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Comment Re:None, except possibly PSVR (Score 1) 141

....Maybe. I don't entirely disagree, despite the fact that I'm a Vive owner. One thing I'll say is that HTC have no reported plans or a "Vive2" any time soon, and seem to be building and releasing things in a fairly modular way. Wireless is on the way this year, as is a new, supposedly more comfortable headstrap with headphones built in. There's talk of upgraded versions (ie easier to manufacture, I believe - no real technical advantage) of the lighthouses, but nothing announced as far as I know. A higher resolution HMD would be nice, but it seems like that's waiting on technological advances, as well as better CPUs and video cards to handle something even more beefy than it already needs. There's talk of different controllers coming out, at some point.

So, I bit the bullet and bought it, knowing that it's early. I like the idea that there will be incremental optional hardware upgrades for the next few years, and not another $500-$800 purchase on the horizon. I don't think Vive hardware goes through any major revisions until 2019. Rift probably has some work to do with its tracking, from what I've read, and PSVR lifespan is already limited by the hardware it's tied to.

Comment Re:Some of the best satire (Score 1) 333

OK. I'll stand corrected, if that's the case. He's said some provocative things about BLM, but that's not race per se. And I became familiar with him through a video in which he was pretty vicious to a transgender woman, but that's not sexual preference. My bad. I won't back down from his demonization of Islam or women, though.

Comment Re:Some of the best satire (Score 1, Insightful) 333

I agree with you. I work near the Berkeley campus, and it's awful what happened.

However, nearly all of us have been conditioned from a very young age that Nazis need to be destroyed at all costs, or the world only gets worse. I wonder how many video game Nazis I've killed in my lifetime? If you're going to demonize people on the basis of race, religion, gender, or sexual preference, as Milo does regularly, then it shouldn't be a surprise to be compared to a Nazi and have people trying to stop you at all costs. Either figure out why you're coming across that way to others and alter your message to convey what you really intend (whatever that is, I don't actually even know), or continue to be an asshole provocateur and be prepared to receive the conflict you've elicited.

Comment Re:I got most of my news from the Onion (Score -1) 212

That used to be the case. Sadly, it assumes that both sides are telling the truth, and an awful lot of conservative-leaning news presented complete falsehoods, especially in the run-up to the election. What's halfway between truth with liberal commentary and a lie with conservative commentary?

Comment Multiplayer hassles (Score 1) 351

I remember going to the computer lab at my friends' University and spending a Sunday morning trying to figure out how to get multiplayer working, because that was the only place we had access to networked computers. Turned the admins had put an irritating security setup in place so that if you made any changes to the hard drive, the OS re-imaged on reboot. We knew nothing about networking, but knew we needed some kind of drivers installed, and so there were many reboots trying to work this all out. In the end we got it, but couldn't get all four of us in a game for some reason, but played 2v2 for a solid two hours before we got caught and kicked out. Kids these days have it easy!

Comment Re:Public Speaking is Hard (Score 1) 77

Yeah, I don't think this is valid. As a former academic, I did a ton of public speaking. From the hardest of hardcore at very specialized conferences, to teaching graduate and undergraduate students, as well as some public outreach at a journalism conference, and in University promotional videos. There may be certain fields where the antisocial can get by, but the truly successful scientists have to be ruthlessly good communicators.

The barrier to more direct public outreach is that there's absolutely no clear reward for it. Your funding is decided by your scientific peers. MAYBE you can make the argument that a well-educated public would advocate for more research funding that could benefit you someday, but then you may as well be talking to the politicians who more-than-not ignore what the public wants anyway. To get tenure, you have to work 80+ hours a week as it is writing grants and papers, teaching, doing "service" to your University, all on top of doing quality research. And if you do get tenure, well, you've built up this big infrastructure that now requires more funding to sustain itself, so you keep on writing those grants and papers, and you do your teaching, and now you're probably heading that University committee you've been on, and you're mentoring a few post-docs and a few more grad students, and there a few more undergrads who want to do some research over the summer....

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