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Comment: Not bad at all (Score 2) 82

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...)


25 Years Today - Windows 3.0 351

Posted by timothy
from the hindsight-is-warm-and-fuzzy dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Windows 3.0 was launched on 22 May 1990 — I know, 'coz I was there as a SDE on the team. I still have, um, several of the shrink-wrapped boxes of the product — with either 3.5 inch and 5.25 floppies rattling around inside them — complete with their distinctive 'I witnessed the event' sticker!

It was a big deal for me, and I still consider Win 3 as *the* most significant Windows' release, and I wonder what other Slashdotters think, looking back on Win 3?

Comment: More than PR (Score 5, Insightful) 355

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: 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.


The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers 485

Posted by samzenpus
from the riddle-me-this dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes: The latest biography of Elon Musk, by technology journalist Ashlee Vance, provides an in-depth look into how the entrepreneur and tech titan built Tesla Motors and SpaceX from the ground up. For developers and engineers, getting a job at SpaceX is difficult, with a long interviewing/testing process... and for some candidates, there's a rather unique final step: an interview with Musk himself. During that interview, Musk reportedly likes to ask candidates a particular brainteaser: "You're standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?" If you can answer that riddle successfully, and pass all of SpaceX's other stringent tests, you may have a shot at launching rockets into orbit.

Comment: I laid out the facts, horse will not drink (Score 0) 98

by SuperKendall (#49739255) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

I did - the facts are that the Clinton foundation claims to be a charity, but uses almost none of the money collected for charity. The facts are that the foundation gained a huge boost in donations from people while Clinton was in the state department, from people/governments who had matters being decided by the state department...

If you want to ignore the facts, fine. Just don't claim to be for them at the same time.

Comment: "Limited" defined (Score 2, Insightful) 98

by SuperKendall (#49739171) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

Sure, if by "never contacted" you mean "given lots of money, along with other people on the panel, to vote a specific way".

Are you really so naive? You don't even have to dislike the clintons to understand the fundamental flow of money involved here and just how easy it is for that to have an effect on the results.

It's also stupid on the face of things to claim Clinton had no influence when donations to her charity fell drastically after she left the state dept... You don't need a tinfoil hat to pick up the subtle single there.

Comment: I see the master plan (Score 4, Funny) 123

by SuperKendall (#49732957) Attached to: Jason Scott of Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs

and even hand-burned CDs of stuff you downloaded way back when

Just casually tossed out at the end there... when in fact that was the primary goal.

He wants to build the largest collection of 80's Mix CD's EVER ASSEMBLED, probably for some kind of evil sonic weapon.

Well sir, you will have my CD's and my wishes for luck in whatever scheme you have hatched, I ask only that you spare me or at least email me beforehand when to put on earmuffs.

Comment: Which one of you is lying? (Score 1) 255

SolStats shows a chart from UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, that says UK electricity prices have jumped 50% higher than five years ago

Just curious which one of you is lying - the UK trying to scare people into buying more alternative energy as ,energy prices rise (though of course they don'y say WHY they have risen...) or you trying to avoid scaring people from realizing wind power is quite a lot more expensive?

In the sciences, we are now uniquely priviledged to sit side by side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand. -- Gerald Holton