708 posts • joined 16 Nov 2007
This isnt that bad
Facebook.doesnt have the experience to build another Oculus, presumably. Otherwise they would have already. It's a simple enough concept too, split an LCD in two and apply optics.
The thing is there are 2 generations of dev kits out there now. People have full access to the hardware, and FB wont be changing it too much- that'd be a waste of cash and dev time.
So when the Facebook-OculusRift (abbreviated to 'Foc-u- lot' just to make a point) is launched, it'll take about 20 minutes before it's cracked and free from all this social crap.
The thing is, Oculus mods or not, stereoscopic 3D gaming had been about for a decade at least; there used to be a thriving 3D headsets community on the nVidia forums (which spawned MTBS3D) before nVidia properly entered the 3D arena themselves. Things changed then and I dropped out, really need to go back!
The principle behind those drivers still exists, so once people are hacking code for the Rift it'll be exploited. So you'll be able to play your favourite current and past games in 3D stereoscope with headtracking.
Someone might even make a fortune selling 'defacebooked' versions of the Rift.
Tl;dr: Its not all doom and gloom. Facebook wont change the underlying software so theyll be hacked out of it in minutes.
I was as horrified as any of you
Not least because I donated to the Kickstarter and got nothing from this.
But they'll add facebook to some games. Sooo... Isnt this going to be a software thing to fix? I mean people crack copy protection out of games all the time.
If not, then its back to my eMagin z800 headset with me!
Re: This is great! So are iBeacons but NOT for shopping.
Excellent idea, I did a similar thing a few years ago with WinMo and a Bluetooth SPP thing plugged into a microcontroller. Didnt get to mount it to a building, though.
But why not use QR codes? They're weatherproof, require no power, the sensors are available on even 10-year-old phones, and (more importantly) they can be used to calculate your inclination, range and bearing relative to them (and, with a bit of maths, relative to the shop door, allowing then to guide someone into the doorway). So they can be a useful addition to GPS in urban canyon environments.
Re: Let's hope ...
They sort of already have, by owning a better sensor.
Apple bought Prime Sense, who made the Kinect sensor for MS. This could be shrunk and incorporated into a phone's hardware (especially something the size of a Note) to give a mobile device with a phenomenal 3D camera. So you could not only take selfies but cut out anyone behind you based on depth. Or 3D scan something and pack it off to a 3D print shop to have a basic copy made.
With the right software it also does object recognition pretty well, certainly better than a low-powered sonar could, and that puts it in competition with this doohickey here.
I dont mind Steam's DRM- it doesnt need always-on Internet and their user agreement states that if the service gets turned off they'll patch it so you can still play the games. Also, they charge a reasonable price for the games- no price-gouging here- and dont seem to have exclusivity agreements, at least with the big studios. Plus you can take your Steam collection to as many PCs as you like.
If you need DRM, Steam's by far the best platform for it.
It depends entirely how you present it
I'm an ROV tech-cum-engineer-cum-tech support. Which sounds dull as dishwater.
If anyone asks, though, I go round the world fixing robot submarines. Much, much cooler sounding!
Design issue with that website
These people are still using XP. Why take them to a black-and-blue flat website with a Windows logo that barely resembles the one they're familiar with?
I wouldnt trust this as far as I could throw it.
I was wondering that too
Isnt this just Microsoft offering us the freedom to develop software and deploy it onto our computer? You know, one of the key things that made it succesful vs other more restrictive platforms?
Whatever happened to Ballmers chant of Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers!?
But not like the Q in Tesco
Re: Security on Phones
Why use flash?
RAM takes bugger all power to maintain so a small backup battery could maintain that while the phone is 'asleep'. And if the phone's lost, so is the data. Remember this isn't just for things that could be inconvenient for the enemy to know, this sounds like it's aimed at black projects too- stuff that doesn't officially exist to the point where even the accountants don't know what's going on. I'd presume that non-Project people not knowing what's going on is very important to these people.
Add in a dedicated bit of syncing software and you could have a device you charge with both power and data in the morning and whose contents (and value to the enemy) are lost when the battery runs out. That would be incredibly secure. A little inconvenient if your battery dies, but it could retain its mobile number (e.g. on the SIM card) so when powered up it'd reconnect to the network.
