Recent content by d_stilgar

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    Rumor: Valve's Next VR Hardware and (Possible) Handheld

    Recently, two videos have been posted regarding Valve's next steps for VR. One is from Tyler McVicker. The other is from Thrillseeker. I haven't seen much discussion of this online except for a few news outlets that report on rumors and leaks, so I wanted to get people's opinions here...
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    Nvidia Has Been Sneaking a Slower MX150 Variant Into Some Ultrabooks

    1D10? That is so close to 1D10T, which would have been the perfect name for the slower variant. Sadly, reality doesn't match comic potential.
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    “Gamers Aren’t Overcharged; They’re Undercharged,” Says Wall Street Analyst

    If all he cares about is time played, then why wouldn't companies just design games to get people to play as often as possible for as long as possible because, you know "good value." Except at some point it just becomes Farmville. It becomes work, and feels like stupid, infinite "arrow in the...
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    Fisker Claims it Will Build an Electric Car That Charges in 1 Minute

    This is what I was going to post. It's either only capable of charging that fast in theory, or they're using some super-capacitor array that charges like normal over a 4-8hr period and then dumps it all to the car battery when plugged in.
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    Jackholes Make Traffic Move Faster

    And then you have Philly where we all get the "don't merge until you are forced to" mentality, but you also have a-holes who just drive in on the shoulder because their exit is in 5 miles. I hate Philly.
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    The Reign of 3D Is over in US Cinemas

    I don't really agree with this assessment of 2D to 3D conversion. The thing about filming in native 3D is that it's really impossible to do well. Our eyes evolved to do a few things simultaneously. First, they focus at a specific distance, whatever distance it is we're trying to focus on. They...
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    The Reign of 3D Is over in US Cinemas

    I'm not a "fan" of 3D, but have never particularly hated it either. The Martian was legitimately better in 3D than 2D. So was Guardians of the Galaxy. The Walk was really amazing in 3D. I've come to the point where, if there's a movie I really want to see in theaters and it happens to have...
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    The Hybrid Car Is Already Facing Obsolescence

    Mike, you can get a used Chevy Volt, a car that has a sub 7 second 0-60, a 30 mile all electric range, and a hybrid mode that rivals any Prius or any other traditional hybrid for $15k or less. I got a 2013 model more than a year ago for $15k with only 8,000 miles on it. If I put a full charge...
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    Netflix Is Bleeding Millions Due to Password Sharing

    This is the same logic as the anti-piracy groups. There isn't a 1:1 ratio of downloads to lost sales. I use Netflix very infrequently (less than once a month) using my parents' credentials. If I didn't use their credentials there's no way I would get a subscription. Maybe (and this is a big...
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    Satya Nadella Is Keeping the Windows Phone Dream Alive

    If MS ever releases a phone that's also, you know, just a computer . . . then I might be interested. I could install whatever I want on it and have fun. Oh wait, that's Android.
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    EVs with 100-Mile Range May Be All You Need, Some Automakers Say

    You're describing the Chevy Volt. It's all electric until you run out of battery, then it switches to a gas mode that charges the battery. The gas motor does have a hybrid mode where the gas motor will also add traction to the drive line, but never without the electricity also powering it. It's...
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    EVs with 100-Mile Range May Be All You Need, Some Automakers Say

    I'm really happy with my Volt. It has a 32 mile electric only range and maybe once a week we'll have a day of errands that puts the car into hybrid mode. That means most days all I drive on is pure electric. But I love the hybrid feature and really wouldn't want to live without it. I like...
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    First UPS U.S. Delivery eBike Debuts In Portland, Oregon

    Back on topic . . . Could UPS have made this thing any uglier?
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    What About The Ethics Of VR Sex?

    Since the author of the original article went here, I'm going to go here. In most places, child pornography isn't defined as just pornography involving actual underage children. It includes adult women who look like children and are pretending to be children. It often includes animations of...
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    Company Turns Crayons Into Art Using Your Digital Images

    The $89 images on their website are 17x17, or 289 crayons in total. Various products on Amazon price crayola crayons at 10.3 cents each, so that would be ~$30 in cost, plus labor etc. The profit margin seems about right for these, honestly. Not that it's something I'd want in my house, but the...