Now, it is the Year of Dragon. Traditionally, it is an important and successful year, the year of battles and victories. Previous 2011 passed as the typical one. During past year were done a lot of good things, such as the new patents, variety of products and continuous development of technology. However, this article will be about something else. The story will be about a girl by a name Sintel and the dragon from the short film Sintel, released by Blender Foundation more than a year ago. This film gave a huge drive to the development of the free open source 3D content creation suite Blender for the entire year 2011. Of course, this article should have been posted in the past, but it is better late than never.

A devil is hidden in the details. In computer science there is no project that could have gotten without the transition to a simplified character that does not correspond to the real world. Here are examples: illumination, hair, tissue and many other things. Therefore, there will be a lot of clickable pictures (caution, the traffic!). All models and scenes from the film are licensed under CC-BY 3.0 and are available as archives of svn project.

So, let us get started!
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Pirat 24 january 2012, 16:55

Introduction


Hello my dear umumbleuser! In this post I am going to discuss the sleep and productive activity. I am interested in the topic of my own productive sleep. The last few years I thought that the sleep is just a waste of time, and therefore, I tried to shorten the time of my sleep. But the more I did it, the more I began to look like a zombie, and then I began to look for an alternative. Consequently, this post will be a synthesis of all the information I found. Let us begin!

We learn during our sleep

I would like to begin that sleep is not a waste of time. It was a great discovery for me. Our brain does not rest during our sleep, it processes the information. All the time while we are peacefully sleeping and dreaming, the brain is processing all the received information for the day. What it finds useful it puts in long-term memory for years to come, but that is not needed it throws out. Thus, when we are awake, we only collect information for further processing in our sleep. So, how does this happen? Here we need to get acquainted with concepts such as the types of sleep.
xially 20 january 2012, 17:49

Copy-Paste, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V
I create the PVS-Studio analyzer detecting errors in source code of C/C++/C++11 software. So I have to review a large amount of source code of various applications where we detected suspicious code fragments with the help of PVS-Studio. I have collected a lot of examples demonstrating that an error occurred because of copying and modifying a code fragment. Of course, it has been known for a long time that using Copy-Paste in programming is a bad thing. But let's try to investigate this problem closely instead of limiting ourselves to just saying "do not copy the code".
Andrey2008 19 january 2012, 18:52

Recently I came across a video on Youtube, which shows technology of the Smart Window.

The Smart Window casts a touch-controlled interface onto transparent glass with ambient light. Samsung was demonstrating a whole range of applications from Twitter to Microsoft Office, all touch-controlled and viewable directly on the glass. Images are viewable in daylight, and there's a nighttime mode that uses side-lighting and flipped colors. It could be found in hundreds of movies and TV series, starting from the Star Trek.

It seems that you only have to solve the problem of voice recognition, and the touch screen will be exactly the same as in the Star Trek.


Can you imagine putting one of these in every room of your house?
KlauS 17 january 2012, 17:58

"C++11 feels like a new language." - Bjarne Stroustrup

Recently, Herb Sutter has opened on its website a new page “Elements of Modern C++ Style”, where he describes the advantages of the new standard and how they will affect the code.

C++11 standard introduces many new features. Next, we focus specifically and only on those features that make C++11 really feel like a new language compared to C++98, namely:

• They change the styles and idioms you will use when writing C++ code, often including the way you will design C++ libraries. For example, you will see more smart pointer parameters and return values, and functions that return big objects by value.
• They will be used so pervasively that you will probably see them in most code examples. For example, virtually every five-line modern C++ code example will say “auto” somewhere.
Tags: C++, C++0x, С++11
Skull 13 january 2012, 17:45

Who remembers the game called WipeOut, those will please Japanese movie from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(JAIST). They have made a model of WipeOut track in reality


Levitation is based on the Meissner Effect. Bolides are cooled with help of liquid nitrogen.
Сonsiderable interest arousing the bolides controlling system, but unfortunately we don't have any additional information
Selfer 12 january 2012, 21:05

You can restart anywhere or anytime. From any OS

Their page on Facebook
Tags: ui
KlauS 9 january 2012, 12:47

The design management is a very interesting thing, it seems as if it is, but on the other hand, it is not. At the same time, there exists an unstable verge between reality and fiction, and many people make good money on that, including me.

Honestly, this text writing pursued the selfish goals: it is some touchstone to be sent to people with which we will have to collaborate.

After we dot the i's and cross the t's, we have to either rush headlong into the abyss of passion, or delimit our areas of activity completely. So, let us talk about the screwups and why they cannot be fixed.
BumBum 6 january 2012, 16:00

Smashing Magazine has released another free set icon Aroma, created by Oliver Twardowski.

Majority of them are 150 icons and ideograms 24 × 24 pixels:

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The remaining icons (it is about 103) picture keyboard images.


You can download the icon set for free in ZIP-archive (≈ .zip, 1.5 Mb).

The elements contained in this collection are free for personal and commercial use. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word or give it a tweet or share it. You may modify the file as you wish but please do not redistribute them elsewhere without written permission from Smashing Magazine and Oliver Twardowski.
Skull 4 january 2012, 14:56

Introduction


I have a Toyota Corolla 2003 with the factory built-in a car cassette radio. Of course, I have never used the cassettes, but a radio and fm modulator came in handy for me.
I am not particularly a music lover, but I wanted something more. Here are options what I had:
1. Put the frame for 1 or 2 din and install the ordinary cassette radio.
2. Buy its native one for $ 70 dollars on eBay with the CDs, but without the MP3 :)
3. Buy a fancy one for $ 600 dollars that would fit to my car.

However, I did not like any of the above…
1. An ordinary cassette radio did not have any computer.
2. Trade bad for worse :).
3. It is too expensive and not very popular ...

There came an idea to install the computer in the car. Here is what it was before and after.

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Pirat 3 january 2012, 15:14