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Comment Re:Dead on Arrival (Score 1) 170

VR is sort of like 3D movies and TV. Every generation or so it pops up again, everyone gets all excited about it, products are released that either disappoint or don't sell well, it never really catches on, and then it goes back to hibernation for another generation or so.

Don't get me wrong, I *hope* it succeeds this time. But if it's going to, companies need to get some actual consumer products on the shelves. And they need to be:

1) Consumer priced (not over $1,000 total)
2) Relatively easy to use
3) On mainstream store shelves
4) Available with demos so people can actually see for themselves what all the hype is about

So far, there has been years of hype, but only one actual consumer product (the Samsung Gear). And even the gear requires a wonky paired cellphone (a very particular cellphone) setup, and it's far from the shelves of most Walmarts and Best Buys. I'm not even sure it's on the shelves at most cellphone stores.

Comment Underrepresentation != discrimination (Score 3, Informative) 444

Ford found that both Hispanic and black students are underrepresented in gifted programs and that black students are missing out the most.

That is NOT the same as saying the program is "biased against Hispanic and black students" or discriminatory.

Comment Cyberwar may be neccesary as a learning moment (Score 4, Insightful) 57

We've become way too dependent on the internet and the idea that it will always be there and can always be relied on and trusted. Cyberwar, for all its negative outcomes, might at least teach a lot of industries, government agencies, systems engineers, etc. that there should ALWAYS BE A BACKUP OFF THE NETWORK and that there should always be a plan to isolate any system from the grid. No important system should be utterly dependent and totally on the internet or even an internal network.

I'm not saying we have to go all William Adama and forgo the internet altogether. But we should definitely end this idea that the internet (or any network) infrastructure is always reliable and always friendly.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.