Green Screen Review #26: VR Headsets Get Stuck on Shelves

Sales estimates fall for virtual-reality gear; internet users say they are ‘just not interested’

Virtual reality was supposed to be the next big thing, but headsets haven’t exactly been flying off the shelves. The question is, why?

There were $1.48 billion in VR hardware sales in 2016, according to SuperData Research. That is far from the $12.65 billion the research firm is forecasting for 2020. That estimate has come down, and there is still reason to question whether VR will get there.

In March, digital marketing research firm Thrive Analytics asked the question to internet users who weren’t interested in owning a VR headset. The survey, as summarized by eMarketer, showed many of the expected reasons: the headsets were too expensive, lack of virtual reality content and poor quality of what was out there, and fear of motion sickness.

The biggest chunk, some 53%, said they were “just not interested.” Perhaps actual reality is difficult enough.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/vr-headsets-get-stuck-on-shelves-1495219104

Where is the compelling case for a device that blocks out the real world while providing a virtual world, that causes motion sickness in many people? Plus at the current stage of development just doesn’t deliver much beyond niche novelty content. I can see compelling cases for augmented reality using AeroGlass or some similar technology to display information in the eyesight of the user, while still being able to observe the real world. There is even a danger there, as we found out in the military cockpit, too much information and the mind become confused, it was essential to only provide the act on now information. How will the AR device know what information the user really needs at the moment?  More work needed before AR devices start flying off the shelf, or they will soon be stuck on the shelves with the VR devices.

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Carbon Dioxide in perspective by The Galileo Movement

Australia is part of our planet and, “What Goes Around, Comes Around” so ……

Interesting, simple, 3-minute presentation of the CO2 issue. A physical model used to illustrate something that is totally lost on almost every American. Watch this video and become one of the people in the know!


This video takes a simple for an effective look at CO2. Here are the references mentioned in the video:

Reference 1 and 2
http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc… and http://www.galileomovement.com.au/sci… and pages 1-4 of http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc…

Reference 3:
2:17: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/sci… and pages 1-4 here: http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc... and http://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc…

Reference 4
http://www.galileomovement.com.au/dochttp://www.galileomovement.com.au/doc… and http://Tome22.info/Top/Articles.html and http://Tome22.info/Top/AnnotatedDocum… and http://Tome22.info/

5% Reduction in Carbon emissions by 2020 – statement to Parliament accompanying the tabling of the legislation for the Carbon Tax.

$72 billion – http://www.minerals.org.au/file_upload

Your thoughts?  Did this help you understand why anthropogenic global warming is a fraud, designed to capture your personal wealth and distribute it to socialists around the world? Another Agenda 21 scheme to make sure they never run out of your money.

 

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CHILDREN OF THE 1930s and 1940s

“THE LAST ONES”

By Denise Eyherabide 

Born in the 1930s and early 1940s, we exist as a very special age cohort.  We are the “LAST ONES.”  We are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the war itself with fathers and uncles going off.  We are the last to remember ration books for everything from sugar to shoes to stoves.  We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.  We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available.

We are the last to hear Roosevelt’s radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors.  We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day.

We are the last who spent childhood without television; instead imagining what we heard on the radio.  As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood “playing outside until the street lights came on.”   We did play outside and we did play on our own.  There was no little league.

The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.  Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.  Newspapers and magazines were written for adults.  We are the last who had to find out for ourselves.

As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.  The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.  VA loans fanned a housing boom.  Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work.  New highways would bring jobs and mobility.  The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.  In the late 40s and early 50s the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet order as it gave birth to its new middle class.  Our parents understandably became absorbed with their own new lives.  They were free from the confines of the depression and the war.  They threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.

We weren’t neglected but we weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus.  They were glad we played by ourselves “until the street lights came on.”  They were busy discovering the post war world.

Most of us had no life plan, but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide we simply stepped into the world and went to find out.  We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed.  Based on our naïve belief that there was more where this came from, we shaped life as we went.

We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future.  Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience.  Depression poverty was deep rooted.  Polio was still a crippler.  The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 1950s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks.  China became Red China.  Eisenhower sent the first “advisors” to Vietnam.  Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.

We are the last to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland.  We came of age in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, climate change, technological upheaval and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with insistent unease.

Only we can remember both a time of apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty.   We experienced both.

We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better… not worse.

We did not have it easy.  Our wages were low, we did without, we lived within our means, we worked hard to get a job, and harder still to keep it.  Things that today are considered necessities, we considered unreachable luxuries.  We made things last.  We fixed, rather than replaced.  We had values and did not take for granted that “somebody will take care of us.”  We cared for ourselves and we also cared for others.

We are the “LAST ONES.”

[ I was born in July 1938 a child of the 30s and 40s ]

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Tahoe Glacier Making a Comeback?

By Robert Felix

This is not as far-fetched as you may think. In fact, if history is any guide it is inevitable. Not only inevitable, the process may have already begun.California’s Squaw Valley ski resort, just west of Lake Tahoe, has been buried beneath more than 58 feet of snowfall this season. That’s enough snow to completely cover a five-story building.With such copious amounts of snow, Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth announced last week that some ski trails may stay open all summer and into next season.In other words, the snow may not entirely melt this summer. [My Emphasis]

I don’t know if Mr. Wirth fully understood the import of his words, but readers of this website ( iceagenow.info ) certainly do.

“Isn’t this how glaciers are formed?” asked one reader.

“Snow in one year still existing the following year?” “Golly! Wouldn’t that start a glacier?” asked another.

