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Submission + - 3D-Printed House Constructed On-Site In One Day

Heffenfeffer writes: Russian company Apis Cor has manufactured a 3D printed concrete house on-site in 24 hours in Stupino Town, Russia. Using a tower crane-shaped concrete extruder that can rotate 360 degrees, the 38 square meter (408.88 square foot) rotor shaped home walls were constructed in one day. Voids left in the manufacturing process were filled by hand, installing windows, doors, and adding polyurathane and fiber insulation to the hollow concrete walls. The roof was also constructed by hand using polymer membranes, welded together using hot air and special equipment. Total construction costs were $10,134 (USD), approximately $266.66/sqm ($24.78/sqft). They also constructed a temporary protective heated tent to surround the house, as they constructed the house during winter — though the printer can be used at temperatures down to -35C, concrete has to be at least +5C to cure.

Comment Piece of Cake. No lie! (Score 1) 317

This is quite possibly the best idea ever.

*when leaving car*
"You did it! The Lexus brought you luck! Unfortunately, the Lexus cannot accompany you any further, and must be euthanized. State and local regulations prevent you from leaving your Lexus alone and companionless. If your Lexus could talk - and the Enrichment Center reminds you that it cannot - it would tell you that it would rather die in a fire than inconvience you."

*after a crash*
"Spectacular. You appear to understand how the Lexus conserves momentum - or to be more precise, how it does not. All Lexus technologies remain safely operational up to 4000 degrees Kelvin. Rest assured that there is absolutely no chance of a dangerous equipment malfunction prior to your victory candescence. Goodbye."

*when coming out of repair shop*
"Remember when the Lexus caught on fire and I said, "Goodbye." and you were like, "No Way!" and then I was all "We pretended that we were going to murder you? That was great."

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Fallout 3 Designer Talks About Killing Children (

Heffenfeffer writes: Emil Pagliarulo, lead designer of Fallout 3, talks about Bethesda Softworks eventual decision to omit the player killing children.
The team went through both the pros: "Look at George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books. Kids play an important part in that series, and violence to those kids is an important part of those stories."
And cons: "You really have to balance out and consider if doing violence to a child in a game is so important to your story that it outweighs any kind of social responsibility you might have.

XBox (Games)

Submission + - XBox 360 May Not Be Adaquately Cooled 1

Heffenfeffer writes: Kotaku reports that Nikkei Business publication Tech-ON! has enlisted the aid of a thermal design expert to analyze the XBox 360's heat dissepation as a possible reason for the recent costly 3 year extended warranty. The expert's findings were a bit troubling:

"When designing consumer products, it is common to seek a temperature gap of around 10C between exhaust and room temperatures," the thermal design expert said. "The 22C is quite a large gap, in the first place...The heat sink on the graphics LSI is so small, I wonder if it can really cool down the board."

During testing, the heat sink on the graphics LSI reached a temprature of 80 degrees Celsius — 57 degrees above normal room temprature.

Submission + - $499 60GB PS3 "gone by end of July"

Heffenfeffer writes: Those excited about the $100 price cut that the 60 GB PS3 recently recieved should act quickly — according to an interview from SCEE president David Reeves:

"All they're doing is taking their stock in trade that they've got at the moment of the 60GB model, marking the price down and it will all be gone by the end of July."

When asked if the 60GB PS3 would be no more after the fire sale, he confirmed, "In America, yes." After that, "...what the US are offering from the 1st of August is a USD $599 version with one game."

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