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Recommend me a <$500 monitor

09 February 2012 - 10:57 PM

I'm in the market for a new monitor for home use. It will not be facing any window or bright light source, so anti-glare coatings are a non-issue unless they interfere with image quality. I'm looking for something with good color reproduction and viewing angles, and obviously a minimum resolution of 1920x1080 (though I'd love a little boost up to 2048xSomething or higher). My priorities are in this order:
  • Image quality, viewing angles
  • Resolution (>1920x1080 preferred if possible at this price)
  • Screen size
Anyone have a monitor they love in the sub-$500 price range they can recommend?

Hunger Games

30 December 2011 - 06:59 PM

I just read straight through The Hunger Games last night, without stopping. That's the first time I've done that since I first read Ender's Game. I think the book is very well constructed--the characters are varied, engaging, and 3-dimensional. The pacing is just right as well; it's written in the first-person present tense, and there's just the right mix of narration and action. Anyone else here read it?

Also, they're making a movie of it already, but that preview makes it look like they're going to botch it pretty badly. The impact of the book was all about the physical and psychological horror of violence. In the preview, when the girl rises up in the tube to enter the arena, she's shown running up to grab a pack and then sprint away. In the book, she's covered in blood by the time she leaves that area, and about a dozen corpses are on the ground behind her. And there's no way they can even attempt to show the horror of the final confrontation between Cato and the mutts in a PG-13 film. And as for the psychological horror--the seriously heart-wrenching plot would never fly as a big summer blockbuster as-is; I'm a bit nervous to see how they handle it.



13 December 2011 - 08:39 PM

I'm in Montreal on business through Friday. I know we have some Canucks on this forum... any suggestions of awesome things to see or do in the evenings? Or favorite restaurants?

Cull sparse 2D objects by bounding box

22 July 2011 - 11:05 AM

I have a fairly large number of objects--thousands, perhaps tens of thousands--which are laid out on the 2D plane. I have an axis-aligned bounding box for each of these objects, and these bounding boxes vary in size dramatically. I do know that all of these objects are within a certain area--the boundaries of their world. I'd like to figure out which of these objects appears within a given viewport as quickly as possible.

I looked around a bit at quadtrees, but I'm not totally clear on how (or if) they might be applicable to objects that are not simply points. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Cisco: As evil as Oracle?

21 July 2011 - 10:01 AM

Has anyone else seen this Ars article?

Basically, this guy sues Cisco for using their position as near-monopoly network gear vendor to force customers into using them for service also. This guy (ex-Cisco exec) runs a shop that sells third-party maintenance and service for Cisco hardware. Cisco has the guy arrested on invented charges in the middle of his deposition on the anti-trust case, and ties him up in court proceedings for a full year.