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Monstrous Suit of Power Armor 3D Printed over 140 Days

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fallout-armour-3d-printed-no-helmet[hirocreations] printed an entire suit of enormous Fallout power armor on his Monoprice Maker Select 3D printer, which took some 140 days and over 120 pounds of IC3D PLA filament. Happily, [hirocreations] was able to arrange a sponsorship with IC3D for the build – who would be crazy enough to use so much filament over so long for an entire 7+ foot tall suit, right? Over those 140 days, the belts on the printer needed to be replaced twice but it otherwise chugged right along.

Most of the parts were printed at 0.46 mm layer height. Individual parts were welded (melted) together using what is essentially a soldering iron with a flat tip; many parts were too thin for any kind of joints or fixtures to be practical. Parts were smoothed with drywall spackle, lots of filler primer, and painted. Some of the parts – like the chest armor – are mounted on a frame made from PVC tubing. [hirocreations] may have gone through 120 pounds of filament, but the end result doesn’t weigh that much; the suit itself weighs in at 85-90 lbs, the rest of it went to support material, skirts, and print failures.

It was known from the start that weight could become a serious issue, so [hirocreations] went for a very light infill (10%) and 3-4 perimeter layers; he also extruded at a high temperature (~230C) which he said seemed to provide a very strong layer bond with the settings and filament he was using. So far, he says it’s taken some very hard knocks and nothing has broken or cracked. He has a short video series documenting the assembly, and you can see some of the raw armor parts before any finishing in one of the videos, embedded below.

Models used include the T-45b Helmet from Daniel Lilygreenand the Raptor Hand by e-NABLE(updated design here) combined with models of the armor that [hirocreations] extracted directly from the game files and modified for his own use.

We have seen the Maker Select range before, like the MP Select Miniand we recently posted this review of the Monoprice Maker Ultimate. So far as we know, [hirocreations] is the first person to put their printer through this kind of 140-day marathon.

[via Reddit]


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Star Wars Droid Translating Helmets

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Now how’s this for an expo costume? [AEInnovations] put together a set of Droid helmets that talk to each other in droid speak!

Before you get too excited, we have to let you know, they aren’t actually translating anything. One, there’s no such thing as a complete droid speak language from Star Wars, and two, it’d be ridiculous. No, what he’s created is a bit simpler, but nonetheless awesome and very clever.

The helmets have walkie talkies built in, so two people wearing the helmets can simply talk to each other, in plain old English — well, or maybe Klingon. But when you speak, a sensor in the helmet notices you speaking, and starts broadcasting a randomized droid speech for everyone else to hear.

The result is a surprisingly convincing droid conversation. Just take a listen!

As far as Star Wars themed projects go, we love the idea behind a full-size Holochess board — we just need someone to try doing it with real holograms!

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The Parse shutdown and neglected apps

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Allen Pike’s perspective on the Parse shutdown is great.

In particular, it’ll be problematic when possibly hundreds of thousands of iOS apps just stop working in a year because their developers have long since moved on, or their contracts expired, or they can’t afford to spend time on a significant update.

One of the most damaging side effects of unhealthy App Store economics is that developers have little motivation or resources to keep apps updated.

In the flush early days, Apple could release a new screen size or entire platform (like the original iPad), and developers rushed to support it as quickly as possible because we knew we’d probably see a return.

Today, Apple’s shipping new platforms and screen sizes like they’re going out of style, but so many apps are rotting in disrepair that very few developers are adopting them. The Apple Watch and Apple TV have relatively few apps and almost none that are great (on the Watch, maybe even none), and only a tiny subset of iPad apps support multitasking or the iPad Pro.

Apple needs a healthy developer ecosystem now, more than ever, as customers clamor for their new platforms to have more and better software — but now they’re paying for their own neglect of healthy App Store economics and tense developer relations for so long.

I hope Apple sees that as a problem. With the recent consolidation of the entire App Store under new leadership (Phil Schiller), maybe they do.

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Working for a small-mid size financial institution, I can tell you it is all about contracts. They are typically 4-5 years, and that vendor has zero intention of updates without paying to buy a new app again. Charging $40k for a label change is not unusual. Oh, you want to show available balance *and* current balance? That's another $80k.

If you search for credit union or community bank on your app store, you'll see a huge amount of exactly the same app with slightly different colors. Iirc, the top three mobile app developers own 99% of the market. And they have no interest in making unique apps for each client. Even worse, since they are all on contract (which the vendor wrote, and isn't changeable), there is little impotence for the vendor to update beyond what is required to keep the app in the store.

