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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Re: Camera

Tell that to all the tourists I see wandering around London/New York etc, holding a iPad above their heads trying to take tourist snaps with it! WHY! Just WHY?! (Usually Asian for some reason?!)

Even a budget £50 compact digital camera would be easier to use, easier to carry, and take better pics! (and be less costly to replace if dropped or nicked).

Leave you're iPads in the hotel, PLEASE!

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Never gonna replace windows

Quote: "anyone who has Windows has absolutely NO reason to boot into SteamOS"

A lot of PC gamers are all about the framerates, if OpenGL gaming is faster under SteamOS than the same game under Windows (which seems to be the case from various tests I've seen), and as you automatically get access to all platforms supported when you buy a game, (i.e. you don't need to buy the game again), then I could see quite a few people setting up a dual/multi-boot rigs.

A lot of gamers are used to dual/multi boot anyway, i.e. Win 7 64 + Win XP 32 for those legacy games that don't play nice under 7 and/or 64bit.

Although I suspect the main use, would likely be something like an Intel NUC sat under the TV with SteamOS on it, and a Windows PC in another room, streaming to the NUC.

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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Re: Remotes...

So plug one in. It's got USB, HID keyboards and mice work fine. (with the LG webOS TVs anyway)

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webOS user for about 4 weeks

I bought a 49UB850V a few weeks ago, and so far have been very happy with the Smart functions.

Everything is controlled from the same GUI, so not just the 'Smart' functions, but also things like picture and sound settings etc.

The Magic remote works well, just like using a Wii remote, the standard IR remote hardly gets any usage.

I also plugged in a wireless USB dongle (HID compliant), for a keyboard and Mouse, and it just worked. With the mouse controlling the pointer, and keyboard allowing text entry etc. Useful for search inputs, or when adding YouTube account details etc.

It also plays MKV files (including over DLNA if your server supports it) , which was a nice bonus for my, ehem, library.

There are quite a few apps that can be downloaded form the built in store, although so far I've not tried any of them.

Annoyingly the official Android app is just a place holder currently, due later this year apparently. But you don't need it to do things like send Youtube feeds from your tablet/phone to the TV, as the standard Youtube app recognises the TV anyway.

There is still room for improvement though. the DLNA client doesn't show folders, it's just one large list of everything. With the only filters being by type (video, pictures, music).

But it's early days, and the system has already had one update since getting the set, so I expect more will be coming.

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Re: I would wait until they fix the bugs...

I suspect GUI speed is probably dependant on your TV model. I've got the 49UB850V and the GUI is quite nippy there. About 10 secs to 'boot up' initially, but responsive after that point.

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Re: I actually want one

webOS user here too, and so far very happy with it. It was one of the selling points to getting the TV.

But I agree, the current DLNA client is rather clunky, it does work, but is missing things like the ability to browse follders.

You also can't access things like network shares, which is a shame.

But on the plus side, it does play MP4 & MKV without any issues so far, both directly via USB, and over DLNA.

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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Use of email addresses as usernames

I really wish they (whoever they are!) would ban the use of email addresses as user names, and simply let people pick a username instead.

I can understand sites (sometimes) needing to have an email address for confirmation of the account, or notifications, but that should just be a field you fill in when you sign up, not something used as a login itself!

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Re: Mine is great

The Nexus 5 also has 90 degree polarization, so the screen also can't be used in landscape with sunglasses on :-/

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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I'm a recent switcher from Avast to Comodo. Got fed up of the seemingly constant Avast popups that couldn't be disabled.

I was going to use AVG, but after reading a few current reviews, seems it had the same type of annoying user issues as Avast!

As you mention, you have to watch the installer for Comodo (as you do with everything these days!), and switch a few things off, (I always take the Advance install option for everything anyway), but otherwise it's been quite good so far, and a lot less intrusive than Avast.

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Malware gets your Android blabbering to HACKERS

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You would have through as part of the voice control function, it would have automatically ignored anything coming from its own speaker!

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Minions! I need more robotic minions!

The last proposal I saw was basically to build automated mining rigs, with a built in 3D printer.

The printer would use the mined resources (minerals/metals etc), to be able to create both the inevitable spare parts you'd need, and also to build new mining rigs. So self replicating.

Initially all the extracted resources would go to build new rigs, till you had a cluster of them, at which point most of the extracted materials would be fired of towards Earth orbit, where they'd be used in orbit (i.e. to build new ships, satellites, stations etc.).

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Re: Watch it, asteroid pirates...

Lol.

Just picked up my nice shiny new Mark III Cobra yesterday *, although not done any pirate hunting yet with it. Too busy shooting down Federal fighters :-)

* Elite Dangerous

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We've just unboxed our Google Android Wear. We're not appy

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Re: Do google test?

Why would Google test your apps for you? If you wrote them, you test them.

Now Google not testing their own stuff, that's a separate issue....

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Browsers aught to have a 'Allow Tool Bars' option, which if not enabled, won't allow their use at all.

Have the option unselected by default on first install of the new browser. (Perhaps via a hot fix for IE).

If you do want/need to use tool bars, then tick the box to allow them during install of the alternate browser, (or in the settings afterwards if already installed).

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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@ big_D: Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Erm.. Check your info before posting.

Apart from the fact that things like lights and wipers are mostly automatic these days, the Tesla S does have manual on/off for all these controls on standard steering wheel stalks, just like any other 'normal' car.

The screen is for the none critical stuff, heating, music, map etc.

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Ofcom to BT Openreach: From now on, you'd better kill 70% of gremlins within 2 days

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@ Brian Morrison

Thanks for the heads up, haven't been on the ThinkBroadband.com site for years, will give it a go.

One virtual beer for you, thanks.

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Re: Do they still charge for technical support calls?

Quote: "Half the problem is you can't call openreach unless your an ISP/Communications provider. You have to go through your own ISP/CP, who then call Openreach, who then screw up, call the ISP/CP back (if you're lucky) who then call you (only if you're very lucky)."

I got this type of run around with Sky when trying to find out when/if my local cabinet would be upgraded/replaced with a FTTC one.

The phone line is from Sky, but of course installed by BT Openreach.

Sky: "erm, we don't have any information on Openreach cabinet update plans, you'll have to call them yourself.".

BT Openreach: As you mention, won't even talk to customers directly, and their web site contains nothing of any use regarding future planning.

And of course I can't talk to normal BT, as the phone line is listed as being Skys' !!

So at the moment, I'm stuck on ADSL, despite almost every other cabinet around Town being upgraded. And this is in a new estate, where instead of dropping a nice new cabinet in the middle, they wired everyone up to some old cabinets on adjacent streets!

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

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Re: Remote wipe?

Ah, so a remote Brick, rather than just a remote Wipe?

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Remote wipe?

Quote: "The new build will also include new security settings that can remotely wipe stolen Android handsets"

Erm, current stock Android already has a remote lock and wipe option, so what is this new setting actually adding here?

Just go to https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

Log in and select your device, and click Lock or Wipe, simples...

Shows up for both my Nexus 5, and my first gen Nexus 7, and has done for a long time.

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Crucial MX100 256GB SSD: Cut-throat competition in flash land

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Re: meanwhile...

Not exactly a Microsoft fan here, but what does the cost of a fitted HD/SSD have to do with them? They sell software licences, not PCs.

Now the OEMs, that's a different matter (and that includes Apple of course).

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@ OP on price per GB

For price per Gig, (based on ebuyer prices, not the articles):

128GB drive = 42p per GB

256GB drive = 29p per GB

512GB drive = 30p per GB

I've been monitoring SSD cost per GB for a couple of years on and off, and ignoring the 42p one, those other two are the cheapest per GB I've seen so far from ebuyer, and that includes special offers etc.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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Re: how would this really differ

Or they just figured out how to use the build in Steam skinning options.

I like PixelVision myself :-)

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

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So a thumbs down but no mention as to why?

