model features some different print that makes it stand out among the Halo’s offers.

How GPUs Will Replace CPUs In The Future

How GPU Will Replace CPU In The Future ?

 

 

VHS defeated Betamax in the 1980s. Blue-ray defeated HD-DVD in the 2000s. Now, GPUs are poised to defeat the CPUs.

GPU chips are a newish concept born in the late 1990s. They were originally developed exclusively for graphics in order to enhance the 3D visual imagery of the booming gaming industry. However, CPU chips have been developed alongside the modern computer industry since the 1960s.

LET’S DIVE DEEP

What’s different inside these two devices that gives them their functions and limitations? I’m glad you asked!

Physically, the units are quite dissimilar. A GPU chip contains up to thousands of cores so that many streams of data can be processed at the same time. While a CPU chip contains fewer cores and a lot of cache memory, it processes more quickly through those few cores. These differing structures make each chip better suited to different tasks.

You can think of it this way: a GPU is a burst of energy, and it can run the fastest 100 meters in the world. But a CPU is steady and it can finish a 26-mile marathon without a glitch.

This is important: GPUs might be able to function with good memory and the long-term smoothness of CPUs, but this will require new multi-threaded programming languages that fit best to a GPU’s parallel processing. This is a key reason we believe that GPUs will be able to replace CPUs, but not the other way around.

Here are some more reasons:

 

SO MUCH DATA, SO LITTLE TIME

A year ago, we were already creating 2.5 exabytes of data each day. Look at this compelling graphic from Northeastern University to see how many downloaded songs or Libraries of Congress are equivalent to 2.5 exabytes!

The thousands of cores inside a GPU are designed to process lots of bits of information at once, making it potentially much more efficient than a CPU at processing big data swiftly.

To be fair, a highly cited study sponsored by Intel found that GPUs may have been overrated in their ability to outperform CPUs. The study, called, “Debunking the 100X GPU vs. CPU Myth ” found that GPUs are 2.5x better at processing data than CPUs. This is far less than the commonly held belief that GPUs are up to a hundred or a thousand times faster.

But 2.5 times faster is still faster, right?! So even if GPUs have been overrated, they are still looking like a better bet than CPUs. For a mind-blowing and memorable example of the difference in speed, watch this demonstration by Mythbusters’ Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, sponsored by visual computer technologies leader, Nvidia.

What will we be doing with all this data? It brings us to—

 

COMMODIFYING Artificial Intelligence

 

A.I. was all over the news last year, largely because its practices are not standardized yet, so every company working on an A.I. project is constantly inventing new components and uses. They’ve been playing with A.I. programming in everything from fitness trackers to self-driving cars to…robots, of course!

A.I. comes into the GPU/CPU debate because we’re learning how to build machines that increasingly engage in the human world, rather than vice-versa. For example, do you remember when you had to sit down at a certain desk to use your enormous boxy computer and monitor? That was the age when we went to the computers, and now computers are coming to us.

Nvidia, a leading developer of A.I., posted an article on the difference between CPU and GPU. Nvidia opened by stating that a CPU is the computer brain, but a GPU is a computer soul. This poetic phrase indicate how the GPU is crucial in the future development of A.I.; When computers come into our world instead of the other way around, we need them to be able to process the complexity and immediacy of real life, a job the slow steady CPU is not capable of.

IS IT ALL OVER FOR THE CPU?

This a thoughtful article from the Data Center Journal makes a compelling case for the current benefits of CPU, explaining, “One of the main challenges of using the GPU is enabling programmers to tap into its capabilities.” Technology changes quickly, but GPUs are still quite new compared to the CPUs that have been developed since the Kennedy Administration. Most programming is CPU-optimal.

Overall, GPUs have a huge, significant place in the future of computing. However, their development (and the development of computing infrastructure which will support them) still has a way to go before CPUs become a thing of the past.

