* Posts by Boothy

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

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Whist I agree with you on the business side, I think for gaming, VR rather than AR is going to dominate.

AR isn't immersive and that's by design, so for most games, VR will always trump AR (imho). In fact I suspect most genres of games wouldn't be playable in AR at all, or at least not very well.

I could see AR being good for table top type games, games with a 3rd person, top down type view, such as strategy games etc. But that''s a fairy small market. For anything first person, or role playing type game, which covers a huge chunk of the gaming market, I can't see how AR could be used effectively there, being able to see you're still in your living room, would just break any immersion.

But all this being said, VR (other than for cockpit type games), needs to be room-scale. Sitting in a seat with an XBox controller in hand, is doing VR a disservice currently, even potentially damaging a new market by imposing restrictions that shouldn't really be there.

From your comment, (cockpits and moving characters in-game when you are not moving), I'm guessing your experience is limited to the Rift, so seated or standing, using an XBox controller? If so I suggest you go out to a PC World or similar, where they have the HTC Vive on display and give room-scale with motion controllers a go. It changes VR completely, and makes the Rift look positively dated in comparison (although I will admit the Rifts headset does look better than the Vives!).

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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Re: Only vaguely USB-C related rant incoming...

I went through a very similar trek a few weeks back.

Had a bit of a move around at home, which meant having a larger desk space. I realised I could fit three monitors on the desk now (from two previously), and I had an old spare 1920x1200 one sat on a shelf doing nothing, so I figured why not!

I too ended up buying new cables on line, as no local shops (Maplins, .*PCWorld, large Tescos, Asda living etc) had anything of any use to me.

In fact I'd go so far as to state that most of these shops, were essentially only stocking what I'd class as 'legacy' cables, and not one of them was stocking anything that could be used to connect 'modern' devices to another 'modern' device.

Same was true for USB-C.

I get the feeling that whoever is in change of stocking things like cables in these shops, is working of a list that's about 5+ years out of date, and so they simply don't cover current 'standard' connectors, like DisplayPort etc.

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: Another option (if you really want to stick with Windows)...

Would that still work?

Don't VMs access the CPU (essentially) directly anyway?

i.e. If your host is a 3rd gen i7, then your VM also see's a 3rd gen i7. All the 'user' can usually do is manage things like how many cores are available to the VM, not what type of CPU the VM gets to see.

Therefore wouldn't trying to run Win 7 in a VM, on a host that was running on a new CPU, still have the same compatibility issue?

Genuine question. As my experience with various VM environments (desktop, not server), don't allow you to change the 'type' of CPU available to the VM, they always see whatever the host has installed.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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Re: Go AMD !

Long time AMD CPU fan here, I've built a few AMD gaming rigs over the years (late 90s onward)..

But my current rig, built in 2012, is an i7 (3770k), as unfortunately for gaming, single core speed, not number of cores, rules, and AMD just were not there!

I really hope this 3GHz speed is just due to it being a test, and that this isn't indicative of the real world speeds we can expect from this new chip set in the final production version.

Hopefully if they can match proper desktop speeds, as in 4.5GHz (and upwards), then this could mean AMD become a contender against the top end i7 chips, and become a viable option in time for my next build.

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

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Lobby for new/updated privacy laws instead

Wouldn't the EFF be better lobbying for legal changes instead of targeting specific vendors? (Or do both?).

i.e. try to get the same things that the EFF are asking for here with Windows, but within a legally binding set of privacy laws, that cover all software, applications, devices etc.

That way all operating systems (desktop or mobile), applications (including phone apps etc), and anything else that can capture any metrics, has to abide by this legal framework.

For example, such as declaring what is captured and why, and clearly identifying what is necessary for the service to work (i.e. GPS data for a navigation system), and what is not. With mandatory means to manage this 'additional' data, or at least allowing for a more informed decision on if to use that OS/app if you can't turn it off.

Plus also making sure this snooping isn't just some obscure bit of text hidden inside the T&Cs/EULA but rather something that explicitly informs you during installation, before it actually starts capturing the data, with a mandatory means to not accept, or at least back-out.