Guess someone doesn't like their driving criticised ;-)

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erm, you do realise one of the main driving forces for automated cars is to increase safety?

Most crashes are caused by bad driving, either causing the crash in the first place (driving too fast in bad weather etc.), being unable to react fast enough when something happens in front of them (driving too close to someone while not paying attention etc), not being skilled enough to regain control after hitting oil on the road etc. etc. Most of these types of accidents and crashes can be avoided with automated cars (and busses, and HGVs etc etc.).

There would also likely be a reduction in overcrowding, as more vehicles are automated, they can start driving closer together, while still remaining safe, even driving in road trains on major roads, thus reducing the space the vehicles need to take up on the roads themselves.

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Good news for gamers who don't leave the house: SanDisk debuts 24/7 Extreme PRO SSD

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@ AC OP

Yup, my 18+ month old SSD already runs at that speed, and it wasn't a new model then, so no progress in the last 2 years then!?

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

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20 hours gameplay

I stopped buying FPS games about 2 years or so ago due to them all being about 6 to 7 hours long, and I have little interest in multiplayer.

So that's two short, or one long session and your games done. Hardly value for money.

20 hours though, this might temp me back. Although PC for me.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Re: A shame

Main issue atm seems to be the AAA titles, of which there are none on Linux Steam that I'm aware of, other than ones published by Valve themselves.

But for Indi titles, there are lots. and at the moment, a lot of these indi games seem to be way more fun than a lot of the churned out, AAA clones we see.

Last online article (Feb) I saw confirmed there were well over 300 Linux compatible games on Steam, which should all run under Steam OS of course. Compared with 60 games a year earlier. So the numbers are going up and most of the smaller indi titles do seem to be cross platform from the outset.

Obviously there must be people using Steam on Linux, otherwise no one would bother supporting the platform at all. This should mean once we see the official final version of SteamOS launch, there will be a large library of games already and this will also increase the Linux userbase as well, encouraging more developers to support the platform.

I probably won't bother with Steam OS myself, at least not any time soon, but I could see me setting up Linux Steam on my Linux XBMC media PC under the TV, which would essentially give me the same thing.

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Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK

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You can get things other than Pr0n on the internet now? Le gasp!

There, fixed that for you ;-)

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Re: Laptop resolutions...

Indeed. These days I think 1080p is the absolute bare minimum for a laptop display. Although personally I'd still rather have 1920 x 1200, than 1920 x 1080.

Anything less for productivity work, and you have to plug in a second monitor, which makes a mockery of the whole idea that the laptop is portable!

I find it crazy that my mobile phone's 5" screen is a higher resolution than my laptop!

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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Re: Good Grief!!! @ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

Electronics? None needed at all.

Something to stick through the hole in the middle so the record can be spun (wood dowel, with a point on the bottom end, for example), a cone of paper or thin card, and a needle stuck through the narrow end of the cone.

Stick needle on record, and spin = Noise/Music

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Goodbye auto-complete extension

Means I can finally remove the auto-complete extension I've been using for the last few years to do exactly just this due to too many sites abusing this option.

Also means Chrome becomes a little more compliant with the W3C HTML specs.

Whilst I can understand Banking sites etc. using this, (and I'll continue to select not to remember on those sites), so many other sites use this option, when they have no good reason to do so (such as sites that don't deal with real money etc).

Putting the User back in control, which is kind of the point with HTML.

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Re: hmmmmm

How is giving the user the choice to use this or not, annoying and alienating them?

Next you'll be saying that removing options that people use makes those users happy?!

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Re: Blackberry Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Samsung do the same. Always annoyed me that every device at home that used USB was the same way up, all except the S3, which was upside down :-( (The USB specs even state which way up the sockets should be fitted!).

Also meant a generic USB phone dock I had, wouldn't work with the S3, as the built in plug wasn't reversible :-/

Using a Nexus 5 now, which has the USB the correct way up :-)

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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email Importance header

10 years on and they still don't handle the 'Importance' header, meaning emails highlight as important show up fine for everyone else, all except gmail users!

