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Making Graphics In Games '100,000 Times' Better?

Doppler00 Just advanced level of detail rendering? (291 comments)

So did they just essentially develop a super intelligent LOD loading system that uses procedural instancing? I'm pretty sure you could put together similarly impressive demos using the latest tricks from Nvidia and ATI using standard polygon rendering. The fact they are using points vs. polygons isn't that interesting to me.

What is fundamentally missing here? Animation, lighting and shadows. Those are going to be really hard problems to solve and I'm curious how they will go about it.

Also, it's not "infinite" detail. There is going to be a fundamental limit in regards to CPU memory or GPU memory. You can only store so much "detail" at the various detail levels in the different stages of memory. As soon as it has to dynamically load an entire detailed world that doesn't include just 20 instanced models, but more like 10,000, than I'm sure it will run a lot slower.

However... I am excited for this. DDR3 is getting dirt cheap, if they could make a game that actually used all 8GB of my memory I'd be impressed.

more than 3 years ago
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At My Computer Desk, I Use...

Doppler00 Three displays (628 comments)

I'm surprised not very many people use 3 monitors. Maybe the barrier of having to install a 2nd video card is too difficult? I personally have a 3 monitor config at work and home. They really aren't too expensive anymore. It really does help with software development to have one monitor for administration (e-mail, web, calender), one for your IDE of choice, and another for the application your debugging.

more than 5 years ago
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Internet Archive Puts 1.6M E-Books On OLPC Laptops

Doppler00 Usability? (106 comments)

Yeah, that's cool you can say "it has 1,600,000 books" but how are they categorized? Is the interface for selecting and searching for books intuitive? If the laptops are targeted to a younger audience are the selected books at an appropriate reading level for the age? I mean, this is really only useful if they can create a really, really, good front end.

more than 5 years ago
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California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

Doppler00 Re:Idiots (339 comments)

SCART looks pretty advanced for it's time, it's like component video right? We're all using HDMI now though, or at least we should be. I would have hoped HDMI would have eliminated country specific standards.

more than 5 years ago
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California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

Doppler00 Re:If it's only a few bucks more, we win! (339 comments)

You'd probably only save about $15 in other states that don't have such high electricity costs. If the TV cost you $150 more, it would take 10 years to recoup that cost, by which time you'd probably already buy a new TV anyway.

more than 5 years ago
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California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

Doppler00 Re:Misses The Point (339 comments)

You're still assuming government regulation is more efficient than market rate. Sure a more efficient TV might save you money in electricity, but what if it costs $200 more up front? What if that's because it took $200 more electricity to manufacture? We would never know, because you can't micromanage industries like this. The only reason it would save energy in California is because they force production sources that are already too expensive to begin with. The main thing I hate about liberalism is that it assumes we are all stupid up front. Oh, you are too dumb to buy an energy efficient TV, so we'll make you!

more than 5 years ago
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California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

Doppler00 Re:Create More Hobs ??? (339 comments)

The flat-line of per capita electricity consumption is proabably because all the energy intensive industries have moved out of state and out of country along with the jobs. But if you want to promote California's technological backwardness in regards to energy production go right ahead.

more than 5 years ago
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Platform Independent C++ OS Library?

Doppler00 Re:Cygwin or UWIN (310 comments)

Cygwin is a huge pain. Yeah, it sort of gives you a POSIX environment, but good luck getting anything to actually compile under it without hours of frustration.

more than 5 years ago
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Platform Independent C++ OS Library?

Doppler00 Re:Qt (310 comments)

Qt is okay for networking applications, but in my experience Boost has much, much better performance, not to mention better support for things like multicast without creating some hacks. Qt ends up using a lot of Qt specific classes internally to create buffers and network functions, so it ends up being slower than Boost which seems to act more as a wrapper than anything.

more than 5 years ago
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An Electron Microscope For Your Home?

Doppler00 Re:Bashing for the sake of Bashing... (125 comments)

This is an electron scanning microscope, not a toaster. Why would you use some proprietary OS on an embedded system? Even a lot of new oscilloscopes are running Windows now and work quite well. Good luck getting all your proprietary commercial scientific libraries to compile on some random dedicated operating system in flash memory.

more than 5 years ago
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An Electron Microscope For Your Home?

Doppler00 Re:Using XP is not that bad... (125 comments)

I get pretty upset at work when people save freaking .BMP files onto FLOPPY disks from oscilloscopes. Two formats that should be dead dead dead by now. PNG please!

more than 5 years ago
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Software To Diagnose Faulty PC Hardware?