Edit: this was supposed to be a reply to the person below commenting about their FI...oops.
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peelman
1652 days ago
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Apps that aren't updated for a year should be pulled from both stores. Period. Even if its just the developer being forced to open the code and change the damned version number. If they want to continue selling the app, they should have to maintain it.
Seymour, Indiana
superiphi
1653 days ago
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Why would a develops spend hours upon hours updating their app, not owning the device to test, knowing they wont make much at all from it?
Idle, Bradford, United Kingdom
acdha
1653 days ago
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I'm still waiting for retina updates on many apps for e.g. financial institutions, my health insurance company, etc.
Washington, DC
sirshannon
1653 days ago
I re-downloaded an old music app last weekend. It was last updated Oct 22, 2010 but still costs $1.99 and is still available in the app store. It doesn't support the newer screen sizes, of course. Requires iOS 3.0 or better. The audio doesn't work at all on iOS 9, it simply screeches and makes static noises instead of playing music like it did on old phones. There is no good reason that app should be allowed in the store today.
MotherHydra
1651 days ago
I wonder if part of this problem exists because, at least in some instances, the app developer was a hired-gun and no longer under contract. Basically there isn't any in house talent to fix the problems.
acdha
1651 days ago
I'm certain that's part of it - so many places *had* to be in the App Store but the execs either lost interest and/or the numbers didn't justify the cost of hiring someone.
MotherHydra
1651 days ago
Going a layer deeper, "owning the whole stack" is always pricey but it avoids this sort of situation.

Amazon Fire TV

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Like Apple TV but with games and voice search.

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jhitze
2323 days ago
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Interesting that among all the high specs, it only does 10/100mb Ethernet.
Lafayette, IN
satadru
2322 days ago
You don't need more to do 1080p though. You don't even need a beefy processor or lots of ram for that. I wonder why they didn't justify the increased specs by adding support for 4k video though. Not enough available HDMI 2.0 hardware?
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‘Do Not Want This’

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Charles Arthur, writing for The Guardian, on the demand for the current crop of wearables:

A quick search on eBay for “Galaxy Gear” (excluding the words “protector” and “seal” which are used to sell add-ons) turns up nearly 900 results, of which this one, chosen at random, is typical: “I got it free with my Galaxy Note 3 and do not want this.”

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jhitze
2323 days ago
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Do you still like it?
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steingart
2324 days ago
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I picked up a pebble because I thought my Friend's unit looked slick, and 4 folks bought pebbles because they liked mine.
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Google Reader announced its shutdown exactly a year ago

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In this industry, you gotta be tough.

I’m just kidding. We’re a bunch of literates who enjoy reading so much that we built our own news readers. But when a behemoth like Google makes a call that places you at the business end of 100,000 frantic power users, reminding yourself how tough you are is one way of dealing with the madness.

Google announced Reader’s sunset at 4pm on March 13th, 2013. At that point I had spent three and a half years building my vision of a better news reader. I clearly wasn’t doing it for the money, since my paltry salary didn’t even cover my market rate rent in San Francisco. RSS was a decidedly stupid technology to piggyback off of to try and cover that financial disconnect.

Take a look at this graph. It shows NewsBlur’s income versus its expenses for the past 16 months. Just look at those few months before the Google Reader shutdown announcement in March 2013.

It was never hard to justify to others why I worked on a news reader for three-some years, partially because I’d been justifying it to myself for so long. I had the delusion that it would all work itself out in the end, so long as I kept pushing my hardest and shipping features users wanted. And, at the time, with 1,000 paying subscribers, it certainly felt like I was getting somewhere.

If you’re curious about why expenses are so high, think about what it takes to run a modern and popular news reader. This graph breaks down expenses for an average month from the past year.

Why spend all that money on subcontractors and new tools? Because I’m investing in building an even better news reader.

Fast forward a year and let hindsight tell you what’s what. I was irrational to think that I could make it on my own in a decaying market, what with all the air sucked out by Google. But that three year hallucination kept me persevering to build a better product, which positioned NewsBlur well as a strong candidate for a Reader replacement. When the sunset announcement dropped, it didn’t take long to fortify the servers and handle all the traffic. NewsBlur permanently ballooned up to 20X the number of paid users. People flocked to NewsBlur because it was among the furthest along in creating real competition. As we say on NewsBlur, the people have spoken.

The post-Google Reader landscape

I run a very opinionated news reader. If you think somewhat like I do, you couldn’t be more pleased with the direction NewsBlur goes. But this is still a power tool, and in a world of casual readers who don’t care where their news is coming from so long as it’s in their interests and matches their biases, NewsBlur is the coffee equivalent of the AeroPress. Most people want drip coffee and they don’t bother wasting mental energy on caring about the difference in taste or quality. It’s a binary to them: coffee or no coffee. There’s nothing wrong with that, they just choose to focus on other things more important to them than the sourcing or control they have of their coffee.

Many competing news readers are visual and offer a similar experience. When you want to give up control in exchange for the digested output of sophisticated and heartless algorithms, they’re your best bet. When you want to exert control and know what you want and from which sources, NewsBlur is the only option. No other reader gives you training, statistics, and sharing in one multi-platform app. Nobody else cares so much about RSS as to work on a news reader when it was still a financial inevitability of failure.

Future work on NewsBlur

If the past is any indication, NewsBlur is going to continue to see many more improvements. This graph of contributions from the past 365 days shows my level of unwavering dedication.

