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    • Leaving Indeed.com! What's my new opportunity?

      3 days ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      My two weeks notice is put in today. Some new and exciting times await me!


      I have had two onsite interviews with Facebook, and have interviews with Microsoft, Twitter, and Discord all lined up. I feel pretty good about my future.


      Any fun developments in your life? Share!

    • What is Ray Tracing? Your RTX Nvidia GPU guide!

      1 week ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Copied material from Gizmodo - excellent article and you should at min click this link to give them the traffic and ad revenue :-)


      Current list of games slated to support Ray Tracing (RTX):

      • Assetto Corsa Competizione from 505 Games
      • Atomic Heart from Mundfish
      • Battlefield V from EA/DICE

      https://gizmodo.com/why-ray-tracing-on-nvidias-new-gpus-is-so-exciting-1828964418 


      What is Ray Tracing?


      Nvidia recently announced new high-end graphics cards with an RTX designation attached to the model numbers—that RTX indicates the card’s enhanced ray tracing abilities, which could bring a whole new level of realism to games. Here’s what you need to know about ray tracing and how it’s going to feature on the graphics cards of the future.


      The name is a giveaway as to what ray tracing actually is: Trying to determine the path of photons of light in virtual environments, so those virtual environments look as realistic as possible. Being able to work out how light should fall in a scene requires a lot of computing power, even more so as objects and light sources start moving (as they tend to do in games and movies).


      Ray tracing is nothing new. Coders have been experimenting with it since the very first days of computer graphics. What has changed over time is how realistic and detailed ray tracing can be, and how fast it can be computed, and with Nvidia’s new cards the technology is taking another jump forward.

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      Ray tracing attempts to work out the path of light by imagining the eye looking at a scene and working backwards to the light source. The color of each pixel must be figured out based on the objects in a scene, their relationship to each other, and the number, type, and position of the scene’s light sources—not a straightforward set of calculations at all.


      The way that light falls on a black cloth is different to how it falls on a chrome sphere, of course, and ray tracing algorithms need to take into account all these properties for every object in view, and every light source hitting them. Light bounces and reflects too, making the process of figuring out the colors of a few million pixels even harder.


      As a result, it takes a huge amount of processing power. We’ve seen high quality ray traced scenes for years now, but it’s been largely restricted to static images or scenes that can be rendered a long time in advance—movie CGI has been able to deploy ray tracing a long time before video games because huge banks of computers can spend days calculating the physics of a scene.


      Pixar even published a paper about how it used ray tracing in the move Cars. “Adding ray tracing to the renderer enables many additional effects such as accurate reflections, detailed shadows, and ambient occlusion,” explains Pixar. (Ambient occlusion is a technique used to better work out where light is blocked in a scene, and how that’s represented on screen).


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      A lot of the impressive effects that ray tracing brings—reflections, shadows, refractions—already exist in computer games, but the details of these effects are mostly fudged or estimated by graphics artists. Moving to true, real-time ray tracing has been compared to moving from graphics painted by artists to graphics calculated by physics.


      Up until now, games have solely relied on a rendering technique called rasterization, where instead of bombarding a scene with millions of rays of virtual light bouncing around in every direction, graphics processors calculate how the millions of triangles that make up 3D models should look when converted to pixels and flat 2D images—but just one at a time. Simulated light rays coming straight from a virtual light source influence the color and brightness of those rendered pixels, but multiple triangles can’t affect each other, requiring shadows, indirect illumination, and reflections to all be cleverly simulated.


      On the best games of today, on the best hardware, it looks fantastic—but it’s still not quite like looking at the real world. Real-time ray tracing promises another step in that direction


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      Lighting is particularly hard to get right with rasterization: It’s treated more or less as moving in a straight line, brightening up the sides of objects closest to the light and casting a shadow on the other side, but lighting in the real world doesn’t quite work like that.


      Thanks to the engineers at Nvidia, Microsoft, and others, we’ve now gotten to the stage where ultra-realistic lighting can be mapped out without being pre-rendered. You should see the difference most clearly in complicated lighting setups, where there’s a row of frosted glass doors, or a stained glass window, or a waterfall.


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      With the switch to the RTX moniker from GTX, Nvidia is making a big noise about the Ray Tracing capabilities of its new series of cards. Those cards and the Turing GPUs contained within have been engineered especially to cope with the kinds of advanced, demanding calculations ray tracing requires.


      If you think about how light travels through a scene—literally at the speed of light—and how shadows, reflections, and refractions are formed (such as when light passes through water), it’s perfectly understandable why consumer graphics cards have taken all this time to get to a stage where real-time ray tracing is possible.


