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Comment: Myst and Riven (Score 4, Insightful) 287

by blackpaw (#47915173) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Those were games designed only for single player, where you relished your loneliness. Beautiful visuals, sound effects and music, intriguing/infuriating puzzles. GOG have them DRM free.

I say single player, but the wife and I played them together.

I got Riven working via wine on my MythBox with a Wii controller so I could play it on my 42 inch plasma with 5.1 sound. Awesome experience.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 2) 444

by blackpaw (#47887395) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Yes, back when Solar was still hot in Australia, a 3kwH system would set you back $8000-$12,000 and that was with heavy subsidies.

They're going dirt cheap now because of installers trying to offload stock.

I have a 1.5KwH system in Brisbane, wish I could justify a 3KwH system, but without the FIT it doesn't add up now.

If we had cheap overnight storage of power I'd go offgrid.

Comment: Re:suitable for home use? (Score 1) 178

by blackpaw (#47675365) Attached to: Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

They aren't practical for long-term storage, either due to energy density or due to their tendency to lose power over time pretty quickly.

I'd be curious to know what you consider long term, as it might not be as long as you think for a home storage situation.

I have a 1.5kwh array on my home, which generates a little excess during the day and of course, is useless at night :)

I've considered bumping it up to 3 or 5kwh as I get no effective use out of the excess generation (8c/KwH). However if I could buffer it for 24-48 hours then I could effectively power my house overnight. I live in Brisbane, Australia, so it would be effectively off grid for 80% of the year.

Comment: Re: And so it begins... (Score 1) 252

by blackpaw (#47644347) Attached to: <em>Babylon 5</em> May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

I'm sorry, as much as I loved Babylon 5, it simply doesn't stand the test of time when you watch it in your 30s rather than as a teenager.

I watched it for the first time in my 30s and still found it absolutely brilliant. Just sayin'.

First saw it in my 40's here and I must agree - great show - plot, characters and yes the effects. I still think they stand up ok.

Still enjoy re-watching a season.

Comment: Re:AMD supports openGL just fine (Score 2) 80

by blackpaw (#47162239) Attached to: AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

AMD supports openGL just fine, but they aren't gracefully failing sloppy programming. The Nvidia driver tends to try and make "something you probably sort of meant anyway" out of your illegal openGL instruction and AMD fails you hard with an error message. That's no reason to blame the manufacturer.

Nvidia is hewing to the following:

Robustness principle

In computing, the robustness principle is a general design guideline for software:

        Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others (often reworded as "Be conservative in what you send, be liberal in what you accept").

The principle is also known as Postel's law, after Internet pioneer Jon Postel, who wrote in an early specification of the Transmission Control Protocol

Its generally a good idea in when implementing a standard, if you want people to use it. Slavish perfectionism is the bane of developers that has killed many a project.

Only great masters of style can succeed in being obtuse. -- Oscar Wilde Most UNIX programmers are great masters of style. -- The Unnamed Usenetter