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Valve Hands Over Its Own Movie-Making Tools To Gamers

TarMil Re:Valve oh how I love you (68 comments)

If it's only if they include any Valve assets, then the restriction has nothing to do with the tool, it's just that the assets are copyrighted.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Granted Broad Patent On Wedge-Shaped Laptops

TarMil Re:Free rider problem solved? (326 comments)

We're talking about technology, why are you talking about art?

more than 2 years ago

Demoscene: 64k Intros At Revision Demoparty

TarMil Re:Damn you kids, get off my lawn. (207 comments)

The closest I know of is the 4k demo Elevated by RGBA and TBC. Everything except audio is done by shaders on the graphics card. Even the camera movements are done there (as the cpu don't even know how the terrain looks).

Actually, most current 4ks work that way. Rendering is done by just drawing a quad the size of the screen and doing all the work in the shader. The most common use is to draw fractal shapes that would take way too many vertices if rendered classically (an example from Revision: Hartverdrahtet).

more than 2 years ago

Mobile Operators: Creating Artificial Demand For Capacity?

TarMil Re:I see no future in Wireless internet (268 comments)

This might have come as a sincere argument if not for the ad in your signature...

more than 2 years ago

Why New Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail

TarMil Re:There is no magic formula. (274 comments)

Scala has so many ideas and paradigms that you can't say it's based on any specific language. It borrows from a lot of languages.

about 2 years ago

The Laser Unprinter

TarMil Re:Even more efficient (168 comments)

Which is why both parties receive a copy of the contract...

more than 2 years ago

Pi Day Is Coming — But Tau Day Is Better

TarMil Re:Breaking derivatives (241 comments)

What the fail? Using tau wouldn't change anything to the properties of cos and sin.

cos x and sin x are defined as the abscissa and ordinate of the point on the unit circle associated with an arc of length x. How does the name of a constant change anything to this definition?

more than 2 years ago

Growth of Pseudoscience Harming Australian Universities

TarMil Re:Using what works (566 comments)

Well there's this bit from Tim Minchin's storm - "Do you know how they call alternative medicine that has been proven to work? Medicine."

more than 2 years ago

Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

TarMil Re:"Not a major overhaul"? (305 comments)

If your point is that C++11 arrives late, well, I think everyone knows that. But it's still much better than the previous standard.

more than 2 years ago

India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

TarMil Re:bad mistake, ask the argentinians. (600 comments)

Yeah, and the US totally never sold weapons to someone and then fight against them. Ask Saddam.

more than 2 years ago

India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France

TarMil Re:News for american weapon dealers? (600 comments)

Its on the front page because any news that makes America looks bad or even offers an opportunity for good USA bashing gets posted.

And yet the comments are all about France bashing and how India should have bought F-35s.

more than 2 years ago

Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

TarMil Re:And next we'll hear... (1367 comments)

The fact that water is not a pollutant.

Beware of dihydrogen monoxyde though.

more than 2 years ago

Startup Combines CPU and DRAM

TarMil Re:Don't count this out yet (211 comments)

Or maybe, I should say, floating point, as I have seen it implemented up to this point.

If you define numbers differently, you can't call them "floating" anymore. Integer base + exponent is the very definition of "floating point".

more than 2 years ago

Y Combinator Wants To Kill Hollywood

TarMil Re:Retries destroy the pacing (424 comments)

D'uh. Of course video games don't work like cinema. If they did, we would call them cinema.

more than 2 years ago

Pouring Water Into a Volcano To Generate Power

TarMil Re:stop messing with nature! (321 comments)

I think the only nice power-related invention humans made (that seems to be harmless) is solar power.

Yes! Let's cover miles and miles of land with solar panels, that's totally not messing with nature!

more than 2 years ago

2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C

TarMil It's the conjuncture (356 comments)

With all these countries losing their subjective AAAs, it's quite logical that the objective C gains interest.

more than 2 years ago

Virginia May Help People Pay For Space Burials

TarMil Re:No please. (145 comments)

And how exactly does this make them not space junk?

more than 2 years ago


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