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Comment: IT Are Like Janitors (Score -1, Flamebait) 364 364

Janitors don't produce any revenue for a company, but they are necessary for the people who do.

The same goes for IT staff. Unless your company is selling IT services, they don't produce any revenue for the company but are necessary for the people who do.

IT people understand a developer's job about as much as a janitor does.

Seriously - get overselves and STOP finding ways to make my job more difficult. MY job produces the revenue that pays YOUR salary.

Comment: I Don't Want To Know (Score 1) 329 329

Once upon a time when I watched my diet and exercised 6 days a week, it used to be around 55-60 bpm. But now, after my second divorce and a year of booze, cigarettes, and high-fat foods who knows where its at - maybe 70 bpm resting if I'm lucky.

But I sure as hell am a lot happier.

Comment: Most important feature of DirectX11 = DirectComput (Score 1) 201 201

Most of the "important" features of Direct3D 11 will be exposed immediately as OpenGL extensions.

Well, given the fact that the most important feature of DirectX 11 isn't Direct3D, but in fact is DirectCompute, OpenCL would be a better suited equivalent.

And OpenCL integrates nicely with OpenGL, just like DirectCompute with Direct3D.

But beside a few simulation eye candy like water surface or debris during an explosion, it won't cause much difference in games (because otherwise the physics would influence too much on the game play).
That is, until monstrous power hogs like Crysis 3 and Windows 8 are out. Then the users will have to buy modern hardware en masse, and the install base of DX11 hardware will increase. Only then the developers will be free to safely harness DXCompute for complex physics simulations at game-play level.
Imagine a massive stock car race with Rigs-of-Rods -grade physics simulation of every single vehicle - much more realistic collision and more fun, but would require massive acceleration. If a game developer decides to go for DirectCompute as a possible acceleration solution, better check that most of the user have DX11 capable hardware ! (And be ready to say good-bye to PlayStation & Nintendo players)

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