One of the main reasons for getting a GeForce RTX 3080 last year was for Minecraft, so I can play with raytraced/RTX lighting enabled. I was expecting to take a substantial hit in draw distance - with RTX disabled I'd always play with at least a 64 chunk draw distance.
Disappointingly the maximum view distance in Minecraft with raytracing enabled is only 24 chunks, at least as far as setting it in the user interface. I know its a massive resource hog, but I was confident my 3080 could handle more at 4k 60fps (with DLSS enabled). And it can, I've managed to get a pretty stable 60fps with a 36 chunk view distance.
To do this you'll need to modify options.txt which can be located in %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\minecraftpe and change raytracing_viewdistance to your desired viewdistance, for example raytracing_viewdistance:36
Going any higher on my 3080 would result in random chunks sometimes failing to render at all. Be warned.
More blatantly misleading headlines from everyone's favourite Brexit-supporting newspaper the Daily Express.
EU's 'devastating' Brexit export ban cripples UK fishing industry
Should read: United Kingdom leaving the European Union, means its no longer treated like an EU member. Ya know like the Daily Express wanted...?
Nicki Holmyard, director of Offshore Shellfish in Brixham, Devon, said she is bracing for the "disastrous" worst case scenario of having to close her shellfish farm due to the post-Brexit trade fiasco.
Despite mounting pressure to relax the rules, Brussels has said it will stick firmly to the ban indefinitely because the UK is now a third country.
Misleading again, making it seem like this is a new rule that the European Union has come up with to go along with the punish Britain for leaving, it isn't. It's been like it for decades, the UK helped write the rules when it was a member.
Why should the EU change their rules to suit us? It's no surprise to anybody with the smallest amount of knowledge - that when you leave a club you no longer get the benefits of that club. But of course nothing will stop the Brexiteers raging at being proved wrong.
However the media in this country feel that bullying Meghan Markle is a more important story based on today's front pages.
Meanwhile we're stuck with a government that's left over one hundred thousand British citizens dead, while simultaneously giving the survivors the worst economic decline in the western world. A government that continues to get away with that and dishing out dodgy contracts to their donors as they break transparency laws with not a word about it mentioned in most of the press.
After traveling since July 2020, the new Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars. Hopefully it'll go on to be as successful as Pathfinder's Sojourner rover, Spirit, Opportunity and the still active Curiosity.
Only low-resolution images from its engineering cameras have been transmitted back, but they're enough to confirm its safely on the surface.
Nigel Farage has been making angry videos on Twitter calling for the "EU Human Rights Act" to be scrapped. Great right? Except there's no such thing as the EU Human Rights Act.
Farage, determined to get rid of human rights and take us back to some sort of 1942 Nazi-dominated Europe is attempting to rally his simpleton-Brexit supporting followers against human rights by attempting to link them with the European Union.
The European Convention of Human Rights was largely written by British lawyers, championed by Winston Churchill in the aftermath of the second world war, to ensure the horrors endured by so many people would never be repeated. It guaranteed the following fundamental rights:
The right to life (Article 2)
Freedom from torture (Article 3)
Freedom from slavery (Article 4)
The right to liberty (Article 5)
The right to a fair trial (Article 6)
The right not to be punished for something that wasn’t against the law at the time (Article 7)
The right to respect for family and private life (Article 8)
Freedom of thought, conscience and religion (Article 9)
Freedom of expression (Article 10)
Freedom of assembly (Article 11)
The right to marry and start a family (Article 12)
The right not to be discriminated against in respect of these rights (Article 14)
The right to protection of property (Protocol 1, Article 1)
The right to education (Protocol 1, Article 2)
The right to participate in free elections (Protocol 1, Article 3)
The abolition of the death penalty (Protocol 13)
If for any reason you think any of these points are bad, feel free to comment below.
I was playing a bit of Dreams on PS4 yesterday, as I frequently do to keep an eye out for any interesting creations that the Dreams community make, and one caught my eye, the Flat Earth Science Museum by KingZorlok. It being a wonderful little exhibit of a flat Earth with various statements placed around the edge of the room, upon entering we're welcomed with a sign stating "welcome to the flat earth science museum. Here you can see the earth through the lens of logic".
Engineers and architects don't factor the supposed curvature of the earth into their projects
That's true for a lot of buildings as they're far too small to be effected by curvature. However larger structures absolutely need to take this into account, any suspension bridge will have the tops of their towers further apart than the base - they need to be to so gravity remains pulling them down straight. For example the two supporting towers that make up the Humber Bridge are 1440 metres apart at the base, but 36mm further away at their tops.
