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Comment: Specs seem a little weaker (Score 1) 119

Apart from the display, the specs seems bit weaker on the Dell - the Macbook Pro has more storage capacity, and a faster processor even in the base configuration.

Also the Macbook Pro 15" now has the ForceTouch track pad, which will be more useful over time (and Apple makes excellent trackpads anyway, Force Touch or not).

I have a Macbook Pro 15" Retina currently, that I use in non-scaled mode (so I get 1:1 use of the pixels). I'm not really sure how much better the higher resolution would look on that small a display.

Comment: Not bad at all (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by SuperKendall (#49760383) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

I was a backer. Were you? Or do you feel compelling to complain on behalf of other people?

I got the main thing I backed it for - a dev kit.

Facebook buying them means an investment in learning to program for the Rift is probably 1000x more useful than it would have been otherwise.

I understand people are wary of Facebook, and for good reason. But I have seen huge upsides with pretty much no downside since Facebook bought the company.

Comment: Re:but I thought 90fps was the thing (Score 1) 33

Sony's headset is meant to reproject frames before render as needed to convert 60+FPS into steady 120FPS.

That seems fine as far as display goes, but part of that requirement for 90+FPS is that head-tracking is congruent... if "real" tracking only is happening at 60FPS, will the faster display framerate really matter as far as people feeling sick after a while (or in some cases instantly...)

Comment: Re:Thank you - just PR for his presidential run. (Score 5, Interesting) 360

by funwithBSD (#49747671) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

Here is why:

One: He is forcing the cloture vote on this to be next week, there is not time (its complicated) for the cloture vote to happen before the NSA must shut down the program.
Other business, like the pending trade agreement will have to be dealt with to come back to the NSA.
So for at least one weekend, there will be no NSA spying, and they will have to get it back on line if and when it is reauthorized. Inertia is our friend, if it is down, there will be pressure to keep it down.

Two: He also prevented it from passing cloture by unanimous consent, which is really silence. The chair asks a variation of "Without objection, so ordered" and if everyone is silent, it passes. There are no up/down votes, so no up/down vote is recorded

Now people are going to vote yea or nay, and THAT will be on the record for the next election.

Comment: More than PR (Score 5, Insightful) 360

by SuperKendall (#49747339) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

The question is, would he have done this even if not running for president?

The answer is obviously yes, based on past behavior. Rand Paul has been one of the few people willing to go on record voting against things he does not agree with, instead of not voting at all.

So while of course some element of it is PR, that is not the core reason as to why he did this.

Comment: Re:Its funny (Score 1) 214

Then you have read neither.

There is no comparison between the two in terms of violence. The Qu'ran is in part a history of the early conquests and has over a hundred verses about smiting the unbelievers.

While there is some "smite the unbelievers" in the Bible, it is limited to the Old Testament... which was not written by Christians, but is there to support the claim of Christ being the one prophesied in the Old Testament.

The new Testament, contains no such verses justifying the killing of unbelievers by Christians.

Smiting by the hand of God? Sure, but not by members of the religion.

Comment: Why not follow the links (Score 1) 116

by SuperKendall (#49741075) Attached to: Hydrogen-Powered Drone Can Fly For 4 Hours at a Time

The website you get following the "hydrocopter" link in the article states pretty clearly:

HYCOPTER is being readied for a record flight endurance of 4 hours, or 8 to 10 times the average flight duration of equivalent systems today.

Which is about right based on even high-end drones consumers use today.

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