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  1. Yep, Headmaster is the traditional term for the head of a British public school (which actually means a private school, as in one which is not funded by the government). In the state education system, I believe the term Headteacher is more commonly used.
  2. With regard to the portrait, it is interesting that it is described as Dumbledore "slumbering" - unlike all of the other portraits which have animated active wizards in them, Dumbledore's appears to be a normal portrait, which could suggest that whatever condition is required has not in fact been met in his case. The Unbreakable Vow is also interesting because although one assumes that it was related to Malfoy killing Dumbledore, the precise task was never actually stated during the vow, it was just like "will you carry out the task he has been ordered to perform if he appears likely to fail
  3. I think that Snape is still good, and that Dumbledore is not dead. There are a number of aspects to the ending with which I am suspicious. * At no point does Snape fire any curses or hexes at any of the good guys, even though he is a very competent wizard who would have been able to take out most of the children single-handedly. When a Death Eater attempts to perform Cruciatus on Harry, Snape stops them with the excuse "Harry belongs to the Dark Lord, we are to leave him". Even when Harry is attacking Snape, Snape only blocks the curses, he does not return them. * Dumbledore says some very s
  4. The division of labour in a mod (or even a full-blown game) like this has always interested me - for example, if a mapper has a need for a new model in his map, does he have to raise a request for a modeller to produce it, or can he just create one himself? I remember oDDity saying that they have loads of modellers but not enough skinners, which I find surprising since to me creating the model and its associated texture are one and the same process.
  5. I've just been reading about the differences between "Beta mappers" and "Team mappers" in Squill's application thread and am wondering if people can migrate between the two, i.e. apply as a beta mapper and then upgrade to a team mapper at a later stage (if they are good enough)? I've been doing some Thief-like maps in D3 which are nowhere near good enough to be campaign maps, but it would be a lot more inspiring to develop them from the point of view of a Thief rather than running around with your fists and machine gun.
  6. It's a pity Doom 3 did not make more of the refraction effect. I was very impressed the first time I played HL2 and came across a door with ribbed glass that refracted the scene behind it just as a real one would, not least because I had previously assumed refraction to be impossible without ray-tracing.
  7. I don't understand why people care whether an engine is "outdated" or not. If it looks good now, it will still look good even if there are newer games on the market. The appearance, performance and playability of a game or mod do not just disappear the minute something "better" comes along.
  8. Sure, but we're going to have to wait a bit. If TDS had been of a comparable quality (engine-wise) to Doom 3 then we would already be seeing the first Dark Mod quality FMs appearing.
  9. id software is a company that "gets it". Open, editable text formats are easily manipulated and usable by the community, unlike proprietary binary formats like those used in TDS. If only the management at Ion Storm had understood this and produced a powerful and flexible game engine, rather than crippling the design in order to sell out to the X-Box market (and largely unsuccessfully to boot).
  10. Cue inevitable ultra-realism versus playability debate in 3...2...1...
  11. GPFs are normally caused when something is corrupt - either due to a software problem (bad install), or a bad hard disk or bad memory. Since this is a new computer with a fresh install I would suggest running some diagnostics like memory tests and hard disk scans first off.
  12. I don't think it even had an "ending" as such, it just sort of stopped with "and they all lived happily ever after".
  13. Meet Joe Black - boring sentimental melodramatic tosh Deep Impact - the same (despite all the hype about how much more "human" it was than Armageddon). The Day after Tomorrow - just embarrassingly stupid
  14. It is not just these days. I remember being read some enormously tedious story when I was about six, something about a girl losing her temper and falling out with her dad and then they make it up, or similar garbage. It was so imbued with axe-grinding moral messagery that I more or less switched off. I cannot be the only one that has a violent aversion to being manipulated. If you want to teach a child something, why not just explain it to them?
  15. You might not need to, if id open-source the D3 engine before TDM is released.
  16. It doesn't do this for each frame though, otherwise the FPS would be in low single figures. The resources are loaded at level start (and possibly at other times during the game; I am not sure if D3 does on-demand loading or not), so any change in FPS must be due to something else. It is not just the speed of disk access either - retrieving lots of small files from all over the disk is much slower than unpacking them from a single archive file, due to filesystem overhead.
  17. That also works, but I find the Flesh renderer easier to use since it provides all of the functionaity of the Unreal renderer (including wireframe and full-bright modes) but never crashes (in my experience, YMMV).
  18. Make sure you use the Flesh renderer rather than the Unreal renderer when subtracting brushes with a Radeon. The Flesh renderer is activated by clicking the "ION" button above the 3D viewport (NOT the one on the main toolbar), and you will see that it is active because the rendered view looks like it does in game.
  19. Don't expect too much in terms of stability from Radiant either. The editor is fantastically powerful, but it still crashes just as much as other game editors (i.e. quite a lot compared to commercial or mature software).
  20. ...both of which can be exported to from Blender (to fill in the missing link )
  21. Yes, but science actually gets the answers right. Thunderbolts are sent from god? Wrong. The Earth is flat? Wrong. The Sun is dragged across the sky by a guy in a chariot? Wrong. The Sun will not rise unless thousands of human sacrifices are made everyday? Wrong. You can reach god by building a very tall tower? Wrong. Grand mal seizures are caused by demonic possession? You get the drift. A large and increasing proportion of religious "answers" have subsequently been proven wrong through scientific analysis, but there has never been a case where a scientific theory has been demonstrated in
  22. I think it is unfortunate when people try to ascribe motives that do not exist. Scientists do not try to "desperately prove" anything, they draw hypotheses from observations and then test those hypotheses through experiment or other analysis. The reason science appears to "turn a blind eye" to ID and other beliefs is that they are not supported by credible scientific evidence (which is different from the "circumstantial" evidence you mention). and are therefore not currently worth considering. Ultimately however, all such discussion is worthless, since science and religion do not address the
  23. Their motivation is a combination of guilt and empathy - guilt coming from society's teaching that life should be protected, and empathy coming from the fact that most people don't want to die. Essentially they save the child to stop themselves from feeling bad for not doing so.
  24. Trade is pretty competitive, and can often be aggressive. The "core" is still there, it is just being expressed differently (or perhaps just controlled effectively).
  25. Aggression, competition and dominance are the inevitable and necessary by-products of the evolutionary process. If it weren't for these characteristics none of us would be here. Unless we start genetically modifying humans, there is nothing anybody can do about it.
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