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Skyrim VR is coming to PC, and it marks a Bethesda first: Oculus approval [Updated]

Ars - Wed, 2018-03-14 13:02

Bethesda's promised trilogy of virtual reality releases in 2017 actually came to fruition, with the company's Doom, Fallout, and Elder Scrolls series each getting a VR port by year's end. This release schedule, unfortunately, came with one caveat: in Skyrim VR's case, that version would be limited to a PlayStation VR launch as opposed to a more modular release on powerful gaming PCs.

That situation changes next month. On Wednesday, Bethesda formally announced the April 3 launch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR for SteamVR on Windows PCs.

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The Health 202: Tillerson's rhetoric didn't match reality on global health

Washington Post - Wed, 2018-03-14 13:00
A lot of programs were under the budget knife.

The Finance 202: Trump itching for showdown with China on trade

Washington Post - Wed, 2018-03-14 13:00
There could be tariffs on 100 products.

Winners and losers from the Pennsylvania special election

Washington Post - Wed, 2018-03-14 13:00
It's not officially over, but the winner is kind of beside the point. Democrats clearly kept their momentum.

Declaring the internal combustion engine dead? You’re speaking too soon

Ars - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:51

Enlarge / DETROIT, USA - JANUARY 15: Model of a Saudi Aramco internal combustion engine is on display during the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, on January 15, 2018. (Photo by David Graff/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images)

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—A Wednesday morning panel at the ARPA-E summit provocatively asked if the auto industry is about to see ”The End of the Road for the Internal Combustion Engine?”

Though all the panel members agreed that gas- and diesel-based systems are on a path to losing market share, none would admit that the internal combustion engine (ICE) would be completely replaced by the electric vehicle (EV). At least before 2050. So what do industry leaders think will happen or should happen to the evolution of drivetrains in the future?

Perhaps the most interesting perspective came from Amitai Bin-Nun, a vice president in charge of autonomous vehicle innovation for the nonprofit Securing America’s Future Energy, or SAFE. Bin-Nun argued that, without a transition to autonomous vehicles, EVs would not see the mass-market adoption that boosters have been hoping for.

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Analysis: A nightmare GOP can't wake up from

CNN - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:45
There was one consistent theme from congressional Republicans in their after-action report on the likely loss of a House seat in a Pennsylvania: It's time for the party to wake up.

Rick Saccone's accusation that the left hates God may be more alienating than winning

Washington Post - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:30
Faith exists in the American electorate outside of the GOP.

Fired Trump aide John McEntee was a trick-shot artist as a U-Conn. QB

Washington Post - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:30
Trump's former “body man” showed off his marksmanship in a 2011 video that has been viewed over 7 million times.

Why North Korea wants a summit with Trump

Washington Post - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:30
Maybe it's not about sanctions.

Paul Ryan on PA: 'Both of these candidates ran as conservatives'

CNN - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:27
House Speaker Paul Ryan sought to explain Pennsylvania's special election outcome -- where a Democrat is poised to deliver a stunning upset to the GOP in a district Donald Trump handily won in 2016 -- as a race between "two conservatives."

Steam will now auto-scale VR resolution to max out your GPU

Ars - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:17

Enlarge / SteamVR's new resolution scaling update will help maximize GPU performance on the high-end HTC Vive Pro. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

Just before the launch of the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive in 2016, Valve released a hardware testing tool to establish a minimum GPU power baseline for virtual reality. Now, with the impending release of the higher-resolution Vive Pro, Valve is updating SteamVR to ensure that higher-end headsets will work well at a variety of GPU power levels.

The auto-resolution scaling system, as described in a Steam Community announcement today, measures "how many 'VR megapixels per second' we believe your GPU is safely capable of for the majority of applications available." That number is then used to calculate the appropriate native resolution for the VR app being run, regardless of the display resolution of the attached VR headset.

That means systems with high-end GPUs will automatically see VR apps "up-res'ed" to "fully utilize" the power of the graphics card, Valve writes. The effect of that change will be most apparent on high-end headsets like the upcoming Vive Pro (which includes two 1400×1600 resolution displays) and certain Windows Mixed Reality headsets, but this kind of native "supersampling" can improve the clarity of VR apps even on years-old, "low-end" headsets like the Vive and Oculus Rift (which both have dual 1080×1200 displays).

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'This is a wake-up call,' Republicans are told

CNN - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:11
House Republicans got a stern warning Wednesday morning to take the results of a Pennsylvania congressional race as "a wake-up call" ahead of November's midterm elections.

An Unwanted Kiss on ‘American Idol’

NY Times - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:07
“I wanted my first kiss to be special,” said the contestant Benjamin Glaze.

Did Trump's visit stave off a rout in Pennsylvania?: Republican post-loss spin, analyzed

Washington Post - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:00
Overall, Trump almost certainly hurt more than he helped.

HUD Secretary Carson’s wife weighed in on redecorating effort, new emails show

Washington Post - Wed, 2018-03-14 12:00
Staff sought out used furniture in department’s basement while ordering new dining set

Calif. weighs toughest net neutrality law in US—with ban on paid zero-rating

Ars - Wed, 2018-03-14 11:58

Enlarge / California State Capitol building in Sacramento. (credit: Getty Images | joe chan photography)

A proposed net neutrality law in California would replace the repealed federal regulations, going beyond the federal rules by banning payments for data cap exemptions. If passed, the bill would ban AT&T's Sponsored Data, Verizon's "FreeBee" data, and any similar programs imposed by home or mobile Internet providers.

The bill would also try to prevent interconnection payment disputes that harm Internet service quality—such as those between Netflix and major ISPs in 2013 and 2014.

The legislation "is the first state-level bill that would comprehensively secure all of the net neutrality protections that Americans currently enjoy," according to Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick. (The Federal Communications Commission repeal hasn't taken effect yet.)

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Georgia school district doesn't support walkouts. The parents do.

CNN - Wed, 2018-03-14 11:51
The Atlanta suburb of Cobb County plans to take disciplinary action against protesting students — ranging from Saturday school to five days' suspension per district guidelines.

Hearing set in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

CNN - Wed, 2018-03-14 11:50
A hearing date has been set for the lawsuit adult film actress Stormy Daniels filed against President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen's company to dissolve their non-disclosure agreement.
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