Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Truth About Those $500 "Virtual Reality Ready" Gaming Computers

You may have read about the "Big News" out of this year's CES that a company (not us) will offer "sometime in the future" a "Virtual Reality Ready Gaming PC" capable of powering an Oculus Rift headset for under $500. You may have even noticed that this company is calling this machine the Gamer Xtreme, yet again plagiarizing from us and coming close to violating our Trademarks in the process (yes we hold the Extreme Gamer Trademark for our Psyborg Extreme Gamer PC). That Oculus is a party to this plagiarism and violation of us is disturbing but not all surprising. Google has ignored these incidents for years. So to clarify, this "Gamer Xtreme" is not our offering, we would never build such a cheap machine. We take pride in the quality of our machines and what we put in them.

Forgive the rant. The real reason for this post is to examine the truth behind the technology. While Oculus and other PC makers may cry "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain," just like Dorothy we are going to pull it back and expose the Wizard for what he is. The truth is that now ANY PC even low end ones can run Oculus Rift VR, well sort of. It doesn't really run it like it was originally designed to do. It doesn't run it on high specs smoothly powered solely by the hardware of the computer. The truth is that on a low end machine, it is all smoke and mirrors. And you could take that quite literally. Oculus Rift didn't come up with new hardware or even change their current device. The trick, and it is a trick, is in the software. The new software is designed to sense when a computer's hardware just can't keep up and is about to drop a fame. When it senses that, it substitutes a copy of the previous frame in to compensate. A neat software trick, mirroring the previous frame to appear as though the computer is doing its job. It is also designed to blur edges on the periphery on low end machines to save CPU and GPU cycles, that's the smoke part. So on a low end machine you get mirrored frames and blurry images, but you do get Virtual Reality.

So there you have it, the truth behind the curtain. Remember that the next time you see an article hyping these low end machines. Smoke and mirrors are great for magic tricks, but do you really want them in your technology?

The Extreme Gamer folks @ Psychsoftpc

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Psychsoftpc Thoughts on New Year's Eve

Today is the last day of 2016 and we are feeling a bit nostalgic around here @Psychsoftpc in Quincy MA. So I thought I would look back on some of the history of Psychsoftpc and let you the reader know a bit more about us along the way.

Founded in 1987 by academics as part of an AIDS research grant under NIH and an outgrowth of the Dissertation of Dr. Tim Lynch, internationally recognized computer and robotics psychologist, Psychsoftpc started out creating Artificial Intelligence Natural Language software using Neural Net / Fuzzy Set Algorithms for DOD, NASA, NIH and the UN. Psychsoftpc and Dr Tim Lynch were the first to apply Neural Networks combined with Fuzzy Set Theory to the problem of Natural Language Artificial Intelligence and language disambiguation. The Natural Language AI developed used English as a Second Language texts and word lists as a basis for the vocabulary of the working Natural Language Artificial Intelligence developed decades before Siri and Cortana were created. Dissatisfied with the state of off the shelf PC hardware at the time, the folks at Psychsoftpc started designing and building high performance computers in-house to advance their research efforts. It became a natural progression for Psychsoftpc to start providing these computers to government agencies and later to private sector and college / university research facilities, and finally, to individuals looking for high performance computers for gaming, graphics design and 3D modeling.

Psychsoftpc was among the first companies to offer Linux as a preinstalled option on its machines, the first to offer turn key entry level Linux Cluster Supercomputers affordable for small businesses, the first to offer a Digital Signage controller PC, one of a select few recognized by NVidia and Autocad for quality and capability in High Performance Professional Workstation design and manufacture, the first and only company to offer a Point of Sale Print Signage solution (currently in use in many major US retail chains), one of the first five companies to make authorized Tesla Personal Supercomputers, the first to offer Tesla Personal Supercomputers with Linux, the first and one of only two companies to produce turn key Hadoop Clusters for Big Data Analysis and the first to make Virtual Reality Ready Gaming Computers all while maintaining complete manufacturing in the USA right here in historic Quincy, MA.

So we've done a lot and look forward to doing more in the future. We are above all, New Englanders, in all that entails. We believe in hard work, responsibility, Yankee ingenuity, a passion for innovation, a desire to be first in offering new technology and good old Massachusetts values. We love what we do and hope that shows. We believe in everyone here taking responsibility for the quality of our computers. That is why each machine is built from start to finish by the same person. We believe that that is the best way to ensure a quality computer. Multiple people means multiple points of possible failure. We also strive for zero defects in our building process. We do very well here, but we are human, so zero defects is an impossible goal. But that's the point. If you don't reach for the stars, you'll be forever stuck in the valley.

