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Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

tbcpp Still wouldn't matter...Luke 16:19 (1270 comments)

From the Bible itself: Luke:16:30-31 "'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "
People believe what they want to believe. Just because you said you went back and saw Jesus raised or not raised from the dead...would it really convince anyone at all?

more than 3 years ago

OnLive CEO On Post-Launch Status, Game Licenses

tbcpp Re:Is it just me? (121 comments)

Have you actually used the service? I tried it out (I'm a founding member whoop-dee-doo). And it's exactly the opposite of what you state about World-of-Goo. I found UT3 perfectly playable, with very little noticeable lag. In fact on my second Team death match, I ranked at the top of the list for kills. It's about the same sort of lag I'd expect from using the average bluetooth mouse. World of Goo (and other 2d games) on the other hand was unplayable, the mouse lags so much that it's almost unplayable. So yeah...I'd say your general statement was false. Yes, Latency is an issue, and yes, the video quality is bad. But the heavy 3d games run waaaay better than the lighter 2d games.

more than 3 years ago

Blender 2.49 Scripting

tbcpp Re:Blender 2.49 still very much alive (51 comments)

There's been talks about that, but one of the big issues is that the language then becomes non-standardized. So if you give me a script, I'll have to install whatever language binding you used, plus any libraries and modules for that language as well. That doesn't sound fun.

more than 4 years ago

Lego Robot Solves Bigger and Harder Rubik's Cubes

tbcpp That's what... (63 comments)

"wrote us an email to brag about its puzzle-solving might"
That's what she said!! (

more than 4 years ago

Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

tbcpp It's too late... (1204 comments)

...the photos/specs are already on the web. They can't stop the signal, Mal.

more than 4 years ago

Are Consoles Holding Back PC Gaming?

tbcpp Re:MMOGs are Holding Back PC Games (518 comments)

Well the real reason Titan Quest failed, was it had some major flaws IMO. Inventory management was worthless, the system requirements (at the time) were rather steep, and every review of it I saw gave it about 7.5 out of 10. So yeah, it sounds like the developers were looking for excuses.

more than 4 years ago

I keep track of my passwords ...

tbcpp Re:Combo + Security Questions (414 comments)

I'm a member of a family who's family includes members with the last name of Crook. I have fond memories of hearing this on the phone growing up... "My mother's maiden name? Well my mother was a Crook!"

more than 4 years ago

Revisiting the "Holy Trinity" of MMORPG Classes

tbcpp We need more Mesmers (362 comments)

One of my favorite classes is the Mesmer from Guild Wars... practically useless on their own, they have an awesome array of spells for invalidating the other side's strengths. For instance, their skills can cause a target to take damage whenever it attacks. They can move debuffs from friendlies and place them on enemies. And one of my favorite spells removes a hex from a target and allows you to re-cast that hex onto any other opponent. This is what we need more of in RPGs...highly specialized classes that open up new tactics in combat.

more than 4 years ago

CCP Announces Console MMO Tie-In To the EVE Universe

tbcpp Re:I've recently started playing EVE (89 comments)

See that's your problem, you wanted to join a really want to join a Corp in EVE. Seriously though, EVE is a PVP game...nothing else

about 5 years ago

"Live Expansion" Announced for Warhammer Online

tbcpp Re:Loving this game... (170 comments)

I have to agree with the parent. I got this game about two weeks ago. So far, my wife and I have hit lvl16 (out of 40 lvls) and we've only been playing for a hour a day. Very casual oriented. I have a level 64 pally in WoW, and the leveling rate is so insanely slow we just gave up. You can't do PvP or even run raids in WoW until you hit 80 these days since getting 25 people in the lvl 64 range is next to impossible. In War, the RvR battles are everywhere, and you can actually help out as a lvl 16. I will be playing war for a long time....

more than 5 years ago

Trick or Treatment

tbcpp Baby and the Bathwater (713 comments)

I think it's important not to throw the baby out with the bath water. I come from a vegan family (health reasons) and I have to say, chiropractors, and alternative medicine does work. Sure some of it is just a crock, but not all of it.

