* Posts by Ali Dodd

10 posts • joined 12 Apr 2018

If bigger seats and nicer nosh in British Airways' First Class still aren't enough, would sir like to wear some VR goggles?

Ali Dodd

Rubbish VR

1080p res? Welcome to 2016 and a lovely screen door effect.Sounds like one company has found a way to clear out their warehouse of crappy old headsets. First class better stock up on headache tablets and sick bags if the refresh is as crappy.

VR is looking at 2880 x 1600 (QHD) now for a good headset and some are 4k. It's not the same a screen size and it makes a huge difference.

If poking about Doctor Who's TARDIS in VR sounds like fun to you, better luck next time

Ali Dodd

Not on Windows Mixed Reality headsets but is on Vive and Rift?

Considering pretty much anything that supports Rift will work in WMR with no changes either they have

A) buggered the programming so it's break in 5 minutes when someone does and sdk update

B) Have no clue about Vr systems and really just mean you don;t get it from the WMR store (which is rubbish anyway)

Have to say IF samsung release the Odyssey Plus in the UK and when HP release their new headset WMR will be looking pretty damn good. I have an imported Odyssey and it's excellent, sorry Zippy.

Portal to 'HELL' cracks open in street – oh sorry, it's just another pothole

Ali Dodd

Warning - tory bashing.

"Of course, it would be a cold day in Hell when a local authority actually takes care of its infrastructure."

Well they might have a chance if austerity hadn't completely gutted their budget so they can't afford to pay for anything apart from the bare minimum of services and in alot of cases not even that. Oh remember it's fine though, the Brexit dividend and private companies will fill the holes (pun intended)

What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters

Ali Dodd

Probably my favourite house

in the world. It's wonderful and the gardens are stunning..

What has an 'open-door policy' with industry and puts the X into NHS? Brits, let app-happy Matt Hancock tell you

Ali Dodd

An open door and an open wallet

for crapita or even worse the US 'heathcare' giants

Clever girl: SpaceX's Mars-bound Raptor engine looks like it works just fine

Ali Dodd

Are Nasa taking the piss?

"Lucy is a Discovery class mission led by principal investigator Harold "Hal" Levison"

DISCOVERY-class mission led by HAL?

Nothing inspired by 2001 then at all.

It's here! Qualcomm's new watch chip is finally here! Oh, uh, never mind

Ali Dodd

Smartwatch owner and user.

I have a Wear 2.0 watch and I love it. Battery life is the main bugbear but more performance would be good, however it's still great. It keeps me informed of all communications, I use it to control smart home tech, I use it for fitness tracking, I use it for 2fa login push and code, I use it for appointments, the list does go on.

Fundamentally it is an extension of my watch but it also keeps that in my pocket and means I can seamlessly deal with things quickly without staring at a slab.

No it's not essential but it is bloody useful. Too many of these articles are written from the perspective of people who have dismissed the technology already or don't actually use it and most of the responses are the same. The touchscreen phone was dismissed for ages as a minor sideline for years until it was successful...

AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

Ali Dodd

so it's hololense

but 2 years later, with a wider roll out, with a custom infrastructure and actually doesn't do all that hololense does (hololense does multiple users, does cope with tracking pretty well with movement).

Sooo that explains why Apple people were backing it as it is a MS competitor. Shame it's like their usual products first gen, rip off someone else's idea, don't do it quite as well but create a well designed case for it and then claim to have invented it?

National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

Ali Dodd
Big Brother

Main issue I've always had with the ID Card schemes

Is the plan to sell access to this data to world+dog and to link it into EVERY OTHER government department for frankly orwellian control and monitoring with new added COMMERCE APPEAL!

Do it simply. Base it on birth certificate and residence status from the home office. DON'T Link it to NHS, DWP or POLICE databases, don't use one of the usual incompetent gov IT contractors. DO PUT PENALTY CLAUSES IN THE CONTRACT and not for the benefit of the suppliers. And most importantly, I cannot stress this enough DON'T SELL ACCESS TO THE DATA.

UK defines Cyber DEFCON 1, 2 and 3, though of course doesn't call it that

Ali Dodd


Shame they chose some names that the basic acronym is the same on two levels - stupid. So I propose the following in increasing severity order:

Cat 6. LOCI - one point incident basically

Cat 5. MODI - Moderate

Cat 4. SUBI - dangerous if underwater?

Cat 3. SIGI - Definitely need one if it gets worse..

Cat 2. HISIGI - Only type that'll calm you down if it gets this bad

Cat 1. NCE - takes the biscuit

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