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1  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: 3D Game development laptop - any advice? on: 2004-06-07 10:31:56
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hehehe I commented on that to the guy - he doesn't think they ever will.  It's a bit funny having such a huge button...

But, it is fully featured - "Ctrl+Click" = "Right-Click", just an extra button press.

Dunno how to get the middle mouse button though...

Will.


When using the trackpad, it really isn't as bad as people make it out to be Smiley
I do find the Apple bluetooth mouse to be slightly annoying with only one button, but that will pass
2  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: help: Dedicated server hosting - esp Zope on: 2004-06-04 05:58:37
I have a dedicated server with Servermatrix since october and I couldn't be happier.
Service has always been swift and accurate for me (ok, there was one incident with reverse DNS, but that's about it)

My total downtime has been about 5 minutes ever since I got started there.

If you got any questions about them, feel free to ask me (or better yet, use their forums...the people are helpful)

And yes, Servermatrix is the "budget" segment of Theplanet.
But don't let the budget part scare you off...it really is good.

EDIT: I have heard only 2 complaints about speed so far, both could be traced back to a odd connection or a temporary problem with one of the pipelines.
I'm transatlantic and get solid 125 ms pings and 250 kb/s downloads (my ADSL max)
3  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: dual core processors on: 2004-06-04 05:54:52
Odd to see people complaining abouy Hyperthreading.
My Desktop has it for about a year and it has never crashed or behaved in an otherwise erratic way.

On the other hand, I did not notice any benefits on Windows either (Linux 2.6 is suposed to be really good, haven't given it a spin yet)

About Dual cores...if you have followed the CPU news a bit lately, you probably heard that Intel is abbandoning it's Netburst architecture.
The Tejas (next P4 like core) has been canceled in favour of upgrading the current Dothan cores.

Dothans are a real piece of work, extremely high performance on a low power useage and low heat profile.
It would make sense to extend this technology a bit and make a dual core design.
Since the smaller production processes seem to have a lot of problems associated with them, we may be forced to accept more dual core hardware (and even multicores are a option for the future)

From what I read, Intel will start producing multicores in 2005, but I will see it when it happens
4  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: 3D Game development laptop - any advice? on: 2004-06-04 05:46:05
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Come on go with one of these, you know you want to Smiley


I just got the 17 inch one last week.
Trust me, this baby purrs...

Java runs like a dream and this thing can even meet Halo with little trouble (does get a bit hot though  Grin)
5  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: NetBeans 3.6 Released on: 2004-04-19 05:57:47
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But can't I also develop plugins to Eclipse? I thought plugins in Eclipse were doing the same thing as a modulo in NetBeans? Are there much different in their approaches?



Yes in fact Eclipse has a special perspective to handle the creation of plug ins.
There are also books on the matter (I know as my manager is working on this for our company)
6  Discussions / General Discussions / Re: I got safari for free! on: 2004-04-19 05:46:16
You mean Oreilly Safari?
Yeah I plunk down 25$ a month (get hit by VAT as an EU resident, asdf)

However I don't read as much as I should though.
Safari is definetly excellent for picking up new things if you make the time Smiley
7  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Sun and MS are friends again on: 2004-04-13 06:10:51
Well Jeff, that is a more positive way of looking at things.
Time will tell on this one, but sanity is fighting a losing battle these days.

(Microsoft TCPA, Software patents, lawsuits, and people like SCO trying to bash out free software with support of some companies)

I have become a bit cynical these days and wonder if I'm in the wrong profession ^__^
8  Game Development / Networking & Multiplayer / Re: link about poor NIO performance on: 2004-04-06 10:55:22
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JNI  Grin



I like my dinner prepared, not raw  Grin
9  Game Development / Networking & Multiplayer / Re: link about poor NIO performance on: 2004-04-06 10:39:39
On a side note, is there an alternative to NIO (except the regular IO)
10  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Sun and MS are friends again on: 2004-04-06 10:35:29
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Answer, the agreement.  Thats what a patent swap is all about.  We now have legal contractual rights to each others patents.

In the end, thats all a contract really is-- a legally enforceable agreemnt not to sue each other over specific thinsg laid out in that contract.




