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Jokes / Re: Funny videos
« on: January 18, 2019, 11:27:20 AM »
The L'Oréal equivalent to the preachy new Gillette commercial:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAlI-RXLk1E


(will make more sense if you've seen the Gillette commercial first)

:P


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Quake / Q2VKPT - Quake 2 real-time raytracing using RTX
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:55:27 AM »
As a research project, someone's added real-time raytracing to Quake2.

http://brechpunkt.de/q2vkpt/

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Q2VKPT is the first playable game that is entirely raytraced and efficiently simulates fully dynamic lighting in real-time, with the same modern techniques as used in the movie industry (see Disney's practical guide to path tracing). The recent release of GPUs with raytracing capabilities has opened up entirely new possibilities for the future of game graphics, yet making good use of raytracing is non-trivial. While some games have started to explore improvements in shadow and reflection rendering, Q2VKPT is the first project to implement an efficient unified solution for all types of light transport: direct, scattered, and reflected light (see media). This kind of unification has led to a dramatic increase in both flexibility and productivity in the movie industry. The chance to have the same development in games promises a similar increase in visual fidelity and realism for game graphics in the coming years.
This project is meant to serve as a proof-of-concept for computer graphics research and the game industry alike, and to give enthusiasts a glimpse into the potential future of game graphics. Besides the use of hardware-accelerated raytracing, Q2VKPT mainly gains its efficiency from an adaptive image filtering technique that intelligently tracks changes in the scene illumination to re-use as much information as possible from previous computations. ↑

The project is released as open source on GitHub, integrating our Vulkan path tracer into the Q2PRO client. The project was spawned by the need for fast-paced test content in computer graphics research, and was motivated by the first intriguing results of an experimental path tracing renderer in 2016.

Why Quake II?

Since Quake II is open source and has a long-standing modding tradition, it is a great sandbox for putting academic research to the test in the real world. Particularly, the game has fast-paced action and is played competitively, setting high standards for the performance and robustness of any implemented rendering techniques.

Why are there no particles? I want my flies and rail gun sparks back!

Unfortunately, we ran out of time to add lights for the rail gun. As to other particles, the decision to fully raytrace everything in the game made rendering particles a bit less trivial. If we find the time, we might fix it in the future!



Note that ray-tracing is not fully realized yet across the board (e.g. reflective glass pane, muzzle flashes, etc.) but, the parts that work are at least intriguing:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrq1T93uLag


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/dev/random / Re: The Strange and Interesting Thread
« on: January 09, 2019, 10:15:23 AM »

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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: January 06, 2019, 02:46:44 PM »
University Professor: There are no significant biological differences between races or genders. Everyone was interchangeable right up until European white supremacist patriarchal culture established a prevailing narrative that socially constructed whatever differences are perceived today.

(Or something like that.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxOZM_DGbFQ&t=8


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/dev/random / Re: The last movie you saw....
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:02:56 PM »
"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"

https://www.netflix.com/title/80200267

Coen brothers movie. Watched it a couple nights ago (it's a collection of 6 short stories threaded by a common theme). I'm still processing it. Definitely worthwhile if you're familiar with (and enjoy) their oeuvre. (Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Fargo, Burn After Reading, No Country for Old Men; etc.)



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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:40:21 PM »
Interesting when someone from the U.K. can articulate a defense of the U.S. first constitutional amendment, better than presumably 99% of our own electorate:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uz19w7tf1U

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/dev/random / Re: Whatcha listening to?
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:37:55 PM »
Essentially a faithful recreation of the original MIDI tracks, with real guitar.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBbQFvIhBQs

0:00 At Dooms Gate
2:01 The Imp's Song
3:43 Dark Halls
6:08 Kitchen Ace
8:58 Suspense
11:04 On The Hunt
12:30 Demons On The Prey
15:05 Sign Of Evil
17:41 Hiding The Secrets

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art, music, etc. / Re: Actually, the best guitar solo is..........
« on: December 31, 2018, 04:57:10 PM »

Haha, almost 11 years necro-post ;)


"the biggest shred collab song in the world II (2018)"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj0CjV1QxtQ
<span data-s9e-mediaembed="youtube" style="display:inline-block;width:100%;max-width:640px"><span style="display:block;overflow:hidden;position:relative;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" style="background:url(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/oj0CjV1QxtQ/hqdefault.jpg) 50% 50% / cover;border:0;height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;width:100%" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oj0CjV1QxtQ"></iframe></span></span><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/oj0CjV1QxtQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/oj0CjV1QxtQ</a>

So, unsurprisingly, some percentage of this was fairly 'standard' shredding; but there were a few segments that gave me that authentic jaw-dropping :WTF: feeling.


:grinelectric:

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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:34:11 AM »
Thread detailing the SPLC's role in recent ideological deplatformings:


https://twitter.com/nickmon1112/status/1079146042350858241





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/dev/random / Re: Christmas & New Years 2018 thread
« on: December 31, 2018, 02:19:24 AM »
Sorry to hear that, that's rough. (We lost an especially beloved pet in 2017 to cancer. Still miss him.)

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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: December 29, 2018, 06:18:34 PM »
It's my opinion that this recent social attitude adjustment towards the championing of diversity is a marketing move and a corporate trend.

Agreed the corps. have glommed onto this for their own cynically exploitative reasons; though the ideological trend seems to have decades-old origins.

The following 'tweet' jumps into the middle of a thread exploring why payment companies (Patreon, Stripe, PayPal, MasterCard, etc.) have been observed to be acting in concert to shut down counter-narrative sites and content creators:


https://twitter.com/nickmon1112/status/1078397471141842945 (may take some amount of scrolling to find the beginning)



(Note that Robert Spencer—not to be confused with Richard Spencer—runs a site documenting Islamic extremism.)


Patreon has been acting particularly strangely lately, banning creators who they on the one hand concede didn't break their Terms of Service, but on the other hand they keep alluding to "extra layers" that must be taken into account, for Patreon to participate in the Global Payment Network:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv7hvZee-PQ
<span data-s9e-mediaembed="youtube" style="display:inline-block;width:100%;max-width:640px"><span style="display:block;overflow:hidden;position:relative;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" style="background:url(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Hv7hvZee-PQ/hqdefault.jpg) 50% 50% / cover;border:0;height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;width:100%" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hv7hvZee-PQ"></iframe></span></span><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/Hv7hvZee-PQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/Hv7hvZee-PQ</a>

(etc.)

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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: December 29, 2018, 03:55:11 PM »
Vape store cashier in Georgia reduced to loud screeching fit over customer's pro-Trump attire.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzYTtsdic0A
<span data-s9e-mediaembed="youtube" style="display:inline-block;width:100%;max-width:640px"><span style="display:block;overflow:hidden;position:relative;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" style="background:url(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/kzYTtsdic0A/hqdefault.jpg) 50% 50% / cover;border:0;height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;width:100%" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kzYTtsdic0A"></iframe></span></span><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/kzYTtsdic0A" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/kzYTtsdic0A</a>

:sarcastic:


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Jokes / Re: Funny Pictures
« on: December 29, 2018, 10:28:30 AM »


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Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
« on: December 27, 2018, 01:19:18 PM »
I've never heard of this news source, but they said it came from the census bureau.

KUSI is an independent TV station in San Diego; been around since the early 80's. (Don't know their political leanings, haven't watched TV news in ages.)

Mildly surprised at the "least educated" metric for California. Rather figured we'd be #1 for highest population of "least-useful-degree holders" (e.g. gender studies; etc.)

:dohdohdoh:

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Jokes / Re: Funny videos
« on: December 18, 2018, 04:26:55 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoxhDk-hwuo
<span data-s9e-mediaembed="youtube" style="display:inline-block;width:100%;max-width:640px"><span style="display:block;overflow:hidden;position:relative;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" style="background:url(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/xoxhDk-hwuo/hqdefault.jpg) 50% 50% / cover;border:0;height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;width:100%" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xoxhDk-hwuo"></iframe></span></span><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/xoxhDk-hwuo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/xoxhDk-hwuo</a>

pwnt  :evilgrin:

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