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Comment Re:Limitations of VR (Score 1) 125

I do view objects and places on the WWW.
I do meet people there and play.
I check out hotel rooms and book them on the web.
I do view images of Mars.
I have configured my car online.
I use the web to communicate with friends and to find real world meetings with people who share my interests.
It has become the greatest resource for me to learn skills from cooking to advanced math.

This "cesspool of porn" has also become the greatest tool for entertainment, education, collaborative work and, to some extent, socializing.
The difference between the web and VR is the difference between viewing something on a screen and visually being there.

Comment Re:Limitations of VR (Score 1) 125

I disagree. VR lets you view objects and visit places whether they exist or don't. It lets you meet people there, allows you to create your own environments and play. You can preview your hotel room, visit Mars, sit in a car with custom configuration or walk in your restyled home. You can draw and animate intuitively or meet a friend for a round of Ping Pong, wherever he lives. The possibilities for entertainment, education, collaborative creative work and socializing are endless.

The technology is only just getting good and affordable enough for a few enthusiasts. Applications like TiltBrush didn't even exist a few years ago. With the massive investments in VR, it will become attractive to more and more people in the coming years.

Comment Re:Spaceflight is risky (Score 3, Informative) 239

AFAIK the launch was insured. This does not include the static fire test.

A lot of satellites are not insured. Buying insurance means that you pay money to reduce financial risk. On average, you pay more than you would without insurance. That's how insurances make money. If you can afford the risk, you'll probably not want to pay for insurance.

Comment Let's cement Googles monopoly (Score 2) 172

They tried this before specifically with news snippets.

News publishers are struggling to make money on the internet, but they still have political influence. So the idea was to force Google to share some of its profits by forcing it to pay license fees for the snippets on news.google.com. Lobbyists claimed that this would only be used to target Google and smaller services needn't worry.

What happened of course, was that that Google discontinued the service in the relevant countries and the number of news readers plummeted. The publishers gave Google an exception to get their visitors back. Now the only result is that anyone from bloggers to other news aggregators is facing legal problems. They can contact the publishers, but are usually ignored.

As a result, the legislation only cemented Googles dominance.

Comment Re:WTF... (Score 1) 105

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Independent agencies
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

United States Department of Defense
- Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
- National Security Agency (NSA)
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
- National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
- Twenty-Fifth Air Force (25 AF)
- Army Military Intelligence (MI)
- Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA)
- Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)

United States Department of Energy
- Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (OICI)

United States Department of Homeland Security
- Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
- Coast Guard Intelligence (CGI)

United States Department of Justice
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of National Security Intelligence (DEA/ONSI)

United States Department of State
- Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)

United States Department of the Treasury
- Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)


Comment Not just PCs (Score 1) 729

Motherboard has an article in which it argues that car driving is still way too hard. The author of the article claims that for one to build a car, they need an "unreasonable" amount of disposable income, and also have an unreasonable amount of time to "research, shop around, and assemble parts" for their car. The author adds that a person looking into making one such gear also needs to always have to keep investing time and money in as long as they want to stay at the cutting edge or recommended specifications range for new racing tracks. The author has shared the experience he had building his own car. An excerpt from it:

The process of physically building a car is filled with little frustrations, and mistakes can be costly and time consuming. I have big, dumb, sausage fingers, so mounting the engine into the chassis, and screwing in nine (!) tiny screws to keep it in place in a cramped space, in weird angles, where dropping the screwdriver can easily break something expensive -- it's just not what I'd call "consumer-friendly." This is why people buy from Ford. It designs everything from the steering wheel to the door, which unfolds neatly to reveal everything you need. Ford reduces friction to the point where even my mom could upgrade the rims on her Transit, and it can do this because it controls everything that goes in that automobile.

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