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Comment Re:Not obvious (Score 1) 115

Space Pirate Trainer and Audio Shield, I think stand out in my mind as examples of how it should be done. I have played both for hours on end.

But Valve does get it, two of the best mini games are in their free package "The Lab": Slingshot and Longbow. Slingshot is just hilarious, although not a great example of how to use VR. Longbow however is an absolutely excellent VR game that utilizes both the capabilities of the headset as well as an inspired use of the controllers to feel as natural to archery as you can get without a 60lb draw weight (and your arms get plenty tired even without it).

It would be nice if we could move out of the little demo game and into some genuine game. Elite is great in VR, but it is still crippled by its bizarre control scheme.

The major flaw in VR as it stands today is large scale movement. You can move around a small room just fine, it works exactly as advertised and couldn't be more natural (assuming you are used to walking). But if you want to move large distances, you need some other mechanic. The best I've used is the point & click scheme such as in The Lab, but it's not terribly natural, nor enjoyable. On the other hand, using the joysticks on the controller to move makes me very sick, very fast. This breaks the current FPS genre entirely, as they are almost exclusively oriented to constant motion. I'm not complaining, FPSes lost their shine to me a long time ago, but AAA game shops only know how to make them.

Comment Re:So it's going to fail (Score 2) 88

I think the main issue is that it requires a high end computer that most of us build ourselves, but which joe sixpack has to buy from some systems company and figure out what he needs. In theory one might sell "Oculus Rift/Vive Ready Game Machine", but I don't think the marketing has got there yet.

Your technical issues I agree with, but honestly every time I put the thing on I forget my gripes about all the bugs and issues, everything that was promised in the 90s is being delivered, I really don't see this going away. I suspect Joe Sixpack will see it that way too and the things will fly off the shelves and fund the evolution of design improvements. It's just hard to put them in people's hands if they have to be computer geeks to understand the hardware requirements.

Comment Re:stay warm and safe in your bubble (Score 2) 357

Most of us who got out of school during dot-com, figured it out, quickly, in 2001.

What survived however is the dot-com corporate culture of hype over substance, there were still a lot of winners there for the suite types, and the lesson they learned was somethings you can make more with a flop than with a hit. (Queue the theme song to The Producer)

Comment Re:stay warm and safe in your bubble (Score 5, Insightful) 357

And we cant just say "fuck it and fuck your bullshit, I'm heads down working"

Actually, you can. In some places just like that. In others possibly "I'm busy, when do you need this by". If you are in a place where you are working hard, and which values your contribution, the message survives the diction. In other places, which talk a lot about technology but really just need glorified MBAs who know how computers work, you probably can't get away with this. Quit.

I think his message is exactly right, and so many companies get lost in the bullshit they are unable to get the job done. Often of course because they have moved into the Wall St. phase of "let the losers of the pyramid game get their money back, if possible".

Any asshole can have an idea, most of technology (or most anything else for that matter) is the hard work. This is also what makes us so hostile towards patents that don't have products behind them.

Comment Re:Comforting? (Score 0) 79

What should be disconcerting is that while this monitor clearly is a turd, Apple admits to a problem.

Whereas in the rest of the PC industry such turds are on sale everywhere (from this vendor and others), and you will get no support for it, and people will look at you weird if you say you put your router next to it and it stopped working. If I add up the list of all the things my diy PC does "weird" and doesn't quite work at, I will run out of disk space. I suspect this monitor works "good enough" that if Apple wasn't involved in it, we wouldn't even hear about it. Apple deserves a black eye for this, but the lesson should be that they need to build their own monitor, not that what's out there is reasonable.

I would not, if I were Apple, want to support any arbitrary monitor you found in Frys. The support costs would be insurmountable.

Comment Re:News for financiers (Score 1) 53

Most nerds I know given RSUs from their employers, including nerds who work at Apple, sell their company stock pretty much as soon as it vests. The logic, which I don't argue with, is that by being employees they already have far too many eggs in that one basket. Given that most RSUs given to employees in every company vest over a 4 year period, that basket is pretty fucking heavy already.

There's no real narrative to lock on to here, sell it and diversify, if your company tanks and you get laid off, you will have money left. Anything people in the media talk about is nonsense, they don't know shit and most of them have a paid agenda. In fact, as a rule, investors don't know shit, that's why they traded their money for shares in someone else's business, rather than starting their own. They are highly susceptible to this media coverage of nonsense, which creates a market for more nonsense.

The only "news" here is that investment in Apple right now is primarily speculation, it is not about company fundamentals, it's a waste of time to debate this thing. If you speculate that they are going to deliver the next big thing (which isn't a macbook, and isn't even an iPhone, the markets for those products are saturated), then you invest, knowing that when Tim puts it on the stage people will buy it up sight unseen. If you think Microsoft can deliver, you invest there. But if you had money and you wanted to bet on Apple making the product or Microsoft, you're pretty much an idiot to put your money in Microsoft, people avoid their products in droves...even if they aren't as bad as we'd expect from them.

Comment Re:problems (Score 4, Interesting) 283

The older I get, and the weaker the hormones are, the happier I am with life in general. Being a young male was hell and honestly getting sex wasn't the cure-all that Mr. Thiel thinks it is... you just get a brief break (the younger you are, the briefer it is) and want back in the saddle again.

I'm not really sure why we seem to worship this ideal, sex is a biological demand that kept us going, but definitely is responsible for more of the worlds troubles than any other single thing.

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