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GameFace: Making a Virtual Reality Android Headset

MSRedfox Oculus Rift is planning to add Android support (14 comments)

The initial model of the Rift is centered around getting an ideal PC environment with currently trying to iron out the few issues with the development kit for consumer release. But they're already stated they want to have Android support in the near future with it but as secondary goal once they're done their first initial release. This will allow for using the same device on both the PC and with your Android device of choice. Given how fast the phone/tablet market evolves these days, it makes more sense to me to have the VR device independent of the Android hardware. The GameFace sounds nifty, but it'll quickly find itself with outdated hardware running it, while the Rift's model of having it connect to your phone will allow for updating the hardware as new devices come out. I'd much rather buy a $300 VR display that can be used for years with new phones than having one that is locked into a specific GPU/CPU built in.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla's 2012 Annual Report: 90% of Revenue Came From Google

MSRedfox Interesting that Google sponsors competition (278 comments)

I find it interesting that Google effectively sponsors competition to their Chrome browser. I wonder if it's to keep pressure up against Microsoft Internet Explorer.

about 8 months ago
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Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast

MSRedfox Re:And no fixes for problems. (244 comments)

I had the issue of notifications getting delayed on 4.2 with my Nexus 4 (I had to do 3rd party fixes to get them showing up at a reasonable delay). So far on 4.3, I'm getting my notifications instantly and my WiFi speeds are much faster. There seems to be a lot of under the hood fixes/updates that weren't mentioned. I'm sure tear-downs of the new firmware over the next few days will reveal a lot of bug fixes and other optimizations.

1 year,7 hours
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Disney Creates New Mid-Air Haptic Technology

MSRedfox AIREAL + Oculus Rift would be amazing (62 comments)

The idea of this mixed with an Oculus Rift would be amazing. We're getting close to the virtual reality they teased me with as a child.

1 year,4 days
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Limitations and All, Chromebooks Appear To Be Selling

MSRedfox Re:Sounds good until Google pulls the plug (126 comments)

Even if they shut it down (which I highly doubt), my Samsung ARM Chromebook runs Linux really well. So it might hurt the mom and pop users, but technically inclined people would be fine.

1 year,12 days
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4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

MSRedfox Re:50" 4k costs 1/4 the price of the 32" (286 comments)

For some people it isn't. For me, I'd have no issue replacing my triple monitor eyefinity setup with a single 4k 50". It'd be about the same real estate side to side. And for photo editing and video work, it'd would be quite nice. But I'm probably just in a small niche of people that would find it useful.

about a year ago
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Researchers Are Developing Ad Hoc Networks For Car-To-Car Data Exchange

MSRedfox Dirty sensor (126 comments)

One dirty sensor will muck that up fast. I'm horrible at washing my car. I wonder how forgiving the IR sensor's location will be to my bad habits.

about a year ago
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Real World Stats Show Chromebooks Are Struggling

MSRedfox Hoping for a merge between Android/ChromeOS (250 comments)

I rather like my Chromebook. It fills in my occasional need for a laptop and putting a full build of Linux on a SDCard helps if I ever need to boot into something more powerful. But I hope that the often rumored merge between Android and ChromeOS happens at some point. A light weight online OS with full access to Android apps would meet my needs the majority of the time. I suppose even then, it would still be considered a niche product but I think it would be a step in the right direction.

about a year ago
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U.S. ISBN Monopoly Denies Threat From Digital Self-Publishing

MSRedfox You're wrong; starving artists can't afford that. (127 comments)

These days, sure that kind of money seems like nothing. But back when I was young, I dealt with the whole starving artist thing. Money was super tight, living paycheck to paycheck. $125 for a bag of groceries? More like $20-40 for the week. And $2500 to record an album, that was more than my car cost then. A simple cheap car repair was able to devastate my budget. You're working on the basis that self-published authors have decent jobs. So yes, $125 is something to bitch about. That's a lot of money when you're scraping by and trying to get your first bits of work out there. Especially when you know that early in your self-publishing career, it's very likely it might not even sell enough to recoup that, even if the work is good.

about a year ago
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Giving Your Computer Interface the Finger

MSRedfox My cats loves touch interfaces (63 comments)

I picked up an optical touchscreen a while back. It was nifty and kinda gimmicky. Then my cat figure out that she could mess with the computer with her tail when I was grabbing a drink or in another room. Now the touchscreen USB cable is left unplugged. I foresee this having the same issue.

about 2 years ago
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Barnes & Noble Cuts Prices on Nook Color, Tablet

MSRedfox e-ink model didn't drop (154 comments)

The e-ink models didn't drop any. And the regular nook tablets are just outdated tech that are really showing their age next to the Nexus 7; making it just standard price drops to clear out junk. Get back to me when they release a color e-ink reader.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Is Ready

MSRedfox Re:What matters is the kernel (558 comments)

Okay, I concede the kernel isn't all that matters. The UI matters too; I just got tired of seeing non-stop posts complaining about the Metro interface while talks about the kernel changes seem to get glossed over.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Is Ready

MSRedfox What matters is the kernel (558 comments)

Everyone complains about the new Metro interface. I've been running Win8 preview for a while now and while I've adapted to the new interface, it does still bugs me. But complaining about it is like arguing about KDE vs Gnome; you can castrate the Metro interface to look like Win7 with 3rd party software. What really matters is the kernel. It may break some applications and for those people Win8 is a bad choice. But from my experience, the new kernel is runs better than Win7 (which is saying a lot given how much better 7 was than Vista). Several games I tested got a nice frame-per-second boost (or at least performed equally) under Win8 vs Win7. So for me it's worth it to upgrade but I suppose your mileage may vary and as benchmarks come out we can see more about how the kernel performs on different systems.

about 2 years ago

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WiFi patent troll wins round 1 in attempt to shut down their lawsuits.

