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Rock Band DLC - my wallet stands ready

DLC rock band

I can easily see how Rock Band DLC went double-platinum on only 2 months and why Motley Crue said they had more sales as DLC than as regular records - it’s compulsive. It’s been scientifically proven to be impossible to have too many songs to play, especially when the quality of the note chart conversion, which is directly proportional to fun, is as consistent as we’ve found it to be. I’ve spent the equivalent of half of a full-price game just on DLC already, and I’ve only really stopped because I have all the ones that simply must have; I could easily find another half dozen I’d be happy to buy but the need is not as urgent.

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Booked in for Siggraph 08

ogre siggraph travelling

I’ve only been to Siggraph once before, in 2006 when it was held in Boston. It happened to coincide with a trip I wanted to make to see some friends / clients of mine anyway so it dovetailed in quite well - I also held a Birds of a Feather (BOF) meet-up for the OGRE community while I was there, and it was good to meet a few of our users.

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SFIV looking fabulous

Wow. Every new trailer I see of Street Fighter IV raises my anticipation level for this title a little more, and the video released from Captivate 08 yesterday is no exception. Just ignore the annoying voice-over. Stunning. The proof will be in the playing of course, but it certainly looks promising that they’ve captured the essence of arguably the best fighting game ever to grace any system. They even have a revamped version of a piece of music that I definitely recognise from SFII - I think it might be from Vega’s stage?

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Great assistance from NVIDIA & Graphic Remedy

I posted recently that we were having some mipmapping issues with NVIDIA’s newest drivers, the 175.x series, on both Windows and Linux when using GL. Thanks to help from the nice chaps at NVIDIA these issues are now resolved for the moment - there does indeed appear to be a bug in some aspects of the hardware mipmap generation implementation in these drivers, but the workarounds exposed a couple of bugs of our own in software mipmap generation code - which hasn’t been used by Ogre on most modern hardware for several years, since we’ve opted for hardware mipmap generation for a long time.

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Innovation revisited

A few weeks ago I posted a rant about how companies keep way more code to themselves than makes any rational sense, under the pretense of protecting their competitive advantage. I asserted that in a large number of cases, what they’re keeping to themselves is actually exactly what everyone else is also developing internally, and also keeping to themselves in the hope that it’s worth something. Result - a ton of duplicated effort that is worth very little.

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Rescuing the greedy from their own folly

I have a confession to make - in my deep and distant past, I have an accountancy qualification - a legacy of a young man with too little focus about what he wanted to do in life and before it had occurred to him that someone might pay him to play with computers. Not that I think there’s anything particularly wrong with accountancy; in an island dominated by finance it was a safe bet for a mathematically / logically-minded individual with too many diverse interests and no particular clue which one to follow at the time - but I found out pretty quickly that it definitely wasn’t for me.

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The Food Chain

A friend blogged yesterday about Microsoft finally releasing the specifications for the binary Office formats recently - I welcome that Microsoft is finally opening  up on these formats, even if it’s largely irrelevant from a technical perspective now all the reverse-engineering has mostly been done, the patent protection for reimplementations is a major boon. It  kinda made me think that maybe,  just maybe Microsoft are starting to realise that opening all standards related to critical business data is what customers really want.

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Brightens my day

SCO on the brink of final collapse It just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside that for once in this crazy industry, bullshit did indeed walk.

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A sign of desperation

Am I the only one who thinks that Microsoft’s $44.6bn bid for Yahoo is primarily a long overdue admission of failure on Microsoft’s part? Google has been caning their ass online for years, both in terms of concrete market share and grass-roots popularity. Everybody loves Google - after all, what’s not to love? They give you great online tools for free, they sponsor open source projects by providing good hosting and running the Summer of Code, they’ve contributed to a ton of open, cross-platform APIs.

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Open source adoption; countering the fear and doubt

For some reason, open source solutions aren’t that popular where I live. Historically, the UK has lagged behind the other major developed countries in North America and Europe in open source adoption, for reasons I’m not entirely clear about, but generally that attitude is changing over time, as discussed in a report issued by Atos Origin a couple of years ago (funnily enough, I worked heavily with Atos for several years in a previous job on a project that included many open source components).

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