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Comment: Re:Contracts (Score 2) 131

by Ralph Barbagallo (#49475095) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

There's just not a lot of funding sources for games--this is likely the only deal they could get of this size.

Unfortunately, it's common for publishers to demand radical changes in game projecgts without any schedule or budget modification. This has sunk many studios--it's one of the reasons why there aren't many mid-sized game studios left. Large publishers always prioritize their internal projects--external developers get the shaft.

Comment: Foveated rendering (Score 1) 25

by Ralph Barbagallo (#49095649) Attached to: Smart Rendering For Virtual Reality
Regardless of lens quality, "foveated rendering" is useful for reducing rendering complexity of stuff in your peripheral vision you don't really see. But I think VR/AR Is hitting the wall with how good you can make LCD screens smashed up against your eyes look. Virtual Retina Displays seem MUCH sharper to me. Tried an Avegant Glyph awhile back and the detail was pretty great. It's super frustrating in Oculus to not be able to read text unless you move your head so that it's positioned in the center of the lens.

Comment: There's a whole industry based around Elite Panic (Score 5, Interesting) 339

A friend of mine got into reading investment books targeted at the extremely wealthy. They were pretty funny. These books had to trump up nearly impossible end of days events and then promote investment strategies that will keep the reader amongst the 1% when half the world's population dies from a space disease delivered by a comet impact or some other highly unlikely scenario. Elite Panic is big business.

Maybe the new path to the middle class will be in selling doomsday bunkers to paranoid trillionaires.

+ - SpaceX, US Air Force settle spy sat dispute->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec writes: The US Air Force and private space flight company SpaceX have settled their dispute involving military’s expendable rocket program thereby paving way for the latter to join the spy satellite launch programme under Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). The settlement opens doors for SpaceX to compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA) for launch of spy satellites. ULA is a joint Boeing-Lockheed venture – the only private player to have received clearance for launching black ops satellites.
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Comment: Re:I don't buy it. (Score 1) 171

by Ralph Barbagallo (#48873473) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles
It seems from reading the announcement, that this uses some kind of Virtual Retina Display--kind of like the Avegant Glyph. Basically painting light on your retina--with this technique, you can't block light only paint over it. (as far as I know) I'm sure TOP MEN are working on opaque VRD tech though. I haven't any myself.

Comment: Re:I don't buy it. (Score 1) 171

by Ralph Barbagallo (#48873321) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

All in the realm of possibility. You can get precise head tracking with a combination of optical and depth sensors fused with compass and gyro sensors. I haven't tried this device, but have seen promising results from similar tech.

The video card doesn't have to be very powerful. In fact, since you aren't rendering a background you can devote all of your video card's power to the virtual objects.

Projecting solid images on a transparent display--now THAT'S a trick.

I can't wait to try these.

Comment: Re:Still pretty affordable (Score 5, Informative) 393

by Ralph Barbagallo (#47930373) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
It's not necessarily true in LA because of the way electricity is billed. If you are going for pure usage based--you will easily blow through tier 4 usage limits when charging an EV every night. This brings you into the 34 cents per kwh level. (in Los Angeles) Which also is what the rest of your house will be billed at too. This also doesn't include taxes and so-called "delivery charges" which may bring your electricity into the 50 cents per kwh range. My Volt takes like 12-14 kwh to charge. And I get maybe 40 miles range on that. So that's like $4-4.50 to charge. Maybe $6 if you add in all the fees added on top of it. I get the equivalent of a little over a gallon of premium gas in range--so maybe $5-6 of gas for $4-6 worth of electricity. I suspect the Tesla gets more miles per kwh than the Volt, though. The only way to really save money on charging your car is to get a separate meter to your garage, and have that meter billed at the time of day rate--so during the day it's 34 cents and at night (like midnight to 9 AM or something) it's 11 cents kwh. And charge only at night.

Comment: Google Voice probably lives... (Score 1) 166

by Ralph Barbagallo (#46490915) Attached to: Goodbye, Google Voice
I was convinced Google Voice was next on the chopping block after they canned reader. The iOS app hasn't been updated in over a year, and they broke gmail GVoice calls awhile back. But they've now added Google Voice support to Hangouts, which leads me or believe it's going to morph into a Hangouts feature instead of a standalone service.

Comment: Didn't they already try this with the VUE? (Score 1) 769

by Ralph Barbagallo (#46393013) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

I'm lazy and don't know how to actually make coffee. In fact, I didn't drink coffee regularly until the first Keurig came out. It's like 5X more expensive than brewing your own, but 100X more convenient.

But they already tried to come out with a DRM'ed successor to the Keurig called VUE and it totally flopped. The coffee was more expensive, and the machine just had a bunch of useless options making it not much better than the regular Keurig with much cheaper K-Cups.

Comment: uWInk (Score 1) 196

by Ralph Barbagallo (#45053701) Attached to: Google Wants Patent On Splitting Restaurant Bills
Seems like prior art would be Nolan Bushnell's uWink restaurants. They were around the LA area, and had macs built into the tables you could order from. At the end of the meal you could select which of the items on the bill were yours and swipe a card to pay your share. Food was pretty weak, though!

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