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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Froboz23 Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (187 comments)

I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Windows kernel, UI, and default browser all share essential low-level processes, and therefore could never ever possibly be decoupled.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Froboz23 Re: Farmville! (535 comments)

"The events that you're watching are actually happening, because you're viewing a 3D feed of the Superbowl from a 3D camera set up on the 50 yard line."

That's one camera at one location. I never suggested it would have to capture "every possible viewpoint for every user".

Granted, this would require a new type of camera that would actually be spherical, so it could capture all the light coming at it from all directions (minus a small blind spot.) However, I think cameras like this already exist, similar to what's used for collecting Google Maps views.

I would expect about 5 different viewpoints would be sufficient. One on each side of the 50 yard line, one on each end zone, and one aerial view. This would vary based on the type of event.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Froboz23 Re:Farmville! (535 comments)

Some imagination is required to see the potential here. Imagine the following scenario: You're at the Superbowl. On the 50 yard line, first row, behind the Seattle bench (or the Denver bench, if you prefer that.) When you look to the left and right, you see the massive crowd shouting in excitement. When you look up, you see the top of the stadium. The stadium looks huge. The ceiling appears hundreds of feet away. You can hear the roar of the crowd, the echo of the announcers, the shouts of the quarterback, coaches, and players. You see the football players line up. They look about 60 feet away from you. And they look real. You are virtually there. The events that you're watching are actually happening, because you're viewing a 3D feed of the Superbowl from a 3D camera set up on the 50 yard line.

You decide that the crowd is a little too loud. You pull up a virtual interface and reduce the crowd noise to 75%. Now you can hear the players and the announcers easier.

You look down. You can see your body. You're holding a beer. You take a drink from the beer. (You're actually holding a beer in your living room. Your body and the beer are superimposed on the 3D image in your viewer.)

If the Oculus can provide a near "retina" display, with low latency head tracking, and an immersive, realistic 3D image of an actual event, then the above is possible.

Now consider the financial potential. If this device is really successful, it may sell 10 million units in the first year. This is not unreasonable, when compared to console sales, which are in the tens of millions. Now, what will the market pay for a front row virtual seat at the actual Superbowl. Compared to pay-per-view costs of premium events, $50 seems likely. If they can convince half those Oculus owners to shell out that money for this novel experience, they could be looking at $50 x 5 million is $250 million revenues, from a single event.

Then expand this out to other events. UFC fights. The Olympics. Wimbledon. Music concerts. Walking through the Louvre, or the Guggenheim. Touring the ISS. The Grand Canyon. The Redwood Forest. Scubadiving a wreck in Bonaire. Skydiving.

Virtual parties with remote friends in whatever environment you can dream up. A penthouse in Manhatton. The restaurant at the Eiffel Tower. A four story cabin in Telluride. The docking bay of an Imperial Star Destroyer.

And of course, all the porn and the video games will also be available.

Virtual Reality advocates have been preaching these possibilities since around 1995. But what has changed since 1995? In 1995, most consumer VR sets were 320x200. Now the resolution has improved 30 times, with cheap 1920x1080 displays, and 4K displays on the horizon. The resolutions are so good, you will not be able to distinguish the individual pixels, and all that retina hype will finally have some use.

And graphics processing power? It's literally 10,000 times more advanced than 1995, which was mostly just CPU based at that time.

Much of the cost of high-end VR systems was in the optics. It appears that Oculus has solved this by simulating the optics using graphics engines, which saves hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the VR hardware, but still achieves similar results. (This remains to be seen.)

We now are deploying reasonable bandwidth to houses, so that streaming 3D events becomes viable.

We have the technology, and all the pieces are finally coming together. If Facebook and Oculus play this right, they can start a revolution as monumental to the way we interact as the web itself.

about 6 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

Froboz23 Re:All the news that matters (894 comments)

TSA Public Relations representative Grebnedlog released the following statement regarding the incident: "We look for things. Things we need. Things that make us go. We need help. We look for things."

TSA Enforcement Officer Mongo added, "Mongo like candy."

about 9 months ago
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Hubble Discovers Water Plumes Over Europa

Froboz23 Re:We could (74 comments)

You have been drinking your whiskey from Kentucky!

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Discover Huge Freshwater Reserves Beneath the Ocean

Froboz23 Re:The problem with all this... (273 comments)

Nonsense. A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies! A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Another Stab At Tablets, Unveils Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro

Froboz23 Re:Or alternatively (381 comments)

Pernicious nonsense! The Windows Store is literally bursting with a plentiful selection of fart apps to meet all of your audio-flatulent requirements:

Fart soundboard
Fart 101:101 Fart Sounds
Fart Shizzle
Fart Machine
FartApp
Girl Farts
Fart Generator
Fart Maker
Fart Attack!
iFart
Funny Fart
Nasty Funny
Fart Soundboard Pro
Farter
Fart_sounds
Metro Fart
iLast Farted
Funny Farting Noises
Silly Fart app
The Fartmon
Fart Button
Fart Bird
Whoopie Cushion new
Fartfx
Farter 8
Farting Birds
Farting Birds 2
Biological Piano

about a year ago
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Auction Houses To Be Removed From Diablo III

Froboz23 Re:I always thought Auction house is what make Dia (219 comments)

According to Jean-Paul Sartre, "Hell is other people." It stands to reason that if you want to fully experience Hell in Diablo III, it must be played multiplayer.

