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Comment Re:Doom... back in the day... (Score 1) 111

When my company bought our first commercial 3D animation program, the "editor" was just that...a text editor. It came with a carboard fold-up of a set of 3 arrows representing the XYZ axes. The manual instructed me to fold the axes mockup, then hold it out in front of me and wave it around like I imagined the object I wanted to animate was supposed to move. I was to "visualize the coordinates" the axis passed through...and write them down into a text file, that was then fed as an input to the commend-line tool that rendered the animation.

Modeling the 3D object to be animated was performed similarly, of course.

I created commercial animations using that tool for several months.

Comment Of course (Score 5, Insightful) 74

I would expect that many people who ask for a second opinion have a reason to ask for a second opinion: in fact, the article even mentions the situation where the first doctor recommended they do so. What would be more telling would be if they did a large study and gave EVERYONE second opinions, and then told us how many differed.
This smells like another case of "lies, damned lies, and statistics", which is designed to make the Mayo Clinic look good.

Submission + - UAE plans the first city on Mars by 2117.

Gibgezr writes: From http://economictimes.indiatime...

The UAE has unveiled plans to build the first city on Mars by 2117 as the energy-rich country looks to transport people to the Red Planet over the next few decades. Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced the 100-year national project on which the Gulf state would collaborate with specialised international organisations and scientific institutes.

Comment How I fixed this for my wife: (Score 1) 191

The update left my wife's laptop with limited netwrok access: she was connected to the network, but had no internet connectivity. The following lines, typed in an admin prompt, fixed it:

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled

Comment Re:The screen buffer? Really? (Score 1) 170

From the actual paper: "Game Settings: The game’s state was represented by
a 120 × 45 3-channel RGB image, health points and the
current tick number (within the episode). Additionally, a kind
of memory was implemented by making the agent use 4 last
states as the neural network’s input. The nonvisual inputs
(health, ammo) were fed directly to the first fully-connected
So yes, they gave it two integers from the internal workings of the game, solely because the player gets those values from the visuals, but they are using such a lo-res version of the visuals that the program can't get that info from it. Seriously, the AI is getting it's information from the screenbuffer, albeit a very very lo-res screenbuffer (because each pixel is an input to a neural net, they don't want to overload the network with too many inputs).

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