Two examples: my mother was told by the doctors that her thyroid deficiency was untreatable and that she would need supplements for the rest of her life. A local alternative medicine doctor claimed otherwise, he explained that back in the 60's chickens were fed with chemicals that were not safe for humans. Humans ate these chickens and that was what had caused her thyroid to start malfunctioning. He treated her, and she hasn't needed the supplements for several years now.

More recently, I have had serious eye/head pain. The eye doctors didn't know what it was. Out of a whim I visited a chiropractor, and a day later I was totally fine. And that was after living off of pain killers for an entire week.

So yes, this stuff works. Nothing is a cure all, and there's just as much snake oil as there ever was. But I have been cured more times by alternative medicine than I ever have been by doctors.

more than 5 years ago

SOE Allows Purchase of In-Game Items In Everquest I, II

tbcpp Re:These people deserved to be crushed by WoW (173 comments)

I had a character at 34 before starting back at 1 with my wife via recruit-a-friend. It really doesn't change allot of the gameplay. You don't have to quest as much...that's about it. Infact you level so much that most of the time you're flat broke just from the cost of skills/armor. But it all goes away at lvl 60, so you still have 20 levels at the normal pace to go.

more than 5 years ago

Against Unknown Viruses, Avira AntiVir the Winner For Now

tbcpp Re:Unknown? (170 comments)

+1 for NOD32 it rocks

more than 5 years ago



OpenGL 4.0 Spec Released

tbcpp tbcpp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tbcpp (797625) writes "The Khronos Group has announced the release of the OpenGL® 4.0 specification. Among the new features: two new shader stages that enable the GPU to offload geometry tessellation from the CPU; per-sample fragment shaders and programmable fragment shader input positions; drawing of data generated by OpenGL, or external APIs such as OpenCL, without CPU intervention; shader subroutines for significantly increased programming flexibility; 64-bit double precision floating point shader operations and inputs/outputs for increased rendering accuracy and quality. Khronos has also released an OpenGL 3.3 specification, together with a set of ARB extensions, to enable as much OpenGL 4.0 functionality as possible on previous generation GPU hardware."
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Blender 2.48 Released

tbcpp tbcpp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tbcpp (797625) writes "Blender 2.48 includes all the work done on the Blender Game Engine and the Apricot Open Game "Yo Frankie!", with much better functioning game logic editing, character animation, and Blender Material based real-time shaders. And as last minute surprise a Bullet physics update with Softbody support. Also included ia a lot of new development in this release; Windows 64 bits support, Grease Pencil for sketching annotations, Sun/Sky/Atmosphere rendering, new modifiers, and an improved text editor with Python API support. And last but not least, an enormous list of open bug reports were handled. A feature list is available here."
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AMD to Open R500 Specs

tbcpp tbcpp writes  |  about 7 years ago

tbcpp writes "A quick report from the kernel summit: AMD's representative at the summit has announced that the company has made a decision to enable the development of open source drivers for all of its (ATI) graphics processors from the R500 going forward. There will be specifications available and a skeleton driver as well; a free 2D driver is anticipated by the end of the year. The rest will have to be written; freeing of the existing binary-only driver is not in the cards, and "that is better for everybody." Things are looking good on this front. More in the kernel summit report to come."

tbcpp tbcpp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tbcpp (797625) writes "Since the open sourcing of the code several years ago Blender's development has grown by leaps and bounds but no single release can compare with the plethora of features that version 2.43 contains. This release could be nicked the "Multi" version; with multi-resolution Meshes, multi-level UV, multi-layer images, and multi-pass rendering, to name some highlights. Much appreciated are the new Mesh Sculpt and Retopo painting tools. Other features include, fluid particles, render baking, composite defocus blur, to name a few. Artists using cvs versions have already created amazing models. Seven months of development time have resulted in a giant list of features & improvement & fixes.

As always, this release is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris."


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