* Posts by Baldrickk

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: Wow!

I don't know - a pink hippo named George? One could get ideas...

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I was looking for an actual rainbow 'bow'. The (virtual) sticker on the laptop is indeed a logo used for/by the non-hetro community, and while I could ask why it needed to be there - it isn't needed to make the already colourful image work, it's hardly pushing any agenda - really, the response to all this is another question: "who cares?"

The existance of a logo in an illustration on a web-page is hardly going to be an influencing factor on peoples minds.

If anything, recognition and acceptance that not all people are the same can only ever be a good thing, right?

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'Janus' resurfaces: I was behind the original Petya. I want to help with NotPetya

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Regular ransomware authors must be terribly frustrated

One almost wonders if this is a (roundabout) way of making people wary of paying for decrypts after ransomware attacks.

If people don't pay ("I'm not going to get my files back anyway") then it breaks their income model, which might reduce the threat of ransomware (not profitable enough)

Though it is a poor way of doing it if so - it's destructive, and they'll just go onto whatever else can make them money...

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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Re: Nothing new here...

Isn't that their job? They sell more by making it 'new'

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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KSC

I can't help reading that as Kerbal instead of Kennedy...

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Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

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Because not all files coming in are easilly recognised as executables?

Word or Excel documents with macros for example.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Re: More calculation

Pretty low - chances are he was involved in fighting. Most bystanders would be doing their best to stay out of the way.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: Google Earth image

as for the 2017 date - that's the copyright date, and relates to the year it is being published, which as it is being published directly to you right now, will be the current year (or could be a range)

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Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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Not <i>that</i> bad

There seems to be a lot of complaining, lets break it down:

Weak (short) default password - bad - potentially 'easy' to crack

Solution exists? - yes (change it)

Weak admin password (changeme) - bad - if you are on the network and it hasn't been changed, you can get admin access

Solution exists? - yes (change it - it even tells you too!)

So... standard procedure is to change both.

What other problems have people complained about?

Poor wifi? not in my experience, 2 floors away and still getting near max throughput over Wifi - Steam home streaming at 1080p at that range works even better than I expected, odd dropped packet, but nothing really noticable, maybe one 'glitch' every 5 minutes. and running Cat 6 all the way up the stairs did nothing to improve the latency. Network benchmarks show that wireless transfer operates at near max data rates too over the same connection. No problems there for me.

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: They still call it Autopilot?

"Calling the driver assist an Autopilot sure does not help."

"I think they've since changed the name."

It's never officially been called an "autopilot" - maybe in some marketing, but not in the manual etc.

Besides, it does more than an actual autopilot in a plane so...

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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Re: Paradox. Everyone hates ads. Everyone wants stuff for "free".

"For as long as there are auto-playing videos, I'll keep adblock et al."

For as long as ads give a third party I am not purposefully engaging with the opportunity to run code on my machine with little to no oversight, I'll keep blocking them.

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This is news?

I've been using firefox on android for a while - with ad-blocking extension installed.

I'm more interested in whether they have implemented one-handed zoom (tap-swipe instead of finger pinching)

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: Add it to the pile of coal.

"Replacing the battery on my Land Rover Discovery needed a crane...

Have you SEEN the size of those batteries?"

Yep, and replaced one myself - they are not that bad. The one in the caravan the Discovery tows is bigger.

I also had to replace a bulb in the car recently - one or two screws (I forget which) and the unit pops off.

The same with the headlight of my Focus; one screw, and two clips - though admittedly you need a suficciently long stick to get down to the lower clip, it's still easy to do.

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

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I skipped everything to do with computers at GCSE

At the time, the school only did ICT. Which was "here's how you type into Word!" style teaching. Discussed with teachers when I made my selection, and they agreed that the class wouldn't help me.

I took on computing at A-Level - at a College that offered both Computing and ICT courses, and then went on to do a CS degree.

ICT at my school was always seen as a 'dos' subject* so as soon as it gets technical, I'm not suprised that other choices are made. RE was always popular for this reason too. You really do need competent teachers too, who know the subject they are trying to teach. If you don't have that, you lose the kids who want to be challenged and find that the class just doesn't stimulate them enough. It becomes boring and they will prefer to do something else.

* easy and not requiring effort. Pun not intended.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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The right content will do it.