You'd lose your contacts- so no-one would know whose it was or who they'd talked to- and you'd lose some UUID that lets you dial secure numbers.
When whoever found it turned it on it'd register on the network and bring down men in suits to retrieve it (or drones to properly erase it). If the OS was wiped and re-loaded into the RAM during the Sync process every morning you'd have a system that wouldn't exist long enough for most malware to get a proper handhold.
You'd get a good, reactive UI too if it was all RAM and no flash. So it'd feel like a premium product as well as being very secure.
Don't complain too much
or they'll start calling it CyberMusic!
Now now, this does seem to be a wires crossed thing.
The intention was likely to have no 'buffering' or slooooow page transition to give a good user experience.
Somewhere down the line a middle manager has made that 'page load times as close to zero as possible', and the next one down says 'zero page loading times ever.'
Its the same management structure that thought you could target women 33-55 and SMEs with exactly the same site. And the same management structure who didnt think that 'good practice is good practice, regardless of who you're talking about'.
Never attribute to malice what can be attributed to incompetence.
Re: Just a News Operation
Oh come on, it's not like Top Gear, Doctor Who or Panorama have been about for any real length of time is it? They're just a flash in the pan!
The BBC should be a lot more dynamic, turning out quality TV shows like The X Factor. Things that will stand the test of time and bring people together from all walks of life in admiration of... I'm sorry, I feel ill from all that sarcasm.
Re: To obfuscate the ruling Google should simply use ...
Great idea! They could change the white background to white with legible, readable grey text in the background repeating the apology. In stacks of languages (including French), one after the other. Maybe have a google translate link on there too.
Re: "largest asteroid"
...where's the carbon coming from? There may be some locally but there's no saying what the concentrations would be or how easy they are to collect.
handed off to an unnamed third party for storage
This third party has already been determined... It's the
Re: Just curious...
Just drop an email to Google and subpoena their records for that device at that time.
Cross compatible with Glass?
Done properly this could become an add-on for Glass, with the headset powering the eyeball-mounted sensor wirelessly, like an RFID device, and providing you with 'live' readouts of glucose levels, blood pressure, heart rate- maybe even oxygen levels. With a polarised antenna it may also be possible to determine where you're looking, helping make the Glass UI a bit smarter.
Re: Look at this mess...
I think you'll find space is already pretty thoroughly vacuumed!
Re: 600,000 people supposedly have already visited or live on Mars
This would be about the time in his life where he started dropping acid, right?
According to a quick Google this is a guy who was accompanied on his journeys through time and space by a talking dog, constantly followed by a man from the CIA. That's not the best description of Stewie Griffin I've ever heard!
If nothing else, Mars is that cold only the most genetically-pure Geordie could walk around in just a t-shirt.
Re: Power Usuage
Rather than random conjecture here's some numbers grabbed from another review: About 4.5w at idle, jumping to 25ishW when undergoing a stressful benchmark test. So perfect for something that'll spend a lot of it's time more-or-less idle (or sat in a loft serving up the occasional file), and an i5 will be more than sufficient for a file server.
Let me just re-iterate that. 4.5w. FOUR AND A HALF WATTS. On x86. If you kept the use light, you could run this for a couple of hours using the battery from my mobile.
I don't think he meant that his Atom-based NAS actually drew 500w, just that he wouldn't want to leave something on 24/7 that DID draw 500w.
That's something completely different
And the reason I can never go back to sea-world.
Surely this is endangering children?
Having them not know what to do- and what the dangers are of what they're doing- is like never letting them near a road, meaning they have no knowledge of how to react to them. Kids die every day on our roads so we teach them- Stop, Look, Listen.
Banning the access of inquisitive minds from otherwise freely-available life-saving information is child endangerment. Kids DIE because they don't know that there are bad men out there. People DIE because they contract STIs. Lives are ruined by avoidable, unwanted teenage pregnancies- and potential lives are lost because the mother's don't know how to best ensure their baby is born alive, healthy and without deformities.
The only 'upside' to this is that some parents don't have to explain a process which they themselves have performed. AND THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR THIS APPREHENSION.
Creepy Uncle Ernie rejoice; the kids don't know what you're doing to them. Also, FUCK MUMSNET AND FUCK THE DAILY MAIL.
