October 29, 2005
Linus Torvalds created a new operating system.

Now the Finns have done it again: they've made a world class science fiction movie, entirely "at home".

I just downloaded it (legally) and watched the movie, and I'd have no way of knowing it's not a $500M big-budget George Lucas production.

It took a half-dozen activists, a couple of hundred unemployed hang-arounds, 7 years, and five thousand dollars. (That's a five, and three zeros -- not six or eight.)

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FROM THIS DAY ON, if you don't die either rich or famous, it's your own fault. All one needs is imagination and determination.

The guys at Industrial Light and Magic might want to look towards the end of the faq (http://www-us.starwreck.com/faq.php) to see what kind of iron was needed to start ILM stall into bankruptcy. And anyone else should sell their motion picture industry shares like yesterday.

Sheesh!
October 29, 2005
Georg Wrede wrote:
> I just downloaded it (legally) and watched the movie, and I'd have no way of knowing it's not a $500M big-budget George Lucas production.

Maybe it's just because you don't speak Finnish (I presume), but I, at least, can tell fairly easily that the actors aren't professional actors, mostly just geeks and random dudes. The only two exceptions, if I remember correctly, are the guy that played Karigrandi / Garybrandy and the Russian president.

In fact, I completely disagree: I can easily tell that it's far _better_ than a $500M big-budget George Lucas production. ;-)

Everybody go download it at http://www.starwreck.com/download.php
October 29, 2005
In article <43636E1E.7040909@nospam.org>, Georg Wrede says...
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>The guys at Industrial Light and Magic might want to look towards the end of the faq (http://www-us.starwreck.com/faq.php) to see what kind of iron was needed to start ILM stall into bankruptcy. And anyone else should sell their motion picture industry shares like yesterday.

For CGI, the turning point was around 8 years ago at SIGGRAPH.  At the time, NVidia was saying that they would be able to do near photorealistic realtime scene generation on the PC within something like five years (this is all from memory, so the details are a bit fuzzy).  The chief architect at SGI basically laughed at them.  The next year, NVidia gave a presentation on how to use their GPU hardware to do just that.  Since then, well... you can see what happened :) According to a friend I have at ILM, nearly their entire render farm consists of PCs these days.

For me, the most exciting thing that's happened in this realm recently is PCI express, as unlike AGP, the bus is equally fast in both directions.  ILM is using this to tremendous advantage for rendering, as now the GPU can be used in ways it never was before.  Though personally, I'm waiting for APIs to be released which allow it to be used for more general purpose work.  Why do brute force decryption with only the CPU when you have an incredibly powerful parallel machine sitting on a high-speed bus just begging to be used?  The same holds for any high-end number crunching for that matter.  Unless the graphics card is busy with scene rendering, I see little point to use only SSE for this sort of thing any more.


Sean


October 29, 2005
Georg Wrede wrote:
> Linus Torvalds created a new operating system.
> 
> Now the Finns have done it again: they've made a world class science fiction movie, entirely "at home".
> 
> I just downloaded it (legally) and watched the movie, and I'd have no way of knowing it's not a $500M big-budget George Lucas production.
> 
> It took a half-dozen activists, a couple of hundred unemployed hang-arounds, 7 years, and five thousand dollars. (That's a five, and three zeros -- not six or eight.)
> 
> ----
> 
> FROM THIS DAY ON, if you don't die either rich or famous, it's your own fault. All one needs is imagination and determination.
> 
> The guys at Industrial Light and Magic might want to look towards the end of the faq (http://www-us.starwreck.com/faq.php) to see what kind of iron was needed to start ILM stall into bankruptcy. And anyone else should sell their motion picture industry shares like yesterday.
> 
> Sheesh!

- Fuuukoooovv!!!!!!
- Nomite ?!? [What ?!?]

:D

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October 29, 2005
Sean Kelly wrote:

> ways it never was before.  Though personally, I'm waiting for APIs to be
> released which allow it to be used for more general purpose work.  Why do brute
> force decryption with only the CPU when you have an incredibly powerful parallel
> machine sitting on a high-speed bus just begging to be used?  The same holds for
> any high-end number crunching for that matter.  Unless the graphics card is busy
> with scene rendering, I see little point to use only SSE for this sort of thing
> any more.

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