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Comment: Re:Why do you need an external camera to track hea (Score 3, Informative) 61

by darkshot117 (#46260959) Attached to: The Road To VR

Exactly, I believe Oculus's crystal cove prototype from this year's CES used a combination of accelerometers and the tracking camera to keep the accelerometers synchronized with their true position. In the final version they said the camera probably won't even be necessary anymore, but just this prototype version still requires it.

Comment: You must not actually "get coding" like you say. (Score 2) 876

by darkshot117 (#46191865) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

You mention that you aren't a programmer, and it's obvious by the questions you ask. There's a reason why all of the attempts to create non-text based programming languages have failed and people revert back to text code. Because text code simply works best. If some day we can plug a computer into our brain to convert our thoughts into computer code, then I'd prefer to write code that way. But until then, the best way for us to get our thoughts and ideas into code is to write it out.


Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES 179

Posted by timothy
from the yes-please-but-also-a-swappable-battery dept.
Lucas123 writes "Ford plans to demonstrate its first solar-powered hybrid vehicle at CES next week. The Ford CMAX Solar Energi Concept car will have 1.5 square meters of solar photovoltaic cells on its roof to generate power to charge its battery. By themselves, the PV solar panels generate only 300W of power — not enough to charge the vehicle's battery in one day. Ford, however, said the car will be coupled with a carport that has solar concentrating lens atop it. The magnifying lens, called a Fresnel lens, will concentrate about 10 times the solar energy so the vehicle can be recharged in a single day — the same speed with which a standard hybrid charges using a plug." (Of course, some charge faster than others.)

Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display 219

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-there's-a-right-way-and-a-wrong-way-to-pocket-your-phone dept.
iONiUM writes "Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Round phone with a curved 5.7" display. It comes with a hefty $1,000 USD price tag. This is a follow-up to the 55" curved TVs it began selling in June, and is most likely an intermediate form in the development of fold-able phones. Considering the recent LG announcement of mass OLED flexible screen production, it seems we are getting close to flexible phones. One question I wonder: will Apple follow suit? So far there has been no indication they are even attempting flexible/bendable screens."

Info Leak Wars To Get Messier 350

Posted by Soulskill
from the somebody-schedule-e-woodstock dept.
jfruh writes "As we discussed this weekend, David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, was detained while transporting encrypted data on the Snowden affair from Berlin; all his electronics were seized. Over at the Guardian offices, British police destroyed more of the newspaper's hard drives. Privacy blogger Dan Tynan sees where this one is going: reporters like Greenwald are going to stop even bothering to be circumspect with their revelations. Sorting through the contents of such infocaches to redact sensitive information just gives the government time to track you down. Eventually, the information will just be dumped online, warts and all, as soon as someone who wants the information public gets ahold of it."

Comment: Obviously Youtube (Score 5, Insightful) 84

by darkshot117 (#44351807) Attached to: Google Now Serves 25% of North American Internet Traffic

Since they are including Youtube as part of this traffic, I can see why it would be such a high percentage. Nearly every other Google service is pretty low bandwidth, but many people, including myself, now use Youtube as a replacement for TV. So I'm not suprised by this statistic at all.

Comment: Re:Must be Wednesday (Score 4, Informative) 237

by darkshot117 (#43225983) Attached to: Voyager 1 Officially Exits Our Solar System

"Anomalous cosmic rays, which are cosmic rays trapped in the outer heliosphere, all but vanished, dropping to less than 1 percent of previous amounts. At the same time, galactic cosmic rays – cosmic radiation from outside of the solar system – spiked to levels not seen since Voyager's launch, with intensities as much as twice previous levels."

You're welcome.

Comment: Re:Online, offline - is it even fun? (Score 1) 303

by darkshot117 (#43172223) Attached to: Hacker Skips <em>SimCity</em> Full-Time Network Requirement
In my opinion yes. All the DRM and server issues aside, I really enjoy playing the game itself. The servers are much much more stable now than on launch day, and I have no problems connecting anymore. If you look past the terrible DRM there is actually some fun gameplay to be found, which is sad because it will always be overshadowed by this scandal. I think if someone comes out with a private server for this game it will make it one of the best Simcity games I've played.

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