I have only used my Cardboard viewer seriously twice - it gives me a headache and is hard to focus because the lenses are too close together, and I haven't yet bothered to build myself a new one.

Anyhow, experience #1: 360 video from a speedboat in a canyon. You are on a boat, in a canyon. you are typically looking at where you are going, with some peeking over your shoulder.

Experience #2: Little horror 'game' really, a short video, with scenes triggered by you looking in the right direction. You sit on a sofa in the middle of an old sitting room, with a storm outside and a flickering bulb overhead. A flash of lightning shows that the two dolls sitting on the mantlepiece in front of you are no longer there...

Looking around drives the experience, and you get the feeling that something could happen, anywhere.

Lots of looking in all directions from this one.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Only 1080 high?

I thought we were past that now? for the non 1920x1080 monitors at least...

I still have my old 16:10 1920x1200 monitor because the screen size is nicer than any of the alternatives I have used.

Consider a 1080p monitor costs a few hundred, few hundred more for a second one, oh and then double it to get rid of the bezel...

I can see why gamers might want a dual screen setup with no bezel, but not worth it for others imho.

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

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accessed only via the carrier device provisioning system.

Yeah sure. This is no better than adding remote access to my device - that I have no control over.

What happens if there is a flaw in whatever method they use to implement this? What if someone gets into the carier's sytem and gets access to the key/s? What about a rogue technician in the carrier? Suddenly everyone's device is wide open.

No no no no no. None of this is good.

They want / need access to my device? fine. They can get a court order, and come take it. I'll even unlock it for them, I have nothing to hide. But to force remote access tools onto user devices that can't be controlled by the user? No.

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Re: A suggestion to tell wheather something is actually "learning"

"I rode a bicycle with no hands today" Not that I have ever seen a bicycle with hands before. Why would a bicycle need hands?

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Wi-Fi Dream Home Of The Future™ gets instructions for builders

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Lucky me

I'm in the process of buying a new property/waiting for it to be built. I was very happy when I saw that it's going to have fiber to the modem, and ethernet throughout as standard.

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

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Only £24? when I was looking for a new TV, they were on sale for over £65 (ok, it was 1.5m, not 1m)

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Re: I like going into PC world.

I like to go in and browse, and see if any actually know what they are talking about.

The last time I went in to look at the computers, the guy working the area actually knew his stuff, and actually admitted that I was better off looking elsewehere for what I wanted.

I have to admit to being suprised that they don't sell some high end kit to go with the trash - isn't the (home) PC market being held up by gamers these days?

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Then get a friend to come in and buy it, after some time spent browsing?

With cash, of course.

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Re: PC World pricing

Last time that happened to me, I had made sure the label was for the correct item. When the price came up on the till, at over 3 times as much, I went back to confirm, then got the manager involved.

They honoured the price, that time, but removed the tag.

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Not one shop, instead, they make product A expensive in location #1, product B expensive in location #2...

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Re: PC World still exists?

Optical connectors.

That really is stupid. Even worse is that the linked one is £9.99, and this one: http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/digital-audio-optical-toslink-to-mini-toslink-adapter-web-only-l71ba is £0.22 despite being identical...

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Researcher says fixes to Windows Defender's engine incomplete

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Re: Almost as good as the shill who posted that WD was not inferior to Kaspersky

I use Windows because I have to; mandated at work, and most of my games don't have *nix support yet.

I personally would prefer to be able to use a Linux as my primary OS, but that's primarilly because I prefer the way it does things. I was perfectly happy to be using Windows 7, but the telemetry, ads, pre-installed "recommended" apps in Windows 10 are an annoyance, at best.

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

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Public Wifi Access

I was actually talking about this this morning. My colleagues BT hub kept falling over, needing reboting regularly.

He is convinced it is because he lives outside a train station, and so gets many many short term connections as people's phones connect as they walk past...

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Given the chance...

I go with wires anyway.

That leaves my phone as the sole Wi-Fi using device in the house.

Annoyingly it gets network dropouts (Wi-Fi still connected, strong signal shown, but no internet access).

Even more annoyingly, it's an issue with the phone, as the internet still works, and the problem is 'fixed' by disconnecting the wifi and connecting it again, but other Wi-Fi devices (when connected) don't suffer the same problem.