1 year,2 days
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Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions

Froboz23 Re:The emperor has no clothes (526 comments)

Establishing drug legislative policy requires a joint effort between the states and the federal government, especially when reefering to marijuana, instead of this state-by-state grass roots effort. It’s high time that they hashed these problems out. Still, it's nice to see that Eric Holder is willing to be blunt about this issue instead of just blowing smoke. He understands that we'ed all be better off with this decision.

1 year,21 days
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Early Surface Sales Pitiful

Froboz23 Re:Marketing expenses (251 comments)

We just need to except that their are to many people which would of used the word "loose" when their suppose too use "lose".

You read the sentence. You must now save vs. stupid or temporarily lose 1d4 intelligence.

about a year ago
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Printable Gun Downloads Top 100k In 2 Days, Thanks to Kim Dotcom

Froboz23 Re:This is the best way of gun control (656 comments)

cogeek is absolutely correct. Car and guns are both responsible for tens of thousands of deaths every year, and they should be treated similarly. Because they are inherently dangerous, cars should require a license to own and operate. Same for guns. To get that license, you should be required to take a safety course to demonstrate that you understand the risks of using a car, and know how to use one safely. Same for guns. The sale of cars should be regulated, with titles of ownership that would require a notary witness to transfer ownership to another person. Same for guns. Cars should require a key to operate them, so some random person can't walk up and steal your car, or use your car without you knowing about it. Same with guns. And people should not leave their keys in their car locks when not in use. Same with guns.

Cars and guns should both be legal, but reasonably regulated to minimize deaths caused by their use.

I'm glad we see eye to eye on this issue cogeek.

BTW, I am a car owner, and a gun owner.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device

Froboz23 Re:A smart watch? (260 comments)

He didn't say watches are useless. He said no one wears them anymore. The last time I wore a watch was sometime in the 90s.

Calculators are very useful. How many people do you know (other than engineering students) who carry a calculator in their pocket?

about a year and a half ago
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JPL Employee's Firing Wasn't Due To Intelligent Design Advocacy, Says Judge

Froboz23 Re:Einstein on Atheism (477 comments)

IANAL

about 2 years ago
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Thousands of Lab Mice Lost In Sandy Flooding

Froboz23 Re:royal family?? (88 comments)

Stupid enough to post about the Tax Report article in the Dead Lab Mice discussion?

about 2 years ago
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Thousands of Lab Mice Lost In Sandy Flooding

Froboz23 Re:I pity them (88 comments)

The article failed to mention that the cages of Algernon and Jonathon were found vacant.

about 2 years ago
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Now That It's Here, Is There a Place For Windows RT?

Froboz23 Re:The Magic 8 ball says ... (287 comments)

Based on historical data, the correct answer is 'no'.
Source: Betteridge's law of headlines

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Drops 'Metro' Name For Windows 8 UI

Froboz23 Re:OLD NAME: "METRO" NEW NAME: ? (356 comments)

Microsoft needs to succeed in the smartphone market, so it's essential that they emphasize the phone capabilities in their product names. With this in mind, the GUI name should be:

"Phone Phone Phone Phone Phone Phone Phone Windows 8 Phone Phone Outlook XBox Phone Phone Phone Bing Phone Phone GUI and Phone."

Lovely Phone. Wonderful Phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Drops 'Metro' Name For Windows 8 UI

Froboz23 Re:OLD NAME: "METRO" NEW NAME: ? (356 comments)

How about "Windows Phone 8 Phone Graphical GUI Interface for Phones." If it's not already taken.

more than 2 years ago
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App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy

Froboz23 Re:Wait a sec... (596 comments)

The Precious and I were simply agreeing with you.

Nasty hobbitses. Always correcting our grammar. We know perfectly well what we were saying, don't we, my Precious.

more than 2 years ago
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Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Robot or Android?

Froboz23 It's what I would have expected (608 comments)

I have a brain the size of a planet, and which robot do the humans choose?

The one that can bend objects.

How depressing.

more than 2 years ago

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Froboz23 Froboz23 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Froboz23 (690392) writes "With U.S. elections less than 3 weeks away, Slashdotters might find this article amusing, in which U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania attempts to compare the war in Iraq to the epic battle in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." This begs the question, who would Smeagol be in this analogy? And Saruman? Grima Wormtongue? At least it's obvious what the Precious is. Hint: the Middle East has lots of it, and we wants it. We wants it."

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