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If you want to make things go faster...
... you want ComeOnEileen.
Unfortunately its only good for one use, and will leave you with a strange desire to wear dungarees.
My counter prediction
By 2017 (maybe a little longer, certainly by 2020 IMHO), consoles as we know them will have crashed and burned.
Consumers will become sick and tired of game pricing, being told what they can and cannot do on their consoles (eg removal of features available on previous generations such as DLNA), being forced to pay a monthly subscription to play online, and the lack of backwards compatibility.
This may not totally revive the fortunes of the PC market, but it will help considerably. Traditional PC makers such as Dell may not see much of a resurgence, but makers of SteamOS consoles (Which are just PCs in SFF cases) will, as obviously will the likes of nVidia, AMD and Intel.
Yes, PC hardware is more expensive (Due to subsidies on consoles), but over the life of the product will end up cheaper due to the lower cost of games, and not having to shell out a monthly fee to play online. With an expected generation life of 10 years, to play online for that period would cost you about £400 with XBOne for example. Factor that in and suddenly the TCO of a Steam box is way, way lower.
As time goes by, this will become more and more true until the point where PC hardware will have reduced in price whilst gaining in power to the point that building a superior specced PC/SteamBox will be cheaper than buying a console. In fact, if you factor in a 10 year lifespan, plus the cost of playing online for that time with a console, it is already cheaper to buy a PC than an XBone (£429 for console, plus £400 for 10 years subscription) to play the latest games online. Comparisons are already showing up on youtube of BF4 gameplay on a $500 PC compared to a next-gen console, and the PC more than holds its own.
Death of the PC? Nope, this is the beginning. Death of Windows maybe - but not PC hardware.
Microsoft Dynamics advert
This banner ad at the top of the page starts playing audio when the mouse moves over it - no click required.
Not only that, but if you click to silence it, it keeps playing the video (although muted), and once it is finished, resets the mute status - so if you later mouse back over it, it starts playing the audio again despite me having already clicked mute!
Please sort it out - you are welcome to your advertising, but I do not feel such intrusive advertising measures are appropriate on this site.
I doubt she would know, so why does she expect others to?
I still say that will not work as well as you think.
I reckon you would be better off with a HOTAS system in your hands, and a joypad on your lap for extra buttons. At least then when you grab the thing, you can instantly tell where the rest of the buttons are by feel.
A flat panel with arrays of switches and stuff would be too hard to operate blind - you are going to need some kind of haptic feedback that tells you with one touch where your hand is in relation to all the buttons on the panel - otherwise you will be devoting too much concentration to find the control you want.
Oh my, a lot of fanbois voting me down it seems without even considering how these things work.
"You're right that if you want to go online and pwn some n00bs in TF2, the Rift will, by its nature, be a handicap - I think it's hard to beat mouselook for efficiency in aiming."
Dumb comment. No-one is suggesting that OR be used to control aiming, that would clearly be stupid.
In response to saying you cannot see the keyboard - "which competitive gamer cannot touch type?"
Are you SERIOUS? Go play a flight sim, put a cloth over the keyboard and try to hit the myriad of controls without hitting the wrong key by mistake. Go on, try it now. Rest your hand on the WSAD keys, close your eyes and see how long it takes you to find numpad 5.
And forget about if you do not use a computer for a living - I have mates who play FPS and still need to look at the keyboard to the correct number key.
"especially for Star Citizen including a dedicated button/switch console that maps to keys for the in-game controls."
Yeah good luck with that, it's a very tall order. You will be limited to one kind of ship only - if the ingame console moves, you are screwed. Furthermore, most likely you will want some kind of amplification of your head movements, else it will get very uncomfortable to try and look over your shoulder whilst operating the stick and throttle. If you have any kind of amplification, the virtual buttons will not correspond in 3D space with your physical console.
I wish people would stop going on about OR
And actually make use of the hardware that is superior and available now.
Optical head tracking (eg TrackIR) is vastly more superior to OR's inertial tracking, plus you can build one yourself, there are plenty of instructions on the internet and it will work with any display - even a wall of 4K monitors.
