255 posts • joined 17 Jun 2011
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!
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!
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.
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 :-)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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).
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)
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).
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!
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.
Re: Non PC colour code
@ Non PC colour code
For 9, we always used "Willingly" instead.
Re: "Merely...make money"
Hence why the following is always added to the hosts file of all my PCs, home and work:
Speeded up loading times no end :-D
Re: "Merely...make money"
Quote: "you should see the content as the creator intended. DELIBERATELY altering that content is creating a derivative work without license and against the law."
Nonsense, the whole point of HTML is that the pages are rendered how the user wants to see the page, not how the author wanted it to be viewed. While the author does have some control, (colours, text scale etc.) the user has control over what font to use, what size, whether to load images or not. These are all standard settings within any Web Browser, and any author of a web page knows this (or should). Just because most people leave the settings at their default, does not remove their right to change these if they so desire.
If the author wants their content to be viewed in a specific way, then they need use a format suitable for that, such as an image (JPEG etc.), PDF, or a <shudder> Flash site etc.
If an author chooses to use HTML, then expect your content not to look the same from one user to the next, based on their local user preferences.
Re: apps that pull weather forecasts to predict sales and set order quantities
This is a POS system, so I'd expect weather is going to be that day, hourly, perhaps the following day at most. For long term, you'd use your normal weather services.
I think this is more, "It's going to rain today, so fetch a few more umbrellas out of the stock room", "It's going to be warm tomorrow (I wish!), so pick up some extra ice cream from the wholesaler on the way in". etc. etc.
Re: Proprietary NAS? I don't think so.
My NAS at home is a re purposed Desktop with FreeNAS installed on a USB drive. Which leaves the currently 2 x 3TB drives for data (mirrored). In the process of adding some more drives, to this.
Nice thing about running a NAS on a 'real' PC, rather than a low power device, is you can run other services on the NAS drive without impacting its performance, and therefore remove the need to have a dedicated server running separately. e.g. Torrent client, DLNA media server. Subversion/GIT repository etc. etc. Yes it uses more power than a low power NAS, but it meant I could decommission a server that was running 24/7.
Re: If you're rooted..
Would be nice if this was available for none rooted devices. Typical Bank apps won't run if they can detect the device has been rooted.
Re: android upgrade debate
It seems to be a purposeful direction by Google, presumably to get around the issue of carriers and phone manufacturers not releasing (or being very slow to release) new OS versions.
This seems like a good idea to me. Get the core OS to do basic low level functionality only, providing APIs into the hardware etc, then have everything else essentially as an App on top of it. If security issue are found, and it's in a function managed by an app, then simply update the app. Google can already force updates to some built in apps, such as the Play Store itself.
I can imagine things like the stock Android home screen, Contacts and anything else current included as a function of the OS, turning up as an official Google Apps in the Store at some point (or perhaps a hidden one, like the Store itself).
The more functionality removed from the core OS, the less likelihood that security issues would be in the core itself, so reduced the need to update the OS itself, just update the app that's running that function.
Obviously if the issue is in the core OS, you'd still need an update to fix it. But this likelihood should reduce as more of the functionality is moved away from the core OS, and put into an application.
I can imagine in the future, perhaps with Android 5.0, the core OS being a very lightweight framework, with a driver layer to the hardware, and an API layer for everything running on top of it. With all other functions, the Home screen, camera, keyboard, contacts, clock, calendar etc etc all being applications, that can all be updated as needed (some may be hidden apps, but just update in the background like the Play Store does).
At this point, I can imagine updates to the core Android OS to be few and far between, as there would simply be no need to update the OS itself except when adding new low level APIs, for example new types of hardware, or for bug or security fixes.
Looks like a good thing to me,
Re: Just wondering?
You get clamped for parking illegally (or at least that should be the reason).
But no need to do that with a self driving car, as long as the law allows it to continue driving without you in it..