 

SOURCES

Look at this compelling graphic: http://www.northeastern.edu/levelblog/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/data.png

“Debunking” https://www.cis.upenn.edu/~devietti/classes/cis601-spring2017/slides/debunking-100x-gpu-myth.pdf

Watch this demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrJeYFxpUyQ

Nvidia article: https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2009/12/16/whats-the-difference-between-a-cpu-and-a-gpu/

This thoughtful article: http://www.datacenterjournal.com/gpu-replace-cpu/

 

AMD Zen Core

It was interesting how AMD out beat Intel in 2017. Back then, when the first Ryzen processor were introduce in 2016, many disbelief that AMD will perform better than its rival Intel. Due to its bad reputation in the olden days, some of the common problem of AMD processor are instability in temperature control and the processor can be easily burn out. Hence, most of the gamer go with i7 processor instead.

AMD have Ryzen

AMD price in (NASDAQ:AMD) soar from $2.20 to $12.75 latest price as in 30 /9 / 2017. It I have invested portion of it back then i would have retire by now.

Formalizing the Fanaticism

At one point a couple years ago, I talked to John Robb about an idea for a community-driven content site, and had lofty ambitions to build an all-volunteer news team (similar to Wikinews, in fact). At the time, John suggested a different approach, and reminded me that the Segway blog had just been mentioned by the WSJ, and how the secret was to own the topic. Great advice— something I obviously remember even now— but at the time, I couldn’t think of any topic I really wanted to own.

Over the next couple years, and without really looking for it, the topic found me. When you get to the point where colleagues at work are teasing you for being such a fan of someone/something, that’s a good sign you’ve found your topic. 🙂 As my friends know, I’ve been a fan of Sir Richard Branson for several years now… met him at a conference… got his autograph… all that. And especially with his upcoming marketing extravaganza into the US market, the timing seemed perfect to build out what I hope will be the “Slashdot of Branson news” at bransonblog.com. The site launched today, with design help from my friend Shawn, and now the real fun begins… We’re asking for reader ideas to figure out what direction to move in, what features to build, and what people really want to see. Along the way, we’re gathering all the web links, images, and even video we can find. (I’ve setup my Tivo to auto-record every Branson appearance, and setup my computer to download the video and convert it to normal mpeg.) With all of this content, we’re hopefully well on our way to being the single best source online for all news and information about the Virgin Group chairman. So check out the site, and of course, drop us an email at editors @ the new site name to let us know what you think.

Beware if you want to create a siteblog, I would recommend you read from here first before getting scam.

The Stanforth.org Endorsement

Bloggers everywhere are posting their endorsements for tomorrow’s Presidential election, so without further ado, here are my two cents on the topic: Like many others, I’m reluctantly endorsing John Kerry for President. But my reluctance seems inverted from so many others too. Jeff (in the last link) says he prefers Bush’s militancy, and former (Democratic) New York City mayor Ed Koch has come out in support of Bush too, saying he disagrees with Bush on almost every domestic issue, but that he feels Bush will do a better job to keep the country safe.

In stark contrast, my endorsement rings in exactly the opposite direction. Kerry is the first Democrat I’ve ever endorsed (though I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000 either), and this year, foreign policy comes down to almost a single issue by itself. I’ve already acknowledged that most of Kerry’s plans sound entirely unrealistic, but the reality is that Congress has to approve most of those hare-brained schemes before they happen. On the other hand, George W. Bush has reminded us through example that the President has almost unlimited unilateral power in the realm of foreign policy. And this President has utterly mangled US foreign policy. He’s betrayed the Party of Reagan to where even long-time Republicans are fleeing. And he’s destabilized the world in a way that will create more terrorists to contend with in the coming decades. I am incredulous when I hear friends, people I respect even, suggest that Bush’s war on terror is a good idea; with all due respect, this makes as much sense as the general population voting on scientific protocols for AIDS research. Those without specific foreign policy expertise need only read John Robb’s site (or his Global Guerrillas site) or read Imperial Hubris to quickly get a glimpse of how badly Bush is mangling foreign policy right now. There is nothing else as irritating (or as dangerous) as those pushing simple solutions to complex problems beyond their grasp, and that’s exactly what the Bush Doctrine is. There’s no guarantee that Kerry will do the right thing either, but I believe he will more intelligently weigh the nuanced decisions of foreign policy and might recognize the threat of non-state actors— the real threat facing the US in the coming decade.

