* Posts by Roxor

7 posts • joined 16 Mar 2019

BOFH: Judge us not by the size of our database, but the size of our augmented reality


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.

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields


This one had me giving a laugh fitting for a super villain. Well done, Simon!

Tyan's early hardware for Nvidia's shiny new EGX platform is *ta-da* a bargain-basement server


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: Multivac

Probably the best of Asimov's Multivac stories is The Last Question, where Multivac and its descendants are repeatedly asked how to reverse entropy.

It's a fullblown Crysis: Gamers press pause on PC purchases, shipments freeze


Re: Mature Product

Why not game on your Linux workstation? Plenty of games on Steam have native Linux versions and a large chunk of the rest work just fine with Valve's Proton distribution of WINE.

Out of Steam? Wine draining away? Ubuntu's 64-bit-only x86 decision is causing migraines


So, does this mean there's no Linux equivalent to Microsoft's WOW64?

Forgive my ignorance. I only moved to Linux a few months ago.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


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.


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