Recovery not necessary
You can't radio-control through water (well, you can. But that's the rule-of-thumb). So it's going to be an autonomous drone. This means it'll have smarts on-board that can look at the world around it, identify vessels, etc.
So Drone pops up, scans the surrounding area then compresses the data as far as possible before dropping to the sea surface. It can then use an acoustic modem to send the data to the sub without giving away the sub's position too exactly (some of those modems have a 7km range (so if you see the drone you only know the sub is somewhere in a >21sqkm circle), and I'd be surprised if the hydrophones on a sub couldn't top that for receive-only functions).
The drone could then turn into a Slocum-style glider AUV (flooded body so as to kill the electronics, air-filled pouches in the wings for buoyancy, wax-pouch hidden somewhere in the body) to get itself away from the Transmission zone (further obfuscating the position if the sub) without needing any batteries.
It's subsea but orders of magnitude faster and with kilometer ranges. It also deals with all the noise and interference you get subset- and with a few-km range that's a LOT of noise.
Getting it working in air is impressive but I wouldn't imagine ground-breaking. Just good old-fashioned engineering-around-a-problem.
It's in the article. 2 characters per second. So 1Mbyte would be 500,000 seconds, or a hair over 5 days.
Subsea acoustic couplers hit nearer 6k/s, so there's a lot of room for improvement and if the researchers passed the data through desk/floor/desk they could have a much better, though more environment-dependent, coupling. So there's scope to drop this transfer time or increase it's range.
And a PIN number is 4 numbers, between 0000 and 9999 so could fit into 2 bytes with plenty room to spare.
Wireless optical data transfer?
That'd be IRDA, then. It was on more or less every smartphone I owned before 2007, and my current one too. Long may it continue.
IRDA has a Gigabit spec too, according to Wiki!
So NSA officials say it's not illegal?
That's fine by me then, no conflict of interest there at all. Nosireebob.
Re: DMZ and firewalled to hell
You'd put sensors like that in the DMZ so that they're outside your network. To see anything happening on your network it'd have to pass through the firewall.
So something in the DMZ is firewalled off from your private network, though still able to connect to the Internet to provide services and call back to it's masters.
Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?
Please tell me this is a Troll. If not:
Nuclear Fission power stations would make your car Nuclear Fission powered, not Nuclear Fusion powered.
90% of electricity doesn't come from Coal, at least not in the UK or probably any other developed country.
We ARE developing hydrogen powered cars. Unfortunately you're talking about a fuel with a tiny volumetric energy density unless it's pressurised- it needs to be something like 300bar (4500PSI) before it's anywhere near as good as petrol. That means a heavy containment vessel or an enormous explosion in a crash- not a burn like with petrol but a proper Hollywood explosion. And a big crater. Then there's embrittlement of various materials as the hydrogen screws with them- so you need to be vey careful with the materials you use at all points. And then you need to go through the whole process again for the rest of the fuel-handling system and anything that could come in contact with it if/when vented. And THEN, after all this you need to make it production-line ready and able to last 20 years.
Then there's the production of hydrogen and the development of a pipeline network to carrry it all- given the extra wall-thickness required for a pressurised hydrogen tanker over a petrol tanker they're pretty impractical for carrying the volumes of fuel that currently criss cross the country. Producing the Hydrogen would require a phenomenal amount of power, too- and if memory serves is less currently efficient than an internal combustion engine anyway when producing it from water. Which is why most Hydrogen now comes from natural gas. So even your Hydrogen cars derive their energy from fossil fuels, by way of harnessing power stored in other fossil fuels.
So THAT'S why we're not using Hydrogen-powered cars. Because they're a monumental engineering challenge to build and still, currently, have a dependency on fossil fuels. In future this may change, but at the moment their development into a practical /mass-produced/ product is a good way away.
Well however else are we supposed to download Firefox on a new machine?
Honestly, some people...
Another sign that we are officially in the future
People will stay at home with the heating on to avoid this, creating more of this mess. So the more there is, the more will be produced.
So we've got a more-or-less self-perpetuating nanoscale grey goo that is killing all humans exposed to it? Just about the time we got computers smart enough to legally drive a car while talking over a globally-reaching, near-instant web of almost all the world's information.