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Tesla's Model S autonomous mode may have saved a life

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Re: Manual override

I can just imagined, say 10 years from now when auto-braking and collision avoidance systems are likely to be common place, some miscreants deciding to have some fun kicking footballs across a busy motorway, or dropping cardboard boxes from a bridge, just to see what happens!

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Quote: 'I didn't say it should do anything different, I just commented on the apparent lack of differentiation in the display.'

Surly in an emergency situation, a speedy response and warning is the critical path?

Spending CPU cycles on deciding if it's a car/lamppost/meat-bag before warning the driver is just going to be wasting time, literally.

Perhaps they should just change the warning to something more generic?

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They kept that quiet. PC sales via distributors DID rise in Q2

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Is this the market settling down after the upset of things like Tablets?

i.e. Just standard stuff in any interrupted market?

i.e.

We sell x number of doodads per year globally.

Someone launches a thingamajig and lots of doodad users decide to switch as it does what 'they' need.

After x amount of time, the new 'norm' settles in, with doodads and thingamajigs now sharing/splitting that once single market.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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EMP blast

I suspect they'd probably loose radio comms for a short while, but would otherwise go (relatively) unharmed outside of the primary blast/heat area.

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Password reset: 45 million creds leak from popular .com forums

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They look to be the same format as the 40bit password generator in KeePass 2.

Examples:

c39c43258c

fdb89808bb

2510e92dce

etc.

Perhaps there is a password generating tool out there that just isn't very good, or someone has pre-generated a few passwords, and have hardcoded them into something? (Malware etc).

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Third OnePlus flagship: £309

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Titans of Space Cardboard VR

I wonder if this phone can get through Titans of Space without overheating?

Tried it on a Nexus 5, and the phone just switches off about 5 mins in!

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Re: 64 GB of storage

I'm curious, what would you use 128GB (or more) of storage for on a phone?

The only time I've ever wanted more than the stock 32GB I have in my (soon to be replaced) Nexus 5, was when taking videos whilst on holiday, as I'd stuck a few movies and some music on there for use in the airport/plane etc. So didn't leave much space for recording videos.

But anyone serous about taking videos, aught to be using either a proper vid camera, or get a phone with an SD slot where it becomes a non issue.

I suspect that 64GB is probably more than adequate for the vast majority of typical users. (There will always be fringe cases of course).

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Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

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Two tear Xbox (and PS4) gaming?

So is this going to result in a two tear console gaming platform?

i.e. CoD 49 comes out...

"Now with enhanced GFX [*]"

[*] XBox One Scorpio or PS4.5 required.

Or even some (non VR) games only being available on the updated platforms?

If this happens, then it could drop console players into an upgrade cycle!

I can also imagine some future console gamer, who prefers higher frame-rates to resolution, having to start a game, then go into Game --> Settings, and select 1080p rather 2160p to drop the res down, in order to bump the frame rate up.

All very PC like!

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Re: More marketing lies by Microsoft, Sony and AMD...

"That along with an Intel Core i7 6-core CPU indeed."

Games are generally not CPU bound (even 4k or VR ones), hence why most PC gamers (without an unlimited budget) still tend to stick with an i5. It's almost always the GPU that is the bottle neck (on a non budget system).

I've got a venerable old i7 3770K from 2012 (clocked to 4.3GHz) and the only games it ever gets busy on are turn based strategy games as it calculates all the AI moves for a few seconds between turns.

For a typical GFX heavy AAA title, you're looking at ~40-60% CPU utilisation. That's running an AMP Extreme 980 Ti (faster than the Titan X) on a 3440 x 1440 monitor.

The CPU utilisation doesn't change all that much between resolutions, or GFX settings. i.e. going from 1080p to 1440p ultra-wide might add 5% to the CPU (as the heavy lifting is still being done by the GPU), so even running 4k would likely keep the i7 running at under 65%, so still easily within the bounds of a more current mid range CPU.

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I spy with my little fibre, ten MEELLION or so galaxies

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@ frank ly

Quote : "If you want precise positional information about a distant object, surely you'd need the individual sensors to be as far apart as possible...".

