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Comment Re:Not hard to see why (Score 1) 343

I'm totally aware how binocular vision works. And no the 3DS doesn't use eye tracking. Instead there is a lenticular lens as a layer about the display where a mask basically prevents the left and right eye from seeing the same pixels below.

As for "no way", that depends on how it might be done. If a TV did track faces and could affect the lenticular effect then it could project a display in a manner unique to each viewer. There might be an upper limit since horizonal resolution / number of eyeballs = actual resolution but it could be done.

It's not the only way of course. Holograms have been around for a very long time. Display techonology might be close to catching up with the effect.

Comment Not surprising (Score 1) 109

I bet Oracle thinks its easier to sell Oracle Linux (and easier to write too since they basically ripped off RHEL) than to bother developing Solaris. The gap between successive releases of Solaris has simply widened over time. They probably think of it as a legacy platform at this point.

Comment Re:How about the link directly to Krebs? (Score 1) 96

That's very true too. I've often seen a news article crawl from its original source through aggregators before it turns up here. But at least this site serves a purpose beyond just being some kind of clickbait ball of aggregated content and inward pointing links.

Engadget used to a lot better site but not these days. Pick any article and if the original source is cited at all it'll be 2, 3, 4, 5 links into the article with all the other links pointing to other Engadget stories, each of which pulls the same shit. The site is deliberately designed to retain visitors (for ad impressions), not for any original content, insight or opinion of their own.

Comment Not hard to see why (Score 1) 343

The problem with 3D TVs is they sucked. The ones that used active glasses were the worst - ghosting, expensive glasses etc. The ones with passive glasses were MUCH better but used polarising bands on the screen to deliver a left/right eye picture so the resolution suffered and they were more expensive to produce. Either way they compromised the effect. On top of that glasses of either kind are uncomfortable and make the picture look dim - bad enough in a darkened movie theatre but worse in a home.

Some day someone will produce a 3D TV that doesn't require glasses and supports multiple angles and multiple viewers. At that point it might experience a resurgence.

Comment Re:Microsoft Hurt Themselves Early (Score 1) 129

It depends on what you mean by "limit". Having to insert a disc to play a game is a pain in the ass, so if the XB1 did uniquely register a game to a console to avoid that hassle then it has obvious advantages.

Where they fucked up is they didn't provide a way for people to "de-register" the disc so they could sell or loan it. The obvious way to do it would be to say that whoever owns the disk can play it and other images are invalid. If you try to play from the image the console will check online to see if the disk has been used elsewhere and ask you to insert the disk if it had. It could also occasionally challenge the user to insert the disc, more frequently based on usage if it thought the disc was a rental copy.

But instead they junked the feature. So now the console has a cache of the game but you always need to insert the disc to play it.

Comment Re:Scorpio makes no sense (Score 1) 129

Scorpio, an upgraded Xbox One, is said to have about 3x the power of the PS4, 1.5x the power of the PS4 Pro. And 5x the power of the Xbox One, which it has to be compatible with. Scorpio software must run adequately on the Xbox One despite the huge power gap.

It wouldn't be the first time Microsoft have gimped specs between announcement and release. When Kinect was called Project Natal it had an onboard CPU/DSP that could do motion tracking of 4 people independently, track fingers & hands, even facial expressions. Then they decided to do all the processing on the 360 instead and the thing could barely recognize a person flailing their arms in an exaggerated bowling motion.

Microsoft might take a look at the PS4 Pro and decide there is no reason to exceed it in performance in any substantial way. If games have to remain backwards compatible with the XB1, then perhaps there are limits on what they could even do with the added compute power even if it were available to them.

Comment Not surprising really (Score 1) 129

Microsoft fucked up the launch of the XBox One. It was overpriced, bundled with a peripheral that nobody wanted, was less powerful and looked uglier. That gave the PS4 the lead and it's been widening since.

Whether that continues when "Project Scorpio" turns up in some form remains to be seen. The PS4 Pro and PSVR didn't exactly take the world by storm so perhaps there is an opportunity for Microsoft to seize or maybe the same pit to fall into.

Comment Been done before (Score 1) 26

Sony had a folding clam-shell Tablet P a few years ago. Open it out and you had a full size tablet, or half open it and use one half like a keyboard or something. In theory. In practice it was a dumb idea. Apps had no knowledge of two screens so they just opened themselves right across both halves with a dividing line.

Very few people want to watch Netflix movies in only one half of the "full" screen and nor do they want to watch a movie with a big line from a hinge / bezel either.

Unless Microsoft is going to wow everyone with a bendable screen that folds in half (unlikely), it'll probably suck as much as Sony's effort did.

Comment Re:Remember kids! (Score 1) 401

Unless your name is Donald J. Trump, in which case your casino loses money:

And there's a growing suspicion that it might be because they were little more than money laundering fronts for domestic and foreign crime cartels. Indeed his casinos have been repeatedly fined for such activities that were discovered and doubtless that's the tip of the iceberg.

Comment Re:What about Scheme? (Score 1) 204

NextStep used Objective C for its front end. There is no reason it had to infect OS X. I assume that was a conscious decision by someone in Apple. The non-nefarious explanation is that some of the tech leads liked it and imposed it on everything they designed. The nefarious explanation is that Apple / Steve Jobs dictated its use to lock developers into the platform.

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