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Episode 330 – On a Segue Roll – 12/10/15

This week, Norm is joined by Jeremy and Sean to talk about exclusive content for streaming services, Apple’s worst designed product, and depth camera technology. Plus, an extra long VR minute segment in which we talk about the big news with HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and Oculus Rift. All three platforms have announcements!

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9 thoughts on “Episode 330 – On a Segue Roll – 12/10/15

  1. The tower model discussed at 49:35 is made of
    Polybak, it is an alternative (or an in between) to cardboard/paper and
    photo-etch/metal earth kits. It is cardboard, but it is also impregnated with
    resin. Once assemble, it can be dropped without much damaged, it becomes very
    stiff. And yes, each pattern is laser engraved (not pressed) and each parts are
    laser cut.

    Thanks for bringing it up again 🙂

    It is available here http://animekmodels.com/Structures.html

  2. Netflix doesn’t own all it’s “original” programming like House of Cards or Orange is the New Black. They pay for production and have exclusivity for a certain number of years, but after that, those shows can go elsewhere.

  3. If 70% of people have phone cases, then a thin phone is not a priority to those customers. Manufacturers should take that into consideration as they obsess over thinness.

  4. With Oculus not needing to make a profit, you have to remember that whoever is manufacturing it for them needs to make a profit, so HTC isn’t in as bad a position as they are the manufacturer.

  5. A little fact checking on the first half of the podcast:

    – Neal Adams was on Batman in the late 60s/early 70s, not late 80s/early 90s.

    – Marvel’s “Lost World” equivalent is the Savage Land, and it’s at the South Pole.

    – Looks like Daredevil hasn’t been announced on Blu-Ray yet. Apparently it’s licensed to Netflix, not produced by Netflix? I’m not a Netflix subscriber, so I’d really rather just buy it than stream it.

    – Spotify Free on desktop does let you play anything you want (with ads). Spotify Free on mobile is more like Pandora.

  6. That new paper about using polarized light to generate 3d models is a bit confusing. What they actually did was use polarized light to compute surface normals (like bump maps in video games or textures in the real world). They then used an algorithm to combine the rough 3d shape from a kinect sensor with their accurate surface normals to get their results.

  7. Norm gets iPhone, starts getting Android facts wrong! 😉

    The Google Pixel C is made by Google’s own Pixel team, hence the name. It is not made by Nvidia.

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