It has nothing to do with being "unfestive " and everything to do with chipping away at the wall that protects our Liberty from the religious fanatics. They would rejoice to see our 'Freedom from Religion' crushed underfoot and everyone chanting prayers to the 'Most High' with robotic repetition. I think it's ironic how, when another of our Constitutional freedoms is abridged or another dream of the Founding Fathers is eroded away, you 'bots think it's a cause for celebration. Sad. It's why we make fun of you. You don't realize what they are doing. You don't recognize true evil when it is waved in front of your face. You people need to wake up and smell the coffee. (Thursday Dec 5 | post #6594)
Yeah, you get plenty of ways to control the graphics level, some of which impacts frame rates dramatically. Pretty sure FSX supports multiple monitors (to produce a single image) but I'm sure there's probably a performance penalty ... there always is. I've never had the "real estate" to try it. Some 'hardcore' fans build very realistic cockpits with USB driven instrument panels. There's a whole industry built up around FSX and another product called X-Plane (which uses a more realistic 'model' for flight dynamics). Anyway, to stay on topic ... nothing will make you want to ridicule Christianity more than flying the virtual skies for a few hours! (Thursday Dec 5 | post #6593)
Modern flight sims are very amazing and resource demanding. My 3.2ghz i5 with 3gb GTX660 video card is only 'adequate' for the latest and greatest that offer reflections, shadows, trees, real looking clouds, etc. I think Microsoft has got out of the FS market after FSX (Flight Simulator 10) ... selling the software to General Dynamics (or some other aviation defense contractor) who is jazzing it up for training purposes. Civilian versions will still be offered. They've pretty much digitized the globe (DEM or Digital Elevation Map) with satellite imagery overlaid with 3D buildings, trees, bridges, etc. Thousands of freeware airplanes of every description are available ... good stuff. (Wednesday Dec 4 | post #6590)
Yeah ... I definitely owned this issue! Star Trek 4.0 program and SubLogic's FS1 Flight Sim advert ... that was my first Flight Simulator! Trips down memory lane! 300+ pages ... (Wednesday Dec 4 | post #6589)
The Internet is such a remarkable place. Look at this ... a copy of an issue of "80 Microcomputing " (Not TRS-80 Microcomputing as my imperfect memory recalled) ... "https://arch ive.org/stream/80- microcomputing-mag azine-1981-08/80Mi crocomputing_0881# page/n89/mode/2up " (Wednesday Dec 4 | post #6581)
Forgive me. I typed the above with a glaring eye and dirty fingernail on my smartphone, after my barking dog wrenched me from a sound sleep. I GIVE UP DOG!!! You have robbed me of my rest and now my friends and many admirers on the Internet must suffer the consequences! You may notice that the word "Apple" is missing from the above soliloquy. It's true, I have never eaten from the Apple tree. Don't get me wrong! They are fine machines and I have often gazed with an envious eye upon their amazing capabilities. I think it's because they do 'out of the box' what I have always had to FORCE my lessor machines to do with shear grit and determination. It's been part of the 'fun'. I think I would be a far different man had I simply eaten of the Apple. Far less bitter, far more at peace with myself and the world. What an odd dichotomy to Eve's experiment with that innocent fruit. Oh, the pain ... OH, THE HUMANITY!!! (Wednesday Dec 4 | post #6580)
You're the real deal, I was just a hobbyist. The "Trash-80 " was supported by a massive publication called "TRS-80 Microcomputing ", which was "massive " due to all the BASIC code published for our enjoyment in little, tiny print. Most of my "debugging " was due to my own typos. Still, I found it exciting and educational. My first printer, which I paid like $800 for, made the task somewhat easier. Later, I bought a graphics add-on PCB, upgrading the machine's native 140x48 pixel resolution to a whopping 640x480!! I was poop'n in high cotton with my new 80 column display and converted green-phosphor CRT (the Trash-80 came with a B/W display). I then enthusiastically set about modifying all my various programs to utilize my new, amazing graphics capabilities. It was a lot of fun, but not particularly "creative " in the sense 'real' programmers experience. Even so, there's not much my little 48K of free RAM couldn't do that that modern machines can ... I had quite functional word processors, spreadsheets, terminal emulators and, of course, Flight Sims and the requisite Star Trek games. One stormy night, a huge lightning strike travelled down the phone