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reply Georg Wrede <georg.wrede nospam.org> writes:
Linus Torvalds created a new operating system.

Now the Finns have done it again: they've made a world class science 
fiction movie, entirely "at home".

I just downloaded it (legally) and watched the movie, and I'd have no 
way of knowing it's not a $500M big-budget George Lucas production.

It took a half-dozen activists, a couple of hundred unemployed 
hang-arounds, 7 years, and five thousand dollars. (That's a five, and 
three zeros -- not six or eight.)

----

FROM THIS DAY ON, if you don't die either rich or famous, it's your own 
fault. All one needs is imagination and determination.

The guys at Industrial Light and Magic might want to look towards the 
end of the faq (http://www-us.starwreck.com/faq.php) to see what kind of 
iron was needed to start ILM stall into bankruptcy. And anyone else 
should sell their motion picture industry shares like yesterday.

Sheesh!
Oct 29 2005
next sibling parent Deewiant <deewiant.doesnotlike.spam gmail.com> writes:
Georg Wrede wrote:
 I just downloaded it (legally) and watched the movie, and I'd have no
 way of knowing it's not a $500M big-budget George Lucas production.

Maybe it's just because you don't speak Finnish (I presume), but I, at least, can tell fairly easily that the actors aren't professional actors, mostly just geeks and random dudes. The only two exceptions, if I remember correctly, are the guy that played Karigrandi / Garybrandy and the Russian president. In fact, I completely disagree: I can easily tell that it's far _better_ than a $500M big-budget George Lucas production. ;-) Everybody go download it at http://www.starwreck.com/download.php
Oct 29 2005
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Sean Kelly <sean f4.ca> writes:
In article <43636E1E.7040909 nospam.org>, Georg Wrede says...
The guys at Industrial Light and Magic might want to look towards the 
end of the faq (http://www-us.starwreck.com/faq.php) to see what kind of 
iron was needed to start ILM stall into bankruptcy. And anyone else 
should sell their motion picture industry shares like yesterday.

For CGI, the turning point was around 8 years ago at SIGGRAPH. At the time, NVidia was saying that they would be able to do near photorealistic realtime scene generation on the PC within something like five years (this is all from memory, so the details are a bit fuzzy). The chief architect at SGI basically laughed at them. The next year, NVidia gave a presentation on how to use their GPU hardware to do just that. Since then, well... you can see what happened :) According to a friend I have at ILM, nearly their entire render farm consists of PCs these days. For me, the most exciting thing that's happened in this realm recently is PCI express, as unlike AGP, the bus is equally fast in both directions. ILM is using this to tremendous advantage for rendering, as now the GPU can be used in ways it never was before. Though personally, I'm waiting for APIs to be released which allow it to be used for more general purpose work. Why do brute force decryption with only the CPU when you have an incredibly powerful parallel machine sitting on a high-speed bus just begging to be used? The same holds for any high-end number crunching for that matter. Unless the graphics card is busy with scene rendering, I see little point to use only SSE for this sort of thing any more. Sean
Oct 29 2005
parent Mike Parker <aldacron71 yahoo.com> writes:
Sean Kelly wrote:

 ways it never was before.  Though personally, I'm waiting for APIs to be
 released which allow it to be used for more general purpose work.  Why do brute
 force decryption with only the CPU when you have an incredibly powerful
parallel
 machine sitting on a high-speed bus just begging to be used?  The same holds
for
 any high-end number crunching for that matter.  Unless the graphics card is
busy
 with scene rendering, I see little point to use only SSE for this sort of thing
 any more.

http://www.gpgpu.org/
Oct 29 2005
prev sibling parent Bruno Medeiros <daiphoenixNO SPAMlycos.com> writes:
Georg Wrede wrote:
 Linus Torvalds created a new operating system.
 
 Now the Finns have done it again: they've made a world class science 
 fiction movie, entirely "at home".
 
 I just downloaded it (legally) and watched the movie, and I'd have no 
 way of knowing it's not a $500M big-budget George Lucas production.
 
 It took a half-dozen activists, a couple of hundred unemployed 
 hang-arounds, 7 years, and five thousand dollars. (That's a five, and 
 three zeros -- not six or eight.)
 
 ----
 
 FROM THIS DAY ON, if you don't die either rich or famous, it's your own 
 fault. All one needs is imagination and determination.
 
 The guys at Industrial Light and Magic might want to look towards the 
 end of the faq (http://www-us.starwreck.com/faq.php) to see what kind of 
 iron was needed to start ILM stall into bankruptcy. And anyone else 
 should sell their motion picture industry shares like yesterday.
 
 Sheesh!

- Fuuukoooovv!!!!!! - Nomite ?!? [What ?!?] :D -- Bruno Medeiros - CS/E student "Certain aspects of D are a pathway to many abilities some consider to be... unnatural."
Oct 29 2005