      Check out the Shadow of the Tomb Raider demo from Nvidia below, for example. We’ve seen lighting tricks like this before, but not in the same detail or with the same level of realism: Note how strong backlight is enough to turn objects and people into complete silhouettes, something that needs the power of ray tracing to properly work.



      It’s something engineers and researchers have been working towards for half a century both in computing and movie-making. The best CGI in films now looks like it’s part of the real world, reflections and refractions and all, and now Nvidia’s new cards promise to bring the same realism to games.


      “Real-time ray tracing replaces a majority of the techniques used today in standard rendering with realistic optical calculations that replicate the way light behaves in the real world, delivering more lifelike images,” says Nvidia.


      Another example shown below comes from an Unreal Engine demo of the technology published back in March. Look at the detail and the quality of the reflections in the scene—suddenly it’s barely distinguishable from live action (though this demo required a hugely powerful PC setup and some background rasterization to work).



      The new cards actually split ray tracing up into two components - ray casting (tracking the paths of rays) and shading (determining the final appearance of objects). The RT cores on the new RTX cards are designed to speed up ray casting specifically, so performance increases and visual improvements will vary depending on the geometry of a scene and how much other work there is to do.


      Being the first consumer graphics cards to include specific hardware for ray tracing, the RTX 2000 series represents another milestone in real-time rendering. Of course shadows, reflections and other lighting tricks have been in games for years, but now they don’t have to be fudged or approximated—they can be finely calculated.


      It is still a nascent technology though, and games will have to be written specifically to take advantage of the RTX hardware. At the moment, the list of games supporting the new standards is relatively thin, but it should grow and grow over time. As we’ve said, the ray tracing revolution won’t start overnight, but it is beginning.


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      Big thanks again to Gizmodo for such a detailed walkthrough. 


    • A joke for you!

      1 week ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      I applied to a job at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory today. They called me and asked what my qualifications were. I told them, then they asked me if I had a degree in theoretical physics. I said I had a theoretical degree in physics. #nailedit


    • Journal entry - 16, 16, 16......

      2 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      I've never been more jealous of British people than right now. If you're in the UK, you better do me a favor and see the show! They killed in New York when they did that show there, I imagine this one won't be any less :D


      I've been playing a ton of No Man's Sky with my gf. I hadn't touched it since release, so it was so refreshing to come back to a somewhat "completed" game! Base Building, a campaign storyline, portals to move around easier. It made this game feel like an actual game. I've already cleared the Artemis questline (the main story) and saved a portal right next to the final gate to the Atlas (in case I want to travel to another galaxy right away) and also completed the Atlas Path questline. That one is neat because it gives you a blueprint reward for a device that makes you immune to the damaging effects of black hole travel. Very handy!


      The story of No Man's Sky is deep, ESPECIALLY so if you're into the Many Worlds theory or Simulation theory - both of which are explored in some way. If you've never given a lot of thought to these subjects, then the quest completion won't make much sense. However if you've even spent a second wondering if the reality you live in is a simulation, then this game definitely explores this topic. For those interested on the subjects, here's an AMAZING youtube video that explains multiple dimensions

      And here's two wiki pages that talk about simulation theory and many worlds.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulated_reality


      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation




      Quick quips

      - I want to play Far Cry 5, I do not want to pay $60 for it. Or $40 frankly. if I could get two copies for $50 then I'll buy it right away to play with the gf

      - I want a goddamn successor game to Quake 3 Arena. Quake Champions doesn't look good graphically for the year it's being developed in. It looks like a game from 2001. Seriously, go look up some screenshots. WTF. We've seen fan projects that are WAY better and I'm not sure why a good successor can't be made. And please - no "special skills" stuff on heroes. Quake is supposed a pure skill shooter - keep it that way.

      - I feel weird playing League of Legends given the broad scope of the bro culture and discrimination that's been going on at Riot Games. IDK how to reconcile my feelings of guilt with a game that I get to play with my gf. We don't have a ton that we like to enjoy together, so when we find one I like to keep it. Makes me sad. She's not sure how to think about it either other than not try not to spend real money for a while. Vote with your wallet sorta deal. 


      That's about enough out of me for one day


    • Hope I don't have cancer

      3 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Sister had thyroid cancer at 33. Got her entire thyroid removed. She's 46 now and still going strong but they caught hers early. Doctor asked her if she lived next to a nuclear power plant growing up because the type of cancer she specifically had, along with its progression, was from spending large amounts of time near sources of high amounts of radiation. 


      I've had my thyroid tested. Came back underperforming. Have to retest in a month or so for a baseline to compare it to.


      I'm 32.



    • I had a chocolate croissant and bacon for breakfast

      3 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      It was delicious. These items do not normally go together, but I said "NAY, THEY SHALL EMBRACE EACH OTHER UPON MINE TONGUE"

      Hope everyone else had as silly of a breakfast as I did.

