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by Jim Manley
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<t>I know it"s completely insane (no news there for me ) and it would be a long-term goal, but, I wonder if it would be remotely feasible to support multiple game engine protocols? Then, we could leverage what"s been done everywhere else - it would most likely mean you would only be able to cross be...
by Jim Manley
Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<t>Yeah, I wasn"t even thinking about how little RAM we"ll have when the GPU is given half of the 256 MBs right off the bat if full GPU capability is going to be used. Then, the nerve of the OS wanting to actually steal ~48 MBs of the remaining 128 MBs to do unimportant things like filesystem tasks,...
by Jim Manley
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Potential power source
Replies: 83
Views: 16145

Re: Potential power source

<t>The R-Pi board allegedly draws 200 ma with nothing else connected. Add a USB keyboard and mouse and you should still be below 400 ma. You won"t be able to power any other USB devices unless they come with their own power supply (e.g., an external USB hard disk drive), or you connect a powered (ac...
by Jim Manley
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:22 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dial-up router
Replies: 4
Views: 1835

Re: Dial-up router

<t>Hi Troy,<br/> <br/> I assume you"re using a Windows PC, and it would help to know which version (XP SP1/SP2/SP3, Vista, 7). I seem to recall that it"s difficult to share a modem connection with an Ethernet/WiFi network because the data speeds are so widely different, and Windows may refuse to all...
by Jim Manley
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:56 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<r>So, I moseyed on over to The Wikipedia page for game engines (<URL url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.....me_engines">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.....me_engines</URL>) and there are no less than 59 free or open-source systems listed that are implemented in everything from C/C++, through Java,...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi-finity! A Network-based MMORP Game Being Built by and for Only R-Pi Users
Replies: 36
Views: 10621

Re: Pi-finity! A Network-based MMORP Game Being Built by and for Only R-Pi Users

<t>We"ve discussed it over in the original post on the General Discussion forum:<br/> <br/> - Do MAC address filtering, as all of the R-Pi wired Ethernet interfaces have MAC addresses in a known range as they are manufacturer-specific and registered to the Foundation. This can potentially be spoofed...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What is connected to the 5V rail on the Raspi?
Replies: 2
Views: 1149

Re: What is connected to the 5V rail on the Raspi?

<t>The 5v (@50 ma) line in HDMI (like DVI) is primarily meant to power on the display device"s internal EEPROM that stores the DDC/EDID (Display Data Channel / Extended Display Identification Data) data even when the display is turned off.  This way your video source can receive the info it needs ab...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Development environments
Replies: 54
Views: 29954

Re: Development environments

<r>I haven"t looked to see if it"s included in the R-Pi Linux distros, but, Eclipse is a very popular IDE that includes a pretty-printing editor (auto-formatting, auto-completion of braces, programming language keywords highlighted in colors, etc.). It allows execution and debugging within the edito...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<t>SN said:<br/> <br/> <br/> And os each world would be named for the language you must code in for it. Such as:<br/> Pythonia<br/> Fortranox<br/> Pascalon<br/> Basicasia<br/> And errrmmmm C <br/> Take no notice if this not what you had in mind <br/> <br/> <br/> Sure, why not?<br/> Note that every n...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: proposing a name for R-PI expansion boards.
Replies: 28
Views: 7699

Re: proposing a name for R-PI expansion boards.

I have to say SEED and it"s textual expansion make sense. The only thing I could expand LEAF into was Logic Expansion Accessory Fixture
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<t>Liam said:<br/> Something just popped into my head. To use the maximum capacity of the GPU, it has to have 128MB of the ram if I"m not mistaken. Therefore, we only have about 70 or 80 to work with before we start swapping. May get a little tough at times!<br/> <br/> <br/> Good point! We"ve seen Q...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<t>mkopack, hippy, scifi, et al,<br/> <br/> You are all "getting it" precisely as I"m envisioning it. I was a little worried that I"d gone off the deep end to the point where the bubbles were getting too small to see (the ones that you can hear a tiny "Help!" when each one pops ).<br/> <br/> The "pr...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Look what UPS just left on my doorstep!
Replies: 18
Views: 7194

Re: Look what UPS just left on my doorstep!

