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+ - Virtual Reality: Purpose Beyond Gaming->

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An anonymous reader writes "Virtual reality tech is getting a ton of attention for what it can do to video games. But the technology itself isn't limited to games — just as Kinect was hijacked and used for myriad other purposes, so will VR be broadly adapted. This article goes into some of the applications: 'An elderly woman in a retirement home recently used an Oculus to explore a garden and walk stairs again. This simple environment brought her to tears. Work is also being done to help PTSD sufferers deal with their trauma by replicating the scene within virtual reality and there is great interest in using a similar approach for other conditions like amnesia, Alzheimer’s and dementia. ... An elderly woman in a retirement home recently used an Oculus to explore a garden and walk stairs again. This simple environment brought her to tears. Work is also being done to help PTSD sufferers deal with their trauma by replicating the scene within virtual reality and there is great interest in using a similar approach for other conditions like amnesia, Alzheimer’s and dementia. ... It’s now possible for museum spaces and schools to teleport students to specific moments in history, to allow them to experience being executed by a guillotine, take tours of space or even explore the depths of the ocean.' What other VR uses can you foresee?"
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Comment: Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (Score 2, Interesting) 600

by SampleFish (#46819373) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Thank you for making some sense today.

Although it is easy to prove that the Earth is older than 6,000 years I don't think we actually know how old the universe is. There is a new estimate that came out in 2013 so many people may not be aware of it. Before 2013 we estimated "that the Big Bang occurred between 12 and 14 billion years ago." that's uncertainty of over %16? Doesn't sound very confident to me. The good news is that the new measurement lands in the middle of the old estimate which is encouraging.

NASA says:
"How does WMAP data enable us to determine the age of the universe is 13.77 billion years, with an uncertainty of only 0.4%? The key to this is that by knowing the composition of matter and energy density in the universe, we can use Einstein's General Relativity to compute how fast the universe has been expanding in the past. "

Unfortunately, Einstein's General Relativity is not a bulletproof model and these estimates will have to be revised as our understanding of physics changes.

From my layman understanding; I think it's safe to say that the universe is at least 13 billion years old but it could be much older. It's the best guess we have.

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http://wmap.gsfc.nasa.gov/univ...

Comment: This is not a simple question (Score 4, Insightful) 631

by SampleFish (#46352633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

BitCoin, by nature, is as trustworthy as SHA256 which is used by TLS, SSL, PGP, SSH, S/MIME, and IPsec. So the math behind BitCoin is trusted by most of the world whether or not you are aware of that fact.

As a currency it is just as trustworthy as any other imaginary money system. It's value is highly speculative, like the NYSE. Nobody really trusts the NYSE just as you shouldn't trust the value of BitCoin.

That being said, cryptocurrencies have the potential to be more stable than fiat currencies. BitCoin may not be the final solution but behold as we are watching the future of money unfold. History is in the making.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 528

by SampleFish (#45149809) Attached to: California Outlaws 'Revenge Porn'

No, I directly disagreed with all the points made. None of the statements made by AC have any relevance to the real world in which I live. The fact that Slashdot is moderated by a bunch of prudes who couldn't see the value in a person who is comfortable naked is shocking to me.

You could say that I missed the point but I would have to reflect that sentiment. It's fairly clear to me that AC thinks taking nude pictures of someone diminishes their self-worth and their societal value. That I can't agree with, my original stance stands.

Comment: The truth comes out (Score 1) 105

by SampleFish (#45149759) Attached to: Snapchat Search Warrants Emphasize Data Vulnerability

This proves it to me. The NSA is really only concerned with collecting all the titties. They have the nude scanners at the airport to catch anyone who travels. Systematically they have infiltrated every possible way people use to share nude photos. Snapchat is a goldmine. All their dreams come true. Tits with every warrant. Now, with their unrivaled collection of nudie pictures they will rule the world with a strong masturbation hand.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 0) 528

by SampleFish (#45020615) Attached to: California Outlaws 'Revenge Porn'

You seem awfully indignant for a person who entered this world head first through a vagina.

A person is not made less rare by having sex.
A person is not made less rare by taking nudie pics.
A person remains as rare as they were born.
Some people are desirable and as such shouldn't worry about the trolls of the world seeing the naughty bits.
Sex is not rare.
Nudie pics are not rare.

All you squares need to lighten up.
Let your hair down and go to an orgy.
We live in a post sexual repression era which is the best gift the hippies ever gave us.

You were born naked. Why do you feel the need to hide your nature?

Comment: The death of a community (Score 1) 69

by SampleFish (#45010347) Attached to: You're Invited: Take a Look At Slashdot's New Beta

I remember watching the Tech Republic die after they did a similar site redesign. Sure, the website still exists but the community left. That site used to be all about a huge community of geeks who would just sit around talking about how they solved problems. Now it's a vapid wasteland. Slashdot is a fun way to read the news but after this redesign I predict most people will permanently move to Reddit.

+ - Dice Ruins Slashdot-> 12

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In an attempt to modernize Slashdot, Dice has removed everything that made Slashdot unique and worthwhile and has turned it into a generic blog site. User feedback has been unanimously negative, but this is to no avail, and users will have to head elsewhere for insightful and entertaining commentary on tech news."
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