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Comment: Dead in the water (Score 3, Informative) 96

by 7bit (#49165065) Attached to: Valve and HTC Reveal "Vive" SteamVR Headset

This is dead in the water unless they quickly find a way to add the glove-free hands tracking that Oculus is presently adding to the Rift. Oculus just bought a company that was about to make an add-on for the Rift that sits on the front of the Rift and tracks your hand/finger movements (very precisely) and mirrors them in the VR world so that you can interact with VR without any controllers or gloves.

This is a "Game Changer" that HTC/Valve are dead in the water without.

This was my post, I didn't have my password at work. The company Oculus bought was Nimble VR. Here are links including a video of the tech in action, it just works and has a larger FOV than the Rift:

Original Kickstarter (With VIDEO): https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...
CNET Article about the Aquisition: http://www.cnet.com/news/oculu...
Oculus Blog announcement : https://www.oculus.com/blog/ni...

Comment: Re:What will really happen (Score 1) 110

by 7bit (#49124407) Attached to: Mars One Does Not Renew Contracts For Robotic Missions

So what you're saying is ditch the space tech, invent resurrection tech? Because if you die on reality TV you're dead. Or have you got it confused with fake scripted "reality" shows played by actors pretending to be ordinary people?

No. Lets use a little imagination on this. The "Missions" and directives will all be coming from those running the show, or "Truman Show Conspiracy". They merely need to set things up so that one member of the team needs to separate from the others due to environment or planned circumstance, or at least create a high probability of it.

Once that member is out of sight they can shut off that members communication and have security "apprehend" them and take them off set. At that point they will film the emotional response of the shocked "astronaut". Then they will recruit them (with a non-filmed promise of more money) to ACT out a dramatic death sequence or some such for the other Mars astronauts to help make their environment and situation seem more real.

The only thing "Fake" in that methodology would be the acting done by the person who finally discovered the truth and then agreed to help perpetuate the experience for the others. And of course they could then enjoy going on every talk show to talk about what the experience was like for them and how it "has forever changed their lives". Expect books to be released under their names too.

Comment: What will really happen (Score 5, Interesting) 110

by 7bit (#49107549) Attached to: Mars One Does Not Renew Contracts For Robotic Missions

If the funders are really serious about creating a Reality TV experience about volunteers taking a one way trip to Mars then this is the only way they can do it at this time:

1. They will publicly do exactly what they have been doing so far, all the while screening the applicants for those most likely to buy in to what they are being told.

2. Once they have the final applicants sequestered and completely removed from the public and communication with the outside world they may or may not give hints to the public about what is really going to happen:

What will really happen:

The "Winners" will be totally isolated from communication with the public with the exception of very carefully screened media and family communications etc.

They will be constantly filmed documentary style, which they already expect.

After the Training "Season" and drama they will be boarded onto what is described to them as a top secret craft built by the Russians or whoever and carefully told that space travel technology is actually far advanced of what the public has been told and that they will be Pioneers in space exploration.

They will actually be entering an expensive yet economically viable simulated ship (ala Ascension http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A... where they will then spend a number of months "traveling" to Mars with cameras in every room.

After that season they will have a dramatic yet fright-filled arrival and landing at Mars. I assume at this point that they will pull a Capricorn One in some desert. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... ).

At some point, as each person dies for some reason, the truth will be revealed to each one and we will have the Drama of them having their 'Second Chance' at life.

-- If done successfully and done right I would actually watch this drama. So everyone, please, shush! Don't tell those final 100 anything!

Comment: Unity - Mono (Score 1) 648

by 7bit (#48861815) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Right and just how big is the programming market in the Mono world? .NET was created solely as an attempt to kill Java and portability, and Mono is only tolerated because its usage is so small and because it occasionally serves as a distraction.

Considering that all programming in Unity3D uses a subset of Mono I would say a decently sized market these days.

Comment: Post-Singularity (Score 1) 121

by 7bit (#48858391) Attached to: Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Blitzars are the most common final stage of technological Singularities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

When a Singularity has finally exhausted all local novelty in their system of origin and for lack of a better word become bored, they often tend to initiate a Blitzar-Epitaph. * Blitzar-Epitaphs are also often initiated in the case of detected approaching vacuum stabilization events or other impending local catastrophes.

This is a process by which a Singularity re-engineers all matter/energy in their system including their star into a final Blitzar-Event. This Blitzar-Event is designed to maximally transmit the entirety of the Singularities pattern across the universe with the widest possible dispersion. Their pattern is compressed with an omega-class compression algorithm padded with sufficient meta-data for other singularities to be able to detect and decode.

Comment: Re:Exciting stuff (Score 1) 170

by 7bit (#48840651) Attached to: Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

Whoa whoa big boy!

Before you can send any probes to any such place, the first thing you need to do is find the darn things. And here you are, sending probes to things that haven't been found.

Well humans, at least 49% of us, are all about the probing. Tell us about something we haven't probed before and we'll start working out plans right away for how we WILL probe it. Kinda makes me think those Grey aliens that are busy probing farmers really are us from the future...

Dammit! Must. Remember. To. Click. Anonymous...

Comment: Re:Exciting stuff (Score 2) 170

by 7bit (#48840631) Attached to: Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

Whoa whoa big boy!

Before you can send any probes to any such place, the first thing you need to do is find the darn things. And here you are, sending probes to things that haven't been found.

