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    New team announcment and future lessons

    Do you plan on continuing to provide the variations of the base code? I wrote the C# basecode about two years ago and I've been trying to get NeHe to post updates several times. Now that someone else is maintaining it, I'd like to get an update in. Of course, if you are pulling that part of the site, there isn't much point in it! :)
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    Has anyone worked with video capture hardware?

    I just found the one company that I remembered was somewhat successfull. Check out sensoray (sensoray.com) and look at their 616 model. It uses the same hardware as the others, but they've either rewritten or encapsulated the drivers so that you can get up to 4 per machine. They have their own C sdk that is really easy to use and they are a great company to work with. The only problem I've run into is that if there isn't enough CPU time available, the cards can shut down. On a high level machine though, you should be able to use them without a problem, and they're around $200.
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    Has anyone worked with video capture hardware?

    I actually used Mpeg 2 hardware encoders for about a year for work. Unfortunately, your requirement of 2 encoders is a HUGE issue, or was as of about 9 months ago. All the low end encoders that I've seen (<$300) ALL use the same encoder chip and the same DirectShow drivers based on StreamMachine, an old company bought out by Sony or Phillips or someone. The drivers suck in my opinion, and only support 1 card per machine. I was able to install two by doing weird and scary things with the installation, but it was only somewhat successfull. If you really want to do it right, get a Canopus card or two or four. They run more than $2000 each though... As far as I know, Haupauge, though a great encoder for the price, uses the same hardware, same driver, same Windows problem.
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    Animal Crackers

    Quote:Original post by falkone Quote:Original post by variant Quote:Original post by Olrich Quote:Original post by Etnu Screw those crackers. Iced Animal Cookies all the way (you know, the shortbread ones with the pink icing). I concur. Those are the best, but you know they have like a gram of fat PER cookie?! If it's diet that concerns you, I'd be worried more that it contains five times as much sugar (which will be digested much faster, not allowing your body to use it all in time). Besides, a gram of fat is only nine calories.. something I can certainly spare. Sure A cookie isn't any big deal, but when the bag's open and you find you've just eaten 27 of them... And I'm not talking calories here, I'm talking mammal shaped heart attack.
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    Animal Crackers

    Quote:Original post by Olrich Quote:Original post by Etnu Screw those crackers. Iced Animal Cookies all the way (you know, the shortbread ones with the pink icing). I concur. Those are the best, but you know they have like a gram of fat PER cookie?!
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    Any Christians In Here?

    I come from a very similar standpoint to ApochPiQ. I would add to it that I've examined the evidence, like literary, archeological, and logical, and feel that it really weighs out to support what I believe. Because of this approach, when I have doubts (which everyone does, and it's not a horrible thing), I can start back at those points of evidence and work my way through it. So even if I don't fully understand something about God, if I can demonstrate that God is who I think he is, then I can accept it. That's part of what faith is.
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    Disturbing! Very disturbing.

    haro - Rock on!
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    Disturbing! Very disturbing.

    I don't have any comments on the morality of killing animals, I'm not a vegetarian, don't particularly like fur, but that's aesthetic. What I think is ridiculous is saying you killed animals to point out the paradoxes in peoples perception of killing animals. I can only think that the artist and her supporters are really on the side against killing animals, after all, no animal rights activist would look at that and say, "Oh that's good art. I guess killing animals is ok". And thus armed with such a conclusion, I think this woman is a complete hypocrite. "I don't see how you cherish the memory of the dead by killing another million." - Sean Connery, The Rock.
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    Best. Quote. Ever.

    Quote:Original post by ArchWizard Hey, if it's not a quote, why can I use the quote tags? This is a great quote in itself!
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    Best. Quote. Ever.

    It may not always be easy, convenient, or politically correct to stand for truth and right, but it is the right thing to do. Always. --M. Russell Ballard Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. --Ronald Reagan (If you don't know what the oldest is...) I thought of this late, but had to add it. You just can't forget The Princess Bride! "You mean you'll put down your rock, and I'll put down my sword and we'll try and kill each other like civilized people?" - Wesley
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    Any Christians In Here?

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    Halo 2 Screenshots

    Quote:Original post by falkone Does it say "Halo: Level Design Evolved" or "Halo: Level Architecture Evolved"? No, it says combat evolved. Combat was what this game was about.. combat is the reason why I can play the same game over and over again and enjoy it as much as I did the very first time. I've had the game since it came out and I've got it paused right now so I can write this post. I don't know about you guys.. but I play games because they are fun to play.. because they feel right. This game feels right. I couldn't agree more. It's the combat interaction that makes me love this game. I don't get a chance to play much, so I can't compare to what else is out there, but Halo's got the best head to head combat I've ever played. Graphics are great (compare Halo to 007 for N64!) but there has to be more to it.
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    Feedback Wanted (Read This or Die)

    I think the articles are excellent. I love the mix of general interest and game world news. And personally, the sarcastic wit is awesome!
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    Problem with picking

    If I understand you correct... Picking and rendering are done in seperate modes, right? So, if you want to "pick" correctly, you need to make sure you set your view and perspective identically in each mode, so that when you render a sphere in modelview, it gets put in the same spot when doing the picking. If you are using gluLookAt to set up your rendering, you use gluLookAt to set up your picking. The key is that they just need to be the same.
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