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The Big Retail Score
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '14 at 11:15 PM
From The Trenches:
I ran an independent game store in a mid-size town and was doing fairly well. We opened up with an imported N64 (the first in town); we rented out a Neo Geo CD system; we had arcade machines along the back wall, and we just happened to be at our peak when Final Fantasy VII came out.

Now we had a long history of selling Final Fantasy games, we had a serious core customer group who relied on us for their RPG fix. FFVII was going to be massive, and we had dollar signs in our eyes when we placed our pre-order for 125 copies. This was the biggest order for a single game we ever placed, by far.

We were stunned when, in an industry where ordering 20 means you get four, we got our entire order. One hundred and twenty five copies, it was a huge deal for us. We had pre-orders for everyone, and a waiting list as well. And at twelve dollars profit per copy, we were expecting a pretty decent week.

And then Wal Mart dropped the retail price to below our cost. We sold 125 copies of the game at a dollar loss, then cleaned out Wal Mart and sold 40 more with the slimmest of profit, matching the other big retailers. The biggest game launch in our four year history, and we didn’t even make fifty bucks.

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By samzenpus from Slashdot's me-and-more-me department:
Lucas123 writes Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the U.K. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine.

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By Jacer from TFW2005:
Wow that was quick. One of our sponsors, BigBadToyStore just updated their listing for MP-05G with a fresh out of box image. Megatron is spotting a new metallic gold chrome finish, separating itself from prior releases and reissues of the mold which showcased Megatron's traditional silver color scheme.

Think he will suffer from Gold Plastic Syndrome? Share your thoughts in the discussion thread!

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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '14 at 09:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's not-in-my-town department:
An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla's next step will be, Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. "We do take at their word the representations from the governor that he supports a robust debate in the upcoming session," O'Connell said. "We've entered an era where you can buy products and services with much greater value than a car by going online."

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By samzenpus from Slashdot's give-it-a-spin department:
An anonymous reader writes Microsoft today launched a new section on its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it's time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company's employees dream up.

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Loyal Subjects Jetfire
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '14 at 08:30 PM
By Jacer from TFW2005:
The Loyal Subjects just posted via Twitter a teaser of what seems to be our first glimpse of possibly one of their wave 4 figures, Jetfire, along side a fan's sketch of the character. This is pretty exciting considering wave 3 is not released yet, nor is the full listing of characters for the wave. Another interesting thing is that on the side of Jetfire there is a hole for a button. A similar hole was used for Wave 2's Optimus Prime's speech box.

Join the discussion after the jump!

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By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
2005 Boards Member bellpeppers is sharing with us a very cool commercial for Transformers: Age Of Extinction, advertising the GAC Trumpchi GS5 SUV. You may remember that GAC was a sponsor for the movie and one of their cars; the Trumpchi e-Jet was even featured in the movie.

VFX Artist Joaquim Montserrat is sharing this video and he has this to say:

A commercial for GAC GS5, a chinese SUV that is sponsoring the Transformers 4 movie. This is the VFX edit as nearly 20% of the VFX were cut from the broadcasted edit.

This was graded in Resolve, modeled and animated in Max, rendered with VRay and composited in Nuke.

Credits:

VFX Supervision: Julien Vanhoenacker

VFX Producer: Sahattaya Chantanop

VFX Artists: Joaquim Montserrat, Alejandro Garcia, Pichaya Popanyasak, Gabriel Maymon, Chanon Adisakkitti, Brad Lorimer, Natthakit Sarunsikarin

Compositing: Daniel Eggert, Ankit Vajpayee



You can find the "Making of" video at Vimeo as well.

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By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
The next DeNA Transformers: Legends event is now live. Titled as The B Team - Part Deux, the event features PIPES, SWERVE, SKYHAMMER, HUBCAP, OVERBITE and NAUTILATOR.

Event Synopsis:
With the surgical strikes perpetrated by BUMBLEBEE and his team a success, OPTIMUS PRIME orders PIPES to put together a team to protect a group of researchers at a seaside town.

