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Simple Hack Enables VR Mode For Oculus Rift In Alien: Isolation

zarthrag Re:The point? (57 comments)

Tried it, had to down a nice tall glass of ginger-ale afterwards and go back to 2D - I consider myself exceptionally "VR hardned". But this game is the closest I've come to surrendering my stomach contents. (No real spoilers, here)

* I think it's a problem with the calibration routine, which doesn't cancel out any rotation in your head (if you're looking slightly up/down, to tilting your head to the side, even slightly. becomes the new "level". Euurgh...
* Walk speed while on the first ship, walk speed is entirely too high. Your brain is damn-near expecting to feel whiplash. Double Euurgh...
* Framerate and controls are superb, but it's **straaaange** to from from a IRL 6'0" 210lb man to being a 5'4"ish scrawny woman who probably weighs a buck, soaking-wet.

Nevermind that this game is already hard/scary. Probably too much for a first "AAA" VR experience. The interface is an excellent implementation, though. But that calibration...

I thought the part where you're wearing the spacesuit on EVA was amazing, too. Was more comfortable than the game.

about two weeks ago

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

zarthrag Re:Oh good (907 comments)

If you drive off the lot with a loan for a car that is fully depreciated already, and you paid an appropriate amount for the car, even without a down payment, the lender has a relatively small amount of risk.

That's the kicker, right there. These customers do not, nor will they ever, have $2500 for a down payment (If they did, they could buy a "real" car.) These places take vehicles with a bluebook value of $2000-$5000 and sell them for $10,000 or more with little to nothing "down", at the maximum interest rate the law will allow, and with an "as-is" warranty term.

It's usury, plain and simple. These snakes are just waiting for you to slip-up on a payment. Fees for being late are fair. But their goal is to simply repo the very moment you're late with a payment. Because, then, they can repo the car - sell it again (and again, until it can't be sold). Auction it. Then still leave you with a credit-report item for the difference.

A remote kill-switch (and probably GPS for recovery) only increases profits, I'm sure.

Believe it or not, but 95% of 'Merica isn't New York/Chicago/LA/Big-City. Here in Tulsa, there is no public transit to speak of. Unless you plan carefully where you live/work, it's quite difficult - maybe impossible - to live/work/eat without constant access to a car.

Profits over people. It's the American way.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

zarthrag Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

I've been tempted by the Lumia phones, I must say. I just haven't *seen* one out in the wild. My current android is a Sony Xperia M, which I *really* like - but isn't without issues. (I think the only thing holding me back is google voice, tbh)

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

zarthrag Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Not picking a side. But it's kinda funny when you think about it:

* With an Apple device, you get regular updates to iOS, but your phone will continually become slower (planned obsolescence)

* With an Android device, the manufacturer outright abandons updating the phone the moment their next handset is on sale. (Samsung seems to be the worst about this, but, even Google has done it to stock Nexus phones.)

Pick your poison. Slow, or quick. ....then get ready for your next pill.

about a month ago

Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

zarthrag Re:cnn is worse (108 comments)

Your solution is....extreme. Sometimes, I want to watch the video. Chome lets you set plug-in exceptions on a per-site basis, but it is buried away. (chrome://settings->Show advanced settings->Privacy->Content-settings->plugins->Manage Exceptions...)

just add [*.] as an exception with "ask" as the new default. I imagine you could do the same to facebook. Now, instead of an autoplay video, you get a nice grey box that you can click, if YOU decide you want to watch the video.

about a month and a half ago

Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

zarthrag Mod Parent Up (226 comments)

As a black "nerd", I'm only offended that you were marked as a troll - as I share your opinion of the show.

about a month and a half ago

Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

zarthrag Re:Seriously? (109 comments)

I keep a few packs of disposable contacts around just for use with the Rift. Lasik is not a (practical/suggested) option for me - though I did get some (more) motivation to get evaluated because of VR.

I'm thinking there will soon be a cottage industry of corrective prescription eye-cups for VR, until you can simply enter your prescription into your avatar details :-D

about 2 months ago

Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

zarthrag Re:Welders make 150k??? (367 comments)

There's probably some consideration to the *type* of welding and the conditions you must do it in. Tig Welding requires *considerably* more skill/experience/mastery than simple brazing and stick welding. There's the added bonus that if you do it wrong, you DIE. In which case, such welders can command a premium for their skills - as they should.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

zarthrag Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

Yo Dawg! I heard you like Windows 8.1... I stopped updating Windows 8.1 so you'd update to Windows 8.1 so you can update Windows 8.1!

about 6 months ago

Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

zarthrag Re:News? (133 comments)

Sigh....outlawing lobbying is like getting a 4yo to agree to abolishing cookie jars ... while his/her hand is in it. I don't see a solution to the problem at all. The USA is run by money to the point where it isn't proper to call it anything but an oligarchy.

about 6 months ago

A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

zarthrag Re:clunky software? (143 comments)

And please don't respond "Oh, just use blender!" It's not a CAD tool if it doesn't have parametrics.

about 7 months ago

Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

zarthrag Re:Here's how to secure your "Internet of things" (106 comments)

Additionally, they should be on an isolated internal network, wired whenever possible. A server or appliance in your house can manage said "things". Every single vendor who supplies you with 'things" shouldn't force you to use their (likely vulnerable) web portal or service, just supply some drivers/documentation, and part ways.

about 7 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

zarthrag Re:Kickstarter is not an investment (535 comments)

FUD, Trollish Coward! Oculus's kickstarter execution was flawless. The DK1 took a little bit of time, but did happen, and is responsible for the resurgence of VR as an industry.

about 7 months ago

White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

zarthrag Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

The government doesn't set prices for procedures. The fed could extend the medicare pricing list to everyone instead of having to deal with each insurance company's "negotiated pricing" and arcane "most favored nation" contract rules. Or maybe employers could be required to offer up the cash that would have been spent on the company health plan so you can shop for yourself. Shopping for insurance across state lines would certainly be nice! Also, repealing state regulations that limit the size/capacity of hospitals.

My HSA should stay that way, if it's my money, no one should be able to take it but me! ...Actually, I wish my HSA could be grown and used as some kind of bond-like health insurance that also lowers my own premiums over time.

There are lots of political problems that could be fixed without repealing the ACA. 99% of it is removing greed, the #1 killer in America.

about 7 months ago

Firefox 26 Arrives With Click-To-Play For Java Plugins

zarthrag "Click-to-pay"... (208 comments)

...was the first thing I saw. Talk about a panic attack!

about 10 months ago

I'd rather be spied on by ...

zarthrag Re:Damn it (324 comments)

Try to think of it as a headcount.

about a year ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

zarthrag Re:I love /. comments (663 comments)

Who wants to admit that they paid $900 for a piece of crap?

It's like caviar. It's nasty, but you overpaid - so you smile and act like it tastes good ...lest others think that you aren't sophisticated.

about a year ago


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