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Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 Ready For Pre-Order Today

holysin Re:Don't underestimate gamers (100 comments)

Don't underestimate the market power of geeks playing games

FWIW, some of us non game playing geeks are also *really* looking forward to the Rift primarily for watching movies on our HTPC... $300-400 (a head) is not expensive to movie geeks wanting the best experience... Hell, I'm praying the rift is finally released before I give in and buy another projector to replace my 7 year old one. I'm not sure if the rift will beable to do what I want it to, but I'm hopeful. And at the cost of 1 lamp (I replace them each year with my viewership on projectorss) it would be a friggin steal.

about 10 months ago

802.11ac: Better Coverage, But Won't Hit Advertised Speeds

holysin And this is news? (107 comments)

I'm sorry, but since the advent of marketing (the new wheel, now travel up to 1000x faster than walking!) the speeds we actually get *very* rarely ever approach the advertised "up to" speeds. Even the summation says this: "And, as you well know from decades of network-technology advertising, dear reader, a “raw” data rate (often incorrectly called “theoretical”) is the maximum number of bits that can pass over a network. That includes all the network overhead as well as actual data carried in packets and frames. The net throughput is often 30 to 60 percent lower.'" So...... why bother mentioning it, let alone headlining it? Is it just to attract us grumpy old trolls? The advertised wireless network speeds are very much like gas mileage, wildly inaccurate in the real world.

about a year and a half ago

The Pacific Ocean Is Polluted With Coffee

holysin Re:How come the water don't smell like coffee? (294 comments)

While tea does contain tanin so does coffee. A more common reason as to why you can do this is either you're drinking a fruit /mint tea that has little to no caffeine, or more likely, your body is conditioned for coffee so that when you smell coffee and taste it your brain behaves as though it's just waking up even if there's not a lot of caffine in the cup. An example of this was a study (in england around 2011 if my memory serves) that had people drink regular coffee and decaf and then tested focus and reaction time. The people drinking decaf who were told they were drinking caffeine actually did better than the caffeinated people on (I think just on) reaction time. The brain is an annoyingly inconvenient trickster sometimes.

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Turn Home Wi-Fi Router Into Spy Device

holysin Re:WWJD (108 comments)

if only I had mod points, thanks for the good LOL before bed.

more than 2 years ago

Virgin Promises 100Mbps Connections To UK Homes

holysin Re:DPI was the last straw for me (247 comments)

If you live in an area serviced by them, the people that bought CCW have a great service. I'm on a reseller (Vivaciti) of theirs and have no problems despite a monthly usage of 400-500GB. (am getting 10-12Mb from amsterdam on a 14Mb sync). As my line sometimes goes to crap a LLU was the best solution for me (no speed profile, you get whatever you connect at, not the speed you connected at 2-3 days ago. fcking expensive to me, but I'm able to grab US tv in 720p fairly quickly so I'm happy until I wander back to the states :)

more than 4 years ago

Airlines Plan To Filter, Censor In-Flight Internet Access

holysin Re:How does the net access make this different? (262 comments)

Bloody hell! (really wish we could edit these later for times when proofreading misses a word/line, but then people could change their minds, and that's just not allowed ;-) )

No, in the current incarnation VOIP won't work with air travel, well, not like a traditional phone call, it'll be more like walkie talkies, say "over" when you're finished speaking and it's the net person's call.

should read:

No, in the current incarnation VOIP won't work with air travel, well, not like a traditional phone call, it'll be more like walkie talkies, say "over" when you're finished speaking and it's the other person's turn to talk.

Right, apparently not awake enough or too hungover for /. posting. I now return you to your regularly scheduled flame war.

more than 7 years ago


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