I can image you'd drive to where you want to go. Find no parking spaces near by, or only very expensive ones. So get out and tell the car to go find a space somewhere else.
If you're going to be a while, the car could drive a mile or two out of town and park somewhere for free. Then just head back to pick you up with a press of a button in an app.
If you're only there for a short while, get the car to drive around for a bit.
None of this is exactly environmentally friendly, but if they don't provide adequate or affordable parking, it's what they will get.
Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Thanks for that, not heard of it before, will check it out.
Re: There's a reason I have disabled Java.
I don't even install Java these days except in a VM for the rare, and getting rarer, occasions I might have something that needs to use it.
I must have missed the memo, at what point did Android become a Desktop OS?
Don't get me wrong, I like Android, I have 2 tablets and a Nexus 5 phone, but last time I checked, they were still classed as a Mobile, not a Desktop OS.
This is one of the reasons I didn't like Win 8+.
Why would I want, or need, to log into a local PC on my Network, with an Internet email account that rarely gets used?
Let me log in with a proper local account with a name of my choosing, then let me add my Live account once logged in, but this should be optional.
Can't see me moving away from Win 7 anytime soon unless this policy changes.
Re: Optimal solution?
Quote: 'I seems to me it would be a lot more effective to use remote drivers, the way they pilot drones.'
I would suspect they can do this anyway, as it would be simple to implement once you have the rest of the autonomous processes in place. And would be useful as a backup for things where the truck isn't sure what to do, or some part of the autonomous system breaks down.
But I suspect there would be too many issues for this remote driver mode to be used under normal circumstances. Couple of thinks I can think of :
1. Latency. With drones not really an issue, as you're flying through empty space (hopefully), so no pedestrians suddenly jumping out in front of you. For anything requiring quick reflexes, by the time a remote driver had received the images/warning, and responded to it, it would already be too late.
2. Comms: With a drone, you're up in the air, so would have line of site for a lot of the time, and then satellites once beyond the horizon. A truck on the other hand would be in valleys, driving through tunnels, under bridges etc. At which point your going to loose comms, so for a remote driven vehicle, you'd still need to have a fully autonomous mode for those situations, and if you have full autonomy, not really much point have a remote driver.
Re: Molex Power Connector
All? In older PCs yes, but not current ones.
HDs and Optical drives switched to SATA data/power connectors years ago, decent case fans and coolers normally use motherboard headers (so the voltage can be controlled). High end GFX cards which used to use them for extra power, switched to the 4-PIN 12V CPU type connectors many years ago.
I can't think of anything else, other than legacy items, that might use these in a current PC? Only exception I can think of are the cheaper case fans, that normally run at a fixed speed, but those are rare now (in my experience).
But I also agree, most definitely a cheap, horrid connector.
Ah yes, I remember when the company I worked for (long since defunct) decided to experiment with switching from screw terminal junction boxes, to Krone ones.
Typically we'd be using these to hook up multiple 2, 4 or 6 pair cables, into a single 20 or 40 pair cable.
Some of these could take half a day or longer to complete one junction box.
With the Krone version, we could do the same number of cables in about 20-30 minutes.
Piracy needs a market solution, not a technical one
Piracy exists in any market place when the users perceived value is less than the current value as defined by the service provider. (I don't just mean monetary costs here, I'm also talking about quality of service, flexibility etc. etc.).
So as long as people think the official channels are not worth the money, then piracy will exist, irrespective of the technical constrains put in place, or the potential legal consequences.
So no amount of DRM, blocking, or changes in law will ever stop piracy, period.
To stop Piracy, or at least vastly reduce it, all they need to do is make sure the cost of a service matches, or is less than, the perceived value of that service. At that point, it's not worth going via piracy channels and people will naturally switch to legit services.
Personally I've always thought that there aught be rules around subscriptions and advertising.
If you have adverts on your channel, it MUST be free to air.
If you charge a subscription fee, you are not allowed to have adverts (or sponsorship) on that channel.
So you pick one, or the other, revenue stream. Not both.
