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Comment: Just advanced level of detail rendering? (Score 1) 291

by Doppler00 (#36957044) Attached to: Making Graphics In Games '100,000 Times' Better?

So did they just essentially develop a super intelligent LOD loading system that uses procedural instancing? I'm pretty sure you could put together similarly impressive demos using the latest tricks from Nvidia and ATI using standard polygon rendering. The fact they are using points vs. polygons isn't that interesting to me.

What is fundamentally missing here? Animation, lighting and shadows. Those are going to be really hard problems to solve and I'm curious how they will go about it.

Also, it's not "infinite" detail. There is going to be a fundamental limit in regards to CPU memory or GPU memory. You can only store so much "detail" at the various detail levels in the different stages of memory. As soon as it has to dynamically load an entire detailed world that doesn't include just 20 instanced models, but more like 10,000, than I'm sure it will run a lot slower.

However... I am excited for this. DDR3 is getting dirt cheap, if they could make a game that actually used all 8GB of my memory I'd be impressed.

Comment: Three displays (Score 1) 628

by Doppler00 (#30074900) Attached to: At My Computer Desk, I Use...

I'm surprised not very many people use 3 monitors. Maybe the barrier of having to install a 2nd video card is too difficult? I personally have a 3 monitor config at work and home. They really aren't too expensive anymore. It really does help with software development to have one monitor for administration (e-mail, web, calender), one for your IDE of choice, and another for the application your debugging.

Comment: Usability? (Score 1) 106

by Doppler00 (#29860841) Attached to: Internet Archive Puts 1.6M E-Books On OLPC Laptops

Yeah, that's cool you can say "it has 1,600,000 books" but how are they categorized? Is the interface for selecting and searching for books intuitive? If the laptops are targeted to a younger audience are the selected books at an appropriate reading level for the age? I mean, this is really only useful if they can create a really, really, good front end.

Comment: Re:Misses The Point (Score 1) 339

by Doppler00 (#29778617) Attached to: California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

You're still assuming government regulation is more efficient than market rate. Sure a more efficient TV might save you money in electricity, but what if it costs $200 more up front? What if that's because it took $200 more electricity to manufacture? We would never know, because you can't micromanage industries like this. The only reason it would save energy in California is because they force production sources that are already too expensive to begin with. The main thing I hate about liberalism is that it assumes we are all stupid up front. Oh, you are too dumb to buy an energy efficient TV, so we'll make you!

Comment: Re:Create More Hobs ??? (Score 1) 339

by Doppler00 (#29778541) Attached to: California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

The flat-line of per capita electricity consumption is proabably because all the energy intensive industries have moved out of state and out of country along with the jobs. But if you want to promote California's technological backwardness in regards to energy production go right ahead.

Comment: Re:Qt (Score 2, Interesting) 310

by Doppler00 (#29714095) Attached to: Platform Independent C++ OS Library?

Qt is okay for networking applications, but in my experience Boost has much, much better performance, not to mention better support for things like multicast without creating some hacks. Qt ends up using a lot of Qt specific classes internally to create buffers and network functions, so it ends up being slower than Boost which seems to act more as a wrapper than anything.

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Ted Dziuba Says, "I Don't Code In My Free Time" 619

Posted by timothy
from the your-allotment-of-seconds-on-earth dept.
theodp writes "When he gets some free time away from his gigs at startup Milo and The Register, you won't catch Ted Dziuba doing any recreational programming. And he wouldn't want to work for a company that doesn't hire those who don't code in their spare time. 'You know what's more awesome than spending my Saturday afternoon learning Haskell by hacking away at a few Project Euler problems?' asks Dziuba. 'F***, ANYTHING.'"

Comment: Re:Bashing for the sake of Bashing... (Score 1) 125

by Doppler00 (#29712221) Attached to: An Electron Microscope For Your Home?

This is an electron scanning microscope, not a toaster. Why would you use some proprietary OS on an embedded system? Even a lot of new oscilloscopes are running Windows now and work quite well. Good luck getting all your proprietary commercial scientific libraries to compile on some random dedicated operating system in flash memory.

Comment: Re:Swap the damn hardware (Score 1) 274

by Doppler00 (#29706139) Attached to: Software To Diagnose Faulty PC Hardware?

I agree. When I build a new system I first:
memtest86+
cpu test with something like prime95
CPU+GPU test with prime95 and then another 3D game running in the background.

If it survives that last test, then it's good. I've found overheating of my system to be the main cause of crashes. I've actually had to underclock my RAM to get it stable. If something does fail, I swap that component or add more fans and try again.

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