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## Comment: Re:My doubts about VR (Score 1)49

by vertinox (#46414955) Attached to: Valve Prepping Source 2 Engine For VR

One a side note. If your significant other doesn't allow you 30 minutes of me time uninterrupted then you are going to have a rocky relationship.

When my special something is reading a book. I leave her alone unless its an emergency. (Also she has a bad habit of watching TV shows ahead of me on hulu so if I bother her she will start saying spoilers).

When I'm on the computer she does the same.

I just make sure at a certain time I turn the computer off and spend some time with her before we go to bed.

We generally watch the Daily Show and Colbert Report and then head to bed.

## Comment: Re:My doubts about VR (Score 1)49

by vertinox (#46414881) Attached to: Valve Prepping Source 2 Engine For VR

Actually... I have an Oculus Rift and have to say I don't use it more than 30 minutes to an hour at a time.

Mostly because a lack of a killer app at this point (Skyrim with special drivers comes close, but I think Star Citizen will be the app everyone has to get VR because its amazing just sitting in the hanger looking at the 3d screens sitting in your ship's hanger that pop out at you).

Anyways... If you can't find 30 minutes to an hour a day to enjoy some me time then I would argue that there is something wrong with your life.

I don't have kids personally but I have dealt with families that do and basically unless you go to bed when the kid does, you should have at least 30 minutes to enjoy the experience.

Basically I spend 30 minutes alone playing games. Then maybe an hour watching TV with the significant other and then to bed to get 8 hours of sleep.

If not, then I would argue, you are going to have stress management issues in your life and no one wants that.

So yeah... The Oculus Rift is amazing. Most of the demos are short games so I haven't spent six hour with it in a sitting, but demos like Titans of Space really take my breath away.

Also the rollercoaster demo made me go "Oh shit!" out loud. Only happened once since successive rides had me knowing I would be ok, but no non-Oculus Rift game has ever made me fear for my safety.

Its something that even non-video game players can get a kick of it.

Anyways, I own one and its amazing. The only problem with it is that I'm going to have to buy an expensive computer to play the 1080p and the lack of games for it right now.

Once both of those issues are resolved. I think we are seeing a revolution.

## Comment: Re:"Unfair"? (Score 1)362

by lachlan76 (#46383601) Attached to: Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor
The problem as I understand it is that when prices go up, so do property taxes, and that people on low incomes get forced out of the area.

## Comment: Re:Only smells funny? (Score 1)84

by lachlan76 (#45314759) Attached to: A MathML Progress Report: More Light Than Shadow

Things are changing a little bit. Elsevier offer HTML+MathJax at least for the journals that I've used. MathJax (a JS library) makes things quite a bit easier in that you can use LaTeX and have it automatically rendered to MathML, picking up \begin{align}\end{align}s and such in your HTML.

## Comment: Re:can "do quantum mechanics" at school (Score 1)71

by lachlan76 (#45178089) Attached to: Google Sparking Interest To Quantum Mechanics With <em>Minecraft</em>

One runs the experiment in the dark with a photographic film or movable photomultiplier behind the slits, allowing the observation of single photons. The density of the photons exhibits an interference pattern.

I've not done this experiment myself, but remember being told that it was possible using film during high school.

## Comment: Re:Steam Family Sharing (Score 1)317

by lachlan76 (#44977301) Attached to: Valve Announces Steam Controller
It doesn't work, because you can only share the library in its entirety. It therefore makes no difference if you would otherwise share passwords.

## Comment: Re:Uses of tantalum? (Score 1)136

by lachlan76 (#44908591) Attached to: Conflict Minerals and Cell Phones
The main problem with tantalum capacitors is that they tend to be low-voltage and will catch fire if you put a reverse voltage on them.

## Comment: Re:The obvious reasons... (Score 1)302

by lachlan76 (#44660817) Attached to: Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

As far as I know, most Commonwealth countries will run their universities that way. If you spend time on other things, you get a separate degree. I studied EEE and pure maths, which turned it into a five-year degree as in the US. I was originally unsure as to whether you meant that or that the education was more practical than theoretical.

The need for residential accommodation in the US is always going to be there because of the population distribution. Things are a bit different here in that most of the population live in the capital cities; I've only known one person who has done an undergraduate degree outside of Adelaide.

## Comment: Re:The obvious reasons... (Score 2)302

by lachlan76 (#44653113) Attached to: Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

A degree here is nominally three years, but honours requires an extra year and a substantial project, which most people take up (this might not be the case outside of maths). Engineering is always four years; essentially one has to do the same work whether or not they receive honours.

I can't speak for the trade-oriented claim, as I study in a research-heavy university. However, one isn't forced to take courses unrelated to their degree as in the US, which might be what you allude to. There isn't anything stopping you from spending an extra year to get a second degree mixed in, though.

Personally, I like the fact that our system is more egalitarian---unless one chooses to move interstate and so cannot live at home, cost is not a factor. The reality is that everyone puts the top universities in their state first, so the better universities can pick off the top students. But then again, in the US those at the very top will end up in a big university with large amounts of funding, so one might argue either way.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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