Several companies announced resistive or whatever memory that is almost as fast as DRAM, while also non-volatile, cheap and big like flash. We need an architecture that takes full advantage of that. Keep the programs and data in place (instead of the usual RAM to/from disk joggling), optimize the I/O and CPU differently...
HP announced some work in this direction with their "Machine", but for now I believe all they have is some slightly customized Linux distro.
If I remember correctly, PalmOS had some good ideas in this direction.
Whoever implements an efficient architecture for this, has a good chance to be a great thought leader for the next 30 years. There is really an opportunity for a new Linux-level (or even UNIX-level) innovation right now.
This comes from Germany, where fully naked kids up to 10 years old routinely play in public fountains, park steams, and are taken with parents to opposite sex changing room at swimming pools, etc.
The parents here definitely need more sense talked into them. This goes beyond poorly considered facebook photos. I support the police in this case, despite the fearmongering counterpoint mentioned by others.
Samsung Galaxy S6 is $540 on Amazon. There might be better deals. And it also has other uses.
I agree with your general point though. I am quite happy with my $170 Motorola smartphone. I would consider this VR attachment if I already had a compatible phone. As it stands, I will probably wait for Oculus Rift V2. Facebook intends to price them competitively, and there's a chance that second consumer version will be usable without too much headache.
Ars Technica article says:
The consumer version of the Gear VR will support "every 2015 Samsung handset," Koo said, including the Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+.
Don't know if the earlier phones are too slow, incompatible geometrically, or lack some special feature. I would guess if older Samsung phones are not supported, then the chances for other vendors are even slimmer.
Looks like 90% of commenters in this thread are too proud of their superior human brains to even try and get the point of the experiment. Researchers made a computer which can learn to achieve goals with no instructions, and you mix it up with custom game AI or bitch about how it is not fair to compare scores with biologically limited humans. This is just depressing.
Umm, research and development? Digital services and products? Telecommuting? Outsourcing? Entertainment? Tourism?
What is this website again?
Yes, it will be very expensive to bootstrap, but once most of the resources by mass can be sourced locally, it is not that hard to imagine a reasonable trade balance in our age.
Yeah, and "all the music is made of only 7 notes!.."
Massive over-simplification, generalization, and misinterpretation of maths and science in public culture is what allows us geeks to feel superior so easily.
An economist a couple of years ago predicted that space development would have the potential to increase the standard of living of everyone on Earth by a factor of 10.
Any additional clues on how to find that prediction? My google-fu fails me.
The first version always gets thrown away.