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Comment Re: Real answer... (Score 2) 128

He's either overstating the case (Vive does have better tracking which helps) or maybe he's comparing different experiences. The real differentiator is what you're doing. On a proper setup, people don't get sick playing roomscale Vive games. That is true, and true for probably a hundred people I've had try my Vive. However, you can get people sick immediately with artificial movement, and especially artificial rotation. Quite often at the end of my demos, I'll see if people want to try feeling sick, and we'll pull out Fancy Skiing or something - and almost everyone gets queasy the first time.

So yeah, if he's showing people Job Simulator on Vive, and some flying game on Oculus, he probably isn't lying, but he's coming to the wrong conclusion.

Comment Re:Real answer... (Score 1) 128

You need 3 cameras to do much with Oculus Touch (bringing the cost over that of a Vive) and the tracking is nowhere near as good. I have both headsets: the Oculus is more comfortable and makes for a generally a better visual experience, but Vive tracking and general roomscale experience is better. The Oculus cameras are a dead end - either they'll move to some kind of inside-out tracking, or something like Lighthouses will win.

Comment Re:Real answer... (Score 1) 128

Yeah, Slashdot has become a reasonably depressing site, where people with no idea or insight come to be mad about technology. Sometimes it's grinding some pointless axe about a programming language, bit of software, or company - sometimes it's sour graping about expensive tech.

You, me, and everyone else who has played with modern VR understands current limitations. Meanwhile, the critics are stuck in some weird time loop from 2007 where it makes everyone sick and doesn't track right and looks terrible. I also like the complaint that it's not social - I game alone reasonably often, but pretty much never use the Vive alone, and I use it really quite often. Something about the experience makes it much better with other people.

Comment Re:Hyland's teething tablets (Score 2) 309

..but Belladonna is intended to be one of the "homeopathic ingredients" here (along with some other nonsense). From their website:

Calcarea Phosphorica 12X HPUS: teething, dentition
Chamomilla 6X HPUS (Chamomile): for peevishness, restlesness and irritability
Coffea Cruda 6X HPUS: sleeplessness
Belladonna 6X HPUS (0.0000003% Alkaloids, calculated): redness and teething discomfort

To be clear, belladonna seems like a possible legitimate treatment (it does deaden nerves) if you got a real dose - but probably isn't effective at the intended concentration (nor is it probably a great idea in any case... I mean, opium would probably deal with teething pain too, but your pharmacist is hardly going to give it to your for teething). So if the gel is ever doing anything (via the actual effects of belladonna, rather than the backwards magic effect of removing all of the belladonna), that itself is evidence that they've screwed up their process and are getting more in than they meant to. Which isn't what you want to hear when the ingredient in question is straight-up-good-way-to-murder-someone poison.

Comment Re:Did they fire that snotty kid (Score 1) 37

Having hands (well, controllers at least) and being able to walk around naturally/poke stuff helps a lot, as does better head tracking.

I mean, I don't know if that's "overwhelming benefits" (I'd recommend waiting for next generation to buy at this point) - but it's pretty cool, and worth trying out a Vive (or Rift with Touch) if you get a chance.

Comment Re:Who called it AI? (Score 1) 30

Well, I guess the difference is that while it would be a stretch to call this AI, it is very reasonable to call it machine learning - and that's what they called it. And yeah, I get it, you have some pointless axe to grind about people generally overusing the term AI. Nobody cares.

But I will say that this exact comment, which is a waste of space every time it crops up on this kind of story, at least provided me a laugh this time. Your shitty, pouty reply is just icing on the entertainment cake. I would have felt maybe a bit mean if you'd actually copped to shitposting without reading the summary. But I don't imagine you're that kind of person (ie. someone with a shred of dignity or self awareness).

Comment Re:Very true (Score 1) 2837

I'm not saying I necessarily agree with dude, but the situations are different.