Yes, but what happens to other institutes licencing Java for their own VM's
My *guess* is that this technology swap only applies to Sun and Microsoft.

How could IBM, HP or BEA for example make use of this technology?

Anyways, I'm just hoping it's my paranoia, because I really love Java and I'd rather not see it destroyed because Sun decided to get in bed with Microsoft.
11  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Sun and MS are friends again on: 2004-04-06 05:21:12
But MS and Sun will be working together on the fields of Java and .NET
What will be our garantee that Java will survive?

Don't get me wrong, on the surface it looks like a win to me, but working together with MS will mean two things:
-No open source Java.. these hopes are now gone for good
-Microsoft has a way of embracing and extending technologies.

Let me expand on the last.
Sun and MS will be swapping patents and probably some tech around (like the single sign on technology).
What is to prevent Microsoft from withdrawing its technology and suing Sun into the ground the minute they have all they need?
12  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Java Live chat April 6th on: 2004-04-05 11:10:53
6 PM GMT, that would place it comfortably after dinner Smiley
Never attended one before...Could somebody post some more info here please?
13  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Sun Makes Linux 3D on: 2004-04-05 11:09:55
Looking glass is hawt.
Sun hit me up  Grin
14  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Open-source ...typical on: 2004-04-05 11:08:10
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All good points, IMHO.

The *only* reason I get so mad at OO here is because these are regressions - they've built up an expectation that the product would work, to the extent that I've then become reliant upon it, and then it suddenly stops working, and it's like having the carpet pulled out from under you.

The only comment above I take issue with is the one about "wanting it all, for free". In one sense, it's a good (rhetorical) point - you pay nothing, why should you expect anything?

On the other, if you knowingly and deliberately offer a service or product, and even encourage people to use it, that also places moral responsibilities upon you, as a provider. (This, of course, is part of why you see software always come with those sometimes illegal disclaimers - this moral obligation is so engrained it's actually enshrined in law. And yes, I do think it utterly outrageous that companies get away with disclaiming things that in fact it's sometimes illegal to disclaim, just because their users don't have the money to employ a lawyer to challenge it!).

These two sides to the coin have no one right answer, but on a case-by-case basis I feel that if you are developing something you know is being used by hundreds of thousands of people to do their daily work, and you release a non-beta update, the obligation outweighs the "get what you pay for". There are other cases where I'd say the latter outweighs the former.


That would be me Smiley

Don't get me wrong, I believe in delivering the best possible whether it is closed or open source, but my general understanding of open source users is how they always expect perfection for free right away.

The source is open, if it bothers you so much, contribute.
Though I do agree that regression bugs should not happen, especialy since everybody knows regression testing can be simple.
However, having picked up some open source work, I know how these "not fun" things hardly get picked up
15  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Open-source ...typical on: 2004-04-03 18:15:14
True, but in his topic title he named this a typical of open source, in which case I present the typical open source software user... a person who wants it all for free, to be perfect and right now.

Both are a generalisation as there are plenty good projects that are very throuroughly tested (or at least have some automated unit/regression testing going on)
16  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Eclipse 3.0 M8 is out on: 2004-04-03 15:29:24
I'm trying it tonight.
Haven't touched any of the Milestones yet this time
17  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Open-source ...typical on: 2004-04-03 15:25:44
I want it all for free, to run perfectly and I want it now  Roll Eyes
18  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Sun and MS are friends again on: 2004-04-03 13:39:41
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Today is the greatest day for the future of Java gaming since P-code. IMHO.

The question now is how does this affect JOGL and OpenGL in general.


No it is not.

I have a bad feeling about Sun and Microsoft joining forces.
Think for a moment.

Both sides will share IP and work on some technologies, one mentioned was single sign on across platforms.
Now sorry for saying this, but what garantee do we have that Sun and MS won't lock these changes into Solaris and Windows only?

Who knows, Sun may decide to move Java to the great .NET platform and then what?
Both sides can decide to envoke their patents and force everybody to only use their products.

