December 6th, 2005

sleepy

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So I've got my new computer.

And, as usual, I've gone for the top bleeding-edge components - as usual this computer should last three or four years with one or two piecemeal upgrades whenever something major comes out, but the core of it should stay stable.

Speaking of being stable, however, as usual, it isn't. I'm slowly narrowing it down - I think it's an issue with the graphics card or drivers - but it's tough to reliably reproduce it. In some 3d programs it randomly crashes, in others it doesn't. It seems to consistently crash in 3dmark, but it acts like a different kind of crash, and that one I'm willing to believe is a bug in 3dmark. What I really need is a heavy 3d test that I can leave looping for hours, but I can't find one.

Anyone know of one? Some modern game that can just loop a demo, or a 3d test suite that can be found that runs forever, or something?
sleepy

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Very interesting speech on DRM (text format.)

"Paper books are the packaging that books come in."

(Yes, I'm against DRM, and getting increasingly more so. It may have been an okay idea several years ago - at this point, the only way to make vaguely effective DRM is to duplicate something like Sony's lunacy, and IMHO Sony execs should be going to jail for that one. And it doesn't even work!)
sleepy

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Random thought:

People talk about "the post-9/11 world" as if, on 9/11, suddenly terrorists sprung out of every city in the world and started trying to kill Americans.

Which is kind of ironic, because it seems virtually certain that immediately after the events of 9/11 there were slightly *fewer* terrorists than immediately before.

On the other hand, statistically from the average American's point of view, it's actually quite reasonable that the number of expected terrorists in the USA jumped sharply upwards, since the percentage of humans who were terrorists in their personal sample of humanity also jumped upwards.

I guess it all depends on how you look at it.
sleepy

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Further random thoughts:

Singularity theory says that technology is increasing exponentially, and our culture is changing at the same rate.

I find it very, very unlikely that our legal system is accelerating exponentially as well.

Things to think about.