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Friday, December 19, 2008

Switching Gears

After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy.
Instead, the Recording Industry Association of America said it plans to try an approach that relies on the cooperation of Internet-service providers. The trade group said it has hashed out preliminary agreements with major ISPs under which it will send an email to the provider when it finds a provider's customers making music available online for others to take.
Wall Street Journal

I definitely did not expect this so soon, as progress in the courts of stopping the RIAA's legal campaign is proceeding at a crawl, and the RIAA could probably have continued for a while longer before getting hit with serious legal penalties.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Graphics Programming Term Project

In case anybody is interested, here is the paper for my term project in graphics class. I was working on an implementation of it, but thanks to various brick wall problems, that didn't end up getting completed in time (which is why the results section does not discuss the results of the actual implementation), although it did result in me going 38 hours without sleep. It's an interesting method, and at least a couple small parts of it are novel (I'm not aware of them being proposed before), but probably isn't practically useful for the reasons explained in the paper.

Multi-Fragment Deferred Shading Using Index Rendering

& More Echoes

BahamutZero has informed me that Echoes of War is now available on iTunes+ (DRM-free 256 kbps AAC audio downloads) for $14.85 (the two CDs in Echoes of War are sold separately, totaling that price). I'm not aware of the actual CDs being available anywhere but Eminence, the creators. If you just want the audio files without the shipping (my Legendary Edition cost like $12 shipping), check out iTunes.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Well, just as school is almost over (finals are this week) and I don't have a job lined up yet, substantial amounts of amusement will be welcome in the near future (especially given how bleak the anime outlook is, this season...). Well, as it turns out, I'm in luck! While in the process of banging my head against a wall till I pass out while working on a term project, something amusing happened. I don't have time to explain the details now (despite the fact that this is much more interesting than my school project), but here's a short headline of what's up and coming: Q vs. Scam Debt Collection Agency.

Look forward to it!