ME TOO!!!  And I'm keeping them - finders, keepers, losers, weepers!  ;)

by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<r>PiOfCube said:<br/> <br/> <br/> One of our services that will be coming out of Alpha soon is a content repository. The repository will be a massive collection of media ranging from textures to sound effects and 3D models and meshes.<br/> <br/> <br/> This idea sounds fantastic, that is really what...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: why the delays bother me (light hearted thread)
Replies: 22
Views: 3682

Re: why the delays bother me (light hearted thread)

<r>adlambert said:<br/> I"ve never heard of anyone who doesn"t have access to a computer.<br/> <br/> As the Foundation has stated in their introductions, its purpose is to make available very low-cost, credit card sized computers featuring modern low-power processing, HDTV graphics, networking, and ...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:00 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Pi-finity! A Network-based MMORP Game Being Built by and for Only R-Pi Users
Replies: 36
Views: 10621

Re: Pi-finity! A Network-based MMORP Game Being Built by and for Only R-Pi Users

<r>I"m cross-posting this from the General Discussion forum so that it will be a little easier to find. Essentially, "Pi-finity!" Is envisioned to be a massively multi-player on-line role-playing game (MMORPG) that will only run on R-Pi systems, with any number of players able to play simultaneously...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:19 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<r>If you"d like to bookmark the link, I"ve established the Wiki for "Pi-finity!" at<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://pi-finity.wikia.com/wik.....nity!_Wiki">http://pi-finity.wikia.com/wik.....nity!_Wiki</URL><br/> <br/> I"ll gradually be adding content over the next few days describing the general chara...
by Jim Manley
Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:15 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 312
Views: 100353

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<t>WOW! I had no idea there would be so much interest so quickly given the amorphous blob of an idea I was poking up at 1 AM local. I"m most amazed that I figured out how to render Liz speechless (Eben, I will reveal the recipe for the secret sauce for the princely sum of one mmmbillion dollars in s...
by Jim Manley
Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 11998

Re: abbreviations

<t>Phil,<br/> <br/> Thanks very much for the dissertations (plural, at the Piled higher and Deeper level, no less!) on the education gobbledygook. I had already Googled some of the acronyms and terms, but, found a confusing, fragmented story (just for England!) and you filled in a lot of the puzzlin...
by Jim Manley
Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: An ethical policy
Replies: 4
Views: 4569

Re: An ethical policy

<t>There"s a lesson in the (most) recent flap about Apple"s contract manufacturer in China, Foxconn (also for many other Western companies). Workers were just told that they would be limited to only 36 hours of overtime per month (the Chinese government legal limit), down from upwards of 100 hours p...
by Jim Manley
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 11998

Re: abbreviations

<t>Joe Schmoe said:<br/> Jim, it seems pretty clear to me that you would have answered the above question (from Mark Twain) as "Five".  And you"d defend to the death your being right in saying so.<br/> <br/> <br/> I love and respect both dogs and Samuel Clemens (he would appreciate the distinction )...
by Jim Manley
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How do I run Debian for ARM in windows and compile code?
Replies: 45
Views: 9476

Re: How do I run Debian for ARM in windows and compile code?

<t>Not as easy as you say, is it, Joe? Let"s see if we can come up with an acronym for that ... NAEAYS. Well, it"s kinda pronounceable ... "nays", as in "negatives"? Yeah, that"s appropriate. Sorry, I just couldn"t resist the temptation - the Devil made me do it (TDMMDI) <br/> <br/> I use VirtualBox...
by Jim Manley
Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 11998

Re: abbreviations

<t>Joe Schmoe said:<br/> <br/> <br/> Those are abbreviations, not acronyms.<br/> <br/> <br/> Incorrect, Joe. Acronyms, by both definition and use, are formed from the first letters from each word an acronym represents (often clarified as not necessarily being pronounceable words by being capitalized...
by Jim Manley
Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 11998

Re: abbreviations

<t>Speaking of an alphabet soup of acronyms and other jargon, given the educational terms the UK folks here bandy about as if they were part of the global lexicon, I still can"t figure out if my U.S. accredited MS in computer science qualifies me to have passed the GCSE, much less the A Level ... ah...
by Jim Manley
Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: abbreviations
Replies: 35
Views: 11998

Re: abbreviations

<t>The "acronyms have to be pronounceable" tribelet is in a tiny misinformed minority, since the following 1,216 TLAs are in use, some since before any of us were born, and many are completely unpronounceable. How do _you_ pronounce "RPMs"?, BTW, or, for that matter, "BTW"? It may predate you, but, ...

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