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Comment: try a game that has you in a cockpit (Score 2) 67

DK2 rocks for any game with a cockpit -- space sims, driving sims, and some Mech Warrior like games.

FPS'... no so much. It's real easy to get queasy (for me anyway, YMMV). I'm hoping this becomes less of an issue over time but since there are other experiences out there that really excel with the Rift I'm not too concerned.

Oculus also has to come up with an standardize input system to enable more complex experiences. Something that is also positionally tracked (like the headset it) would be ideal since once you have your headset and headphones on fishing around for your mouse/keyboard or game controller is a pain.

Comment: Not necessarily "crack pot" (Score 2) 205

During George W. Bush's first term, prior to the invasion of Iraq, Charles Rangel introduced a bill to reinstate the draft. While Rangel probably should have retired a few years ago I think this was a good move even if it amounted to nothing...


The New York Democrat told reporters his goal is two-fold: to jolt Americans into realizing the import of a possible unilateral strike against Iraq, which he opposes, and "to make it clear that if there were a war, there would be more equitable representation of people making sacrifices."


"I truly believe that those who make the decision and those who support the United States going into war would feel more readily the pain that's involved, the sacrifice that's involved, if they thought that the fighting force would include the affluent and those who historically have avoided this great responsibility," Rangel said.

+ - Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 Ready for Pre-order Today for $350->

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An anonymous reader writes "Today at GDC Oculus has revealed the second developer kit of their virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift DK2 (http://bit.ly/1fHtuHf). The new unit has a 1080p OLED screen with low-persistence capabilities, positional tracking thanks to an IR LED array and compatible camera, and a bunch of other improvements over the DK1. Pre-orders start today for $350 (https://www.oculusvr.com/order/) and are expected to ship in July."
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Comment: Re:Tame and lame (Score 1) 692

by Mysticeti (#46013455) Attached to: Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

I'm not sure who gave you that reason but it's not the one I heard.

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/969523-196/city-inevitably-must-replace-unique-triangular-manhole.html

The triangular covers were first built by the Nashua Foundry in the 1920s or 1930s at the suggestion of an engineer named Walter Ellis, who thought the triangular shape would rattle less than traditional circles. The triangles are aligned to point in the direction of flow for the underlying sewer line, a valuable piece of information for sewer workers hunting down problems.

Comment: Re:I'll believe it (Score 1) 122

by Mysticeti (#40859339) Attached to: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Blows Past Kickstarter Goal

I'm not sure your cynicism is warranted. Skepticism, sure. But given that there's already a AAA title available (Doom 3) and that what's promised is only a "dev kit" I think the chances for success are high.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/08/02/why-the-oculus-rift-kickstarter-is-a-better-bet-than-ouya/

Comment: Re:Not in this particular case (Score 2) 1198

Weezul must have had a bad experience. His sample size is woefully inadequate to make such sweeping generalizations about Boston but at least three times in this thread he's made such remarks.

For the record, Boston is not in the top 20 U.S. cities when it comes to violent crime: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_cities_by_crime_rate

Comment: Re:Not quite as bad as the Summary seems (Score 1) 486

by Mysticeti (#40606051) Attached to: Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

It may depend on the model of the MINI. The Clubman is at the bottom of the list of stolen cars:
  http://usedcars.about.com/od/avoidingproblems/a/Top-10-Least-Stolen-Cars.htm

The fact that many MINIs have manual transmissions may have something to do with it. Seeing a stick shift might be enough to deter the average punk joy rider.

Biotech

+ - Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Beating Heart Muscle->

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redletterdave writes "Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition. The researchers based in Haifa, Israel, had their study published in the European Heart Journal on Wednesday, and said clinical trials of the technique could begin within 10 years. But even with more testing to go, the results meant they might eventually be able to reprogram patients' cells to repair their own damaged hearts."
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