One way people speak is by committing code to NewsBlur’s GitHub repo. Try developing your own pet feature. I’ll even do some of the hard work for you, so long as you give it a good try and submit a pull request.

Meanwhile, I’m using the windfall to develop a secret project that will complement NewsBlur in a way that hasn’t been tried before with any reader. And if that fails, I’ll find an even better way to make my users happy with their purchase. If you thought I was relentless before March 13th, 2013, just wait until you see what I’m capable of with the finances to build all the big ticket features I’ve been imagining for years.

And while you’re here, do me a favor and tweet about NewsBlur. Tell your followers, who are probably looking for a better way to read news, about how much you rely on NewsBlur. Reading positive tweets about NewsBlur every morning (and afternoon and evening and before bed) make this the best job I’ve ever had.

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nb_test
2322 days ago
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Good story
windexx
2326 days ago
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Great newsreader. I haven't even touched all the features yet much less incorporate them into daily use. But it's nice to know they are there.
Bedford, Virginia
jantdm
2334 days ago
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Go NewsBlur!
Munich, Germany
rosskarchner
2338 days ago
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I'm glad to see that Newsblur seems to be on a sustainable path. Go, Samuel!

(I'm also testing out using iffft .com to turn my newsblur shares into blog posts)
DC-ish
kerray
2338 days ago
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This is how you do it :)
Brno, CZ
kyounger
2339 days ago
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Love this product.
tomm74
2339 days ago
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Newsblur is something worth paying for - I'm very much in the camp of "if you're not paying for it, you're the product" - and I for one prefer to pay for my services directly, rather than by having my data sold.

I like NB so much, I've been developing my own Windows 8 Metro UI for it!
Cardiff
romkyns
2339 days ago
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Well, it looks like renewals are about to start rolling in, right? So you're fine? I hope you are :)
redheadedfemme
2340 days ago
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I love NewsBlur. I'm happy to be a paying customer. It's a worthy replacement for Google Reader.
amaiman
2341 days ago
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Have been using @NewsBlur ever since and haven't looked back.
New Jersey
p4ul
2342 days ago
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Keep up the awesome work!
Wellington, New Zealand
zelig2
2342 days ago
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I was oblivious of other readers when I used Google but I'm honestly glad they shut down their service as I really enjoy NewsBlur.
BiG_E_DuB
2342 days ago
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Great post
Charlotte, NC, USA
boltonm
2342 days ago
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Very happy to have paid for the last year of Newsblur - Google Reader first replaced and since superseded. iOS app continues to improve. Looking forward to more great value in the coming year.
London, UK
alliepape
2342 days ago
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I came to NewsBlur for odd reasons, but I now use it every day and it makes my life actively better. It also allows me to share the writing that's important to me. Thanks, Sam.
San Francisco, CA
Eldaria
2342 days ago
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I switched to Newsblur from Google, and I'm certainly renewing my subscription. I will also head over to twitter and tell about you.
kimmo
2342 days ago
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I’m going to renew my subscription to NewsBlur in 11 days.
Espoo, Finland
acdha
2342 days ago
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I hope that there will be a corresponding spike as people renew those annual memberships which are all about to expire
Washington, DC
koffie
2342 days ago
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Gladly pay for this great RSS reader! Only hope it's healthy financially speaking, the graph does cause some concern...
Belgium
Brstrk
2342 days ago
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With the google reader apocalypse, I was infuriated, because most solutions, both online and offline, always lacked the general usability I needed, especially when it comes to having many feeds. Them Reddit suggested some replacement alternatives. Newsblur was among them. I'm glad I paid attention back them.
chriskayto
2342 days ago
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Just tweeted my support of NewsBlur! Thanks for creating such a great product.
Toronto
leilers
2342 days ago
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Very happy with my decision to move to NewsBlur, even though it was forced upon me by Google pulling Reader. Definitely worth the investment. #newsblur
Northern Virginia
jcherfas
2343 days ago
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I STILL like Newsblur. And I don't even use it on iOS.
tante
2343 days ago
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"NewsBlur is the coffee equivalent of the AeroPress"
Berlin/Germany
stsquad
2343 days ago
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happy to pay for this service.
Cambridge, UK
chrisrosa
2343 days ago
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For RSS "@NewsBlur is the coffee equivalent of the AeroPress." Great quote. Even better product.
San Francisco, CA
musictubes
2343 days ago
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Gotta say, Newsblur is my most used app on my iPad and iPhone. Happy to pay for it:)
Falls Church, Virginia
taglia
2343 days ago
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Since I found NewsBlur I have never once looked for another newsreader. Can't say this for many other services!

Also, I am kind of in awe when I see what a single person can do!
Singapore
lasombra
2343 days ago
Same here. There's no other newsreader that satisfy my needs so neatly.
leiter420
2343 days ago
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I love this news reader. It's so much better than Google Reader ever was, and that's saying something.
jimwise
2343 days ago
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Neat. There's this great rss reader called... Ok, you're using it.
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