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1977 Star Wars Computer Graphics

Franklin Brauner Re:Dials for manipulating 3D objects (271 comments)

You could buy a vintage Battlezone, the first FPS, designed in 1979 by Ed Rotberg for Atari. It's an elegant design. No dials, but the control schema of the sticks are beautiful to behold. Most of the XY technology used in those early Atari vector machines are nearly identical to the tech described in this video. The math required for real time manipulation of XY displays is far simpler than what Jim Blinn was doing around the same time. He was a wizard for sure.

more than 4 years ago

News Content As a Resource, Not a Final Product

Franklin Brauner Great (156 comments)

If the choice is to charge us appropriately for the medium, believe me, they will!

about 5 years ago

Garlic Farmer Wards Off High-Speed Internet

Franklin Brauner Navy Pave Paws system (475 comments)

My understanding is that government guidelines that define a "safe" waveform are produced by averaging the width & height of said waveform. Some systems, like Doppler radar or the Navy's Pave Paws system have been cited as possible causes of Ewings Sarcoma. The high & narrow spike waveforms produced by these systems meet government defined safety averages for permissible exposure limits, but only at a defined distance from the array. Litigation has been successful in removing the Pave Paws system from communities -- despite the Navy insisting that their system is "safe" (as long as you keep a safe distance from the array). What surprises me are the snarky comments made here that completely dismiss the possibility of harmful exposure -- or at least dismiss the possibility that this guy is simply doesn't want a large microwave producing device right next to him and his family, and is smartly using the organic excuse as a legal reason to keep it off his farm.

about 5 years ago

A Look Back At Star Raiders

Franklin Brauner Star Raiders was Atari's killer app (104 comments)

Star Raiders was the reason I purchased an Atari 800 computer over an Apple ][. It was a magnificent game -- especially coming in the wake of the original Battlestar Galactica & first Star Wars. Star Raiders came bundled, and was a huge attraction to the systems. It showed how expansive feeling a game could be. I still play the game to this day (my Atari 800, btw, still boots up as if it were the 80's -- talk about rugged design!).

about 5 years ago

Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars

Franklin Brauner Hidden costs of a one way trip (917 comments)

A one-way trip would presume the need to send along the materials required for subsisting on Mars and maintaining a foot hold. Anything less would be a denial of the spirit of exploration that has come to define the better virtues of humanity.

about 5 years ago

FBI Investigating Mystery Laptops Sent to US Governors

Franklin Brauner Re:That might not be safe enough (329 comments)

Why would they target state governors' offices? Well, they'd presumably be easier to pwn than, say, the Department of Defence or the CIA, and a good starting point for setting up pieces.

Worse still is the possibility that this wasn't a just starting point, but mid-to-late in the distribution scheme. I imagine I would begin with corporate contractors and end up with government itself.

about 5 years ago

"District 9" Best Sci-fi Movie of 09?

Franklin Brauner Half Life 2 (705 comments)

Is it just me (and forgive me if I haven't read all of the 400 comments on this post), or is this movie an unauthorized adaptation of Half Life 2?

more than 5 years ago

Windows Drains MacBook's Battery; Who's To Blame?

Franklin Brauner Windows as a MalOS? (396 comments)

Considering the latest story on Bing's biased search results, I wonder if it's possible that M$ would hardwire Windows to drain Mac batteries faster. The ultimate Malware -- a MalOS?

more than 5 years ago

Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie

Franklin Brauner Re:spiderman 3 (298 comments)

Apparently you didn't see Drag Me To Hell, where Raimi did go back to his roots -- and with great success. It's an awesome movie.

more than 5 years ago

Sam Raimi To Direct World of Warcraft Movie

Franklin Brauner Re:... Film from a game... (Silent Hill) (298 comments)

I too liked the Silent Hill movie. I found it captured the look and feel of the game, and enjoyed that they weren't so bound by canon in the adaptation. I've never felt like I was so trapped in a fever dream before in a movie. It was like a European art film masquerading as a Hollywood movie -- maybe that's why it worked for me.

more than 5 years ago

Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

Franklin Brauner As they say... (849 comments)

Better to have one and not need it, than to need one and not have it.

more than 5 years ago

15-Year-Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System

Franklin Brauner Re:"Play pump" (230 comments)

How much would like to wager that eventually there's a mule (or ox, or something) hooked up to that thing? (It's cool regardless.)

more than 5 years ago

Periodic Table Gets a New, Unnamed Element

Franklin Brauner Cardboardium. (461 comments)

The most useful element.

more than 5 years ago

The Perils of DRM — When Content Providers Die

Franklin Brauner Boo Hoo! (275 comments)

Why is this effectively any different than the guy who can't watch his RCA Selectavision discs because no one manufactures the player anymore? Hello?! It's dead tech. You lose for making a bad bet. Buy a set of patch cables and port your crap over to your new system and suck up the generational loss like we ALL had to before the digital age. Or, buy new stuff from a more reliable vendor. Now, excuse me while I go listen to my 8-track!

more than 5 years ago

What To Do With 78 USB Drives Next Christmas?

Franklin Brauner Isn't it obvious? (381 comments)

Load them with porn.

more than 5 years ago

Time To Cut the Ethernet Cable?

Franklin Brauner One word: (496 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Windows 7's Virtual XP Mode a Support Nightmare?

Franklin Brauner Pardon me... (413 comments)

...but didn't Apple successfully pull this off twice?

more than 5 years ago

Voting Machines and 'Calibration Drift'

Franklin Brauner Re:Calibrate Per Use? (217 comments)

And for even greater reliability, the Pen.

more than 5 years ago

EA Releases DRM License Deactivation Tool

Franklin Brauner What about a Mac version? (226 comments)

I mean, not seriously, but what about it?

more than 5 years ago


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