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Submission + - The Science Behind The InfinitEye's Panoramic Virtual Reality Experience (

muterobert writes: The Oculus Rift has competition, and it's incredible. The InfinitEye has a 210 Field of View (compared with the Oculus Rift's 90) and surrounds your peripheral vision in the game completely. Paul James from RoadToVR goes in-depth with the team behind the new device and finds out how high FOV Virtual Reality really works.

At the present time, we are using 4 renders, 2 per eye. Left eye renders are centered on left eye, the first render is rotated 90 left and the second looks straight ahead, building two sides of a cube. Right eye renders are centered on its position, the first is rotated 90 degree right and the second looks straight ahead, two sides of another cube. We then process those renders in a final pass, building the distorted image.

Comment Have you tried it? (Score 1) 638

I had a go last week and I can tell you that from my experience, its hard to even hold a conversation when interacting with glass, yet alone drive a vehicle. It is /not/ like using the radio or satnav - it's at least ten times more distracting. Don't get me wrong - It's a cool, cool piece of tech, but it ain't for use behind the wheel!

Comment Re:Don't use AMD's control panel (Score 1) 212

In reality, ATI cards from the 2000, 3000 and 4000 series are effectively the same as everything up to the 6000 series (excluding the orphan architecture of the 6900 VLIW4 oddities). However, ATI pays technical sites to state the cards from the 5000 series and earlier are obsolete (technically this is completely untrue). In contrast, Nvidia is proud to support cards from the 8000 series and onwards, which is a similar timeframe to the 2000 series from ATI.

While it is true that 'cheap' current gen cards destroy premium cards from that far back, it is the principle that matters.

Fair comment, except that in Windows 8.1 you /cannot/ install any AMD-supplied driver on my HD3870. It's a perfectly serviceable card, but has now been rendered obsolete through the manufacturer abandoning it. The reason is that they won't supply WDDM 1.3 or 1.2 drivers for this card, and they won't supply updated WDDM 1.1 drivers for 8.1

Certainly makes me think twice about buying another AMD card...

Submission + - VorpX Beta for the Oculus Rift available

daern writes: At long last, a public beta of VorpX for the Oculus Rift is available. This utility adds Rift support to many games that wouldn't ordinarily support it without direct support from their developers. There are a ton of settings and tweaks to improve and optimise the VR experience and the initial release supports games such as World of Warcraft, GTA4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which have yet to receive official Rift support.

More info at the RoadToVR website here

Comment Re:Not putting in DRM isn't going to eliminate DRM (Score 1) 351

If someone could give me a copy of their Ford for free and still have their own too, there's no way I'd ever buy another Ford. Ford's market would be limited to whatever few super-rich people want to order completely custom car designs instead of using a copy.

Favourite quote from one of the Trek tomes referring to replication and, specifically, why you can't replicate a starship - i.e. they have to be constructed:

If you could replicate a starship, you wouldn't need to.

I still like this quote :)

Comment Re:Total Commander (Score 1) 134

20 years ago I used NortonCommander aka NC in MSDOS, in Windows 3 I started using WindowsCommander, a NC clone running in Windows. It has been renamed TotalCommander years ago because of TM. It is still being developped, and is avalaible for free in Android. Best app ever.

Same story, but I ended up with Altap Salamander. I simply can't manage without it these days, which I think is why I don't find Windows 8 that offensive - I never actually see the GUI as I spend my days staring at Chrome and Salamander :)

One of the advantages of being old is that I'm now in charge of my own infrastructure...and we push out Salamander to every Windows server in the company by policy :)

I'll check out TC on Android though. Thanks for the hint.

Comment Re:Do you e-mail around naked photos of yourself? (Score 1) 346

Is it just me, or is it somewhat strange that these celebrities would have naked photos of themselves in their e-mail in the first place? I know I don't have any naked photos of myself in my gmail account, and I'm not even someone everyone wants to see naked. If you were a young, female celebrity who knew everyone wanted to see you naked, wouldn't you think twice before a) taking a naked picture of yourself and b) e-mailing it to anyone.

