It's all about justifying the hardware based on income potential.
It's all about justifying the hardware based on income potential.
And what percent of GTX 1080 users need their Blender to render faster?
Yeah. So, having more cores helps speed the render. The latest Blender does support Pascal. It's very fast. But your real limiting factor here is how much of the scene can you fit into the card's memory? Because if you exceed total memory capacity of the card, you'll be rendering on your system CPU.
A Titan X Pascal ships with 12GB RAM and a few more rendering cores. Compared to GTX 1080TI at 11GB, it's a marginal difference for a whopping $600 savings. So, if you're rendering 3D photorealistic in Cycles, your question is, will that 1GB difference really matter? Because if not, you'll want to buy a second GTX1080 for a bit more than one Titan X Pascal, and you'll blow a single card away in rendering times. Or buy four of them for less than 2.5x the price of two Titan Xs.
For 2D cartoons, you'll see some benefit in Blender using planes and onion skinning. But not with OpenToonz, which really doesn't have extensive GL acceleration yet. So choose hardware carefully to the projects you expect will pay the bills.
Who in their right mind does this? Pro animators, it's not just film but also advertising and motion design for web. Or architects, who often shoot proposed sites with a drone and then use a 3D model with motion tracking to composite them together for clients.
So, when you're paid by the project, each extra hour of rendertime really matters. And easily justifies a few extra thousand dollars in hardware.
I have confirmed that 30-Bit color is working on a 27-inch iMac. A 16-Bit greyscale ramp was used to test. Applications which support this capability are quite sparse. At the time of my testing Preview worked and Pixelmator did not. It is likely that applications need to optin to use this feature. The standard 24-Bit pipeline is indicated with Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888). New 30-Bit color pipelines will show Pixel Depth: 30-Bit Color (ARGB2101010) or Pixel Depth: CGSThirtyBitColor. I have also been able to get 30-Bit color working on my Dell U2713H via DisplayPort. Support seemed sparse and intermittent in earlier versions, but as of 10.11.3 everything works well in my experience.
The apple website notes these LG panels are P3 color gamut compliant. Which is a smaller color space than Adobe RGB, but probably sufficient for 10bit per channel. While the OS has supported 10 bit since a recent update to El Capitan, there are almost no Mac applications that make use of this. Unlike on Windows, where 10 bit color support and display panels have been available for several years. And note, the latest MacBook Pro panel still doesn't support real 10 bit. And if you want to use wide color with a secondary panel, you'll need to buy a laptop with a secondary GPU.
On the PC side, it's much easier to get the right hardware and get Adobe tools to display a wide color space. Apple is still far behind on what has become absolutely necessary for photographers and filmmakers.
See here: https://www.theguardian.com/me...
This is exactly right. Daniel Ellsberg broke the law by photocopying and smuggling out classified documents about Vietnam War progress (or lack thereof) from the RAND corporation, where he was an a Ph.D military analyst. He provided those documents to the reporters from New York Times and Washington Post. The Nixon Administration filed an emergency injunction with the Supreme Court to suppress immanent publication by the New York Times. But the Supreme Court refused on the grounds doing so would imperil the first amendment by imposing court mandated prior restraint. See: New York Times v United States.
Now that does not mean Ellsberg could not have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1919. He absolutely broke the law and admitted as such. He was an employee with a high security clearance entrusted to prevent the release of those documents. Not steal and release them. The justice department ultimately refused to prosecute. But as we've seen with the Bush and Obama Administrations, Espionage Act investigations and prosecutions are popular these days.
Just how the US Government plans to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act is unclear. He's a non-citizen who never signed a US security clearance nor took an oath to protect classified materials. Furthermore, Wikileaks is arguably a journalistic endeavor. The government makes no distinction between official journalists and citizen journalists for first amendment protections. If the New York Times can do it, so can Julian Assange. And if they argue he's not a citizen and therefore not protected under the first amendment, how then can they argue as a non citizen he's bound by the US Espionage Act?
Perhaps a real lawyer can chime up here. I just took a grad media law class. But it sure seems like tortured logic to me.
I know a guy who hacked his old 2009 Pro tower with two new xeons and a Titan X just to give the thing a bit more life. Made it a pretty good machine performance wise and he didn't have to throw away his old software investment. But he's already transitioning off mac, so this was to keep an old tool chain functional.
I posted I never wanted mod points and haven't gotten any since. It's a blessing.