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Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

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Re: O2 many issues

@Ledswinger

My point about the size of the carrier was to do with it being large enough to land conventional jet aircraft on the deck.

Sure, you can launch them with a catapault - and I agree, we should have had them in the original spec, but recovering them with a restrictive runway is a lot harder.

While the Harrier did have full VTOL capability, it was typically launched conventionally, and landed vertically for this reason (and limited coolant meant that you wanted to minimise time spent in vertical mode)

You'll have to ask an aeronautical engineer as to why they chose the design they did for the F-35s. My assumption is that the more conventional engine layout was superior for both the stealth aspect and for the sharing of parts. Note that the F35 has only one jet nozzle and the Harrier has four.

I wasn't suggesting to put the Harrier on new carriers, it was indeed a very successful aircraft, but you are correct, it is inferior to the current generation in combat. Until the F-35B becomes operationally availiable though, it is afaik the only VTOL jet availiable to the US. It's continued use shows that it is indeed useful still, because of that capability.

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Re: O2 many issues

Yes, because every nation can afford to build Nimitz class carriers... the US have 10 built over 50 years, you are pumping them out so fast yourselves... /s

Besides that, half the US carriers are of the STOVL type, carrying either helos or the venerable Harrier, which, oh, they bought all the old British ones. I'm sure they don't value the VTOL capabilities at all...

Remember that the F-35 comes in different varieties, and only the carrier based one gets the VTOL.

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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Re-crimp?

Re-crimping the cable - sounds to me like a temporary solution at best. If that much strain is being put on it, it is likely to fail again. The more robust solution would be to slacken the cable so that the wire support does its job and takes the strain, not the network cable.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Wrong word?

Foolproof was probably not the word that most describes the sentiment he wanted to put across.

If you read the quote, he was trying to say that an automated car doesn't drive drunk, on drugs, on the phone, tired, distracted by dogs/cats/kids/significant others etc. or without due care and attention. all of which are 'foolish' things for a human driver to do.

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

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Re: All this vitriol for a little girl ...

And you knew nothing about right and wrong when you were 15? Nothing about the value of a human life?

Yes, before some point people don't fully understand the concequences of their actions. I don't believe that it is as late as the law states, the law isn't the definitive point - for a start, it varies between countries.

Things like murder are a whole other level though, and I personally think that extremes such as this are understood more clearly at younger ages than some of the 'grey areas'. I'm not a psycologist, but I'm in no doubt that she knew exactly what she was doing, for the simple fact that if she didn't, she wouldn't have been able to pull it off.

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What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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On one level this seems overhyped.

I get all the sexist claims that have already been made, but as the article says, the room was empty at the time.

It doesn't say if he blocked anyone else from coming in and turfing him out. If that is the case, this reads a lot like "man uses vacant room"

If he did inconvenience others by being there - fair enough.

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The harsh reality of Apple's augmented reality toolset ARKit: It's an incredible battery hog

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Re: Makes sense

Indeed, nothing comes for free, you want to do more compute intensive tasks on a device, it needs to drink more power. This isn't exactly flappybird.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Re: Back to the 90s

The problem is less that they are not being innovative, but that they are also lagging behind, or worse, devolving their products.

As people have been saying, you don't go to apple now for 'pro' needs, you find a good solid workstation instead, because apple's gear doesn't cut it anymore. I mean, not being able to upgrade the memory? really?

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Vodafone to block its ads from appearing next to 'fake news'

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Most Vodafone ads are fake news already.

I've been with Vodaphone since 2011/12, they had good coverage in my area at the time SW, and good coverage in the area I live in now, SE.

Coverage was a little dodgy when I was in the NE, but it improved.

Recent trips to Wales, the Peak District and other out of the way places showed that, at least for where I was, the coverage was far better than the 3, EE and O2 networked phones other members of my family were using, and I lost coverage only once, when down a narrow, twisting valley where no phone coverage could reach. When leaving, my phone was on the network (and I was making a call) long before my Father's phone had reconnected to his network.

I'm sure there are still deadspots around for Vodaphone, as there will be for all carriers, but I haven't found them lacking myself.

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

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Re: And you believe this?

There is a difference between mounting something on a ship to go test it, and actually installing an operational system for use in combat...

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Re: When the missile is doing mach 8...