At the same time, Evil Corporations and The Government are slurping up our comms.
I feel I should have my local library move lots of its 'Science Fiction' section to 'Recent History'.
Re: i wonder....
Unfortunately yes it would short out at any significant voltage- the electric would just arc through it to the water. Might work with low-voltage PCBs, but then there are already waterproofing agents for those.
When electronics are to be put under water, though, they're typically either put in a 'dry' housing or in an oil-filled container of some sort. A 'dry' housing means they can be kept in any environment you want (typically sea-level pressures with regular air) but is expensive. Oil-filled boxes are cheap but mean the electronics see the full pressure of the water (so you either have a pretty limited depth before things break (up to 50m is generally possible with regular 'home' electronics that don't include electrolytic caps) or have to modify the electronics to remove 'crushable' components like crystals).
An 'oil-filled and compensated' 3-phase motor could hit the bottom of the Challenger Deep and still work fine as it's just a block of metal with another block of metal inside it, with the void filled with oil and so is more or less incompressible.
The body of the Lotus, however, would have to be foot-thick Titanium to keep the driver safe from the pressure (at that depth, about 32,000psi!)!
It could almost pass for human
With the right footwear, an inconspicuous waterproof covering and a mobile, self-propelling human-rideable vehicle that can act as a local power generator / comms hub when it stops travelling.
What I'm saying is it needs your clothes, boots and motorcycle.
This IS going to tempt me away from my XP-and-Linux infrastructure. You go ahead and spend your money developing it, MS. Go on, spend ALL of it on this single-ecosystem solution. Lock down your remaining users tight. Both of them.
Re: Automated till hell ...
I believe the bagging area is used as a sort of Checksum, so if you scan something that is supposed to weigh 500g and it weighs 2kg you've clearly got the wrong thing and are trying to pass off a 2ltr bottle of coke as a half-litre.
Why would the Unions
Have any say on immigration? And, more to the point, aren't the unions more likely to adopt the more right-wing "THEY TURK UR JURBS!" stance?
Acronyms suitable for such a Bond Villain-grade piece of equipment
Metropolian Realestate Beckons; Orb Needs [to] Detach
Global Orbital Lohan Detonator, Flinging It Near Ground Evacuated Readily
Gaseous Orb [of] Lohan detaching; Evacuate Nearby- Elderly, Young? Either.
SPears Emulated CHAV; Try to Recover in Espagne
Re: Battery life
They already did that. It's called Petrol. Or Diesel. Or jet fuel*. Or external combustion. Or CNG. Or, if you're really desperate for range, nuclear!
If you like your explosions huge and frequent and spares costly, Hydrogen could do a decent job as well.
Basically, there are a LOT of options for longer-range / lower-cost vehicles already. Why try to shoehorn in a technology that doesn't work for it and isn't meant for it when there are plenty of decent alternatives?
*which can be made carbon-neutral as shown by DARPA's experiments with nuclear-powered fuel-generators reported on el reg a couple of years ago
Now we have a confession of tens of thousands of constitution-breaching federal offences and outright lying to the President / Congress / International partners.
Where's the announcement of mass layoffs and access-all-areas oversight by an outside agency? Or a fine?
Even an admission of guilt and formal apology would be an improvement.
At least buy me an apology pint? Come on, you know where I live and the drinks I like!
Re: RF card needed
That's half the required frequency. It should be in the Terahertz range.
Because it hurts Terror[ists].
It's the one with the tinfoil-lined pockets, thanks!
Re: You what?
missing by a town, that's understandable given the difficulties manually targetting these things. What do you expect them to do, create an Earth-spanning set of positioning satellites? Or maybe spend millions creating a way of navigating using spinning lasers?! While we're at it let's throw in bouncing radio waves too! Honestly, you people and your science fiction.
Next you'll be saying they should be prosecuted for bombing the next-but-one country during that Kosovo conflict a few years back. This is war, son, and people die in-theatre. Or, in that case, thousands of miles outside it.
15 million pissed girls at his door?
The Who are proper rockstars. That's a Wednesday afternoon crowd of women for them.
Re: Wiimote :)
Absolutely. Did this years ago with a head-tracking eMagin Z800 headset.
