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  • Apple's internal report says that it doesn't stifle employee speech

    Farmer: Mr. Fox, is that you what's been getting into my hen house and stealing my chickens?
    Mr. Fox:  Nope!  Sure ain't me!
    Farmer: Well, OK then.
  • Find My misfire leads to SWAT raid on grandmother

    Colorado no longer has qualified immunity, so she might actually get something.  Of course, the cops will never admit that they didn't do everything in their power to make sure they had the right address.
  • 'Inadequate' AirTag anti-stalking features lead to lawsuit

    As opposed to all of the other GPS trackers on the market that have absolutely no safeguards whatsoever.  🤦‍♂️

    Does anyone know of a successful case against one of those other manufacturers?
  • New iPhone 14 Emergency SOS via Satellite feature saves man in Alaska

    chasm said:

    That said, is snowmobiling your way along a very remote route at 2am really a good idea? I can't help but think that alcohol might have played a role here ...

    According to acquaintances who've lived there, snowmobiles are often the best way, and sometimes the only way, to get anywhere, no matter the time of day.
  • Apple AR, VR operating system now called 'xrOS'

    eightzero said:
    I sort of understand these headsets/glasses thingies are important in interesting to gamers. I'm not a gamer, so I can't really imagine a use for these device for myself. YMMV.

    However, the "mixed" reality mention in this article helped me connect the dots (!) a bit: a VR device might (might) be an interesting add-on to watching a sports event, even on a HDTV; or possibly even live. I thing there was a recent report regarding the NFL sunday ticket contract negotiations that might point to Apple wanting to do this. 

    I'm just struggling to figure out what these things are for. Guess I lack imagination. 

    There are a few non-gaming related uses for each of the varieties of XR.  There have been PTSD and phobia patients who've been helped by virtual reality therapy sessions.  Augmented reality can be of use when performing tasks with which one is unfamiliar, or when more information is needed that can be discerned simply by looking.  Think of watching a YouTube video of how to, for instance, install a new headlamp in a modern care, and how much easier that might be if information were overlaid on the actual scene in front of you, instead of having to look away and orient a screen.

    As the technology improves, more use cases will become feasible, and while a future such as Ready Player One is pretty dystopian, there are some pretty desirable applications for advanced XR technology.