lines, exploding my expensive 300 baud MODEM and turning my beloved and heavily modified Trash-80 into real trash. Lord knows I tried to save her, replacing the obviously fried IC's and stuff. No joy. I had to relegate her beloved remains to the dumpster. Brief and unsatisfying affairs began with the New Kids in Town. Commodore64, Atari 800, VIC-20, Amiga500 ... I had them all ... I was a computer Whore and I knew it, but couldn't seem to control it. Eventually, I settled into Big Blue and have been hacking, buying, begging and stealing components ever since. They're never quite fast enough to give me the stutter-free flight-sim experience I so desperately need. And so it goes ... (Wednesday Dec 4 | post #6579)
Jeepers! That's a lot of BASIC!! I'll check some out ... need to retire to have time for programming. I remember many sweaty, smoke filled all-nighters debugging. Dabbled in some Z80 assembly language back when microprocessors were still understandable by mortal man. Thanks! (Tuesday Dec 3 | post #6574)
The above post got me to lamenting the lack of programming in BASIC on modern computers. This led me to this "http://small basic.com/" ... programming is ALIVE AND WELL and free for the taking!!! Now all I need is the time to learn a new language. BASIC ain't what it used to be ... (Monday Dec 2 | post #6558)
I used to love my TRS-80's pseudo-random-numb er generator. It would quite predictably generate the same "random" number sequence given the same seed. I got around the problem by converting the Real-Time-Clock's output into an integer, giving me 24x3600 different 'seeds' depending on when I ran the program. The odds of running it at the exact same 'second' were rather small. Ahhh ... the good old days! (Monday Dec 2 | post #6557)
Not "faith" ... Trust. Big difference. Science 'believers' TRUST the system, the Scientific Method, to produce reliable results. It does. We know (trust) that with the proper investment in study and effort, we would reach very simular conclusions. We (all) demonstrate our Trust when we ride in an airplane, take an antibiotic or flip on a light switch. You 'bots demonstrate your lack of "faith" with every muttered prayer and get results statistically indistinguishable from a coin toss. All hail his Holy Name! LOL (Monday Dec 2 | post #6556)
Unqualified, of course, but you're welcome to it! (Monday Dec 2 | post #6555)
On the "random quantum events" thing, pretty much go along with that. Not really a "random" system, but the system's state when we take our snapshots can't be predicted. Not sure unpredictability itself is enough to define something as "random" . It is said that the particle, wave or whatever possesses 'all possible states' at the same time. This, of course, brings up interesting possibilities regarding superstrings, multiple dimensions/univers es, etc. and how things work at this exceedingly fine level. The second part ... all baloney. You simply cannot compare the Universe to a machine. No way, no how. The Universe does not "work like clockwork" ... it is a violent and chaotic place. No comparison, none whatsoever. (Sunday Dec 1 | post #6548)
Would have sworn I read some of his work but a quick perusal of his web site proves me wrong. Interesting stuff. I kind of hate to admit that reading has become something of a chore, rather than the joy it once was. Even e-books, with their variable fonts, don't seem as immersive as more traditional media. The "Flood" and "Ark" novels look particularly interesting and topical. I love a good 'end of the world as we know it' read. The Bible is a poorly written example of that genre ... kind of ironic. (Sunday Dec 1 | post #6544)
So hard to estimate how many 'technological' civilizations are out there. We sort of have a 'duty' to survive and learn. I've read many hundreds of Sci-fi novels ... not one of them really described the 'future' we find ourselves living now. A thousand years hence is anybody's guess. I suspect, like Quantum Bob, that we would already be Terra-forming Mars and 'left footprints' all over the Solar System. (Friday Nov 29 | post #6537)
Q & A with RHill
Blue Collar Philosopher
I Belong To:
My family, my friends, my country, my employer, myself ... not necessarily in that order.
When I'm Not on Topix:
I'm on FB or over-the-counter medications.
Read My Forum Posts Because:
I may be the least insane person you'll ever meet.
I'm Listening To:
Several giga-bytes of Mozart
Read This Book:
State of Fear, Catch-22
Watching documentaries, fresh clean air, fishing, camping, horses, animals, beer drinking, scifi movies.
On My Mind:
Toilet paper that does not form Klingons.
I Believe In:
Freedom of speech, thought, freedom from religion, love, joy, happiness, life, knowledge.