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Comment: Science says (Score 0) 958

by jasper_amsterdam (#48967031) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness
While I agree that it would be nice to have some sensible answers and concensus in the health and nutrition field, bits like this really made me cringe:

"The pattern science serves up, thanks to its winged monkeys in the media, is something like this:
Step One: We are totally sure the answer is X.
Step Two: Oops. X is wrong. But Y is totally right. Trust us this time."

Excuse me?! Those press-gargoyles sure as bloody hell aren't OUR winged monkeys. It's more like:
"Step one: scientists say: hey, there's an effect linking A and B. Let's investigate further.
Step one A: press: Scientists prove A causes B! Don't ever do A again!!! You won't believe what comes next...
Step two: scientists say: Hrmmm... seems it doesn't replicate. Good thing we checked.
Step two B: press: Holy shit scientists have been lying to us! Oh the humanity! Who can we trust?!"

Comment: Head tracking (Score 0) 74

by jasper_amsterdam (#48818497) Attached to: Ars: Samsung Gear VR Is Today's Best Virtual Reality
I have experienced the Oculus DK 1 and am now in posession of a DK2. While I haven't tried the Gear VR, I think the reviewers treat the lack of positional tracking very very mildly. To me, the sense of disorientation in the DK1 is so huge, and having used the DK2 without positional tracknig as well as with, I can confirm just the tracking can make all the difference. Sure, you can say 'just don't move your head', but then you might as well say 'just don't look around' and use a standard 3D screen. Full positional head tracking is a key element of VR, and Oculus was absolutely right to move in that direction with the DK2.

+ - Netflix develops Oculus interface (among other hacks)

Submitted by jasper_amsterdam
jasper_amsterdam writes: At the 'Netflix hack day', several cool hacks were developed, including (menu) support for the Oculus Rift, support for Netflix controlling background lighting, and a console interface. Cool stuff, but I should note there isn't necessarily any intention of implementating these. Netflix' tech blog has a report.

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