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Comment: Re:Uses a 15x15 room, it's a Holodeck (Score 1) 40

by BarbaraHudson (#49164033) Attached to: Valve and HTC Reveal "Vive" SteamVR Headset

Thank you! It's amazing how quickly that's happening. Who needs a "computer desk" for a laptop, tablet, or smartphone? And when you don't need a computer desk, that frees up that space (in many times an entire small room) for something else.

The other advantage today is that you don't take turns sitting at the computer desk. Laptops work fine at the kitchen table, and handhelds work on the couch, in bed, or wherever.

Comment: Re:Uses a 15x15 room, it's a Holodeck (Score 1) 40

by BarbaraHudson (#49163999) Attached to: Valve and HTC Reveal "Vive" SteamVR Headset

Most people don't have desktop computers any more. They have laptops, tablets, phones, but desktops? Nope.

I know of one exception - one of my neighbors. She has a computer desk and desktop - but they're piled under a ton of junk because nobody uses them. She has 3 tablets, a smartphone, and 2 laptops. When the grand-kids come over, they use the kitchen table for homework, same as we did when we were kids.

+ - Google Will Give Details Of Its U.S. Mobile Network 'In The Coming Months'->

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill (3863175) writes "Google’s experimental mobile network in the U.S. aimed at merging cell and WiFi networks in a “seamless” way will be revealed "in the coming months, SVP of products Sundar Pichai said. “The core of Android and everything we do is to take an ecosystem approach and [a network would have] the same attributes. We have always tried to push the boundary with the innovations in hardware and software,” he said. “We want to experiment along those lines. We don’t intend to be a network operator at scale. We are actually working with carrier partners. Will announce something in the coming months.”"
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Comment: Re:Don't be so harsh on yourself. (Score 1) 3

by BarbaraHudson (#49163963) Attached to: Five yearsâ¦
Well, that's one way to get your exercise. And you'll know you've been in there too long and it's time to pull the plug when the butt-ugliest one starts looking good to you :-)

(off-topic: title is still b0rked, but that's okay - slashdot's preview mode doesn't show the same as when it's been committed to the db. Preview shows smart quotes just fine, but they get mangled after you save the post)

Comment: Then don't store it on the web, silly. (Score 1) 2

by BarbaraHudson (#49163907) Attached to: Can anyone suggest a credential escrow service?

Put it in an envelope where it can be found, with their address and appropriate postage, and give it to a relative or friend you trust.

Either that, or create a second login, give it to the customer, but tell them that there's a cron job on the server that only enables the secondary if YOU haven't logged in in X number of days. Again, problem solved.

Comment: Re:here we go again... (Score 1) 40

by BarbaraHudson (#49163759) Attached to: Valve and HTC Reveal "Vive" SteamVR Headset

So a company desperate to grab a toehold in an up-and-coming industry rushes a barely developed product to market, people buy it, become massively disappointed so when the other companies try and release a better and more polished device everyone brings up 'we've seen this before' and kills the market dead..

Yep, those first crappy "home computers" sure poisoned the well for everybody.

Then again, look at how many people don't use the 3d on their 3d tv.

Comment: Re:Uses a 15x15 room, it's a Holodeck (Score 1) 40

by BarbaraHudson (#49163751) Attached to: Valve and HTC Reveal "Vive" SteamVR Headset

Really? Like the dedicated "computer room" everyone had? Where have the space in the big-box office supplies was devoted to "computer furniture"? And now all they sell is office chairs?

I wouldn't be surprised if in 10 years that most people have dedicated VR rooms.

And I wouldn't be surprised if all the junk is sitting by the curb in 20 years, same as those big-screen projection TVs and computer desks.

Comment: Don't be so harsh on yourself. (Score 1) 3

by BarbaraHudson (#49163695) Attached to: Five yearsâ¦
You're allowed to take a bit of satisfaction, and accept other people's congratulations (which are a show of support, after all). Yes, it's true that some people can stop and others can't, but that's not the real point here - it's that you made the decision to stop. Many people who could stop, don't, and they get to the point where they can't stop. They ignored the warning signs, or said "it won't happen to me." You didn't, and for that you deserve to be congratulated.

+ - Dropping the TSA: A Growing Trend->

Submitted by tiberus
tiberus (258517) writes "Amid a growing number of customer service complaints and delays, over a dozen airports have dropped TSA screeners in favor of cheaper and friendlier private screeners.

Tired of long lines at TSA airport checkpoints? Today, the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) began a transition to private security screeners rather than Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners in a change that promises more efficient security measures.

"

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+ - Google+ divided into Photos and Streams, with new boss

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It seems Google+ will see some significant changes under new boss Bradley Horowitz. Coogle+ will be seperated into different products: Photos and Hangouts will be split out, and the social part is now called "the stream". From the article: "Google+ has taken a lot of criticism — notably the infamous 'ghost town' knock that it's devoid of users and concerns about Google's attempts to force its relevance by tying it in with functions like search results and YouTube comments. But Google executives have denied the 'ghost town criticism over and over. In part that's because the company used Google+ to describe more than just its Facebook-esque service for posting and commenting — the part now called Streams. For Google, Google+ also has been the "social spine" that unifies Google users' activities under a single unified identity.""

+ - Paris Hilton video game takes on Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "Hong Kong-based mobile game maker Animoca Brands is hoping to replicate some of the extraordinary success of Nasdaq–listed Glu Mobile's Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, signing a deal with Paris Hilton to produce apps featuring the celebrity heiress. The Kim Kardashian game, which has players attempting to become famous in Hollywood, was a breakout hit, pulling in $US43 million ($55 million) in its first three months after its launch last June. It has now been downloaded more than 28 million times."
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+ - World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons — four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria — will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines. The series of six lagoons could generate 8% of the UK's electricity for an investment of £12bn.

Tidal Lagoon Power wants £168 per MWh hour for electricity in Swansea, reducing to £90-£95 per MWh for power from a second, more efficient lagoon in Cardiff. The £90 figure compares favourably with the £92.50 price for power from the planned Hinkley nuclear station, especially as the lagoon is designed to last 120 years — at a much lower risk than nuclear.

Unlike power from the sun and wind, tidal power is predictable. Turbines capture energy from two incoming and two outgoing tides a day, and are expected to be active for an average of 14 hours a day. Friends of the Earth Cymru, said the group is broadly in favour of the Swansea lagoon."

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