3D is subjective. For competitive gaming, it gets in the way. You certainly would not want to play a 6 hour marathon with a VR headset. Players of games with lots of controls (flight sims, MMOs etc) will not likely buy them, because you cannot see the keyboard while playing. I can also see parents not buying them for kids because they perceive that it will cut them off from the real world more. I can also see safety issues - people will try it standing up and fall over and into the telly etc.
An expensive gimmick.
Not just infections
Many years ago, when bandwidth was much more of a limited resource, we were finding that once a month our off-site friday backup would fail.
Until I noticed that also on that same day, one of the bosses from the states was generally over.
I eventually found out that he liked to nip back to the office for some porn surfing after going to the pub.
I then had the unenviable task of having to kindly request that he didn't chew up all our bandwidth on a friday night...
I think they did, but it was a fuel flow issue. I reckon they either didn't strut enough or went too heavy on the time acceleration and the physics went all screwy.
Always preferred resistive
So we are back to the beginning are we?
I always preferred pressure based (Which the old resistive screens were), it was only because they didn't come out with multi-touch resistive quite in time that I think capacitive so took over.
Also resistive is unaffected by rain on the screen, and usable without special gloves - much better here in the UK.
I suspect this will be some form of capacitive hack, rather than just accepting pressure based is better, but whatever.
Thanks for this one - not a site I knew about.
From now on I will be directing all the family and friends I support to ninite, should save me having to go over or remote in to be sure they do not get junk they don't want.
IMHO there needs to be legislation. It should be against the law to have boxes ticked by default that install extra software. All it would take is for one or two of the bigger markets (eg UK, US, EU) to lead the way, and many of the distribution channels (SourceForge, CNET etc) would need to fall into line else have a compliance nightmare on their hands.
Favorite office pranks
Wasn't so much into that stuff, office pranks were more my thing...
1) Screenshot someone's desktop, move the desktop contents somewhere else and set the screenshot as their desktop.
This is a great one for those (l)users who think they know it all.
2) Swap out their keyboard for one with keys rearranged or otherwise mucked about with. A favorite was to see how many swear words you could spell with the available letter keys.
3) Back in the Quake days, when we had our Friday afternoon LAN game of quake, we doctored the client of the managers to have a super hi-viz skin as they were all camping bastards. They never twigged this one, because when you saw your own body on the ground, you always saw the default skin.
4) Seeing how gullible the management / marketing bods were.
We once convinced them that we had developed "Double sided sprite technology".
5) Plug a second mouse into a colleague's PC (Preferably a wireless receiver inside the machine connected to an unused front panel header on the motherboard). Move very slightly every so often.
No, it is "Kinetic Recalibration"
"It took 25 of us to pick it up"
In the picture, it is being held by about 12 people. In fact, some appear to be resting on it.
How is this, in any way, shape or form, a "Cloud"?
If there is only one of them, it is not a Cloud.
It's just an FTP server for god's sake.
Just watched it, what a waste of an hour and a half.
Either it was trying to be way too arty or it was just the output from a random number generator.
Seriously. What the hell was that film about? Was there any point to it whatsoever? Did it have anything valid or original to say at all?
Poor acting, no plot WHATSOEVER, just a bunch of scenes that make you feel awkward with a very tenuous link between them.
** SPOILER ALERT ***
And as to the subject matter - are they trying to induce nerd rage or what? Computers that have seemingly achieved sentience but are told to stop asking questions. Computers deciding to only want to play humans, when they would have no way of knowing which was which. A computer that asks "What is the highest value?", to which the reply is a text string "INFINITY". Well either the computer will already have a concept of infinity , or not - the string "INFINITY" isn't gonna help dick all in that respect. All these things just make no sense if you have any understanding of computers, and especially the subject matter (AI).
Go watch Zardoz instead - it may be just as shit, but it will make more sense.
Vertex 4 #1: Failed in 6 months.
Vertex 4 #2: Replacement DOA
Vertex 4 #3: Received a couple of days ago, sphincter still not fully relaxed yet.
For #2, when I reported it, OCZ asked me to reflash the firmware. Seriously? You just shipped me a refurb drive and you didn't think to do that yourselves? Didn't solve anything, was still dead.
And the bastards expected me to pay for delivery and insisted it was wrapped in "2 inches of bubble wrap", when they shipped it to me with no bubble wrap whatsoever.
