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Comment: Re:The 3 year cycle... (Score 1) 172

by drkim (#47789793) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Maybe the fact that most kids these days only play on consoles?

I think you're right about this one.

Back 'in the day' the game software got more sophisticated almost with each game released. Home consoles were fairly primitive. For the game or pro computer consumer there was a constant pressure to build a machine that could keep up with the latest software.

I think there are several factors which contributed to the stagnation of the hardware upgrade cycle.

1. More game developers now are using middleware to develop their product; instead of writing fresh and improved code for each release. As such, the render demands are stratified between each release of middleware, rather than each release of title.
2. With a larger segment of the game consumers on consoles, the game quality, and render specs, again, tend to stratify between console releases, rather than individual game releases.
3. The build–your–own PC market has shrunk. Remember all those cool computer shows, and PC boutiques? Most are gone; and the hard-core builder is left with places like Fry's, and Newegg.
4. With the increase in game consoles, and smart phone games, the number of actual releases for PC has declined. Walk around a Game Stop these days looking for PC games, and you're likely to get the same feeling one would get wandering around an old video rental store looking for Betamax. "Oh look! There's the one shelf with the PC games on it!"

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 421

by drkim (#47772205) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Never thought of this until I made the same typo elsewhere a few minutes ago: B, or b doesn't look line N, or n in handwriting. On the other hand, B is next to N on a keyboard. Therefore, Woody Allen wrote that script on a typewriter.

You are very wise...

Mr. Allen writes everything on a typewriter. An Olympia portable model SM-3, to be precise.

He bought it in 1951, and has used it for every script he's written since.

Bonus factoid:
Instead of [CTL] X and [CTL] V, Mr. Allen uses scissors and stapler.

Comment: Re:Amazing (Score 1) 161

by drkim (#47672841) Attached to: New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

You can keep adding factors to it, too:

in 2008 what is the population of the city where abraham lincoln was born:
Results: 2743 people

Plus it will show you all the sources involved:

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Comment: Re:No Thanks (Score 1) 57

A total of 1920x1080 for both eyes might be passable, but NOT when that 1920x1080 isn't actually 1920x1080.
The Note 3 has a pentile display - you're getting significantly reduced chroma resolution.

This version is just a DK.

Oculus is working on a 4K:

http://www.dvice.com/2013-10-2...

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 57

Manufacturers of high quality colour LCD/AMOLED displays will laugh at you if you ask for a custom design in quantities of less than 1,000,000. Even for the final version it will be hard for them to justify signing a contract for 1 million displays up front, not being certain of sales volume. Off-the-shelf displays are pretty much their only choice.

Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2Bil. I don't think they will have any problem coming up with enough capital to buy 1Mil displays @ wholesale.

Even if they don't sell 1Mil units; FB will laugh and take it as a write off.

+ - A Drone That Finds Survivors Through Their Phones->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Quoting from the article: "During his semester project in Computer Science, Jonathan Cheseaux developed a system for locating a person via his or her mobile phone with a drone. This device could be used to find victims in natural disasters."
This is yet another example of the difference between a rational drone policy and what the FAA's Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft is destroying."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Disaster (Score 1) 127

People who are savvy will buy online, or from a trusted source. Only people who have no clue will but from Home Depot. If you're reading this, would you buy a MakerBot from HD? Of course not.

Most of the people who work there don't know a 2x4 from a hammer; this will just be a fucking disaster.

The lady at the MakerBot display was a 'MakerBot' person, not a HD employee.

Of course, I don't know if this will always be the case...

Comment: Re:I'd rather have it as a service (Score 1) 127

Put it in a vending machine like case and sell the printing service by time/volume maybe?
Couple it with a 3d scanner, so I can scan in some part I need copied / remade right there. But also make it possible to remotely queue jobs and then pick them up at the store later when they're finished.

That's a great idea. People could pre-order, pre-pay online with a credit card. The machine would give them an estimated pick-up time.

When it's done printing the part, it could push it onto one of those locked shelves like they have on sandwich machines.

When you stick your credit card in the machine, it would unlock your window.

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