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Comment Re:Thanks. Mr. Obvious (Score 1) 240

I don't drive like a jackass but other middle aged men do, so I'm already paying for their assholishness. I'm not sure I see an obvious advantage either way on this point, in fact maybe it works out better for middle aged men.

Initially, I do think the price of vehicles will be very high while insurance figures out how safe self-driving cars are. However, it may turn out they end up being cheaper than human driven cars, to the point where those will end up being unaffordable. Unless, as is the case in many places, it becomes easier for the judge to rule for the plaintiff, because the defendant has deep pockets.

Comment It doesn't like going through walls though (Score 1) 64

Or anything solid really. If you have line-of-sight it works pretty well but get anything in the way, and you can have serious issues. I tried it for wireless HDMI and it wasn't able to maintain a solid signal over about 25 feet because there was an interior wall in between the transmitter and receiver.

Comment Re:Not obvious (Score 1) 151

Nobody I know in the UK has that much space without seriously rearranging their house.

It's not much better in Texas to be honest. I do have the room if I want to make it in one room of my house, but strong risk of falling down stairs. Then consider the improbability of moving with children and a dog around while being essentially blind, it's not a good feeling. The technology does work though.

I'm not really sold that small scale movement is useful. I think standing in place or approximately in place works great (although I've still managed to whack children & dog) , but I'm not sure there's compelling benefit to walking around with real life limitations.

Comment Re:Not obvious (Score 1) 151

Space Pirate Trainer and Audio Shield, I think stand out in my mind as examples of how it should be done. I have played both for hours on end.

But Valve does get it, two of the best mini games are in their free package "The Lab": Slingshot and Longbow. Slingshot is just hilarious, although not a great example of how to use VR. Longbow however is an absolutely excellent VR game that utilizes both the capabilities of the headset as well as an inspired use of the controllers to feel as natural to archery as you can get without a 60lb draw weight (and your arms get plenty tired even without it).

It would be nice if we could move out of the little demo game and into some genuine game. Elite is great in VR, but it is still crippled by its bizarre control scheme.

The major flaw in VR as it stands today is large scale movement. You can move around a small room just fine, it works exactly as advertised and couldn't be more natural (assuming you are used to walking). But if you want to move large distances, you need some other mechanic. The best I've used is the point & click scheme such as in The Lab, but it's not terribly natural, nor enjoyable. On the other hand, using the joysticks on the controller to move makes me very sick, very fast. This breaks the current FPS genre entirely, as they are almost exclusively oriented to constant motion. I'm not complaining, FPSes lost their shine to me a long time ago, but AAA game shops only know how to make them.

Comment Re:So it's going to fail (Score 2) 88

I think the main issue is that it requires a high end computer that most of us build ourselves, but which joe sixpack has to buy from some systems company and figure out what he needs. In theory one might sell "Oculus Rift/Vive Ready Game Machine", but I don't think the marketing has got there yet.

Your technical issues I agree with, but honestly every time I put the thing on I forget my gripes about all the bugs and issues, everything that was promised in the 90s is being delivered, I really don't see this going away. I suspect Joe Sixpack will see it that way too and the things will fly off the shelves and fund the evolution of design improvements. It's just hard to put them in people's hands if they have to be computer geeks to understand the hardware requirements.

Comment Re:stay warm and safe in your bubble (Score 2) 359

Most of us who got out of school during dot-com, figured it out, quickly, in 2001.

What survived however is the dot-com corporate culture of hype over substance, there were still a lot of winners there for the suite types, and the lesson they learned was somethings you can make more with a flop than with a hit. (Queue the theme song to The Producer)

Comment Re:stay warm and safe in your bubble (Score 5, Insightful) 359

And we cant just say "fuck it and fuck your bullshit, I'm heads down working"

Actually, you can. In some places just like that. In others possibly "I'm busy, when do you need this by". If you are in a place where you are working hard, and which values your contribution, the message survives the diction. In other places, which talk a lot about technology but really just need glorified MBAs who know how computers work, you probably can't get away with this. Quit.

I think his message is exactly right, and so many companies get lost in the bullshit they are unable to get the job done. Often of course because they have moved into the Wall St. phase of "let the losers of the pyramid game get their money back, if possible".

Any asshole can have an idea, most of technology (or most anything else for that matter) is the hard work. This is also what makes us so hostile towards patents that don't have products behind them.

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