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Comment Tool used the Fibonacci Sequence (Score 1) 234

I thought it was interesting when Tool designed their lyrics for Lateralus to the Fibonacci Sequence. While I don't think this had any weight of the harmony of the song and why it's such a powerful song, I think it added a level of complexity that I greatly enjoy in their songs.

Comment Re:no substitute for the real thing (Score 3, Informative) 585

Here's what I did, tell me if this works or if it's a bust. I clearly remember hitting a wall for a while before I discovered how to get it to run without crashing.

This is working on a Windows 7 64-bit PC with an ATI gfx card.

Assuming you have installed the DK2 and have a shortcut to the DKII.exe (otherwise make a shortcut to this)
Then right-click open up properties.

In compatibility add these settings:
Run in Windows 2000
(Unchecked) Run in 256 Colors
(Unchecked) Run in 640 x 480 screen res
(Checked) Disable visual themes
(Checked) Disable desktop composition
(Checked) Disable display scaling on high DPI settings
(Checked) Run program as admin.

Then in the registry you need to go:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER->Software->Bullfrog Productions Ltd->Dungeon Keeper II->Configuration->Video
ScreenHardware3D=0 (disables hardware acceleration)

The registry stuff did the trick for me. Also I didn't patch any of the non-bullfrog ones, I used whatever the last bullfrog patch was.

This website helped with installation:

Tell me if this helped you at all. If it didn't then tell me the error you get and it might remind me if I forgot to mention anything.

Comment Re:no substitute for the real thing (Score 1) 585

Drogo, I was able to get DK2 working on my Win7 Machine after countless hours of messing with settings. I can tell you how to do it once I get home, but from what I remember it involved setting up the right properties on the shortcut and then modifying a specific registry key in the games registry folder, related to the graphics, to get it to run properly. Anyways, PM me or reply to this if you are interested. DK2 is so great.

Submission + - CryTek for Free: CryEngine 3 SDK and Editor (

Samfer writes: [...] sometime this summer likely around August, we will see the appearance online of both a Crysis 2 editor and a CryEngine 3 SDK (software development kit). This not only means that people will be able to make full blown new levels for Crysis 2 but that the CryEngine 3 will also be made publicly available to the development of non-commercial projects to the community at large. To quote, “This will be a complete version of our engine, including C++ code access, our content exporters (including our LiveCreate real-time pipeline), shader code, game sample code from Crysis 2, script samples, new improved Flowgraph and a whole host of great asset examples, which will allow teams to build complete games from scratch for PC.”

Comment Re:Platform neutral (Score 5, Informative) 105

Android is becoming more open with each update. If you look at some of Gingerbread's new features, they allow for more developers to code the way they want to, specifically you can now write a Android application completely in C and C++. The NDK has become much more evolved and allows for greater access to Google's Android. Chris Pruett has a great article on what Google has done with this latest update, particularly with the NDK.

Submission + - CA’s First Molten Salt Energy Plant Approved (

An anonymous reader writes: This year we've seen molten salt power plants start to pick up steam around the world, and now the technology is heating up stateside — California just approved its first molten salt energy plant. Designed by SolarReserve, the plant uses heliostats to focus thermal energy on a power tower filled with salt, which is able to reach very high temperatures (over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit) and can hold heat for an extraordinary length of time. Heat from this reserve of molten salt can then be pumped through a steam generator to provide on-demand energy long after the sun has set.

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