WebGL around the net, 8 December 2011

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10 Responses to “WebGL around the net, 8 December 2011”

  1. Austin says:

    Really awesome finds. The Tiananmen Square one gives a really awesome perspective.

  2. giles says:

    Thanks :-) Hope it doesn’t mean I’m going to be blocked by the Great Firewall, though…

  3. Raul says:

    Hi Giles, I’m Raul, the chinese translator of your tutorials.

    mmm…. I’m not kidding but it’s really dangerous to flirt with the Great FireWall.

    Node.js gave us a good example. Last week node.js released a new version, the version number was 0.6.4, then the website was blocked in china. It sounds like a joke, but it really happened… We don’t want to lose your website. :)

  4. giles says:

    Hi Raul,

    You’re quite right, of course — there are risks with anything like that. I did think a bit before including that link. But ultimately I felt that self-censorship because of the laws of a foreign country was a bad road to go down. I try to showcase interesting new WebGL content, and don’t want to exclude anything for political reasons, so I put in a warning so that people could at least make an informed decision about whether to risk any trouble from following the link, and left it at that. I think it was the right decision, but of course I might have been wrong…


  5. Raul says:

    Hi, Giles. You’re not wrong, I fully understand and support your decision. We also hate the Great Firewall. The previous comment is just for telling you something ridiculous but really happened. :)

  6. giles says:

    Hi Raul,

    Thanks for the support :-) I had heard the node.js story — political aspects aside, it sounded like a typical example of what happens when people automate something that ultimately needs human judgement… There was, apparently, a time when the local government of the town of Scunthorpe in England installed anti-profanity filters on their email system, and wondered why they no longer received any messages — there’s some kind of commonality there ;-)


  7. Xavier says:


    About the GFW, I really think new web technologies will allow new means to bypass it.
    Especially I am interested in webRTC (http://www.webrtc.org/ ), which will allow to build P2P applications in your browser without any plugin. WebGL and WebCL alwo give new opportunities for cryptology and steganography. My idea is about building a Tor like network, where everybody outside a GFW can go on a webpage to relay stream from people inside the GFW area (To become a Tor node, you must install polipo, it is too complicated for many people). If there are hundred of thousand people who go on the webpage to make their PC be used as a proxy, It will be too hard for autorities to block all these IP address. I also think we can well encrypt the data without https (which is slowed by GFW), but only with javascript/Webgl (the GFW also look inside TCP/IP packet to flush packets which contain blacklisted words). I will begin to share my ideas this month. The idea is to start an open source project, where the goal is to build solutions to bypass censorship with web technologies only.


  8. Amass says:

    The pendulum waves video was awesome! The other ones are interesting too, but gotta tell you, physics is my weakness :D

  9. Braco says:

    “Your graphics card does not seem to support WebGL.
    Find out how to get it here.” :(

    Damn you, work computer!

  10. Dondonnat says:

    I was trying to use WebGL and this message appeared” your graphic card does not seem to support WebGL”.What can I do?Can you help me?

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