I hope you're just trolling!
If not, then to use you analogy:
They are not buying houses, they are buying a blue print of a house, and then telling everyone else who builds houses that look a bit like the one in the blue print, that they have to pay them a fee for each one sold. This despite the fact that they have no plans themselves of building houses, or the fact that lots of other houses of the same design existed years before the blue print was drawn up.
Most of these patents, and all software patents, should simple be rescinded. And help bring this entire sorry, embarrassing, innovation crippling, chapter of ridiculous corrupted patent law to a close.
Re: These are not the pixels you are looking for.
Quote: "Or is it easier to market "MORE PIXELS!" than better quality...?"
It's worked as a marketing gimmick for years for compact and mobile phone cameras, so why expect TVs to be any different?
Re: These are not the pixels you are looking for.
Would be nice if they would define a reasonable minimum standard for HD, in order to be allowed to claim a channel is actually HD.
I find it annoying I can watch one Sky HD channel, and it looks fine. Then switch to another supposed HD channel, and it have noticeable compression artefacts, pixelation, colour banding etc..
Sorry but HD is more that just a higher resolution. If you're channel looks worse than your SD channel when there is a lot of movement, or other things happening on screen, IT IS NOT HD!
Re: 2K intermediate
Quote: Most cinema is processed at 2K.
Yes, for now, but they are switching over to 4K, so at some point 2K will be depreciated. (How long this will take, is another question).
Re: "They have had a gradual downturn in the number of players"
Same here, tried playing for the first week or so, (after leaving it a couple of days so I could actually log in).
Managed a few sessions, then constantly started hitting issues with having to restore cities to a previous save point, thus loosing sometimes hours of game play. In the end gave up.
Once the off-line turns up, might have to give it another go.
Re: i'd do the contrary
Just need someone to port Wine to Android then,. although would probably still need x86 rather than ARM to run at a reasonable pace.
@Charlie Clark Re: The mighty have fallen half way
Android has, as far as I know, always supported mouse and keyboards, USB or Bluetooth.
Got a Nexus 5 phone here (and have done the same on multiple devices since my old HTC Hero), plug my HID wireless receiver in for my Logitech keyboard and mouse, and magically a little black mouse pointer appears on screen and just works.
Re: for me it works but who knows about everyone else?
I've been planning on updating my media PC (an old ION box running Win 7 and XBMC) to something a little more meaty. I was going to ditch Win 7, and just put Ubuntu/Mint or some flavour on it, with Linux versions of XBMC, plus Linux Steam for casual games. (I have a full Win 7 game rig upstairs for AAA games etc.)
I might just wait a while now to see what these Steam boxes come out as.
I may still go down the Media PC route, but stick Steam OS on as a dual boot, if it performs better than Steam under generic Linux.
Re: Don't see this taking off in a big way
Just to second the constant upgrade myth.
As you say, a mid range gaming PC will happily play games for years without needing any upgrades. I typically keep a GFX card for about 2-3 years, then buy the same card again, but by then very cheap of course, and run in SLI, so doubling performance at little relative cost.
And even once you hit the point where new game engines come out, that an existing PC/SteamOS rig can no longer reach max on, then you just drop the GFX down a notch any carry on playing.
If you finally decide you want to get back to Max settings again, or maybe you've just bought a new 4K TV, you just swap the GFX card for a new one. Can't do that with a traditional console.
Also for the first poster, bear in mind that with newer console games, closer to the end of their life cycle (i.e PS3, 360 for the last couple of years), then that notching back of the settings is basically being done for you within the console version of the game engine. As the console is no longer able to play the updated engine at full pace. The engines and the PC(Win/Linux/OSX) move on, the console can't. Hence why so many multiplatform games look so much better on the PC.
This will happen again with the PS4 and XBone, the game engines will move on, and initially they will be able to tweak and improve the performance of the new consoles, getting more and more from what they have. Improving the visuals etc. But eventually, say 2-3 years from now, they will run out of head room to tweak and after that point, there will be no noticeable GFX improvement till a new generation of consoles is created, probably 8-10 years from now.
