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Comment Re:The price worries me a bit. (Score 1) 39

A minimum recommended spec gives developers a target to optimize for. The Oculus Rift CV1 has two panels with a 1024x1200 resolution and the framerate should be at a steady 90Hz. In addition to that, the image has to be distorted to compensate for the relatively simple lenses. Ideally, the scene should also use oversampling. It's no wonder that a powerful card is recommended.

Comment Re:Design patents-- (Score 1) 127

Done something stupid like provided a consistent UI? You're supposed to do that. Companies like Microsoft encourage you to follow their guidelines and keep the look of your software consistent to theirs. And now MS turns around and sues another company for writing software consistent to their platform. Creating software has become an incalculable risk because of patent attorneys.

Comment White noise channel (Score 1) 202

If you have point to point communication, traffic analysis can easily detect the participants of a network. If you have a central server with lots of uninvolved people, you either need to get the information from the server or rely on timing analysis. The timing is useless with asynchronous communication and can be obfuscated by introducing delays.

Comment Re:Photoshop (Score 1) 889

Reminds me of the time I tried to batch-convert hundreds of icons. GIMP is scriptable. So I looked at Scheme and then at the API and examples. Scheme wasn't the issue, but the API just didn't seem to make sense. After a few hours, I gave up and started Photoshop. I pressed record, converted an icon and applied the recorded script to the folder within a few minutes.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 2) 696

I have yet to meet a motorist who stricly adheres to the speed limits. Or one who doesn't run a yellow light even though he could stop safely. Motorists seem to be very aware of the rules that bicyclists are breaking while they shrug off their own lawlessness as both normal and acceptable. At the same time, motorists kill thousands of people per year in the US alone and are most often at fault when a bicyclist gets hurt.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 4, Insightful) 696

Bicyclists should wait at red lights just like everyone else, for example. It doesn't mean "stop, look, then proceed if you don't see a car crossing". It means you wait until it turns green.

Why? You make an assertion without providing a reason. Starting at the same time as cars exposes bicyclists to the risk of both right hooks and left hooks. Fully stoppimg also means that the bike is longer on the crossroads. If the crossing road is obviously clear of traffic, it can be safer to run the light. At least thats what a study conducted in Paris concluded. As a result, bicyclists are now explicitly allowed to run red lights at a few marked crossings.

Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 1) 258

I still don't buy it. The primary source referenced by everything else is the article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. It does not mention the paths being elevated. The text is decorated with a photo of a bike bridge in Copenhagen - outside Germany. I think journalists with a poor grasp of the German language saw the photo an their imagination ran wild.

Comment Motofone F3 (Score 1) 313

The Motofone F3 is dirt cheap, light, compact and lasts long on a charge. It features an epaper display that is perfectly readable in full sunlight and is always on. It's quite convenient to be able to read the time without pressing the power button first. The disadvantage is that the segment display shows only a few letters at a time. If you want to do any amount of texting, it's too inconvenient.

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