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[News] Nice Output from Blender Conference; More Free Software in Science

  • Subject: [News] Nice Output from Blender Conference; More Free Software in Science
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 08:46:48 +0000
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Eye and hair test

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| At Blender conference I showed an animation 
| of an eye. Because the textures are 
| procedural we might be able to use this eye 
| model to quickly bake high resolution 
| textures for not so important characters. 
| For our main characters I hope to actually 
| model the iris for close ups, so that we 
| get nice shadow casting. The eye movements 
| are some 2.5 f-curve noise modifiers, only 
| to get some life into the animation.


Open Source Science? Or Distributed Science?

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| I was asked in an interview recently about 
| "open source science" and it got me 
| thinking about the ways that, in the "open" 
| communities of practice, we frequently 
| over-simplify the realities of how software 
| like GNU/Linux actually came to be. Open 
| Source refers to a software worldview. It's 
| about software development, not a universal 
| truth that can be easily exported. And it's 
| well worth unpacking the worldview to 
| understand it, and then to look at the 
| realities of open source software as they 
| map - or more frequently do not map - to 
| science.


Relentless Advance Of Technology

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| One major trend with the Internet is the 
| open source environment.  Open source 
| software is where the original source code 
| is made freely available and may be 
| redistributed with or without modification.  
| There are many examples such as Linux, 
| SourceForge or Wordpress.  The speed and 
| adaptability of the open source environment 
| cannot be ignored.


NREL Releases Open-Source Live Solar Mapping Project

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| The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
| has released The Open PV Mapping Project 
| showing the progress of solar installations 
| on private roofs from 2000 to (currently) 
| now, beginning with a flurry of activity in 
| California, then moving to Wyoming, of all 
| places, and WIsconsin. Gradually the states 
| turn yellow and then orange over time as 
| they add more solar power.



LabPlot and SciDAVis Collaborate on the Future of Free Scientific Plotting

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| Both projects have seen a lot of rewriting of code
| they inherited from their predecessors. Stefan began a
| direct port of LabPlot from KDE 3 to KDE 4 âbut soon
| realized that it would be less work and produces
| cleaner code to start from scratchâ.

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