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October 29, 2005
[OT] Roll your own
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!
October 29, 2005
Re: [OT] Roll your own
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
Re: [OT] Roll your own
In article <43636E1E.7040909@nospam.org>, Georg Wrede says...
>
>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
Re: [OT] Roll your own
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

-- 
Bruno Medeiros - CS/E student
"Certain aspects of D are a pathway to many abilities some consider to 
be... unnatural."
October 29, 2005
Re: [OT] Roll your own
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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