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    Err, trying to shoehorn a 'hacky faked 3D engine'...

    Err, trying to shoehorn a 'hacky faked 3D engine' into a 3D-based engine instead of just using low-res textures and the orphographic camera :spin:

    You could try to do that sort of thing with...
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    And you run into the pitfalls of trying to do...

    And you run into the pitfalls of trying to do much of everything in a paint program unless you have a lot of experience working with 2D. Right now I see one of those common pitfalls, and that is...
  3. Mind breaking it up into paragraphs (people on...

    Mind breaking it up into paragraphs (people on the internet will usually not read solid blocks of text)?
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    HP has a type a paper where their ink will dry...

    HP has a type a paper where their ink will dry instantly. This means you can stack them on top of each other with the picture on them and there will be no stickiness.

    I also think I've heard of...
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    Does the graphic tablet also have the Blender...

    Does the graphic tablet also have the Blender viewport displayed on it? Otherwise, I don't exactly see how one can easily make the connection between the pen moving alongside you horizontally to the...
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    Turning his belief in odd theories into a way to...

    Turning his belief in odd theories into a way to express creative sci-fi thinking may be one method (because all we know is that everything in those movies just 'work'), but I'm not a psychologist so...
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    And a poor one at that as it will be surpassed in...

    And a poor one at that as it will be surpassed in a year by a faster model (so you would need to spend at least 1K a year on your new 'symbol'). Definitely not like those pricey heirlooms which might...
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    I also would have a hard time believing that (his...

    I also would have a hard time believing that (his age) unless it turned out that he was diagnosed as genuinely autistic at some stage in his life (because those people tend to live with their parents...
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    Is this a matter of thinking that your girlfriend...

    Is this a matter of thinking that your girlfriend is more important than your family?

    This might be coming close to the "selling your soul for the one you love" concept which was modeled to great...
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    Perhaps you have the refractive caustics option...

    Perhaps you have the refractive caustics option disabled?
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    If you're anywhere in the young adult stage, then...

    If you're anywhere in the young adult stage, then you might want to take the 'boomerang kid' route and move back in with your parents (until you can make enough to live on your own again). Even if...
  12. Thread: Tars

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    I think you will need to soon replace the...

    I think you will need to soon replace the background with a properly modeled urban scene (since the perspective of the existing background appears to be random).

    I would also note to possibly add...
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    Is there any reason why you're trying to...

    Is there any reason why you're trying to exclusively update the image in a paint program rather than just re-rendering it?

    It seems like as of now that you're trying to do too much in the way of...
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    The thread title seems to be misleading, as the...

    The thread title seems to be misleading, as the blocks just sit there and seem to play just a rather minor role in the video.

    I at least expected either the blocks to do something or the people...
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    Hey Grady; You seem to have more of a knack for...

    Hey Grady; You seem to have more of a knack for trying different styles than most people here (from realism to toon), which seems to be working in terms of improving your skills.

    For the sculpts,...
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    Could use some hills behind the fence or...

    Could use some hills behind the fence or something, right now it seems like the world stops at the back of the foreground.

    I do like the somewhat stylized lighting though as well as the concept,...
  17. Nvidia's compiler though does seem to be able to...

    Nvidia's compiler though does seem to be able to handle larger kernel sizes than AMD's, but it does have a limit based on what I've read from the devs.
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    Last I checked, I don't think it is required of...

    Last I checked, I don't think it is required of the user to always have the value of the left side of the curve at 1.

    Try lowering the maximum value of the curve and see what you get.
  19. If you're using the multires modifier, you might...

    If you're using the multires modifier, you might want to make sure that the armature modifier is before it in the stack (so you don't have any possible issues with how the weight painting is...
  20. There is an 'experimental kernel' for the GPU,...

    There is an 'experimental kernel' for the GPU, but the major issue that I hear blocks further functionality in GPU rendering is that the mega-kernel approach causes an explosion in the amount of...
  21. Just a week or so later, we now have a competing...

