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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 two weeks ago
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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 4 months ago
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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...

...so I stopped updating Windows 8.1 so you'd update to Windows 8.1 so you can update Windows 8.1!

about 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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I'd rather be spied on by ...

zarthrag Re:Damn it (324 comments)

Try to think of it as a headcount.

about 9 months ago
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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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Internet of Things Demands New Social Contract To Protect Privacy

zarthrag Re:the usual empty bloviations (95 comments)

I just had to say that out loud ....with a lisp.

looooooooooooooooool

about a year ago
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The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators

zarthrag Re:Sharing economy = can't tax them (192 comments)

You're basically saying I should pay more simply because I'm black. ... ....fuck you.

about a year ago
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John Carmack Joins Oculus VR As CTO

zarthrag Re:This will help the Occulus Rift A LOT!!! (125 comments)

I have to say, this is a strange issue I have (err...had) with my rift. Many of the demos using the latest sdk make me sick (I don't think I have my IPD quite right?) Vireio makes me sick, quickly, no matter what. But the Tridef beta rift drivers are a DREAM...and there's no real IPD setting, it's weird. Suddenly, I'm VR "hardened" - though the headtracking support doesn't emulate trackir the way I wish.

My point is, it's different for everyone - for sure. But there's a lot of things to tweak, preferably on an empty stomach.

1 year,19 days
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Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie

zarthrag Re:Really?!? (1448 comments)

Not sure how you figure it's the *state* making money on this. Actually, it's the Prison/Industrial complex making all the money. Even with the kids.

Q: Exactly where do you think state employees/reps go to (and come from)?

A: The private sector that's gaining from these policies. They're practically one in the same.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

zarthrag Re:Economies of scale (611 comments)

Jobs...is that you?

about a year ago

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