Some have called for civility in this election season, noting that there are good reasons to vote for each candidate. I agree, and won’t presume to decide for others who would best represent their views and interests. There is no obvious answer, which is precisely why the country is so evenly divided. But civility doesn’t mean overlooking accuracy either, and when it comes to the issue of non-state actors vs. rogue states, there is a correct answer, even if the current President refuses to see it. I support John Kerry hoping he understands this even slightly better than Bush does. There is no magic bullet to “solve” decades of foreign policy side effects overnight, but only by understanding the situation accurately can we begin to make progress in the right direction.

 

The Ever-Fantabulous Eddie Izzard

You know, you make one little transatlantic flight to see two Eddie Izzard shows at Wembley, and you’re forever branded a rabid fan. 😉 The guys in the ValueClick London office must think I’m crazy and still quote Eddie-isms in almost every email to me. But the reality is, among true fans (who, by the way, are the best people to ever spend four hours in line with), I’m pretty average, at best. In fact, waiting in line Friday at The Comedy Store on Sunset, I was especially amused to note that I didn’t have the Eddie book, didn’t have an Eddie t-shirt, and hadn’t even seen one of his earlier shows (Definite Article, available on DVD November 9th). So yeah, see, I’m really not even a fan!

Except, wait… I am, and Friday’s awesome show reminded me why Eddie Izzard really is the funniest human being alive.

 

The show was definitely for Eddie’s true fans, as it wasn’t a touring show, but rather, one in a series of workshop sessions (as the “Work in Progress” name suggests) where he tried out new material and was much more interactive with the audience. He noted that most comedians dumb down their content for the audience, but here, he was “smarting up” instead, relying on the audience to know the answers to questions that he himself hadn’t yet worked out. So in between, he’d ask questions, like, if your cars goes underwater, do your power windows still work? This wasn’t Steven-Wright-type interrogative comedy, but more like he was working out a joke (about a worst-case senarios book) and literally didn’t quite know how the car thing would work. So the audience was shouting back answers to everything from random mechanics to later history and religion. For example, after a great Jesus joke about Archimedes, he stopped to verify from the audience that Archimedes lived before Jesus, chronologically, so that it was plausible that Jesus would be referencing Archimedes. Hilarious! Funniest audience contribution was when trying to figure out the other island Napoleon was on, when someone yelled out, “We don’t know, we’re American!”

I should note here, too, how wildly different this venue was from other places I’ve seen Eddie. Wembley Arena’s got a seating capacity of 11,500 so sitting in the 3rd row the second night was very close to the stage. But at Wembley, that meant we were still 30+ feet away from him as he performed. Even at the Virgin Megastore signing a year ago, the line of hundreds of fans took 6.5 hours for him to finish, and the few seconds we each got with a very tired Eddie were nice but not amazing. So imagine Friday night, sitting about six feet away from him while he performs for an hour and a half, in a venue that only seats 300 altogether, where he’s asking the audience questions and expecting answers. Entirely different feeling. Sort of the small discussion section to accompany the 500-hundred-person lectures, to borrow a college analogy.

In fact, this was very obvious in the first minute of the show, when there was some audio interference as he spoke and he decided that it was coming from the overhead light right above where I was sitting. (You can see from the photo here that we were sitting just behind the row of tables right up against the stage.) So, being the unconventional Eddie Izzard, he had the people sitting at that table in front of us clear off their drinks, and move the table towards ours, so he could stand on the table, and using the mic stand, hit the ceiling spotlight!! Have to admit, that’s something I’ll probably never see at any other show ever. Meanwhile, I’m standing next to his table as he’s doing this, worried that he’s going to fall off the table, trying to make sure he keeps his balance (which he did quite easily— all that running, jumping, climbing trees pays off). It was truly the most surreal moment I could’ve ever imagined from the evening.

