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Comment: Re:Don't underestimate gamers (Score 1) 100

by holysin (#46530615) Attached to: Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 Ready For Pre-Order Today

Don't underestimate the market power of geeks playing games

FWIW, some of us non game playing geeks are also *really* looking forward to the Rift primarily for watching movies on our HTPC... $300-400 (a head) is not expensive to movie geeks wanting the best experience... Hell, I'm praying the rift is finally released before I give in and buy another projector to replace my 7 year old one. I'm not sure if the rift will beable to do what I want it to, but I'm hopeful. And at the cost of 1 lamp (I replace them each year with my viewership on projectorss) it would be a friggin steal.

Comment: And this is news? (Score 2, Informative) 107

by holysin (#44010699) Attached to: 802.11ac: Better Coverage, But Won't Hit Advertised Speeds
I'm sorry, but since the advent of marketing (the new wheel, now travel up to 1000x faster than walking!) the speeds we actually get *very* rarely ever approach the advertised "up to" speeds. Even the summation says this: "And, as you well know from decades of network-technology advertising, dear reader, a “raw” data rate (often incorrectly called “theoretical”) is the maximum number of bits that can pass over a network. That includes all the network overhead as well as actual data carried in packets and frames. The net throughput is often 30 to 60 percent lower.'" So...... why bother mentioning it, let alone headlining it? Is it just to attract us grumpy old trolls? The advertised wireless network speeds are very much like gas mileage, wildly inaccurate in the real world.

Comment: Re:How come the water don't smell like coffee? (Score 4, Interesting) 294

by holysin (#40903581) Attached to: The Pacific Ocean Is Polluted With Coffee
While tea does contain tanin so does coffee. A more common reason as to why you can do this is either you're drinking a fruit /mint tea that has little to no caffeine, or more likely, your body is conditioned for coffee so that when you smell coffee and taste it your brain behaves as though it's just waking up even if there's not a lot of caffine in the cup. An example of this was a study (in england around 2011 if my memory serves) that had people drink regular coffee and decaf and then tested focus and reaction time. The people drinking decaf who were told they were drinking caffeine actually did better than the caffeinated people on (I think just on) reaction time. The brain is an annoyingly inconvenient trickster sometimes.

Comment: Re:DPI was the last straw for me (Score 1) 247

by holysin (#31285038) Attached to: Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes
If you live in an area serviced by them, the people that bought CCW have a great service. I'm on a reseller (Vivaciti) of theirs and have no problems despite a monthly usage of 400-500GB. (am getting 10-12Mb from amsterdam on a 14Mb sync). As my line sometimes goes to crap a LLU was the best solution for me (no speed profile, you get whatever you connect at, not the speed you connected at 2-3 days ago. fcking expensive to me, but I'm able to grab US tv in 720p fairly quickly so I'm happy until I wander back to the states :)
The Courts

RIAA Claim of Stopping Suits "Months" Ago Is False 141

Posted by Soulskill
from the pants-aflame dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "According to a report on Wired.com, the RIAA spokesman claimed that the RIAA has not filed any new lawsuits 'for months,' and according to the Wall Street Journal report discussed here yesterday, the RIAA stopped filing mass lawsuits 'early this fall.' Knowing that the RIAA has a problem with telling the truth, I did a little investigating, and found out that the RIAA had, in fact, commenced a wave of lawsuits just last week. Why would anyone believe anything their spokesperson says? This is an organization that has a tendency to misspeak a lot, if you know what I mean, even when under oath." CNet has a copy of the RIAA's new form letter that it will ask ISPs to pass on to alleged copyright-infringing users. It says, in part, "This letter does not constitute a waiver of our members' rights to recover or claim relief for damages incurred by this illegal activity, nor does it waive the right to bring legal action against the user at issue for engaging in music theft."
Education

+ - Testing Einstein's 'spooky action at a distance'

Submitted by smooth wombat
smooth wombat (796938) writes "Travelling to a time in the past is, as far as we know, not possible. However, Einstein postulated a faster-than-light effect known as 'spooky action at a distance'. The problem is, how do you test for such an effect? That test may now be here. If all goes well, hopefully by September 15th, John Cramer will have experimented with a beam of laser light which has been split in two to test Einstein's idea.

While he is only testing the quantum entanglement portion, changing one light beam and having the same change made in the other beam, his experiment might show that a change made in one beam shows up in the other beam before he actually makes the change.

