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  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    I suspect that fitness (and to some extent muscle mass) will be important for VR players. Primarily to preserve precision. Your precision is shot way before your ability to continue is....
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    The healthy focus with any sport should be on performance, not results. You don't want to focus on "winning a competition", you focus on "performing well in the competition". If the performance is good, the winning will happen anyway; if...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Actually a spin-off of driving simulators from driving schools (at least the first rig was exactly the same stuff as used in driving schools), tested out by a couple of doctors who were starting to get really annoyed at having...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Not necessarily "rehab", but "useful for healthcare purposes", there's been a car driving simulation rig (basically front half of a car, probably some sort of six-axis motion table, plus plenty of large screens) for both "are you safe to drive"...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I think, for me, the main mindbender was WordStar (I think, it MAY have been WordPerfect) running on d/nix, in the early 1990s. It even had "vaguely looks like a preview" (not showing bitmapped layout, but showing the page(s) using...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    As far as I can tell, the main difference between a reference and a pointer is taht it's not semantically obvious how you perform reference + offset arithmetic (and GC gets a lot easier if you do not allow pointer...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Back when I was through the Swedish "let us place you for national service", they (as far as they can) test for dominant eye. With a left-dominant eye, certain roles are (or at least were) unavailable. One of the funniest...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    And I've read that the author, Allman, said that the configuration was intended to be easy for the program to interpret, *not* for the convenience of puny humans.... That isn't what was intended to be "the sendmail configuration language",...
  • Commented on Excuses
    My understanding is that the DARPA Grand Challenge going completely cross-country, so no need to actually do road following. Basically, pre-find a GPS route, then do opportunistic "avoid big boulders" (and possibly "deep chasms"), in vehicles that are a lot...
  • Commented on Excuses
    You mean "drive along an empty road with clear edge markings"? Yes, driving along a freeway, or in a city environment with well-defined kerbs is easy-ish (LIDAR, machine vision; not simple, but current tech has been optimised for this problem)....
  • Commented on Excuses
    As far as "could people use self-driving cars in Sweden" goes, yes, most would probably live where current self-driving cars would work well. But, then, most of those would probably be better off using public transport (which, to a large...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I could (possibly) see self-driving cars working OK-ish in one of the bigger Swedish cities. I suspect that ~70% of the Swedish road network would be.. a challenge... for self-driving vehicles. That would be the fraction of roads that are...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    British or US gallon? They're different sizes. Well, both are 8 pints, but the US pint is 16 fl. oz, and the UK pint is 20 fl. oz (I think the fluid ounces are close enough that we can ignore...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Indeed. I'm sure you've addressed this many (many, many...) times, but why is Unix system time not useful for this environment? It doesn't know about leap seconds, for starters. The Unix Epoch is no longer 00:00:-00 Jan 1, 1970, it...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That way the systems themselves always know what really came before what, so calculations of "is it older/is it newer/when did it happen" etc. always come out right, and never get confused by timezone stuff because they never see it....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    If you can get "all the things" onto a single time reference, and include error bounds on your time stamps, it's probably a solvable problem. However... taht would require having regular (and ideally frequent) access to a reliable and accurate...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Heh, I notice (again, this keeps happening) differences between schooling in Sweden and UK. Swimming - check (there was swimming up and down the lanes, but there was also "rescue a floating doll", followed by "rescue a classmate going limp",...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Ahem! Edinburgh is further south of Anchorage than London is of Edinburgh (London, ~51.3 degrees N; Edingburgh 55.6 degrees N; Anchorage, 61.1 degrees N). I will give you a "correct" for Moscow, though. Main reason I know is that Stockholm...
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