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Submission + - "Martian Immigration Nightmare" takes aim at Elon Musk ( 1

Zarkonnen writes: Elon Musk, famed entrepreneur, has been quite critical of Donald Trump until recently. Now he's in his "Advisory Council", he's become a lot more tame. Musk's well-known for his rockets and his dream to fly to Mars. In Martian Immigration Nightmare, you try to make it to your Mars rocket, only to be ground up by an unsympathetic bureaucracy. The game is dedicated to Musk in the hopes that he might see a parallel between the people who are just trying to get home to their lives, and himself, who dreams of travelling through space.

Submission + - Steampunk airship construction and combat (

Zarkonnen writes: A real-time strategy game where you design airships and then fight with them. The aim is to have pretty chaotic explodey fights and interesting ship design choices. It's getting very close to the top 100 on Steam Greenlight and could use your help.

Submission + - Which Fish: With fish stocks under pressure, which (

Zarkonnen writes: "Which Fish? is a simple website that lets you make quick decisions about buying sustainable fish.

You can look at it on a smartphone, and in some cases download it for when you don't have reception. If you're standing in the supermarket or sitting in the restaurant, you can consult it to quickly figure out which fish to choose.

The data for it is collated from a bunch of different sources, and the raw data is available for others to build on."


Submission + - Wolfram launches Computational Document Format (

Barence writes: "Wolfram Research has launched its own document format, which it claims is "as everyday as a document, but as interactive as an app". The Computational Document Format (CDF) allows authors to embed interactive charts, diagrams and graphics into their documents, allowing readers to adjust variables to see how increasing a price affects profits, for example, or display different segments of a brain scan. Wolfram aims to make the format easy enough for non-programmers to use, based on the linguistic commands used in its search engine. "[Currently] anyone who can make an Excel macro should easily be able to make interactivity for CDF," said Conrad Wolfram. "Where I'd like to get is that anyone who can make an Excel chart can make interactivity in CDFs.""

Submission + - html5media - HTML5 video for everyone (

Zarkonnen writes: Open source project that consists of a single Javascript file that you include in the head of your page. Once this file has been included, you can use tags anywhere in your page, and they will work in all major browsers. Browsers which support HTML5 video will get a HTML5 video player. Browsers which don't will get a Flash video player instead. It uses h.264 (mp4) and also supports Theora on Firefox.

Submission + - Google Chrome 2 benchmarked, beats everyone (

CNETNate writes: "Google's latest version of its Chrome browser has wiped the floor with all other browsers in terms of rendering speed, including itself. Benchmarks have shown it could be the fastest browser in the world by a significant margin, beating Safari 4 and the most recent build of Mozilla's Minefield, which previously held spots one and two on in the speed charts."

Comment Mathematics (Score 3, Interesting) 150

What most of the commenters seem to be ignoring is the evidence that the author is doing perfectly well selling his game for $28.

Having played (and paid for) one of them, given it took me dozens of (entertaining) hours to complete, I don't have much of a problem with that price.

I think what the post really boiled down to was:

Expect high ($30 - $60) prices for big commercial titles because they cost millions. Huge development costs divided by lots of customers result in high prices.

Expect low prices ($1 - $10) for indie games in popular genres (puzzle, etc) because there is lots of competition. Low development costs divided by lots of customers result in low prices.

But expect highish ($10 - $30) prices for indie games in niche genres, because there are simply fewer potential customers. Low(ish) development costs divided by few customers must result in highish prices, or you lose money.

Yes, there are free flash games, but point me at a free flash game in the same genre and of the depth of the author's games?

The Almighty Buck

Should Good Indie Games Be More Expensive? 150

spidweb writes "Indie gaming blog The Bottom Feeder has an article on why independent games should be more expensive. The enforced low prices on XBox Live, Amazon, and iTunes might feel good now, but they'll kill off the variety and depth gamers are hoping indie developers can provide. From the article: 'Every year, life is getting more and more expensive. Insurance. Rent. Food. And, at the same time, games are getting cheaper and cheaper, sometimes as cheap as a dollar, as we engage in a full speed race to the bottom. This is not going to help developers stay in business. This is not how a healthy industry is maintained.'"

Submission + - Gates foundation deathly side-effects ( 3

HuguesT writes: An long and detailed article from the L.A. Times points out severe, unintended side effects of the health policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. This foundation has given away almost 2 billions US$ to the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria worldwide. Thanks in no small measure to this effort, the death toll from AIDS in most of Africa are finally levelling off. However, the money from the foundation is earmarked to the fight against these three diseases, to the detriment of global health. Sick people can also be hungry and not able to ingest healing drugs. Doctors in these countries prefer to be well paid working against AIDS than poorly working against all the other health problems, which creates a brain drain. Numerous children also suffer from diarrhea or asphyxia due to lack of basic care. The paradox is that countries where the foundation has invested most have seen their mortality rate increase, whereas it has improved in countries where the foundation was least involved.

Submission + - Product Of The Year Goes To "Nothing At All (

farnishk writes: "In a bizarre but brilliant move, a source close to the green news and products web site has revealed that it is to award its coveted Product Of The Year to "Nothing At All". Accused by some people of selling out after its acquisition by Discovery Communications this year, the popular web site has decided to show what it really thinks of eco products by putting its stamp of approval not on a specific product, but on the idea of buying nothing at all."

Submission + - 66%: if USA ignored 9/11, things would be better (

Anonymous Coward writes: "Recent poll shows a surprising amount of people believe the world would be in a better place today if the US just ignored 9/11:"

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