    Just a week or so later, we now have a competing product from Australia that does the same technique, but with a different approach.
    http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/25/gizmo-3d-printer/

    It will...
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    Done a little more work on my creature head, he's...

    Done a little more work on my creature head, he's looking a bit more Dragon-like now with the scales and ear-fans.
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    Some things I would note


    This is the first 'proper' dyntopo sculpt...
  23. Also, he posted this link to a Google doc. giving...

    Also, he posted this link to a Google doc. giving a general overview of the work that has been done.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LuXW-CV-sVJkQaEGZlMJ86jZ8FmoPfecaMdR-oiWbUY/edit?pli=1
    ...
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    How much of the gold is real and how much is just...

    How much of the gold is real and how much is just a texture with a sizable bump (I think I see some repeating on the far pile)? It looks like you did a good job on the gold texture regardless, the...
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    I've never heard of that site before, for the...

    I've never heard of that site before, for the sake of making sure the product is in a trusted location, you might look at hosting it on the Blender Market instead.
  26. If this patch ends up giving Cycles the ability...

    If this patch ends up giving Cycles the ability to tailor the kernel for the scene you're rendering (like some have suggested), then that is going to be a dream come true. In addition, it will give...
  27. Thread: The Joker

    by Ace Dragon
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    Are you trying to get close to the version that...

    Are you trying to get close to the version that was in those animated shows in the 1990's or the one in the latest Batman movie trilogy?

    Either way, I think the paint could use some light grunge...
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    Just to note, Lukas has made a few minor changes...

    Just to note, Lukas has made a few minor changes to the patch (but one of them may help a bit with rendering quality)
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    I think as of now, there's likely no way to...

    I think as of now, there's likely no way to obtain it 'legally' without purchasing a DVD collection of the seasons that ran so far. Either that or subscribing to some video streaming service that's...
  30. Resurrecting this thread because the news that...

    Resurrecting this thread because the news that just came in is a big deal
    https://developer.blender.org/D1200

    The patch in question is massive and I think is nothing short of a full-blown...
  31. HGI has finally been able to get his World API...

    HGI has finally been able to get his World API fixes committed.
    http://lists.blender.org/pipermail/bf-blender-cvs/2015-March/074998.html...
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    I'd still at least advise to have a competent...

    I'd still at least advise to have a competent looking weight map, but it does look like this will really speed things up and take a lot of the meticulous tuning out of the weighting process.

    I...
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    You can also use the raylength data type from the...

    You can also use the raylength data type from the lightpath node if your scene doesn't need any reliance on an actual volumetric effect (such as volumetric fog inside the glass or an object encased...
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    You sir have just posted one of the first images...

    You sir have just posted one of the first images in this entire thread that makes use of this technique in a way that's not of the sci-fi genre or a spaceship.

    I've been thinking that the tests...
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    I can see why it would be a priority for Project...

    I can see why it would be a priority for Project Gooseberry then, they have scenes that are going to have a lot of hair and VFx work and Sergey's been declaring war on memory usage and trying to get...
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    The Dyntopo sculpt I have has about 1 million...

    The Dyntopo sculpt I have has about 1 million triangles and the data transfer on my machine took less than half a minute (this on a Win64 build using an Ivy Bridge i7 processor). Perhaps it's a bug...
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    It will be in Blender 2.74 when it is released...

    It will be in Blender 2.74 when it is released (or grab a buildbot build if you want to use it now).
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    So, thanks to the Mesh Data Transfer tool, making...

    So, thanks to the Mesh Data Transfer tool, making creatures with Dyntopo seems to have become a less ominous task than ever (saving tons of time when you decide to create an updated iteration).
    ...
  39. In this case, Cycles (and perhaps Thea, Indigo,...

    In this case, Cycles (and perhaps Thea, Indigo, and Luxrender) could probably do something like this if they had support for 80 GPU setups.

    Nothing special then I guess unless they plan to make it...
  40. The size of the kernel can have a tremendous...

    The size of the kernel can have a tremendous effect on how much memory is needed by the GPU (due to the way that GPU programming and GPU architecture works).

