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Comment: Nanny State (Score 1) 363

by GrBear (#47870931) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

It's pretty sad that situations like this lead down the road to a nanny state.. but the people texting and driving don't seem to realize they're the driving it in that direction.

Also, to the comments about the popo getting a free pass, in some places LEO's and emergency response are specifically exempted under the law to use their data terminals and conversely their GPS apps.

Comment: Crap hardware (Score 3, Informative) 643

by GrBear (#47768257) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

As someone in the business of selling law enforcement equipment, I'll tell you right now, most of the body cams available for law enforcement are compete and utter crap.

Not only that, they don't have an effective back office solution to manage all that video. Sure you can dump the video onto a hard drive, but it needs to be indexed somehow so it can be searched for later by officer name, date, etc.

A few companies are trying to make body worn cameras that don't look like blair witch recordings, but at this point, there's still at least a year away before anything usable arrives.

Comment: My experience this past month with Linux (Score 1) 727

by GrBear (#47716669) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

PC: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H, i7-4770K, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 Ti.

Tried Mint Linux 18 Cinnimon & KDE, Ubuntu 14.04, Debian 7.6

None of them would even boot on my computer, even after dicking around with bios settings for an hour.

Laptop: Asus Zenbook UX41LA

After pissing around for half an hour with bios settings, I finally managed to get it to get farther than the grub bootloader. Things seem to work, but KDE crashes randomly, Cinnamon and Unity don't remember window locations and have their own oddities. None of them let me control screen backlighting, even after trying all the 'hacks' posted around the net.

Then I find out that video performs even worse with the open source Intel video drivers.

I'm all for Linux on servers, I own and run several, but damn, it shouldn't take a bloody engineering degree to get a GUI OS to install and work properly.

Displays

60,000 Oculus Rift DK2 Orders, 20,000+ Units Shipped, New Orders Ship In October 67

Posted by timothy
from the perfect-for-watching-movies-on-the-plane dept.
An anonymous reader writes The much lauded Oculus Rift DK2 is in high demand. Shipping began at the end of July and Oculus says they've already shipped more than 20,000 of their 60,000 orders. The company recently updated their order page to indicate that new units are expected to ship starting in October. The Oculus Rift DK2 is the company's second development kit which offers a number of major improvements over the original kit, called the DK1, which was the result of a successful Kickstarter back in August, 2012. Although the DK2 is intended for developers, the company openly offers the VR headset up for sale to anyone interested for $350. The Oculus Rift DK2s most notable enhancements are a higher resolution display and positional tracking capability as well as a number of other under-the-hood enhancements make the DK2 a huge improvement over its predecessor.
Java

Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time 371

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the common-lisp-rising dept.
snydeq (1272828) writes Java core has stagnated, Java EE is dead, and Spring is over, but the JVM marches on. C'mon Oracle, where are the big ideas? asks Andrew C. Oliver. 'I don't think Oracle knows how to create markets. It knows how to destroy them and create a product out of them, but it somehow failed to do that with Java. I think Java will have a long, long tail, but the days are numbered for it being anything more than a runtime and a language with a huge install base. I don't see Oracle stepping up to the plate to offer the kind of leadership that is needed. It just isn't who Oracle is. Instead, Oracle will sue some more people, do some more shortsighted and self-defeating things, then quietly fade into runtime maintainer before IBM, Red Hat, et al. pick up the slack independently. That's started to happen anyhow.'

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