134 posts • joined 14 May 2010
Originally, No 3D card helped with this game, it didn't take advantage of any 3D acceleration and was purely a software renderer.... 3DFX would never help here.
However, in later years some clever people hacked around the Build engine to enable 3D acceleration, and higher resolution textures... which is nice.
Nope, the op clearly states:
"Not wanting to go back to the computers of 20 years ago, I can't see the point of running a 32-bit machine now."
Doesn't mention architecture. Irrespective of the platform, there are many good reasons to use a 32bit OS and simply put there is a point of running a 32bit machine and isn't as antiquated as the OP suggests.
It;s not an investment in a statup, that would suggest you get shares in the company. You don't invest, you buy a product (possibly slightly cheaper) but you don't get anything else back for your "investment". Now, a crowdfunding exercise where you buy shares into a startup would be more interesting ... oh wait...
"Sometimes the only way to effect change that has a hope of persisting is to fight fire with fire, therefore the historically persistent yet still endemic discrimination has to be fought with equal discrimination"
So instead of fighting against discrimination, your solution is to persist it.. so for the post you are responding to, you are one of the hypocrites they are talking about.
Your not part of the solution, your part of the problem.
Joust you listen to me! This type of talk belongs in a Circus! Trolling like this will turn this thread into a Battlezone, I usually Dodge'Em but I as an original player of the 2600, I wanted to stop this chatter going on the Rampage!
Cmon guys, do the Basic Maths, this new Atari has a Stellar Track record ..they just need to sort out the Gremlins. Waiting for this console is no Picnic, but speculation is Out of Control! Hopefully we will all see Atari isn't Mr Don't...and is in fact Mr Do!
Ok,ok... I'm getting my coat..
"and those at the workstations didn't notice any difference "
I've nothing against Linux, I use it myself.. but that comment is bollocks. I understand the Firefox point, and any other application which is cross platform but the Desktop and LibreOffice for instance have massive differences in their UI and how they work. Techies may not find it that difficult a leap, but for the average user it would be much more of a struggle.
I don't disagree with your comment on Sybase and SQLServer, the author said "complete re-write of a little known database". Sybase was/is not little known.
Disks are not expensive.. CMON! ... but they do not perform as well as flash, so I agree that. The point I was making is that I disagreed with the author stating "It is time to re-think why data is stored on slow, unreliable disk, for anything other than recovery and archive purposes.". Disk is not that unreliable, especially compared with flash.
Tony: "The point about INT and IDENTITY is just plain wrong; It's in RTM which came out this month - I've a demo on my laptop here."
I wasn't aware that was the case, According to the MS Documentation:
There are only a few limitations when creating memory-optimized tables, in addition to the data type limitations already listed.
No DML triggers
No FOREIGN KEY or CHECK constraints
No IDENTITY columns
No UNIQUE indexes other than for the PRIMARY KEY
A maximum of 8 indexes, including the index supporting the PRIMARY KEY
So if it has changed then I'll happily stand corrected.
Don't get me wrong, I think Hekaton is great but it's not a simple "oh.. lets just re-config the table to live in memory" and then SHAZAM, AWESOME PERFORMANCE and then DONE!! There is more to it than that
The number of licenses won't give you a clear picture here. MSSQL is vaslty cheaper than Oracle, so it makes a lot more sense to go with MSSQL for cost reasons. BUT, you will still see large organisations plumb for Oracle/DB2 for their massive databases (actually, I see mainly Oracle here).
So it would be interesting to see how many massive databases (I won't define massive, if the number of tables and rows make you think "oh fuck!" then that would be massive) are actually run on MSSQL compared to Oracle (and maybe DB2).
Well Matt 21, let me help you here..
"Microsoft has quietly commenced its own seemingly impossible mission, a complete re-write of a little known database which will be released two years into the future, and will be known as SQL Server 7."
What you mean Sybase? Little known and failure, Did you research Sybase at all?
"Redmond's new database will compete with the entrenched kings of the database world, Oracle and DB2."
SQLServer 7 didn't in any way compete against the existing Oracle and DB2 installs. Only recently has it blipped on the radar, but only recently.
"It is time to re-think why data is stored on slow, unreliable disk, for anything other than recovery and archive purposes."
You mean floppies right? Cause Hard Drives with their various redundancy lead controllers (like using RAID perhaps?) seems to be the best long time storage available for reliability... Certainly this is NOT the case for RAM (not long term storage) or FLASH (not as reliable).
"One table at a time migration is practical, reducing risk without requiring expensive consultancy or new skill sets. All common data types are supported - only the less often used XML, CLR and max() types are excluded. "
But there are some glaring omissions aren't there? Like no Foreign Keys and Check Constraints, or how about INT IDENTITY.. are they in there as well... Nope, not yet!.
Hekaton is a great technology, but I think the author is seeing MSSQL through rose tinted glasses.
"And if you have that much code client side then perhaps you should rethink your whole design"
So if you have an enterprise application, with a JSON API and an HTML5 ui... then you going to have a bit of JS to manage. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but how else do you do it?
Hmmm, are you sure?
"And at the same time an alternating colour palette was applied to each line to make bands of colour run towards the player."
"Space Harrier and Hang-On used the same system (though with just one 'road'). The big difference in Space Harrier was that its starting image was a series of evenly spaced strips running to the horizon instead of just a single road. Then with the palette shifts applied you got the familiar gingham-shaded chequerboard."
So how do you explain the smooth scrolling transition of the road side bands on OutRun and the Space Harrier ground at slow speeds? If it was palete shifting, then you would not see a smooth effect and it would be much more coarse.
"My Atari ST came with this, Carrier Command and Bomb Jack - legendary games, and conversions that were a lot better (imo) than the 8bit versions."
The Atari ST was a much more powerful computer than any of the 8 bit machines... being at the time a next gen 16/32 bit computer... so I guess that's why eh?
"It's not about choice, I don't get to make the design decisions, I only get to use what Microsoft, Apple, Canonical, et al, decide to provide. "
No. It really is about choice. I make choices all the time, i life and not just computers ... and I don't rely on people telling me what I want.
" At some some point in the evolution of their products all those vendors have to make a change & we consumers are obliged to accomodate those changes (by accepting or moving on)"
No. I am not obliged to accommodate anything I don't like... See me point about choice above.
"I developed my use of keyboard shortcuts"
So do I, in Windows 7 it works just fine.
"I'm disappointed that posters resort to personal insults while describing their point of view against others. "
So, I would suggest you tone down the condescending tone of your post to stop inviting them.
" I don't think that's necessary but a little profanity (in an adjective form) or terseness should be excused as we don't all have the time to post in verbose form and, really, is commenting that serious an endeavour?"
Again, do you see the condescending slant there?
How can you argue that we should not have a choice? How do you feel justified with that?
Are you kidding me?
"First, prices WILL increase."
Well other sites managed to compete on price without massive tax dodges. I call bollocks on that one
"second, the Gov will spend that money on shit that I (and you) don't care about."
Uhu... Actually the Gov does spend money on shit that I DO care about, like the NHS, Emergency Services (All of them!) and people in the Public Sector need them for their pensions etc.
"Consumers need to shut up before you ruin it for everyone."
LIke allow for fair competition, so that British business can compete with the off shore companies? SO basically, your telling everyone to STFU and your justification is that you can get cheap goods from Amazon..
"The end result what our boss went out and bought us a bunch of laptops that allow us to do our jobs but the IT Admins are forever locking our laptops out of the corporate network."
...and when your laptops have a fault or stop working is it going to be your boss that fixes them or the evil IT Admins?
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