    Cycles currently uses a single...
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    I'm just finding out that the new Mesh Data...

    I'm just finding out that the new Mesh Data Transfer tool is a brilliant piece of work for transferring data between different versions of a Dyntopo sculpt (can take some time, but it does the job)....
  42. I didn't know that he switched from Makerbot to...

    I didn't know that he switched from Makerbot to Pixologic, that explains just about everything then.

    I think Psy-Fi at least has been getting pretty good at working with the Dyntopo code and may...
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    The new viewport render, when it's done, should...

    The new viewport render, when it's done, should allow for effects far better than what the eixsting matcaps can provide when sculpting.

    Once the viewport becomes entirely shader-based, such...
  44. So is there a 'real' reason for Nicholas' switch from sculpt tools to Ptex?

    Apparently, there's a rumor that has gone around on the idea that Pixelogic (Zbrush) has ordered the discontinuing of all sculpt-related development in Blender (perhaps in a bid to literally and...
  45. I just saw this on CGTalk, I wonder how many...

    I just saw this on CGTalk, I wonder how many GPU's they're using though?

    A lot of these demos tend to run on the best hardware that money can buy, and that means thousands of dollars worth in...
  46. That used to actually be the case with Steam,...

    That used to actually be the case with Steam, where reviewers hired by Valve would inspect every game for quality before it got approved,.

    However, ever since Greenlight came about, all you have...
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    For me, it would be wavy potato chips that don't...

    For me, it would be wavy potato chips that don't have any calories, but without any hint of sacrifice in the taste (I can eat all I want without gaining weight) :D
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    Updated the Dragon images once again with what I...

    Updated the Dragon images once again with what I think is an upgrade to material realism and an upgrade to a more realistic tonemap.

    I also a week or so ago updated the tonemaps for the two newer...
  49. This 'everyone can be now be a game developer'...

    This 'everyone can be now be a game developer' ideology which has led to the market being trampled over, I'm pretty sure would hew close to Marx's philosophy (as he advocated the idea of everyone...
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    What policy are you talking about, I don't think...

    What policy are you talking about, I don't think I've heard a single word from Ton and co. that speaks against the future inclusion of custom matcaps.

    Besides, with Viewport FX going in and the...
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    Some of these would work good as an art piece...

    Some of these would work good as an art piece itself (something for the modern art junkies).

    So far, the textures seem pretty random, perhaps try to make some textures that you might want to use...
  52. Really, I've seen plenty of good games perform...

    Really, I've seen plenty of good games perform poorly on Google Play, the developers end up making less than the ones that make reams of throwaway projects, I hear that it's the same on Steam as well...
  53. The curse of game development democratization; Was it even worth doing?

    A really good article on the fact that indies find it almost impossible to make money nowadays if you have any sort of dream of going commercial...
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    Psy-Fi is currently working on a new 'viewport'...

    Psy-Fi is currently working on a new 'viewport' render system that will ultimately allow for things like PBR.

    As for having it replace Cycles, you would need to expect the user to have something...
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    Blender development in general however has been...

    Blender development in general however has been seeing more positive and smart choices in recent years (the latest one being the increased effort to really get a patch review system going).

    The...
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    I think if you're wanting to sell a game...

    I think if you're wanting to sell a game commercially, well guess what, the BGE is yet another free engine that has a 'catch' and a big one at that.

    The catch is that you have little to no control...
  57. The only problem with remaking logic bricks into...

    The only problem with remaking logic bricks into visual Python components is that a lot of people might potentially get a dramatic decrease in performance in their projects (especially with more...
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    There is some nice looking materials being made...

    There is some nice looking materials being made here.

    The only reservation is that there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of entirely original work, but rather work that has resulted from following...
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    If all you need is simple dragging and dropping,...

    If all you need is simple dragging and dropping, you can even use something like the MS Office Suite for this (using art that you would make in a program like Inkscape).
  60. If you're looking for a good quality FOSS game...

    If you're looking for a good quality FOSS game engine project to get on board with, you can always start developing for the Godot engine and have some of that work being to improve the quality and...
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    I've seen this type of issue, unfortunately, it...

