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 One thing I'm learning by fighting with a different project that has nothing
 to do with UE3: modern 3D graphic APIs are really friggin intimidating.
 I'm really growing to hate both DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.0, which is
 unfortunate considering there isn't really any part of UE3's renderer that
 doesn't concern itself with DX9-level tech. This makes me grumpy. I feel like
 the Unix equivalent of those two old dudes in the balcony on the Muppet Show.

 (If you want the Apple/VoIP patch source code, it's on the mailing list, but
  not in CVS as far as I know. Check the openal-devel list archives at

 Latest CVS builds and runs on Solaris/x86 (and presumably Solaris/sparc, too).
 I get a lot of questions about MacOS X: the game _does_ run on OSX, there
 just isn't a nice installer or anything at the moment, so you have to
 compile it yourself. When there's time, I'll put together a shareware-based
 installer, and, if I can find a copy, one that works with the Mac retail disc.

 (It was a driver bug. An Apple engineer squashed that mofo in a heartbeat.)

 I spent some time fighting with vertex_array_range. We don't cache static
 data at all in UT99 at this point, so I figured the brute force method would
 be worth a try. Allocate a big-ass buffer, point glVertexPointer() at it,
 and treat it as a sort of push buffer...instead of using a small range and
 pushing various bits of it to card, we do our work in that range and memcpy
 the relevant bits to the next bit of available VAR space, which is feed to
 the card. When we hit the end of the VAR, we start at the front again,
 assuming that that bit was used many many frames ago. If we were really
 smart, we'd flush the range when wrapping around, but that could only result
 in a slowdown, and is totally worthless, as long as you have enough VAR space
 to stay ahead of the GL.

 In practice, this actually resulted in a slight (less than 1fps) slowdown
 in my benchmarks. Which frustrates me to no end. I guess there are no
 magic bullet GL extensions without significant work, although I really feel
 like I spent a lot of time on this for no benefit.

 I think for now I'll just disable the VAR path and focus on CPU optimizations
 ala Shark before returning to this again. I'm really not relishing the idea
 of diving into 5-year-old code to figure out how to seperate out the static
 geometry and redesign the rendering abstraction to support this.

Unreal Tournament 2003:
 There's an exploit in the ut2003 network code, so here's a new build.


 The Linux one has about a million changes over the stock 2225, since it's got
 all the MacOSX work on top of it. Consider it beta. The Mac version has one
 or two fixes, so it's worth updating.

Unreal Tournament 2004:
 All the different downloads were getting complicated. I've written up a
 summary of what files to get for what platform depending on what you're
 looking for (new demos, Bonus Pack stuff, Mac, Linux, etc.)

 Linux dedicated server work starts. In relation to AA, Spearhead, and
 Breakthough, the codebase is...well, unrecognizable. They changed a LOT
 of code. We'll see how this goes. Should-be-easy projects that turn out
 to be a lot of work is becoming a recurring theme in my life recently.

Call of Duty:
 This is a 1.4 server with an exploit closed. Admins should all upgrade:

 The latest and greatest United Offensive Linux server shows up here first:

Postal 2 Share the Pain:
 Postal 2 for MacOS X is now gold! Details on how and when you can get a
 copy are forthcoming. Stay tuned for other surprises, too.

America's Army:
 2.2.0 for Linux and Mac will be coming along shortly. There's a minor bugfix
 on the Windows side that we're waiting for before I get this wrapped up.

Other stuff:
 Firefox (the web browser) wants to take out a full page New York Times
 advertisement. It's an interesting idea.

  The details:

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