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Comment Re:Not the first rodeo with this (Score 1) 162

One of the biggest problems in American education is that teachers have to teach 30 students with different learning styles at the same time.

At some point that is pretty much an irreducible problem.

What if the students were in virtual classrooms (using VR headsets)? Each student would "jack into" the classroom with the teaching style that works best for them.

Comment try a game that has you in a cockpit (Score 2) 67

DK2 rocks for any game with a cockpit -- space sims, driving sims, and some Mech Warrior like games.

FPS'... no so much. It's real easy to get queasy (for me anyway, YMMV). I'm hoping this becomes less of an issue over time but since there are other experiences out there that really excel with the Rift I'm not too concerned.

Oculus also has to come up with an standardize input system to enable more complex experiences. Something that is also positionally tracked (like the headset it) would be ideal since once you have your headset and headphones on fishing around for your mouse/keyboard or game controller is a pain.

Comment Not necessarily "crack pot" (Score 2) 205

During George W. Bush's first term, prior to the invasion of Iraq, Charles Rangel introduced a bill to reinstate the draft. While Rangel probably should have retired a few years ago I think this was a good move even if it amounted to nothing...

The New York Democrat told reporters his goal is two-fold: to jolt Americans into realizing the import of a possible unilateral strike against Iraq, which he opposes, and "to make it clear that if there were a war, there would be more equitable representation of people making sacrifices."

"I truly believe that those who make the decision and those who support the United States going into war would feel more readily the pain that's involved, the sacrifice that's involved, if they thought that the fighting force would include the affluent and those who historically have avoided this great responsibility," Rangel said.

Submission + - Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 Ready for Pre-order Today for $350 (

An anonymous reader writes: Today at GDC Oculus has revealed the second developer kit of their virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift DK2 ( The new unit has a 1080p OLED screen with low-persistence capabilities, positional tracking thanks to an IR LED array and compatible camera, and a bunch of other improvements over the DK1. Pre-orders start today for $350 ( and are expected to ship in July.

Comment Re:Tame and lame (Score 1) 692

I'm not sure who gave you that reason but it's not the one I heard.

The triangular covers were first built by the Nashua Foundry in the 1920s or 1930s at the suggestion of an engineer named Walter Ellis, who thought the triangular shape would rattle less than traditional circles. The triangles are aligned to point in the direction of flow for the underlying sewer line, a valuable piece of information for sewer workers hunting down problems.

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