    I've seen this type of issue, unfortunately, it seems to be a limitation in the BGE's physics implementation.

    However, with the help of the mathutils module and with some vector math, you can code...
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    Building an AI into a firewall program may be...

    Building an AI into a firewall program may be possible in the future, but it will be difficult work because...



    Hackers use a large variety of different techniques to break into a system
    The...
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    Stuff will only get out of the experimental...

    Stuff will only get out of the experimental kernel if it can be shown that the feature produces a very noticeable benefit for the majority of scenes.

    In my tests, the convergence of the midtones...
  64. You are aware that cowering in fear over the...

    You are aware that cowering in fear over the possibility of technological advancement (over the idea that it would be used for killing) is exactly where the terror groups want you emotionally, right?...
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    The 'fix' that caused the slowdown has been...

    The 'fix' that caused the slowdown has been reverted, so you should be fine.
  66. Also, the environment is basically baked lighting...

    Also, the environment is basically baked lighting with 2D HDR and aberration filters, which is pretty standard for game engines and something the BGE could've done even before it had GLSL shader...
  67. Autodesk wants your little tykes to become their customers; Autodesk Tinkerplay

    That's right, it seems that even if you're 5 years of age, Autodesk already wants you to become one of their (hopefully lifelong) customers by unveiling software to let you create your own toys....
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    The meat of the Viewport FX project (that we've...

    The meat of the Viewport FX project (that we've been waiting more than 3 years for), is now being prepped for its final inclusion in the Master branch...
  69. Is this statement based in reality though or is...

    Is this statement based in reality though or is it rather based on Hollywood movies (which are notorious for twisting the reality of things in knots to make for a good looking plot)?
  70. [SOLVED] You might be able to get something if you turn up...

    You might be able to get something if you turn up the 'filter glossy' value to something like 0.20 and remember to turn on MIS in the lamp settings, but it will still require many thousands of...
  71. I think you need to re-read the definition of...

    I think you need to re-read the definition of what counts as 'news'.

    A project being done by a forum member in the BGE (or in BI or Cycles for that matter), does not officially count as news no...
  72. People could potentially use Blender as a...

    People could potentially use Blender as a terrorist training tool, I guess you will have to stop using Blender now.

    People use computers for all sorts of evil purposes as well, I guess you will...
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    Not every image, the attachment display system...

    Not every image, the attachment display system creates the opposite effect on .png images (ie. they look blurry).

    But yes, I would support a move to improve the way the image is scaled in the...
  74. In numerous cases, you might be able to recycle...

    In numerous cases, you might be able to recycle these 3D objects back down to the raw material that it was made of (ie. the stuff that you placed in the device itself to make it work).
  75. New 3D printer technology that reduces the time of a print from hours to minutes

    This isn't the layer-based printing of a few years ago
    http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/17/carbon3d-liquid-3d-printing/

    What it does is that the object is created via pulses of light, the light...
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    It also looks to me like they have developed an...

    It also looks to me like they have developed an algorithm to generate real surfaces from a volumetric texture (kind of like Isosurfaces).

    A year or so ago when I posited the suggestion of having...
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    Are they using their own proprietary flavor of...

    Are they using their own proprietary flavor of OSL or is it now possible for those using Cycles to use it with the GPU?

    I also wonder if users will see a major performance hit on Nvidia cards if...
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    I believe I've read that it's possible to upgrade...

    I believe I've read that it's possible to upgrade my PC from its current 16 gigs of RAM to 32, but just what is this card doing that requires so much RAM?

    The only pre-built machines with 48 gigs...
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    Looks like yet another Nvidia card that is...

    Looks like yet another Nvidia card that is designed to perform at its best when the app. in question uses CUDA for GP-GPU tasks (Open CL centric apps. give the crown to AMD in various cases).

    I...
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    Good news for those who have generally hated the...

    Good news for those who have generally hated the way that Blender's color management system works.

    Psy-Fi has committed Troy Sobotka's work on fixing the way Blender does luminance calculations...
  81. That would be nice, but again, we are not at the...

