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Submission + - HoloLens' field of vision isn't quite as impressive as you thought->

Mark Wilson writes: Since Microsoft gave us a glimpse of its immersive HoloLens headset, there has been much pondering about just what to expect from the unit. Until we get an opportunity to go hands on with the new virtual reality cum augmented reality device, we're largely reliant on second hand information about what the experience of using HoloLens is like.

Microsoft has released new footage of HoloLens in action including an almost-first-person perspective that gives an idea of what it's like to wear. What's interesting to note is that, despite the promises of an immersive experience, the field of vision is rather smaller than many people will have expected.

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Comment Re:Just disable the wifi (Score 1) 330

Can't speak for the OP, but the biggest reason I want to avoid smart TVs is reliability.

generally speaking, as code & hardware complexity goes up, reliability goes down.
I don't want a TV with all this built in stuff because it's a lot cheaper to replace my Chromecast if it breaks than my TV.

Smart TVs being somewhat new, there isn't a whole lot of evidence for this, but I expect that they will have shorter lifespans than dumb TVs.

Comment Re:I just don't understand (Score 1) 1128


Too often, people (and more damagingly, news media) act like they understand what the police response to a threat should have been -- "Why didn't they tase him?".

Less-than-lethal options are in many cases insufficient to stop a deadly threat. Most people don't get that a taser has very limited range, can only fire 1-3 'shots', and requires that both electrodes in a shot make viable contact with the target in order to function. Even then, it is possible for some people to overcome the effect, and continue fighting.

Comment Great Device... Just not for gaming (Score 1) 83

The much cheaper "non-gaming" editions of this make much more sense.

They have VESA mount points and can be mounted on the back of a monitor:

Sure the graphics aren't top-notch, but most people don't need that. They're great if you need a computer but don't have space for a tower (and also don't want the failure issues associated with a laptop).

Over the shoulder supervision is more a need of the manager than the programming task.