4699 posts • joined 29 May 2007
If someone already has access to your device (in order to get the chat number) then you're pretty much boned anyway. This seems to be more about jumping on to the system that underpins the chat session and eavesdropping conversations where you don't have access to the end devices.
Even if there were a million simultaneous chats going on at any one time, your chances of 'stumbling* across one with a random number is roughly
Of course, if the PRNG has flaws that will come down a bit.
Even if, like me, you are extremely* motion sensitive, you can earn your VR legs.
As long as you stop when you start to feel queasy or you start to feel hot under the collar you can retry the next day and it will be marginally better. After a couple of weeks it's no problem.
I didn't use my psvr for about a month, and then I got Skyrim. I started to get those hot under the collar feelings again (although not quite as bad as I did when I first got the headset) only took me 2-3 days and it's all good again.
*if I get motion sick irl it can take about four hours for my stomach/head to settle enough to walk around.
Re: Do we really need much more pixels?
Even if you remove the screen door, you still have the challenge of resolution.
I.e. higher resolution will allow you to display more detail, but also requires more rendering power. It isn't really about screen door from what I read.
Re: Glasses anyone?
not sure if you're long-sighted, but if you're short sighted you're fine since the objects only look far away but aren't actually. it's like being in a magical world where i can see
Really? I'm short sighted and I still need to use my glasses. Which system do you use?
Re: Glasses anyone?
I wear glasses (short sighted) and I use PSVR quite effectively. It's not ideal obviously, but do-able.
Re: Fovea or FauxVR..?
I'm having a lot of fun with my PSVR.
Is it perfect? Of course, not, that doesn't stop me enjoying it.
I've played Skyrim on the xb360 and ps4 (flat) and now on PSVR - it's now a totally different game imho.
Once upon a time I'd click through the NPC dialogue to get the quest markers (for example) but now I find I am actually engaging in the world and taking an interest in the people that are in it. They are somehow more real now and I find I am caring. There are people playing it on PSVR who will actually take a seat in an inn and just chill out watching the fire and listening to the bard and the general conversations. Never heard of that happening in the 2d version.
Still, this does raise some interesting ethical questions about what you get up to in VR. It's so much more engaging that repeated anti-social activities that I really can see it having a negative impact on some people's behavior. I'm old and gnarly enough to sense it happening and be aware of the risks - others might just soak it up and let it influence how they act in real life.
Extremely powerful stuff, even at this graphical level. I don't want to see the old 'videogames made my son a killer' thing resurrected to be honest.
Re: That's what Magic Leaip is working on.
How are they addressing the response time for eye tracking?
If I move my eyes 20 degrees to the left my personal optics seem to take a moment to focus - is that enough time for the tracked eye movement to hit the CPU and re-render that area in high resolution in a VR headset?
What kind of skills are they tracking?
For example, I'm not really technically current any more, but I can still troubleshoot problems from general principles. I mainly use my skills to help other people do their jobs these days, like a team-builder, or facilitator (sometimes an obstacle de-contructor).
Are those kind of skills tracked? The last team I worked in has suffered a bit of a drop in performance after I left because they don't work as a team any more (especially since new starters didn't get the memo I tended to ram down their brain-stems when they joined the team).
Re: Freedom is slavery ..
Most of the collected communications, especially in later years after exponential growth of Internet communication volume, has almost surely* been discarded, a large part of it because of legal retention limits, but mostly because automated filters reject it or administrative retention limits based on practical considerations are reached.
Not because it's morally reprehensible then? No, didn't think so.
*Nice bit of optimism there, but in these days of lies within lies it's dangerously naive to even contemplate. Don't forget, people have been referring to NSA activities for years and were ridiculed as 'tin-foil hatters'. Turns out most of those people *underestimated* the extent of the surveillance.
No, apologists for the NSA are going to have to run the same gauntlet now I'm afraid. If you don't think they are slurping everything, forever, in every way possible, then you are crazily naive. See how that works?
gets dragged through the courts for a rape they did not commit...
