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Comment Re:Solution (Score 2) 196

Even if they do not connect to the public Internet, any home user who has their own private internet for their appliances (smart TV, fridge, toaster, router, garage door and smartphone with bluetooth connectivity) still has the problem of someone trying to guess passwords through repeated attempted connections to each device via wireless connections. How many articles have there been on somebody creating a gadget that simply cycles through every single possible passcode combination?

Even with a personal wifi router, it seems crazy that every device including smartphones should only need to know the one wi-fi password, and that's likely to be backed up somewhere to a Samsung, Sony or Google server somewhere.

Comment Re:Same Problem (Score 1) 435

The Oculus Rift moves around as you tilt your head. But there are so many cables; USB, motion tracker, HDMI output. I found out that even a high-end gaming laptop won't be usable with this headset if it has Optimus technology on the GPU - this introduces a 15 millisecond time lag which is too much for VR/AR.

Some of the 360 video players will let you use a Bluetooth game controller to pan the view. Important because some 360 videos are actually back to front. I once watched a Storm/Tornado chaser video only to have the back of the car as the front view. It was only when I looked backwards that I saw the actual funnel cloud.

Comment Re:Glasses (Score 1) 435

360 video is here if you have an Oculus Rift or Samsung VR Gear. You can get to watch 360 degree videos and interactive applications; travel through the solar system, walk on Mars, Pluto, dive through the clouds of Jupiter/Saturn, swim at the bottom of the ocean, a virtual shark cage, go inside a human brain or cell, a virtual forensic lab, plus a few games like Dreadhalls, Smash, virtual fishing, and other things.

But the headsets are a bit heavy for long term use, and who wants to risk having a hot smartphone right next to their eyes for a long time. So they are great for parties, when everyone else can see what you are seeing.

You can get 3D TV's for less than £500, but have to order the stereoscopic glasses specially, either off Ebay or from the manufacturer directly.

Comment Re:how often are Mac Pro's upgraded? (Score 1) 293

That sounds like the demise of SGI - "people will always buy our expensive workstations because of the little shiny logo on the front". When they were coming out with the Indy workstations, start-up film production companies were building their own render-farms using clustered PC's. It didn't matter if one PC blew up or melted down, the others would pick up the load. Apple managed to edge in by buying up all the video editing software companies. Microsoft bought up Softimage, and SGI bought up Alias|Wavefront. Even then all their markets started moving to desktop PC's.

Comment Re:GPU Improvements (Score 1, Interesting) 293

Performance users would look at cloud computing for extra horsepower. Apple did a presentation where they had hooked up a Mac Pro to a cloud computing server to do video editing in real-time. The old standalone system had a progress bar that moved slowly across the window. The new cloud computing system just did it in real time.

Comment Re:I still don't get it. (Score 2) 128

Because the other categories (money laundering, extortion) only applied when the files had been encrypted and a demand made. If the ransomware is loaded onto a computer system, but not activated, there's no crime committed using these categories.

Just the act of loading software onto a PC is now enough evidence for a crime to be considered committed.

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