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Doom Creator Says Direct3D Is Now Better Than OpenGL 405

arcticstoat writes "First-person shooter godfather and OpenGL stickler John Carmack has revealed that he now prefers Direct3D to OpenGL, saying that 'inertia' is the main reason why id Software has stuck by the cross-platform 3D graphics API for years. In a recent interview, the co-founder of id Software said, 'I actually think that Direct3D is a rather better API today.' He added, 'Microsoft had the courage to continue making significant incompatible changes to improve the API, while OpenGL has been held back by compatibility concerns. Direct3D handles multi-threading better, and newer versions manage state better.'"
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Old Computers Resurrected As Instruments At Bletchley Park 109

arcticstoat writes with a snippet from; musician Matthew Applegate "plans on assembling a virtual orchestra of 20 retired relics of computing at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. The choice of venue will even allow Applegate to feature the infamous Colossus Mark 2 computer in the event, which was used for code-breaking in World War II and was recently reconstructed at Bletchley Park in 2007. ... A wide selection of computing fossils be used in Applegate's final musical presentation, which is called 'Obsolete?' This includes the Elliot 803 (a 1960s machine with 4KB of memory), the aforementioned Colossus Mark 2, a Bunsviga adding machine (pictured) and a punch card machine. As well as this, there are also some machines that will look nostalgically familiar to kids who grew up with the home computer generation, including a BBC Micro, an Atari 800XL, a Dragon 32 and an Amstrad CPC464." The article's list of the members of this "orchestra" makes an interesting checklist of computer hardware history.

Comment Re:Substitute? Sounds good (Score 4, Insightful) 458

The side effects of geoengineering could kill EVERYTHING.

The side effect of not geoengineering will kill everything.

Geoengineering is a skill we will need to master sooner or later. One day, whether we're the cause or not, this planet will not be inhabitable. We have three options: 1) direct our planet towards a consistently inhabitable state, 2) create an inhabitable world elsewhere, 3) die.

I don't really consider (3) to be much of an option, and (2) is so far beyond our current capabilities even experimentation is not a consideration. That leaves option (1).

Personally I'd rather we start our apprenticeship now by correcting our own effects on the environment rather than waiting until the planet makes it an unavoidable necessity regardless.

There should be at least some care taken before any major operation is undertaken, with that in mind.

It's sad that you think this might not be the case. We've spilled far worse into the oceans than iron, so try not to be offended when people that know what they're doing dismiss out of hand this hysteria over small scale experimentation.

Comment Re:Suicide Question (Score 1) 115

I first heard about the electron migration problem as a reason for not overclocking back in the 386 days.

And yet my Celeron 300A has been running stable (first under OS/2, then XP) at 450Mhz since I bought it, 10 years ago.

Record uptime was ~650 days under XP, before a disk failure got it. And that disk was essentially "DOA" (visible bad sectors) but rather than RMA it I decided to see how long it lasted (obviously it's not a very important box).

PowerMax and NTFS/chkdsk recovered the initial damage and marked about 400k worth of visible bad sectors. It then survived another 4 years before SMART started reporting errors again, and it took another 6 months before it finally actually crashed.

SeaTools reset 102 problem sectors, NTFS/chkdsk reports no new visible bad sectors and recovered minor inconsistencies due to the crash. System is back online once again.

So it would seem modern tech is a little more resilient than we give it credit for, especially if the software doesn't shit itself as a result (this experiment would have failed miserably on ReiserFS).



Submission + - U.S. to File Trade Cases Against Pirated Material

ecoshift writes: "RIAA driving US Trade policy....???

"The Bush administration announced today that it is filing two new trade cases against China to force the Asian giant to crack down on the distribution of pirated products and to drop barriers to the sale of American music, movies and books."

— le/2007/04/09/AR2007040900574.html?nav=rss_email/c omponents"

Journal Journal: AACS Said To Be Cracked

X-bit Labs is running this story on a crack for AACS, the copy-prevention method used by HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. A Doom9 post says that "BackupHDDVD is a tool to decrypt a AACS protected movie that you own, so you can play it back later using an HDDVD player software."

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