Sounds like you need to call the A(nal)-Team*!
*BA-Bukakis, (Sit-on-my) Face, Hanniballs & Spurt-doc
Re: I'm not even mad
You see how I'm not beating their face to a pulp with a mechanical keyboard? I really think I'm making progress.
Re: Stupid PC brigade
This isn't a mental disease based on Nationality, it's based in Irrationality.
No one's forcing you to stay.
You're absolutely right. Much more of the kind of biased rhetoric displayed in this article and this will no longer be a safe space for commentards.
El Reg commentards made this site what it is today, and I daresay we all expect our Vulture to be scathing and vitriolic to all viewpoints equally. I do hope this isn't a sign of things to come, as that will probably signal the demise of our hallowed ground, there's nowhere else quite like it but when it's gone, it's gone.
Re: Form is temporary but class is permanent.
I'm toying with the idea of getting a T-Shirt printed with the following..
"I'm so privileged I'm not allowed a voice".
People playing chicken with self-driving cars, for instance, could already do that. For some reason, they don't though.
They do, just not that often. Also, don't you think that if they *knew* the car would stop that idiots would do it just for shitz and giggles? The reason most idiots don't do this already is that they are still capable of realising that they would probably die as a result, which isn't so much fun as it sounds.
Re: It's too Black and White
. I find the worst part of motorway driving - and the most potentially lethal - is getting bored driving long straight roads with little or no interest to stop you from nodding off.
Try driving faster and closer to the vehicle in front, that'll keep you perky.
Will that meme ever endy-McEndface?
What was wrong with my previous hoot of a poster asking whether you'd punch a woman in the face if you don't get what you want? There's nothing funnier than that!
I thought that was 'punch your ex in the face'? The article didn't say whether there was other information that would lead you to believe this was intended as a Man->Woman infraction. Women have ex's too you know.
Re: My view
Going back and reading what was actually written..
Putting limits and restrictions on what can be said, no mater how repugnant those opinions may be, goes against the entire concept of "Freedom of Speech".
This implies that the free speech in question relates to that of expressing one's own opinion. Whilst it doesn't specifically preclude 'orders' or incitement to commit a crime it's a bit pedantic to pick on that one element and ignore the implied limitations just so you can ignore the rest of what he said.
Mounting evidence, such as? Personally, given the standard of debate on a lot of forums these days, I could frankly support a lot more stifling.
Whilst I'm not going to argue your point on debating standards (because I agree it's woefully low) but I believe that is partly due to people not being able to say what they think and have to caveat everything they say.
I happened across a live studio debate a few months ago and it seemed that the whole audience were of the 'SJW' type - i.e. getting offended on others' behalf, not their own. It was amusing to watch them tie themselves in verbal knots over what they felt they could, or more to the point what they could not, say whilst discussing whatever the issue at hand was.
There was so much caveating going on it was hard to actually discern what the subject being discussed actually was.
The problem is the wording of law invites intolerance of someone else's point of view, it encourages people to 'be insulted' so that they can claim the other party is 'x-ist' or whatever so they can shut them down and not have to address the (often) valid points that are being raised.
I could write 500 words on a worthy subject, and even if I managed to convey constructive ideas and practical means of employing those ideas it would only require one badly worded sentence for the whole thing to be shot down in self-righteous flames and all the valid points would be ignored, even if those very same points could do a lot to help the very people who are flaming.
It is insane.
As for examples, there are too many to list. The first hit I got when I looked was an article from several years ago that mentions a few abuses of this power and why it needs an overhaul. If you want more have a look for yourself.
I fail to see how the dog could correctly interpret those instructions without first being taught who 'the Jews' were.
Without that the confused canine would have potentially picked people at random to fart on.