Sure things won't go this quick, but I'll believe it when I see it
19  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: EU declares 497 million Euro penalty on MS on: 2004-03-26 10:28:45
I think the fine is icing on the cake here.
What I would like to see is:

-Microsoft opens standards and API's to the platforms.
No buts, no ifs (no royalties as was suggested)

-Microsoft has to deliver a stripped down windows without Media player, without IE, without Outlook and without .NET
They should however be allowed to distribute a complete version too.
Why?
I use Mozilla, Mplayer and winamp, Mozilla email and Java...why whould I "pay" for something I don't use?
20  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: OSI president asks Sun to opensource Java on: 2004-03-26 10:12:19
I think Sun finaly made up their mind and said no to IBM  Roll Eyes

Yeah just imagine that they'd ever be open to something different

""Sun CEO Scott McNealy has finally answered the long awaited question that has been on the minds of open source and Java developers. Will Sun open source Java? No. He stated today that Sun sees no solution solved from open sourcing Java that isn't already addressed." "

http://news.osdir.com/article491.html
21  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: OSI president asks Sun to opensource Java on: 2004-03-16 10:12:57
Well, I'm definetly in favour Smiley
22  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: OSI president asks Sun to opensource Java on: 2004-03-03 05:47:39
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Isn't that exactly how it is now?


Yes and no.
The JSR does usualy create the standards and a reference implementation, but after that it's on Sun to implement this into the VM.
And all the other vendors will do the same.

Now I'm sure you are aware that IBM has loads of programmers working on Java as it is.
If they could merge their codebases and work together with the JCP lots of interest groups would then be able to work on the same VM with company's only doing ports to ensure the VM runs on their hardware/Os.

Nothing should go into the official VM without the JCP behind it.
I'd be interested in how this works out, really Smiley
23  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: OSI president asks Sun to opensource Java on: 2004-03-01 10:49:54
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Interesting, so now we go back to the point that Jeff brought up.  Why doesn't IBM open source THEIR implementation if they think it is such a great idea???  (I still wonder if they have some Sun code in their implementation and are therefore covered by terms of Sun's license.)



Are they really at liberty to do this?
I know for example that blackdown is not allowed to open the source to their implementation because it shares Sun code.
If this is the same case with IBM, then I'd understand why they can not open source Java.

I feel however that Java should be opened op to the JCP and that one sanctioned implementation comes from that which may be called Java.
This will prevent fragmenting.
Now if Sun could get rid of some of their strict licences on their JRE (so that Linux distro's and the like may distribute it) we would be all set ^__^

Just blurting things out loud ^__^
24  Game Development / Networking & Multiplayer / Re: new Java Web Start features in Java 1.5 on: 2004-02-24 12:55:28
I think somebody has had too much Java (the drink)  Grin
Anywyays, yeah the size bites for some people.
Lets just hope the current push to broadband continues (they are pushing it real hard in Europe now)

EDIT: Holy... I just looked at the page and WEbstart now totaly rocks for what I'm trying to do Grin

*pets 2 Mbit can of whoopass
25  Discussions / Miscellaneous Topics / Re: Should Sun join Eclipse? on: 2004-02-19 07:25:46
I think they should work together with Eclipse to work on a common base so that they become compatible, but I would hate to see Netbeans dissapear, because even the world of IDE's needs competition
26  Java Game APIs & Engines / Tools Discussion / Re: Which C/Cpp 3D-Engine on: 2004-01-16 10:53:41
Ogre is good Smiley
27  Java Game APIs & Engines / Tools Discussion / Re: I just found the best IDE on: 2004-01-16 10:52:26
I used to run eclipse on a machine with 396 mb memory.
Patience is a virtue they say
28  Game Development / Networking & Multiplayer / Re: Multithreaded server design issues... on: 2004-01-13 07:01:22
I really like your tutorial Smiley
And among your articles I found a link to an research paper about SEDA.
Very useful and interesting stuff Cheesy
29  Java Game APIs & Engines / Tools Discussion / Re: I just found the best IDE on: 2004-01-09 16:56:53
They'll have to pry Eclipse out of my dead hands first
30  Java Game APIs & Engines / Tools Discussion / Re: Forcing people to get the newest VM on: 2004-01-09 16:54:18
Fortunatly my livelyhood does not depend on this.
I think I can find some middle ground, but supporting 1.1 is out of the question.

1.3 and 1.4 will be it for now.
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