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Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - The trials of Wildman, one week from the Kickstarter deadline (gaspowered.com)

derGoldstein writes: "Gas Powered Games' (GPG) Wildman is having a very difficult time getting underway. The Kickstarter project for funding the game was initialized on January 14, and since then GPG has had to lay off 40 people.
But this story has a lot of emotional depth, which is best seen in this revealing interview with Chris Taylor, the founder of GPG, on Matt Chat. The interview is about an hour long, but for anyone even remotely interested in game development, funding, and business models, it's well worth it."

Comment Re:NOT ROCKET SCIENCE (Score 1) 450

I think the main reason this is important is the ultimate goal of this project: To be able to print an entire gun using a 3D printer.

There are plenty of things that can be made manually instead of using a 3D printer, but you need *some* expertise to do so, even if it's minimal. With a 3D printer, you just need to know how to operate the printer -- and they're becoming easier to use and cheaper every day.
Mars

Submission + - Curiosity spots another shiny object on Mars (universetoday.com)

derGoldstein writes: "universetoday.com reports: "...the rover has imaged a small metallic-looking protuberance on a rock... the protuberance appears to have a high albedo and even projects a shadow on the rock below". The article features several images of the object, including one that uses an image from the left Mastcam to create an anaglyph. The geometry of the object is really unusual, as it pokes out of the ground and tilts a bit, showing that the entire thing is reflective. It's very small, though, only about 0.5 cm tall."

Comment Re:Most Unique? (Score 3, Funny) 94

"Uniquest" would be the superlative, so it would be a higher level of "unique" than "Uniqueier".
In other words:
Uniquest > Uniqueier > unique
I'm not 100% sure where "most unique" should be placed, but I think it would be the equivalent of "Uniquest".

Remember, there used to be only one type of "infinity" in math. Now someone just has to properly define different levels of "uniqueness".
(yeah, I'm not sure if this is a joke post either)

Comment Competition (Score 1) 87

It's great that they're keeping the project open-source, but they won't stay competitive if they keep going with the laser-cut wood parts. They already have these guys breathing down their necks. They need to start cutting prices, and that means mass-producing SMT electronics (which, while they can keep open-source, are much more difficult to self-assemble) and replace the "shell" with one made of plastic-injection parts. They can only keep so many people loyal for keeping the entire thing open-source -- most people will look at the price. This doesn't mean that they have to close everything down -- the electronic schematics can remain open-source and so can all of the software, but the hardware -- as it is now -- is not (/will not remain) competitive.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 4, Interesting) 114

Usually What's outsourced to China is anything that requires manual labor. If you need people to do it, and said people don't need to be engineers, then there's a good chance that you'd get the most bang for your buck in China.

This is quickly changing, however. Chinese companies are establishing themselves as brands, and they themselves are using up the workforce. The pendulum is starting to shift the other way -- Chinese companies are setting up "beachheads" in Europe, and are even outsourcing jobs to cheaper countries.

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