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    Rumor: Valve's Next VR Hardware and (Possible) Handheld

    Recently, two videos have been posted regarding Valve's next steps for VR. One is from Tyler McVicker. The other is from Thrillseeker. I haven't seen much discussion of this online except for a few news outlets that report on rumors and leaks, so I wanted to get people's opinions here...
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    Nvidia Has Been Sneaking a Slower MX150 Variant Into Some Ultrabooks

    1D10? That is so close to 1D10T, which would have been the perfect name for the slower variant. Sadly, reality doesn't match comic potential.
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    “Gamers Aren’t Overcharged; They’re Undercharged,” Says Wall Street Analyst

    If all he cares about is time played, then why wouldn't companies just design games to get people to play as often as possible for as long as possible because, you know "good value." Except at some point it just becomes Farmville. It becomes work, and feels like stupid, infinite "arrow in the...
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    Fisker Claims it Will Build an Electric Car That Charges in 1 Minute

    This is what I was going to post. It's either only capable of charging that fast in theory, or they're using some super-capacitor array that charges like normal over a 4-8hr period and then dumps it all to the car battery when plugged in.
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    Jackholes Make Traffic Move Faster

    And then you have Philly where we all get the "don't merge until you are forced to" mentality, but you also have a-holes who just drive in on the shoulder because their exit is in 5 miles. I hate Philly.
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    The Reign of 3D Is over in US Cinemas

    I don't really agree with this assessment of 2D to 3D conversion. The thing about filming in native 3D is that it's really impossible to do well. Our eyes evolved to do a few things simultaneously. First, they focus at a specific distance, whatever distance it is we're trying to focus on. They...
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    The Reign of 3D Is over in US Cinemas

    I'm not a "fan" of 3D, but have never particularly hated it either. The Martian was legitimately better in 3D than 2D. So was Guardians of the Galaxy. The Walk was really amazing in 3D. I've come to the point where, if there's a movie I really want to see in theaters and it happens to have...
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    The Hybrid Car Is Already Facing Obsolescence

    Mike, you can get a used Chevy Volt, a car that has a sub 7 second 0-60, a 30 mile all electric range, and a hybrid mode that rivals any Prius or any other traditional hybrid for $15k or less. I got a 2013 model more than a year ago for $15k with only 8,000 miles on it. If I put a full charge...
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    Netflix Is Bleeding Millions Due to Password Sharing

    This is the same logic as the anti-piracy groups. There isn't a 1:1 ratio of downloads to lost sales. I use Netflix very infrequently (less than once a month) using my parents' credentials. If I didn't use their credentials there's no way I would get a subscription. Maybe (and this is a big...
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    Satya Nadella Is Keeping the Windows Phone Dream Alive

    If MS ever releases a phone that's also, you know, just a computer . . . then I might be interested. I could install whatever I want on it and have fun. Oh wait, that's Android.
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    EVs with 100-Mile Range May Be All You Need, Some Automakers Say

    You're describing the Chevy Volt. It's all electric until you run out of battery, then it switches to a gas mode that charges the battery. The gas motor does have a hybrid mode where the gas motor will also add traction to the drive line, but never without the electricity also powering it. It's...
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    EVs with 100-Mile Range May Be All You Need, Some Automakers Say

    I'm really happy with my Volt. It has a 32 mile electric only range and maybe once a week we'll have a day of errands that puts the car into hybrid mode. That means most days all I drive on is pure electric. But I love the hybrid feature and really wouldn't want to live without it. I like...
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    First UPS U.S. Delivery eBike Debuts In Portland, Oregon

    Back on topic . . . Could UPS have made this thing any uglier?
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    What About The Ethics Of VR Sex?

    Since the author of the original article went here, I'm going to go here. In most places, child pornography isn't defined as just pornography involving actual underage children. It includes adult women who look like children and are pretending to be children. It often includes animations of...
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    Company Turns Crayons Into Art Using Your Digital Images

    The $89 images on their website are 17x17, or 289 crayons in total. Various products on Amazon price crayola crayons at 10.3 cents each, so that would be ~$30 in cost, plus labor etc. The profit margin seems about right for these, honestly. Not that it's something I'd want in my house, but the...
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    HTC Vive Owners Thread

    I've had mine for almost two months now. It's spent most of its life at my office where I've been working on getting architectural designs into VR (with a fair bit of success). I'm going to be taking it home today since I'm leaving town for a week. I've been really happy with it. I have a fairly...
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    VR Shipping Woes Continue With The Vive

    I got my order in :04 minutes after they opened. My credit card has had a hold placed on it, but no charge yet and no tracking info. I get that it's a preorder and that they can't ship them all at once, but Shen Ye (of HTC) said on twitter, "Woah, more than 15k units in less than 10min." So...
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    Would You Pay $50 to Watch New Movies at Home?

    I sit ~10-12' from the screen. Because of that I don't think I'd go any bigger. I sometimes have people over but my wife doesn't think that having people over to watch a movie is a good activity since you can't really interact socially during the movie. I don't really care and I don't think...
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    Would You Pay $50 to Watch New Movies at Home?

