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Comment Re:Expensive (Score 2) 107

100 years ago companies were in business to actually build stuff. Sure they wanted to make money, but it was understood that you had to spend money to make money. Today, nobody has any interest in building anything that won't be insanely profitable right away.

Throwing money away on "app companies" that will never be profitable such as Uber, Snapchat, etc no problem at all. VCs never tire of wasting money on anything that attracts eyeballs, figuring that someday they can somehow monitize it. But building physical infrastructure, sorry that's too expensive!

Submission + - Backers Accuse 3D Printer Kickstarter of Faking Prints 3

PrintBetter writes: With just 3 days to go, backers are pulling out of Next Dynamics' NexD1 Kickstarter amidst fears the creator exaggerated progress on their prototype and tried to pass off prints purchased from Shapeways as their own.

Billed as the "first Multimaterial & Electronics 3D Printer" the Berlin company's campaign was a darling of Kickstarter, carrying their "Projects We Love" endorsement and receiving praise from publications like TechCrunch, 3DPrint.com and Make magazine for its purported ability to mix up to six plastic and conductive resins in a single print.

But as pledges grew to over half a million euros, backers started to sense things didn't add up. Kevin Holmes comments "Wow, I'm stunned — I cancelled my pledge already ... Did they really buy parts from Shapeways and pass them off as their own?" while Anthony Webb remarks "I've backed over 100 projects on Kickstarter ... but this one takes the cake for a complete scam."

The company was a no-show at events it scheduled this week, including a demonstration yesterday and a live stream today.

Comment Failure to produce good content and good hardware (Score 1) 435

Avatar was the gold standard and nothing has surpassed it since , although I was also impressed by Life of Pi.
3rd rate post processed catch-penny type films make up the bulk of whats out there - the most abhorrent i have ever seen was Tim Burtons "Alice in Wonderland" how that left the cutting room floor is a mystery to me.

Joe six-pack see's the 3rd rate movies and assumes that this is as good as it gets.

3D Blu Ray is the only way to watch theses movies too - knock-off "Rips" from TPB are fine for 2D movies
but somehow a lot is lost in any subsequent transcodings. I've not found any sources for high quality 3D streams (reccommend one to me?)

To sum up .
1) Very few examples of 3D movies actually filmed in 3D and produced by someone who has taken the time to make best use of the medium.
2) Too many examples of poor content with lame storylines filmed in 2D and post processed to 3D. These films are better seen in 2D (if at all)
3) TV Manufacturers, like the bad 3D movies tried to jump on the bandwagon and hence there are a lot of shitty 3D TV's out there.

Conclusion
It still costs too much money to create and enjoy 3D movies the way they were intended.

Comment Looks nice! (Score 1) 114

I have an XPS15 rev (9530). Its really lovely but not anywhere near needing replacement yet. Its well made and easy to look after both inside and out. It runs Ubuntu flawlessley and I've upgraded the mechanical drive to an SSD. It really flies!

This new XPS13 looks nice and ill definitely be investigating Dells offerings when im ready for an upgrade as i am hoping this trend continues.

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