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Real Name Roger Norris   
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Nickname The Pyro
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Description Software developer, long-time Blue's reader
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Signed On Jul 10, 2000, 20:19
Total Comments 302 (Amateur)
User ID 6134
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - PC Resident Evil 5
17. Re: Ships Ahoy - PC Resident Evil 5 Sep 16, 2009, 08:39 The Pyro
 
Those 3-D glasses from NVidia seem like rip-off to me. Shutter glasses have been on the market for years; I payed $70 for mine almost 5 years ago, and they worked extremely well with almost all the games I owned. Why does NVidia believe their glasses are worth $150?  
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News Comments > GPU Flocking Movie
10. Re: GPU AI Movie Sep 3, 2009, 23:09 The Pyro
 
It's impressive, but I wouldn't call it groundbreaking. I wrote a flocking demo a couple years ago that could handle 1000 bots at a decent framerate. The bots could avoid each other, fly in groups, etc... My demo, however, used octrees to reduce the number of computations needed.

From the video, it sounds like their demo uses brute force rather than octrees in order manage collisions between bots (they mentioned having 4 million collision tests per frame). If so, that much is extremely impressive. You definitely couldn't do that with a traditional CPU.

It's hard to tell whether their approach has significant technical drawbacks that weren't discussed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 13, 2009, 16:57 The Pyro
 
94 F, 97 F, 94 F, and 95 F

I don't know what you're complaining about... that's a bona-fide cold front here in Dallas! Temperatures of 100+ are not unusual in August (I believe we hit 107 recently, in fact).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. UPS Batteries Aug 1, 2009, 19:38 The Pyro
 
In all of the UPS's I've owned, the batteries never last much more than 2 years.  
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News Comments > StarCraft II LAN Dropped Due to Piracy
36. Re: StarCraft II LAN Dropped Due to Piracy Jun 30, 2009, 13:07 The Pyro
 
It's a shame that we won't be able to play Starcraft II at conventions such as QuakeCon, where outside bandwidth is limited or non-existent.

It's a shame that we won't be able to play Starcraft II from multiple computers on a shared Internet connection, since I doubt DSL is sufficient to handle more than one Battle.net connection at once.

I guess if I want to play SC2 with my friends then they'll all have to go home to use separate Internet connections instead of being in the same room
 
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News Comments > id on Engine Licensing
26. Re: id on Engine Licensing May 13, 2009, 13:17 The Pyro
 
id has done some fine work in the past, but their engines seem to lack versatility. I would guess that id is just not motivated to put forth the tedious effort required to make an engine as complete as the Unreal engine. Granted, I don't work in the industry, but my impression of id's engines has been that they focus on one or two gimmicks in each version, and everything else is done to the minimum level needed for whatever FPS they release as the tech demo.

Quake 1 Gimmick: Full 3D
Quake 2 Gimmick: 3D accelerator support
Quake 3 Gimmick: Shaders
Doom 3 Gimmick: Unified lighting
RAGE Gimmick: Megatexture

Although the engines perform flawlessly, they don't come across as complete solutions. Meanwhile the Unreal engine throws in everything *including* the kitchen sink.

Yeah, yeah, I'm probably over-simplifying things a bit... but that's my general impression of how things have developed.
 
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News Comments > New P.U.R.E.
4. Re: Spring Sep 22, 2008, 10:57 The Pyro
 
Isn't this basically another spring mod?

Essentially, yes. But the Spring developers are trying to draw a distinction between mods which are based off Total Annihiation content and mods which are completely independent of TA. Thus they use the term "mod" to only refer to packages containing TA-ish gameplay. Everything else is referred to as a "game" rather than a mod.


 
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News Comments > CPL Closes
20. Re: No subject Mar 14, 2008, 17:23 The Pyro
 
But instead the cable they gave back was less than they were given so they supposedly had to pay for the yardage that was lost.

Surely that's not a big issue. Ethernet cable is dirt, dirt cheap compared to other costs of running a big gaming event. If you're buying cable in bulk then you'd be foolish to pay more than a fraction of a dollar per foot. The last time I bought cable I paid $6 for 25 feet, and that's not even bulk.