When picking between Hillary and Bernie, voters aren't just deciding which of those two they want to win, they're also trying to help "a Democrat" winning the general election. The idea, commonly presented at the time, was that a protracted race would hurt Hillary as the candidates hit each other, and that in a long fight with Bernie Hillary would be forced further to the left. Thus if you, as a Democratic primary voter, believe Hillary is going to win regardless, you might as well avoid the long fight and just vote for her to help win the general.

You could expect sort-of-related polling effects in a general if there was a third party (ie. I want Hillary to win over Trump, but she's so far ahead I feel safe to use my vote to support the Green Party or whatever) - but I don't think that was much of a factor this time. You may have seen some depressed turnout for Hillary, though, as some may have felt it was a done deal.

Overall, whatever polling may have done, I think the much more explanatory factors are "Many people don't like Hillary" and "People are tired of doing what the media says" (which we saw previously with Brexit).

Comment Couldn't they have addressed the privacy concern? (Score 2) 104

Make the site request permission, like it would for the camera or GPS location.

I don't see this is as some big thing, but just because I can't think of an important use case doesn't mean there isn't a good one somewhere. Surely somebody wanted this for some reason? Anyway, it seems weird to introduce it then take it back over concerns that seem pretty mild, and also pretty easy to address the same way other concerns have been addressed in the past.

Comment Re:I'm speaking as someone who manages IT... (Score 1) 524

I don't think you're being fair here. As before, I believe (based on experience) that Macs overall will require less support given time, and I'm aware of lots of problems with Windows PCs. I just don't believe it's going to stay at an 8 times ratio. Like you say, there's going to be lots of users that will require support no matter what they're given (ie. the kind of people who can't find the start menu). If nothing else, they'll be the leveler here. There's no way you'll keep the "Mac users who need support" at 1/8th as you bring more of "them" into the mix.

I think you're imagining that I'm fighting for some Windows side or something - I'm not, I'm just suggesting that we temper unrealistic expectations.

Moving on, it's "hand waving", not "hand waiving", and I was right to ignore his sad little anecdote. Lots of people who are into computers (of all types) manage to keep their computers going without support; the fact that he was able to keep his home Mac going brings nothing to the conversation. Would you find it interesting to know that my non-techie dad manages to keep a Windows PC going, year-after-year without help? Does that change your view of the whole thing? Of course not; that's the kind of dumb crap you bring up when you have no facts or knowledge, but you feel like you need to write -something- in your condescending garbage post.

Anyway, yeah, my post was a little sarcastic in that previous post, but when buddy is like "facepalm, don't you know Macs don't need any support?", my inclination to be polite kind of evaporates.

Comment I'm speaking as someone who manages IT... (Score 2) 524

...at a medium sized company that supports Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops. I'm more on the programming side, but I stay on top of the support issues for various departments. Macs need tech support largely for the same reason Windows users do: because most users aren't terribly computer savvy, aren't confident enough to just try plugging things in, make dumb mistakes, and generally don't know where to find easy answers.

From my experience, Macs need very little tech support when we give them to, say, the publications department - but become much more problematic for field staff and managers (especially to start) because things aren't where they've grown to expect them to be, because of limited software availability, and because of more limited "local guru helpers" (ie. that guy in cubicle 4 who's into computers).

So when I say that I wouldn't think IBM will see this sort of support benefit ratio as they move to wider roll out, I'm doing so based on experience, and also on a suspicion that IBM has motivation to present this information in an exaggerated way (a suspicion confirmed by insider perspectives in other comments).

But now that I know that you, personally, haven't had problems with your Macs... well that changes everything. Thanks so much.

Comment Were the users randomized? (Score 5, Insightful) 524

I mean, I'm sure our Linux users overall require the least tech support. But that's a function of who they are more than what they're using.

I don't doubt that Macs require less support, but 40% vs 5% says that something else is going on - and I doubt that sort of ratio will hold once people are converted in bulk.

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