MSRedfox MSRedfox writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MSRedfox (1043112) writes "A follow up to an October 2011 thread on a patent troll going after companies using WiFi: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/10/03/2236255/patent-troll-says-anyone-using-wi-fi-infringes A lawsuit under the RICO act brought by several major router manufacturers has been shot down: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/02/wi-fi-patent-troll-hit-with-novel-anti-racketeering-charges-emerges-unscathed/"
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Film industry wants to sell $30 PPV movies

MSRedfox MSRedfox writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MSRedfox (1043112) writes "Major film companies are in talks to try and sell $30 PPV viewings of movies between box office openings and DVD sales. Their idea to offset declining DVD sales is charge outrageous prices to view the film on your home TV. One has to wonder where paying double the price of a new Blu-ray release is considered a deal for a single time viewing at home."
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Wii warm-up hones surgical skills

MSRedfox MSRedfox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MSRedfox (1043112) writes ""You might think it a bad idea for trainee surgeons to play games on the Nintendo Wii when they should be studying, but it might be time well spent." "Wii-playing residents scored 48 per cent higher on tool control and performance than those without the Wii warm-up." Once again, the Wii is being used by non-gaming crowds with good success. More about the study can be found at http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/mg19726396.100-a-wii-warmup-hones-surgical-skills.html"
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MSRedfox MSRedfox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MSRedfox (1043112) writes "Nissan has stated that having your car key too close to your cell phone can wipe out the data on these high tech keys, effectively leaving one stranded with no way to start their car. "We discovered that if the I-Key touches a cellphone, outgoing or incoming calls have the potential to alter the electronic code inside the I-Key" http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUS N2424455020070524 With more and more devices going high tech, is this going to become an even bigger problem in the future?"
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MSRedfox MSRedfox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MSRedfox (1043112) writes "A fire started by a homeless man knocked out service between Boston and New York on the experimental Internet2 network. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/050207-inter net2-fire.html "Question: When can a cigarette take down your network? Answer: When you throw it at a bridge and light it on fire." It seems the redundant systems are needed when internet2 services can be knocked out this easily. Does this show that internet2 has a long ways to go before it's ready for prime time?"
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MSRedfox MSRedfox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MSRedfox (1043112) writes "Kaleidescape servers copy DVDs to the servers hard drive for easier storage. This ruling makes these servers legitimate. While not all ripping software will be aided by this ruling, it does offer paths for legitimate ripping. "Because of this ruling, the Judge did not have to get into copyright issues, so the Kaleidescape ruling has no copyright implications. It is not a statement on the legality of ripping DVDs." http://www.cepro.com/news/editorial/18137.html This is a follow-up to this previous Slashdot story- http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/14/20 21219"
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MSRedfox MSRedfox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MSRedfox (1043112) writes "Viacom is being sued for trying to improperly strong arm a parody video off youtube by using the DCMA. Is this latest counter suit a sign that people are tired of being abused and are finally standing up for their rights? From the article- "They said Viacom Inc. should have known the use was legal and thus its complaint to YouTube to have the video blocked amounted to a 'misrepresentation' that is subject to damages under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act" "'With this lawsuit, we are making clear that corporations like Viacom must not be allowed to muzzle independent video creators and censor their free speech'" said Eli Pariser, MoveOn's executive director." http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070322/ap_on_en_tv/yo utube_viacom"
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MSRedfox MSRedfox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MSRedfox (1043112) writes "I'm a 32 year old gamer and beta tester of Microsoft Vista. When Microsoft offered the Technology Guarantee to upgrade new systems to Vista on its release, I went ahead and built a new computer with the understanding that I would be able to upgrade to the 64-bit Vista. I picked up a copy of Windows MCE 2005 for my new system. I entered the required data on https://upgradeweb.moduslink.com/Vista to setup my update. But for MCE 2005 they didn't offer a 64-bit upgrade, only 32-bit. Both Windows XP Home and Pro have 32-Bit and 64-Bit upgrade options on the website. When I email the support and asked about the 64-Bit upgrade for MCE 2005 to Vista Home Premium I was sent this response: "Dear Customer, Thank you for your interest in the Upgrade Redemption Program. The upgrade you qualify for on this offer, is directly related to the version of WinXP that is installed on the qualifying computer. For example, if you have a 32 bit version of XP, you will get Vista 32, not Vista 64. If you want further upgrades, you will need to purchase an upgrade when Vista becomes available retail. Regards, Upgrade Redemption Center" They have successfully turned this MS Fanboy angry. So what I'd like to ask the Slashdot community, is if anyone has any advice on who to contact at Microsoft to try to get them to fix this blatant mistake. They've already taken $120 for my OEM of copy of MCE 2005, please help me from giving them more cash. Thanks."

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