William F Pokorny <ano### [at] anonymousorg> wrote:
> On 12/9/19 5:03 PM, jr wrote:
> Apparently I started a response months back and didn't finish it.
> (Thunderbird was not showing anything sitting in my drafts folder.)
try handkerchief + knots. :-)
> Up front. I'm changing direction. I'm working toward a personal,
> substantially cut down, *nix only version of POV-Ray. With new git (or
> perhaps mercurial) repositories once I get done with all the pruning.
> Meaning, while the branches I've posted are today still pull-able
> against the last commit to master more than a year ago, I no longer plan
> to update/re-base those branches should POV-Ray development resume.
intriguing. does "substantially cut down" translate into subset of (current)
> Now, completing the response to your months old questions:
> > slightly confused by the interpolation options, they're not "regular" POV-Ray?
> Yes and no.
> Aside: Today interpolations 1 & 2 have seam and ringing artefacts,
> respectively, limiting their usefulness as functions / shapes. ...
the problem I'm seeing with media, artifacts (almost like "shadows") when using
> > after some thought, the 'Density File Pattern Updates' + 'Non-portable 32 bit
> > DF3 write capability' + perhaps 'Both image_map and pigment_map support in
> > density block'. would that combination "play nice"?
> Yes, should be you can use all those at once. I've made an effort to
> keep the branches independent even changing a couple slightly in the
> interim so they don't collide(1,2).
> >> We have a single physical web site. When it goes down ...
> > it would be nice to have mirror or two. (personally, I think that if "the gods"
> > put the content on a DVD (or two) and offered those for sale, I'd buy. and
> > while on money, if I could take out an annual subscription of 10-15 € or USD to
> > help maintain .. POV-Ray, I would. (and am quite certain that I'm not alone in
> > that))
> Christoph had button up at one point (for uberpov only?), but it was to
> some new-ish site and I'm leery of those. I'd subscribe too to support
> POV-Ray - if the payment mechanism reputable.
:-) personally like using PayPal, but see below.
> Have you seen where github itself is pushing / supporting better ways to
> financially support open source projects (GitHub sponsors)? For example:
I like the apparent simplicity of a single button, but wasn't familiar with any
of the names except Patreon. but yes, contributing via the project's home page
does seem sensible.
> I'd pay for a web-news group database searchable dump too (perhaps USB
> over DVD... :-) ) ...
(just) showing my age. :-)
> Aside: Chris taught me individual groups can be searched via google with
yes, although I tend to just use 'site: povray.org'. there's a whole vocabulary
for narrowing searches (including '+' and '-' attached to individual
words/terms, though haven't a good reference to hand).
> Anyway... Having a paid support mechanism / data-products of some kind
> or not, would be up to the core team / Chris I'd guess.
given his (understandable) pride in reaching the 25 year milestone recently, one
would hope he'll read our remarks and (deign to) comment; not holding my
> FYI. I captured your February dictionary parsing bug test case for my
> own use - thanks. No idea if/when I might get to looking at it, but it's
> now one of my parser test cases.
> My apologies for the SLOW response.
no need. cheers.
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