Sunday, March 17
- A nice Sunday gallery of classic computer photos. (Pingdom)
Seriously old-school and well worth a look.
- TCL is working on a combined QD (quantum dot) / OLED display that can be printed out using an inkjet printer. (OLED-info)
They have already shown off prototype printed displays, so this one might be real and spectacular.
- Teach yourself programming in 10 years.
Sounds about right.
- More information about the site blockings in New Zealand following the anti-Muslim terrorist attack. (Bleeping Computer)
It's not a good article - I'll see if I can find something better - but it does present the basic facts and includes some links and tweets for further information.
Another article I found is biased in the other direction. (One Angry Gamer)
If you read alternate paragraphs from each that may present some balance. Or give you indigestion. Possibly both.
- Crytek has showed off real-time ray tracing running on previous generation graphics cards. (Tom's Hardware)
I'm sure they're cheating, the entire point of graphics programming is knowing when you can get away with that. If it looks the same as ray tracing but takes 1/5th the processing power, you might as well call it ray tracing.
Social Media News
- The Intercept, a "billionaire-funded public charity" posing as a news organisation, has laid off 4% of its staff. (CJR)
"I am sickened" said CommentBot 1404, a.k.a. Laura Poitras, "the beeping heart of the newsroom has been torn out". She then leaked a small amount of oil.
- Don't pour cold water into hot glass cookware you idiots. (Gizmodo)
My mother had that lesson drummed into me by the time I was ten.
Dirty Pair Music Video of the Day
I've finished watching Dirty Pair TV all the way through for the first time, and while I certainly enjoyed it I can see why the OVAs got a prompt release in the West back in the day but the TV series took a couple of decades. The stories are mostly a lot simpler and the animation budget is clearly meagre. There's some great background art, but lots of panning shots because they need to make the most of it.
As it progresses the writing gets stronger and the animation improves, and the balance between action and comedy also improves. If you've seen scenes in AMVs where Kei flashes the guards to distract them, or the girls are dressed up as theme park mascots, those both come from episode 26, which was a great ending.
The first OVA, though, really kicks things into gear. For anyone not a completist, I'd recommend just the movies and then the OVAs. There's no origin episode - in TV episode 1 they're established 3WA trouble consultants - so starting a bit later doesn't leave you adrift.
They aren't kidding about that. Years ago I accidentally knocked a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup off my counter and it hit the floor. The mess was quite spectacular and spread very far, mostly with pieces rice-grain sized or smaller. Fortunately I was wearing sneakers or getting out of that mess would likely have involved a trip to the hospital. I still find the occasional tiny glass shard around my kitchen.
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(the set they bought me is prone to chipping, and of course was promptly discontinued by the manufacturer, so someday I may end up back on the Corelle...)
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