Granted not normally too important to home users (and often abused anyway), but this is often used by business users.

At the moment your stuck with adding things like 'URGENT' to the email title instead, which just looks horrible.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

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Re: Legendary?

Shame he hasn't just done an updated Populous. Reboot the franchise. Used to love those games on my Amiga.

It would appeal to new and old players. He could even do a mobile version, especially if it was close to the early Populous versions (1 & 2), which would fit in quite nicely with small touch screens.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Re: Thanks for converting to the British from the Dutch German

@ Scroticus Canis

And even in the USA, C (or K), in fact metric in general, is used in scientific circles (and also military/engineering peeps for that matter).

Plus anyone that knows what an AU is, really should be fully familiar with the metric system. So has no reason to 'dumb down' an article by using Fahrenheit!

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: "Mark Zuckerberg's acquisition of Oculus VR"

The guys from Oculus have already stated there will be no requirement for an FB account to be able to use the headsets, and no adds provided via the Rift software itself. Although they also stated they have no control over what the apps that use the Rift will do, so they could still do ads, jusrt like some games do now.

But who's to say what things will be like in a years time!

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Oculus Rift? Tchah, try 'Oculus Thrift' ... You bet your vrAse we tested these bargain VR specs

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Re: VR (motion) Sickness

You are aware that most new 5" phones comes typically with 1080P (or similar) displays now? With many optimised for HD movie recording and playback.

So I'd expect viewing stereoscopic images and movies will be fine.

But for rendered gfx (i.e. games), as you say, I suspect there'd be too much delay between head movement and screen updating. It's one of the main challenges they have had with the Oculus Rift, and they are using dedicated hardware and a high end PC.

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Re: Modern Victorian diablerie

If it's the same process as the Diableries, then it's a split screen. Left half, right half.

Years ago (hmm, try decades ago...) I created a home brew version. I just used an old cereal box, plus some reading glasses. I'd had a book given as a gift that was full of stereoscopic pictures, everything from Victorian photos, to modern ones, to artificial creations of impossible 3D images etc..

The simplest way is just to hold a piece of card in between you're eye's, in line with your nose. And hold this against an stereo image. So each eye can only sees one image. But warning, this causes eye strain after a while, hence why the lensed versions are better for a movie etc.

If you acquire a 3D movie, then playback on a normal 2D device, you'll see the left right split. (You can also get top/bottom split, but left/right is more common I believe). So if this played on your phone with these goggles, then viola, 3D (well stereoscopic) playback :-)

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Modern Victorian diablerie

I quite like the idea of a modern Victorian diablerie, especially using tech you already have around the house (i.e. phone), as it will improve each time you get a new device).

Can't say I'm bothered about games on the device, (I have a PC for that, so will probably get the Oculus Rift at some point).

But I could see this as a poor man's 3D IMAX without the need to replace the perfectly good 2D HD TV I have now.

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

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Re: Gamers on the whole will move anywhere and pay anything if...

The unified driver model that nVidia implemented years ago, typically means those tweaks they implement do affect all cards currently supported, at least the previous generation or two, and not just the latest generation. It's just that they get the most improvements out of the current cards (as they are not as mature yet, so haven't managed to get the best out of them yet), so those are the figures they crow about.

I've got a previous get card, not a 7xx, and I regularly see improvements in current games after an update. (and I don;t just mean bug fixes for new launches).

It's one of the reasons I've preferred nVidia over ATI for many years, their driver model (and reliability) was just so much better than ATI, with support for older cards, including tweaks and updates, and little things like not having to re-boot after a driver update etc.

Note I can't comment on current AMD drivers, as I've not used ATI cards for many years, so things may have improved since then.

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Re: What odds is it if it's 8 upwards only?

Same here, regular gamer, home built PC, large Steam catalogue, plus lots of other games as well.

And happy with Win 7 (with dual boot to XP for those really stubborn older titles).