The galaxies are too far away to use trigonometry to measure distance. We can use that for neighbouring stars, but once you get past a certain distance, it becomes very inaccurate.

So this about grabbing the spectrum of the galaxies, which gives us the red-shift, which tells us how far away the galaxy is far more accurately at these distances than trigonometry would.

We've done this already on a smaller scale, so this is about doing it on mass.

Quote: "So why are these fibre optic heads placed so close together that they have to be careful not to make them collide with each other when adjusting their aiming line?"

Don't think aiming, think more filter. It's one fibre per galaxy.

Imagine a disk (i.e. a disk of aluminium about a meter across), now drill holes in that disk that precisely match with the relative positions of galaxies in a specific area of the sky. Stick this plate at the end of a telescope (where the camera normally is), and point it at that section of the sky, so that the light from each galaxy lines up exactly with the holes on your drilled plate.

Now direct via fibre optics the light from each hole to a sensor, and you can measure the spectrum of each galaxy, one fibre being the light from one galaxy.

This was basically the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, check out wikipedia etc for some pics.

This new work is to automate the process, so rather than drilling metal plates, and fitting the fibres, a plate for each section of sky, you just move the fibres around via the 'robots'.

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Boothy
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Re: How it works

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) basically did the same process a few years back (the fibre bit), but without the robots, so was a very manual process. Basically drilling holes in plates for the fibres, that lined up with the galaxy positions in a specific area of the sky.

I remember watching a documentary about it a few years ago, took them days to set up a single plate.

This is basically automating the process, to ramp up the numbers (massively).

A couple of pics and some further links/reading here.

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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Re: Killing TVs, a step too far

Quote: "But surely a discrete toggle switch to bypass all the smart components might be possible?"

Why do you feel the need to bypass the smart stuff? It's not like it sits in-between anything!

The smart part of a TV is basically just an App that you launch, don't want to use it, don't press the corresponding button on the remote (and like mentioned above, leave the network unconnected).

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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Perhaps in the past, but certainly not in recent years.

Trying to run a bat file, with a .exe extension, either from command line, or double-clicking in explorer, fails with an error. (I just tested in Win 7 out of curiosity).

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Do you mean ART (Android Runtime)?

Dalvik was superseded by ART back in 2014 when 5.0 came out, and was available in 4.4 (KitKat) before then (as an optional setting).

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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Re: SCSI anyone?

@jaywin

Quote: "it's going to stop being a viable option sooner-or-later."

Doubtful, imho.

Bear in mind that WiGig uses the 60 GHz band for the high speed part (video to TVs/monitors etc), which won't penetrate walls, and is very short range. Effectively limiting you to gadgets/devices in the same immediate area, or at least the same room. So your finite bandwidth, is only being shared by a few devices in one room (or one part of a room if it's a large area).

You still have your normal 2.5 and 5 GHz for house/building coverage itself, which works alongside the 60 GHz.

I would suspect for most consumer gear, TV's, Blu-ray players, set top boxes etc, and for normal business use, even in an open plan office, this bandwidth issue is likely to be a none issue.

Personally, I doubt my desktop at home will ever, not use hardwired network and monitors (latency etc). But for my TV, satellite box etc. I welcome the day I can get rid of the huge rats next of network, power, HDMI, displayport and optical audio cables, I have crammed behind the TV cabinet!

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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I keep getting messages that are apparently from WhatsApp telling me I have have deferred messages waiting for me to read.

One of these days I must get round to signing up for an account to see what they are about!

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Will you get reimbursed if you're a bank fraud victim? Brits think not

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Especially when the film only came out a few months back!

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Oops, NFC of course!

Been setting up a NAS, me thinks the TLA got stuck!

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Pebbles (other than the ultra thin versions) last 7+ days on one charge, and only take about 30 mins to fully charge again. (Even the thin ones last around 2+ days).

But they do try to keep the Pebble simple, no NFS, no GPS, no speaker etc. (Although it does have a mic for dictation). If they added all that, you'd likely be down to charging every day or two again.

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

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From what I understand, these figures are generated from active Internet browser use. i.e. page access data etc.

So this 'should' be active systems, if a user has rolled back, their stats would be back under whatever OS they were previously on (7 or 8.1 presumably).

