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Comment Re:Will it be OpenGL & 64-bit? (Score 1) 149

4GB is a ton! I've seen music videos less than 4k.

The artists are in charge, not the designers or the programmers, or the mappers, or the character designers, or the writers. THE STUPID ARTISTS.

I don't feel like running in 800x640 to have competitive level framerates.

Crysis level graphics came out a while ago and were good enough.

There's no evidence that photorealistic textures are being taken from, well photographs which would cut game production costs considerably.

We need to get Carmak to attend to this. Everything is based off his work. Still.

Comment Russian Farming Satellite (Score 1) 421 , so we could do the whole thing for about $100,000,000. Not too bad really.

Of course when we block and how much is hard, I'm sure the scientists will find a want to put a semi-pourous screen in solar-syncronous orbit.

Although the rising levels of acidity and CO2 in oceans is benefiting CO2->O2 and acidity absorbing bacteria and algae, so we might want to block out the sun over land in specific places. The Sahara, or Australian outback seem like good ideas (CHEAP arable land! WOO!) Australia has the advantage of being close to the worlds population center, so an extra breadbasket would be fantastic.

Of course the world's energy problems (mirrored solar, is gooood), food problems (recycling, and composting, more arable land... we really did urbanize the best farm land), and transportation problems will be improved as we like each other more and urbanize more densely and closer together (what is with the pressure differentials in condominiums, why is no one ever blasting rock music on their balcony [guess I'm young], and the dry air from the air vent!). Two of these seem to be happening a bit. It's hard to imagine a world where all three have happened so much that we want to scale them back, and I suppose that makes them good things.

Comment Re:Take your space (Score 1) 290

Did this for a long time, then almost got hit by an ambulance with siren on.

Sadly people who walk and read are generally intelligent and busy (looking for extra information, instead of overwhelmed by it at least) and to loose a few during their learning period probably isn't great for society as a whole. Considering how few people do this it's amazing that they're even talking about it.

It is a scary notion that this is replicating.

Actually I used to run everywhere until I was about 8, enjoyed the exercise + hey more videogames! I only stopped because of social pressure, which is sad. Running gives people more time in their lives rather than spending less time at the Gym :) If you start young, you don't get stinky.

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