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  1. Spherical Harmonics HELP NEEDED

    I think this might help. Sorry I'm just trying to learn the same stuff myself.
  2. Any cleaner, more compact way of writing this program?

    I'd sort them first by say Y pos and then you only have to compare the ones it's next to.
  3. Idea for MMO Economy

    Sounds like you've been reading about Land Value Taxation and Citizens dividends (geonomics)? I also think it would be a good base for an MMORPG. and best of all it's supported by the father of capitalism* Adam Smith. Ground-rents are a still more proper subject of taxation than the rent of houses. A tax upon ground-rents would not raise the rents of houses. It would fall altogether upon the owner of the ground-rent, who acts always as a monopolist, and exacts the greatest rent which can be got for the use of his ground. More or less can be got for it according as the competitors happen to be richer or poorer, or can afford to gratify their fancy for a particular spot of ground at a greater or smaller expense. In every country the greatest number of rich competitors is in the capital, and it is there accordingly that the highest ground-rents are always to be found. As the wealth of those competitors would in no respect be increased by a tax upon ground-rents, they would not probably be disposed to pay more for the use of the ground. Whether the tax was to be advanced by the inhabitant, or by the owner of the ground, would be of little importance. The more the inhabitant was obliged to pay for the tax, the less he would incline to pay for the ground; so that the final payment of the tax would fall altogether upon the owner of the ground-rent. – Adam Smith , The Wealth of Nations, Book V, Chapter 2, Article I: Taxes upon the Rent of Houses Don't forget David Ricardo on the laws of Rent either. Best of luck with the game. *Sadly confused with corporatism.
  4. Relational model for games?

    You can also do a form of Inheritance (like the way c++ classes contain the data of the class they inherit). GameObject (ID, TypeID, GraphicID, Acceleration[6], LMPosition[6], LMTime) Ship(ID, Name, Shield, BakedShields, Hull, BakedHull, MaxAccel[6]) Asteroid(ID) and the IDs of the GameObject and the Ship or the Asteroid match. The only problem is that you can have an asteroid and a ship with the same ID i.e. you could select all the asteroids with SELECT * FROM Asteroid INNER JOIN GameObject ON GameObject.ID = Asteroid.ID OFF topic but you don't need to update the stored position every frame. Just store the initial position and acceleration and calculate based on elapsed time.
  5. Elephant Painting

    I thought it was this....
  6. Maybe instancing isn't supported by the GFX card so the driver is doing it in software / without hardware acceleration?
  7. Web Programming

    The most important thing to remember with Web Programming is that it's stateless. i.e. you need a mechanism to maintain the state. Whether it's an handle (to the complete state in the DB) in a cookie, an handle in the URL or a handle/complete state in the <form> you need to have a mechanism to keep it on every page. If you're using ASP I'd avoid using the Built in Session stuff...
  8. Web Programming

    HTML CSS javascript
  9. [web] Mysql Query

    ORs have generally have a performance hit as their harder to index. It might be faster for the DB to do SELECT * FROM wibble WHERE var = $search UNION SELECT * FROM wibble WHERE $search = '' I'd love the query optimiser to be clever, but it seems it's not.
  10. Social Security is asking for its money back

    It's "Game Over" for this Ponzi Scheme.
  11. Delaying in python, while application continues to run

    Maybe this Might be of help?
  12. [SlimDX] Stroke around a sphere?

    You could rotate a transparent(apart from the Stroke) square around the sphere (with a common centre) and make the pixel shader draw non transparently where the distance from the centre = the radius of the sphere. P.S. As an optimisation Square the radius and compare the squared distance.
  13. You need ASPUPload for Classic asp file uploads..
  14. [web] redirecting and hiding the URL

    Or as you seem to be passing info you could use forms instead.... <form> <input type="hidden" name="blah" value="blahvalue">
  15. Change Taxes. From taxing good things like Profits, working and saving. To Taxing state created monopolies and real pollution (not CO2). You need an LVT.