“Ski all Summer thru Fall? That’s called a glacier,” exclaimed yet another reader.

“Glaciation of the Sierras.”Those readers are correct. That is indeed how glaciers form.That is also how ice ages begin – not because some huge ice sheet starts grinding southward (or northward if coming from the bottom of the globe), but because the more the snow accumulates, the less chance it has to melt.And even though it may take years to create a full-fledged glacier, when the previous season’s snowfall doesn’t entirely melt away, the glaciation process has begun.

Once the snow reaches about 100 feet (30 meters) deep, the bottom layers begin compressing into ice. If the snow keeps piling on, year after year after year, well, you get the picture.This doesn’t necessarily mean that temperatures plummet, mind you, just that more and more precipitation falls in the winter as snow.The idea that Tahoe glacier might make a comeback should not surprise Californians. Indeed, they should expect it.

During the Quaternary Period (the last 2.6 million years) the Sierra Nevada mountains experienced more than 60 – You read that right, more than 60! – periods of glacial expansion interrupted by briefer periods of warmth. We are enjoying such a period of warmth right now.From Yosemite Park north, these glacial episodes were typified by large, thick, upland ice fields. The ice fields completely covered the mountains except for a few nunataks; jagged peaks poking up through the ice like lonely glacial islands.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Remember a few years ago, the local left had declared in the future children would soon not be abe to experience the pleasure of snowflakes on their noses  Now they may get to see a glacier reborn.

Posted in California, Climate Change, Local, Weather | 3 Comments

Who Knew? Obama Administration Manipulated Climate Data

A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington, D.C., often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion.

Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion.

“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data.

He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has increased from 1980 as an illustration of how federal agencies fudged climate data. Koonin said the assessment was technically incorrect.

“What they forgot to tell you, and you don’t know until you read all the way into the fine print, is that it actually decreased in the decades before that,” he said. The U.N. published reports in 2014 essentially mirroring Koonin’s argument.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported there “is limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century” and current data shows “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century.”

Rest of the story: http://dailysignal.com/2017/04/24/former-obama-official-says-bureaucrats-manipulate-climate-stats-to-influence-policy/

Of course, the readers of this blog and my other climate change blogs knew there was something wrong with the data coming from the Obama Administration, I predict there will be more revealed about the manipulation of the temperature records as well. Stay Tuned.

Posted in Climate, Climate Change, Politics

The March for Science Missing Signs

If yesterday’s events  were truly a March for Science and not a Trump Protest March these are the boring signs we would have seen:

§1 A scientific argument consists of clearly stated premises, inferences and conclusions.

§2 A scientific premise is verifiable. Premises and their sources are identified and readily available for independent verification.

§3 A scientific inference is logically valid.

§4 A scientific conclusion is deduced by application of axioms, definitions and theorems or measured properties and scientific concepts that have already been verified or validated.

§5 A scientific concept consists of statements that are logically valid conclusions deduced from premises that are themselves logically valid conclusions, axioms, definitions or theorems.

§6 A scientific concept is well-defined and has a well-defined capability of prediction within a well-defined context.

§7 A scientific concept can only be validated by comparison of predictions deduced from that concept with measurement results. Whenever predictions differ from measurement results, by more than the combined uncertainty of the measurement results and the claimed capability of the concept, there must be something wrong with the concept – or the test of it.

§8 A scientific concept can only be referred to as validated for the context covered by the validating tests.

§9 A scientific statement is based on verifiable data. Data and precise information about how that data was obtained are readily available for independent verification. Whenever data are corrected or disregarded, both uncorrected and corrected data are provided together with a scientific argument for the correction.

§10 A scientific measurement report contains traceable values, units and stated uncertainty for well-defined measurands in a well-defined context.

§11 A scientific prediction report contains values, units and claimed capability for well-defined measurands in a well-defined context.

Now that you know what real science is about, apply these principles to the claims for anthropogenic global warming, and you will discover that the March for Science was a sham, it was a political march that ignored the real science of climate change.

https://principlesofscience.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/the-principles-of-science-v7-5/

Posted in California, Climate Change, Education, Local | 1 Comment

The Idiots from Grass Valley and Nevada City Made National News

In addition to the report below this incident was discussed on National Syndicated Radio, the Tom Sullivan Show on KFBK today the 18th of April. A woman who attended the meeting called into the show, and when Tom ask where the people shouting were from, the lady said Nevada City and Grass Valley.

OROVILLE (CBS13) — The boos and shouts of displeasure started during the introduction of Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) at his town hall meeting in Oroville.

For nearly two hours, the crowd at the State Theater shouted down responses by the congressman.

“I’m appalled,” said Linda Agee, a LaMalfa supporter.

“It’s very enlightening and disturbing to experience this first hand,” said Denise Culley, who was attending her first town hall event.

How ever I think this was the more important comment from a high school student who attended the Town Hall:

As the crowd yelled through each response. A 16-year-old high school student offered his perspective.

“I think the immaturity is astounding,” said Greyson Reynolds.

Reynolds is an Oroville High School junior. He says he was at Monday’s meeting to thank LaMalfa for holding a similar Q & A at his high school. The atmosphere according to Reynolds was much different.

“Night and day. It’s hard to believe that these people are grown adults and those people, the people at my high school are children. You’d think it was the opposite,” said Reynolds.

Congressman Walks Off Stage During Oroville Town Hall

If this the image that the community wants? Is this the image that the Economic Resource Council want to send to potential business or employees considering a move to Nevada County, adults acting like children?

[cross posted in comments HERE.]

Posted in California, Local, Local Media, Politics