    I have 110" screen and a projector. I also have friends. I know people would be willing to chip in to have a screening party vs. having to all sit silently and motionless at a theater. I'd be down for sure. And on the piracy thing. It wouldn't be a cam version. HD rips would show up immediately.
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    15K HTC Vive Headsets Sold In Ten Minutes

    One of those pre-orders is mine! I'm pumped!
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    How To Block Windows 10 Upgrades

    I posted this method a bunch of times in Windows 10 threads here. It mostly got ignored, but it's been the method I've used ever since those prompts started coming up.
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    Oculus Founder Defends $600 Price Tag

    Sell 360 controller for profit? So his recipe is this, 1) Buy $600 VR HMD. 2) Sell included 360 controller for $610. 3) Profit!
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    Tinder Robot Uses Your Sweaty Hands To Find You True Love

    More like, "which photo gives you the biggest b****?" Not a good measure of true love.
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    Blue Origin: Amazon Successfully Launches, Returns Rocket

    So, I guess SpaceX didn't do this in 2013? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t15vP1PyoA A trip to space is really no different. They didn't get up to orbital velocity, not by a long shot. Quoting Elon Musk on this one, "Getting to space needs ~Mach 3, but GTO orbit requires ~Mach 30. The energy...
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    14.5% Of Fallout 4 PC Players Still In Vault 111

    They must still be playing in the character creator . . . for days and days.
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    Zune Is Dead

    The software got better. Now it's infinitely better than iTunes, which has somehow gotten worse with every version. Now it's like the worst piece of bloatware that's also a webpage without adblock. Barf.
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    Zune Is Dead

    I'm still using my ZuneHD. We'll see how much this really affects how I use my zune. Like, will podcasts still download and transfer? How long will the software be supported. I still want to transfer different things to and from my Zune.
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    Nvidia Wants To Own The Graphics Card Market

    They don't have to support the graphics card of any other company. They just need to remove an arbitrary lock on their controller. They have the driver for the controller locked down to the GeForce experience (for no reason other than arbitrary lockout), which requires an Nvidia GPU. If they...
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    Nvidia Wants To Own The Graphics Card Market

    The lock-in they're talking about is forcing people to have an Nvidia card for things like using the Shield controller with your PC. There's no reason why they couldn't release a controller driver outside of the Nvidia graphics drivers, but they won't. It's kind of a d*ck move if you ask me.
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    Show Your LCD(s) setups!!!

    And have no children . . .
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    Windows 10 Upgrade Nags Become More Aggressive

    Ever since I did the regedit fix I haven't been bothered by anything. I see a nice class action lawsuit coming over this.
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    Drone Crashes At Movie Premier, Injures Baby

    We certainly needs some rules to differentiate between hobby/toy drones and larger professional drones. A recent Mythbusters episode confirmed that theoretically a larger drone could cut through to someone's jugular. Toy drones are just toys. I have one that stings really bad if it buzzes...
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    7 Things I Still Hate About Windows 10

    I'm still using Windows 7 and even went through the trouble of editing the registry on all my computers to get the stupid Windows 10 upgrade notification to go away and stay away. As soon as I couldn't tell the notification to shut up and go away through normal means is when I knew Windows 10...
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    Cinnamon Toast Crunch Selfie Spoon

    IT'S FREE! . . . . . . after $7 shipping charge. For $2 I would think it's a funny joke. For 7, nope.
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    ROG Swift PG348Q Curved Display Unveiled

    Agreed with announcing too soon. But it did just move me away from the very similar Dell and Samsung curved monitors. Hopefully there won't be too much of a price hike by the time this comes out. Sub $1000 would be awesome.
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    Private Medical Data of Over 1.5M People Exposed

    This is why I'm not a fan of the part of Obamacare that more or less requires the practice of storing medical data in the cloud and having it accessible to patients via the web. It's essentially impossible to be HIPAA compliant and keep medical records safe. Also, my right to privacy should...
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    Porn App Took Secret Photos Of Users

    They'd get more money if they demanded $1000 or photos of them wanking off get sent to everyone in their contact list (with an image of what they were getting off to).
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    Chrome Reportedly Bypassing Adblock, Forces YouTube Video Ads

    I've found a fix (I think). Go here: chrome://apps/ Right click on YouTube and click "Remove from Chrome". Seems to be working for me. I've been clicking lots of videos trying to get an ad and still haven't had one after doing this.
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    Netflix 4K Content Leaks To Torrent Sites

    I've seen the file. One episode is 17Gb. That's what happens when you record an H.265 stream as H.264. I don't know who will be downloading stuff in 4k H.264 when a whole season is going to be ~1Tb. I know storage is cheap, but so is Netflix . . . The biggest middle finger I've seen is that...
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    Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data

    Hmm, this article claims that a meta-analysis shows that "34 percent of men and 24 percent of women have engaged in extramarital sexual activities." I find that really really hard to believe. The math on the number of relationships in which at least one partner is likely to have cheated seems...
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