I don't know about repealing it, but it could certainly do with a bit of a review and a proper set of guidelines laid out as to what constitutes a hate crime. There appears to be mounting evidence that the law is being used to stifle debate on legitimate issues of the day that concern us all. Unless that was the intended purpose of the law (in which case write that down so we know for sure) then perhaps a bit of tweaking is in order.
Re: Maybe time for the mainstream broadcasters to pay attention
I liked Eldorado, it was funny :)
Re: Hand terminals?
If there is one thing I have learnt in the 20 years I've been working on security is that you don't challenge hackers to 'come get me if you can'. No matter how secure you think you are, there are always ways through.
Digital rats always find a way (SSR fanboi)
Re: Tony bLair
You are quite correct in that here in the UK we are Royally screwed.
However, since we lack the means to challenge things there, we can all do our bit to support our US colleagues who at least have a few bricks left in their wall to defend in the hope that it will trickle down to us poor sods.
Of course, in the imagination of Anonymous Coward, those poor people in Al-Qaeda are the real victims.
Are you really that hard of reading? I very much doubt anyone believes 'Al-Qaeda' are innocent victims, the bombing of innocent victims does lead to support of terrorist organisations that are planning attacks on the people who made those victims.
Action - reaction - geddit?
And where exactly do you think YOU'RE going sonny-jim?
Re: It's not a back door
I thought he was pretty much on track myself :P
Re: @Adrian 4 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
That is to say all work products and communication by Federal Employees must be retained and readable.
Until it's all accidentally deleted, along with the backups, across several locations - all at once.
Re: 8000 Devices?
Has anyone tried to tell them that it's their own fault and that they were warned (by the very community that is so well represented here on El Reg).
If you break the public's trust and slurp all the data you can, expect people to get pissed off and take up measures to counteract it. It's human nature - or are they going to legislate against that next?
I've often gone to the pub with Muslims, they either drink soft drinks or non-alcoholic Becks.
I've just realised that I have too, I just wasn't thinking about them being Muslim as they are just colleagues to me.
Re: I am confused
At the risk of paraphrasing Harmony here, it seems that women are perfectly capable of achieving a high degree of success in the world of IT but don't really want to do so, especially if there are better things they could be doing.
This sounds like a very sensible attitude, but obviously in this day and age completely wrong. The only way to correct it is to force women into a career where you often don't see daylight or anything beyond 3ft away from you that isn't viewed through a screen (at least until you have a 50:50 split).
Seriously, if (in general) women don't *want* to work in IT (and I wouldn't blame them) that doesn't mean that IT is inherently sexist - it's just full of blokes so it looks like it is. Not the same thing :)
Why would non-whites be banned from joining the Union? Whites weren't banned from the Asian society, etc in my Uni.
Ok, didn't realise that would be the case, but I don't suppose you could highlight the reasoning behind Caucasians joining a group identifying with Asian heritage?
Is it logical to assume at this point that Caucasians could also join the Black Society (ot whatever it might be called)?
Re: difference of opinion is not the same as calling management as incompetent
Well, iirc he didn't publish this memo publicly, someone else did that for him. He published it on an internal memo board that was set up to discuss such things, but it seems that it was being used simply as a honey trap as opposed to a viable debating venue.
Also, sacking someone for telling an uncomfortable truth is morally bankrupt, as is tacitly agreeing with it.
it's called the union and they meet at the bar
Am I to take that in your example no non-whites would be able to join the 'union'?
Do you realise that you have just effectively said that all judges who identify with a minority are biased?
Re: Punishing discrimination is not discrimination
@Tigra: I'm more inclined to believe that the state kills people to stop them from killing someone else, rather than as an object lesson in morality.
Re: I am confused
Reverse discrimination is like a Reverse Proxy - it's still discrimination. I sometimes get the feeling the use of the word 'reverse' in this context indicates that it should be treated as a sub-case of discrimination, when it really is at the same level. Not suggesting you were inferring that, just in general.