    • How soon is too soon to make jokes? 9/11

      4 weeks ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      Want to get a barometer here - how do people feel about making jokes about the following topics? You can just reply with yes's on numbers individually or just offer your own thoughts:

      1. Dark Ages

      2. Napoleon (not dynamite)

      3. Osama Bin Laden

      4. 9/11

      5. Vietnam War

      6. Korean War

      7. WW2

      8. WW1

      9. Richard Nixon

      10. George Bush jr

      11. Princess Diana

      12. Oklahoma City Bombing

      13. Civil War


      You'll notice a theme - most of these topics are war related, some about a specific person, some about a time period in general, some about specific events.

      This came about because of a joke I made at work about 9/11. Mind you I was living in Bethlehem, PA when 9/11 happened, and all 4 plane crashes happened within a relatively close distance (basically all 3 planes crashed within a 200 mile radius of where I was). I was terrified as a kid, but that's kind of what terrorists want right? They want and thrive off that fear, that's why they do what they do. I make jokes not to dismiss the emotions of survivors, but rather to mock the terrorists themselves for thinking that what they do has any impact on me. 


      Mind you I'm not cruel in my humor - just that ...well if you can't joke about something then you're not going to get over it. Humor is a fantastic weapon, and it's great for disarming too. As the saying goes, Tragedy + Time = Comedy. So the real question is:

      How much time is needed to pass before you can joke about something? I think I can come up with a mathematical equation for predicting this but wanted to ask you all first.

    • Physicist discovers mathematical connection in quantum mechanics

      1 month ago

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      https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-octonion-math-that-could-underpin-physics-20180720/


      Key segments from the article:


      "As numbers go, the familiar real numbers — those found on the number line, like 1, π and -83.777 — just get things started. Real numbers can be paired up in a particular way to form “complex numbers,” first studied in 16th-century Italy, that behave like coordinates on a 2-D plane. Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing is like translating and rotating positions around the plane. Complex numbers, suitably paired, form 4-D “quaternions,” discovered in 1843 by the Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton, who on the spot ecstatically chiseled the formula into Dublin’s Broome Bridge. John Graves, a lawyer friend of Hamilton’s, subsequently showed that pairs of quaternions make octonions: numbers that define coordinates in an abstract 8-D space.


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      When you double the dimensions with each step as you go from real numbers to complex numbers to quaternions to octonions, she explained, “in every step you lose a property.” Real numbers can be ordered from smallest to largest, for instance, “whereas in the complex plane there’s no such concept.” Next, quaternions lose commutativity; for them, a × b doesn’t equal b × a. This makes sense, since multiplying higher-dimensional numbers involves rotation, and when you switch the order of rotations in more than two dimensions you end up in a different place. Much more bizarrely, the octonions are nonassociative, meaning (a × b) × c doesn’t equal a × (b × c). “Nonassociative things are strongly disliked by mathematicians because while it’s very easy to imagine noncommutative situations — putting on shoes then socks is different from socks then shoes — it’s very difficult to think of a nonassociative situation.” If, instead of putting on socks then shoes, you first put your socks into your shoes, technically you should still then be able to put your feet into both and get the same result. “The parentheses feel artificial.”


      Already, there’s a sense of space-time in the math. She finds that all multiplicative chains of elements of ℝ⊗ℂ⊗ℍ⊗

    • Mia Khalifa was hit by a hockey puck

      1 month ago

      borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering


      https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/mia-khalifa-breast-surgery-hockey-puck/?fb=dd



      “I was sitting behind the glass during a game, and it came shooting over the glass and it caught me so off guard and I had no idea it was coming,” Khalifa told the Daily Star. “I grabbed my chest and I didn’t want to let go, because I felt like if I did let go blood was going to be everywhere. … My left breast is slightly deflated now and I will be getting it fixed next year.”


      ..........


      Edit - Kriss has a good point. I'll keep my comments to myself. 

    • Legal immigration is being restricted - American businesses being hurt

      1 month ago

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      https://www.axios.com/trump-h1b-visa-denials-d7e903ab-1dd6-45d8-9df7-29289cda0076.html


      Proponents of cutting back legal immigration argue that these visas take high-paying jobs from American workers and often accuse companies of using H-1B visas to pay workers less. They view the actions of the Trump administration simply as better law enforcement. They are dead fucking wrong


      When you make it harder to find talent in a location, you'll simply hire the talent wherever they are. You're not focusing companies to hire American workers when they don't exist in the markets where they're trying to hire. You're only focusing the companies to hire offshore in other countries where they DO exist. Or, in the absolute worst case scenario, you force an entrepreneur back to their home country to start a new company - sending hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue overseas along with hundreds if not thousands of jobs.