Another great visual example would be Lake Pontchartrain Causeway which is 23 miles long.
The law of buoyancy perfectly explained the physics of falling objects long before Isaac Newton bestowed his theory of gravity upon the world
No it doesn't. If buoyancy "perfectly" explains why things fall, why do things fall down? Not up into the less dense air? There's obviously some sort of force keeping things on the ground, but why would they fall into the more dense air at the surface and not less dense air above the object? This is opposite to our observations.
Ships disappearing bottom up can be explained by the law of perspective. Modern camera's are able to zoom ships back into view after they have "disappeared"
You can never zoom in enough to bring back the bottom of any ship once its crossing the horizon. Just like no amount of zoom is going to let me see France from here, or Mount Everest from anywhere. No amount of zoom is going to bring back the lower half of this ship:
If gravity is strong enough to keep cars on the ground, then its impossible for gravity to be simultaneously be weak enough to allow small insects to fly
Insects have wings. Cars that have wings are called planes, and they can fly too.
It is said that earths rotation takes twenty four hours. In which case, days and nights should have an identical duration of twelve hours each
Because Earth's axis of rotation is angled at 23.44° relative to our orbital plane. Causing the northern and southern hemispheres additional daylight when they're pointed towards the Sun. The average value through the year is still 12 hours.
Logic demands that gravity should either pull the moon towards the earth or cause people to orbit around the earth
Gravity is pulling the Moon towards the Earth - however luckily the Moon also has enough velocity perpendicular to the Earth that its constantly falling around it. If people were sped up to 28,000 km/h (the orbital velocity required for a low Earth orbit, they would orbit the Earth, but you might wanna get them above the atmosphere first or they'll probably get a tad warm.
"Satellite" reception has shown to be poor in areas with few cell towers. Additionally, the invention of satellites should have made cell towers obsolete
This is false, plus satellites were invented before cell towers. Satellite communication is extremely power-intensive relative to local cell towers because they're hundreds if not thousands of times further away. To effectively communicate with satellites even in a near Earth orbit (most communications satellites are much higher) you'd be looking at around 100 watt draw even with a fairly narrow beam. Most mobiles have transmitters around 0.6 to 3 watts and they're omni-directional
It has never been demonstrated that objects cause smaller objects to orbit around it
It has been observed though. Source: the Solar System.
Vertically fired cannonballs often fall back into the barrel, ignoring earths supposed rotation
Because they were already rotating along with the Earth when fired. Feel free to do a similar experiment with throwing a ball up while in a moving train.
Sunlight shines through clouds from wide angles. This proves that the sun is much closer than we thought
Sunlight shining through clouds create parallel lines, the reason they look like they're diverting is due to perspective.
Exactly the same reason that railway lines appear to converge, yet they're parallel, feel free to go and measure them, actually don't.
Olber's paradox states that if there were billions of stars which are suns the night sky would be completely filled with light
Olber's paradox refers to an infinite universe, filled with infinite stars. The universe is not infinite.
If the earth was a sphere, airplane pilots would have to constantly dip their nose downwards as to not fly off into outer space
They actually do, they keep the planed trimmed to keep their altitude constant... Plus airplanes can't fly off into outer space because the air would be too thin to provide enough lift or to feed the engines.
If the sun was as big and powerful as the globe model claims, it would be impossible to have different climates in different parts of the world
Why's that? Take a torch, shine it on the centre of a ball at 90° and then at the same distance move it towards one the sides. The light will become more spread out across the surface and less intense.
Throughout recorded history the same constellations have remained fixed in their same patterns without moving out of position whatsoever
This is false, even for relatively imprecise amateur equipment it is possible to measure star movement over a human lifetime. A well-known star atlas produces updated versions every 50 years to keep it up to date.
If earth rotated a thousand miles per hour that would cause a tremendous rush of wind in one direction, making kite flying impossible
Rotation isn't measured in miles per hour, but rotations per minute, or degrees per minute. The Earth rotates at 15 degrees per hour, that's twice as slow as the hour hand on a clock. It's not exactly whipping around. Plus the atmosphere rotates around with the Earth. See the throwing a ball upwards on a moving train experiment.
The globe model claims that the sun is 400 times larger than the moon and 400 times further away, making them "falsely" appear to be the same size.
If only I had the time I'd create a proper science museum in Dreams.