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#5195854 30k concurrent players on a (private) MMO server...is this possible ?

Posted by d000hg on 02 December 2014 - 04:17 AM

The one thing I didn't hear anyone discuss is, where did he get 30k players? That many players at once implies a huge user-base.

#5192052 Starting mobile development - cross-platform or target each OS specifically?

Posted by d000hg on 10 November 2014 - 08:51 AM

Very true but this question was focusing more on the technical side of things. For instance, do these cross-platform frameworks limit what I can do on each platform in the same way that you could always tell a Java application because the UI wasn't Windows native - that type of thing. That's why I didn't post in the business forum :)


Or I could ask another way, what are the downsides of these tools that would mean I wouldn't use them?


iOS is still by some distance the dominant target/market for what I want to do but for all I know, these frameworks are a good idea even for iOS-only projects in terms of making development faster and not requiring lots of iOS-specific expertise.

#5172053 Game coming out that is similar to mine: How to deal?

Posted by d000hg on 07 August 2014 - 09:15 AM

Players LIKE similar games. That's why you get so many Diner-dash games - someone into that style of game will play lots of them.

#5159218 is an iPad up to spec for this augmented-reality project?

Posted by d000hg on 09 June 2014 - 04:09 AM

For this to work as I have in mind, it would have to require only an iPad (or iPhone) and not clipping your phone to your cue. Lugging a laptop with Kinect to your local club doesn't sound practical to me!


I can look at the table from just about any angle and understand where all the balls are but I have no idea how hard this kind of image recognition is... as I say it's a nice closed system so I was rather hoping I could take a single photo and work out ball positions - or put the ipad opposite me on the cushion and it could automatically recognise what was going on.

#5158709 is an iPad up to spec for this augmented-reality project?

Posted by d000hg on 06 June 2014 - 08:21 AM

But letting it tell you that your aim is off…won’t people notice the guy behind you holding up your iPhone and him telling you to correct yourself left or right?
Ha, I was thinking as a practice aid, really for pretty new players. An app that can tell you you aren't cueing straight and show you what you actually did rather than what you should have done, to analyse afterwards since you don't have TV cameras recording you :)

#5158637 is an iPad up to spec for this augmented-reality project?

Posted by d000hg on 06 June 2014 - 02:07 AM

I was playing snooker yesterday as a total beginner and am trying to learn where exactly I should be aiming the cue ball. I was struck by the idea that if you could build an application which knew where all the balls were on the table, it could tell you where to aim and show this in a simple 3D world.


Then I thought, could you use the iPad camera to let your app automatically figure out where the balls are after each shot, so you merely tell it which ball yo want to send in to the pocket and it tells you where to aim?


Then I thought, could you use augmented reality and the other camera so it can record your shot and show you what you did wrong... or even detect the cue position before you take the shot and give you directions to line up perfectly... put the ipad on the table opposite where you are standing so you can see the screen as you prepare your shot.


You see all these types of things in mobile games these days but the accuracy seems bad - augmented reality apps tend to shudder around like the position tracking is pretty lousy.


Anyone like to weigh in whether this is likely to be achievable... or which parts are achievable, which parts are likely to be very hard or impossible?

#5132923 [Cg] Can this perpixel phong lighting shader be optimised?

Posted by d000hg on 20 February 2014 - 04:12 AM

I don't know if it affects your comments, but the ambient is the world ambient value not a per-light one. It's actually a pre-multiplied value world.ambientLightColor * material.ambient. But you're saying ambient (and presumably emissive if used) should be added directly to the final colour rather than combined with the texture?

#5126079 Keep getting rejected by interviewers

Posted by d000hg on 24 January 2014 - 06:21 AM

it’s our personal impression that you will not fit into our existing design team. Additionally we missed important personal properties. In our team everyone enigneer has to rely on each other team member. Personally I would not rely on the results of your statements or work.


Ouch. That's rather telling, because it's unusual for you to get such negative responses - they normally don't like to give negative feedback.


Why don't you try and do some practice interviews and get feedback?


Also, calling people stupid isn't a great approach. An interview is as much about making the interviewer happy as it is about actually showing how good you are. Many interviewers like to feel good about how great an interviewer they are, how smart their silly questions are, etc.

#4848475 Remember 'tighten up the graphics' ?

Posted by d000hg on 12 August 2011 - 06:39 PM

Clearly fake, she's too hot.

Also, wait, you guys are saying $67/hr in The Bay is a lot? Isn't that the going rate for freelance/contract work?

#4844315 Internet Explorer

Posted by d000hg on 03 August 2011 - 09:59 PM

Internet Explorer isn't even a browser. IE 6,7,8,9,etc are separate applications.

Sounds like a bunch of college kids thinking they're being funny and original by jumping on a bandwagon. The lawyers will have the shirts off their backs.

#4844313 App developer gets screwed out of $55,000

Posted by d000hg on 03 August 2011 - 09:43 PM

You're so setting yourself up for when your health insurance or car insurance won't pay out.

#4840954 What's the point of C++0x?

Posted by d000hg on 26 July 2011 - 11:36 PM

C++ may have lots of active developers, but many of those are of an age that such a big change is not something they will be able to adapt to - because C++ has been around a long time we have lots and lots of legacy apps and legacy developers.
The section of C++ written for new apps by young, learning developers is relatively small, so on that basis the "it's too late" is a reasonable argument even if not a conclusive one. I personally don't see this becoming the "default C++" because we've had so long to settle on a stable variant, regardless how cool it is.

#4840925 FPS GAMES SUCK!

Posted by d000hg on 26 July 2011 - 09:02 PM

On the subject, BASEBALL SUX. They spend hours not even hitting the damn ball.

#4819473 The United States Prison Industrial Complex.

Posted by d000hg on 04 June 2011 - 11:08 AM

Sorry I meant they are awaiting trial. They have not yet been convicted.

I don't think that's correct. Most trials are within the first month if the criminal doesn't ask for it to be pushed back, and if they take too long then the charges will be thrown out. In wisconsin, for example, the trial has to begin within 90 days for felonies unless the defense petitions for a later date.

Well the documentary made it pretty clear the entire jail was full of unconvicted people awaiting trial. It also claimed that the term 'jail' is specifically for un-convicted prisoners and 'prison' is for convicts... that part I'm not sure about because obviously everyone uses both interchangeably.

This is about the program: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Theroux:_Miami_Mega_Jail

Theroux spends time in "Main Jail" (PTDC), one of the most notorious sections of the Miami jail system,[1] including time on the fifth and sixth floors of the PTDC, where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated. Being held for pre-trial, the inmates are to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

In fact the jail is even called the Pre-trial detention center. http://www.miamidade.gov/corrections/pre_trial_detention.asp

#4817985 The United States Prison Industrial Complex.

Posted by d000hg on 31 May 2011 - 01:17 PM

If you don't want to go to prison, don't break the law. What a concept...

A program about Miami jails in the UK recently made the point that those giant jails are exclusively for those awaiting sentence, i.e. not guilty... they can be in maximum security violent facilities for years while still legally innocent.

How's that for a concept.