An interesting sidenote is that the money for this project was raised not from the scientific community but from the public at large. His fans have sent him the money necessary to purchase the equipment to test Einstein's idea."
Input Devices

+ - Move the Train with your Brain->

Submitted by DaveWick79
DaveWick79 (939388) writes "From the article: "Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity.

The "brain-machine interface" developed by Hitachi Inc. analyzes slight changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals.

A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi's Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo."

Might this technology be adaptable in the near future to operation of PC's or other technology? Obviously, they've got to cut down on the size of that headgear."

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Printer

+ - New 3D Lenticular Printing Service for 3D Artists->

Submitted by
Peter J. Sucy
Peter J. Sucy writes "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2007

Zaxys Launches New 3D Lenticular Printing Service for 3D Artists.

Hilton, NY, USA — June 22, 2007 — Zaxys Depth & Motion Imaging is announcing today's launch of their new business card and postcard products website, http://www.zaxysdmi.com./ The new website gives users the ability to design their own 3D lenticular business cards or postcards in their 3D program and upload their designs for printing. Not reserved for corporations with big budgets anymore, Zaxys is now putting a premium 3D card into the hands of the general public. The site is launching with business cards only, but expects to add postcards to its product list by the end of the month and additional products in the future.

Not to be confused with silver holographic images, or holographs, lenticular images are actually a series of twelve color interlaced images printed onto a special plastic with a "ribbed" surface known as lenticular. This plastic is now made very thin and is excellent for use in business cards and postcards because of its durability.

These business cards and postcards establish a strong first-impression. They capture and hold attention 5-10x longer than conventional print cards. The users of this website will find that their contacts will share these unique cards with friends and co-workers, increasing their exposure to the marketplace. These business cards and postcards will become a powerful marketing tool for those who purchase them.

The business cards and postcards are two-sided, lenticular on one side and traditional printing on the other. The user designs the lenticular side of the card. These images are three-dimensional although they can also have special effects, such as motion, zoom, morph or flip or a combination of effects.

Zaxys' goal was to make the image design process easy for 3D artists to follow. To achieve this Zaxys has released several tutorials that explain step-by-step how to set up your 3D design application to render the required 12 frames. These tutorials also explain how to create a custom pdf file containing the personal information that will be printed on the reverse side. This side of the card will be printed in four-color process inks.

Zaxys Depth & Motion Imaging has partnered with National Graphics to bring their industry leading Extreme Vision® lenticular technology to this market. Zaxys developed the process to create lenticular images utilizing 3D programs. Currently, nearly all 3D lenticular images created today are not created utilizing 3D applications but are created instead from 2D images by layering various elements and animating these layers to simulate 3D.

Payment is made via credit card and product will be shipped directly to the user within approximately three weeks.

Zaxys Depth & Motion Imaging was established in 2001. Innovators in 3D volumetric imaging for lenticular applications, Zaxys has developed numerous state of the art techniques for 3D image creation and capture.

National Graphics, Inc. was established in 1976. Originators in lenticular imaging, National Graphics designed the first commercially viable lenticular lens, which is now an industry standard. With their patented Extreme Vision® process, National Graphics provides the highest quality lithographic lenticular product in the world and owns the most comprehensive and extensive portfolio of intellectual property in the industry.

Contact:

Peter J. Sucy
peter@zaxys.com
Zaxys Depth & Motion Imaging
2495 Brick Schoolhouse Road
Hilton, NY 14468 USA
585-964-9459
www.zaxys.com

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Debian

+ - Red Hat cluster suite in Debian 4.0 Etch->

Submitted by
Andre Felipe Machado
Andre Felipe Machado writes "The Red Hat cluster suite packages in Debian 4.0 Etch are partially broken.

See how to patch them to get your cluster up and running.

I presume you are an experienced system administrator if you are going to get a high availability cluster running.

Red Hat cluster suite is intended for High Availability clustering, and load balancing of virtual servers.

Read about some obscure and silent quirks, freezes and data corruptions when you push your hardware and network to their limits under heavy loads.

Learn about their work arounds to avoid them, resulting from real hands on experience.

http://www.techforce.com.br/index.php/news/linux_b log/red_hat_cluster_suite_debian_etch"

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Microsoft

+ - Documents Reveal U.S. Incompetence with Word, Iraq

Submitted by
notNeilCasey
notNeilCasey writes "The U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority, which formerly governed Iraq, accidentally published Microsoft Word documents containing information never meant for the public, according to an article in Salon. By viewing the documents using the Track Changes feature in Word, the author has been able to reconstruct internal discussions from 2004 which reflect the optimism, isolation and incompetence of the American occupation. Download the author's source document or look for more yourself."

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