Re: Any Biometric is the least secure model I can think of.....
I downvoted you because you missed an opportunity to lamp one of the fuckers that put us in these kind of messes :p
Thanks for clarifying, I thought you were referring to the processor bugs in particular, but that doesn't change anything I don't suppose.
Totally agree on fixing the most commonly exploitable holes first. Not having a smart phone or social media accounts (apart from this one) I tend to immediately focus on the next line of defense, such as fixing processor bugs etc.
Re: random james bond dis
Brought to you by 'Rant-in-a-rush!'
Re: Any Biometric is the least secure model I can think of.....
Here's an interesting though exercise: If an individual* cannot remember a password more complex than '123456' etc. what is the statistical likelihood that the data they are carrying will impact anyone other than themselves if the data is compromised.
*All government employees are exempt
Re: Too late...
Obvious sarcasm is obvious.
And, given that there are easier means of stealing someones life (as discussed earlier), why would you bother?
It used to be the case that we argued against security through obscurity (i.e. it doesn't work) but you seem to be implying that security through ignorance *will* work.
Seriously, you have no idea whether there is a trivial way to exploit these processor bugs or not, and you also have no idea as to whether someone who wants to access your system will bother or not (assuming it is non-trivial).
That kind of approach to security leads to moments of regret later on, guaranteed.
I'm not sure about anyone else, but I would much prefer not to store my life on a vulnerable device in the first place, that way I don't give a shit (other than the inconvenience) if it gets lost/stolen/hacked.
Re: Some issues with this
Is the page you are viewing this thread on lacking the 'reply' button for posts by any chance?
Re: Wonder what would happen...
Make sure it's a single file that's around 200GB
Re: Flat Earth stuff
Totally agree that comment sections on Flat Earth video's are scary :)
Howver, in my travels through the odd corners of youtube I have seen some stuff that really does bear closer inspection, and in some cases, a good old fashioned experiment or two.
Stuff that I found compelling: Evidence of fakery on the part of NASA (astronaughts on wires, blue-screen oddness on the ISS, no genuine photo's of Earth from high orbit etc.) ; gyroscopic anomalies that could indicate The Earth is not rotating.
Now, one thing I would really like to do is perform a proper experiment to measure the curvature of the planet, because some people seem to have done experiments that appear to show there is a lot less than one would expect.
I'd like to devise an experiment that is as simple as possible and doesn't rely on a large number of inputs, so as to reduce error. I've considered one experiment that, whilst not measuring the curve, would at least provide enough evidence to disprove/prove some limits of what we can see.
For example: Find a long lake on a calm day. Set up a laser at one end (as close to the surface as possible, say 20cm). Mount a large white board at the other end, stick a powerful torch on top and aim it at the shore where the laser is. Using the torch as a guide, aim the laser at the board until you can see the laser hitting the board.
Then you lower the angle of the laser until it can no longer be seen on the board, measure the height of that point above the water. This, in my opinion, should give you a reasonable indication of how much curvature is present between the laser and the board (after taking the extra 20cm into account).
Now, not knowing much about lasers and the effects of the last bit of air above a body of water, can anyone tell me if this would be a valid experiment, and if not what would be?
I'm going to assume a total laser-board distance of at least three miles, as I believe curvature to be (miles squared*8 in inches, so 3 miles should be 72", or 6ft). There is a website on the net that can help me calculate the effect of the laser being 20cm above the water.
If The Earth is curved as we are informed, then the laser *cannot* appear on the board below 6ft (minus whatever the 20cm height of the laser effects are). If the laser appears to hit the board well below this point is it safe to conclude that The Earth's curvature is a lot less than our current model predicts?
I'm serious here, totally prepared to spend money on a laser and getting some people together who can independantly witness the experiment and controls etc. I'd like it to be of sufficient rigour to write a paper on it and have it peer reviewed. You can't go round basing beliefs on youtube video's after all ;)