Will not be buying their products again.
Occulus rift... pah.
Why are people so fixated on OR?
It obscures your view (Have to play with a controller or HOTAS system) and It is expensive.
Plus it only does 4DoF properly (Uses accelerometers, so translations will be non-existent or shit)
Why are people paying so much attention to this when we already have way better head tracking tech in the guise of TrackIR / FaceTrackNoIR.
Hell, if you already have a webcab, you can have head tracking for FREE. Why bother with this flash-in-the-pan bullshit?
Gonna have to call a FAIL on this one.
What controllers need is a TRACKBALL, not a touchpad.
You cannot properly play an FPS with a touchpad, but you can with a trackball.
This is why there is so much complaining in the console market about players with custom controllers whooping the ass of everyone else - IT WORKS!
GTA V - PS3 unplayable
I am a PC gamer in general, and I have to say that for me GTA V on the PS3 is pretty much unplayable.
The framerate is awful - how are you meant to do proper car chases in 20FPS?
The controls leave a LOT to be desired - having to click in the L+R stick to activate the time dilation is about the worst choice possible - click in the thing you are STEERING with, whilst clicking in the thing that LOOKS AROUND? No, no, no that isn't going to lead to you veering off course, looking behind you as you move the stick slightly when you try to click it in.
Of course, no way to change controls on the PS3 beyond the few options (All of which suck) for joypad setup.
Such a pity, the game itself is great. Will wait until XMas for the PC version, but not holding out much hope for that - most likely another god awful port with no control options other than an XBOX joypad (ie no proper support for my logitech G27, like the last GTA game I bought).
Sigh, this is exactly the reason why SteamBox is going to rip consoles a new one. If you spend all that cash on development, but can't even make the game run at a stable 30 (or better yet 60), then what the hell is the point of a console??
The first question to ask before making any move
What kind of internet connections are available?
How far am I from my local exchange?
Usable for video capture?
I have been wondering when these new breed of micro computing devices will get powerful enough to be used for high resolution, high framerate video capture.
There isn't a product on the market around the £100 mark that will let you capture 1200p video and real-time encode it to H264, I would even be happy with a downscale to 720p or 1080p - but all the products available framerate-limit and/or res-limit your main monitor.
PC Gamers would buy these by the bucketload if something like this could be turned to such a purpose.
Re: Haha ha ha
The idea is that Jesus told the disciples before he ascended to heaven that "What the church holds true on earth, god holds true in heaven" or some words to that effect.
Basically - the church can say whatever it wants and god will make it true.
The idea is ridiculous and I am surprised the church is still using it, as anyone with half a brain would realize that if this is the case, the church could magic away all the world's ills with but a word from the pope.
So either he isn't doing it (In which case he is a bit of a bastard) or he can't (he is faking it).
Either way, it single-handedly disproves the legitimacy of the church.
Re: ::pops some corn & grabs a beer::
"Also science isn't everything, there are arts, literature, philosophy non of these things are scientific or scientifically provable, but they exist and we are the richer for them."
I am pretty sure that if you go to a library, you can prove that literature exists.
Re: Any pointers on how I can be a better agnostic?
It is even more liberating to not entertain the idea as possible unless a proponent of the idea can prove it is so.
I suggest you read Russell's Teapot Argument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell's_teapot - are you as agnostic about the chances of Jehova existing as you are that Zeus and Apollo exist?
Brilliant place - I once spent a whole weekend there doing an Airsoft (Paintball without the paint) event. Realistic looking weapons and mag caps, "time-in" for the whole weekend (As in an attack could come at any time) - was very cool.
The public liked it too as they got to see "soldiers" walking around the place making it look lived in.
That's funny. Kinda like when an ISP offers you static IP(s) for a monthly fee.
Immediately sets alarm bells ringing that one.
Re: Back-of-napking calculations
I know. Just when you thought they had settled on a sensible system, where the unchanging vertical component was quoted and the width is a ratio of the height (dependent on aspect ratio), they go and throw it out the window!
Next they will be varying the normal framerate by region again, plus because of the bandwidth reqs they go to interlaced formats and we will be back to PAL / NTSC nightmares. I know, let's just chuck in nonsquare pixels again for the hell of it.