Meanwhile, PCs, (Win, Linux, SteamOS etc). will continue to be able to keep pace with the updated game engines.
But doing so is the users choice. Either stick with your existing hardware, like the console users, and continue playing the games at the quality that your system is capped at, or go out and upgrade to get the best out the the updated engine. Which with a PC or SteamOS box, is likely to mean just replacing a single component, namely the GFX card.
SteamOS gives you console convenience, but with the same upgrade choice you have with a PC. But this is still a choice. If you choose not to upgrade, games don't stop working, they just don't look as nice as they do on an upgraded box.
Just my 5 cents anyway :-)
Re: HL3 is all fine and dandy
Even Valve started referring to Episode 3 as HL3 some time back. Not that they've mentioned it much lately :-/
But would be nice to finish the story off, before I get to old to play games!
Wait, what am I saying, I'll never be too old to play games :-D
These are being aimed at people who either don't have a current PC suitable for playing games on, or people who want something to stick under the TV as a supplement to their existing PC install.
Existing PC owners are likely to just stick to running Steam on their OS of choice. (Win, Linux or OSX).
I'll probably try SteamOS out of curiosity, but can't see me bothering to install it on it's own machine any time soon, unless it starts to include XBMC type media functionality.
Original reason I got a 1080P TV was for my XBox 360.
After that, and watching a few HD steams via XBox & PC, I eventually got Sky HD, (but only after they hit 20 HD channels), now of course just about all major channels on Sky have a HD version.
I don't see any point in going to 4k thought, at least not until there is 4k content readily available.
Or Nexus 12?
Re: Sad, sad, sad...
Casio fx451 here also.
The Hex mode was very useful while doing assembly code courses and similar.
Ah, another fellow Casio fx-451 owner here. Bought it myself just as I started college.
Still have it here, 'he says reaching over to the shelf to the side'. Yup, still switches on and does still get used occasionally.
Re: USB isn't "universal" after all
Please clarify, what is incompatible?
USB 1.0 to 2.0 is pin for pin the same, only the protocol/speed changed, and this was specifically done to be backwards and forwards compatible. i.e. USB 1.0 devices work in USB 2.0 hosts, and USB 2.0 devices work in USB 1.0 hosts, just slower. Plus does anyone actually have anything that still uses USB 1.0 anyway? USB 2.0 has been around for 13 going on 14 years now.
The same goes for USB 3.0. In fact USB 3.0 is literally USB 2.0, with an extra data channel. So plug a USB 3.0 device into a USB 2.0 host, and it just acts as a USB 2.0 device. Like wise plug a USB 2.0 device into a 3.0 host, and again it just continues as a USB 2.0 device.
Even the cables work, i.e. a USB 2 Type A to micro type B (i.e. typical cable that comes with a current phone), can be plugged directly into a USB 3.0 host port on a PC/Laptop, and the other end into a USB 3.0 external device (External HD etc) and it just works, just only at USB 2 speeds.
So what incompatibility?
Quote: 'If they're going through the effort of changing USB all over again, why not adopt a better sized port? One universal port across mobiles, desktops, laptops, etc.'
That is what they are doing, at least that how it seems to read when I looked at the Intel PDF. One new Type C plug for everything.
Why would you add analogue to a digital connector and have a huge step backwards?
So you'd rather have a restricted number of audio channels prone to interference, that can't be updated without adding more wires, than a digital solution, that has no such limitations, and can quite happily cope with anything from simple stereo, to HQ 7.1 with DTS etc.
Even Apple dropped analogue from their Lightning connector. (External speakers, Lightning to old style adaptors etc. now use a DAC to convert the digital data to analogue).
So just do the same with USB, create a USB 'profile' that tells the PC/Phone you've plugged in some USB speakers, and the Speakers do the DAC.
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