 

As others have pointed out, this is a work in progress so we shouldn’t give too much away. But, here’s something timely that won’t likely be in future shows…

You’ve got an Election coming up? November 2nd? And I think you know what to do… We in R.O.W. — that’s “rest of world” — we’re watching. We understand the first time just kinda happened… there was the thing… and then the buildings… and all of that. But if it happens again, we in ROW will say… “Oh…” We can’t do much, really. Just walk around like this (hunched over)… “Fucking hell.” <Huge audience applause>

(If you can’t mentally hear him saying it, just like if you don’t speak French, “all of that was fucking funny…” 🙂 Also a reminder that his comedy is 80% delivery.)

As for his material, there were references to his earlier shows (which, given his stream of consciousness style is pretty expected), and there were some parts directly out of the Sexie shows we saw in London. But given how different his two shows were on the two consecutive nights, I wonder too if they were even more differences from the Sexie shows in the US.

For example, at least a few jokes in London were squarely aimed at English audiences, including one about how “we had 9/11, and we also had September the 11th… Yes… Don’t know why everyone makes such a big deal about 9/11, because really, November 9th was a pretty normal day, I think,” referring of course to the month/day vs. day/month difference between the US and UK. 🙂

 

(Even funnier to see that his dvd release date and the Virgin Megastore signing this year are on November 9th… Probably not coincidental, since this is Eddie Izzard!)

The best part was how informal and candid this show was. You got to see his mind work, even when, admittedly, not everything was as funny as you’d normally expect of him. Then again, keep in mind, his popular double-Emmy Dress to Kill HBO show was actually edited together from a series of shows in San Francisco. And even with the two very different consecutive nights at Wembley, we could’ve easily edited together a show better than either. But when you have the dvds, and see the official shows, and all of that, a show like this one tonight becomes a real treat for his fans— a way for him to work out his comedy, but also a fun way for people to hear bits (like the election bit) that wouldn’t normally make it into a full show. In fact, this show would’ve made a great extra on the dvd.

So… yes… a great show overall, highly recommended! Which probably goes without saying, since real Eddie Izzard fans jump at any chance to ever see him or hear him or wear his t-shirts. Maybe someday I’ll be a true Eddie Izzard fan too. 😉

Bonus link for you real Eddie fans: Which Eddie Izzard joke are you?

Doc Asks for Linux Podcasting

Doc Searls asks about options for podcasting on Linux, a question that I’ve been thinking about quite a bit in the past couple weeks. It was quite a trick to get ample recording volume with Audacity, which seemed odd considering the Windows side worked beautifully with the same hardware. It may seem like a lot of work to go through when Windows podcasting already works so easily, but Doc raises a very good point…

While I enjoy and appreciate the iPod (as do millions of others), and while I believe that it pioneers a whole new category of device (no less important, culturally, than the transistor radio, forty-some years ago), it is designed to live in Apple’s silo, rather than as a free-range device in the world.

Linux is free-range.

Exactly correct. While I do have an iPod, it doesn’t work well with Linux (I’ve had lots of problems with gtkPod). So, I end up manually downloading a few podcasts (like Dave Winer’s excellent Morning Coffee Notes) and listening via xmms. There definitely has to be a better way.

I’d started building an RSS aggregator called BlogThought quite a while ago, but abandoned it when I got busy elsewhere and when the plethora of other aggregators made me question why we needed yet another. But perhaps with a new list of features to target — podcasting, BitTorrent support, a good three-pane UI on Linux, etc. — BlogThought is worth some effort after all… even if only because I want to use it myself.