      "But Borisof007! Hundreds of millions of dollars? That would take a multi-billion dollar e-commerce company to do that"

      https://money.cnn.com/2017/02/02/news/india/snapdeal-india-kunal-bahl-h1b-visa/index.html


      This guy was denied an H-1b. So he went back to India and started a company to compete with Amazon. Company is worth $7 billion now. This is not a fairy tale, this shit has real fucking consequences.


      Going back to H-1b's and the increasing shit applicants are getting:


      The big picture: The number of denials and "requests for evidence" (RFE) began to climb following President Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" executive order signed in April of last year. While employers of H-1B workers often talk anecdotally about how much harder it's been to get their applications approved, this new data highlights a potential impact of the administration's crackdown. What is an RFE? It means your base application isn't enough and you have to provide supplemental information regarding your educational or professional background, letters of recommendation, even sometimes additional screens and interviews way beyond the tedious process they already have. This can add time to processing applications. If they do it for every single person while cutting down staff and resources, then the system gets so bogged down nothing happens. Same administration then claims that they're not doing anything, so then they'll probably just get rid of it all together.  


      By the numbers:

      • There was a 41% increase in denials between the 3rd and 4th quarter — from 15.9% in Q3 to 22.4% Q4.

      • In Q3 2017, 23% of completed cases required "requests for evidence" (RFE). That number jumped to 69% in the Q4.

      • There were almost as many RFEs in the 4th quarter as in all three other quarters combined.

      • The last quarter under the Obama administration (Q1 2017) only had RFE for 17% of cases, compared to the 69% at the end of Trump's first fiscal year.

      • Indian H-1B applicants saw even stricter scrutiny in the last quarter, with 72% of their applications requiring additional evidence in Q4, compared to 61% of other nationalities.

      Key quote: "This increase is significant and is clearly attributable to [Buy American Hire American] and the Administration’s desire to restrict legal immigration," Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance, which works to outsource needed H-1B workers to American companies, told Axios.

      • He said that in the IT and engineering sector, he's seen an almost 100% RFE rate and an increased denial rate where it was previously near zero.





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    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      1 year ago

      Holy shit I have comments on here from 12 years ago

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      1 year ago

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        1 year ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

      HAPPY FU!! :D

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Thanks!

    • MrVash

      5 years ago

      Congrats on being Featured User!

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Thanks!

    • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Hey there you :)

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        I get up at 6 to get ready for work. MWO is super fun though, you should try it if you can, f2p.

      • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I've heard of that game, but I've never actually played it. Dang, that suckssss. Do you have to be up super early?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        I am playing a little Mechwarrior Online before I go to bed. I work in Fremont but live in Tracy, so my commute's a bit rough.

      • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        Just playing Minecraft. How about you?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Not too bad. What're you up to at this near midnight hour?

      • JazzyBellz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        I'm alrighty and yourself?

      • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

        5 years ago

        Why hello there! How're you?

    • general08

      9 years ago

      Woot, on at same time.

    • evilcherry

      13 years ago

      what is up with everyone and the amazing music and T.V. shows at this place? lol, p.s. love the pics

    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      Happy New Year!

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

      I REMEMBER THAT!! lol

      that was so funny when i first saw that, where did you get that from?

    • SmartSphinx

      13 years ago

      14y4qu

    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      Okay wait, is your friend Sean a lesbian? If he isn't, how the heck am I supposed to help him out? :insert surreal icon here:

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      no problem, just hit me up on AIM, or email me at ryanfurlong@sbcglobal.net

    • dyskrasia

      13 years ago

      I'm a week late, but thanks for the hair compliment...I don't know if I thanked you already, but thanks again.

    • LiquidHavoc

      13 years ago

      wow, another guy from Tracy Ca
      I wonder if we ever crossed paths in the West Valley Mall

    • Show

      13 years ago

      take it easy on insulting the regulars... not a good way to establish yourself... Quazz recently got back from Iraq, so he deserves all the respect in the world... take it easy on the flamewars overall.... just get a bit more low key

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      where exactly in the basement to you go? Because there's like 3000 topics down there, a name would narrow the tedious search down a little

    • Show

      13 years ago

      Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

      I gave you +3 for having enough sense to realize that in my journal. Fucking Rock! You sir look like a level headed individual. I try to rally the few of those we have struggling through these forums and direct them to the Basement where we only stupid for amusement. Rest assured, we can hold a good conversation if necessary and overall I think it's more fun in there... I suggest you head down and check the place out. Good to have you on the forums. Yo

    • borisof007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HR Manager, Engineering

      13 years ago

      not bad, yourself?

    • lenny

      13 years ago

      hey im lenny hows it goin friends??

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