So here's to 2017. May we all survive and live long and prosper. We may be Jedis but we still honor the Vulcan Way.

Your Gamer Friends with all the PhDs at Psychsoftpc
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Psychsoftpc Announces Our New Facebook Shop

Psychsoftpc is pleased to announce the expansion of our social media presence in the establishment of the Psychsoftpc Facebook Shop This enables people visiting Facebook to buy one of our Virtual Reality Ready Gaming computers with NVidia GTX 1080, 1070 or 1060 VR Ready GPUs and Intel CPUs right from the Psychsoftpc Facebook page instead of going to the Psychsoftpc site. All purchases are secured through PayPal a name people trust.

Facebook has been a destination for a lots of folks and with the addition of shopping directly from a company's Facebook page, it aims to provide convenience for the millions of Facebook users and keep people on Facebook more instead of having them abandon Facebook to go to other sites to complete their on-line purchases. With our Facebook Shop presence, Psychsoftpc now has the ability to showcase and sell high performance gaming computers directly on our Facebook page, giving consumers another way of purchasing items of interest learned about on Facebook or other social media quickly and seamlessly.

With all payments being processed through PayPal, customers need not fear credit card theft or account information retention by the online shops on Facebook. Psychsoftpc has always used PayPal for its processing, so this does not constitute a change. But by utilizing PayPal for purchase processing instead of their own, Facebook has established a level of trust for the consumers utilizing the Facebook Shop service. PayPal has a long established tradition of safety in on-line transactions.

While the establishment of the Psychsoftpc Facebook Shop is new, it does not mean folks can no longer make purchases directly from the Psychsoftpc site. This is an additional way to reach and serve our customers, not a retreat from traditional on-line selling methods. Psychsoftpc is all about service and commitment to quality. The Facebook Shop merely gives us another outlet and the ability to reach more customers in a manner convenient to them.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Psychsoftpc Cyber Monday Deal Free Pizza with Purchase! Get the Code here!

It's that time of year again, the time when it is expected for everyone doing business on line to offer #Coupons or special deals for Cyber Monday and the holiday season. Well we @ Psychsoftpc are no exception. However, we like to do things differently. Let's face it, what most folks are doing out there is boring and expected. As gamers, we know you have come to expect the unexpected. So, instead of some boring coupon, we decided to give you free Pizza with purchase if you enter the secret code at checkout.

That's right, free #Pizza!!! 😎😎👍👍

Now about that Coupon Code!  We couldn't just do something simple like the word pizza, where's the fun in that. Gamers expect to work for the prize, to figure out the puzzle like our favorite heroine in Tomb Raider. So we thought What Would Lara Croft Do? Aha! that's perfect! So our coupon code for free pizza with purchase of one of our awesome, incredibly fast Virtual Reality Ready gaming computers is WWLCD. And since we don't do anything half way this deal lasts the entire holiday season, not just one day or one weekend. So there you have it. Have fun and keep gaming.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

For Those Who Don't Want to Deal with the Crowds of Black Friday Psychsoftpc Says #JustStayIn

Lots of folks are sick of the Black Friday hype. Fighting crowds for some loss leader that disappears in an instant or just trying to find parking is a hassle. We @Psychsoftpc agree with the sentiment. Black Friday is just too much. Some stores even start it on Thanksgiving Day, causing some employees to miss time with the family. Plus there are all the crowds to deal with. And for what? Most "Bargains" aren't really bargains at all. So if you're like us and are sick of the Black Friday hype machine and are the type of person who likes spending time indoors, especially if it’s raining or snowing like it sometimes does here in the Northeast, we at Psychsoftpc say just say no to the Black Friday madness and #JustStayIn.

There’s a lot for folks to do inside their place. They can play computer games like Overwatch, on PC of course. They can watch football. There’s going to be lots of football on TV that day. They can binge watch shows that they've missed like Blindspot or Supergirl or Van Helsing. They can spend time with the family. They can have that Turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry sauce. They can even sleep in! It all makes more sense than fighting crowds for a deal on something they don't need or want anyway just to get a deal. 

So we @ Psychsoftpc say Stop the insanity! Enjoy time with your friends and family or even some quiet time alone and #JustStayIn. Don't do the Black Friday thing. There will be plenty of true bargains with a lot less crowds to fight in the coming weeks.

Your Gamer Friends @ Psychsoftpc


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Friday, July 8, 2016

NVidia GTX1060 4k & Virtual Reality Ready Gaming GPU now in Psychsoftpc Psyborg Extreme Initiate Gamer PC Get your VR gaming on!