A Quick BloggerCon Wrap-Up

I wasn’t sure what to expect from BloggerCon 3 at Stanford Law School on Saturday, but I was pleasantly surprised by what a cool group of people attended. Unlike other conferences where technology execs purport to be celebrities, BloggerCon was amazingly down-to-earth and mellow and almost surprising in general friendliness. That was especially obvious at one point while I was outside chatting about podcasting with Dave Winer (software legend, creator of XML-RPC, and BloggerCon organizer) and Adam Curry (who I used to watch on MTV in high school). Talked to Cam Barrett about our new MobThought ideas, to Phil Wolff about political campaign software, to Scott Johnson about a little issue I was having with Feedster, and even showed bransonblog.com to Julie Adair from the BBC. It was pretty amusing to read Micki Krimmel’s blog while she sat in front of me (you can also see her photos here). Mike Tippett and I were noting in the cab ride back how impressed we were with the caliber of people there… a very impressive group overall. Perhaps most interesting, though, was my chat with Nick Bradbury (creator of HomeSite, TopStyle, and FeedDemon), who was really cool about encouraging me to build my own aggregator— even encouraging me to copy FeedDemon features and offering to help if I had questions in starting a one-man software company like he’s got. Incredibly nice. This guy’s a legend to all of us using HomeSite years ago, so it was almost disturbing to see firsthand how cool he was to some random rambling lunatic he’s never met before. 😉

The conference had a few stressful moments when Dave Winer and a couple vendors had different ideas in mind about the “no vendor discussions” rule. I agree that it was great that Dave held the line (lest the conference devolve into another Comdex), but I also consider it confusion and not any malicious intent on the part of the vendors. Sort of the same impression I got when Dave was arguing with Chris Nolan about her chasing “nickels and dimes” while she countered with wanting to create a site that she, as a writer, could live off of. It really just seemed like two people with very different perspectives each finding their own niche in a new medium; it’s hard sometimes for software guys who’ve sold companies for millions to understand that writers don’t quite think in the same way (nor should they have to). Chris made some great points supporting her (different) approach to her (different) goals.

This latter discussion came up in Doc Searls’ session on Making Money with Blogs, which seemed to have another similar areas of subtle contention as well. Doc asked (rhetorically, I think) whether we wanted to be people or wanted to be brands, but this misses the freedom of choice in the same way that Dave’s argument did. Yes, with Stanforth.org, I want people to know me, not a brand. But I’m a perfect example of Dave’s “technical people making contacts and starting businesses together” premise, while Chris really is creating a brand in the same way that Time Magazine or any other publication is a brand. Saying that we shouldn’t aspire to build brands overlooks the fact that while blogs may be the future, today’s world offers a good deal of money to be made with more traditional approaches. And it seems smart for Chris to build a solid, recognizable brand and make money through writing if that’s what she does best.

The other conference sessions were equally interesting, kicking off with Adam Curry’s Podcasting session in the morning. Adam and Dave commented afterward that the session essentially had the entire podcasting universe in attendance, something that will likely never be possible again at the current exponential growth rate of the podcasting meme. (The image here is of a podcaster who took the opportunity to interview Dave & Adam, the two creators of podcasting, right after Adam’s session.) Scoble’s Information Overload session talked about how the complaints people have in managing hundreds (sometimes thousands) of RSS feeds each day, and the Election 2004 session was relatively calm given the heated tempers from Tuesday’s election.

After the conference, a bunch of us headed to Gordon Biersch in Palo Alto, where I chatted with the UserLand developers, saw a cool demo from Ross, and talked to Bill Paseman about cool new ideas. The Aggregator Dinner afterward was especially cool. Funny thing is, sitting at one end of the table with Phil Wolff, Bob Wyman, Scott Johnson, Nick Bradbury, et al., I only heard about the other side of the table afterward from Mike Tippett and from reading blog accounts of the event. Definitely a lot of smart people gathered in one place.

My eternal thanks too to my friend Stephen McHenry, who met me in Palo Alto on Sunday and spent the afternoon showing me around Silicon Valley. From the excellent lunch conversation about some incredible new hardware, to a great chat at Starbucks (where we ran into Bob Wyman and Renee Blodgett), to Stephen’s awesome tour of Silicon Valley spots that I really liked, and taking me to SJC for my flight afterward, it really was an excellent ending to a great weekend. Thanks, Stephen!