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Comment: Byte Code! (Score 1) 115

by phred75 (#43917705) Attached to: How Unity3D Became a Game-Development Beast
It's a nice engine for people who want to get going quickly and it's very artist friendly which is ideal as coders shouldn't be fucking around with art related tasks. On PC/Mac, I could definitely look into Unity but for mobile I'll avoid it for another little while as it IS pretty CPU heavy. Their C# like script language (mono) runs on a mono-emulation layer which interprets the byte code at run time which is nice to make it platform agnostic but it will cost you! I'm not sure if this has been upgraded to do JIT compiling.. I would hope they did but a lot of coders I know who are doing mobile projects with unity have speed as their biggest complaint! Even simple games with minimal geometry and shaders doesn't run nearly as quick as it should!

Comment: 1.6 is done... (Score 1) 222

by phred75 (#34798274) Attached to: Amazon To Launch 'Amazon Appstore For Android'
As a soon to be full-time mobile game developer, I had done some research into the Android platform and it turns out targeting version 2.1 and up is the way to go: http://developer.android.com/resources/dashboard/platform-versions.html 12.6% are still running 1.6 and 1.7. Not only that 2.1 devices are much more capable with faster CPU and GPUs. In my case, I plan to make an engine that run OpenGL ES 2.0 only. Screw 1.1 and it's fixed function pipeline and its wimpy ARM 9 CPU's!

Comment: Re:Here's hoping they can track down peanut allerg (Score 1) 177

by phred75 (#33185358) Attached to: Researchers Pinpoint Cause of Gluten Allergies
If only it were so simple. As a kid I was always in the middle of dirt and germs. I was a filthy kid... guess what, that didn't do SHIT as I still had plenty of food allergies to contend with. Granted nothing life threatening but food allergies are not pleasant at all.

Comment: From a coder's view (Score 1) 427

by phred75 (#31157882) Attached to: Does Microsoft Finally Have a Phone Worth Buying?
I've always enjoyed coding with MS build chains. Coding the XBOX360 is so straight forward as is making Win32 apps that use D3D. Same with the Windows Mobile devices. It's a breeze to write and debug apps with Visual Studio. However, hardware support is another story. They introduced Direct3D Mobile in Windows Mobile 5 but because WinMo up to now has been something of a wild west, some devices had D3D drivers while others didn't. And the ones that did weren't the best. Very few did OpenGL ES. You could however, quite easily get access to the linear frame buffer and just write your own rasterizers which worked quite well! I've talked with some WinMobile insiders and they told me that WinMo 7 would be way stricter when it came to hardware and device variance. OpenGL ES would be the norm and would replace Direct3D Mobile. If they can sort the hardware issues and force manufactures (HTC you listening, you ass clowns) to implement quality drivers, they could very much regain from 4th spot where they are now!

Comment: Re:CRTC problems (Score 1) 238

by phred75 (#30942910) Attached to: Canadian Android Carrier Forcing Firmware Update
I didn't expect the Conservatives to do a fucking thing on this one! Goodness forbid they tell a Canadian company that they can't fuck over their clients. The NDP and Greens have been the most vocal about making a big change in the Telco industry! The Liberals.... meh I'm sure if you pressured hard enough they would do something.

Comment: Mixed Results (Score 1) 403

by phred75 (#30608824) Attached to: Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory Or Cognitive Skills
I've had mixed success with it as far as cognitive functioning goes. Taken alone, I've noticed a little improvement but nothing drastic. Depending on the brand I would actually get a big of an allergic reaction from it! Im trying a new formula called Memory Essentials. It contains: Alpha-Glycerylphosphorycholine (alpha-GPC) (from soy) - 250 mg Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI) - 76 mg Folic Acid - 100 mcg Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin, methycobalamin) - 50 mcg Pantothenic Acid (as calcium panthothenate) - 100 mg Phosphatidylserine Complex (from soy) - 100 mg Green Tea Extract (leaf) - 100 mg Blueberry Powder - 50 mg Ginkgo Biloba Extract - 100 mg Giving it a try this month. It;s making a difference no doubt but not sure how big. I'll go without it next month and compare. How ever one supplement that DEFINITLY makes a difference for me is L-Tyrosine as it's a precursor to L-Dopa aka dopamine. My main problem area has always been focus over memory retention. Used to take ritalin as a kid, that shit made me into a zombie!

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