Or maybe I'm just a prude who doesn't know how to put his cell phone camera to good use.

Or maybe your ass just isn't as good as hers... ;-)

Comment Re:Mainly a US problem? (Score 4, Interesting) 756

Sad attempt at a sideways dig at the US, but it is the law in 49 out of the 50 states. In 32 states, it is a primary offense.

Sideways dig or not, it's probably still true:

Most countries [who?] outside North America adhere to internationalized European ECE vehicle and equipment regulations rather than the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. ECE airbags are generally smaller and inflate less forcefully than U.S. airbags, because the ECE specifications are based on belted crash test dummies.

Comment Re:Cisco IPSec VPN now supported in Android 4.0 (I (Score 4, Informative) 136

""Proper" Cisco VPN support (i.e. with group usernames and passwords) was added in 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) and works very well indeed. Be aware that there appears to be a bug in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 on the GSM Galaxy Nexus which cause it to reboot as soon as you pass data over a VPN, connected via 3G...wifi works fine."

You say "works very well." I don't think it means what you think it means.

To clarify: It works very well indeed, but in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 it only works with WiFi. Apparently, the 4.0.2 LTE version works fine on both WiFi and cellular connections.

In 4.0.3 it works very well on both WiFi and 3G and is a monumentally excellent feature to be added :-)

Comment Cisco IPSec VPN now supported in Android 4.0 (ICS) (Score 4, Informative) 136

"Proper" Cisco VPN support (i.e. with group usernames and passwords) was added in 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) and works very well indeed. Be aware that there appears to be a bug in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 on the GSM Galaxy Nexus which cause it to reboot as soon as you pass data over a VPN, connected via 3G...wifi works fine.

I'm running an AOSP (kang) 4.0.3 here and this has now been fixed. I believe the official 4.0.3 is just around the corner, so yey! This has been my top #1 feature request since Android day 1 and I bought the GN specifically because of it. Yey Glooge!


Comment Re:where is our critical mass of Linux Users? (Score 1) 456

It's so hard for me to believe that so many people still use Windows. As a Ubuntu Desktop user and administrator of a small business network, I've been patiently waiting since 1999 for enough people to just ditch windows all together so that we could all move on to better times. Everyone I know who has tried Linux in the past few years hasn't gone back to Windows, and were all amazed that the computer 'Just Worked'. People are so used to struggling with Windows issues that they don't expect using a computer to be easy and it really doesn't have to be that way.

So perhaps this is a bit off topic, but every time an article comes out touting some new enhancement of the Microsoft Windows Operating system, I just feel compelled to say "Who fucking cares?" and "Why does anyone even bother with this Operating System designed with the main purpose being to lock up your computer spending dollar into Microsoft?" Don't we all know better already?

Please people, get over MS Windows already, let it die.

Everyone you know?

Ok, well I don't know you but, hey, we're all friends on here so I kinda feel thatI know you ;-)

I /did/ use Linux on my primary laptop for a while (Ubuntu and Fedora, if you're interested) and while I like parts of it, other parts of it stank. Badly. Multi-monitor support was, frankly, embarrassing and suspend/resume was patchy at best. It certainly wasn't more reliable as I found it more likely to "lock up" in a given situation than Windows 7, which TBH, is very usable and a good workhorse.

Don't get me wrong, I use Linux as much as the next the data centre...but it's /still/ got a long way to go on the desktop. Personally, I've got real work to do...and I'm sticking with Windows for now.


ps. Oh, I do love XBMC Live for the tellybox though :-)

Comment Why not just tax gas? (Score 1) 1306

The more you drive, the more you use, the more you pay. If you drive a big truck, you pay more. If you drive a mid-size european-type car (you'd call them "toys" I guess), you'll pay much less because they'll do 60-70mpg. US fuel is priced too cheaply for its scarcity and really needs to be brought in line with the rest of the world. It's amazing how economy (in choice of vehicle, miles travelled and driving technique) comes to the forefont of your mind when fuel costs around $7-8/gallon... Daern (who does vehicle tracking for a living, funnily)

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