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Re: Upgrade ? Not really.

The only thing I've found that seems to be a genuine 'upgrade' is DirectX 12. But that's only really relevant to gamer's.

So far I've only met one person who actually likes Windows 10, but he also liked Windows 8.0 (yes .0 not even .1!), so it takes all sorts :-/

I'm happy with my venerable Win 7 for now (and Mint on the 2nd SSD).

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Virtual reality will take over the world by 2020, reckons analyst haus

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Definition of VR

Some places also don't seem to know what VR actually is.

I've found a few sites, including estate agents, that claim to be using Virtual Reality, that are just using 360° pictures.

For me,it must have depth, i.e. 3D/stereoscopic to be VR. A picture you can scroll around on a normal phone/tablet/PC is not VR!

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ARM Cortex-A73: How a top-end mobe CPU was designed from scratch

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Re: "From scratch"

Triggers the expert on brooms, best go talk to him. :-)

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Shhhh! Facebook is listening

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Re: No need to turn it off on iOS, unless you deliberately turned it on previously

Quote: "IIRC didn't Android 6.0 finally allow users to disable permissions for apps post-installation?"

It's the other-way round. All permissions are denied/off by default, and you are then prompted to grant an individual permission when the app tries to use that permission. You can allow, or deny at that point, and the app is required to gracefully accept your option (i.e. don't bomb out if someone says no, or stop the rest of the app working because you denied one permission).

If you change your mind later, you can just go into Apps > 'App name' > Permissions, and toggle the permissions off again.

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Permission toggling is a standard option now on current Android (i.e. 6+), although not everyone seems to know about it even when they have it (or just don't care!).

Settings > Apps > App you want to look at > Permissions.

As an example, I don't have Facebook installed (or pre-installed, Nexus device), but I do have Facebook Messenger (all my friends use it), and it has toggles for Camera, Contacts, Location, Microphone, SMS, Storage & Telephone, all of which are disabled by default, and none of which have been switched on since it was installed, and the App still works fine for what I use it for.

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

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Re: What do Competitors Do?

Adding to the confusion. If you're on a Windows version that doesn't come pre-installed with OneDrive, the current Office 365 (i.e. Office 2016) installs both the consumer and business versions at the same time!

So you end up with two OneDrive entries:

> "Microsoft OneDrive" (OneDrive.exe) and

> "OneDrive for Business" (GROOVE.EXE).

Both programs have exactly the same app icons as well!

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Buy on Steam instead then

This just seems to be another nail in the Oculus store.

Why buy a game/experience on their store, tied to just the Rift? When a game bought on Steam will support any headset, current or future, from any manufacturer, as long as it can be used via OpenVR.

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

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Re: "target audience tend to build their own "

Similar for myself.

My first ever Windows PC was an off the shelf unit, and that was back in 1998 If my memory is correct?! (I was an Amiga 4000 & 1200 user at the time). The PC was a Pentium II, the type with the CPU on a card, rather than the usual ZIF socket.

This was also my last ever Windows PC that I bought (although I did buy a Laptop at one point).

Since then its been Triggers Broom. Update this, update that, replace this etc. None of the original components left now other than the case, which stands empty now.

No idea how much I've spent over the years, and also don't really care!

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

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Re: Gene escape

Or naturally occurring random mutations that happen anyway in all living organisms, and have done for billions of year?

At least with GM, we are controlling the change, and do it in a lab first, and monitor the changes etc.

With a random mutation, happening outside away from our control, who knows what could happen!

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Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

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@Sgt_Oddball

Quote: '...as far as I'm aware there's no universal API.."

Actually there is, it's called OpenVR.

Developed by Valve, it currently supports both Oculus SDK, and the Vive SDK, and Valve have stated that if anyone else brings out hardware for PCs, they are happy to add their SDK to OpenVR as well, and have stated they will be working with the OSVR project (Open Source Virtual Reality).

OpenVR is on github: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/openvr

Boiler plate: 'OpenVR is an API and runtime that allows access to VR hardware from multiple vendors without requiring that applications have specific knowledge of the hardware they are targeting. This repository is an SDK that contains the API and samples. The runtime is under SteamVR in Tools on Steam.'