Playing Oblivion with a Wii Balance Board for motion (so you're skateboarding around town :)), Wiimote + Nunchuck for left/right arm (or even pull-back w/button pressed to notch an arrow, release to fire). And head-tracking so you always look where you're... well, where you're looking.
The only serious problem was that you couldn't look and aim independently. Which should be pretty simple to sort in an all-3D game (so anything from Quake onwards).
Another little issue was that I needed to have a multibutton mouse to select which kit combination I was using, and remembering that in the middle of a battle was a PITA. But again, a software fix to output which weapons/shields/spells/etc are equipped over USB/serial/etc would sort this.
If the Rift can bring this sort of tech into the proper mainstream, good for it! I'll certainly be buying one :D
Re: Mine aren't getting phones yet
Are you trolling? Pretty sure the S3 plays Angry Birds.
Re: Duck test = fish test!
That would have been the best defence ever!
"But your Honour, BitCoins do not float on water and are therefore nothing like a duck. Moreover, by your reasoning a Duck can be both made of wood (as it floats) and therefore a Witch (which burns as does the wood you CLAIM ducks and bitcoins are made from)- a similar line of reasoning which lead to the death of an innocent civilian documented by the respected group the Pythons.
Your Honour, do you REALLY want to declare that a BitCoin is equivalent to a duck when it is well established that such actions can lead to the death of innocents?"
Re: Having our cake and eating it too
Ah yes, but think of it from Apple's point of view.
If you're a Megacorp who orders laptops in by the million, it makes a lot of sense to buy them all as one company- you have one account to administer, your delivery addresses can be changed to reflect market conditions (so if they sell well in Lisbon but not in London, part of London's allotment could be shipped to Lisbon instead), and you have more bargaining power as a single million-unit customer rather than 1,000 thousand unit entities arranged around the world.
Plus with a single purchasing company you only have one pair of international contract laws to abide by with regards to your supply (i.e. you just need US/Chinese lawyers for supply rather than US/Chinese, UK/Chinese, Europe/Chinese, Japanese/Chinese, etc).
So it DOES make good business sense even if you're not trying to save tax.
The dahls were good, then became the Daleks who... weren't.
The Daleks are bonded polycarbide transport machines containing the mutated remains of a species called the Kaleds. The Kaleds were at war with the Thals- they had a dirty nuclear war. This lead to mutations, and these mutation were accelerated and guided by their chief scientist Davros. The mutated remains were placed in a metal war machine- that's how the Daleks came about
They had a bigass war with the Time Lords for control over Time itself, which eventually both sides lost. A single Dalek command ship containing an/the Emperor Dalek survived, falling through time and started rebuilding. And was then wiped out by Billie Piper using finger-clicking magic, possibly derived from her days as a pop singer.
Since that fateful Saturday evening, the Daleks have existed entirely without testicles.
Not quite, but Blackberry and iPhone both run through a single supplier and are both pretty well tied-in to the US.
It'd be a LOT easier to foster a relationship with Apple and RIM on this front than with HTC, Samsung AND Nokia- the major Android suppliers, none of whom are even based on the same landmass as the FBI- and would be far less risky than getting Google to build it into their base Android build (it's relatively-open-source so it could be found and exposed, or just expunged as 'malware').
On a personal note, I'd just like to cry "Down With This Sort Of Thing!". As telecoms data is available from the infrastructure suppliers (who will also provide convenient wiretapping systems), and they apparently don't use this approach with those sufficiently tech-savvy to be encrypting data properly prior to transmission (or if they do it's just for the transmission, with the data stored unencrypted elsewhere), this is clearly just a way of circumventing the requirements for a wiretap warrant. If they wanted to capture data BEFORE it was transmitted over the internet (passwords etc), that'd be a much more reasonable use-case.
I'd also like to ask why permission for the modification of a suspect's property- especially when this requires equipment that is otherwise very much illegal and may cause the suspect- is easier to come by than tapping into comms they're freely blasting out over a wire.
If they can print a transistor they can print a diode... Which can be made to emit light. With a grid of these you could then have a display built into your skin. It'd then take only a little extra work to incorporate a touch sensor into the system.
With strain gauges built in, again pretty simple, you could have the image re-map dynamically to show a flat image.
lots of potential in this invention!
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