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Gamespy has an interview with Robert Duffy who is the developement tool coder for Doom III, where he explains a few interesting things for modellers and mappers looking forward to producing things for this engine..

"In Quake 3 a model may have two or three thousand polygons, whereas the player models in DOOM III, the original art has probably close to a million polygons. That's been reduced down to four or five thousand for in-game use, but you have to have that million polygon model - you have to have a lot of polygons to generate the bumpmap data that makes it look like a high-poly model in game.

..you can set the two next to each other in-game and you can barely tell the difference, because of the bumpmapping and specular effects, etc."

and texturing...

"A large percentage of the textures are done exactly the same way. They'll model a wall at a very high polycount, and then renderbump it and turn it into a bumpmap set, into a set of textures that all combine together to give it the 3D look."
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I just found this topic on slashdot.org so I had to check it out..

"In short, if you are already signed up for and use Hotmail, Microsoft has given itself the right to share your e-mail address and other data with outside companies -- even if you explicitly told Microsoft not to do so when you signed up.

If you have an active Hotmail account, go to www.hotmail.com. When the home page comes up, click on ``Options,'' followed by ``Personal Profile.''

Look for the boxes at the bottom, under a paragraph headed ``Tired of registration forms?'' In that paragraph, Microsoft explains how convenient it is to share your Hotmail registration information, which it uses to create the .NET Passport."

I looked in my settings in my Hotmail account of 4 years, and there it was... "Share my e-mail address" and "Share my other registration information." was selected! Crummy bastards! The original news breaking article here
, and its followup story here...

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This might be an interest for you art lovers.. It kinda gave me a shock when I read it.

"A hoard of stolen art worth more than $1.4bn (?960m) has been destroyed - by the mother of a French art thief.

Mireille Breitwieser cut up the works, including canvases by Antoine Watteau and Peter Bruegel, after the arrest of her son Stephane for stealing a bugle from a museum in Lucerne, Switzerland."

Read the article HERE...

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Fujitsu, a world leader in hard disk drive technology, has developed revolutionary new read head and media technologies that will enable hard disk drive (HDD) recording densities of up to 300 gigabits per square inch (Gb/in?). The new technologies are expected to lead to the commercial introduction within two to four years of 2.5" hard disk drives with capacities up to six times the recording density available today.

More info here

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