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Comment: I got my DK2 A couple weeks ago (Score 1) 67

I ordered within the first 24 hours and got my DK2 a couple weeks ago.
I also have a DK1

My initial impressions

- Screen certainly much improved. I like how vibrant the OLED makes things.
- Screen door effect much reduced, but certainly not eliminated.
- The low persistence display seems to help considerably with the previous blurring on head movement problem.
- Much easier to position on your head such that everything is crisp and clear.
- Having head position tracked in addition to orientation feels much more natural.
- Having your head position suddenly not tracked because you went out of the FOV of the tracking camera is very jarring.
- The FOV of the display seems slightly reduced from the DK1, reducing peripheral vision.
- No more breakout box & power supply being optional does not mean the setup is any less complicated. Now there's a camera to worry about along with a new sync cable connecting the camera and the headset.
- Chromatic effects, especially near the peripheries.

Overall, a very solid improvement over the DK1.

I actually talk about it (and the google cardboard I have) a bit on a podcast I contribute to.
Aliens Land here

Comment: Re:National Museum of Mathematics (Score 2) 96

by zurmikopa (#47415061) Attached to: The Billionaire Mathematician

I went there with my son who was 3 at the time as well as my wife. It was fun and they had some neat things. Some of the exhibits were clearer than others. The light-floor, for example, was great for kids to entertain themselves on, but actually figuring out what was going on could be tricky, even if you read the description. (This is because it cycled through a number of algorithms.)

Comment: Re:Call me tron (Score 1) 46

by zurmikopa (#47095577) Attached to: Hands-On With Sony's VR Headset

I wrote a thing that does that (virtualizes monitors) but the resolution (at least with the original rift) makes it unusable. I'm hoping DK2 improves things enough that it at least isn't a horrible option, but 960x1080 per eye is probably still too low. Smearing was also a big problem for monitor virtualization, but DK2 should have mostly fixed that.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 351

by Pyrion (#46040537) Attached to: Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Moreover, the fever itself is the body basically attempting to "burn out" the infection, and suppressing the fever allows the infection to remain for much longer?

If so, it makes sense, cuz the last few times I've caught the flu I've been over it within two days. They're a miserable two days, shivering my ass off while bundled up in bed and sweating my brains out, but I've had friends take antipyretics and be miserable for a solid week.

Australia

Australian Billionaire Plans To Build Titanic II 289

Posted by Soulskill
from the of-course-he-does dept.
SchrodingerZ writes "Just in time to miss the 100-year anniversary of the fatal voyage of the Titanic, Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer announced he has plans to recreate the Titanic, calling it Titanic II. 'It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st Century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,' says Palmer. He stated it was to be as close to the original as possible, with some modern adjustments. Its maiden voyage is set for 2016."

Comment: Ars Technica Lnk (Score 5, Informative) 385

by DarkHelmet (#39359355) Attached to: FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/03/fbi-stumped-by-pimps-androids-pattern-lock-serves-warrant-on-google.ars

The one thing I found amusing about the whole thing is that PhD supposedly stood for "Pimpin' Hoes Daily". Then I read this:

Her $500 a night went straight to Dears, though, who "took care of her" in his own special way. As San Diego's Union Tribune reported, Dears found out the woman had spoken to a man who wanted to help her get off the streets. So Dears "beat her up in the back seat of his Cadillac and then forced her to get into the car's trunk, she testified. While in the trunk, she was driven from East Main Street in El Cajon to Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, she testified."

Major league asshole. I hope he gets the book thrown at him.

Comment: Faster Mersenne Prime Calculations? (Score 3, Interesting) 271

by DarkHelmet (#38759472) Attached to: Faster-Than-Fast Fourier Transform

From what I know, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) uses a Fast Fourier Transform to quickly find the square of a number. This is a required part of the Lucas-Lehmer test (the test that determines if the number is prime).

If this form of FFT can do fast squaring, it will reduce the amount of time taken to find new, large primes.

This is a potentially exciting development in this field.

Firefox

Notes On Reducing Firefox's Memory Consumption 297

Posted by timothy
from the we-gave-it-post-it-notes dept.
Skuto writes "At yesterdays linux.conf.au Browser miniconference in Ballarat, Australia, Mozilla engineer Nicholas Nethercote gave a detailed presentation about the history of Firefox's memory consumption. The 37 slides-with-notes explain in gritty detail what caused Firefox 4's memory usage to be higher than expected, how many leaks and accidental memory use bugs were tracked down with Valgrind plugins, as well as the pitfalls of common memory allocation strategies. Current work is now focused on reducing the memory usage of popular add-ons such as AdBlock, GreaseMonkey and Firebug. Required reading for people working on large software projects, or those who missed that Firefox is now one of the most memory-efficient browsers in heavy usage."

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