On Mon, Dec 05, 2005 at 09:44:03AM -0700, Christopher Nelson wrote:
> > Consider a fractal generator. If you want generation to be fast, you
> > minimize the window so it doesn't waste time on drawing intermediate
> > states. It is not desirable if that means the generation is even slower
> > because much of its resources are revoked.
> That's probably a bad example. Fractals must always be drawn as they are
> generated, since that is the definition of generating a fractal. Perhaps
> you mean that a fractal will generate faster if the drawing bitmap is not
> copied to screenspace, and there is probably some truth to that.
I'm not that knowledgeble about fractal generation, so you're probably right.
Anyway, I was talking about any process which I want to do a computation which
takes so long that I want to do something else while it's running. If I
choose to do that something else on the computer, and it is even
resource-intensive (say I'll go watching Conway's game of life on a huge
grid), then that doesn't mean I want all the resources to go to the foreground
> I was trying to think of a better example for you, but I couldn't think of
> any. You always want background programs to run as fast as possible without
> interfering with your foreground session.
In some cases it is very acceptable if it does interfere with the foreground
session. Obviously this shouldn't happen without the user explicitly asking
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