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With 8 Cards, Wolfenstein Ray Traced 7.7x Faster

nbehary Re:intel 3d (97 comments)

No, the voodoo 3 was both 2d/3d. It was the first of their cards that wasn't 3d only. (well, in the main line. I think there was a variant of 1 or 2 that was less powerful but also did 2d. Not sure about that though. )

more than 2 years ago

Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession

nbehary Re:Issue for me is pattern recognition. (204 comments)

Maybe. I'm not an expert, but I've been on and off SSRIs at times. My actual experience is that they help get me to normal, and they reduce the need for them. This doesn't work for everyone, but there is the idea out there that changing your mood will naturally change your natural brain Chemistry. It needs the meds and therapy together work, and has for me to a degree. (that doesn't always work for sure, people do need them forever, and in my case I've gone back and forth between needing them and not twice in the last 10 years). So, I guess yes, you can be dependent on them if that doesn't work, but they are probably harmless. (probably, screwing with brain chem is scary to me, despite taking them)

There are lots of things people need to take a pill for everyday.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview

nbehary Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (500 comments)

Did you try? I'm not saying I figured out the Reg Key to do it myself, but a quick Google search will tell you how to turn on the Win7 interface on the Developer Preview. There are even several tools that will switch it back and forth for you.

more than 2 years ago

VLC 2.0 'Twoflower' Released For Windows & Mac

nbehary Re:Still takes forever to "Rebuild the Font Cache" (299 comments)

It does happen. "Every time" or even frequently, I haven't seen. I get it about 2-3 times a year, it's a little annoying, but not a big deal.

more than 2 years ago

Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

nbehary Re:duh? (462 comments)

Duke 3D was not fully 3D. It was basically the same "2.5D" of other early FPS's. It was a very advanced 2.5D Engine, but it wasn't fully 3D.

more than 3 years ago

Upscaling Retro 8-Bit Pixel Art To Vector Graphics

nbehary Re:enhance (325 comments)

Didn't that use (poorly) digitized photos though? This doesn't do well with that sort of thing. It's a fun thought though.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

nbehary Re:Good riddance (585 comments)

You find different fun. And, really, having done both and grown older at the same time, both have an effect. I'm not married anymore, and I have custody of my kids. They are getting older, about to lose one to going off to college. If I had all the time in the world back to me, which I may in a few years, I don't see me doing what I did back in the day. Right now, once in a while (about 1/year) a game occupies me a lot for a while. I don't ever see going back to when it did all the time.

more than 3 years ago

NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government

nbehary Re:Oh? (267 comments)

Yes, they do. It's just almost always a given that they will get it. If Johnson hadn't dropped out of the 1968 race, it's very likely he would not have won the Democratic Nomination.

more than 3 years ago

Comcast Helps Fix Pirate Bay Connection Problems

nbehary Re:Hahaha have some crow (237 comments)

I saw quite a few people pointing out that there were problems with other ISPs without reading too far into the comments on the last story. And initially I, like others, had no doubt reading the summary that it was true. I was wrong, and stopped worrying about it.

more than 3 years ago

The Case Against GUIs, Revisited

nbehary Re:CLI is no longer essential (720 comments)

Did you read the article? (or course not.) It points out a very good example where having a CLI to do a job is vastly superior to a GUI. That's not always true, but there are plenty of examples. That said, I prefer the command line for anything, so I'm biased.

more than 3 years ago

Tolkien Estate Says No Historical Fiction For JRR

nbehary Re:70 years + is too damn much (337 comments)

One can't copyright one's existence, and thereby prevent, say, a biography, a news report, or tabloid coverage.

But what if you write an autobiography? Are you not then a character in your own book, making other biographies a derivative work?

No. I suppose maybe, if the other biographies were completely based off the autobiography. Even then though, it doesn't work. If they copy word for word it's a copyright violation. Being a non-fiction work, there's really no way to argue derivativeness. In fiction, you can run into using problems using characters and setting. Not in a biography.