The problem is investment in old software and hardware drivers is often obsoleted by Apple without consideration. Have an old copy of Adobe? On Windows, it'll probably run forever. On Mac, you're fucked. It won't run on Linux (properly), but at least supporting open source alternatives indefinitely is possible. How about old hardware? I have an ancient Creative EMU 0404 USB audio interface with two XLR inputs. After El Capitan, forget about that old (64bit intel!) driver still working. On Linux or Windows? No problem. It'll probably run as long as the thing still works.
From a hardware standpoint on the Mac line, Apple is flailing. Mac Pros are generations behind. The iMacs and Macbook Pros are supposed to be for film editors and photography / design creatives, but don't even ship with 10bit color HDR LCD panels. They lock you into hardware configurations that are next to impossible to upgrade out of. And give no flexibility to support common pro applications. It's Apple's way or the highway. I mean, why not buy Final Cut Pro X and Logic? Who needs that stuff the whole rest of the world has standardized on already.
I like MacOS. It's pretty good. There's bash and python and what I don't get out of the box I can add with homebrew. And there are some commercial apps I'm absolutely dependent on still, which I wouldn't have with Linux. In particular, Scrivener, MS Office, and Adobe. But if I have to buy these things again - particularly Adobe, Linux and Windows here I come. Lack of Adobe plugin availability on Mac is a real downer.
Apple is so focused on selling iPhones and iPads, they simply don't care about customer needs any more. It can be a damn nightmare to get real work done.
And don't forget having to put up with snazzy (read: slow) animations as it transitions from one screen to another and no ability to speed things up by rapidly pressing the needed buttons before the screen catches up.
I'm fed up with Apple. Still running a 27" iMac from 2010. Good enough machine with boot SSD and 32GB RAM. But the latest machines are very behind, particularly the MacPro. Also, 5k and 4k panels don't support deep color (10bit). You're better off running AViD, Adobe, DaVinci et all on a PC with Windows. Particularly if you need HDR color. The same for free software creative tools, which also tend to run badly on Mac. Apple just doesn't support power users and creatives any longer.
For the cost of a good 5k iMac you could get two 10 bit 4k panels, a Haswell 5960 or 6850, 32-64GB RAM, and a Pascal GTX card that supports 10 bit. Adobe, et all under Win 8/10 supports 10 bit. And Blender supports 10 bit (really 32bit float color). I think there may be a path to 10 bit on Linux as well... but then you're stuck with free tools.
What are you buying that Mac for? If you're developing iPhone / iPad apps - sure. But as much as I like MacOS under the hood, it's a real PITA to do real work with. And the Pro hardware is generations behind current PCs.
There's a reason why the ACLU defended the Nazis in first amendment cases.
Neo-nazis. I think even anti-death penalty ACLU lawyers would have been happy to pull a lever at the Nuremberg gallows.
It's not about convenience. It's about security. The apps are far superior from a security perspective. Leave your card locked up at home so no one gets it when they steal your wallet.
Whose security exactly? Certainly not mine. If my wallet is stolen and I make timely reports my liability for any fraud on my credit cards is exactly zero. I have three credit cards but only ever carry two. Even if those two get shut down for a week while I await replacements I've got my third one at home.
One of my cards was tied up in the Target breach and even though I'd never had a balance higher than $1,000 on a $10,000 limit Bank of America let some fraudsters exceed my limit by over $15,000 making multiple purchases of $2,000 worth of gift cards within minutes of each other at a Sams Club before calling me to verify the activity. About a week later I got new cards in the mail along with an affidavit to sign which I gladly did. I was surprised to see that in the end when they reversed the $25,000 in charges they didn't bother to reverse the 2% cash back I earned on those purchases. I called three times asking them to adjust that as well. Finally after letting the credits sit on my account for six months with no reversal I said fuck it and spent the $500. I'm still a customer and never heard another word.
I don't care if my phone would be more secure because at the micro level it doesn't affect me one bit. One might say that we all pay higher costs because of fraud and while that's true if all fraud went away tomorrow the consumers would never see a dime. When the big bad banks had their debit card interchange fees significantly curtailed we were all told how great it was for the consumer. I didn't see a single price drop anywhere. I did, however, see CEOs of big retailers celebrating their increased profitability to shareholders specifically citing reduced expenses in the transaction processing category. So basically instead of one asshole group of companies exploiting consumers we just shifted it to another while patting ourselves on the back for doing something good for the little guy.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -- Publius Syrus