Minor physics question for you:

What is the magnitude of the differnce between:

1) two identical cars each travelling at 30kmph in a head on collision

2) one of the above cars colliding with a cliff wall

(the answer is probably smaller than you might think)

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Re: Railguns vs lasers

But when you need an extra barrel for every 4 shells, the mass savings are not exactly positive any more.

Where you save is in the supposedly vastly better accuracy and penetration power - if it takes 1-2 shots to take out a ship, rather than say, the 20 or so* you would have to fire to reliably take out an enemy ship in WWII era (*estimate off the top of my head, thinking about ranging shots, misses, non-penetrations etc) then you do need less.

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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Re: RE: A time machine and a quantum computer

Sure, I'll give them to you in a week, you then still have a week to pay up. Giving you them in advance would be cheating!

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Not that I am saying we must have one and it is the best thing ever, but why only Germany? UK is tectonically stable (afaik, I'm not a geologist, but where are our fault lines?) and has an even longer history with rail.

You might even think that a hyperloop would get more public support than HS2, being out of the way and not cutting through some important bits of the countryside, and people's homes.

Interesting tidbit about St Petersberg though, thanks for that.

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you rock much harder than Shelbyville

Monorail, monorail, monorail [sing it with me] Monorail!

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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"No overhead wires here either, but within a 100 ft of where I'm sitting there is a big tree, some lampposts and of course the roofs of the houses in my street."

The same here, plus being under the landing path of a small-ish airport (busy with private jets, not airlines or light aircraft)

I'm sure delivery drones would be well received...

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Re: This is Getting Out of Hand

"Pond

In fact, dropping something by 'chute sounds like a way of introducing uncontrollable randomness into where the package actually ends up, which can be only a bad thing. What's to stop the package drifting off and landing in, for example, my pond? "

At least with all the bubble-wrap it'll float

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Paid consumption

Ad slinging pages have themselves to blame here - Ad-blockers are popular because ads are annoying, and to a lesser degree (though more serious) potential ingress routes for malware.

The more pages sling annoying ads, the more people get annoyed with them (surprising, eh?) and want to stop them. So the more people block them.

Advertising in the street may or may not be eye-catching, but the majority is billboards in set locations, or bus stop advertising boards, or on the side of busses. It is passive, and people generally just get on with their lives.

If the web had followed suit, and restricted themselves to static banner ads on web-pages, then we probably wouldn't be talking about this now. People would just accept it and get on with their lives.

But no, we get popups, pop-unders, banner ads that spread across the page, ads that get in the way of what you want to do on the site, auto-playing videos, auto-playing videos with audio, and combinations of the lot.

So we want them gone. Is anyone suprised?

I don't see pay-per-view being a popular choice either. Most things don't exist in just one place on the internet.

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Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

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Why would anyone want one of these?

They look terrible.

Besides, a camera, or phone held so that you are looking at the screen or through a viewfinder will be from "a human perspective" so again, why?

Only purpose is making you look like a Tw_t

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Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

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I want one, but...

I have tried phone based VR, with Cardboard, but even on a fairly powerful phone (Galaxy S7) the latency is too high. Shake your head at a relatively low speed and you still end up with the scene 100% out of phase with your motion - that's what makes people feel ill.

I have tried the Rift (Developer kit) but the resolution on those was far too low - the cardboard solution with my old phone at the time (LG G3) was of better visual quality.

I have heard some very good things about the Vive, from people I know online who own it, but it is both too expensive at the moment to be a viable purchase for me, and something that costs that much, I want to try before I buy. I believe the only place I can do that at the moment is a store in central London. Not exactly catering to the larger market here... So far, I have chosen to buy a (cheaper!) 50" smart tv, as something that will see much more use overall.

Playstation VR seems to be doing well, and at that price it is definitely more affordable. Something around that price for the PC would be attractive. There seems to be a couple more products getting towards release, such as Lenovo's offering. It looks like some interesting things may happen on this front, so for now, I'm watching this space.

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Windows XP crashed too much to spread WannaCrypt

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Re: Funny

Well if they are all those big businesses, then they should be able to provide updated software that can run on an OS for which support ended 8 years ago, and extended (paid) support ended over 3 years ago.

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Security company finds unsecured bucket of US military images on AWS

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Re: Id imagine...

"Tell me again, why putting sensitive information in the cloud is a good idea?"

A question I've struggled with since the cloud became "a thing"

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