It's like saying the first person to write about anything owns any right to write about it.

more than 3 years ago

Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

nbehary Re:that's not how copyright law works (724 comments)

You summed up my thoughts exactly. (but you worded it better on the post I didn't make)

This may not be illegal, but it's definitely questionable. "Settle with us, or we may sue you"....

more than 3 years ago

Which Language To Learn?

nbehary Re:Why be language specific? (897 comments)

But, they don't always arise out of a new way of *thinking*. I'd say more often than not they don't. Java, Ruby, C++...most popular object-oriented languages, came well after that new way of thinking was around. (C++ may not be a great example. It was kinda new then).

But still, a language is just syntax (plus quirks), Yes, you need to understand the paradigm too, but after that, what language matters very little.

more than 3 years ago

Linux 2.6.34 Released

nbehary Re:GPU switching (268 comments)

Not that I'm 100% sure, but in X everything displaying on the screen is a child process to the server in some way. It's probably not that simple since, thinking about it, remote apps would be completely different, but from experience they don't like losing their display. Regardless, it's probably very built into how X Window works, and was designed to. I'm not sure it could be fixed without going to something completely different, and that has yet to work out.

more than 4 years ago

Sid Meier and the 48-Hour Game

nbehary Re:Deadlines (58 comments)

Wish I had Mod points. Love that post. Hard to pick between Funny and Insightful. Made me laugh first, but after that it's the latter.

more than 4 years ago

Is OS/2 Coming Back?

nbehary Re:WPS (432 comments)

During, yes. But not at OS/2's release in 1987, which is what I was replying to. The few in your list that did exist I would question being "viable" as a desktop OS. At the time, anyway. And I say that w/o having used them back then, and all are UNIX or a clone, essentially. Since I run a Linux-based OS 90% of the time as my Desktop OS, I'm probably wrong about "2", not about there being more now though.

more than 4 years ago

Is OS/2 Coming Back?

nbehary Re:WPS (432 comments)

There were very few viable desktop operating systems back then to choose from.

You think there are more "viable" desktop operating systems available today than back when OS/2 was released?

Are you sure?

Per platform, I would say yes. Especially on the "PC". There was DOS and OS/2. There are way more than 2 "viable" desktop operating systems now. Necessarily popular, maybe not, but they are all there.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Bay Closure Sparked P2P Explosion

nbehary Re:anoNet (560 comments)

Did you read what you quoted?

I know nothing at all about Anonet at this point, but what they are saying is valid. It's not up to any ONE person, or a specific group to decide what people allow to be hosted using their machines. This is good, I think. Speaking for myself, I'm extremely open minded, and would not censor just about anything. Kiddie Porn would be a huge exception. Images of rape in general as well. But, ideas and opinions, no.

That's just me.

more than 4 years ago

Asimov Estate Authorizes New I, Robot Books

nbehary Re:If it worked for Jordan's family (426 comments)

The only difference is the books being released under Jordan's names were done using his notes, and by his wishes. These were books he would have wrote himself.

Which is why this is so wrong. Finishing the WoT posthumously was completely Jordon's wish. He planned for it. And, this is completely different. It's like Jordon had finished, then 40 years after he did, 17 years after his death, the estate decided to let someone add on to it.

I would love to have seen more stories in the WoT universe. Jordon hinted a while back he may have written some in the future. However, beyond finishing the "last" book, which so far is being done very well, I really don't want to see other author's touching it.

more than 4 years ago

B-2 Stealth Bomber Gets Upgrade, Joins the '90s

nbehary Re:JOVIAL code rewritten in C? (366 comments)

The Ada requirement was waivered out of existance nearly as soon as it was introduced. I've been a programmer in the AF for 11+ years and haven't touched Ada since Tech School back in '97. (I've spent the vast majority of my career programming in JOVIAL. We're upgrading to C++/JAVA sometime in the next decade....maybe. Been saying that for years.)

more than 6 years ago


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