So if a developer uses the OpenVR API, it can work with Vive or Rift (although of course the dev still needs to take into account things like the difference in controllers etc).

Note that SteamVR is installed by the Steam client, but can be used by any OpenVR application on the PC, it's not restricted to Steam only apps. For example I have a none Steam version of Elite Dangerous (I was a KS backer), and that works fine on the Vive via SteamVR.

From what I understand, OpenVR was originally being developed for the Rift (before FB bought Oculus), back when Oculus and Valve were working together. After the FB buyout, Oculus decided to develop their own API, and not use OpenVR, and later decided to make that Rift specific only (Oculus have refused to add Vive support to their Oculus runtime).

So at the moment, if you develop for Oculus API, it's Rift only, and unlikely to ever support any hardware other than the Rift. Also all apps/game bought via the Oclulus store, will also only work on the RIft.

If you develop using OpenVR, it will work with the Vive, the Rift, and very likely any other VR devices in the future (headsets or controllers etc), with minimal (if any) changes to the application itself (perhaps an API refresh). And also Steam fully supports both Vive and Rift games and applications.

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Bear in mind the Rift, and the Vive are 1st gen consumer devices aimed at early adopters. Basically there to prove the tech works, to see if there is demand for it, and priced in order to recoup the R&D as well as the production costs.

It's the same sort of situation as when the first flat panned TVs came out, back then a 32" flat-panel would have set you back over £2,000+. They are now a fraction of that cost (even for a a much larger TV), but you have to start somewhere.

The Sony headset is going to be the one to push into the main stream, it's less capable than the Rift or Vive, but also less costly and doesn't need a top end PC to use it.

Also from what I've seen of component breakdowns and other analysis, both the Rift and the Vive are priced to make a decent margin above the production and distribution costs. Once the R&D costs are covered, and production can be ramped up, the costs are likely to come down quite considerably.

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Re: AR would be better than VR.

AR is not better than VR, they are different, although obviously related, tech aimed at different uses.

AR is all about augmenting what you are doing now, e.g. fixing an engine, overlaying information onto the real world etc.

VR is about being fully immersed in a location. Something AR cannot do. For example having a virtual trip to some location would just be odd in AR, as it would be like looking through a window into the virtual location rather than actually being there, like it would in VR.

As an example, if you were an architect (house building, not IT), I could see AR being useful for creating plans, (like in the Iron Man movies), walking around a real environment, with a virtual 3D overlay hovering in front of you.

But if that same architect then wanted to walk around the new building, to see if it really looks and feels how they were expecting, then that would need VR, as AR just couldn't provide that experience.

Both will have their own benefits in their own area. Neither one is better than the other, as it's completely dependant on the specific use-case.

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

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Re: Lovely, lovely publically available information.

I note they are all Ltd companies, i.e. 'a private company whose owners are legally responsible for its debts only to the extent of the amount of capital they invested.'.

So as an individual, Mr Iqbal is presumably not liable to pay this fine.

Perhaps certain types of business shouldn't be allowed to register as a Limited company?

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Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

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Re: Lousy concept of ecommerce?

@ Slx

Quote: 'What would make even more sense though would to link a "paying in" address to your verified mobile number. That way you could send payment without giving away banking account details.'

That already exists, at least in the UK, and I'm sure other places will have the same or similar systems, either now or in the future.

The UK system is called Paym. You only need to resister to receive money, to send money you just need your Bank to support the service and to use your Banks mobile app. The recipient needs to sign up for the service, usually via their Banks web site, and they register a phone number for the service (usually their mobile, or perhaps a business number).

The sender just uses their regular Bank mobile app, selects Paym, types in the phone number for the recipient (or selects them from their contact list), enter what account you want to send from and the amount (there are limits). And click 'Next', the phone number is then validated against registered Paym recipients, and displays their name, as it is registered at their Bank, as confirmation that you are sending to the right person, (and to make sure you've not mistyped the phone number!) Click to confirm, and within hours (usually just a couple of minutes) the money has been transferred.