GTX 1060 4K & Virtual Reality Ready in Psychsoftpc gaming Computer

NVidia just released the latest Pascal based 4K Virtual Reality Ready Gaming GPU, the GTX 1060. With comparable specs to the GTX 980 at considerably less cost,the GTX 1060 brings affordability to the Virtual Reality Gaming space. We @Psychsoftpc of course have added this to our entry level Gamer PC, the Psyborg Initiate Gaming Computer, rounding out our VR Ready offerings with an entry level card that really screams.

Just look at the performance of this card on the latest games and Virtual Reality. This card will really smoke the competition. NVidia really outdid themselves this time. And when you compare it to the GTX 960 which it replaces, you can see how special this car truly is.

So if you're just starting out in gaming or are gaming on a budget, this card is for you. And our Psyborg Extreme Initiate Gamer PC is the perfect machine for it.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Robocrash: Tesla Self Driving Car in Fatal Auto Accident

A self driving Tesla automobile was involved in a highway accident with a Big Rig in May which resulted in the death of the driver / passenger. Under bright daylight conditions, the Robocar failed to recognize a white semi which crossed lanes as a truck to avoid and attempted to drive under it instead of braking to avoid the crash. This was the first autonomous vehicle related fatal accident that we know of and we only know about it because a federal agency started an investigation. Tesla, in a statement on it's web site, is blaming the victim, saying that it is the responsibility of the passenger to become the driver and take over when an accident is impending and that the Robocar was never designed to be fully autonomous.

 "It is important to note that Tesla disables Autopilot by default and requires explicit acknowledgement that the system is new technology and still in a public beta phase before it can be enabled. When drivers activate Autopilot, the acknowledgment box explains, among other things, that Autopilot 'is an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times,' and that 'you need to maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle' while using it."

This is in stark contrast to a statement made previously by the company's CEO, Elon Musk:

“The probability of having an accident is 50% lower if you have Autopilot on. Even with our first version. So we can see basically what’s the average number of kilometers to an accident – accident defined by airbag deployment.  Even with this early version, it’s almost twice as good as a person.” He also said “It’s probably better than a person right now” and it “will be able to drive virtually all roads at a safety level significantly better than humans."

So why are we just finding out about this now? Because the Robocar lobby will obviously take a big hit because of this. All along they have been extolling the benefits to society of self driving cars. Computers are so much better than humans, they claim, that they will bring an end to accidents altogether and make our highways safer for travel. No more fatalities, they declared. They have even argued that the government should take the human out of the equation altogether by not allowing any human to drive ever again.
This accident changes things. It should lead us to question the head on rush to approval of autonomous vehicles on our streets. The argument from Google and other Robocar proponents has always been that self-driving cars or autonomous vehicles are safer than having people behind the wheel. "Think of all the lives we could save", they say. "People need never die in a car ever again", they proclaim. Well someone just died at the virtual hands of an autonomous vehicle. The software failed and the company is blaming the human. If he had his hands on the wheel, if he was in control, the accident could have been avoided, they're now saying.

The problem with this is that we are trained to think differently in different situations. We have alert driver mode and relaxed passenger mode when we are in cars. We are used to it, we have always experienced it that way and it is difficult to just switch back and forth in an instant. We can't be both driver and passenger, our brains don't work like that. So to say that it was the passenger's fault is naive at best. The human in the Tesla was a passenger who trusted the technology because he believed all the hype and he paid for that with his life. There is a difference between a software glitch in autocorrect that results in a misspelling and one in a Robocar that can result in death. But the hype machines of Google, Tesla and other autonomous car proponents haven't been treating it like that. To them it's just another piece of tech to push.

The spin doctors are already working overtime on this because it could set the Robocar industry back years. But this time, let's not believe the hype and let's ignore the spin. Do we really trust Google or Tesla or other manufacturers to tell the truth about this? And can we really trust having autonomous vehicles on our roads?

Dr Tim Lynch

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Dr. Tim Lynch, President of Psychsoftpc, received his Ph.D. in Psychology of Computers and Intelligent Machines from Boston University.  Shortly thereafter, Omni Magazine named him the first Robopsychologist or Computer Psychologist.  He was then written up as a computer psychologist, or psychologist who studies how computer interaction effects personality and how to make computer interfaces more user friendly, in the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the London Sunday Times, Computer World, and many other publications.  As part of his Doctoral Dissertation on the Effects of Computer Use on Personality and Social Interaction Patterns, he created Artificial Intelligence Natural Language software which was the basis of programs used by NIH division of AIDS Research and the United Nations, among others.  Dr. Lynch was an editor for the first Journal of Psychology of Computers. He taught graduate level courses and has written numerous journal articles on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics in computer science, Psychology of computers and how interacting with computers and intelligent machines effects people.