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Global Alert For All: Jesus is Coming Soon

Mark Israel misrael at csi.uottawa.ca
Tue Jan 18 18:50:10 EST 1994

In article <2hhcc2$kmg at corax.udac.uu.se>, Gerard Kleijwegt <gerard at rigel.bmc.uu.se> writes:

> OOPS is NOT compatible with FRODO.

   Ha!  We have the *source code* for Frodo, so we can make 
it compatible with *anything*!  No such luck with O.

> Real men don't use FRODO, they write O macros.

   What kind of "real men" we be talking about here, boy?

   Some real people are end-users; others are programmers.

   End-users don't *want* to waste their time writing macros.
They want a *program* that does what they want -- not a 
subroutine library!

   As for programmers, we realise that macros can't do 
everything.  Try writing a *macro* that will prevent O from
sucking CPU cycles while doing nothing!  (*Don't* tell me
to "just iconize the graphics window".  Even if the user
pauses for *just a few seconds*, niceness demands that the 
graphics program desist and give background jobs a crack at 
the CPU.)

   In April of 1991 we tried out an early version of O for
the SGI.  It didn't have side-by-side split stereo.  (Yes,
I *know* this subsequently been added.)  I sent Alwyn Jones
a message, saying that we were unlikely to use O until split
stereo was available.  His e-mailed response was two words
long:  "your loss".  It's attitudes like that that make me
distrustful of monopolies, even by Alwyn.

> OOPS will look for bad or suspect disaster areas.  It then 
> generates a set of O macros which automatically take you 
> from one disaster area to the next and tell you what's 
> wrong/suspect about it, thereby reducing the time it takes 
> you to rebuild your world by a factor of 2 to 10.

   O.K., it's true we don't yet have Real Space Fit in 
Frodo/TOM.  We've got rotamers, an O-inspired DgLp, and mouse 
controls, but I admit I envy you the Real Space Fit.  Given 
the will, we'll find a way.

misrael at csi.uottawa.ca			Mark Israel

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