I just wrote a signage system for my company using RPis.
It checks the timestamp of an openoffice presentation on a network share, and if it changes, reloads the presentation.
Very simple, and a lot cheaper (In initial outlay and running costs) than using a dedicated PC, plus we can just zip tie the RPi to the back of the TV so it effectively takes up no space.
All it took was a simple BASH script.
The microdrive wasn't that bad. I used one for ages and it did me proud.
Combined with the Romantic Robot Multiface One it was a godsend - load up a game, get past the annoying copy protection (ELITE with LensLok I am looking firmly at YOU!) then dump the memory to MD or Floppy and life was all good.
By the time I got my +3 though with 3" disks it got consigned to the bin
The S3 has Gorilla Glass II, which is stronger but also thinner than GG1.
I am pretty sure that the net effect is that it is weaker.
Also, the glass on the S3 goes very close to the edge of the phone, especially at the bottom - if you drop it and it lands on one of the bottom corners it WILL break.
Furthermore, Samsung saw fit to bond the LCD to the glass, meaning that if you do crack the outer GG layer, you are basically screwed.
Sammy told me that my warranty is invalid until the glass is replaced - ie if the device died and I sent it for repair, they would not repair it (Or even evaluate it) until the GG was replaced, at a cost of about £170.
Add to that the fact that I have a custom colour ("Amber Brown" from Phones4U) and Sammy say that they do not have that case colour, so in order to replace the glass/LCD assembly, they would also have to replace both covers as the front bezel is bonded to the glass.
Very annoying as there are a bunch of youtube vids that show how to separate the glass and LCD using a heatgun or a playing card, and you can get a replacement glass for £10 - obviously though this would invalidate the warranty.
So to replace a £10 part, I need to pay in excess of £200.
AFAIK, all the major manufacturers stopped making retractable headphones for your phone (The ones that wind up into a little cassette) mainly because the wires and connections inside kept snapping during the strain of winding and unwinding.
If they could use this tech to solve that issue then I would be a very happy bunny as I loved that form-factor.
Re: Don't touch!
There in black and white - only illegal to operate a HAND HELD device whilst driving.
However, it is still illegal to text / email / browse the net.
My funniest one
A very long time ago, in the days when software come on multiple floppies...
I get a call - "The computer is eating disks - I put in disk one, and it asked for disk 2, which I put in, but it is still asking for disk 2".
So I go through all kinds of stuff, to no avail, and eventually I have to go on site.
I get there and the 3.5" floppy drive has a small gap in the case below it - I open up the case and inside is a stack of like 10 disks.
I guess the user was right after all.
... that if you drop the C bomb, you get through to Steve Jobs in the afterlife.
Re: Non of the early HTC Windows Mobile devices?
Agreed - the HTC TyTn II (AKA Kaiser / O2 XDA Stellar / T-Mobile MDA Vario III) was one of the most amazing devices ever: 4-row QWERTY keyboard with a tilt screen.
Along a similar line was the HTC Touch Pro: A 5-row QWERTY keyboard - Personally I would sell my own left testicle for a 5-row QWERTY android phone.
Like the general idea, but it needs to go further
Personally, I think that passports should also come with a unique id or some other way of linking one and only one of these accounts per person. Sure, have a billion email addresses or facebook accts if you want, but I think we need a way that each person gets one single confirmed identity on the internet.
I am NOT saying that it should be possible for one user to identify who another account actually is, I am just saying we should be able to restrict access to things on a per-person instead of a per-emai-address basis.
For example, if we had single IDs, it would aid commerce because people would be able to offer fully featured trials for things (relatively) safe in the knowledge that people cannot simply sign up for endless trial accounts to avoid paying for the full product.
"...by building a robot capable..."
Robot or software?
If they can build a robot capable of walking into an exam room, sitting in it's allocated chair, picking up a pencil and ticking relevant boxes / handwriting answers then yes I would be impressed.
Otherwise, they are just following in the footsteps of IBM's Watson surely?
"Such devices, Niehaus said, will have to be certified to run Windows to Go for two reasons, one of which is that in Microsoft's tests external storage ran dangerously hot."
