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2601  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Video games Under Scrutiny AGAIN on: December 23, 2012, 02:27:44 PM
But we can't tailor society for those marginal people, can we?
2602  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why a Kickstarter project may fail on: December 22, 2012, 06:50:22 AM
Yes, it appears to be PR spin at the backlash.  And I'd take his words at face value, i.e. until they go through the approval process and they get a stamp of approval, don't count on it.

It does appear to be a cool device... not only charge all devices with the same device, but have backup power too?  Nice concept.
2603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patent Silliness to affect Crowdfunding? on: December 21, 2012, 03:08:50 PM
nd seriously, why should one Kickstarter project cost more to list than another? Kickstarter's costs should be mostly fixed and predictable by now. They could charge a flat fee and still make money.

As usual, the smart 40 cuts through the BS to the meat of the argument.  And really scores with the above.  Thmbsup
2604  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Stealth-focused Computer Games on: December 21, 2012, 03:07:21 PM
You can run them with even less work by getting them on Steam or GOG smiley
2605  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video rant against Windows 8 on: December 21, 2012, 03:06:36 PM
"I don't like Windows 8" is a perfectly acceptable position. "Windows 8 can't do something Windows 7 can" absolutely FALSE every time.

Bing!  Thmbsup
2606  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Patent Silliness to affect Crowdfunding? on: December 21, 2012, 10:34:07 AM
FormLabs created a Kickstarter for FORM1 - a professional 3D Printer, to pretty amazing success- to the tune of 3 million+ dollars and 2000+ backers.  The FORM1 is an affordable 3D printer, and now 3D Systems has taken to making sure that an affordable one isn't available, filing suit because "3D Systems believes the Form 1 3D printer infringes at least one of our patents, and we intend to enforce our patent rights" on Stereolithography. (ref via Globenewswire)

They have named Kickstarter as a defendant in their filing, for their role in facilitating the record setting “sales” of the Formlabs Form 1. (ref via Wired)

This promises to be very interesting- I hope that the judge at least throws out the part against Kickstarter very soon, or it could affect the face of crowdfunding very negatively.

2607  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Ramifications of 3-D Printers for Customer Service on: December 21, 2012, 10:19:53 AM
Will customer service phone lines be replaced with at home 3-D printers that can print replacement parts and upgrades?

That's the question asked at the end of an article on how a 3D-printed adapter rescued a threatened iPhone dock. (via Wired).

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The Elevation Dock for the iPhone is a classic Kickstarter story. An indie designer develops a better mouse trap, raises $1.4 million, and of course, delivers the product to backers, very, very late. These delays created a serious problem when they overlapped with Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 and its new Lightning connector.

<snip />

Unlike most backers, Hellers saw the incompatibility between his gadgets as a challenge instead of an inconvenience. He opened up Tinkercad, a web-based 3D-modeling program, fired up his MakerBot, and got busy designing an adapter. He says, “Designing the adapter was fairly straightforward and quick. I printed four or five iterations … since it is such a small piece. The printing of those revisions was very quick, only a couple of minutes each time.” He posted his design to Thingiverse, set up a Shapeways shop for those without access to a 3D printer, and helped 12,521 downloaders bring their products back to life.

More at the link, but the more interesting one is the one posed at the end of the article.  I find the article interesting not so much for this case as for the use case.
2608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why a Kickstarter project may fail on: December 21, 2012, 10:13:25 AM
Well, looking at the comments, even with a full refund, a lot of them aren't happy.  undecided
2609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet another reason why a Kickstarter project may fail on: December 21, 2012, 08:56:52 AM
And maybe it's just me, but for what little Kickstarter does, 5% seems like a lot to charge for merely providing web exposure.

I totally agree on that... and good on them for absorbing it.  I've had other projects that I've funded have to absorb fees from various things from Apple douchebaggery to vendor/supplier douchebaggery.  As of yet, I've not been burned.  But even though I've backed a totally silly number of projects, I've not been burned yet.
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in on: December 20, 2012, 06:44:21 AM
U.S. Office Rejects 2nd Apple Patent

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has dealt a blow to Apple in its legal battle with Samsung Electronics over smartphone patents, declaring that a patent that helped Apple win $1.05 billion in damages against Samsung in a jury trial should not have been granted.

More at link.
2611  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My random doodles for you to see and give feedback if you want. on: December 19, 2012, 11:10:12 PM
Ste here...are they working now I moved it back?  I see them just fine...always did  tellme

They're working fine smiley
2612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My random doodles for you to see and give feedback if you want. on: December 19, 2012, 10:54:51 PM
Whut image links? They don't link to anything...