    That would be nice, but again, we are not at the time to bombard the devs. with feature requests.
  82. This would not count as 'fixing' the render...

    This would not count as 'fixing' the render engine, but adding completely new functionality. Fixing means that you're repairing functionality that is already there, but is broken.

    The BGE devs....
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    Full custom normals support will be in the next...

    Full custom normals support will be in the next version.

    .fbx support is also slowly getting better last I've seen (not a fast process due to being unable to use the SDK), and the near future...
  84. Only they currently are not doing any actual...

    Only they currently are not doing any actual refactoring yet, anything related to that sort of thing is just talk at the moment.

    Refactoring and bug-fixing are two different things.
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    The model is known as the 'Stanford Dragon', one...

    The model is known as the 'Stanford Dragon', one of a bunch of well known meshes that is widely available online to test various 3D technologies with.

    The Buddha model in the back was made by the...
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    Then this thread is not a science discussion as...

    Then this thread is not a science discussion as the whole point of science is to continually refine theories based on new information and accepting correction when previous opinions don't align.
    ...
  87. This and other commits show that in reality, your...

    This and other commits show that in reality, your knowledge about programming and the realities of it in general is almost nill once you get outside of the subset of programming concepts used for...
  88. If they're not using WebGL as one of the...

    If they're not using WebGL as one of the technologies, then its ability to make 3D games will be very limited.

    Right now, it could be seen as some sort of alternative to the Play Canvas project...
  89. Bugfix count for this release cycle is now at 20....

    Bugfix count for this release cycle is now at 20.
    http://lists.blender.org/pipermail/bf-blender-cvs/2015-March/074446.html
    http://lists.blender.org/pipermail/bf-blender-cvs/2015-March/074447.html
    ...
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    Updated the Dragon images again, trying to find...

    Updated the Dragon images again, trying to find ways to push the shading further and in a more realistic fashion, I look at my earlier iterations these days and I think "really?".

    Also, three more...
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    Lukas Stockner has just announced a new version...

    Lukas Stockner has just announced a new version of the patch (it fixes a number of issues along with going back to the option of having an arealight become a portal).

    From the dev. site
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    That and the fact that there's often been claims...

    That and the fact that there's often been claims of 'miracle devices' being made by people who try to convince the media that they've cracked the secret to things like perpetual motion.

    Don't...
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    Did you read the rest of the paragraph? The...

    Did you read the rest of the paragraph? The reason I ask is because it contained far more than just those three words (and never suggesting that FOSS is the superior option here).


    Also, there's...
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    I didn't know that you could 'personally know'...

    I didn't know that you could 'personally know' someone by watching the videos they post on YouTube, I always thought you had to meet them in person and get to know them that way (as relationships by...
  95. Nice to hear, and it gives me a greater sense of...

    Nice to hear, and it gives me a greater sense of thinking that my old projects won't implode on me if I try to play them (which not having to worry about things breaking would be a nice change for...
  96. BGE bug fixing report card; New team is off on a promising start

    Bugfixes in the last four days

    http://lists.blender.org/pipermail/bf-blender-cvs/2015-March/074404.html
    http://lists.blender.org/pipermail/bf-blender-cvs/2015-March/074407.html
    ...
  97. Just be sure to read things carefully before you...

    Just be sure to read things carefully before you post about them. I think in this case, you have a major issue with instantly ignoring everything else in favor of seeing it as a sign of a concerted...
  98. This has nothing to do with actually adding...

    This has nothing to do with actually adding functionality to the BGE itself, but making it easier to have good quality integration with external engines (ie. render engines like Thea and game engines...
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    Try using Cycles (or even BI with it though). You...

    Try using Cycles (or even BI with it though). You basically put all your eggs on the GPU and skimped a bit on the CPU and the RAM (don't expect Blender rendering performance to be far above your old...
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    Don't we already know that the folks who live...

    Don't we already know that the folks who live there look like big blue cat people in loincloths (James Cameron is a very scientific type of guy so he must be right)? :p
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