No need for the recipient to provide any bank details to the sender at all.

Edit: Typo.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

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Re: Unfamiliar name

Quote 'Isn't it the "How do I download Chrome?" tool on a fresh install?'

I use a Ninite installer on a USB drive for fresh installs of Windows.

That way I don't need to touch Edge or IE :-)

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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Re: How Did this Survive for So Long?

The only difference between Windows with Bing, and a regular Windows install, was basically the OEM licensing, there was no technical differences between the Bing version, and a regular Windows Home version.

Basically the OEMs had to agree to leave the default search engine as Bing, and so were not allowed to make any deals with Google etc to change it to something else.

Also as usual, all OS support had to be provided by the OEM.

The user was still free to do what ever they wanted, and so on first boot could go and change all the Bing related settings to a search engine of their choice.

Microsoft were betting that most people buying a new Laptop didn't really care, especially those buying budget models, and would simply leave it set to the default, and so drive more traffic to Bing as a result.

My guess is that this approach didn't drive enough traffic to Bing, and so MS just decided it wasn't worth the effort of maintaining another release of Windows.

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Re: W10 vs W8

SD is old school TV & DVD resolutions, so basically anything (vertically) around 525 (NTSC), 576 (PAL visible), 480p (DVD) is SD. Anything above this is a flavour of HD.

720p is 'HD Ready' (which personally I always thought was a waste of time).

1080p is 'Full HD'.

2160p is '4k Ultra HD'.

4320p is '8k Ultra HD'

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

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Quote: It should be interesting see which words are classed as generic, who decides, and who appeals the decisions though.

I would hope for a starter than anything in the dictionary, or other standard reference material, geographical names/locations etc. Would be classed as Generic, and not even open to discussion.

Amazon (the shop) chose to use a generic name years ago, and so must accept the limitations that come with that decision.

If they wanted to do whatever they wanted with their name, they should have created something unique.

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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

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The wait

It must be a toe curling anxious moment waiting for the system to come back up again and start talking home again!

I get anxious after doing a local BIOS or boot loader change. "Please work, please work, please work <OS boot screen shows up> phew!".

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

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Not sure why, but I suddenly pictured HM sat in the chair of a WWII type AA gun on the roof of the palace! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam!

Drones (and a few pigeons) falling from the skies!

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Four hundred MILLION vulnerable Androids are out there

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Re: No more updates for me

Similar here.

I got an LG GPad 8.3, a freebie with my TV about 18 months or so back.

That model (v500) was originally released in Oct 2013, so is basically 2.5 years old, and is still fast enough even for gaming, let alone regular usage, and it still only needs charging maybe twice a week.

So to me, that's still a perfectly good piece of kit, and doesn't need replacement.

But, it's been stuck on 4.4.2 for most of that time. It originally came with 4.2.2, but the OTA to 4.4.2 was released in mid 2014.

There has been a few minor updates since then, just patches, or updated cruft, with the OS version remaining on 4.4.2 :-/

And this despite there being a Google Play Edition that was updated to 5.1 in April 2015, that is the same hardware!

I have looked at rooting the thing, and stick a custom ROM on, but so far I've not managed to get the drivers to work, in order to replace the boot loader (despite doing this fine on other devices in the past).

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Video folk, you'll love the 96TB, 2.6GB/sec LaCie 12big HDD

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Re: Units !

Also lots of people use the mobile site, and the Corrections button seems to be missing when viewing via the m. rather than www. URL.

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USB-C adds authentication protocol

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Re: Security?

Doesn't usb still need the data connections to negotiate any current above the minimum?

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

Boothy
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Re: Apologies in advance to all Christians......

" a man who can magically turn water into wine"

Even I can do that, takes me about 8 weeks.

Maybe Jesus just enjoyed making his own winde and a few people exaggerated how long it took?

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Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

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Re: All that about what VR is and how it works, not a word about what it does

Quote: "even a lowly Minecraft clone".

Why would a developer bother to make a clone of Minecraft for VR, when Minecraft already supports VR?

There is even a mod that enables the use of the Vive controllers, so that you can actually chop trees down and other actions via swinging your arm.

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