Wonderful waste of time
mbaehr at email.archlab.tuwien.ac.at
Tue Jul 11 16:14:50 PDT 2000
On Tue, Jul 11, 2000 at 03:45:09PM -0700, Stewart Stremler wrote:
> And how is this better than a well-designed file format? I'm sure that if
> you're interested in molecular structure, you probably have a few high-end
> visualization tools sitting on your local machine. Downloading the tool,
> possibly untrusted, AND the data is not only more time- and bandwidth-
> consuming, but it's a security problem, and a UI problem.
> Where's the benefit?
it can get people like me interrested in looking at the stuff.
the point of sientific websites is usually to bring your research
to a broader public.
that public however does not have those tools installed.
vrml is a good idea.
unfortunately good ideas don't fly, only hyped ones.
however vrml was hyped at a time when the average computer
was yet way to slow to handle a general-purpose 3d engine.
if vrml was hyped today, i am sure a lot of good stuff would
come out of it...
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