I mean, if you move a topic, any images that are shown from attachments break.  So the images didn't show up- only the broken link image.
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My random doodles for you to see and give feedback if you want. on: December 19, 2012, 10:28:38 PM
Why was this moved to the basement?  And, unfortunately, moving topics breaks the image links Sad
2614  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: DC Community Digital White Elephant - Rules and Sign-up on: December 19, 2012, 06:05:23 PM
Three more days for sign-ups!  Also, a note- as I said, this is about the fun, not the gifts.  So if anyone wants to participate (that meets requirements in point 4 above), post your intent in this thread as normal.  Then PM me that you don't have a gift (no details needed).  I have extra gifts that can go to the cause.  I just want a good turnout and fun had by all. smiley
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kickstarter on CNN Money on: December 19, 2012, 11:02:54 AM
I think the problem for the *most* funded projects is that they usually havent expected such support, and they then have to supply whatever was promised to the unexpectedly large amount of people...

That seems pretty obvious to *me*.  But for some reason, it seems to escape the reasoning of most.
2616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Kickstarter on CNN Money on: December 18, 2012, 08:21:47 PM
An interesting article on CNN Money entitled "Why 84% of Kickstarter's top projects shipped late"

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If you pledged cash for a crowdfunded product, be prepared to be very, very patient: A CNNMoney examination of the top 50 most-funded projects on Kickstarter found that 84% missed their target delivery dates.

More at link.

Most interesting, at least to me, was the interactive infographic.

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2617  Other Software / Community Giveaways / DC Community Digital White Elephant - Rules and Sign-up on: December 16, 2012, 10:31:03 PM
I meant to start this a bit earlier, but we still have time to make merry in the holiday season. smiley

Rules:
1. Each person must contribute a gift.
2. The gift must be one that can be distributed digitally.
3. The target range for the gift is $10, though it can be more if you wish.
4. All participants must be members, or participants that have a record with DC (long-term participant or poster)

Sign up by posting intent in this thread and PMing me a description of your gift (I will only be the host of the event)

Sign ups will be closed next Friday, and the game will commence with the following rules.
1. Order will be determined randomly, and posted.
2. There is a maximum of one day for a move.
3. On your turn, you can choose to either (a) choose a gift from the pile, or (b) take an already opened gift.
4. If you choose a gift from the pile, it is chosen randomly, and revealed to all.
5. If you choose to take a gift from a person, that person immediately gets to choose to take an already opened gift (not the one just taken), or take a gift from the pile.
6. Each gift can only change hands twice.

After one time around, if the first person has never had his or her gift taken, they may choose to trade their gift for someone else's.

At the end, the gift codes will be exchanged via PM.  There will also be a drawing for prize giveaways at the end of the game for all participants.

The purpose of the game is more for entertainment than anything else, and to foster community among DC members. smiley

Any questions?  If so, let me know... otherwise, let the game commence!
2618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Poll: Is donationcoder an iOS unfriendly environment? on: December 15, 2012, 12:10:51 AM
^Agree. Tags actually would be preferable to hard categories for reasons mentioned above. Much more in keeping with the non-denominational vibe around here.


+1
2619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cyber Cody & Zombie Cody...My mrs is slightly...odd? on: December 14, 2012, 08:20:43 AM
 Thmbsup
2620  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Maps Flaws 'Life-Threatening,' Australian Police Warn on: December 13, 2012, 11:48:47 AM
Everyone here keeps saying things about using brain cells, but for those of us with zero navigation on good days, you are supposed to be able to rely on the GPS to have a clue. So yes, if the Apple maps go from almost usable to this level of silliness, sure, that qualifies that someone goofed.



Every GPS says that the maps are for reference only.  True, this is worse than other implementations, but in truth this is the reason that I still print out directions to places that I don't know even with a GPS.  Just like I'm not going to trust one place for reference or definitions, I'm not going to trust one place for directions.  To give a good example, if you use most (not all) GPS products to go to my old house, you'd end up in a river.
2621  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REAL reason Valve is developing Steam for Linux? on: December 12, 2012, 11:55:28 AM
They've already stated that they're making hardware.  Just saw an article on that a couple of days ago.

http://www.gizmag.com/steam-box-confirmed/25378/
2622  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Stealth-focused Computer Games on: December 11, 2012, 02:47:29 PM
BTW Velvet Assassin is 75% off today on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/16720/

Thanks!  I can afford $1.25 smiley
2623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A different perspective on the failure of a Kickstarter on: December 11, 2012, 12:15:49 PM
If it was a direct reply, then I don't see why the point for point was against my points, which seemed as if it was a reply to my reply.  It's apparent that we have different views on things, as I allowed for in my final point.  And the debate doesn't seem to be even in the same realm, as the arguments are quite nebulous and unsubstantiated, i.e. I backed up my statements on what kickstarter is with quotes from the site, and from the creation of the prospectus.  But you seemingly tossed those away, in favor of what you think that kickstarter is, rather than how they position themselves.  But as you said that you aren't making arguments and were replying to mouser, I'm just going to bow out now.  Thmbsup
2624  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Maps Flaws 'Life-Threatening,' Australian Police Warn on: December 11, 2012, 09:56:02 AM
Having said all that when will some Apple users grow a pair and form a class action against this lunacy!

Lets not start that...
2625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook seems to be erased from existence? on: December 10, 2012, 05:30:15 PM
I noticed that certain things disappeared and broken links are everywhere.  Have you tried https?  I get most of the site that way...
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