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  1. Kestrel

    You lie!

    Quote:Original post by LessBread Quote:Original post by ChurchSkiz Quote:Original post by LessBread And for what it's worth, I think auto-insurance should cover tune ups and brake repairs, especially brake repairs. Then you're asking to get ripped off. The nature of insurance is such that the insurance company, over the course of your lifetime, must make more in premiums from you then they pay out in benefits. If not, they become a failed business. By signing up for any insurance, you relegate yourself to paying more over the long term. This is why I cringe when governments force insurance companies to cover at risk customers. Either they must raise rates on all customers, or the government must tax everyone to pay for subsidies. Ripped off? How so? You've not shown how that ends up as a rip off. Brake repairs might be asking for too much, but brake inspections? It seems to me that insurance companies would benefit from that as it reduces risk of accident. From the driver's perspective, I suppose that ignoring a brake inspection that recommended repairs might provide the insurance company a reason to deny coverage after an accident, but from the insurance company's perspective, that would seem like a win. I look at it this way. As a driver, you pay premiums month after month (or year after year) and if you never get into an accident, you get nothing in return except the supposed peace of mind that you're covered if you do. If you got a tune up or a brake inspection as part of the deal, you would get something back for those premiums and that might lead you to stick with your carrier rather than switching to the latest trendy carrier (as advertised on television). As for an insurance company paying out more in benefits than it takes in from premiums, has that ever happened? It seems to me that insurance companies go belly up when they gamble with risky investments ala AIG, not because they were too generous with their policies. Most people don't get into accidents or have their homes burn down. Most people covered by insurance are lucky. They pay their insurance and never have a major car accident, don't get a major illness; their home doesn't burn down etc. The lucky ones get to pay more in insurance than they would ever get out of it. The unlucky few, they pay their insurance, they have accidents, they get cancer, a flood wipes out their home. They get what they paid for in insurance. They get more than what they paid for. They're unlucky enough to have their insurance claims subsidize by the lucky ones. Some of the lucky ones would be better off not paying for the insurance and saving the money. [Edited by - Kestrel on September 11, 2009 1:32:18 PM]
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    Food Drives -- what do people actually NEED?

    Quote:Original post by Sirisian Quote:Original post by Benjamin Heath Money? Crisp, new $20 bills really taste good. Plus they're high in fiber. Donating money is better than going out and buying food to donate. With the money the charity can buy food at wholesale prices and get more food per dollars.
  3. It seems like what your trying to do is assign a number to an uninitialized pointer. If it was declared as struct MD2vertex pvert3; it should work.
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    lib3ds little problem Its not pretty but it shows that you can view 3ds animations with lib3ds. Lib3ds stores a copy of the mesh's verties and animates by moving the pivot point of each mesh. for each mesh { Lib3dsNode* node=lib3ds_file_node_by_name(aniDat,meshName,LIB3DS_OBJECT_NODE); Lib3dsObjectData *d=&node->data.object; glMultMatrixf(&node->matrix[0][0]); glTranslatef(-d->pivot[0], -d->pivot[1], -d->pivot[2]); DrawMesh; }
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    Almost a Candidate for the Darwin Awards

    I wonder how she would have done in some other country’s airport. Ya know, like maybe an airport in Israel. How far would she have gotten and what would have happened to her after airport security saw her?
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    Your favorite leader in history

    Franklin D. Roosevelt People loved him so much they made him president four times.
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    5 top 2D games of all time?

    Super MarioWorld Tetris Contra Zelda: A link to the Past Final Fantasy III/VI
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    how nerdy are you? (test)

    7% scored higher (more nerdy), 0% scored the same, and 93% scored lower (less nerdy).
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    Printing on resolution.

    A 2,550 by 3,300 pixel render at 300dpi will produce an good quality 8.5 by 11 print out. Just take your dots per inch(about 300 or higher for color printers) and multiply it by the size you want.
  10. This is not surprising. Just a few weeks ago one of their competitors (CompUSA) announced there were closing half there US stores. CompUSA to Close 126 U.S. Stores And I'm sure you've heard of people going into one of these stores to look at a TV or a laptop or something, playing around with them, finding the one they want, then leaving the store and going home to buy it online because it was cheaper. There's nothing wrong with people doing that, but the stores will have to factor that in when they decide how many stores to have or how many people to employ.
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    borland vcl?

    I just tried it in Builder5 and it works for me. void __fastcall TForm1::Button1Click(TObject *Sender) { if(OpenPictureDialog1->Execute()) { Image1->Picture->LoadFromFile(OpenPictureDialog1->FileName); } } Check the 'OpenPictureDialog1's Filter property. Make sure it has .jpg and .jpeg. Add check its Options property.
  12. Yes there is a way. Project->Options. In the packages tab, uncheck the 'Build with runtime packages' box. And in the Linker tab, uncheck the 'Use dynamic RTL' box
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    Lib3DS question

    No lib3ds doesn't load the texture. You'ld have to load them your self. You'ld also have to read the UV coordinates from the file and pass them to opengl.
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    Lib3DS question

    The problem with my 3dsviewer is that it doesn’t load JPEG’s. It only does .bmp and .tga files. I don't know what the problem is with the other stuff. The max length of a texture name in a 3ds file is 8 characters + a 3 character extension. If a texture name is longer than 8 characters it will truncate the name. 3ds also doesn't store path names. Are you loading the texture correctly? Are you loading the UV coords?
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    Lib3DS question

    The problem is that player.c were designed to play anmations with cameras. If the 3ds file had a camera in it you'ld be able to view the animation from the camera. You can try taking the camera code out or you can look for 3ds files that have cameras in then. Check out 3dsViewer. The file has a few models in it. The canyonRun1.3DS animation has a camera in it. It might work.
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