I see no reason to switch to Win 8.1 at this time. As far as I can see. it provides nothing new to what I already have. Big deal that it boots a little faster. My Win 7 box takes around 8 seconds to cold boot from hitting power, to being on the desktop, so even if Win 8.1 was twice as fast, I can afford to wait the extra 4 seconds!

So at the moment, no plans at all to use Win 8.1 ever.

Now Win 9, that might be a different story, but then historically, MS have tended to do the old hop between <good os>, <bad os>, <good os>, <bad os>. So if history repeats, Win 9 might actually be worth looking at, But time will tell.

and PS: serious games don't care what the OS is, only the game matters!

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Virtual-reality Dev Kit 2 game goggles by Oculus – now with less vomit!

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Re: other uses...

How about a remote control drone with stereo video and using head tracking camera.

Either hooked up to a PC/Laptop via software, or even via custom hardware with USB inputs and HDMI/DVI output into the Rift.

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Re: I often look at my keyboard

Spill alcohol, sacrilege!

* Long straw/tube.

* Beer cap (2 x beer cans with drinking tube) hmm, maybe not, might upset the beer with all the head movement.

* Water Pouch (the sort you fit in a back pack when walking/hiking)

* Gym bottle. So doesn't matter if you knock it over. (Although depending on what you're drinking, could be a little lively on the next swig.

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Re: Crystal cove @ Ian Yates

Could not peripheral vision be achieved simply by having the lens system in the final version wrap around a bit? i.e. Just use the left and right 5% (or so) of the screen output as the peripheral area?

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

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Re: A few problems with these things

Quote: "a) The Occulus [sic] Rift isn't on sale in its final form so I fail to see how we can know what it will cost at retail. Realistically it's going to be at least $300 but more likely $500. And Sony have never been known for selling kit cheaply."

The new 1080p Oculus Rift Dev Kit v 2 can be pre-ordered for $350 (out in July). This is of course not mass manufactured with no large bulk purchases of screens etc.

Once the commercial version is launched, with bulk purchasing of components and mass manufacturing, then I don't see any reason why the targeted < $300 price tag cannot be achieved, they are almost there now!

I'd still like to know when the final version will ship, as I've got a few games, and some on the way, that would be really nice in VR (Elite Dangerous for example).

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Re: I'm all for this stuff... @ AC (where did the times go?!)

Quote: "I would suspect Steam being a better bed partner, as many games for oculus are already available on steam, and others just need Linux support adding"

I'm all for games running under Linux, and agree that a better partner would be Valve (I assume you mean Valve here, rather than Steam itself?)...

But what does "and others just need Linux support adding" have to do with adding support for Oculus Rift to a game?

Most Oculus Rift games will be Windows PC games, not Linux. Although that may change over time (i.e. in a few years time, assuming Steam on Linux takes off over the next year or so)

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

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Re: Still not buying the Cloud as a primary storage mechanism

Similar here. I have both GDrive and Dropbox, GDrive for collaboration docs, and Dropbox as an sync tool and to give me access to items on my phone, at work etc.

But they only cover a specific subset of files, and anything important goes into TrueCrypt.

My main backup is a FreeNAS setup with 4TiB of local storage (mirrored), full system backups etc.

The important stuff (i.e. things I can't just rip or download again) also get written to DVD or to an external HD which lives at the GFs house (and I have her's at mine).

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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Re: standardisation

Chuckle : "for heavens sake, my smartphone has more pixels! not fun!"

Works laptop screen (Lenovo T420): 1366 x 768

My Nexus 5 phone: 1080P (i.e. 1920 × 1080 )

Crazy, really, really crazy!

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What did you see, Elder Galaxies? What made you age so quickly?

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@ Aquatyger

Quote: "The universe is far to[sic] large to have come from a singularity."

What? Do you even know what a singularity is?

Singularity = A point in spacetime in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density and zero volume.

Therefore how large the universe is, is irrelevant, as any amount of matter could be fitted into a singularity.

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