Very much this.
The problem I have with this article is that it's basically pointing out a tautology. The kind of fusion created by slamming atoms together at high speed (in other words, high temperature fusion) can't be done at low temperatures. OK, but we have empirical evidence of other mechanisms for causing fusion.
Other forms of catalyzed fusion, if they exist, probably also require some pretty exotic physics, or we'd see lots of evidence of unusually high energy output in nature.
It's not hard to monitor HID, lol. None of this is hidden, buried, or secret. It's just not published. Anyone who has the SDK can easily do what you did.
Thank Captain Hindsight. Sure, technically anybody could have done it. But no one else actually did it, despite the numerous Linux developers complaining about the total lack of positional support for them. It's pretty easy to look at someone else's work and say "Oh, yeah, that's obvious" once they've actually done it. I don't really see why you've bothered commenting since you seem to be of the opinion that the entire exercise was pointless. If you don't buy into the entire premise of the article how can you be bothered to have an opinion of whether one of the participants in the work received proper credit?
Anyone with the SDK can get these codes. Oh, and you made a thread on Reddit.
Really? Oliver explicitly said he'd had no luck in getting the codes. The SDK doesn't contain them, btw. Only the Oculus runtime, which is closed source, now communicates with the hardware. So, anyone who had the SDK and could also figure out how to write a DLL to intercept the HID calls made by the runtime (not the SDK, which doesn't contain the codes anywhere) could get the codes.
Also, while the networks are overloaded on comedies, they're sadly lacking in stuff that includes the way real human beings talk (i.e. saying fuck) or stuff that can include drug humor, so there's plenty of room for doing stuff that hasn't been seen before.
Well, suffice to say that spreading their dollars across numerous pilots instead of one single show gets you what you expect: utter trash.
You can't compare the budget with House of Cards with the budget spent on these episodes. Amazon didn't make these pilots as an alternative to spending a lot of money on a single show. They did it as a prelude to spending a bunch of money on one or two shows.
I'm pretty certain Netflix produced a bunch of pilots which were equally as shaky as the Amazon work. The only difference is that those weren't shown to the general public, just focus groups and Netflix execs, and they picked the ones that they thought had the most promise. Many, if not most shows start out with a pilot that isn't nearly as good quality as the finished product, and not all series air a pilot as the first episode.
Your reaction to the pilots is pretty much why pilots don't get shown to the general audience: because most people go in with an expectation built up over years of watching final products.
16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling