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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

Twinbee Re:Resolution is not the hard-to-solve problem.. (135 comments)

Finally. Something that gets hardware and software devs to care about latency. For too long, software, mobile phones, games, monitors and tons of other gadgets have often exhibited latency above 50-100ms. I'm hoping the tech will trickle down from VR headets to other devices so we can end the madness once and for all.

10ms would be better by the way as even 16ms can be perceptible by many.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

Twinbee Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (469 comments)

All sound in the end is air pressure whether that's from an electronic speaker or a 10 trillion year old violin. The speaker is in itself a kind of instrument, except it's the most versatile instrument ever created because it can play not just any sound you have ever heard, but any sound you can POSSIBLY conceive of mathematically. I think that's an incredible concept.

Anyway, his point is that you are not hearing the 30kHz and a 34kHz pitches directly. So that still means the human ear can't hear above roughly 20kHz no matter what anyone claims. However, you're free to go for a double blind trial yourself and see if you're not wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

Twinbee Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (469 comments)

Excuse my ignorance, but wouldn't a 20kHz sine wave sound less harsh or loud compared to a 20kHz square wave? Has that ever been tested?

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Twinbee Re:Not only for Tesla or videos (544 comments)

The speaker idea is fine, but it should never be enforced. If people want silence in their car (to listen to the radio, hold a conversation, or just not be irritated by a constant whining/growling drone sound), then that option should be available.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Twinbee Re:The noise problem is not just a TV one. (544 comments)

Thanks but no thanks. The one chance we have to remove noise pollution from our roads, and then we have threats it'll come back. The *invisible* damage to all our minds caused by noise pollution in busy towns and streets is worth FAR more in cost than the cost of a few accidents and even lives. People will adapt - they will learn to look where they're going instead of just blindly texting and paying no attention to the road.

Also remember that with towns much quieter (due to no ICE noises), we can hear tire noise a LOT more easily. Rather than making quiet vehicles louder, it's much better we make loud vehicles quieter.

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Twinbee Re:Hint: Drivers are morons. (364 comments)

Looking behind us and to the sides also takes our vision off the road ahead. The sooner they get rid of all three mirrors and replace them with a single monitor, the better.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Twinbee Re:Another piece of failing equipment (518 comments)

I sympathize with your post as I detest maintenance and the people who benefit from a car which disintegrates over time.
Only one company has publicly stated how interested they are in making sure that cars last a LOT longer. The company is Tesla. EVs naturally have far less maintenance that normal cars, but Elon Musk has publicly stated he never intends to make money off servicing.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Twinbee Re:The nanny state continues (518 comments)

Actually it would be great to replace the rear mirror, and both side mirrors in one fell swoop. It would probably cover the blind spots, prevent neck sprains, keep your eyes and mind focused on the traffic ahead, make the car more aerodynamic, and give you a bigger more comfortable view. All of that is making you safer, comfortable, along with making the car more efficient. Even Tesla are campaigning to get rid of the side mirrors.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Twinbee Re:Grabs popcorn (518 comments)

I'd rather have less to check thanks. Doesn't the rear monitor cover the back AND sides?

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

Twinbee Re:Sounds like (314 comments)

Couldn't he have raised the suspension and got some more appropriate tyres?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

Twinbee Re:you can do better than that (423 comments)

SOG aka - shades of grey. The risk is a continuum, not a binary state.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Twinbee Re:Changes but not automation (870 comments)

How about if they only signal at a ratio of 1 (signal) to 1000 (no signal), with a pseudo-random millisecond offset to prevent overlapping. After a couple of seconds, the probability that all products won't have been found becomes very small indeed.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Twinbee Re:Changes but not automation (870 comments)

Don't worry - I would think future machines will put the current ones to shame.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Twinbee Re:Changes but not automation (870 comments)

Couldn't the tags be 'send only' (rather than send and receive). After all, if the products all have different IDs (even for multiple purchases of the same product), then we just tell the master receiver not to allow any duplications.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Twinbee Re:Changes but not automation (870 comments)

I was thinking where a cheap tiny compact tag on each product could signal to a master receiver. If such a transaction takes a millisecond, then all shopping could be accounted for in under a second.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Twinbee Re:A big missing something (870 comments)

Perhaps upper class restaurants in the far future will be the exception. But honestly, I can't think of many other jobs that require people to be working like that. 99% of stuff that we're doing today can be automated.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Twinbee Re:So what happens when there are no more jobs? (870 comments)

Start with a low but sure guaranteed minimum weekly income, even if it's just $20 (on top of any income you normally get), and increase gradually as more and more stuff is automated. It's the perfect solution to a growing problem.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Twinbee Re:Changes but not automation (870 comments)

I loved the Amiga and 3D (even program stuff in 3D), but self-checkout machines are the future, sorry. If not quite what we have today, then something similar. It would be nice to just roll the food past a special 'laser doorway', and it all just scans instantly. I can't see why they can't do that already. It can't be THAT hard surely.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Twinbee Re:Question! (535 comments)

I reminds me of when Elon Musk sold Paypal. It would have been great to see what that would've become. Imagine Paypal being the universal way of transferring money, via phone, with incredibly cheap transfers and overtaking any 'normal' currency.

about three weeks ago

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The Insidious Creep of Latency Hell

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Twinbee writes "Gamers often find 'input lag' annoying, but over the years, delay has crept into many other gadgets with equally painful results. Something as simple as mobile communication or changing TV channel can suffer. Software too is far from innocent (Java or Visual Studio 2010 anyone?), and even the desktop itself is riddled with 'invisible' latencies which can frustrate users (take the new Launcher bar in Ubuntu 11 for example). More worryingly, Bufferbloat is a problem that plagues the internet, but has only recently hit the news.

Half of the problem is that it's often difficult to pin down unless you look out for it. As Mick West pointed out: "Players, and sometimes even designers, cannot always put into words what they feel is wrong with a particular game's controls.....Or they might not be able to tell you anything, and simply say the game sucked, without really understanding why it sucked.""

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Top 20 Apps for an Infinitely Fast Computer

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Twinbee writes "What would you do if you had access to an infinitely fast computer with infinite memory and zero latency? The question has rarely been asked before, but the implications could prove interesting. Some of the applications include more obvious things such as weather prediction, and games featuring incredible path-traced graphics with worlds made from molecules. But more subtle ideas explore what a programming language may look like, how graphics creation may fundamentally change, and the chance to use sheer brute force to find a Grand Unified Theory for the universe."
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Renoise 2.1 Goes Gold

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Twinbee writes "The music DAW — Renoise 2.0 (and more recently 2.1) has been released for Mac, Linux and Windows. For those not familar with the 'tracker' style of music editing, many would say it's a welcome change from programs such as Logic, Cubase or Reason due to the sheer speed of editing and navigating notes, which are fed into a compact and information-rich spreadsheet-like structure. Although the learning curve may be a little steeper at first than the aforementioned (keyboard shortcuts are king), trackers have come a long since the early days of Protracker, OctaMED, FastTracker et al.

Essentially, it's suitable for create anything from classical to electronic, to jazz. Standard features include full VST/LADSPA/AU support, PDC, multi-core load balancing, rock-solid GUI, envelope automation, MIDI i/o, and a decent community/forum. The latest 2.1 version offers ReWire / Jack Transport support, and pattern 'scheduling' to allow for live performance mixes."

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Existence of Real 3D Mandelbrot?

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Twinbee writes "Could there ever exist a true 3D analogue of the Mandelbrot which isn't just an extruded mountain, lathed rotation or Quaternion cross section? If such an object did exist, it could look indescribably beautiful. This site goes in search of the mythical beast, and gives us hope that we may even find it one day. There's also a nice 'cream of the crop' collection of 3D fractal pics on display at the end (from many artists) which are well worth a look."
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MP3 Player Comparison - Winamp vs iTunes vs WMP

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "Skytopia recently featured a comparison of four of the most popular music organizers for Windows, including Winamp v5.51, iTunes v7.6, Windows Media Player v11.05, and MediaMonkey v3.01. The review focuses on "basic operation, including file types, searching features, tagging, and the speed of the program", and goes into quite some depth over the five pages.

Winamp turned out to be the winner, but only just. According to the writer, all of the players may be close enough to warrant sticking with for now, especially if you're used to their way of working."

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Greatest Widget Toolkit for C/C++

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Twinbee writes "I'm a C/C++ programmer looking to expand into the world of the GUI. The ideal widget toolkit should be cross-platform, but adhere to the native widgets where possible. It should also be simple to use with the shortest code possible, yet flexible and mature to suit large-scale projects. Finally, the applications should all run like greased lightning and have decent WYSIWYG GUI editors if possible.

After a cursory look, it would seem there are so many; wxWidgets, Ultimate++, JUCE, GTK, QT, V, Fox, Lgi, WTL, ZooLib, and SmartWin. After experiencing some of the horrors with the Win32 API, which of these are worth trying out?"
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Aerogel Hailed As New Wonder Material

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "The amazing properties of the space-age material aerogel have been known for some time, but only now is it beginning to be manufactured for widespread use. Highlights of the news article include resistance from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C, and how "6mm of aerogel was left almost unscathed by a direct dynamite blast". Perhaps the most obvious use for the 'super-sponge' like material is for insulation, whether we're talking about mountain boots, house insulation, or any winter wear.

Quote: "However, it has failed to convince the fashion world. Hugo Boss created a line of winter jackets out of the material but had to withdraw them after complaints that they were too hot.""

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Record Cost/watt for Solar Panels

Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Twinbee writes "We've just had a Slashdot story which reports the efficiency of solar panels has increased yet again, this time from 40.7 to 42.8%. However, what's surely more important is the price per watt statistic. It's the benchmark which more than anything else, will help propel us into a cleaner energy age.

So, Slashdot readers, what is the current record? From a quick Google, I find a few results to get us started: $26.60 per watt (Maplins). $4.40 per watt (the-green-company) $4.16 per watt (GE Energy GEPV-173 Solar Panels)

I have zero affiliation with the above companies, and no, I have no idea why Maplins panels are so expensive.

Can anyone find anything better $4.16 per watt?"
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Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "I was wondering what you lot would consider the best 2+ player games of all time. Apart from games for mixed skill players, this has never been asked on Slashdot before, so it would be interesting to see. From my own experience and research, it looks as though a top 50 would include games such as Streetfighter 2, World of Warcraft, Speedball 2, Super Mario Kart, SWIV, Ikaruga, Stunt Car Racer, Super Monkey Ball, Puzzle Fighter, and Mario Party. Whether they are competitive or cooperative, Slippery slope or Perpetual comeback, 2-player or multiplayer, retro or cutting edge, I want to hear them! I would prefer MMOG games not to be included, unless there is a good deal of interaction between the people in the 'same house' (e.g. perhaps they can team up and play against the world)."
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Twinbee Twinbee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Twinbee writes "Well 57 to be precise. Ever wondered how far off we are to creating a working flying skateboard, disintegrator disc, or anti-sleep pill? Mysteria Onera from Skytopia.com is a rather strange, but entertaining article that sets out to discover how useful these gizmos would be, the closest we've got so far, and a prediction date for when (or if) we can expect it to appear. As always with these kind of things, it's not going to be 100% accurate, but it's an interesting and humorous look at some of the weirder technologies out there."

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