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Comment Re:Not obvious (Score 1) 151

I think it's this idea that people want to move about the room that has held VR back as manufacturers get overly fixated on room-level stuff. All I want from VR is a super-immersive 3D monitor where I can turn my head and look around me. I don't need to get up and run around the room and frankly, I don't want to do that. My chair is quite comfortable for gaming.

Submission + - Misleads T-Mobile Customers to Visit Stores for No Reason (

reifman writes: Apple's website tells T-Mobile customers to visit stores to sign up for the upgrade program but store staff tell them they must order online. It's a good example of the ridiculously poor customer facing side of the company's upgrade program and its iPhone7 launch. Attorneys are jumping in with a class action lawsuit, something most cellular contracts do not allow any longer.

Submission + - Five surprising ways AI could be a part of our lives by 2030 (

sciencehabit writes: Artificial intelligence (AI) has gradually become an integral part of modern life, from Siri and Spotify’s personalized features on our phones to automatic fraud alerts from our banks whenever a transaction appears suspicious. Defined simply, a computer with AI is able to respond to its environment by learning on its own—without humans providing specific instructions. A new report from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, outlines how AI could become more integrated into people’s lives by 2030, and recommends how best to regulate it and make sure its benefits are shared equally. Here are five examples—some from this report—of AI technology that could become a part of our lives by 2030.

Submission + - Fitch Releases Report on Brazilian Wind Project Performance (

An anonymous reader writes: Less Output, More Volatility;

According to a new Fitch Ratings report, overall output performance of Brazilian wind projects in 2015 was the lowest of the past three years, with only 48% of Brazilian wind projects generating volumes above physical guarantee levels. In addition, 2015 showed the highest difference in performance between projects. The report, entitled "Wind Projects in Brazil: Less Output, More Volatility", summarizes wind project energy generation performance from 2013 until April 2016.

The data was extracted from the national grid operator's (Operador Nacional do Sistema Eletrico — ONS) monthly wind generation reports, dated December 2015 and April 2016. The sample was adjusted to remove projects that began operating after January 2015 in order to have at least one full year of operating data. In total, the information is derived from 64 projects connected to the grid with total installed capacity of 3,536MW.

Submission + - Connected cars will create 98% of mobile-to-mobile traffic by 2021 (

Lucas123 writes: By 2021, telematics and in-vehicle-infotainment systems will create up to 98% of all data traffic on mobile-to-mobile networks, according to a new study. The study, by U.K.-based Juniper Research, claims that data-intensive applications such as Internet radio, music streaming apps and information services will generate approximately 6,000 petabytes of data annually by 2021 — the equivalent of more than 300 billion hours of music streaming. Along with entertainment services, in-vehicle 4G Wireless SIM Cards will provide "over-the-air" (OTA) vehicle software updates, as well as subscription updates for drivers and passengers. And, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, which will assist autonomous cars in navigating through traffic, will also add to the data deluge over mobile networks.

Submission + - Unfinished Nuclear Plant, 4 Decades and $5 Billion Later, Will Be Sold (

mdsolar writes: After spending more than 40 years and $5 billion on an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeastern Alabama, the nation’s largest federal utility is preparing to sell the property at a fraction of its cost.

The utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority, has set a minimum bid of $36.4 million for its Bellefonte Nuclear Plant and 1,600 surrounding acres of waterfront property on the Tennessee River. The deal includes two unfinished nuclear reactors, transmission lines, office and warehouse buildings, eight miles of roads and a 1,000-space parking lot.

Initial bids are due Monday, and at least one company has expressed interest in the site, with plans to use it for alternative energy production. But the utility is not particular about what the buyer does — using the site for power production, industrial manufacturing, recreation or even residences would all be fine, said Scott Fiedler, an agency spokesman.

“It’s all about jobs and investment, and that’s our primary goal for selling this property,” Mr. Fiedler said. The utility hopes to close the deal in October.

The interested buyer, Phoenix Energy, based in Nevada, has said it will offer $38 million for Bellefonte in hopes of using it for a non-nuclear technology to generate power.

Submission + - Rosetta finds Organic Space Dust (

phantomfive writes: Rosetta’s dust-analysing COSIMA (COmetary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser) instrument has made the first unambiguous detection of solid organic matter in the dust particles ejected by Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, in the form of complex carbon-bearing molecules.

While organics had already been detected in situ on the comet’s surface by instruments on-board Philae and from orbit by Rosetta’s ROSINA , those were both in the form of gases resulting from the sublimation of ices. By contrast, COSIMA has made its detections in solid dust.

Their presence was only ever hinted at in previous comet missions.

Comment Sit-down VR games (Score 2) 137

I'm very much looking forward to VR gaming, but have no intention of getting out of my seat. I want VR for the immersion, not flailing and jumping around in my livingroom. I wish Valve and the Rift people would stop focusing on this walking around VR they think everyone wants. If anything is going to kill VR before it can really take off, it's this. It's probably why everything is taking so long.

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