As predicted, OVERBITE and NAUTILATOR attack the town, trying to steal the research for the DECEPTICONS’ leader. PIPES, SWERVE, SKYHAMMER, and HUBCAP strike back, intent on using their innate talents to keep their enemies from fulfilling their vile mission.

Will PIPES and his team prevail, or will OVERBITE and NAUTILATOR be able to destroy their diminutive enemies? Find out on TRANSFORMERS LEGENDS – “The B Team, Part Deux!”


This event is the second part of the 06/29/2013 event; The Bee Team.

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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '14 at 06:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's have-and-have-nots department:
First time accepted submitter dkatana writes Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream. This is creating another "digital divide." Not having the virtually unlimited bandwidth of all-fiber networks means that, for these populations, many activities are simply not possible. For example, broadband provided over all-fiber networks brings education, healthcare, and other social goods into the home through immersive, innovative applications and services that are impossible without it. Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber.

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By samzenpus from Slashdot's how-you-doing? department:
sciencehabit writes DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record. Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the man has about 2% Neanderthal DNA. But his Neanderthal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neanderthals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That's a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago.

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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '14 at 04:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's across-the-universe department:
astroengine writes Scientists have found two families of comets in the developing Beta Pictoris star system, located about 64 million light-years from Earth, including one group that appears to be remnants of a smashed-up protoplanet. The discovery bolsters our theoretical understanding of the violent processes that led to the formation of Earth and the other terrestrial planets in the solar system. "If you look back at the solar system when it was only 22 million years old, you might have seen phenomena that's a like more like what's happening in Beta Pic," astrophysicist Aki Roberge, with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., told Discovery News.

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By samzenpus from Slashdot's flop-or-not department:
An anonymous reader writes The better question may be whether it will ever be ready for the road at all? The car has fewer capabilities than most people seem to be aware of. The notion that it will be widely available any time soon is a stretch. From the article: "Noting that the Google car might not be able to handle an unmapped traffic light might sound like a cynical game of 'gotcha.' But MIT roboticist John Leonard says it goes to the heart of why the Google car project is so daunting. 'While the probability of a single driver encountering a newly installed traffic light is very low, the probability of at least one driver encountering one on a given day is very high,' Leonard says. The list of these 'rare' events is practically endless, said Leonard, who does not expect a full self-driving car in his lifetime (he’s 49)."

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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '14 at 03:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's not-in-my-town department:
An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla's next step will be, Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. "We do take at their word the representations from the governor that he supports a robust debate in the upcoming session," O'Connell said. "We've entered an era where you can buy products and services with much greater value than a car by going online."

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By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator:
We have a few weeks until October returns to the shadows, and it's time to learn about the 39th Sentai show's title. Going by the name of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, the next installment in the franchise'll likely feature a ninja motif.

Come to think of it, this motif might result in a team-up film where the Hurricanger and the Kakuranger make an appearance, since it's a good opportunity to have three ninja-themed Sentai teams on screen. Seeing that the Kyoryuger got to join forces with the Abaranger and the Zyuranger in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters, there's a small chance the Ninninger could receive a similar treatment down the road.

While Toei's reusing a previous theme, I'm still interesting in seeing how they'll differentiate the show from the previous two ninja Sentai shows. Then again, the title might have a different meaning, so we'll have to sit back and wait for the next update on the series. Until then, you can check out the document that features the title in the gallery below.

To those of you who're into Super Sentai, what your thoughts on the next Sentai show's title?

[via Orends: Range, The Tokusatsu Network]



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By timothy from Slashdot's pardon-us-fellas department:
An anonymous reader writes Now that its file synchronization tool has received a few updates, BitTorrent is going on the offensive against cloud-based storage services by showing off just how fast BitTorrent Sync can be. More specifically, the company conducted a test that shows Sync destroys Google Drive, Microsoft's OneDrive, and Dropbox. The company transferred a 1.36 GB MP4 video clip between two Apple MacBook Pros using two Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, the Time.gov site as a real-time clock, and the Internet connection at its headquarters (1 Gbps up/down). The timer started when the file transfer was initiated and then stopped once the file was fully synced and downloaded onto the receiving machine. Sync performed 8x faster than Google Drive, 11x faster than OneDrive, and 16x faster than Dropbox.

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