Doppler00 Re:Swap the damn hardware (274 comments)

I agree. When I build a new system I first:
memtest86+
cpu test with something like prime95
CPU+GPU test with prime95 and then another 3D game running in the background.

If it survives that last test, then it's good. I've found overheating of my system to be the main cause of crashes. I've actually had to underclock my RAM to get it stable. If something does fail, I swap that component or add more fans and try again.

more than 5 years ago
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"Windows 7 Compatible" PCs Must Be 64-bit

Doppler00 Re:Never did understand... (440 comments)

Applications limited to 2GB of RAM forever? No thanks.

How many people write drivers? And will this actually hurt hobbyists who want to write their own?

more than 5 years ago
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AMD's DX11 Radeons Can Drive Six 30" Displays

Doppler00 Re:damn! (439 comments)

Windows 7 it's even easier than that. You just click and drag the title bar towards the top of the screen you want it to maximize too. Or, you can click the maximize button, to maximize it to the monitor the window is currently on. This is coming from someone who uses 3 monitors.

more than 5 years ago
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Console Makers Scaling Back Their Push For HD

Doppler00 Re:dont need it (221 comments)

My point was, even back then there was a push to improve graphics quality. I don't see why that shouldn't change now.

more than 5 years ago
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Thieves Clear Out Apple Store In 31 Seconds

Doppler00 Re:On the bright side... (459 comments)

Would a company that big actually insure against theft loss from a single store? I would think it would be cheaper for them to insure themselves.

more than 5 years ago
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Console Makers Scaling Back Their Push For HD

Doppler00 Re:dont need it (221 comments)

That funny you mention that game, because it included an extra RAM module to upgrade the graphics quality. How many console games force you to install RAM before you play?

more than 5 years ago
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Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

Doppler00 Re:Features... (745 comments)

I'm having a hard time finding any new phones that support tethering. It's like they want the fact that the feature even existed to slowly disappear. It's one of the only reasons I stay with T-Mobile having their super cheap $20/month internet plan.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Bans Tethering App From Android Market

Doppler00 Re:T-Mobile does support tethering (361 comments)

I using tethering on my T-Mobile Wing when I need it. It's not very fast, in the bay area I at least get Edge speeds, but things like Youtube video and large downloads usually end up timing out.

I like the tethering option because it's unlimited internet on my phone and my laptop ($20/month). If I was with any other carrier, it would be a separate $60/month plan (yikes). And for occasional use, I don't need the speed.

My guess is that G3 networks are really not ready yet for the kind of use that laptop users want.

more than 5 years ago
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Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?

Doppler00 Re:How do raids perform? (480 comments)

RAID0 with MLC is nice. 0.1ms access time and 300Mbyte/sec read/write throughput. It's the access time I think you would worry about with compilers and lots of random reads.

more than 5 years ago

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Doppler00 Doppler00 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Funny, you make one post critisizing software pirates and slashdot bans your IP from posting messages:

Starting Score: 1 point Moderation +1 50% Insightful 20% Overrated 10% Flamebait Extra 'Insightful' Modifier 0 (Edit) Total Score: 2

And this wasn't even that bad considuring it's at least 50% insightful. I mean, a warning would be nice. The funny thing is, that my "karma" is still "Excellent" and I have even been given moderator points! This "timeout" doesn't even say when it ends. Quite silly if you asked me. Too many warez fans on slashdot perhaps? It's a shame that us slashdot users who actually write software for a living (instead of just consuming it) are looked down upon :(

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Doppler00 Doppler00 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I'm attempting to apply to grad school at U.C. Davis. Not sure exactly when I will be taking classes around my work schedule. Hopefully things turn out okay.

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Doppler00 Doppler00 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I guess I could sort of use this slashdot thing like a blog. I should really set up my own website again.

My next exciting project will be testing out a bluetooth headset. The Plantronics M3500. My goal is to use it both as a headset on my computer for voice conferencing, and also on my new cellphone, which I have yet to purchase. Can't wait to see how people respond when I'm just talking into this thing but they don't see a cellphone.

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Looking for a job

Doppler00 Doppler00 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm just testing out this journal feature on slashdot. It's pretty interesting. Although, I worry about this being a "permanent record"

I'm still unemployed, but I have an interview Monday. Hopefully that will turn out okay.

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