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  1. Roger

    Strewth !

    Wasn’t there an AM developed short or character called Macca Strewth?
  2. Roger

    Go AMD

    AMD has released drop-in 12 and 16 core socket 470 parts: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-ryzen-9-3950x-zen-2,39615.html Price I've heard on the 16 core part is $750. The 12 core AMD part for $499 beats anything 12 core and under in Intel's current lineup. They have also released their new Navi graphics: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-navi-radeon_rx_5700_xt-rx_5700-details,39608.html
  3. Since there are some people on here that have a casual or not-so casual interest in the nuts and bolts of CG, I thought I would post this Computer Graphics bundle from Humble Bundle. There are several good books in the bundle, easily worth the $15 price to get all of them: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/computer-graphics-crc-press-books?hmb_source=navbar&hmb_medium=product_tile&hmb_campaign=tile_index_5
  4. What sorcery is this? When was this implemented?
  5. I found this amusing:
  6. I ran across this, there is a dataset for Notre Dame: http://phototour.cs.washington.edu/
  7. Neat, I never knew paint-by-numbers was the invention of one guy.
  8. I'm completely not surprised by this. The whole thing is incredibly shady.
  9. I've never touched Java but I have used Borland Turbo C++ ages ago in college.
  10. I might be interested. It has been years since I've done any programming, but if it applies to computer graphics I'd be interested. I've actually been thinking about learning Python but C++ might be more relevant.
  11. And one last word about the budget laptops using the low-end dual cores (generally at the sub $300 price point): they tend to be lower power than a dual core system from back in the day. An AMD E-120 was a popular chip to put in budget laptops, but it is a sub 2ghz dual core chip. Other things that they do with these lower end systems to save on costs is they use single channel instead of dual channel RAM, slower 5400rpm hard drives (unless they use flash, in which case they tend to use a lower emmc flash module) and other measures to keep the costs down. If budget is really tight you're better off getting a used higher end system with a discrete chip that won't cause problems with AM, or trying to get a more modern budget system that makes fewer compromises.
  12. I have bad news: virtually every laptop, that isn't advertised as a gaming laptop or workstation/desktop replacement laptop, has Intel graphics. That is how they keep the prices so low. With that in mind, Mark might be best served getting a laptop with a Ryzen 2500u or Ryzen 2700u, those are mobile chips with Vega graphics. They should be quite suitable for mobile AM work, but unfortunately I have never tested these personally.
  13. That was my main concern with the laptop Mark posted, that is a lower-end chip I'm pretty sure. If he doesn't mind going used, he can get an X220 with a 1 year warranty for right around $200, I think this one might even have a tablet mode. Throw in an AM license and he is still under $300. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-Thinkpad-X230-12-5-INTEL-CORE-I5-3230M-2-60GHZ-8GB-128Gb-WINDOWS-10-PRO/222499822453?hash=item33ce05db75:rk:24:pf:0
  14. Yeah but Win 2k is much lighter on system resources than what Win 10 is. Win 2k I think will work with a minimum of 128 to 256mb RAM where Win 10 has a minimum requirement of 2GB. So Win 2k with 2GB is using much less of the total system RAM than a Win 10 system with 2 or 4GB. 2 cores is probably just fine for AM on the go but I'd try for sure to get a minimum of 4gb RAM and either an i3 or i5 dual core. Ideally you would want whatever cpu you get to have a fairly high base clock speed.
  15. The Costco laptop would probably be adequate but just barely. You really wouldn't be able to put much of anything but AM on it, for sure. I would try to get at least 8gb RAM, a quad core Intel or AMD cpu, and a 1080p display panel. If you don't have a full keyboard with numpad, you will want a plug in USB numpad for AM use. I don't know that I would want to try and use a dual core with 4gb, you might be ok with it at first but I think you'd become frustrated over time.
  16. This one has a number pad: https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-e-series/ThinkPad-E585/p/20KVCTO1WWENUS0/customize? I'd recommend the Ryzen 2500U, 1080p screen and 8GB RAM as a bare minimum. That config comes in at just a hair over $500, at $529. It has a 65W power adapter which is much smaller and lighter than a desktop replacement laptop power brick would be.
  17. This question came up in Live Answer Time today and I thought I would post the official word from Hash (link is to store page): Can A:M use multiple cores? A:M is currently not fully multi-core-optimized. However A:M is able through Netrender (included for free in v16.0 and up) to use multiple cores for rendering.  OpenMP is used to utilize multiple cores for several operations. More operations are altered to use multiple cores in each update.  Since A:M is a rendering application, it is recommended to use a CPU as fast as possible to decrease rendering time. So if you have an 8 core system, base AM may not make full use of all 8 cores however if you pick up an additional 4 or 10 netrender nodes for the nominal cost of $10 or $15, you can utilize the other cores as background render nodes. So those of you contemplating Threadripper/Ryzen/Ryzen 3000 updates may find this useful info. *EDIT: I should add, most programs are not fully massively-threaded aware yet. I expect that to change over time, but for right now Netrender is the best way to make use of those extra cores.
  18. Roger

    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year!! <<<--- link to animation. Click on it to watch.
  19. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my fellow AM users.
  20. That's a different look, to be sure.
  21. In current digital funny-money news, Bitcoin has cratered to around $3000 per coin. General Francisco Franco is still dead. This search page on Slashdot would have anyone wondering "people thought this was a good idea...why?" in minutes: https://slashdot.org/index2.pl?fhfilter=bitcoin
  22. I'm afraid I have to miss Live Answer Time this week, I don't have a system with working audio. I will see you guys next week.
  23. WOW. They play up this whole "first female Doctor" thing and then she is leaving the role so quickly? Yeah I don't think that they are going to pull it out if she's only got one more season after this one. I didn't always care for Moffat's writing but I feel like they could have done some really interesting stuff with a female Doctor and instead we are getting these weak episodes. I'd say face her off against The Master/ Missy but they've had so many Master specific plots in recent history I don't know how that would work.
  24. Well so far we are what, like 6 or 7 episodes in? I don't know but so far I've not been terribly impressed, I am not sure when this Doctor is going to hit her stride. Plus, the writing just seems *off* somehow, it doesn't seem like classic Who. Maybe I need to give it more time, but so far I'm not feeling it.
  25. So what you're saying is I shouldn't feel bad I'm just using regular RAM unless I need to start launching rockets into orbit.
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