WTF? So if you take a drive that was internal and put it in an external case, suddenly it runs hot?
Anyone care to enlighten me as to how this could be possible? The only thing I can think of is that the external cases they were using had no ventilation or cooling - cause if anything I would think the opposite would be true. Ambient temp inside any (conventionally cooled) computer case is going to be higher than the temperature of the room it is in.
Re: Still haven't separated OS and Data
"So, does this mean our IT people are lying when they say my "C:\Documents and Settings\myname" folder can't be "H:\Documents and Settings\myname" instead? (where H is the individual network drive allocation)"
You can set up a junction (Symbolic Link) to move your profile to other places, but moving your windows profile to a network disk could be an issue if the file sharing does not initialize before windows needs to load your profile.
"who's going to spend £22 when you can find more information with a quick Google search"
Hmm, there are plenty of sites with information, but I think this book is a good idea as it collates all the info you need into one place.
If someone needs to build a computer, chances are they do not already have a computer, or theirs is broken.
What exactly are you going to view this information on while you build your PC? Sure you could print web pages, but you would probably spend more on ink and paper by the time you had all you needed, plus it would not be organised as well and probably would be contradictory in places or have gaps.
No, I think this is a great subject for a book, if done well. IMHO, everyone should build their first computer - I had a mate teach me how to build my first PC and it totally demystified the subject and ultimately started me on my career.
Re: Not really building a computer, is it?
Something tells me this guy is just trolling, but OK, I'll bite.
So what does constitute "Building a computer" in your book?
Designing a motherboard chipset?
Fabricating your own RAM?
There is not a single component in a PC that could be built from base materials by an end user - except maybe the case.
What is lacking in the controller space
Mouse is pretty irreplaceable at the moment, nothing else comes close when you want a relative input method.
Things that need bringing into the mainstream:
1) A console controller with a trackball in it. If these were common, platform would be irrelevant, and we could maybe start to see console gamers and desktop gamers being able to play on the same servers. As it stands, this can be done technically but there is no point as the console players would be roflstomped.
2) An off-hand (ie left hand for right handed people) controller to compliment the mouse, to replace WSAD.
There are many of these on the market, but they all fail spectacularly on one major point - they do not easily allow analogue movement. What you need is something similar to existing designs such as the logitech G13, but the *whole assembly* is on a base that lets it slide in two axes (Ideally with the option of sprung and unsprung, at least for the y axis).
That way, you can have analogue movement, and use the 3 fingers you would normally have on WSAD for other functions. It would also be a lot easier for players not used to WSAD to pick up keyboard/mouse, as often with the keyboard part, users are looking down at the keyboard when they have to switch between say W and S.
Re: Nevermind Sony...
I saw some video where Carmack was going on about why previous headsets sucked so much and his major point was that the delay between moving your head and the screen updating was way too long.
Now correct me if I am wrong, but your standard vuzix or whatever glasses are just 3D HDMI and do not cause excessive delays? So the issue is with the head tracking, which is a nut which has already been perfectly solved (TrackIR / FaceTrackNoIR)
For the Oculus, they have gone with gyros, so they have no sensors for translation (only rotation) ie 3DoF instead of full 6DoF. (Carmack said in same video that he may be able to bodge something but there are no sensors that actually detect translation)
IMHO they should have gone with triangulation (ie TrackIR or FaceTrackNoIR style) which would have kept the weight down on the head unit, plus would plug into existing TrackIR / FaceTrackNoIR APIs for instant compatibility with lots of games, while allowing full 6DoF head tracking.
I would say with a triangulation style system you would probably want markers / IR LEDs on the sides and top etc, as with normal triangulation systems, you keep eyes on the screen, and motion is amplified (So you can always just about see the front of your head) - however with a VR headset, you probably want 1:1, so allowing the software to track sides and top of head etc should allow this. If FaceTrackNoIR can be made to track a face, I would imagine crash test dummy style symbols should be easy to track.
Plus with they gyros, Carmack admitted that sometimes if you look around a lot they get confused (like inner ear sloshing), and apparently it doesn't handle looking ?up? ?down? very well.
Nah, I think keeping the visual display and head tracking as two systems makes sense. Then you can improve each independently.
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