At the mention of a robot, I expected the PFY to back away having flashbacks of the exchange with the robotics company. Really wasn't expecting the even older battle-bot to make a reappearance. Can't object to its usage, though. Then again, probably the only people who would are the type who would need it sent after them.
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Re: How much RAM!
I have vague memories of someone doing a ray-traced version of Star Trek Voyager Elite Force years ago. That's a Quake 3 engine game, and they certainly had it at playable frame-rates on just the CPU. No fancy hardware, just a regular desktop.
Ah, here we go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbQ47dKHHI8
That was from June of 2008.
An earlier video from the same project in August of 2007: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUsaNfmZ3CU
This one shows it managing around 10fps and the video description listing system specs as an Athlon X2 3800+, which is comparable to what I was using at the time.
At first on seeing the 1.5MRay/s statistic, I thought it was using some adaptive sampling technique, but some quick number crunching says nope. That figure fits tracing every pixel of its 426*350 resolution frame at 10fps, given that early version is stated to lack shadows, and would thus only be tracing camera rays.
That this AI can simulate universes in 30ms is not the scary part. It's that its creators don't know why it works so well
Re: In defence of the guacamole-eaters...
There's an add-on for Firefox called Firefox CSS which can get you shaded tabs again. It's not in the official Add-ons database and needs to be downloaded from GitHub, but it works.
Oh, and guess where you put its files? The "chrome" subdirectory under your profile.