Staff, electricity, renting a venue, prize money - all of those items should easily dwarf the cost of ethernet cables.


 
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News Comments > John Carmack on Graphics Tech
13. Wow, that's a lot of work Mar 12, 2008, 16:24 The Pyro
 
Switching from a traditional rasterization approach to something voxel-based just sounds horribly work-intensive. So many of the development tools would need to be rewritten... and I can't imagine how content creation would work.

Although I guess you could create content in a traditional manner and then run the high-poly models through some sort of converter... just sounds kinda nuts, though!

Good luck with all that. I'd love to see a demo... but I'm not holding my breath.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Right Brain v Left Brain Oct 18, 2007, 11:49 The Pyro
 
Did they get the article backwards? I know for a fact that I'm an extremely left-brained person, yet I see the movement as clockwise. I haven't been able to switch directions yet.

 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Shipping costs Aug 17, 2007, 09:59 The Pyro
 
The Pentagon got scammed because of automated bill payment. Nobody was even looking at those invoices. That's exactly why I refuse to do automated bill payment at home... Hopefully by looking at the bills every month I have an extra layer of protection against fraud. People taking stuff out of my bank account automatically just scares me.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Wing Commander Jul 26, 2007, 16:12 The Pyro
 
If you liked Wing Commander, have you tried Freespace 2? I'd vote it as the best space combat sim of all time. With all the fan-made improvements to graphics and such it still looks quite modern.


 
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News Comments > Supreme Commander Demo Tomorrow
26. And if it happens to suck... Feb 6, 2007, 11:10 The Pyro
 
...you can always come play Spring ( http://spring.clan-sy.com/ ), which is free and has many of the same features.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: No subject Oct 13, 2006, 13:42 The Pyro
 
Nitrogen Triiodide! That brings back memories...

I remember in my old BBS days there was this text file floating around, called The Terrorist's Handbook, which explained how to make Nitrogen Triiodide and all kinds of other fun toys. Or was it The Anarchist's Cookbook? Oh well, doesn't really matter.

In any case... kids, don't try this at home.


 
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News Comments > Into the Black
4. Re: Samorost 2 Dec 9, 2005, 09:55 The Pyro
 
FYI, it's spelled "caveat" Latin isn't THAT dead.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Harry Potter Nov 29, 2005, 15:53 The Pyro
 
Still, it's interesting why these people think the Narnia story is ok, while HP is not. I mean, it obviously can't be the presence of magic in itself.

You are correct - it's not the presense of magic in itself which bothers some Christians. It's the promotion of witchcraft. Even though, for the most part, the "witches" and "wizards" in Harry Potter bear very little resemblence to the real thing, the books have created a strong interest in Wicca/witchcraft among young children, and it has been documented that the number of young people experimenting with Wicca has exploded since the Harry Potter books were released.

Meanwhile, although Narnia is full of magic, the only witches (witch?) are obviously villains. And, as another poster already mentioned, the Narnia stories are full of Christian allegory.

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For example, Aslan, being innocent, allows himself to be sacrificed by the White Witch, taking the place of another guilty character. Aslan is then resurrected because of his innocence. This mirrors the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the fact that Jesus died for the sins of others.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Ah, thermite Nov 29, 2005, 10:27 The Pyro
 
I remember trying in vain to make the stuff as a middle-school kid, eager to destroy things in a spectacular fashion. Glad to see that somebody can get it to work


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Wow Oct 13, 2005, 10:55 The Pyro
 
Good luck putting 16 kids through college.
16 x 20k per year x 4 years = $1,280,000

('Course with that many kids, you're sure to get some scholarships)

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Quicksand is still deadly Sep 29, 2005, 16:29 The Pyro
 
Don't be so quick to jump into quicksand; while it may be true that you won't sink in all the way, I am still aware of cases where people have been killed by quicksand (or similar). It happens along coastlines; people get stuck in the quicksand and then drown when the tide comes in.

 
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News Comments > Starships Unlimited III Announced
7. Re: Stars! Aug 31, 2005, 00:41 The Pyro
 
I played around with Stars! once, but I'm still hooked on VGA Planets, which I believe predated Stars! by a bit. First played it on a BBS back in '94, I think... yikes! I'm getting old.


 
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