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Comment Re:Not obvious (Score 1) 151

There are a few games that are *awesome* in VR. The obvious ones are cockpit games - flight sims and the like.

I'd agree that cockpit games do exceptionally well in VR. Likely in no small part because your "real position in the real world" most closely matches your position in the virtual world. I.e. Sitting in a chair with your hands on a joystick/throttle. Also, once you get used to the advantages realistic of head tracking in such games, you'll actually find it difficult to go back to non-VR for such games.

However, until VR resolution (and close focus ability) dramatically improves, there will be an enormous bias towards spaceship-cockpit games that can place their visible controls and displays in optimal virtual locations. The best example of this I can think of is "Elite: Dangerous". Realistic airplane cockpits are difficult because you can't easily visually resolve all the tiny controls due to resolution limits.

Comment Re:But Crackberry (Score 1) 91

Back in the days of the BlackBerry Curve, they basically did something close enough to that. Unfortunately, once BlackBerry 10 came around, they totally forgot the importance of having a cheap-low-end even if its not profitable. You basically need those junk devices to build your platform's userbase to the level that people care about it enough to support your better devices.

Microsoft understood this back when they were more seriously pushing the various Windows Phone incarnations. Unfortunately, they failed to provide a compelling platform for anyone who wanted something more than "the cheap thing the phone store was offering for scraps." This kept things going for a while, and did result in a larger (if still unimpressive) userbase than BlackBerry 10 managed, but wasn't enough long-term.

Comment Re:They're screwed (Score 1) 118

Um... side projects aren't "jobs to qualify experience" when talking to HR.

For the right kind of company, they can certainly help. Especially if its a small company and/or startup that looks at you as an individual, not just as a name in a stack of resumes. But for the normal way you go through "the process" earlier in your career? I wish someone would have noticed.

Comment Re:They're screwed (Score 1) 118

And what sucks is that if you're not doing that on the job, taking classes or learning on your own means nothing. You have to have on the job experience to get a job.

This is something that really pissed me off early in my career. It didn't matter how much I learned/tinkered/grew on my own. My knowledge and ability was basically irrelevant unless I could qualify it by related job experience. This was even more frustrating at the time, because I had a stable job I didn't want to leave, but which wasn't giving me that "qualified" experience necessary to get the job I actually wanted.

Comment Re:Can VR really "fail"? (Score 2) 88

Honestly, I don't see how VR could fail. It's a incredible feature for a lot of game (Try Elite Dangerous with a X52 joystick and I dare you to tell me otherwise).

Yes, its an incredible feature for Elite Dangerous with a good HOTAS setup. In fact, I don't really like playing that game without VR now that I've experienced it with VR.

The problem is that most other VR-enabled games feel like glorified tech demos, that I wouldn't really bother playing seriously if I weren't looking for something to use VR for.

I just hope that Valve/HTC and Facebook/Oculus are willing to bankroll VR for long enough for the rest of the content to catch up.

Comment Re:Timeout (Score 1) 325

The Cisco-made "Wireless Business Gateway" one. And I'm referring to the device's web admin interface, which you likely rarely touch (but do use on occasion). I don't use my unit's WiFi either, but it still wants to broadcast a couple SSIDs "for the heck of it". (I manually disabled the internal SSIDs it sets up, and I had Comcast turn off the public'ish "xfinitywifi" SSID they knew about, but it still wants to broadcast "XFINITY" and "SSID-2.4", neither of which they acknowledge the existence of.)

Comment Re:Timeout (Score 1) 325

And its interesting to see how different browsers handle this.

I have a cable modem with a web admin interface that's *extremely* slow to respond to any requests. It works fine via Firefox, if I'm very patient. Its totally unusable via Chrome.
(Its Comcast's high-end "wireless business gateway" device, and something I'm basically stuck with if I want my current service package)

Comment Re: The old adage (Score 1) 112

My first car, a Ford, seemed to get 3 recall notices every month. Basically, every wiring harness in the entire car was eventually going to get a recall notice. After a few years, I stopped getting those.

My second car, a Toyota, never got any recall notices. I don't know if its because they didn't issue any, or if they simply never made it to my mailing address (and were handled by the service center invisibly).

I've now had a Tesla for almost two years. The only recall notice I ever got was clearly a fleet-wide CYA, and not something about a real problem. In general, it seems like Tesla is so afraid of the potential appearance of certain issues, that they do issue fleet-wide recall notices for things other manufacturers wouldn't even pay attention to. (Basically, something bad was noticed on one car, and to avoid even the potential for risk, they decided to check all cars for that issue.) Of course, I also don't have "Rev A" of the car, so most teething issues were likely solved long before mine was built.

Comment Re:How about focus on setting a static IP? (Score 1) 23

And when I complain about such things, the usual reaction I get from people is something like... Haha! Why the heck are you even doing VLANs at home? I don't have any problems. Your use case doesn't matter, why should anyone waste time on it?

Seriously, I'm sick and tired of people saying such things. I do have multiple VLANs on my network, and you know what? For everything *except* SONOS, it actually works just fine. All I needed to do was run a few services on my router to make sure things connected (e.g. an mDNS daemon).

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 2) 213

Don't even get me started on medium format digital prices either. They are just insane.

This is one important part that everyone else here is oblivious to, since they probably think that all photography derives from the 35mm format.

It is *much* easier to make a larger piece of film than it is to make a larger digital sensor.
There are cameras that take film that is larger than 35mm.

Sure, at the 35mm level, you can probably argue that there's not much reason to bother with film on the quality/resolution front anymore. But the moment you go to medium/large format films and cameras, film can give you something that would probably cost the same as a small car if you tried to find a matching digital camera.

There are also a lot of interesting camera designs from over the years, in the world of medium format photography. None of these designs have digital equivalents.

Comment Re:ENOUGH of the dick-measuring already! (Score 1) 121

That's why we need these companies to get to the point where they can diversify their product lines. So they can make normal cars with sane performance, while also having a dedicated sportscar line for bragging rights. It may not happen until Tesla's next-gen roadster, or projects like the Rimac Concept One turn into mass-production vehicles, but it'll hopefully happen someday.

Comment Re:Four years isn't so bad. (Score 1) 88

Considering that everyone keeps acting like Flash is no longer required or relevant or should be cared about...

Oh wait, every other website across the ENTIRE INTERNET still seems to at least attempt to use Flash. Seriously, turn on Firefox's plugin prompting setting and just try browsing the web.

At least most of them no longer break if you are missing the plugin, or don't let it run. But they still try.

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