Well humans, at least 49% of us, are all about the probing. Tell us about something we haven't probed before and we'll start working out plans right away for how we WILL probe it. Kinda makes me think those Grey aliens that are busy probing farmers really are us from the future...

Comment: New System: Inner/Outer Planets (Score 1) 170

by 7bit (#48840579) Attached to: Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

Perhaps KP's, Kuiper Planets. Which could start a whole new Planetary naming system based on regional distance from a star instead of what we have now. Everything round + blah between the Star and it's local Kuiper Belt type region would be either an Inner Planet or Solar Planet, everything otherwise fitting that definition but within the Kuiper Belt would be a Kuiper Planet and anything further than that would be an Oort Planet.

That might even allow Pluto to be reclassified as a planet again, either a Solar Planet or Kuiper Planet. I really think this system, plus other basic details like roundness etc, could be a more useful system. It would also allow a way to keep the number of planets more manageable since we could mostly focus on the Inner/Solar Planet count for general public use without the number of them being too high to manage.

New Planet types based on Region/Distance from star:

Inner Planet or Solar Planet
Kuiper Planet
Oort Planet

btw: I made a post as anon under the same parent post before this, then thought I should log in and elaborate. The previous post was:

" They'll probably be called KP's. Kuiper Planets."

It could be simplified even further yet while still retaining the benefit of greater number manageability for the public, which seems to be a concern for those making the definitions, while also giving actual useful information about the planet in its Type name.

Define a Planetary Region around a star, that would apply to all stars (actual distance per star could vary depending on Factors), in which Planetary objects would be called "Inner Planets" and one more region beyond it in distance where such same type objects would be called "Outer Planets". The Type Name of the Planets would instantly give anyone information about its position relative to its star, which is perhaps more important than telling us it's size "Dwarf". This would solve the old problem of non-Sol Planets not technically being "Planets" while also giving the public a common class of Planets to focus on and more easily remember while still being able to address all the other planets if needed.

Inner Planets
Outer Planets

Comment: New System: Kuiper Planets (Score 5, Interesting) 170

by 7bit (#48840449) Attached to: Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

I wonder what they're going to call these new objects, because they'll probably find a reason not to call them planets just like they did for Pluto.

They're too big to be dwarf planets... Maybe elf planets?

Perhaps KP's, Kuiper Planets. Which could start a whole new Planetary naming system based on regional distance from a star instead of what we have now. Everything round + blah between the Star and it's local Kuiper Belt type region would be either an Inner Planet or Solar Planet, everything otherwise fitting that definition but within the Kuiper Belt would be a Kuiper Planet and anything further than that would be an Oort Planet.

That might even allow Pluto to be reclassified as a planet again, either a Solar Planet or Kuiper Planet. I really think this system, plus other basic details like roundness etc, could be a more useful system. It would also allow a way to keep the number of planets more manageable since we could mostly focus on the Inner/Solar Planet count for general public use without the number of them being too high to manage.

New Planet types based on Region/Distance from star:

Inner Planet or Solar Planet
Kuiper Planet
Oort Planet

btw: I made a post as anon under the same parent post before this, then thought I should log in and elaborate. The previous post was:

" They'll probably be called KP's. Kuiper Planets."

Comment: Player Housing! (Score 1) 33

by 7bit (#48416673) Attached to: Player-Run MMORPG By Former Ultima Online Devs Finding Kickstarter Success

That you for posting this story! I was unaware of this project.

The fact that this MMO will have in-world non-instanced Player Housing, ala SWG but even better, PLUS realistic non-restricted skill development are enough for me to get excited about this and invest in it. Being able to run my own server without waiting years for a community emulated one cinches it!

I would love it if they could eventually also add the capability for relatively unlimited underground adventuring, perhaps in layers? And Digging, ala Minecraft.

I would also love it if they could find a way to allow non-Steam use, at least for private servers. Otherwise I will have to always have my separate Steam-box running in order to play the game, which uses the same monitor as my main system, limiting my ability for normal use as MMO's are something I usually run in addition to other things at the same time and on the same system. I also run my non-steam games from within VMware VMs which Steam will NOT allow... I will Never install Steam or any Extreme DRM on my main system as I do development and business work on it too and won't tolerate the kernel hacking and virtual device restricting behavior they are known for as well as random destructive behavior that could cause me to have to reinstall the OS and rebuild the whole environment again, causing me unacceptable down-time.

Otherwise, best of luck on this project! I can see people using this MMO software for many years to come. :)

Comment: Re:Anyone know what, exactly, was the issue? (Score 1) 186

by 7bit (#47736625) Attached to: BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

They were hosting full episodes. If the guy had taken them down, the forum could have gone on, but people mostly went there for the episodes, so that would have killed the site.

Also, 25000 users is "huge"?

I am a little confused; Isn't all material on the BBC public property in Britain since it's paid for with taxes?

Comment: Re:Regrets (Score 1) 186

by 7bit (#47736619) Attached to: BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

I suspect those in charge of the Dr Who franchise will end up wishing they could go back in time and reverse this stupid decision.. Especially once they see that the extermination order was signed by "The Master"...

Nevermind, if the site really was actually hosting full episodes then it really was only a matter of time before they were taken down. Though I am a little confused; Isn't all material on the BBC public property in Britain since it's paid for with taxes?

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